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Aguero eyes records on opening weekend

10 Jun 2019
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Argentinian will be seeking to overtake Alan Shearer when Man City visit West Ham on 10 August

Sergio Aguero will be targeting two Premier League records when Manchester City visit West Ham United for their season opener on Saturday 10 August.

And history suggests he has the ability to break them. 

Quick out of the blocks

Although the 31-year-old did not score in Man City's opening match of last season, a 2-0 win at Arsenal, he does love a fast start.

The striker scored twice on his very first PL appearance, as a substitute, in a Matchweek 1 victory over Swansea City in August 2011.

He followed that up with strikes against Newcastle United in both 2013 and 2014, before getting on the scoresheet against Sunderland and Brighton & Hove Albion in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

It means Aguero is just two goals behind the record jointly held by Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney for the total goals ever scored in Matchweek 1.

Most Matchweek 1 goals
Player Goals
Alan Shearer 8
Frank Lampard 8
Wayne Rooney 8
Teddy Sheringham 7
Didier Drogba 6
Louis Saha 6
Sergio Aguero 6

But Aguero might hope for even more than two goals in the opening match of City's title defence.

After all, Pep Guardiola's side won 4-0 when they last visited the London Stadium in November 2018.

And Aguero claimed the winner when City last met West Ham, at the Etihad Stadium in February.

If he scores three times he will also surpass the PL's all-time leading goalscorer, Shearer, for most hat-tricks scored in the competition's history.

Aguero scored three hat-tricks in 2018/19 to take his tally to 11 and equal the record held by Shearer.

Rare feat

One of the Argentinian's trebles came early last season, too, against Huddersfield Town in Matchweek 2.

But scoring a hat-trick in Matchweek 1 has proved an elusive achievement across the Premier League.

Only seven players in PL history have done so, and none since Didier Drogba in 2010.

See: Everything you need to know about the opening weekend

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