The Premier League will see records fall

Cristiano Ronaldo faces an uncertain Manchester United future, but he stands to pass a number of landmarks if he stays and plays for Erik ten Hag this season.

Tottenham’s Harry Kanewho captains England at the World Cup later in the year, is chasing a significant club landmark.

And guess who’s joining Mohamed Salah in a bid to set an opening day career scoring record.

Of course it is…… Jamie Vardy.

As the new season kicks off on Friday, Stats Perform looks at the records and milestones coming to light.

KANE, RONALDO, HAALAND: GOALS IN THE BIG GUNS’ CROSSING

What a role Ronaldo must play remains in the balance as he looks set to leave United for a second time.

But if the 37-year-old plays for the Red Devils, he could start chasing down landmarks. For starters, he’s just four wins short of being featured 150 United wins in the Premier League, having drawn 43 times and lost 37 while a member of the team in his two Old Trafford spells.

Ronaldo is a pure six goals away from becoming the first player to collect 500 goals in Europe’s top five leagues. His record 494 goals to date have come from 616 league games. Hot on his heels, however, is perennial rival Lionel Messi, once at Barcelona and now at Paris Saint-Germain (480 goals in 546 league games).

Kane is 17 away from hitting 200 goals in the Premier League, a total only achieved by Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208). Sergio Aguero (184) and Andy Cole (187), third and fourth on the Premier League era record, are poised to be beaten as Kane continues his assault on the league record.

Both Leicester City’s Vardy and Liverpool’s Salah will be looking to like or break Goal record in the first game in the Premier League, currently held jointly by Shearer, Frank Lampard and Rooney (eight goals). Vardy and Salah have seven each, as do the retired Teddy Sheringham and Aguero.

Manchester City new boy Erling Haaland has created a sensation with his goalscoring wherever he has played, dazzling for Molde, Salzburg, Borussia Dortmund and Norway. He can be it seventh Norwegian to score on his Premier League debutand the third to do so in the opening game of a season, after Tore Andre Flo for Chelsea in 1997-98 and Adama Diomande in 2016-17 with Hull City.

Harry Kane's Premier League goals

Harry Kane’s Premier League goals

DESERVES A LONG SERVICE MEDAL

Liverpool’s James Milnerfresh from signing a new one-year contract, is 12 short of reaching 600 Premier League games. Only three players have reached that mark to date: Gareth Barry (653), Ryan Giggs (632) and Lampard (609).

Milner made his debut in the Premier League for Leeds United as a 16-year-old in November 2002, then a 20th anniversary approaching for the former England midfielder.

David Moyes was already a Premier League manager when Milner made his first appearance. In Everton then, he has gone the rounds since and is only two games away from finishing 1000 matches in all competitions as a manager in English football.

Now at West Ham, Moyes appears to be at the opposite end of his sideline career Mikel ArtetaThe Arsenal manager who is one away from taking up his first 50 wins as Premier League manager.

STAY LONG ENOUGH…

Only six teams have been constant members of the Premier League since its inaugural year in 1992-93. Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal have completed their first 30 seasons without suffering relegation. Sooner or later, all kinds of landmarks come for these league lynchpins.

Arsenal have lost 249 Premier League games and went into Friday night’s season opener against Crystal Palace under threat of staying 13. side losing 250. They would have had the longest wait to lose 250, but already having played four games more than Chelsea, who took the longest (1,148 games) of them to reach the not-so-desirable milestone.

Tottenhamanother of the faithful sides, are only five away from staying fifth team to score 1,000 goals at home in the competition (Manchester United 1,214, Liverpool 1,156, Arsenal 1,154, Chelsea 1,121).

Chelsea is 27 shy of 2000 goalshome or away, having plundered 1,973 in his 1,152 games to date.

Aston Villa and Newcastle United are both 12 missing lost 400 Premier League games. Only West Ham (408) and Everton (414) have lost more games than these teams, who will be hoping to avoid going over that barrier this season.

West Ham is four away from reaching 1000 Premier League gameswhile promoted Nottingham Forest are two away 200.

Andy Robertson assists

Andy Robertson assists

RECOGNIZE THE NUMBERS

Liverpool left back Andy Robertson needs an assist to be the only one second defender to register 50 assists in the Premier League, after Leighton Baines (Wigan, Everton). Robertson has 49, with Baines managing 53 throughout his career.

Aston Villa veteran Ashley Young and Tottenham’s new arrival Richarlison are two shy of reaching 50 Premier League goalswhile Newcastle’s former Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is four away 50 clean sheets in the competition.

Brighton and Hove Albion are two away 50 winswith Aston Villa four cards off 300 drawsa result only Everton (320) has achieved.

Southampton need four wins to reach 100 away winsand Aston Villa will have four three points on the way to reach theirs 150 wins. Leicesterhowever, are four away 150 Premier League away teams. Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to stave off that landmark until well into the new campaign.

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