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Will there be a hat-trick of hat-tricks?

24 Aug 2019
Pukki and Sterling hat-tricks wide

Never before in the Premier League has a hat-trick been scored in the first three Matchweeks

A new landmark will be set this weekend should the run of Premier League hat-tricks this season extend into a third Matchweek.

On the opening weekend, Raheem Sterling became the first player in nine years to score a hat-trick in the first round of Premier League fixtures, since Didier Drogba in August 2010.

Teemu Pukki then followed suit in the second round of matches, hitting a treble against Newcastle United.

This is only the third season when there has been a hat-trick in both of the first two Matchweeks and there has never been a treble in each of the first three.

Hat-tricks in opening two Matchweeks
Season MW Player Goals Result
1997/98 1 Dion Dublin 3 COV 3-2 CHE
2 Chris Sutton 3 AVL 0-4 BLB
Gianluca Vialli 4 BAR 0-6 CHE
2010/11 1 Didier Drogba 3 CHE 6-0 WBA
Theo Walcott 3 ARS 6-0 BLP
Andy Carroll 3 NEW 6-0 AVL
2019/20 1 Raheem Sterling 3 WHU 0-5 MCI
2 Teemu Pukki 3 NOR 3-1 NEW

The fact that Liverpool are facing Arsenal boosts the chances of history being made this weekend.

There have been six hat-tricks in the meetings between these sides, more than in any other fixture.

Robbie Fowler scored two trebles, while Thierry Henry, Peter Crouch, Andrey Arshavin and current Reds forward Roberto Firmino have all hit one.

Eyeing the match ball

Elsewhere, Sterling could deliver the history-making hat-trick when he visits AFC Bournemouth on Sunday, given his treble against West Ham United came in his last away match.

And Pukki is on home turf again on Saturday against Chelsea, having taken the matchball away from Carrow Road last weekend.

Harry Kane will have been encouraged by Pukki's haul against Newcastle as he now prepares to take on the Magpies in north London, having scored twice in his last home outing against Aston Villa.

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