The Premier League is producing more goals than ever. The trend continued in 2022-23, and Premier League sides scored goals at a record rate. According to the figures gathered by SafeBettingSites.com, every PL game witnessed 2.85 goals on average, the best in league history, in the 2022-23 season. Overall, 1084 goals were scored during the 22-23 PL season.
A comparison of Premier League seasons with the best and the worst goalscoring rate reveals a pattern. The three seasons with the best goalscoring rates have happened in the last five years, and no season before 2011-12 features among the top five seasons.
Following the 2022-23 season, the 2018-19 and 2021-22 seasons both witnessed a goalscoring rate of 2.82 goals per game. The 2011-12 season, which saw Manchester City lift the title in the last minute, was also an entertaining one with a goalscoring rate of 2.81 goals per game.
Similarly, no Premier League season following the 2008-09 season features among the seasons with the worst scoring rates. The 2006-07 season was responsible for the least amount of goals scored in Premier League history. On average, only 2.45 goals were scored in every game during the 06-07 season, which saw Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United lift the title after a gap of three years. The 2008-09, also won by United, is close behind with a goalscoring rate of 2.48 goals per game.
A comparison of seasons since the Premier League’s inception tells us that the league has progressively become more attacking. And the turning point seemed to come in the 2009-10 season, which witnessed a massive bump in goals scored per game.
Until 2009, the 1999-2000 PL season had served as an exception. From 1992 to 2009, it was the only PL season with a goalscoring rate higher than 2.68 goals per game. However, that trend was bucked in 2009-10 as five consecutive PL seasons saw more than 2.75 goals being scored per game on average.
The 2014-15 was again an exception as the goalscoring rate dipped to 2.57 goals per game. However, since then, the goalscoring rate has hovered between 2.68 goals per game and 2.85 goals per game.
Regardless, it is evident that the Premier League has become more attack-minded and is producing more goals than ever.