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How Aguero and Jesus are League's most prolific duo

22 Sep 2017
Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, Man City

Man City pair have the two best minutes-per-goal ratios in PL history, but one strike force can rival them

While the days of traditional Premier League strike partnerships may be largely behind us, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus's most recent showing for Manchester City against Watford could spark a resurgence of two-man attacks.

Aguero netted a hat-trick, his sixth for the club, while Jesus also scored in the 6-0 win at Vicarage Road to make it nine goals between the pair with just five matches of 2017/18 gone.

The free-scoring Man City forwards have the two best minutes-per-goal ratios of all players to have scored at least 10 times in the competition's history.

Jesus averages a goal every 89 minutes, while Aguero's ratio is one every 108 minutes.

Best ratios of players with 10+ PL goals
Player Goals Minutes/goal
Gabriel Jesus 11 88.8
Sergio Aguero 127 108.4
Kelechi Iheanacho 12 113.9
Harry Kane 80 119.5
Thierry Henry 175 121.8
Adam Le Fondre 12 124.3
Ruud van Nistelrooy 95 128.19
Chicharito 39 134.0
Luis Suarez 69 138.8
Robin van Persie 144 139.7

Despite their impressive record, Aguero and Jesus are only second on the list when it comes to goals scored since the Brazilian’s PL debut in January 2017.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Dele Alli have netted 28 times between them, compared with the 25 scored by City's South American duo. AFC Bournemouth's Joshua King and Benik Afobe (17) rank third.

Should Jesus and Aguero keep up their rate of scoring, starting against Crystal Palace at home on Saturday, they could become only the third pair of team-mates to both hit more than 20 goals in a 38-match season.

Frank Lampard (22) and Didier Drogba (29) combined in 2009/10, sharing 51 goals as Chelsea clinched the title and four seasons later, Daniel Sturridge (21) and Luis Suarez (31) found the target 52 times for Liverpool, who finished two points behind Man City.

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