United, Fulham, Everton and City on top as goals flow at record pace

By Brian Sears

4 October 2012

The Premier League season has started with goals flowing at record pace, with 168 in 58 games for an average of 2.89 per game.

Manchester United (with 14 goals in six games) have led the way followed by Fulham (13), Everton (12) and Manchester City (12), with Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Swansea and Southampton among other teams in double figures.

Last season there were 1,066 goals in England’s top division – a record for a 380-game season.

And at this stage last season, specifically after August and September’s games, scoring was at a lower level, or 2.69 goals per game then against 2.89 now.

See the graphic below to measure how this compares to the same period in every season since the Premier League began.

If the present rate of scoring is maintained, it would see 1,098 goals scored in 2012-13, enough to conquer last season’s 1,066 by a comfy margin. (As my friend Harold at the anorak shop said only yesterday: ‘That would be one in the eye for 2011-12′).

Some doubters will argue that it’s far too early to be making predictions for the campaign. Of course it is – but we should also remember that 15.526 per cent of the season has passed us by already.


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