Suarez, Luis Van Nistelrooy, Ruud. Alastair Shearer are only a few of the players that made history by scoring the opening goal of a Premier League season.
We can start to wonder who might add their name to this exclusive list when the new season gets underway.
With a 2-0 victory over Arsenal, Brentford scored the first goal of the previous season. The same could happen in 2022/23, since the Gunners will begin the new season on Friday, August 5, at Crystal Palace.
In fact, in three of the previous five seasons, the first goal was either scored for or against Arsenal, and during that period, Alexandre Lacazette made history by being the first player in Premier League history to score the opening goal of a season more than once.
We won’t have to wait very long for the first goal of 2022–23, according to history.
It has appeared in the first half of the first game in each of the previous 14 seasons, and by the eighth minute in four of the most recent five.
In fact, it only takes 22 minutes on average for the opening goal of a Premier League season to be scored! Therefore, be sure to take a seat early on August 5!
Arsenal has opened the scoring in each of the last four Premier League campaigns, but Palace will be attempting to do it for the first time.
The focus will then shift to Craven Cottage if Selhurst Park is won by defenses and we have just the second season-opening encounter without a goal (the other occasion was in 2010–11).
In the opening game of the day on Saturday, Fulham will face off against Liverpool, who have opened the scoring five times more often than any other team in Premier League history.
The last time they did so was in the 2019–20 season, when they defeated Norwich City, another team that had been promoted.