The long wait for the Premier League season to begin is almost over, with the first games starting tomorrow. 

And fans are anticipating yet more entertainment from some of the most talented players on the planet. Last season had some particularly exquisite goals, which left fans elated, and goalkeepers distraught.

With that in mind, it is worth looking back at the very best goals of the 2012/13 season, just in case you're not yet in the mood for another eight months of thrilling football action:

1. Matthew Lowton: Stoke City 1 - 3 ASTON VILLA | 6 April 2013

The full-back's volley was not only technically brilliant, but it also provided victory in a tense relegation clash.

A late corner was headed away to the edge of the area, where a second clearance fired the ball high into the air. Lowton kept his eye on it, chested it down, and then showed great composure to get his volley away with Stoke players around him.

From 30 yards out, his strike flew into the top corner, giving Asmir Begovic no chance of stopping it. 

This 87th-minute goal restored Villa's lead, and helped Paul Lambert's side continue their fight for survival.

2. Robin van Persie: MANCHESTER UNITED 3 - 0 Aston Villa | 22 April 2013

The night that confirmed United's title win was rounded off by a Robin van Persie hat-trick and this goal of the season contender.

The Dutchman had the game sealed up with three goals after just half an hour, and the second of these strikes is sure to live long in the memory.

A searching ball forward from Wayne Rooney on the halfway line found the run of RVP, who met the ball on the full volley. His shot was simply unstoppable and it showcased his immense technique, to let the ball come from over his shoulder onto the laces of his boots.

He would end the season as top scorer and this goal showed why he is such a threat to defences around the Premier League.

3. Gareth Bale: West Ham 2 - 3 TOTTENHAM | 25 February 2013

Gareth Bale exhibited his superior talent with this long-range effort, which stole the win for Spurs in an incredibly close London derby.

The Welshman had already scored once at the Boleyn Ground to give the visitors an early lead. But Andy Carroll and Joe Cole both scored to put West Ham 2-1 up.

Gylfi Sigurdsson then drew the sides level to set the stage for Bale to steal the show once again. The winger received the ball from quite far out, but turned and unleashed an unstoppable effort on his left foot.

Jussi Jaaskelainen had no chance, despite having an excellent game in goal. 

At the time Tottenham rose to third in the league, but were unable to sustain their Champions League charge.

4. Leighton Baines: Newcastle - EVERTON | 2 January 2013

A thunderous free-kick from range began an Everton comeback, which would see them take all three points at Newcastle. 

Leighton Baines placed the ball, not long before the half-time whistle, and took charge of the set-piece. No one was going to stand in the way of the full-back.

His driven effort swerved to fool goalkeeper Tim Krul, who was helpless to stop the rising strike. 

The win kept the Toffees in contention for a place in Europe at the culmination of the festive holidays.

5. Zoltan Gera: WEST BROM - Liverpool | 18 August 2012

A fine Zoltan Gera half-volley opened the scoring as West Brom comfortably brushed Liverpool aside on the first day of the season.

The Hungarian pounced on the half-clearance of a Baggies corner to sublimely chest the ball down and made clean contact with the ball on the bounce.

His effort flew into the top corner, giving Pepe Reina no chance of scrambling across in time. Even a defender on the post wouldn't have prevented this fine goal.

This goal instigated a 3-0 home win for West Brom, to get their first season under Steve Clarke off to a flyer.


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