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History suggests more high-scoring openers in 2021/22

19 Jun 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

With the fixtures for the 2021/22 season revealed, fans can expect the opening matches to provide a flurry of goals if the past encounters between the teams are anything to go by.

Liverpool's trip to Norwich City on Saturday 14 August is a historically high-scoring encounter.

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The two have met 18 times in the Premier League and scored a total of 69 goals, an average of four per match.

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

When Norwich travelled to Anfield in Matchweek 1 in 2019/20, 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

They also 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 two 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 two sides met last season.

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

Manchester United's opening opponents are Leeds at Old Trafford, a match the Red Devils won 6-2 in December, while Newcastle United welcome West Ham and fans will hope for a repeat of their thrilling 3-2 victory in April.

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