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Goal Distribution: Premier League first & second half goal stats

Yesterday we analysed which positions (defence, midfield or forwards) Premier League  teams get their goals from so far this season (Premier League Goal Distribution by position article) and following on with the distribution theme we’ll today be looking at first half and second half goals so far this season.

To start with here are some graphs on first and second half goals. We’ll then analyse the goal distribution percentages between the first and second half for all Premier League teams.

First Half Goals

Premier League First Half Goals

Premier League Second Half Goals

Premier League Second Half Goals

Percentage of goals scored in first and second half

In the Premier League this season around 45% of goals have been scored in the first half and 55% in the second. In the table below only Stoke and Liverpool seem to be fitting the average in the league whilst the rest of the teams vary in goal distribution.

Swansea, Wigan and Spurs seem to be the slower starters scoring just over 30% of their goals in the first half and  relying on strong second half performances to score their goals. Other teams just under the 40% mark are Arsenal (seem to rely on comebacks a lot this season), Reading, QPR, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City.

League leaders Manchester United have an exact 50-50 share of goals in the first and second half which sums up how they’ve done. They can score at anytime and there’s no better stat to illustrate this. Manchester United are also the top scorers this season with 70 goals so 35 in each half.

Manchester United score more goals in either half (35) than QPR, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Stoke City and Norwich City have scored all season. United’s 35 goals in either half are also the same amount of goals West Ham have scored this season. It’s pretty impressive from the league leaders.

Southampton have also scored exactly the same amount in each half but have scored 26 goals less than Manchester United.

Percentage of Goals in First and Second Half

The teams that score more than 50% of their goals in the first half and therefore start the game better than they end it are: Chelsea, Everton, West Ham, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Norwich.

Below are the total goals stats for either half so far in the Premier League. If you do use these stats please do credit EPLIndex.com.

Premier League Goal Stats

The table below can be sorted by clicking on column headings.

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