Stats Show Goals Are The Key For NUFC
It turns out Newcastle’s late collapse at the Emirates created a bit of Premier League history.
As well as being the first time a Premier League club had scored three goals in consecutive matches and lost them both, the 7-3 scoreline was a first for the Premier League.
Only one match had surpassed that goal total when Portsmouth beat Reading 7-4 in 2007. The other ten goal matches have been Spurs 6 Reading 4 (2007), Spurs 9 Wigan 1 (2009) and Man.U. 8 Arsenal 2 (2011).
While an 8-0 scoreline has happened three times; NUFC v Sheff Wed 0 (1999), Chelsea v Wigan (2010) and Chelsea v Villa earlier this season.
The 17 goals our matches at Old Trafford and the Emirates contributed to the overall Premier League total had helped put it on course before this weekend’s results to achieve a third record breaking total in a row.
Last season 1,066 goals were scored in the Premier League and the pre-Saturday (12th Jan) gone stats had the Premier League standing on an average of 2.87 goals per match (597 in 208 matches), which if continued would lead to a rise of 25 goals on last season.
While Manchester United are way out ahead in England averaging 2.57 goals per game before last weekend’s matches, Barcelona are way out in the entertainment stakes scoring an average of 3.39 goals per league match.
In comparison, Newcastle are averaging only 1.22 goals per match following the goalless draw at Carrow Road. Needless to say we could be in a bit of trouble if the average doesn’t pick up between now and the end of the season, though one small encouraging stat is that all four clubs currently below us have even more problems scoring goals (see sportingintelligence.com table).
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