The first two Premier League games of the season did not hold back on drama, with both games littered with goals, action and late twists.
With Arsenal pinching all three points from Leicester after a 4-3 win in the season-opening game on Friday evening, Liverpool came from behind twice to lead Watford 3-2, before an injury-time Hornets goal made it 3-3.
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Fans could not have wished for a more enthralling start to the season, so much so that the record for Premier League goals in a season would have been doubled had the rate been maintained.
Thirteen goals in the first two Premier League games. At this rate, we're in for a season of 2,470 goals at an average of 6.5 per game.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) August 12, 2017
Consider that the 2011/12 season broke the record with 1,066 goals (2.8 per game), 2,470 goals would more than double that tally, with an average of 6.5 goals per game.
The Premier League season so far: 2 games, 13 goals.
A goal every 14 minutes. pic.twitter.com/yXUHsoAeBv— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 12, 2017
It doesn’t say much for the league’s best defenders that two top six teams, Arsenal and Liverpool, conceded three goals each, but who cares?
2 games. 🏟️
13 goals. ⚽
It's great to have the Premier League back. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/r25lgJGBVc— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 12, 2017
"Premier League is so over-rated"
"13 goals in 2 games is why the Premier League is the best in the world!!"— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) August 12, 2017
Also of note was the sheer variety of goalscorers, with 12 different players from all over the world featuring.
Two Premier League games played and 13 goals scored by 12 different players from 9 countries across 4 continents. Global game.— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) August 12, 2017
Meanwhile, it looks as though headers are in fashion this season.
6 of the 13 goals scored in the Premier League after the first two games have been headers.
46.2% 🆙 pic.twitter.com/bXQHMjtuLK— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 12, 2017
The goal-scoring rate will come down soon enough, won’t it?