2019/20 Premier League Season: Interesting Stats
As the season draws to a close with a sensational GW38+, we take a look some interesting facts of the season.
Liverpool’s Points Tally
After 28 game weeks, Liverpool’s record stood at 27 wins at a draw. It certainly looked at that point that the Reds were on course to smash several Premier League records in terms of points tally but the champions settled on 99. In other words, they had only dropped 15 points all season. This is of course, a point short of Man City’s haul of 100 Premier League points in the 2017/18 season.
99 points is 2 pts more than their previous club record of 97 points in a season, achieved in 2018/19.
To put things into perspective, the last 3 titles were won by teams with 99pts (Liverpool, 19/20), 98pts (Man City, 18/19) and 100pts (Man City, 17/18). The bar is now that high. Leicester, who won the title in 2015/16, did it with “only” 81pts, the 36th best points tally in the League’s history.
Jurgen Klopp is already a Anfield legend but with his exploits this season, he has moved up to second in the Premier League managerial league table with an average of 2.17pts per game, surpassing Sir Alex Ferguson by 0.01. He is still behind Pep Guardiola, who tops the all-time list with an average of 2.35 pts per game.
Within the Reds’ hierarchy, Klopp is now the manager with the highest win ratio (61.13%), surpassing Sir Kenny Dalglish (60.91%) this season. Klopp currently has 4 titles to his belt, far short of Bob Paisley, who won 20 different titles over his 10 years as a club manager in the 1970s-80s.
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Man City Century of Goals
With a 5-0 win in their last game of the season, Man City amassed a total of 102 league goals this season. Raheem Sterling was the club’s top scorer with 20 and City featured a total of 13 different goal scorers through the course of the season.
More impressively, this is the third time City had scored more than 100 goals in a season, achieving the feat both in 2017/8 and 2013/14. Their 106 goal-season in 2017/18 is a current record. Under Pep, City had averaged 95.8 goals per season.
Kevin de Bruyne scored 13 goals and provided 20 assists (joint record) this season, meaning that he has been involved in almost a third of all City goals this season. Sterling is second in this stat category, being involved in 24 goals.
More interestingly, it is key to note that Mahrez managed to accumulate 11 goals and 12 assists this term, despite making only 21 starts.
‘Project Restart’ Championship
Excluding the 2 rescheduled games, every team played 9 games after the restart and Man City top the table of that last 9 games. They scored 31 goals and won 6 games by margins of more than 4 goals. However, they did lose two games since the restart, including that defeat at Chelsea which gifted Liverpool the title on GW31+.
Man Utd also have 21pts after the restart and are the only unbeaten side. They were rewarded with an eventual third-placed finish, ousting Leicester City in the process to Champions League qualification.
With 18pts after the restart are Southampton, who ended the season on a high under Ralph Hasenhuttl. Spurs make up the top 4 of this mini-league, also on 18 pts.
At the bottom, Norwich lost all 9 games after the restart, scoring just once. Watford (7pts) and Palace (4pts) round off the “bottom 3”.
Despite a ultimately disappointing finish to the season for Leicester, Jamie Vardy won the 2019/20 Golden Boot with 23 goals, 1 more than rivals Aubameyang and Ings.
Vardy become the 9th Englishman in Premier League history to win the award and he is the oldest to have done so at 33.
The winning record of 23 goals, however, is considered low in recent history – Kane won it with 29 goals in 2016 and Salah had 32 goals in 2018. This tally is not even Vardy’s personal best for a season – he netted 24 goals in 2015/16 to help Leicester to the title that year but Kane scored 25 goals that season to win the award.
Good news for the future of England national team too. Vardy is already retired but 4 other active English players ended the season in the top 10 charts for goal scorers: Ings (22), Sterling (20), Kane (18) and Rashford (17).
Another way to look at the table is to only consider goals scored by Englishmen. This table makes particularly interesting reading, given the reliance of foreign players over the years in the Premier League.
Not surprisingly, led by Vardy, Leicester tops this table with 69 pts. They are also the team with the most number of goals scored by English players (41). Also encouraging is Man Utd – second in this table with 68pts and 30 goals. Rashford and Greenwood are two young English forwards for the future.
Look away Wolves fans. The side which finished 7th in the league did not have an English scorer all season.
Did we miss any other interesting stats? Let us know!
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