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Haaland aims for 50th Premier League goal in record time

20 Nov 2023
Erling Haaland 50 goals piece

Man City striker would reach half-century in his 48th match if he scores against Liverpool

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With several Premier League records to his name already, Erling Haaland is set to smash another one - and he could do it in Saturday's top-of-the-table duel.

If the Manchester City striker scores against Liverpool, he would reach 50 Premier League goals in only 48 appearances, the fewest matches needed to reach a half-century.

It will be easier said than done for Haaland to achieve the milestone this weekend, given he is yet to score a league goal against the Reds. 

But either way, it looks only a matter of time before he eclipses the record held by Andrew Cole, who took 65 matches to reach 50 goals.

Fastest to 50 PL goals
Player Appearances
Andrew Cole 65
Alan Shearer 66
Ruud van Nistelrooy 68
Fernando Torres 72
Mohamed Salah 72
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 79
Sergio Aguero 81
Thierry Henry 83
Kevin Phillips 83
Diego Costa 85

Haaland has averaged a goal every 77.55 minutes in the Premier League, putting him well clear at the top among all the players who have scored at least 40 times in the competition.

The only other active Premier League player to feature in the top six is Mohamed Salah, who is targeting his own milestone this weekend, aiming to score his 150th goal.

Best minutes per goal in Premier League
Player Goals Minutes Mins/goal
Erling Haaland 49 3,800 77.55
Sergio Aguero 184 19,857 107.92
Thierry Henry 175 21,313 121.79
Harry Kane 213 26,939 126.47
Ruud van Nistelrooy 95 12,179 128.20
Mohamed Salah 149 19,771 132.69
How Haaland has raced towards 50 goals

Haaland's record-breaking debut season in English football ended with 36 goals in 35 matches, the most goals ever in a single Premier League campaign, and he again tops the scoring chart this season, netting 13 times in 12 outings.

Of the 49 goals he has scored in the Premier League, 47 have come from inside the box, and 32 have come from his trusty left foot.

How Haaland scores his goals
Type Goals
Left-footed 32
Right-footed 6
Headed 10
Penalties 10
Outside the box 2
Inside the box 47

With his speed, height, power and clinical finishing ability, Haaland will back himself to get the better of Liverpool's defenders this weekend and score a goal that has significance for both the title race and the Premier League record books.

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