Premier League

Top five Premier League seasons with most goals scored

Rajat ChhajtaRajat Chhajta

June 4 2023
Premier League seasons with most goals

Manchester City’s tally of 106 goals is the highest in any season by a club

Premier League has become a high-scoring league. With the combination of creative players and good strikers, most teams are scoring at a great rate. The 2022-23 season came to an end and with a goal fest on the last match week, this Premier League season has seen the highest number of goals in a 38-match season. Let’s look at the seasons with the most goals in the Premier League.

5. Premier League season: 2016-17

Goals: 1064; matches: 380; goals per match: 2.800

Just two goals short of the below-mentioned campaigns is the 2016-17 season, a year that saw Chelsea reign supreme in English football under the guidance of new manager Antonio Conte. Despite being crowned champions, the Blues were outscored by runners-up Tottenham Hotspur, who finished as the Premier League’s most prolific side, backed by the goals of Harry Kane as the England international secured a second successive Golden Boot.

Harry Kane’s league-leading 29 goals came in just 30 appearances; his 0.97 goals-per-game was the highest ratio in the history of the Premier League, with the Spurs striker finishing ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in the scoring charts.

The highest-scoring fixtures of the season saw Swansea beat Crystal Palace 5-4 in a thriller at the Liberty Stadium, while Everton’s clash against Bournemouth at Goodison Park also delivered nine goals, with the aforementioned Lukaku netting a hat-trick as the Toffees ran out 6-3 winners.

4. Premier League season: 2011-12

Goals: 1066; matches: 380; goals per match: 2.805

The second-highest scoring season in Premier League history and arguably one of the most memorable was Sergio Aguero’s stoppage-time winner for Manchester City against QPR on the final day of the season, securing the title in dramatic circumstances. A thoroughly entertaining campaign saw the two Manchester sides go head-to-head at the top, with City claiming the championship by virtue of goal difference after scoring more goals than any other side.

The season saw some high-scoring and unforgettable results, including Manchester United’s 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal at Old Trafford in August and a 6-1 victory for visiting City at the same venue in the Manchester derby in October.

Arsenal’s Robin van Persie finished the season as the winner of the Golden Boot, finishing ahead of Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero, the Dutchman claiming the accolade for the first time in addition to being named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year.

3. Premier League season: 2021-22

Goals: 1071; matches: 380; goals per match: 2.818

The 2021–22 season came up just one short of the previous record, as seven teams broke the 60-goal barrier, with City and Liverpool on 99 and 94, respectively. This season saw the return of full attendance after the final third of the 2019–20 and the entirety of the 2020–21 seasons were held with limited or no attendance due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This season was the second to feature a winter break, with no Premier League matches scheduled between January 23 and February 7, 2022.

Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min have shared the Premier League Golden Boot award this season, having finished with 23 goals each in 2021-22. Manchester United brought Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in a sensational return, making it one of the most competitive Golden Boot races in years. The Portugal star finished in a respectable third place with 18 goals, though, after having a strong conclusion to the season from an individual perspective.

2. Premier League season: 2018-19

Goals: 1072; matches: 380; goals per match: 2.821

This particular season saw the most ever Premier League goals scored in a 38-game campaign, with 1072 shared between the 20 top-flight clubs in a thrilling season that saw Manchester City secure back-to-back titles. Pep Guardiola’s side finished just a point clear of runners-up, Liverpool, following a tense title race, with the Manchester side responsible for the biggest victories of the season both home and away. City memorably thrashed Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad in February, while a 5-0 victory at relegated Cardiff was the division’s biggest away margin alongside Bournemouth’s 5-0 win at Brighton.

The race for the Golden Boot also saw a three-way tie for the first time in two decades, with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane finishing as the league’s leading scorers alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

1. Premier League season: 2022-23

Goals: 1,084, matches: 380 goals per match: 2.853

The 2022-23 season has become the highest-scoring campaign in Premier League history after 33 goals went in on the final day. Those strikes took the tally across the season to 1,084, beating the previous record of 1,072 set in 2018/19. Twenty-one goals were needed on the final day to equal the record, and there was a fast start, with seven being scored in the opening 14 minutes of the 10 matches, which all kicked off at the same time. The record was equalled when Gabriel Jesus scored Arsenal’s fourth goal in 58 minutes against Wolverhampton Wanderers with a superb header.

Erling Haaland has rewritten the individual record books, and his exploits for Manchester City have now helped create a new league record as well. The Norwegian’s 36 goals led the way, with Harry Kane a distant second in the Golden Boot race despite scoring 30 for Tottenham.

Ivan Toney netted 20 for Brentford before starting his eight-month suspension, with Mohamed Salah (19) and Callum Wilson (18) completing the top five. Champions City were the league’s top scorer with 94 goals, while long-time leaders Arsenal racked up 88. Liverpool and Brighton cracked 70, as did Tottenham Hotspur, who scored and conceded more than 60; their 2007-08 season was the only previous instance of a team doing so in the Premier League. Every team contributed at least 30 to the tally, the first time that has happened since the 2012–13 campaign.

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