Is it a temporary blip or have the Premier League goals dried up?
After GW33 of the English Premier League season, the record for the number of goals scored per game still remained seriously under threat, with an eye-catching 2.83 having been scored on average. However, successive gameweeks have yielded just 38 goals from the 21 fixtures played, raising doubts as to whether eclipsing the previous best figure will happen.
However, as we usher in a new matchweek, goals are expected to be in abundance at a number of venues, as the season reaches its boiling point.
Arsenal and Southampton play twice and the Gunners will need to pick up the maximum 6 points if they are to keep alive their hopes of a top-four finish and stretch Arsene Wenger’s unblemished record of Champions League qualification.
However, this may not be that easy. José Mourinho’s Manchester United side set a new club record of 25 games without defeat last weekend and their wily Portuguese coach, who has had a number of spats with his Arsenal counterpart over the years, may set his team out to frustrate the home side. United have already gone to both Anfield and the Etihad this season, effectively shutting up shop and they came away with 0-0 draws on both occasions. The Red Devils do have the distraction of a two-legged Europa League semi-final tie, either side of the encounter at the Emirates though and that is likely to have a significant impact on what sort of line-up Mourinho puts out.
Champions League hopefuls’ Manchester City are expected to find their shooting boots this weekend, when they entertain Crystal Palace at the Etihad but star striker Sergio Agüero did undergo a scan earlier in the week, leaving a question mark over his involvement.
Spurs get the GW36 action under way, when they travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United in the Friday Night Football and the latest Premier League match odds suggest that they will not disappoint.
The games are running out for Tottenham Hotspur, so the visitors will need to collect all 3 points, if they are to keep alive their slim hopes of hunting down Chelsea.
The Blues, themselves, look to have a straightforward task at Stamford Bridge, against a Middlesbrough side that is staring at the Premier League exit door.
How many goals will we see during Matchweek 36?