Premier League goals of the season: top 30

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Last season in the Premier League we were treated to some marvellous goals. Wayne Rooney's half-way line half volley and Pajtim Kasami's wonder strike against Fulham were the best out of an amazing bunch.

This term there have been plenty of crackers, too. But it is, perhaps, rather more difficult to determine which has been top of the pile.

Luke Greaves, however, has taken the task. Here are his top 30 top-flight goals of 2014/15...

Fantastic free-kicks 

Hull City have only ever beaten Manchester City once in the league before, so when they were cruising towards all three points at the Etihad Stadium back in February, they must have been in dreamland, especially with the prospect of a raucous relegation scrap looming. However, James Milner's bending free-kick in injury time sent a dagger through the Tigers' hearts.

Liverpool don't have much joy when they visit Selhurst Park. Last season, a devastatingly dramatic 3-3 draw drowned their title hopes and this season they were absolutely butchered by Crystal Palace despite taking an early lead. The pick of the afternoon's goals came from Mile Jedinak, whose 25 yard-free kick curled just inside the post magnificently.

Arsenal tasted defeat against Swansea City for the second time this season on Monday night, but it was the first meeting between the two sides this campaign that saw the best goal. Gylfi Sigurdsson, well known for his thunderous free kicks, sent a dipping nightmare into Wojciech Szczesny's top corner.

The best free kick out of the three included in the top 30, however, is that of Oscar against the Eagles. In last year's FA Cup, Chelsea beat Stoke City 1-0 thanks to a dazzling Oscar free-kick. That strike was almost identical to the one he scored against Palace in October.

Swirling free-kicks like that are a nightmare for keepers because their vision is blocked by the wall. They have so much power in them that by the time the keeper has reacted, the ball is already in the back of the net.

How on earth did he do that?

From one Oscar goal to another. Just a few weeks down the line, the Brazilian provided us with more appreciative eye-candy when an outside-of-the-foot effort whirled into the far corner against Queens Park Rangers. It really is true that South Americans can do magic tricks with a football.

QPR may be glad that they are leaving the Premier League down to the fact that they are not going to be conceding as many world-class goals in the Championship. When Graziano Pelle was in fine form by scoring week in, week out, the pick of his goals came against the Hoops, setting himself up for an outrageous bicycle kick of some sort. I don't know how he pulled it off, but it was spectacular.

Ayoze Perez had a barnstorming start to the season but in recent months has fizzled out. One of his goals that stood out the most was that of the heel flick against West Bromwich Albion. The cross came in and the Argentine flicked the ball behind his standing leg past Ben Foster. Another example of South American trickery.

We all like a good headed goal, don't we? Enner Valencia's header is the only of its kind that features in the top 30, but it's certainly earned a place. The technique to head a ball that is actually behind you is difficult to master. Javier Hernandez scored a similar goal for Manchester United a couple of years ago, but the Ecuadorian, Valencia, has offered strong opposition against that goal. You decide which is best and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is intense, so Reds fans will have been outraged to have seen Juan Mata in dreamland after scoring a wonderful, acrobatic scissor kick into the bottom corner. Deadly as you like.

Superb solo goals

There is no question about it. David Silva is having the best Premier League season since coming to England from Valencia. The best goal that he has scored this season came at Upton Park when he burst through a wall West Ham defenders and unleashed a deadly curling effort into the bottom corner.

If you stand off Sergio Aguero, you get punished. Aston Villa learned that lesson the hard way earlier this season when the Argentine ran towards goal before nearly tearing the net off with a blistering strike into the bottom corner.

I was wrong to say Alexis Sanchez doesn't deserve a place in this season's Team of the Year. His goal against Hull City at the Emirates in October mirrors how good the Chilean really is, cruising past Tom Huddlestone and Curtis Davies to end the run by slotting calmly past Steve Harper.

What a hit son, what a hit!

Jermain Defoe baptised his first Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland with a thunderbolt of a volley, so much so that he was crying as the teams went into the tunnel. In truth, if I had just scored a goal like that, I would probably be welling up too.

Enner Valencia has already featured in this top 30 list, but he is here again with a completely different goal. Hull City's defenders were slow to close down the World Cup star, and by the time they had even begun to think about throwing a tackle in, Valencia had soared his shot into the top corner. I'm sure that was simmering as it fired in.

Everton looked set to be heading towards back-to-back defeats at Anfield but Phil Jagielka had other ideas. When the centre-back saw the ball bobble to him on the edge of the box he thought "why not?" What followed silenced Anfield, apart from the 3,000 Everton fans in the away end, of course.

Kevin Mirallas isn't having his dream campaign, but his highlight of the year came at White Hart Lane through a clinical curler into the top corner, out of the reach of Hugo Lloris who had no chance whatsoever.

It isn't often that Lee Cattermole finds himself celebrating a goal of his own, so he must have been ecstatic when he saw his 25-yard rocket roar past Ben Foster on the opening day.

It was ironic that Southampton were facing Liverpool on the opening day of the season after Brendan Rodgers raided the Saints' squad in the summer transfer window. Nathaniel Clyne showed Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert what they were missing out on, however, when he latched onto Dusan Tadic's backheel to fire past Simon Mignolet.

Victor Wanyama got a gift against Hull City in November when Eldin Jakupovic's poor kick out left a gaping goal. However, what nobody expected was the Kenyan tank-like midfielder to have a pop at the target with his first touch from 50-yards-out. Unbelievable control.

Fernandinho often leaves the goalscoring business to Sergio Aguero and co, but he showed Manchester City's strikers how well he can hit a ball when his missile-like effort went in off the underside of the crossbar against Burnley. With finishing like that from so far out, he'd give Lionel Messi a run for his money.

Olivier Giroud marked his return from injury with a brilliant goal against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. Although the strike had no damaging effect on United's three points, he certainly won the goal of the game award.

Philippe Coutinho has certainly done the rounds on social media courtesy of his outrageous goals, most notably so his laser shot that almost tore the net off against Man City. Now that is worthy of the Andy Gray commentary, "what a hit son, what a hit!"

Seamus Coleman only cost Everton £60,000 unbelievably and, not only does he put in 100 percent effort defensively, but he also likes to grab a goal every now and then. His perfectly placed effort against Everton a couple of months ago bounced in off the post. As fortunate as it was, it was still fantastic.

Do you remember when Ashley Barnes went on that streak where he couldn't stop scoring? It may not have been enough to keep Burnley in the league, but if the quality of goals earned you points, his unbelievable whipped goal against Tottenham Hotspur would have got the Clarets into Europe that's for sure. 

Tantalising team goals

We haven't seen all that many fantastic team goals this season, but the ones that we have been gifted with have come from Swansea. Ki Sung Yeung's goal against Manchester United was put in after a staggering 24 uninterrupted passes, but it's two goals from Wilfried Bony that steal the show for team efforts.

The first of which was scored against Leicester City. It was liquid football with fancy flicks and one touch football on show before Bony finished the piece with a superb curler.

The second, however, was more skilful as Nathan Dyer chipped the ball up, for Bony to chest and place into the bottom corner with his right foot elegantly.

The down right outrageous

Nikica Jelavic probably tries to score an acrobatic scissor kick every week when he gets the opportunity. The only time he has pulled it off was against Newcastle United in September, and it sure was a fabulous goal. Juan Mata? Any day.

Bobby Zamora has been in the game a long time now and his finishing prowess that he has built up over the years all came together against West Brom a few weeks ago with an absolutely perfect chip over Boaz Myhill.

So, we have two goals left. One of them is the very best of the bunch. Can you hazard a guess as to which is the number one?

Charlie Adam's goal from his own half was a spectacle in itself, especially with it coming at Stamford Bridge. To even think of plucking up the courage to beat Thibaut Courtois from your own half is something you would only dream of, so by pulling it off, it got the world talking.

But taking the number one spot is Matty Phillips of Queens Park Rangers. The only reason why Charlie Adam isn't at the peak is because the keeper was off his line.

When Phillips struck the ball from about 50-yards out, Julian Speroni was on his line. The decieving dip on the cleanly struck ball beat the Argentine keeper.

Want to have your say? Does Matty Phillips deserve the number one goal? Have you got any more top thirty contenders? Let US know in the comments below!

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