Premier League On Course For Record Season Of Hat-Tricks
As Leeds United prepared for their return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence, their supporters were pondering which big name striker manager Marcelo Bielsa would sign.
There were a few Leeds fans who felt Patrick Bamford deserved a chance to prove he could score at the highest level, but they were in the minority.
Bielsa knows a good player when he sees one and while Bamford's style of play may not appeal to every football fan, the doubt about his ability to score goals at the top level is starting to dwindle.
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Last season, Bamford found the net 16 times to lead Leeds back to the promised land, but many felt the Championship was his limit
So far, he's proving the doubters wrong. A look at the top of this season's goalscoring list in the Premier League reveals the usual suspects like Jamie Vardy, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane.
But rubbing shoulders with these prolific strikers is Bamford, who deserves to be there after scoring Leeds' first top-flight hat-trick in 6,412 days after Mark Viduka helped himself to three in his side's 6-1 win against Charlton in April 2003.
Only Dominic Calvert-Lewin (7) and Heung-Min Son (8) have scored more goals than Bamford, who has found the net the same number of times as Sheffield United and Burnley combined.
Bamford's treble was the sixth scored in the league already this season as the goals continue to fly in. It's also the second in a row to be scored by a player who played in the Championship last season.
The previous hat-trick was scored by former Brentford striker Ollie Watkins who scored three times for Aston Villa in their sensational 7-2 win over the champions Liverpool just before the last international break.
Watkins' hat-trick was scored in 35 first-half minutes, while Bamford's came in 19 second-half minutes. Both were quick, but not as quick as the fastest ever hat-trick scored in the Premier League.
That honour goes to Sadio Mane in his days as a Southampton player.
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Fastest Premier League Hat-Tricks:
- 2 minutes, 56 seconds - Sadio Mane (Southampton v Aston Villa, May 2015)
- 4 minutes 32 seconds - Robbie Fowler (Liverpool v Arsenal, August 1994)
Mane destroyed Aston Villa with three goals in an incredible two minutes and 56 seconds as the Saints beat the Villans in the penultimate round of fixtures at the end of the 2014/15 season.
Those three goals smashed the previous record set by Robbie Fowler in August 1994 when he found Arsenal's net three times in four minutes 32 seconds.
Aston Villa have featured a lot in the history of Premier League hat-tricks. Bamford's treble was the 16th hat-trick scored against the Midlands club. Only Southampton (21) and Newcastle (17) have seen more hat-tricks scored against them.
Now that the Leeds forward has registered his first treble since scoring three for Middlesbrough in a Championship game against Leeds in March 2018, United fans will hope there are more to come.
But the top bookies aren't expecting one this weekend with odds of 65/1 for Bamford to score back-to-back hat-tricks.
Sergio Aguero: Hat-Trick King
Sergio Aguero holds the Premier League record for most hat-tricks scored (12). But at 32, Aguero's opportunities to add to his 12 hat-tricks scored for Manchester City may be running out.
Of the current players, Harry Kane, 27, is well on course to set a new record.
The Tottenham striker has eight match balls so far in his club career and after drawing a blank against Burnley in Spurs' last league game, Kane will be looking to add to his tally this weekend against Brighton.
Most Hat-Tricks Among Current Players:
- 12 - Sergio Aguero
- 8 - Harry Kane
- 4 - Raheem Sterling
- 3 - Mohamed Salah
- 3 - Jamie Vardy
- 3 - Theo Walcott
- 2 - Andy Carroll
- 2 - Sadio Mane
- 2 - Callum Wilson
Kane is 20/1 to score his ninth hat-trick on Sunday, which would see him one step closer to Aguero’s record of 12 and a little closer to Premier League legend Alan Shearer’s tally of 11.
Next on the list of active players is Raheem Sterling with four for Manchester City. With Aguero again sidelined for up to a month because of an injury, Sterling should see more opportunities come his way.
The England striker bagged two league hat-tricks for City last season and with two goals in his last three league games, he has Sheffield United in his sights this weekend and is 25/1 to notch his fifth Premier League treble.
Meanwhile, the league's leading scorer is Heung-Min Son, who scored his eighth goal of the season in Tottenham's 1-0 win at Burnley on Monday night. Son, who scored four of his eight goals in one game against Southampton earlier this season, is 7/1 to end the season winning the Golden Boot.
Leading the Golden Boot betting market are Salah and Kane who are both 4/1 despite being two and three goals behind Son. Salah scored the first of this season's six hat-tricks in the champions' 4-3 opening day win over Leeds.
Premier League Hat-Trick Probability
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At the current rate of hat-tricks already scored this season - 1 in every 10 games to date - the league is on course to see 39 hat-tricks scored which would be 20 more than the previous record set in the 1993/94 and 2011/12 campaigns.
There has been a hat-trick scored in five of the opening six rounds of fixtures and if that trend continues, we should see the 350th Premier League hat-trick scored by the end of 2020.
Will the 343rd hat-trick be scored this weekend?
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