With the release of the 2022/23 Premier League fixtures, fans can have hope that the goals will fly in again on the opening weekend.
Last season ended with a record 39 goals scored on the final day, taking the campaign’s total to 1,072, only one shy of the overall record for an entire season. So can 2022/23's opening set of matches continue in a similar vein?
Matchweek 1 often produces high-scoring encounters and this was in evidence last August, when 34 goals were produced across the first 10 matches of 2021/22, the most from any set of opening fixtures since 2003/04.
Most goals on the opening weekend
Jurgen Klopp's side overcame Leeds United 4-3 at Anfield in 2020/21, the third time in a row they had scored four goals in their first fixture, after recording a 4-1 win over Norwich City in 2019/20 and triumphing 4-0 against West Ham United the season before.
Arsenal have also seen the goals flow in their curtain-raisers, beginning the season with seven-goal thrillers on three occasions.
Last season, Man Utd lived up to their reputation as fast starters with another high-scoring encounter against Leeds, as Bruno Fernandes netted a hat-trick in a 5-1 win, while they also kicked off 2019/20 with a 4-0 success over Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Also in this series
Part 1: Test your knowledge of opening-day fixtures
Part 2: Promoted clubs will eye history after Fixture Release Day
Part 3: Can Man City avoid another false start?
Part 5: Salah targets another opening-weekend goal record
Part 6: Can Klopp extend his unbeaten opening-day record?
Part 7: Forest the team to fear on opening day?