Premier League Breaks Records: Foden's Hat-Trick Shines
|Phil Foden of Manchester City holds off a challenge from Ben Mee of Brentford FC during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester City at Brentford Community Stadium on February 05, 2024 in Brentford, England(Image-Getty)
Over the past three days, history unfolded with an unprecedented flurry of goals, marking a record-breaking Premier League Matchweek. Phil Foden's hat-trick in Manchester City's 3-1 triumph against Brentford contributed to the total of 45 goals across the 10 fixtures of Matchweek 23.
The previous record of goals scored across a round of 10 matches was 44, achieved twice before, in Matchweek 2 of the 2020/21 season and then in Matchweek 34 of the last season. This season witnessed a remarkable 730 goals scored in just 228 matches, averaging 3.20 goals per match, putting 2023/24 on track to surpass the record for the most goals scored in a single 380-match season by 42 goals.
The current record for a 38-match campaign was set last season, with 1,084 goals. If the current rate persists until May 2024, approximately 1,216 goals would be scored. The most goals in any Premier League season came in the inaugural 42-match campaign, in 1992/93, with 1,222 goals scored at a rate of 2.6 goals per match.
Saturday's fixtures set the stage for the goal frenzy, breaking the record for a single day with 26 goals across five matches. Everton and Tottenham Hotspur shared four goals in the early kick-off, while Burnley and Fulham mirrored the scoreline at Turf Moor. Brighton & Hove Albion clinched a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace. The highlight was at St James’ Park, witnessing Newcastle United and Luton Town engage in an eight-goal thriller, drawing 4-4. Aston Villa secured a dominant 5-0 win over Sheffield United.
Sunday saw Nottingham Forest drawing 1-1 against AFC Bournemouth, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers sharing six goals with a 4-2 win for the visitors, and Manchester United securing a 3-0 victory over West Ham United. In the standout fixture, Arsenal defeated Liverpool 3-1, concluding Matchweek 23.