Goals galore as Premier League record is smashed on Sunday

3 Dec 2023
Mac Allister

A huge 24 goals were scored for the first time on a five-match Sunday as 2023/24 is on course to have the most goals of ANY season

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A Premier League record was broken on Sunday as a mammoth 24 goals were scored from only five matches featuring a 4-3, 3-3 AND 3-2 thrillers. 

The total of 24 goals is the most ever scored on a Sunday featuring a maximum of five matches.

On an enthralling day full of twists and turns, and fine margins, every match was either drawn or won by just a single goal.

It continues a trend of this season's Sunday matches having a glut of goals. 

Indeed, the three highest-scoring Sundays featuring five matches or fewer have ALL come this season, and the one that ranks fifth came in April just last season.

Highest-scoring Sundays*
Date Matches played Goals scored
3 Dec 2023 5 24
12 Nov 2023 5 22
24 Sep 2023 5 21
28 Aug 2011 4 20
30 April 2023 5 20
3 October 1999 5 19
23 October 2011 5 19
6 November 2016 5 19

*Maximum five matches played

It took the goals scored overall this weekend to 38, making it the 23rd highest-scoring Matchweek in Premier League history.

But more impressively, it means we have now had a huge 442 goals scored in just 140 matches this season. 

That rate of 3.16 goals per match is putting 2023/24 on course to smash the record for most goals scored in a single 380-match season.

Highest goals/match in a season
Season Matches Goals Goals/match
2023/24 140 442 3.16
2022/23 380 1,084 2.85
2018/19 380 1,072 2.82
2021/22 380 1,071 2.82
2011/12 380 1,066 2.81

The current record for a 38-match season was set last season, with 1,084 goals. The most of any season came in the inaugural 42-match campaign, in 1992/93, when we had 1,222 goals at a rate of 2.6 goals per match. 

If this season's current rate were maintained through to the end of May 2024, approximately 1,200 goals would be scored.

See: More on the highest-scoring seasons

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