Premier League Week 38 in review

Welcome to our review of some of the leading stats and facts from the final round of Premier League games in 2016-17.

Arsenal game out on the wrong end of this season’s subdued final day drama as they finished outside the top four in the Premier League for the first time since 1995-96, so for the first time under manager Arsène Wenger. It meant they failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

West Ham United won for the fifth time in a row against Burnley. However, the Clarets had the considerable consolation of ending the campaign in their highest finishing position since 1974-75 when they finished 10th in League Division One under manager Jimmy Adamson. Sam Vokes also became their second player to score ten or more goals in a Premier League season after Danny Ings in 2014-15.

The title celebrations were in full flow at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea won their 30th game of 2016-17 to break their own record for most wins in a Premier League season having won 29 games in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Their total of 85 goals scored was their second highest total in a Premier League season after 103 goals in 2009-10.

It was a record breaking day at the KCOM Stadium where, excluding war-time games, Hull City suffered their heaviest-ever home defeat. Tottenham Hotspur’s 7-1 victory became their biggest-ever away win as they equalled their club record for fewest defeats in a league season (also four in League Division Two in 1919-20) and a new club record for fewest goals conceded (26) in a league season (previously 32 in 1908-09 and 1919-20 in League Division Two).

Leicester City ended the season in the lowest-ever finishing position by the reigning Premier League champions. The Foxes finished on 44 points which is the lowest total of a reigning top division champion since Liverpool in 1901-02 when the Reds won an equivalent of 42 points. City lost 18 league games in this season; the most by the reigning top division champions since Ipswich Town lost 19 in 1962-63.

With their win against Middlesbrough, Liverpool confirmed their second top four finish in the last eight seasons, and qualification for the UEFA Champions League. In this 99th game in charge in all competitions, this was also Jurgen Klopp’s 50th win as the Reds’ manager.

Three days before their UEFA Europa League final meeting with Ajax, Manchester United named their youngest-ever starting XI in a Premier League game. Angel Gomés became the first player born in 2000 to play in the Premier League and, at 16 years and 263 days, he became United’s youngest player since David Gaskell in the 1956 Charity Shield game against Manchester City (16 years and 19 days).

It was not such a happy end to the campaign at St Mary’s. Southampton have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League games and have failed to score in five consecutive home league games for the second time in their history having previously done so in September 1937 in League Division Two.

Swansea City had already completed the relegation escape act with time to spare. The Swans won 13 points in their final five games with only Arsenal and Chelsea winning more in the same period. Manager Paul Clement has won six of his nine home Premier League games in charge of City.

In manager Walter Mazzarri’s final game in charge, Watford endured their heaviest home league defeat since a 1-7 loss to Swindon Town in Division Three (South) on 6 September 1951 as Manchester City confirmed their qualification for the UEFA Champions League having lost one of their last 17 games in the Premier League.

And finally north of the border, Celtic became the first team in Scottish football to go undefeated through an entire league season since Rangers in 1898-99.

Premier League Week 38 in review

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