Since the start of the Premier League ahead of the 1992/93 season, there has been a total of 11,196 fixtures played.
There have been a total of 1,107 rounds of fixtures played since football was revolutionised by the breakaway league.
While there has been a multitude of statistics to have emerged during the history of the league, one betting statistic stands out more than any other.
Only twice in those 1,107 rounds of fixtures has all 20 (or 22 in the first three seasons) teams managed to score in one single round.
The league had to wait 19 seasons for the first occurrence when at the end of November 2010 'both teams to score' (BTTS) paid out in every Premier League fixture.
November 27 & 28, 2010
- Aston Villa 2-4 Arsenal
- Bolton 2-2 Blackpool
- Everton 1-4 West Brom
- Fulham 1-1 Birmingham
- Man Utd 7-1 Blackburn
- Stoke City 1-1 Man City
- West Ham 3-1 Wigan
- Wolves 3-2 Sunderland
- Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea
- Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
Manchester City's trip to Stoke City was the one fixture on the Saturday that almost ruined the bet that weekend. The game was played at Stoke's Bet365 Stadium and remained goalless with just nine minutes to play.
Micah Richards, now one of Sky Sports' leading pundits, scored a rare goal to give City the lead in the 81st minute. The points were headed to the Etihad Stadium until Matthew Etherington levelled matters in the second minute of added-on time.
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It kept alive the BTTS bet landing in all 10 fixtures which was completed the following day when leaders Chelsea drew 1-1 at Newcastle before Tottenham came from a goal down to beat Liverpool 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Liverpool defender Martin Škrtel scored for both teams.
The Premier League had to wait another eight years before betting sites had to pay out on all 20 teams scoring in the same round of fixtures.
December 4 & 5, 2018
- Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield
- Brighton 3-1 Crystal Palace
- West Ham 3-1 Cardiff
- Watford 1-2 Man City
- Burnley 1-3 Liverpool
- Fulham 1-1 Leicester
- Wolves 2-1 Chelsea
- Everton 1-1 Newcastle
- Man Utd 2-2 Arsenal
- Tottenham 3-1 Southampton
By now, bookmakers were taking bets on the eventuality happening and for the midweek games played on December 4 and 5 in 2018, odds of 450/1 were being offered for BTTS to land in all 10 fixtures.
The bet came close to losing during one of the four games played on the Tuesday evening. West Ham had the points wrapped up at the London Stadium, leading Cardiff 3-0 five minutes into injury time at the end of the game when a lapse in concentration allowed Jacob Murphy to score a consolation goal for the visitors.
Could the six contests on Wednesday make it a winning bet? The four games that kicked-off at 7.45 all delivered as did Arsenal's 2-2 draw at Manchester United which was one of two kicking off at 8pm.
The bet came down to the final seconds of the last game between Tottenham and Southampton in north London. Spurs led 3-0 thanks to goals from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min.
Just as it looked as though the 450/1 bet was about to fall short by one team failing to score, Charlie Austin popped up to score for Southampton three minutes into added-on time.
The odds seem short for something that has happened just twice in 28 seasons, but the bet has come close to landing several times.
Premier League BTTS Probability
- Last 18 games - 77.7%
- All season - 48.0%
Just recently, 18 of the 20 teams found the net in the league's matchday 30. Leicester and Arsenal were the only two sides not to score in the fixtures played on the first weekend of April.
Before the two matches played on Monday night in matchday 31, all but one of the 16 teams had scored with Fulham the exception when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Wolves.
Friday (April 16) is the first of 11 consecutive days with Premier League fixtures taking place.
Most BTTS Games This Season:
- 18 - West Ham, Manchester United
- 17 - Brighton, Newcastle
- 16 - Leeds, Leicester, Tottenham, Everton, Liverpool
- 15 - Crystal Palace, Wolves
- 14 - Southampton, Arsenal
- 13 - West Brom, Chelsea, Fulham, Manchester City
- 12 - Sheffield United, Burnley, Aston Villa
Backing BTTS to land in the 10 Premier League fixtures taking place from April 16 to West Brom's trip to Leicester on April 23, ranges from 550/1 (Betfair) to 600/1 (William Hill).
With BTTS landing in 14 of the last 18 Premier League games, both teams to score seems to be the best bet to back.