Haaland breaks EPL single season’s goal record

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland on Wednesday night broke the Premier League record for most goals scored in a 38-game season.

The 22-year-old Manchester City forward netted his 33rd goal of an incredible debut campaign in the 4-1 victory over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.

Haaland, who also registered two assists against the Gunners, has taken just 29 games to hit 33 EPL goals.

Prior to Haaland, Liverpool’s Mo Salah had held the EPL record for the most prolific campaign since the competition downsized from 22 clubs to 20 in 1994.

Salah scored 32 goals in 36 appearances for Liverpool in the 2017/18 season.

Only eight players have reached the 30-goal mark in a 38-game EPL season.

Alan Shearer was the first in 1995/96, followed by Kevin Phillips, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez.

Shearer and Andy Cole still share the overall EPL record for most goals scored in a single season, having each netted 34 times in a 42-match campaign during the early 1990s.

The utter absurdity of Haaland’s record-setting day is that City still has seven Premier League games remaining. Haaland has played in 29 of the club’s 31 EPL contests, meaning he’s scored an absurd 1.14 goals per game this season.

Yes, that means if he plays in the remainder of City’s games, he’s on pace for 40 goals.

The Cityzens, meanwhile, still trails Arsenal by two points on the table. But the Citizens hold two games in hand and have a massive advantage in goal differential (plus-53 to plus-40), meaning they are well in the driver’s seat to win a fifth EPL title in the past six seasons.

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