In the 59 top-flight encounters that have been played so far this season going into Monday night’s showdown between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park, 131 goals have been scored in total at a rate of 2.22 goals per game (GPG).
And of those 131 strikes, 71 have come at home, while 60 have been netted on the road, giving us a scoring rate for the former of 1.2 GPG and 1.02 GPG for the latter.
Interestingly, when we come to compare those stats with last season’s scoring rates, we see that across the 380 matches played in the whole of the 2012/13 campaign, there were 1,063 goals at a rate of 2.8 GPG. When broken down between home and away goals, we see that 592 were netted at home (1.56 GPG) and 471 came on the road (1.24 GPG).
If the numbers haven't made it clear, we are seeing fewer goals per game so far this season, whether that be in total or when broken down between home and away strikes. This is a genuine reflection of a far more balanced top flight in this campaign compared to last time out.
For example, in 2012/13, we had scorelines such as Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa (see above) and Newcastle United 0-6 Liverpool to get our heads around, as well as equally perplexing results like West Bromwich Albion 5-5 Manchester United and Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle.
This time around, there have been no such one-sided contests on display, which makes for a better all-round show.