10 amazing facts from the 2020/21 Premier League season

10 amazing facts from the 2020/21 Premier League season

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City

The 2020/21 Premier League season drew to a close on Sunday. A nearly unstoppable Manchester City have been crowned champions. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided Manchester United to a comfortable second-place finish.

The race for the top 4 went down to the wire with all of Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City in the running for Champions League qualification.

The last two places of the Premier League top 4 were decided on the final day of the season

Liverpool finished third in the Premier League table after beating Crystal Palace 2-0. Chelsea lost 2-1 to Aston Villa but still finished fourth as Leicester City relinquished the lead twice in the game against Tottenham Hotspur and fell to a 4-2.

Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United have suffered relegation. It has been quite a testing season for all teams in the absence of fans in the stadiums. But the final two gameweeks saw them return and it has already helped build a lot of excitement for the next season.

Without further ado, let’s look at 10 amazing facts from the 2020/21 Premier League season.

#10 Fulham scored just nine goals in 19 Premier League home matches this season

9 – Fulham have scored just nine goals in 18 home Premier League games this season – no team in top-flight history has ever scored fewer than 10 in a season, with Man City in 2006-07 and Huddersfield Town in 2018-19 (10 each) scoring the fewest. Sparse. pic.twitter.com/q9hnU5u7Z2

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 23, 2021

Opta tweeted this out before Fulham lost their final game of the season at home to Newcastle United. Fulham’s goalscoring woes in the Premier League have been well documented but their home record is what will worry Scott Parker more.

#9 Chelsea finished in the top four without having any player score more than 10 goals

1911 – Chelsea are the first side since Everton in 1910-11 to finish in the top four in the English top-flight despite having no player reach double-figures in the league that season. Unusual.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 23, 2021

Despite signing Timo Werner whilst already having the likes of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud in their lineup, Jorginho ended the 2020-21 Premier League season as Chelsea‘s top scorer. He scored seven goals. Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner scored six each. Kurt Zouma came fifth with four goals.

#8 Leicester City have lost the top 4 battle on the last day of the Premier League season in two consecutive campaigns

242 – Leicester ended more days in the Premier League’s top four than any other side this season and yet failed to finish inside the top four places (242 days). Unlucky.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 23, 2021

In the 2019-20 season, Leicester City took on Manchester United at home in their final game of the season with a Champions League berth at stake. The Red Devils were on 63 points while Leicester City were on 62. The Foxes fell to a 2-0 defeat and finished fifth.

On Sunday, Brendan Rodgers’ men needed to win and hope for a favourable result in Liverpool’s and Chelsea’s respective matches. It was set up well for Leicester City as Chelsea fell behind by two goals against Aston Villa.

However, Leicester City let go of the lead twice in their match against Tottenham Hotspur and ended up losing 4-2 to finish fifth.

#7 Sheffield United lost a record 29 games this season

29 – Sheffield United have lost 29 Premier League matches this season, a joint record in the competition. Only three top-flight sides have ever lost 30 in a season: Leeds in 1946-47 (30), Blackburn in 1965-66 (30) and Stoke in 1984-85 (31), all in 42-game seasons. Nightmare. pic.twitter.com/RFm2YXjJCg

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 23, 2021

Sheffield United have had an extremely forgettable season. They enjoyed a brilliant run in 2019-20 as a newly promoted side. But they were a mess this term, scoring just 20 goals in the season and losing 29 matches.

#6 Brighton & Hove Albion have been far better this term than their points tally would have you believe

Brighton finish the season with the largest disparity between points (41) and Expected Points (61.47) of any team since our records began. pic.twitter.com/dI42TfJiDG

— The xG Philosophy (@xGPhilosophy) May 23, 2021

Brighton & Hove Albion finished 16th in the table despite playing some exciting football throughout the season. They have to work immensely on their chance conversion as all the other pieces are starting to fall into place for Graham Potter’s men.

#5 Gareth Bale averaged a goal every 84 minutes this season

84 – Gareth Bale averaged a goal every 84 minutes in the Premier League this season. For players with 10+ goals, only Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 1998-99 has a better mins/goal ratio in a single season in the competition (one every 71 mins). Potent.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 23, 2021

When Tottenham Hotspur signed Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid last summer, there was a lot of excitement. However, the Welshman’s injury problems wouldn’t let him feature regularly for his former club. Jose Mourinho did not seem to be a big fan of his either.

But he has been an impact signing nonetheless. Bale scored 11 goals and provided two assists in 20 Premier League appearances, of which only 10 were starts.

#4 Arsenal fail to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years

Arsenal missed out on qualifying for European competition for the first time in 25 years after finishing the Premier League season in eighth place following a 2-0 win over Brightonhttps://t.co/CMicjDxtb4

— Express Sports (@IExpressSports) May 24, 2021

After winning the FA Cup in the 2019/20 season, Arsenal seem to have regressed this term. They endured a horrid start to the season but improved greatly after Boxing Day. Only Manchester City and Manchester United have won more points in the Premier League than Arsenal since Boxing Day.

But that wasn’t enough to help them qualify for the Europa League. This is the first time in 25 years that they haven’t qualified for Europe.

#3 Harry Kane finished the season as both top scorer and top assister in the league

1 – Harry Kane finished the season as both the top goalscorer and top assister in the Premier League (23 goals, 14 assists) – only the second time a player has finished with both the outright most goals and assists in the competition after Andy Cole in 1993-94. Multifaceted. pic.twitter.com/04Y7r2m7Oc

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 23, 2021

Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed a bright start to the season with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min firing on all cylinders. However, the team suffered as the season dragged on but even though his teammates’ form started to fade, Kane kept going. He was scoring goals and creating them.

It’s a pity that despite having a striker as good and productive as Kane on their payroll, Spurs could only manage to finish seventh in the Premier League table.

#2 Manchester United finished the 2020/21 Premier League season without conceding a single defeat away from home

0 – Manchester United have become just the fourth side to remain unbeaten away from home across an entire English top-flight campaign (P19 W12 D7 L0), after Preston (1888-89), Arsenal (2001-02) and Arsenal again (2003-04). Impressive.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 23, 2021

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has proven to be the right manager to take Manchester United forward. Though their home record could use some improvement, the Red Devils have been unstoppable on the road in the Premier League ever since football restarted after the Covid-19 break.

They carried that form into the 2020/21 season and Manchester United have gone the entire campaign without conceding a loss away from home.

#1 Sergio Aguero broke Wayne Rooney’s record for most number of goals in the Premier League for a single club

👏🔵 In his final #PL appearance for the club, Sergio Aguero scored his 183rd and 184th league goals for Man City, surpassing Wayne Rooney’s record for most Premier League goals for a single club (183 with Man Utd)#MCIEVE pic.twitter.com/pXhf5G1QKa

— Premier League (@premierleague) May 24, 2021

Sergio Aguero has bid farewell to Manchester City and is reportedly set to join Barcelona. Aguero will go down in history as a Premier League legend. He capped off his illustrious stint at City with a brilliant brace to break Wayne Rooney’s record for the most number of Premier League goals for a single club.

Source: Football – Fairplay News

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