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Will 2019/20 start with a goal fest?

10 Jun 2019
Patrick van Aanholt

With the fixtures now released, Premier League fans will hope this season picks up from the previous campaign

After a record-breaking season for goals, will the 2019/20 Premier League campaign start with a bang?

The fixtures have been released with the promise of more goals after a season that produced a record tally of 1,072

That number was reached thanks to a blitz of 36 goals on the final day of last season.

But despite that record total the 2018/19 campaign actually began relatively slowly, with only 25 goals scored in Matchweek 1.

While Liverpool scored four against West Ham United on the opening weekend, eight teams drew a blank, including Southampton and Burnley, who shared a goalless draw.

How Matchweek 1 unfolded in 2018/19
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The previous season started in more explosive fashion, with 31 strikes on Matchweek 1 of 2017/18 returning the fifth-highest total for the opening round of fixtures.

That was partly due to Arsenal’s 4-3 win over Leicester City, the joint-highest scoring Matchweek 1 fixture in Premier League history.

The record for goals scored on the opening weekend is 36, set in 2003/04.

Fans eagerly awaiting the 2019/20 kick-off will hope for similar fireworks straight away on the weekend of 10 August.

Most goals in Matchweek 1 
Season Goals Season Goals
2003/04 36 2017/18 31
1994/95* 34 1992/93* 30
2006/07 33 2015/16 30
2008/09 32 1993/94* 29

*22-team seasons

Remember, you can get all 380 fixtures for 2019/20 sent direct to your mobile device by using the Premier League's digital calendar.

See: Everything you need to know about the opening weekend

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