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Top four teams with most goals conceded after first 25 games of a Premier League season

Published at :March 17, 2024 at 12:16 AM
Modified at :March 17, 2024 at 12:17 AM
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Rohit Sarkar

Premier League clubs who leaked the most goals in first 25 matches

The Premier League stands out as the toughest, most competitive football league globally. Its intensity and unpredictability make every match a battle. Top teams face fierce challenges from underdogs, ensuring no easy victories. With world-class talent in every squad, every game is a test of skill and determination. The relentless pace and physicality demand peak performance from players. No team can afford to underestimate their opponents, as upsets are common. The league’s depth means even mid-table teams pose a threat to the Giants. From the first whistle to the last, the Premier League delivers thrilling football and unparalleled competition.

Limiting the number of goals conceded is crucial for a team’s success in football. A solid defence provides the foundation for victories and championship runs. Teams must maintain organisation, discipline, and communication to minimise defensive lapses. However, despite efforts to shore up their defences, some teams struggle in this aspect during certain seasons. Factors such as injuries, loss of form, or tactical shortcomings can contribute to defensive frailty.

Additionally, facing potent attacking opponents can expose weaknesses in even the most well-drilled defences. Overcoming defensive struggles requires resilience, adjustments, and collective effort from players and coaching staff alike. In this article, let us take a look at the four teams with the most goals conceded after 25 games of a Premier League season:

4. Leeds United (2021-22): 56 Goals Conceded

The 2021–22 season was a tumultuous one for Leeds United, as they found themselves leaking goals at an alarming rate. Despite their attacking flair, defensive frailties plagued Marcelo Bielsa’s side, leading to a staggering 56 goals conceded after 25 games. The porous defence proved to be their Achilles’ heel, ultimately hampering their aspirations for a higher league finish.

3. Blackburn Rovers (2011–12): 56 Goals Conceded

In the 2011–12 campaign, Blackburn Rovers endured a torrid time at the back, conceding a total of 56 goals by the halfway mark. Despite boasting a rich history in English football, defensive lapses proved costly for the Lancashire club as they struggled to stem the tide of opposition attacks. It was a season marred by defensive fragility, contributing to Blackburn’s eventual relegation from the Premier League.

2. Barnsley (1997-98): 61 Goals Conceded

The 1997–98 season was a forgettable one for Barnsley, as they found themselves on the wrong end of numerous defensive lapses. Conceding a staggering 61 goals after 25 games, Barnsley’s leaky defence undermined their efforts to secure a stable footing in the top flight. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to stem the tide of goals conceded, ultimately succumbing to relegation.

1. Sheffield United F.C. (2023-24): 66 Goals Conceded

As the current season unfolds, Sheffield United F.C. finds themselves grappling with defensive woes of unprecedented proportions. With a staggering 66 goals conceded after 25 games, the Blades have struggled to contain opposition attacks, leading to a precarious position in the league table. Despite their resilience, defensive frailties have proven to be a significant obstacle to their ambitions in the Premier League.

The Premier League has witnessed its fair share of defensive struggles, with certain teams enduring torrid spells characterised by a high volume of goals conceded. From Leeds United’s recent woes to Barnsley’s struggles in the late 90s, these examples serve as a stark reminder of the importance of defensive solidity in achieving success in English football’s top flight.

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