There have been four rounds of the 2017-2018 English Premier League football season. 101 goals have been scored in the games played.
The 100th goal of the season was scored by Pedro Obiang for West Ham United in the 72nd minute of the game against Huddersfield Town.
My record of when the 101 goals were scored in 15 minute intervals is:
Winners of games have scored 74 goals, losers 11 goals with 16 goals being scored in drawn games. There have been three 0v0 games.
After four rounds of games, the team that has scored first has not lost in 91% of games.
View over Stamford Bridge (Ben Sutherland, CC BY 2.0)
I am monitoring the goals scored in the EPL 2017-2018 season. I am using secondary data from worldfootball.net.
I have two specific interests in monitoring goals scored:
- When are goals scored?
- What is the outcome of scoring first?
In week 1 of the EPL season, 31 goals were scored. There were eight wins, one score draw and one 0v0 draw.
When are goals scored?
I use 15 minute game intervals for the timing of goals scored. My record for week 1 is:
Scoring the first goal
Eight of the ten games played in week 1 were won by the team scoring first. Watford scored first in their 3v3 draw with Liverpool.
The eight teams that scored first and won were divided equally between home (4) and away (4) teams. Arsenal, Everton, West Brom and Manchester United scored first at home. Burnley, Huddersfield, Manchester City and Tottenham scored first away from home.
Scramble (Matthew Wilkinson, CC BY 2.0)