20 Amazing Facts about the Premier League

20 Amazing Facts about the Premier League

The 25th season of the Premier League is only a few weeks away from kick-off and it promises to be the most-exciting season ever with the appointments of José Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola at three of the title contenders.

Leicester City head into the season as the defending champions whilst Arsenal are a perennial top four side looking to lift the crown for the first time since 2004. What are the football odds for this season?

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To get you excited for the upcoming season here are 20 amazing facts about the Premier League:

2 – The Premier League title has been won at Stamford Bridge for the past two seasons. Chelsea host Sunderland on the last day of this season – the same fixture where they lifted the trophy in 2014-15.

3 – Defending champions Leicester City are one of only three teams Wayne Rooney has faced as a Manchester United player without scoring against them in the Premier League (along with Blackpool and Derby County). The United captain scored in both appearances versus the Foxes as an Everton player but has fired blanks in four appearances as a Red Devil.

6 – New Manchester United manager José Mourinho will be looking to win his first Premier League match at St. James’ Park past this season, having failed in his previous six attempts as Chelsea manager (D3, L3).

8 – Tony Pulis has lost all eight of his Premier League visits to the Emirates Stadium.

9 – José Mourinho has lost nine of his last 16 games as a Premier League manager.

10 – Richard Dunne has scored more own goals than any other player in Premier League history.

11 – Jamie Vardy holds the Premier League record for most consecutive games with a goal.

12 – Everton have finished in the bottom half of the Premier League on 12 occasions – more than any other side.

14 – Arsenal hold the Premier League record for most consecutive wins (between 10 February 2002 and 24 August 2002).

16 – Back in 2007, Fulham’s Matthew Briggs became the youngest player to play in Premier League history at only 16 years and 65 days. Last season he was relegated to League Two with Colchester United.

17 – Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 17 opening fixtures of a Premier League season (since a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City in 1998-99).

25 – Last season Harry Kane became the first Englishman to win the Premier League Golden Boot since Kevin Phillips in 1999-2000.

29 – Chelsea hold the Premier League record for most wins in a single when Mourinho’s Blues won 29 in both 2004-05 and 2005-06.

67% – Six of Christian Benteke’s nine Premier League goals for Liverpool have been as a substitute.

95 – Chelsea hold the record for most points in a season (95 in 2004-05).

103 – There have been 103 different foreign FIFA-affiliated nations to have played at least one Premier League game.

310 – Brad Friedel holds the record for most consecutive Premier League appearances (310 – between 14 August 2004 and 7 October 2012).

632 – Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs holds the record for the most Premier League appearances of all-time.

1978 – Last season Leicester City became the first English team to win the top flight for the first time since Nottingham Forest in 1978. Spain haven’t had a debut winner since Deportivo La Coruña in 2000, and Italy hasn’t seen one since Sampdoria in 1991.

36,451 – The average attendance in the Premier League last season was more than 14,000 fans higher per game than in Italy’s Serie A (22,199).