VIDEO: Ranking the top 20 Premier League goals of 2020

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It is that time of the year, the time when we put a bow on 2020 and remember the best action on the pitch and in this wonderful video you will find the top 20 Premier League goals from 2020.

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Play this on repeat to ring in the New Year.

From bicycle kicks to long-range howitzers, mazy runs to majestic curlers, we have put together our top 20 Premier League goals from 2020 and below is an explainer on each goal.

The video above shows the works of art from 2020, and below is why I ranked them in this order, as putting together this list of top Premier League goals from the last 12 months was very, very difficult.

I think I’ve done a good job, but let us know in the comments if you agree with my selections for the top 20 Premier League goals from 2020.


Ranking the top 20 Premier League goals of 2020

20. James Ward-Prowse, 2nd goal for Southampton v Aston Villa, Nov. 1

After scoring a sublime free kick a few minutes earlier and setting up the opener, this strike was sublime. The skill level to get it up and over the wall from 20 yards out is sublime. Best free kick taker in the Premier League?

19. Patrick Bamford, 3rd goal for Leeds v Aston Villa, Oct. 23

Sealed his hat trick in style. Love this goal. The skill to dance past multiple defenders and manoeuvre the ball into the far top corner. Oozed class.

18. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, goal for Arsenal v Fulham, Sept. 12

Textbook Auba goal, as he cut inside and curled a beauty into the far top corner. We saw this many times in 2020, and before that.

17. Mohamed Salah, 2nd goal for Liverpool v Crystal Palace, Dec. 19

See above. Salah’s textbook curling finish was on show as Liverpool capped an incredible 7-0 win at Palace. Salah jumped off the bench to score twice, and this was his best from his 23 PL goals in 2020.

16. Declan Rice, goal for West Ham v Watford, July 17

Smashing hit from distance from the West Ham youngster, as he drove them on to Premier League safety last season.


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15. Kevin De Bruyne, 1st goal for Man City v Norwich, July 26

So many KDB goals we can choose from, but this is something else. The footwork to get away from the defender and the precision of the finish is jaw-dropping.

14. Anthony Martial, goal for Man United v Bournemouth, July 4

Love the way it kisses off the crossbar before going in, and this was textbook Martial too. He was on fire in the summer.

13. Sebastien Haller, goal for West Ham v Crystal Palace, Dec. 17

Unlucky to not be higher in our list, as this bicycle kick was straightforward but very beautiful. Haller loves an acrobatic effort.

12. Che Adams, goal for Southampton v Man City, July 5

What a way to score your first Premier League after a long, long way. Adams chipped Ederson with extreme skill, and has been on a high ever since due to the confidence of this goal.

11. Paul Pogba, goal for Man United v West Ham, December 5

When he scores, they are usually beauties. There was controversy around this goal as Pogba’s agent had just said he wanted out, plus the long ball forward from Henderson looked like it was out, but the finish was controlled and powerful at the same time.


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10. Kevin De Bruyne, goal for Man City v Chelsea, June 25

The dip and swerve he got on this free kick was out of this world. De Bruyne just isn’t human.

9. Fabinho, goal for Liverpool v Crystal Palace, June 24

Not something you would usually associate him with, but the Brazilian has this in his locker. A howitzer of a drive from distance. Always destined for the top corner.

8. Ola Aina, goal for Fulham v West Brom, Nov. 2

The Fulham right back smashed this home and it was a work of art. The skill required to keep this down, with his weaker foot, and cut across the ball and still get the power on it was supreme.

7. Danny Ings, goal for Southampton v Aston Villa, Nov. 1

A special goal in a special 2020 for Ings and Southampton. The England international did this time and time again, cutting on to his right and curling home from distance. This was the best of a boatload of goals.

6. Christian Pulisic, goal for Chelsea v Man City, June 25

This was a real breakout moment for Pulisic, who went on to be one of the best players in the PL over the summer games. Pulisic used all of his best attributes on this goal to intercept the ball, run free, dribble past a defender and then keep his cool when it mattered. His hat trick at Burnley in 2019 was the moment he arrived in the PL, but this was his most impressive individual moment.


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5. Alexandre Lacazette, goal for Arsenal v Tottenham, July 12

An absolute belter in the north London derby, as Lacazette hammered home. It was past Lloris before he could react.

4. Reece James, goal for Chelsea v Brighton, Sept. 14

What a way to score your first PL goal, as Chelsea’s marauding right back hit this so sweet. We will see plenty more of these in the years to come.

3. Heung-min Son, goal for Tottenham v Arsenal, Dec. 6

Just breathtaking. I was at the stadium to see this goal live, and the way he cut inside, always looked in control and curled home from distance was mind-boggling. He knew exactly what he was going to do before he even got the ball at his feet. A great 2020 for Son was summed up by this goal. Son-sational.

2. Manuel Lanzini, goal for West Ham v Tottenham, Oct. 18

Trailing 3-0 at bitter rivals Spurs with 10 minutes to go, West Ham got it back to 3-2 deep into stoppage time. Then this happened. A corner dropped to Lanzini and he had one thing on his mind. The way he sliced across the ball was not luck. That was the only way he could direct this on goal, and it flew into the top corner. Cue scenes as an unforgettable goal sealed an unlikely point for the Hammers.

1. Alireza Jahanbakhsh , goal for Brighton v Chelsea, Jan. 1

On the first day of 2020 the best goal of 2020 was scored. At the time I wrote that we may not see a better goal in the whole of 2020. We didn’t. Jahanbakhsh had just ended his long wait for his first PL goal and the Iranian star was full of confidence. The difficulty level on this goal was insane, and it was in the last five minutes to grab a point at home against Chelsea. The look on the faces of those young Brighton fans at the end of our video say it all. This was truly a mesmerizing goal.

Arsenal vs Tottenham live! Score, updates, how to watch, video

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Arsenal host Tottenham in a massive north London derby on Saturday as first host third in the Premier League following impressive starts to the season for both of these bitter rivals.

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Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are top of the table and have won six of their first seven games as Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka have led their impressive start as Arsenal have played with a swagger and confidence which suggests they’re ready to at least finish in the top four this season.

Antonio Conte’s Tottenham sit just one point behind Arsenal and remain unbeaten through their first seven games as they’re yet to hit top form but are very stubborn and disciplined. This will be Spurs’ toughest test so far and after just pipping Arsenal to finish fourth last season, there will be extra spice (if that’s possible) to this clash.

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Here’s everything you need to know for a massive NLD as Arsenal vs Tottenham is always appointment viewing.


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Kick off: 7:30am ET, Saturday
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Arsenal vs Tottenham live analysis! – By Joe Prince-Wright at the Emirates Stadium

GOALLLL! Wow. Thomas Partey curls home a stunner from outside the box. What a goal. The Emirates goes wild. How did he have that much space there!? “1-0 to the Arsenalllll!” is the chant from the home fans. And it should be more. They totally deserve this lead.

SAVE! Aaron Ramsdale denies Richarlison from close range when he looked certain to score. Was Ben White playing everyone onside? Lovely clipped free kick from Son towards Dier but Richarlison couldn’t get proper contact on it.

CHANCE! What a clearance from Lenglet as a long throw is flicked on and drops inside the six-yard box with Jesus lurking. What a start that nearly was for Arsenal. Moments later Martinelli clips the outside of the post.

KICK OFF: We are underway. It is LOUDDDDDD in here.

My thoughts on this massive clash. I can hardly hear myself here!

It is go time here! Wow. What a noise.

Both teams are out warming up and there is a real zip as they go through their paces. The sun is out and first host third in the Premier League in a derby. Does it get much better than this!?

The team news is out and here are the lineups hot (I’d probably go with lukewarm) off the press. Partey and Zinchenko are back in central midfield and left back respectively, which is a huge boost for Arsenal. Kulusevski is out for Spurs so Son comes back into the lineup as he starts in attack with Kane and Richarlison in a very attacking lineup from Antonio Conte. Intriguing.

Hello and welcome to a beautiful morning here in north London! There is a huge buzz of anticipation and excitement in the early autumn air. The Premier League is back and what better way to restart things with a bitter rivalry clash between Arsenal and Tottenham?


Key storylines

Arteta’s Arsenal have been absolutely superb so far this season and they could easily be perfect as they lost at Manchester United but dominated the majority of the only game where they’ve dropped points. There is a great balance to the Gunners with young attacking players flying all over the place — led by the incredible Jesus who has slotted in seamlessly — and a solid defense with Partey and Xhaka very important in the holding midfield roles. Arteta knows that a big win against Spurs will give his young side further confidence as they aim for a top four finish, and maybe more, this season.

Conte’s Spurs have been workmanlike so far and Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Richarlison are all among the goals and are popping up at key moments when they’re needed. Defensively Spurs look solid in their 3-4-3 formation and you always fancy them to grab at least a few goals. Tottenham are seen as many as title contenders this season and a win at their bitter rivals will see that feeling grow.


In-form players to keep an eye on

Gabriel Jesus continues to lead the line superbly for Arsenal and he is bringing their entire attacking unit to life. Granit Xhaka has also been incredibly important and was excellent away at Brentford before the international break as he wore the captain’s armband once again and Arsenal’s fans were full of praise for the Swiss international midfielder.

Son has finally found his scoring boots and bagged a hat trick off the bench in Spurs’ demolition of Leicester City and he looked very good for South Korea over the international break. Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have barely put a foot wrong and are a big reason why Spurs remain unbeaten this season and look so robust. Harry Kane loves a north London derby and he always seems to take his game to a new level when this game rolls around.


Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup options

Emile Smith Rowe is out until December after undergoing surgery on a groin injury, while Reiss Nelson and Mohamed Elneny remain out. Kieran Tierney, Thomas Partey, Cedric Soares and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all battling to be fit to feature. If Partey is out, Albert Sambi Lokonga is likely to come in and partner Granit Xhaka in central midfield or perhaps Odegaard could slot back into a deeper role and Fabio Vieira may play in the No. 10 role after his fine goal at Brentford?


Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup options

The main injury concern for Spurs is Dejan Kulusevski after he suffered an injury while on international duty with Sweden. Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies have had thigh and knee injuries respectively and will be battling to be fit, while Lucas Moura is definitely out as he continues to work his way back from a calf injury.


Arsenal vs Tottenham projected lineups, form, head-to-head, prediction

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There is so little between Arsenal and Tottenham this season that every little decision will count as they square off this Saturday (watch live, 7:30am ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com) in the north London derby.

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Mikel Arteta and Antonio Conte have overseen superb starts to the season for their teams, with the Gunners top of the table and they are just one point and two places above unbeaten Spurs.

After Tottenham pipped Arsenal to a top four finish late last season, this rivalry has gone to new levels and both believe they can finish in the top four this season, at the very least.

Below we take a closer look at form, head-to-head info, projected lineups and a prediction for what promises to be a classic Arsenal vs Tottenham clash in the north London derby.


Arsenal vs Tottenham recent Premier League form

Arsenal last five fixtures – WLWWW | Last match: 3-0 win at Brentford

Tottenham last five fixtures – WWDWW  | Last match: 6-2 win vs Leicester City


Who has more wins, Arsenal or Tottenham? (all competitions head-to-head)

Tottenham wins: 67

Arsenal wins: 84

Draws: 54


Projected lineups

Arsenal (4-2-3-1)

—– Ramsdale —–

— White — Saliba — Gabriel — Zinchenko —

—- Partey —- Xhaka —-

—- Saka —- Odegaard —- Martinelli —-

—– Jesus —–

If Partey is out with injury then Arteta has a big decision to make in midfield: does Lokonga come in? Or does Odegaard drop deeper with Vieira coming in to an attacking midfield role? Elsewhere, Zinchenko will likely start ahead of Tierney if both are fit, while Zinchenko could also start in holding midfield given his incredible vesatility.


Tottenham (3-4-2-1)

—– Lloris —–

—- Romero —- Dier —- Davies —-

— Emerson — Hojbjerg — Bentancur — Perisic —

—- Richarlison —- Son —-

—– Kane —–

The back three picks itself, if everyone is fit, with Llenget and Sanchez coming in and doing okay when injuries have flared up. But the big debate is what Spurs do with Kulusevski potentially out. Does Richarlison come in for him? Or does Yves Bissouma start in midfield and the formation switch to a 3-5-2 with Son supporting Kane in attack? If it’s the latter, that would give Spurs extra defensive cover in the engine room.


Arsenal vs Tottenham prediction

This is going to be a very close game with these managers, players and clubs so evenly-matched across the board. Arsenal have been in better form but are battling with some key injuries, while Spurs look more capable of grinding out results when they’re not at their best. All of that adds up to an entertaining draw. I’m going for 2-2.


Ever Wonder why Arsenal moved from South to North London?

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Our ‘Ever Wonder’ series will run throughout the 2022-23 Premier League season and focuses on key stories behind the history, tradition and culture of all 20 Premier League clubs.

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Have you ever sat there and wondered why certain chants became iconic at a club? Why a team has a certain nickname? Why they play in those colors? How they were founded? Yep, us too.

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This season we will be digging deep to tell the stories of the rich history, tradition and culture from around the Premier League and give you the answers to things you want to know more about.


Ever Wonder why Arsenal moved across London?

Based in Woolwich in south east London, the club was originally founded in 1886 as a group of workers from the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory decided to set up a club.

They were originally called Dial Square because of a sun dial atop the entrance to the factory. Seriously.

As for the factory itself, it served the British Army with ammunition and explosives research and 80,000 people worked there during the First World War.


Red jerseys and stadium struggles

Dial Square then became Royal Arsenal and players from Nottingham Forest joined the club, hence the now famous Garibaldi red jerseys which Forest, established 20 years before Arsenal, gave them.

After moving around several stadiums in Plumstead, which was based on the outskirts of London at the time, Arsenal then became Woolwich Arsenal and it stayed that way until 1913.

Struggling financially due to Plumstead being in an isolated area and not easy for people to travel to compared to other London clubs, Woolwich Arsenal were looking for other locations to move to from their Manor Ground home.

Arsenal vs Liverpool at the Manor Ground in Plumstead


Bombing accelerates move

During the suffragettes battle for equality for women in the UK, targeted bombings were carried out at high profile venues.

One such bombing occurred at Arsenal’s home stadium, destroying the grandstand at the Manor Ground in 1913 which would reportedly cost over $1,220 to repair.

With a significant bill to pay to repair the stadium and the club once again teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, the largest shareholder of the consortium who bought the club in 1910, Sir Henry Norris, decided to move the club to Highbury in north London in 1913 after a failed attempt to merge Fulham and Arsenal, the two clubs he was chairman of.

Arsenal moved to Highbury Stadium


Controversial 12-mile move from South to North London approved in 1913

Amid uproar from fans in Woolwich and north London, it still happened and famed stadium architect Archibald Leitch built their home ground at Highbury.

That is when the Arsenal we know today was truly born.

They soon became known as ‘The Arsenal’ in 1914 and then dropped ‘the’ to become known simply as Arsenal in 1919 as football resumed in England following the First World War.


Feud with Tottenham begins

In-between then a feud had already bubbled up with Tottenham. Of course it had.

Arsenal were promoted to the first division at the expense of Tottenham amid huge controversy and after a league vote, Arsenal took Spurs’ place in the first division.

Hence a bitter rivalry was born and Tottenham’s fans like to remind Arsenal to, shall we say, ‘head back to Woolwich, please, because north London is ours.’ The real version is obviously less polite.


The Gunners have never looked back

Financial success, being close to a London Underground station and improved facilities were the main reasons Arsenal moved 12 miles across London to north London in 1913 and it is where they have remained ever since.

London’s most successful team (in terms of the number of major titles and top-flight titles), the decision to move Arsenal across England’s capital city is still bearing fruit over 100 years later.

They’ve come a long way from a team set up in a factory which made explosives for the British Military.

Southampton vs Everton: How to watch, stream link, team news

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Southampton host Everton at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday and both Ralph Hasenhuttl and Frank Lampard are desperate for a win.

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Before the break Saints put in their worst display of the season as they lost at Aston Villa and their trademark high-pressing was non-existent. With such a young team they are likely to have ups and downs throughout this season and overall they’ve had a very solid start to the new campaign.

Everton got their first win of the season last time out as they edged past West Ham at home before the break and Lampard has made the Toffees very tough to beat. They sit on seven points (the same as Southampton) and have lost just twice so far this season. That said, scoring goals is a real issue for them as they’ve scored just five goals in their first seven games.

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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of a huge game as Southampton vs Everton is a clash both teams will believe they can win.


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Key storylines

Saints have so many good youngsters with Armel Bella-Kotchap, Gavin Bazunu and Romeo Lavia all catching the eye early in the season. The latter has missed the last few games through injury and Saints have lost both 1-0 at Wolves and Aston Villa. Scoring goals will be a problem for them but they look defensively solid this season and Hasenhuttl is relying on Che Adams and James Ward-Prowse to score the goals to keep them well away from the relegation scrap.

Lampard’s Everton are also tougher to break down and scoring goals is also an issue for them. After selling Richarlison in the summer and having Dominic Calvert-Lewin out injured so far, Lampard has relied on Anthony Gordon to be his main attacking weapon. The youngster has a lot of pressure on his shoulders.


In-form players to keep an eye on

Saints’ Bella-Kotchap (20) and Mohammed Salisu (23) have formed a really strong partnership at center back and both made their international debuts over the break for Germany and Ghana respectively. Saints need Ward-Prowse to get back to his best as he’s struggled to start the season and is so important to the way they play.

Alex Iwobi has been superb in a deeper central midfield role for Everton and Amadou Onana continues to show his class alongside him, while the experienced duo of Conor Coady and James Tarkwoski are forging a very solid partnership at center back with the summer signings leading by example.


Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

Tino Livramento continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury and is getting closer to a return, while 18-year-old midfield sensation Lavia is still a few weeks away from returning. It will be intriguing to see who starts in attack with Adams as Hasenhuttl has so many attacking midfield options but nobody has staked their claim for a regular starting spot.


Everton team news, injuries, lineup options

Injury issues continue to mount up for Lampard as they lost right back Nathan Patterson over the break and that is a big blow as he’s been sensational in recent games. Jordan Pickford should be back from injury, which is a massive boost, but Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina and Andros Townsend all remain out. Calvert-Lewin has a chance of being back for this game.