Scoring Leaders Update: Who’s on form out there?

Austrian Bundesliga
1) Alexander Zickler (Red Bull Salzburg) 12
2) Mario Haas (Sturm Graz) 11
3) Carsten Jancker (Mattersburg SV) 9
4) Ivica Vastiè (LASK Linz) 8
    Hamdi Salihi (SV Ried) 8

Dutch Eredivisie
1) Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax) 23
2) Blaise N’Kufo (Twente Enschede) 18
3) Robin Nelisse (FC Utrecht) 13
     Roy Makaay (Feyenoord) 13
     Michael Bradley (Heerenveen) 13
6) Danny Koevermans (PSV Eindhoven) 12
7) Geert Den Ouden (Excelsior) 11
    Afonso Alves (Heerenveen/Middlesbrough) 11
    Marcus Berg (FC Groningen) 11
    Luis Suarez (Ajax) 11

English Championship
1) Kevin Phillips (West Brom) 16
2) Ricardo Fuller (Stoke) 14
     Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton) 14
4) Clinton Morrison (Crystal Palace) 13
     James Beattie (Sheff Utd) 13
6) Marlon King (Watford/Wigan) 11
     Stern John (Southampton) 11
     Andy Gray (Charlton) 11
    Jonathan Walters (Ipswich) 11

English Premiership
1) Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal) 19
    Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd) 19
3) Benjani Mwaruwari (Man City/Portsmouth) 13
4) Robbie Keane (Tottenham) 12
     Fernando Torres (Liverpool) 12
6) Nicolas Anelka (Bolton/Chelsea) 11
     Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn) 11
     Carlos Tevez (Man Utd) 11
9) Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham) 10

French Ligue One
1) Karim Benzema (Lyon) 16
2) David Bellion (Bordeaux) 11
    Mamadou Niang (Marseille) 11
4) Johan Elmander (Toulouse) 10
    Tulio De Melo (Le Mans) 10
6) Djibril Cisse (Marseille) 9
7) Rafik Saïfi (Lorient) 8
    Steve Savidan (Valenciennes) 8
    Daniel Niculae (Auxerre) 8
    Bakari Koné (Nice) 8

German Bundesliga
1) Rafael Van der Vaart (Hamburg SV) 10
    Luca Toni (Bayern Munich) 10
    Diego (Werder Bremen) 10

4) Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich) 9
     Marko Pantelic (Hertha Berlin) 9
     Mladen Petric (Borussia Dortmund) 9
     Stanislav Sestak (VfL Bochum) 9

Greek SuperLeague
1) Darko Kovasevic (Olympiakos) 15
2) Ismael Blanco (AEK Athens) 13
3) Tomasz Radzinski (Xanthi) 11
     Rafik Djeabbour (Panionios) 11
     Dimtris Salpigidis (Panathinaikos) 11
6) Lucio Filomeno (Asteras Tripolis) 8
    Nikos Liberopoulos (AEK Athens) 8

Italian Serie A
1) David Trezeguet (Juventus) 15
2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan) 14
3) Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina) 13
4) Marco Borriello (Genoa) 12
5) Francesco Totti (AS Roma) 10
     Julio Cruz (Inter Milan) 10
     Francesco Tavano (Livorno) 10
8) Amauri (Palermo) 9
     Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) 9
     Claudio Bellucci (Sampdoria) 9

Portuguese Liga
1) Lisandro Lopez (FC Porto) 13
2) Roland Linz (Braga) 9
3) Joao Paulo Uniao (Leiria) 8
4) Ariza Makukula (Maritimo/Benfica) 7
     Oscar Cardozo (Benfica) 7
6) Nuno Gomes (Benfica) 6
     Edinho (Vitoria Setubal/AEK Athens) 6
     Marcelinho (Naval) 6

Scottish Premiership
1) Scott McDonald (Celtic) 17
2) Barry Robson Dundee United) 11
     Noel Hunt (Dundee United) 11
     Andrius Velicka (Hearts) 11
5) Kris Boyd (Rangers) 9
     David Clarkson (Motherwell) 9
     Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Celtic) 9

Spanish La Liga
1) Luis Fabiano (FC Sevilla) 16
2) Diego Milito (Real Zaragoza) 14
3) Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid) 12
4) Raul (Real Madrid) 11
    Guiza (Mallorca) 11
    Nihat (Villarreal) 11
7) Raul Tamudo (Espanyol) 10
    Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal) 10
    Joseba Llorente (Valladolid) 10

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EPL Daily 2.12: Gerrard speaks; Agogo on the move?; Friedel takes on Arsenal alone

JUNIOR AGOGO: It looks like Portsmouth are going to be the first EPL club to table a bid for Ghanaian African Nations Cup and former MLS player Junior Agogo. I understand he had a good tournament and has been playing decently for Nottingham Forest, but is he an EPL caliber striker – especially for the likes of Portsmouth? I don’t think so, maybe. John Utaka was there for Nigeria, but did he have any sort of an impact? Nope. You could say the same about Kanu. Anyways, the bid could be for as much as $5 million.

RAFAEL VAN DER VAART: It’s a race for the Hamburg midfielder’s signature and it starts now, long before the summer transfer window even opens. Valued at $30 million, there’s a good chance you could see Van der Vaart in a Chelsea or another Big Four uniform. Italy seems a more likely destination for the former Ajax star.

STEVEN GERRARD: Has urged Liverpool faithful to forget about the EPL title. The Reds, according to Gerrard, need to concentrate on fourth and not getting trumped by Everton or Manchester City. The biggest tidbit to come out of a mass interrogation on Liverpool’s prospects came from former Liverpool midfielder who said to SkySports,

‘I don’t think Liverpool can win it under Rafa Benitez. I think they are further away than they have ever been before. They have got no chance. For Rafa Benitez, the kudos is winning the Champions League. That’s his priority, everything is geared to that. Liverpool under Rafa can beat anyone on their day. But over the course of a league season they struggle.’

Tell us what you really think. The rotation policy seems to not be working though – 1 win in the past 7 EPL games, a raw talent-disgruntled midfielder sent off to Juventus (Sissoko), and several on-the-edge members of the squad (Babel, Crouch) isn’t going to win you a title.

ARSENAL 2, Blackburn 0

Arsenal moved five points clear of second place Manchester United. Philippe Senderos started the scoring in the 4th minute by nodding an Eduardo corner past a sprawling Brad Friedel. The American keeper – who just recently signed a contract extension until 2010 – was the only reason Blackburn kept in this game for so long. It wasn’t until the waning minutes that Emmanuel Adebayor (you had to figure that was coming sooner or later) struck for his 20th EPL goal of the season, 23rd overall. Standings now look like this.