Premier League Week 35 in review

Welcome to our weekly review of some of the leading stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games.

Sunderland’s 500th all-time home league defeat confirmed the end of their ten-year stay in the Premier League. It is the fourth time that the Black Cats have been relegated from the division so equaling the competition record held by Crystal Palace and Norwich City.

In their 100th meeting in the top flight, Middlesbrough came close to achieving a victory against Manchester City that would have been a significant boost to their chances of avoiding the drop. However, Boro were partly thwarted by a controversial penalty award. The subsequent conversion was Sergio Agüero’s 167th goal for City making him the second-highest scorer in the club’s history behind Eric Brook. A muscular left-winger, Brook scored 177 goals between 1928 and 1939.

Eldin Jakupović’s dramatic 90th minute spot-kick save from Dušan Tadić earned Hull City a vital point at Southampton to keep their survival hopes alive. The penalty award created a new Premier League record as it was the 12th given against the Tigers this season.

As at St Mary’s, there were no goals at the bet365 Stadium where Stoke City failed to score for the fifth time in their last eight games in the Premier League while West Ham United were involved in consecutive Premier League goalless draws for the first time since 20 December 2015.

The 100th league meeting between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City saw the Baggies create a new all-time club record of failing to score in five consecutive league games as the Foxes recorded their 50th away win in the Premier League.

At the 18th attempt, Burnley became the last team to win an away game in the Premier League this season. The Clarets broke their belated duck with their first victory in the top division in London since Ray Hankin scored the only goal in a win at Queens Park Rangers in League Division One on 11 January 1975. It was also their first win at Crystal Palace since 1 December 2001 when Ian Thomas-Moore scored both their goals in a 2-1 victory in League Division 1.

A goal of the season contender from Liverpool’s Emre Can spoilt Watford’s 200th home game in the top flight. It meant that Hornets failed in their attempt to win four consecutive home games in the top division for the first time since December 1986 and to keep four consecutive clean sheets in the top division at Vicarage Road for the first time.

Despite their disappointing draw with strugglers Swansea City, Manchester United set a new club record of 25 games without defeat in the same season in the top division. It was the tenth draw at Old Trafford this season as United reached double figures for home league draws in a season for only the second time in their history. They drew 11 games in 1980-81 in League Division One.

Sunday’s entertainment featured the top two. Chelsea overcame arguably the most difficult remaining hurdle of their run-in with an impressive 3-0 win at Everton. Despite their lofty position, it was the visiting Blues’ first clean sheet in their last 12 games in the Premier League to end their worst such run since a 13-game sequence in 1996.

In case you missed it, Tottenham Hotspur’s win in the last North London derby to be played at White Hart Lane means they will finish a Premier League season above Arsenal for the first time since 1994-95. Spurs have now scored 71 goals in a league season for the first time since 1985-86 in League Division One when David Pleat’s team netted 74 goals.

And finally, this season’s Premiership title north of the border has been in no doubt for some time. Celtic emphatically demonstrated their superiority on Saturday lunchtime with their first-ever five goal victory in an Old Firm clash at Ibrox.

Premier League Week 35 in review

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