West Ham may be struggling for goals but, historically, their top marksmen have done well for them on opening day.

When it comes to scoring in the first round of Premier League fixtures nobody beats Chelsea and West Ham legend Frank Lampard.

The midfielder has scored an impressive eight goals in his Premier League season openers, six for Chelsea and two for West Ham.

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Only Alan Shearer scored as many, banging in four for Blackburn and four for Newcastle.

Ex-West Ham man Teddy Sheringham managed to score seven goals in Premier League opening round matches for no less than five different clubs.

He scored one for the east Londoners as well as goals for Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth and Tottenham.

Kevin Nolan also joins the 4+ club along with Stewart Downing, now at Middlesbrough, but it is Wayne Rooney who has the highest tally of any current Premier League player, six in total, all of which were scored for Manchester United.

Louis Saha and Didier Drogba also scored six opening round goals each.

Drogba is in fact one of only seven players to have scored a hat-trick in a Premier League opening round match.

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He managed it on the opening day of the 2010-11 season when Chelsea hammered West Brom 6-0, with Florent Malouda (two) and Frank Lampard scoring the others.

Gabriel Agbonlahor scored three in Aston Villa's opening match of the 2008-09 season as they beat Manchester City 4-2, while the 97-98 campaign saw Dion Dublin put three past Chelsea keeper Ed de Goey.

The opening day of the 1996-97 season saw two hat-tricks being scored.
Fabrizio Ravanelli marked his Middlesbrough and Premier League debut with three goals against Liverpool, while Kevin Campbell put three past Coventry in the space of just 34 minutes.

Matt Le Tissier scored three for Southampton against Forest in the opener of the 95-96 season while Micky Quinn scored three for Coventry in their first game of the 93-94 campaign away to Arsenal.

Top opening day scorers (four or more goals)

• Frank Lampard: 8

Alan Shearer: 8

• Teddy Sheringham: 7

Wayne Rooney: 6

Louis Saha: 6

Didier Drogba: 6

Robbie Fowler: 5

Michael Owen: 5

Les Ferdinand: 5

Kevin Campbell: 5

Dennis Bergkamp: 5

Darren Bent: 5

Thierry Henry: 4

• Stewart Downing: 4

Sergio Aguero: 4

Ryan Giggs: 4

Ruud van Nistelrooy: 4

Robin van Persie: 4

• Kevin Nolan: 4

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: 4

Ian Wright: 4

Fabrizio Ravanelli: 4

Dion Dublin: 4

David Beckham: 4

Andrew Cole: 4

Alan Smith: 4