Leicester City appear destined for one of the greatest upsets in football history in winning the Premier League. Yet, five points adrift Tottenham Hotspur still dream of glory and even Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refuses to give up hope whilst there is still a mathematical possibility of a fourth Premier League title. So what does historical precedent tell us about each side's claim on the Premier League history?
In the table below we look at the margin of difference between the team in first place in the Premier League and those in second and third place, where the leader ended up, who became champion and how many points they achieved.
Updated 23rd March 2016 at 03:25 PM by Veritas
It was once said that football is a game of two halves. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and sometimes one team simply takes an absolute hammering at the hands of the opposition. Here, we will take a look at five of the biggest winning goal margins in football.
Brazil 1-7 Germany, 8th July, 2014
In what was one of the most spectacular one-sided games in football history, 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil welcomed eventual winners Germany to Belo Horizonte. The pre-match build treated the game as if it was Brazil's Final warm up. They had not suffered a competitive defeat on home soil in over 39 years. As a European side that had failed to fully reach its potential in the tournament prior to this game, Germany were not fancied by many to break that unbeaten record.
Updated 30th September 2015 at 07:27 PM by Veritas
By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)
I was reading about an electrician in his 30s who won £74,844 last Saturday which has inspired me to pick four matches for this weekend in which an away win looks likely.
The Scarborough-based punter (who wishes to remain anonymous) placed a £5 bet on six matches on Coral’s Winning Ways coupon on Saturday, waking up to a £74,844 win.
Well, I’m not ambitious enough to predict six games, so won’t be winning anyone enough to buy a holiday home in Spain – but maybe a set of new pans for the kitchen or an interesting water feature for the garden isn't out of the question!
Brentford v AFC Bournemouth
The Bees seem to have been destabilised in recent matches by speculation over the
Updated 19th February 2015 at 07:49 PM by Veritas
By Keith Hedden (11v11 guest contributor)
With 13 match weeks now behind us, we're roughly one third of the way through the English Premier League season, and the league has begun to take shape. A lot can happen between now and spring 2015, but we still have some strong indications as to which players and which clubs are performing at a top-caliber level along with those who are in for disappointing campaigns. With that said, here are five of the most interesting and revealing statistics from the first 13 games of Premier League action.
Sergio Aguero Leads Scoring
Diego Costa owns most of the scoring-related headlines this season due to his red hot start (more on that later), but Sergio Aguero currently
Updated 1st December 2014 at 07:36 PM by Veritas
By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)
This week’s plan of attack is to try and identify three potential away wins from the weekend’s fixture list – three games that could make an interesting treble.
As a caveat, it’s important you know that I’m not writing from a luxury hotel in the Caribbean! Just before you get too carried away with any investments.
From the Premier League – Sunderland v Chelsea
Alright I admit it, my first choice isn’t the most ambitious of selections, as the table topping Blues travel to the Stadium of Light to face a Sunderland side who seem to be heading for another battle against the drop.
However, Saturday’s late game (5.30 pm kick-off) isn’t necessarily a forgone conclusion. You only
Updated 27th November 2014 at 09:57 PM by Veritas
By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)
Since Russ Wilcox's dismissal at Scunthorpe United on 8th October, somebody has cranked up the speed of the managerial merry-go-round and it’s gone into overdrive.
It’s less than twenty days since I wrote about the impatience that is rife within football resulting in the premature sacking of managers. It was written on the back of the axing of Wilcox, only months after he had set a world record for the longest unbeaten run at the beginning of a managerial reign.
The Iron went 24 matches without defeat to best a longstanding record set by William Sudell at Preston North End way back as 1888-89.
Next, Nigel Worthington parted company with York City, leaving a vacancy that Russ Wilcox quickly filled
Updated 31st October 2014 at 08:25 PM by Veritas
The Euro 2012 squads have all now been announced and we are in a position to calculate some of the stats.
The youngest player at Euro 2012 will be Jetro Willems, currently of PSV, who is still 18. He is followed by two England players: Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and young keeper Jack Butland.
However, the Germany squad is youngest on average with the oldest squad being the Russians followed by the Irish.
The oldest player will be Kostas Chalkias who was a member of the famous winning squad of 2004. Amongst the OAPs are also Nikos Liberopoulos and Andriy Shevchenko.
The oldest German is Polish-born Miroslav Klose who will be looking to add to his amazing tally of 63 goals in 115 games for Germany.
Update: In the Netherlands
Updated 11th June 2012 at 06:31 AM by Statisticus
Barclays Premier League
21 -22 January 2012
Saturday 21 January
Bolton Wanderers Liverpool
Liverpool have won all of their last ten meetings with Bolton Wanderers (all Premier League).Bolton Wanderers have lost 15 games in the Premier League this season, one less than the whole of last season.Liverpool have lost only two of their last 21 games in all competitions.
Everton Blackburn Rovers
Everton have won four of the last six Premier League encounters with Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park.Everton have not scored in the first-half of their last ten Premier League games.Blackburn Rovers have failed to go on to win any of the last 17 Premier League games when they have been level at half-time.
Barclays Premier League
30 December 2011 – 1 January 2012
Friday 30 December
Liverpool Newcastle United
Newcastle United have lost all of their last three Premier League visits to Anfield by a 3-0 margin.Liverpool have scored more than one goal in only one of their last five Premier League games.In their last six Premier League games, Hatem Ben Arfa’s opener at Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day is the only goal scored for Newcastle United other than by Demba Ba.
Saturday 31 December
Arsenal Queens Park Rangers
Arsenal have won only two of their last 11 league and cup meetings against Queens Park Rangers.Arsenal have failed to
A major Premier League milestone is coming up with the 20,000th goal to be scored in the next two days. Thanks to AFS master statistician John Russell for the below list of previous goal milestones in the Premier league.
It would be fitting for Robin Van Persie to score the 20,000th but whoever scores will be able to donate 20,000 pounds to the charity of their choice, courtesy of Barclays.
Sheffield Utd v Man Utd
Leeds Utd v Tottenham Hotspur