But since I did delve into it, here are "unofficial" counts on goals scored per week so I think actually, I should be aiming much lower than say, the 29 goals I picked in the week 8 games, not that the tally of total goals every week is that low but it is more of a case that one or two matches throws the total way high, I mean this year we've seen Man Yoo 8 Arsenal 2, last week we saw Fulham 6 QPR 0 and one Sunday morning, we saw two 4-0 scores.
Also, what is more likely? Draws of 0-0, 1-1 or 2-2? Or do we even have a 3-3 in there somewhere?? It's really not that pertinent unless you are making predictions.
We will look at this per the first seven weeks of the season.
Unofficial Count per Soccerway
Number of goals scored by week:
- 18 goals scored, one game postponed, Tottenham, 1-1 had 2 draws, 0-0 had 3 draws. Total 5 draws the first week
- 23 goals scored, 1-1 had 1 draw, 0-0 had 1 draw. Total 2 draws
- 31 goals scored 0-0 had 2 draws. total 2 draws
- 22 goals scored, 1 draw each at 0-0, 1-1 and 2-2 Total 3 draws
- 38 goals scored 1 draw each at 1-1 and 2-2. Total 2 draws.
- 27 goals scored, this looks like an average type week, no extraordinary high scores, 1 draw at 0-0, 2 draws at 1-1, Total 3 draws
- 34 goals scored 1 draw this week at 2-2. 1 Draw total.
Draws, 8 at 0-0, 7 at 1-1, 3 at 2-2. So 2-2s are much more rarer while this season at least, 1-1 and 0-0 is about equal. This meshes with 18 draws so far in the PL this year.
Even if this info could be seen as meaningful, I would have to see it over a long term.
So, I guess, my 29 goals picked for the PL is high for this weekend but there have been 3 weeks out of 7 with over 30 goals scored!! But for the 3rd time, it is the overly lopsided games that skews this average. I believe one week had the first two games shown on the schedule netting 10 goals by themselves. It's interesting how few goals even with the Tottenham Everton match postponent were scored in the first week.
Real quick now, let's see what teams are scoring the most in the PL, the answer is obvious, the 2 Manchester teams are at the top, CFC probably 3rd.
Man City 23
Tottenham 11 and from one match less than most of the other Clubs except Everton.
Fulham 10, 6 in one game
Aston Villa 9
Bolton 9 , 5 in their 1st game.
Sunderland 9 so, with the most teams at 9 goals than any other team, would we consider this a sort of average? Not really. Sunderland scored 4 of these vs. Stoke City the morning Tottenham scorched Liverpool by the same margin.
Blackburn 8, 4 against Arsenal.
Everton 6 goals, 1 less game.
West Brom 5 , this team had a real difficult start.
Stoke City 4 goals all year. Bottom of the pack.
So, I do think the above shows there is some predictability but a whole lot that isn't.
Real quick, in the Championship League:
Southampton has 25 goals, Leeds by virtue of the Friday win over Doncaster has 20 goals. Leeds struggled early in the season but haven't lost in at least 5 games. Doncaster has scored the fewest goals at 6 and are above safety as of now but by the end of this weekend's fixtures are bound to move down.
League 1 is rather equal Charlton and Huddersfield at 24 goals for the season, a number of teams with 20+ and only Exeter City apparently in the single digits with 6 goals after 12 games.
League 2 sees 6th place Port Vale (that is in Stoke City for those that don't know) with the most goals at 28!