‘The great Premier League goal party’

More than three goals per game on average have been scored this season

By Web Desk
December 05, 2023
Manchester City's Jack Grealish celebrates scoring their third goal with Bernardo Silva. - Reuters 

An interesting stat has been revealed about the ongoing English Premier League season by Opta.

According to the data-driven platform, the Premier League games have averaged 3.16 goals per game this season so far, the highest average in an English top-flight season since 1964-65.

The report added that the Premier League games have averaged 0.4 clean sheets per game this season, the lowest rate ever seen in the Premier League era and the lowest in the top flight since 1961-62.

Earlier, the Premier League announced on Monday it had agreed a record £6.7 billion domestic television rights deal for a four-year period starting from the 2025/26 season.

The current deal is reported to be worth around £5 billion over a three-year cycle and covers 200 matches per season.

The English top flight hailed the agreements shared between different broadcasters as the "largest sports media rights deals ever concluded in the UK".

Sky Sports and TNT Sports have retained their rights to show live matches, with Amazon, currently showing 20 matches per season, not part of the next cycle.

Sky will screen a minimum of 215 live matches per season while TNT will broadcast 52. BBC Sport will continue to broadcast highlights via its Match of the Day programme.

A Saturday afternoon blackout, designed to protect attendances in the lower leagues, will remain but for the first time all matches outside of those scheduled for 3:00 pm on Saturday will be screened live.

"The outcome of this process underlines the strength of the Premier League," said the Premier League´s chief executive, Richard Masters.

"It is testament to our clubs, players and managers who continue to deliver the world´s most competitive football in full stadiums, and to supporters, who create an unrivalled atmosphere every week."

He added: "As longstanding and valued partners, Sky Sports and TNT Sports are renowned for consistently delivering world-class coverage and programming.

"We have enjoyed record audiences and attendances in recent seasons, and we know that their continued innovation will drive more people to watch and follow the Premier League."

The Premier League said the new deal would provide financial certainty for clubs throughout professional football until at least 2029.