Benzema’s Season Reflects Overall Goal Shy La Liga Campaign

The French striker has
been accused of being off the pace in front of goal this season but a
trend shows how forwards have gone from scoring 61% to 54%. of all
goals.

Benzema’s Season Reflects Overall Goal Shy La Liga Campaign 1

Goals
are at a premium in the 2019/20 La Liga season to date. 685 goals were
scored before the Covid-19 pandemic drew a halt to activity and this
figure represents an average of 2.54 per game. If the same ratio is
applied to the eventual conclusion of the campaign, then a total of 964
is the expected total which trails last season’s 983 haul. The impact on
strikers finding the net may be a contributing factor in this drop-off.

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Goal shy

Benzema
has been tainted as a goal-shy striker by his critics but his situation
is a common trend with his fellow forwards. LaLiga strikers have gone
from bagging 60.98% of all goals in the 15-16 season (636 of the 1,118
total) to just 54% of the overall strikes. At present in the current
season, forwards have contributed to 370 of the 685 and statistics would
suggest that the overall expected total of 520 come the end of the
season would constitute the lowest haul from forwards in a decade of
LaLiga action.

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Despite being current top scorer in LaLiga,
Lionel Messi has also seen a dip in his season average and his current
haul of 19 is far from previous season tally of 36 and 34 respectively.
Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas is the current Spanish top marksman but he too
with just 9 is behind the 18/19 total of 20 and last season haul of 22.

Benzema’s Season Reflects Overall Goal Shy La Liga Campaign 2

As
things stand, the 2019/20 season is set to register a goal tally of
less than 1,000 goals for the second consecutive season marking a
drop-off from the 17-18 season with 1,024 strikes or the 1,118 from the
previous campaign (2016/17).

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LaLiga currently ranks at No.7
in the overall UEFA ranking with Germany’s Bundesliga enjoying the
highest goal scoring average with 3.25 goals per game in 2019/20.