Goals Galore in the Premier League
With 571 goals scored in 200 games this campaign, we’re on course to smash the record total. Since the league was cut from 22 teams to 20 in 1995, the record goal tally for any one season has been set at 1,066. If the scoring continues at the same rate, an average of 2.86, it will reach 1,085 by the time the final game of the season is played on May 21st. The record of 1,066 was set in the 2011-2012 season in which Manchester City were top scorers with an incredible 93 goals.
The current top scorers this season are Liverpool with 48 and Jürgen Klopp’s men have 18 games to beat that record, although trumping Chelsea’s 2010 record of 103 would be a better feat! It may be unlikely we’ll match the oddities of last season, Leicester City won the league with ease.
Jose Mourinho was shown the door by Chelsea with an additional 13 managerial casualties and Sunderland managed to escape relegation for what seems like the millionth time in a row. Can this season live up to its predecessor? It’s hard to imagine we’ll see anything like the 5,000/1 Leicester fairy tale again, though a record goal tally would more than satisfy fans.
The tally of 36 last weekend is an indication that breaking the record is more than possible. Saturday saw all six home teams score three goals (Leicester went one better and scored four), the last this happened was on May 8th on the final say of the 1992-1993 season.
As well as Leicester, Watford, Arsenal, Burnley, Hull and Swansea all stuck three past their visitors. On that that 23 years ago, Arsenal, Liverpool and Middlesbrough all scored three, and unbelievably Oldham, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry matched that tally, with the trio now playing their trade in League One.
In terms of who’s netting the goals, Chelsea’s Diego Costa is the current leader with 14 so far this term. The Spaniard has a further five assists which means he’d being involved in 51% of his side’s 33 goals. He is the favourite to take the Golden Boot this season with current odds of 6/4 with Paddy Power Bet to tempt punters into his current form. Despite Costa obviously being invaluable to Antonio Conte, the Blues are far from a one-man team, with Eden Hazard also being heavily involved.
Further down the table though it’s a different story. Robert Snodgrass, currently under fire for a blatant dive to win his side that controversial penalty vs Crystal Palace, has also been involved in 50% of his side’s goals, scoring five and assisting two of Hull’s mere 14 goals.
Still, that is nothing compared to Jermain Defoe of Sunderland. The 34-year-old has been involved in a huge 71% of his side’s goals. Defoe has netted eight times this term and assisted two of Sunderland’s 14 goals. When was the last time we saw one man have such a huge influence for one team? You’ll have to go back to the 1993-94 season. Matt Le Tissier scored 25 and assisted nine assists of Southampton’s 49 goals that season, an involvement rate of 69.4%, if Defoe keeps his current rate up, he is well on course to break that.