The opening month of the Premier League has whizzed by with Aston Villa's 7-2 win against champions Liverpool summing up an unbelievable start to the new campaign in many ways.
The EPL seems to have gone crazy with an average of 3.78 goals per game so far in 2020-21, that's more than an entire goal extra per game compared to the 2.72 in the whole of 2019-20. Of course, it's still early days and only four rounds have been played, but it's an interesting stat nonetheless that points to a general trend. That and four others have caught our eye:
😳 Freakish Premier League stats
- Liverpool has conceded seven goals in a game for the first time since 1963.
- Manchester United has conceded six goals at Old Trafford for only the second time in 30 years.
- A Pep Guardiola team has conceded five goals at home for the first time ever.
- There have been more wins away wins (19) than home wins (16).
- There have been more away goals scored (77) than home goals (67).
🎯 Clinical finishers
It's unlikely that the top-flight's sharp-shooters can keep this up, but they're hitting the back of the net with amazing regularity so far. Four of Jamie Vardy's five goals have been penalties, granted, but that points to another interesting subplot that is developing in England with the new handball rule and VAR. But that's a topic for another day.
🔥 Premier League: Goals/shots on target
- 🇰🇷 Son Heung-min: 6/7
- 🏴 Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 6/9
- 🏴 Jamie Vardy: 5/5
- 🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah: 5/7
- 🇨🇴 James Rodríguez: 3/4
- 🏴 Ollie Watkins: 3/4
🎁 Generous goalkeepers
Goalkeepers probably aren't having a great time. Chelsea's Willy Caballero has conceded three times from three attempts on target. Here are some save percentages of keepers who have played more minutes so far:
🧤 Selected Premier League save percentages
- 🇦🇺 Brighton's Mat Ryan: 33.3%
- 🇪🇸 Liverpool's Adrian: 36.4%
- 🇵🇱 West Ham's Lukasz Fabianski: 37.5%
- 🇸🇰 Fulham's Marek Rodak: 40%
- 🏴 Burnley's Nick Pope: 41.7%
- 🇪🇸 Man United's David de Gea: 42.9%
- 🇧🇷 Liverpool's Alisson: 50%
👀 Looking forward
Teams are carving out more clear-cut chances this season with defensive errors and penalties aplenty also adding to the frenetic nature of matches. Perhaps the first month was a total freak occurrence and things will return to normal in October, but perhaps that trend might take a bit of time.
Matchday 5 of the Premier League might see some respite from the fiesta of goal-mouth action with Everton and Liverpool kicking things off; the last three Premier League Merseyside Derbies at Goodison Park have ended 0-0. The odds of that particular outcome this weekend look slim though.
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