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History points to more high-scoring openers in 2021/22

14 Aug 2021
Mohamed Salah scores against Norwich in 2019/20

Liverpool's record and the history of Matchweek 1's match-ups suggests we should expect plenty of goals

Fans can expect this weekend's opening matches to provide a flurry of goals if the past encounters between the teams involved are anything to go by.

Liverpool's trip to Norwich City on Saturday is a historically high-scoring encounter.

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The pair have met 18 times in the Premier League and scored a total of 69 goals in those matches, an average of four per duel.

It will also be the third successive campaign in which Liverpool have started against a promoted team, and the previous two matches have been laden with goals.

When Norwich travelled to Anfield in Matchweek 1 of the 2019/20 season, Liverpool won 4-1.

Last season Liverpool edged past Leeds United 4-3 at Anfield, the fifth time in a row they have scored more than three goals in their first fixture.

Liverpool's 4-3 win v Leeds

The Reds beat West Ham United 4-0 in 2018/19, after kicking off 2017/18 with a 3-3 draw at Watford, and opening the 2016/17 campaign with a 4-3 victory at Arsenal.

The Arsenal win was one of three occasions when Liverpool have started a season with a match featuring seven goals, the joint-highest total for a Matchweek 1 fixture in the competition's history. 

Highest-scoring MW1 matches 
Season Match
1994/95 Crystal Palace 1-6 Liverpool
1994/95 Sheff Wed 3-4 Spurs
1995/96 Southampton 3-4 Nott'm Forest
2009/10 Everton 1-6 Arsenal
2016/17 Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
2017/18 Arsenal 4-3 Leicester
2020/21 Liverpool 4-3 Leeds

Before the match at Carrow Road, Chelsea host Crystal Palace in what has recently been another high-scoring encounter.

Chelsea won 4-0 at Stamford Bridge and 4-1 at Selhurst Park when the sides met last season.

History indicates there will also be goals between Tottenham Hotspur and champions Manchester City. The last goalless draw between these teams came in August 2010.

Manchester United's opening opponents are Leeds at Old Trafford, a match the Red Devils won 6-2 last December.

And Newcastle United host West Ham having won the corresponding fixture 3-2 in April.

Also in this series

Part 1: Brentford join select group of clubs boasting debut win
Part 2: Leeds face unenviable task at fast starters Man Utd
Part 3: Can promoted clubs earn historic Matchweek 1 treble?
Part 4: Salah and Vardy target record for Matchweek 1 goals

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