Premier League goals record under threat

2 May 2019
Matt Targett, Southampton

Never before in a 20-team season have 1,000 goals been reached so early, with 2018/19 set to have the most ever

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With only two rounds of fixtures remaining of the 2018/19 Premier League, the record for the most goals scored in a single campaign is in danger. 

When Southampton's Matt Targett scored the 1,000th goal of the season on Saturday, it was the first time that landmark had been reached in a 20-team division as early as the month of April. 

And the present rate of goals being scored is higher than it has ever been in a PL season.

Record-breaking pace

After 360 matches 1,011 goals have been scored, at a rate of 2.81 a match. 

If this rate were maintained across the remaining 20 fixtures 56 goals would be scored, taking the total to 1,067. 

This is one more than the record for a 380-match season, the 2011/12 campaign, when there were 1,066 goals in total. 

Top five highest-scoring seasons
Season Goals Goals/match
2011/12 1066 2.805
2016/17 1064 2.800
2010/11 1063 2.797
2012/13 1063 2.797
1999/00 1060 2.789

That average of 2.805 goals a match does not take into consideration the fact that goals in the final Matchweek traditionally exceed the season's average. 

In the past nine seasons, only on two occasions did the total goals from the 10 Matchweek 38 fixtures dip below 30.

Indeed, the average goals per match over that same period is 3.24.

If that trend continues this year and the season ends with a bang, 2018/19 could be a record-breaking campaign. 

MW38 goals in past nine seasons
Season Goals Season Goals
2017/18 31 2012/13 36
2016/17 37 2011/12 32
2015/16 35 2010/11 32
2014/15 29 2009/10 32
2013/14 28    

See: More Premier League records

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