Statistical breakdown of EPL season

May, 23, 2011

With another wacky Premier League season in the books, let's take a statistical look back at the season, with a double dose of Five Aside.

• Manchester United won the title by dominating at Old Trafford. Even when the league had 22 teams, no Premier League champion ever won more home games than United's 18 or earned more home points than United's 55. United is the seventh Premier League winner to finish undefeated at home, with 2005-06 Chelsea the most recent.

• Conversely, Manchester United won the title despite its unimpressive road form. The Red Devils had by far the fewest road points (25) of any Premier League winner. Arsenal had the previous low mark with 31 away points in 1997-98.

• While Chelsea did finish runner-up, Carlo Ancelotti was fired after a 71-point season, Chelsea's fewest points in 13 years. After scoring an EPL record 103 goals last year, the Blues tallied only 69 goals this season, including a remarkable 29 fewer goals at home.

• Manchester City earned automatic Champions League qualification by finishing third, its best-ever Premier League result. City's finish means that 10 of the past 11 FA Cup winners have been top-three EPL teams, with 2008 Portsmouth the exception.

• Arsenal finished fourth for the fourth time in six years. After eight straight top-two finishes from 1997-98 to 2004-05, the Gunners have now ended up in third or fourth place for six straight seasons.

• Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez topped the scoring chart with 21 goals apiece. This is the first time the Golden Boot has been shared since 1998-99, when Dwight Yorke, Michael Owen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink each scored 18 goals. Tevez is the first South American to win the Golden Boot.

• With 12 goals, Clint Dempsey had the best scoring season ever by an American in the Premier League. He has 33 career EPL goals and needs four more to break Brian McBride's American record of 36.

• Blackpool's 55 goals are the most ever scored by a team relegated from the Premier League. The 39 points earned by Blackpool and Birmingham are the most by a relegated team since West Ham's 42 in 2002-03.

• Even the last-place Hammers weren't terrible this season. Only two last-place Premier League teams have had a better goal difference than West Ham's minus-27: 2004-05 Southhampton and 1992-93 Nottingham Forest with minus-21 each.

• The three goals scored in second-half stoppage time Sunday made this the highest-scoring season, with 1,063 goals, in the 20-team Premier League era, topping the 1,060 goals scored in 1999-2000.


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