Where do your team’s Premier League goals come from?

Where have your team’s Premier League goals come from this season? Are they long-range screamers, six-yard tap-ins or from clever assists?

We’ve taken a detailed look at how teams in England’s top tier have scored their goals this season.

Read on to see which sides are the best in the air, which teams feed off crosses and the clubs who are clinical in the penalty box…

Red spots indicate where goals were scored from, red lines show goals that were scored directly from assists, while assists are the yellow-dashed lines and black-dashed lines are dribbles.
Manchester City

Goals:19

Goals from outside box: 2

Top scorer: Sergio Aguero (5)

Assists: 13

Most assists: Kevin De Bruyne (4)

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City players have found the net 19 times in the Premier League so far this season, making them the joint-top scorers in the division. However, just two of those strikes have come from outside of the box – and both were scored by Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian bagged City’s opener in the Manchester derby and also netted from distance with a cheeky free-kick under Bournemouth’s wall in September.

City’s goal map, above, shows why opponents cannot switch off, even when the ball is far from their goal. Five of their Premier League assists came from deep positions, although the majority of their goals are from shots in central areas within the penalty box. Just three of those strikes have been headers, while another three have come from Sergio Aguero penalties.

Arsenal

Goals: 19

Goals from outside box: 1

Top scorer: Theo Walcott (5)

Assists: 12

Most assists: Alexis Sanchez (3); Alex Iwobi (3)

Arsenal are tied with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table for both goals (19) and points (19) – although Granit Xhaka’s piledriver against Hull City stands out on their goal map, above. The midfielder’s long-range strike is Arsenal’s only goal from outside the box so far this season. Just two of those other 18 goals have been from headers, although the Gunners’ decisive strikes do come from wider angles than those of their City counterparts.

Only two of Arsenal’s goals have come from traditional crosses from outside on the box on the left flank. They have also scored two penalties this season – and missed two more.

Liverpool

Goals: 18

Goals from outside box: 3

Top scorer: James Milner (4)

Assists: 12

Most assists: Adam Lallana (3)

Liverpool have scored some stunners this season. Two of their three strikes from outside the box have come from Philippe Coutinho, while Jordan Henderson’s winner against Chelsea picked up the goal of the month prize for September. However, James Milner currently tops their scoring chart, with four successfully converted penalties.

Fifteen goals from inside the box is the third-highest total in that category in the Premier League – behind Arsenal (18) and Man City (17). Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana have each netted their three strikes from within the 18-yard line. Liverpool have scored just one header so far this season – Firmino’s equaliser in the win at Swansea.

Most penalties – Premier League (at least two goals)

Team Penalties taken Penalty goals
Liverpool 4 4
Man City 5 3
Arsenal 4 2

Chelsea

Goals: 15

Goals from outside box: 2

Top scorer: Diego Costa (7)

Assists: 11

Most assists: Nemanja Matic

Diego Costa’s seven strikes this season makes him Chelsea’s top scorer by some margin – he’s scored almost half of the Blues’ total and more than twice as many as anyone else. The Spaniard and Eden Hazard account for Chelsea’s two goals from outside the box – however, Antonio Conte’s men haven’t netted one header yet this term. Only three other Premier League teams are yet to score a header.

Chelsea are also yet to score directly from a free-kick, despite 10 attempts. Only Hull City have had more free-kick attempts but no side has taken as many as Chelsea and failed to score. Interestingly, of the Blues’ 11 assists just one was from a cross into the box.

Tottenham

Goals: 13

Goals from outside box: 0

Top scorer: Heung-Min Son (4)

Assists: 10

Most assists: Christian Eriksen (3)

There are just four teams in the Premier League yet to score from outside the box this season – and Spurs are one of them. Tottenham are also one of only four teams without a goal from a penalty-kick yet this term, although Erik Lamela missed from 12 yards against Manchester City.

Instead, Spurs’ strikes have come from within the penalty box, with Christian Eriksen the chief creator with three assists. Right-back Kyle Walker has set up two goals and, as shown in the map above, Spurs have twice scored from right-wing crosses.

Manchester United

Goals: 13

Goals from outside box: 1

Top scorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (4)

Assists: 8

Most assists: Wayne Rooney (2); Anthony Martial (2); Daley Blind (2)

Manchester United have scored four headed goals so far this season – the third most in the Premier League. Only Crystal Palace (6) and West Ham (5) have scored more. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba have all headed home for Jose Mourinho’s side this term.

Ibrahimovic scored United’s only goal from outside the box on his Premier League debut at Bournemouth, and the Swede has also scored the only penalty kick they’ve been awarded so far, against Southampton. As the goal map above shows, United have also shown their threat from corners this season – two assists came directly from the corner flag against Leicester, while Juan Mata also teed up Marcus Rashford from a quickly-taken corner in that 4-1 win.

Headed goals – Premier League (at least four)

Team Headed goals
Crystal Palace 6
West Ham 5
Middlesbrough 4
Manchester United 4

Watford

Goals: 13

Goals from outside box: 2

Top scorer: Etienne Capoue (4)

Assists: 9

Most assists: Roberto Pereyra (2)

Watford have profited down the right flank so far this season. Five of their nine assists have come from that side of the box, while over half their goals come from the other side of the goal. However, despite scoring 11 times in the area, Watford haven’t scored from inside the six-yard box yet this term.

Etienne Capoue has scored four times this season – all from inside the box – while Watford have netted just one header (Isaac Success’ goal against Bournemouth) and one penalty (Troy Deeney’s spot-kick in the 3-1 win over Manchester United).

Everton

Goals: 12

Goals from outside box: 2

Top scorer: Romelu Lukaku (6)

Assists: 8

Most assists: Yannick Bolasie (3)

Everton have scored twice directly from free-kicks this season, more than any other team in the Premier League – although Ross Barkley’s opening weekend effort appeared to be an over-hit cross into the box. Romelu Lukaku scored their other, a fine curling effort against Crystal Palace, and he is the club’s current top scorer with six strikes.

Those free-kicks are Everton’s only goals from outside the box so far, while Lukaku accounts for two of their three headed efforts. Technically Everton are one of only four teams yet to score a penalty – although Leighton Baines’ strike from 12 yards against Stoke came back off the post and went in off goalkeeper Shay Given to help them to a narrow win.

Romelu Lukaku is Everton's top scorer so far this season
Romelu Lukaku is Everton’s top scorer so far this season

Bournemouth

Goals: 12

Goals from outside box: 2

Top scorers: Junior Stanislas (3); Callum Wilson (3)

Assists: 9

Most assists: Junior Stanislas (2); Adam Smith (2); Harry Arter (2)

Bournemouth appear to be most dangerous down the right, with seven of their nine assists coming from that half of the pitch. They’re also a team to watch out for in the air – a quarter of their goals have come from headers, with Callum Wilson nodding in two of their three goals of that type.

They’ve scored twice from outside the box – Junior Stanislas and Josh King netting from range – while Stanislas also converted the only penalty they’ve been awarded this term against Hull City.

Crystal Palace

Goals: 11

Goals from outside box: 2

Top scorer: Christian Benteke (3)

Assists: 8

Most assists: Jason Puncheon (2)

Crystal Palace’s goal map clearly shows where they are strong: crosses. Alan Pardew’s men have made more crosses than any other Premier League team this season and as a result they’re top of the table when it comes to headers scored (6).

Palace wingers have delivered assists from both flanks so far this season and there have also been impressive strikes from distance from Joe Ledley and Andros Townsend. However, there have also been missed penalty kicks from Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke.

Southampton

Goals: 10

Goals from outside box: 1

Top scorer: Charlie Austin (4)

Assists: 4

Most assists: Charlie Austin (1); James Ward-Prowse (1); Steven Davis (1); Ryan Bertrand (1)

In contrast to Crystal Palace’s crossing assists, Southampton’s goals have generally come from play in and on the edge of the opposition box. They are one of four teams yet to score a headed goal in the Premier League this season and have netted just once from outside the box – Jay Rodriguez’s strike against Sunderland.

Southampton have also benefited from Charlie Austin’s predatory instincts; as well as converting a penalty against Burnley, the striker has scored three other times from inside the 18-yard box.

Charlie Austin scores Southampton's third goal from the penalty spot against Burnley
Charlie Austin scores Southampton’s third goal from the penalty spot against Burnley

West Brom

Goals: 9

Goals from outside box: 0

Top scorer: Nacer Chadli (4)

Assists: 7

Most assists: Nacer Chadli (2)

A third of West Brom’s goals this season have come from headers – two from Salomon Rondon and one from Gareth McAuley – and the yellow assist lines on their goal map shows they are a threat from corners and crosses. In fact, all nine of West Brom’s goals this season have come from within the penalty area.

That total includes Nacer Chadli’s penalty against West Ham and the £13m summer signing is the club’s top scorer so far this term with four goals. He also leads the way when it comes to assists, with two to his name.

West Ham

Goals: 9

Goals from outside box: 0

Top scorer: Michail Antonio (5)

Assists: 7

Most assists: Dimitri Payet (3)

West Ham have proven to be particularly strong down the left flank so far this season, with five of their seven assists coming from crosses from that side of the pitch. Michail Antonio has been the major benefactor from that wing play, scoring a Premier League-high five headers already this term.

West Ham are yet to score a goal from outside the box this season, with all nine of their efforts coming from close range.

Leicester City

Goals: 8

Top scorer: Jamie Vardy (2); Islam Slimani (2)

Goals from outside box: 1

Assists: 5

Most assists: Jamie Vardy (1); Daniel Amartey (1); Robert Huth (1); Daniel Drinkwater (1); Christian Fuchs (1)

Remarkably, five of Leicester’s eight goals this season have been scored from a near-identical spot in the penalty area: centrally, around six yards out. Demarai Gray’s stunning consolation against Manchester United stands out on their goal map in sharp contrast.

Danny Drinkwater’s long pass from the centre circle to the edge of the penalty box to assist Jamie Vardy against Swansea shows Leicester’s rapid counter-attacking play which helped them win the Premier League last season still remains this term. However, Islam Slimani has given the Foxes a new dimension – both his two Premier League goals have come from headers.

Hull City

Goals: 8

Goals from outside box: 2

Top scorer: Robert Snodgrass (3)

Assists: 5

Most assists: Shaun Maloney (1); Curtis Davies (1); Jake Livermore (1); Harry Maguire (1); Abel Hernandez (1)

Hull City have scored just eight times so far this season, but on each occasion their decisive strikes have come from central areas, within the width of the six-yard box. There have been two goals from outside the box, including Robert Snodgrass’ point-saving injury-time free-kick against Burnley.

In fact, Hull have attempted more free-kick shots than any other team in the Premier League this season – although that Snodgrass strike is the only one to hit the net so far. Hull are one of four teams yet to score a header.

Robert Snodgrass equalises for Hull against Burnley in time added on
Robert Snodgrass equalises for Hull against Burnley in time added on

Swansea City

Goals: 8

Top scorer: Leroy Fer (4)

Goals from outside box: 1

Assists: 3

Most assists: Modou Barrow (2)

Like Hull City, Swansea have also had joy from central areas in the penalty box, netting seven of their eight goals from within the width of the six-yard box. Two of their three assists have come from crosses from the right side of the box.

Just one Swansea goal has come from outside the box this season – Gylfi Sigurdsson’s effort at Arsenal. The Iceland ace has also scored Swansea’s only penalty of the season, in their 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Middlesbrough

Goals: 7

Top scorer: Cristhian Stuani (3)

Goals from outside box: 1

Assists: 6

Most assists: Alvaro Negredo (2); Stewart Downing (2)

Middlesbrough have generally proven to be close-range specialists in the Premier League this term, with six of their seven goals coming from within 12 yards. Cristhian Stuani’s long-range effort against Sunderland is the only exception.

The Uruguay striker is the club’s top scorer with three goals – including one header – but they’ve also scored headed goals through Alvaro Negredo, Ben Gibson and Daniel Ayala, highlighting their strength from crosses.

Stoke

Goals: 7

Top scorer: Joe Allen (4)

Goals from outside box: 2

Assists: 1

Most assists: Marko Arnautovic

Six of Stoke’s seven goals have come in line with the centre of the goal – and their remarkable statistic of recording just one assist so far this season suggests they have capitalised on loose balls in the box.

Joe Allen profited from one of those to secure a draw at Manchester United and the Wales midfielder is Stoke’s top scorer so far this season with four goals. One of Stoke’s two goals from outside the box came from a fine Xherdan Shaqiri free-kick against Middlesbrough.

Joe Allen celebrates his equaliser for Stoke City
Joe Allen celebrates his equaliser for Stoke City

Burnley

 

Goals: 6

Top scorer: Sam Vokes (2)

Goals from outside box: 3

Assists: 5

Most assists: Steven Defour (3)

Burnley have scored the joint-fewest number of goals so far this season, but half of their six goals have been struck from outside the box – two of those during the Clarets’ surprise 2-0 victory over Liverpool in August. No Premier League team has scored more long-rangers this season.

Meanwhile, their goal map suggests, as well as long-range strikes, Burnley’s goals have come from a mix of crosses and incisive passes from deep.

Sunderland

Goals: 6

Top scorer: Jermain Defoe (4)

Goals from outside box: 0

Assists: 2

Most assists: Jack Rodwell (1); Duncan Watmore (1)

Remarkably, five of Sunderland’s six goals have come from a bunched area around the penalty spot so far this season. They are among four clubs yet to score from outside the box.

Jermain Defoe is responsible for four of the club’s goals – one of those was a penalty against Southampton.

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