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CHRIS SUTTON: The bonkers Premier League goal-fest is down to rank defending... and I'm loving the drama! This is shaping up to be the most bonkers season in Premier League history  So far, we've witnessed goals galore and ridiculous results due to rank defending We're only four games into the new season but it has been wonderfully wacky 

By Chris Sutton for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 BST, 5 October 2020 | Updated: 00:55 BST, 6 October 2020

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This is shaping up to be the most bonkers season in Premier League history — and I'm loving the drama. We've witnessed goals galore and ridiculous results, rotten defending and rank goalkeeping.

Maybe there is an element of schadenfreude to my enjoyment. In my playing days, I'd prey on the schoolboy mistakes these defenders are making. But I can't recall it being as bad across the board as it is now.

Watching Manchester City concede five to Leicester, six to Tottenham and Liverpool seven to Aston Villa, it hammers home the achievement of Chelsea in 2004-05.

This is shaping up to be the most bonkers season in Premier League history for goals

This is shaping up to be the most bonkers season in Premier League history for goals

That was when Jose Mourinho's side were crowned champions and conceded 15 goals all season. Yet the art of defending has disappeared in 2020-21, and that is what I believe is behind the Premier League's sudden rampant goal rate or lack of 0-0s.

I do not think we can blame Covid-19 and say it is because players went through disrupted pre-seasons. That shouldn't matter. You're a professional, and just because you didn't go on your usual

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