The 2020-21 Premier League season kicks off this weekend, with 20 clubs embarking on a journey that aspire to lead them to glory, upgrades or at the very least, stay safe.
As we prepare for eight months of soccer action, you can wow your friends with these fun facts!
Arsenal’s 110 goals against Everton represent the highest total scored by one club against another in Premier League history. Liverpool, who have 102 against Newcastle, are second on the list.
Aston Villa shares the Premier League record for draws (17) in a 38-game season, with Newcastle (2003-04) and Sunderland (2014-15); however, Villa has accomplished the feat on a couple of occasions (2006-07 and 2011-12).
Brighton is the only club in the Premier League era that has not suffered relegation following its promotion to the Championship. In the three seasons played since their promotion, they have finished 15th, 17th and 15th, respectively.
Burnley’s pitch shares the mark of having staged the most matches decided by the smallest difference in the Premier League (among stadiums that have hosted a minimum of six seasons). Of their matches played at Turf Moor, 25% have finished 1-0; Derby’s Pride Park also has 25% of games defined by the minimum.
The Blues are Premier League record holders for the longest unbeaten streak in home games (86, between February 2004 and October 2008). No other team has reached 60 straight games without defeat, although Liverpool currently have a string of 59 undefeated games.
In the 2017-18 season, Crystal Palace was the first club in the English league to lose its first seven games without scoring goals, apart from being the first first division team to avoid relegation after starting the campaign with seven consecutive setbacks. since Liverpool achieved it in the 1899-1900 tournament.
The 2020-21 campaign will be Everton’s 118th in the First Division, the highest of any English league club. The Goodison Park-based club has only spent four seasons outside of the highest level of English football, the most recent being 1953-54.
Of the 167 goals scored by United States internationals in the history of the Premier League, 54% have been authored by Fulham players (Clint Dempsey with 50, Brian McBrider with 32, Carlos Bocanegra with 8). The current squad of the club has two chips that are currently part of the US national team: Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson.
Leeds United’s 16-year wait to return to the Premier League is the biggest gap between relegation and promotion for a club since the start of the competition. Barnsley (1997-98) is the team currently playing in the Championship to suffer the longest absence from the First Division.
Leicester finished the 2014-15 season in 14th place, the worst result for a Premier League title-winning team the following campaign. A year later, the club was in twelfth place, the worst result for a defending champion.
Liverpool secured the Premier League title in the season just concluded with seven dates remaining to complete the calendar, mathematically taking the title before anyone else in the history of the circuit; However, the break forced by the COVID-19 pandemic also made them the first team to lift the trophy during the month of July.
City have the widest margin for a Premier League champion club (19 points in 2017-18) and the smallest gap (goal difference, 2011-12). They also have 32 wins defined by at least five goals, three more than United, achieving it in 190 fewer games.
United have never lost a Premier League game in which they went into halftime with an advantage (272 wins and 19 draws in 291 games). Their most recent defeat under these circumstances occurred in May 1984 against Ipswich.
Newcastle have scored 352 more points at St. James Park than in games played outside their park, the biggest disparity in results between home and away of any team in the history of the Premier League.
Sheffield United added 13 matches leaving the mesh blank last season in the Premier League, a record for the club and one of the best record on the circuit for a newly promoted club, imposed by Swansea City in 2011-12.
Southampton hold Premier League records for a faster hat trick (between first and third goals): Sadio Mane with 2:56, in the match against Aston Villa played on May 16, 2015; next to the mark for the fastest goal, scored by Shane Long at 7.69 seconds against Watford on April 24, 2019.
With 90 wins sealed after comebacks, Tottenham equals Manchester United for the most wins after flipping the score in Premier League history. In games played at home, the Spurs’ 52 victories after coming back tie them for the lead in the statistics with Arsenal, their North London rival.
West Bromwich Albiom hold the Premier League record for the fewest points scored in a season by a team that managed to escape relegation (34 in 2004-05). With five promotions, they have the most promotions since the start of the competition.
The Hammers are the only team in Premier League history to be relegated with more than 40 units in a season to 38 games. In 2002-03, they suffered relegation with 42 points on the board.
Wolverhampton was the first club to win all four of the English professional leagues and is the only one to lift all three domestic competition cups (FA Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy).