Premier League 2015/2016 preview

The Premier League is about to start tomorrow! Here’s a a preview in numbers in order to get you a little bit warm for the world’s most popular football league:

All-time table Not so surprisingly Manchester United is leading the all-time table of the Premier League, Arsenal is 2nd, defending champions Chelsea 3rd:

All-time league table Premier League
All-time league table Premier League

The highest team not to play in the upcoming competition is #10 Blackburn. The worst positioned team for the 2015/16 league in this table is recently promoted team Watford. With 52 points from 76 games they are 5th to last in the table (42nd that is). That is without considering Bournemouth who has yet to play a game in the top flight.

3 promoted teams  The 3 promoted teams are debutants Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City. For Norwich it will be their 4th spell in the highest division, only once they got relegated immediately after promotion (2004/05). In the other two cases they made it to 3 consecutive PL years. Norwich average 1,17 points per game and their best ever position was a 3rd place in the first edition of the Premier League (1992/93). Expectations for Watford are low among the predictors and with a reason: the two previous times they made it to the highest division they ended last in the table. Bournemouth make their debut in the top flight.

Here’s a table of the performance of the promoted teams in this millennium:

Points and rank for recently promoted teams
Points and rank for recently promoted teams

20 of the 48 teams that made their promotion to the Premier League got relegated the first year.

1 debuting team Bournemouth will play in the Premier League for the first time in history. How did other teams do in their first ever (since 1993/94!) year in the top flight? From the 24 for debuting teams 13 got relegated directly. Cardiff in 2013/14 is the most recent example.

6 wins in a row Manchester City won their last 6 games of the 2014/15 season and start this season on Monday with an away leg at West Brom. Only six times in history Man City managed to win more than 6 consecutive PL games. Five times they made it to 7, once to 8. Winning against West Brom, Chelsea & Everton would mean a record for the citizens.

16 games undefeated Chelsea did not lose their opening games of the Premier League in the last 16 seasons (14 wins, 2 draws) and from all 2015/16 teams they have the best record in season openers:

Season openers Premier League
Season openers Premier League

Watford is the only to have never won their opener (2 losses).

Chelsea play Swansea on Sunday. In 8 games between the two in the PL, Chelsea never lost (6 wins, 2 draws) a game and won all 4 home games (4-2, 1-0, 2-0, 4-1). However, as we all remember, Swansea won at Old Trafford in last season’s opening game.

22 champions The last 6 defending champions opened their new season with a win (2-0, 4-1, 3-2, 2-1, 6-0, 1-0), Man Ud in 2008/2009 was the last team to not win in their first leg as reigning champion (1-1 vs Newcastle). The titleholder NEVER lost their first game in 22 instances: 19 wins and 3 draws.

25-game difference Considering all H2H in Premier League history the second biggest imbalance is found for Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur. Exactly, the fixture for tomorrow’s season opener! Man U won 30 of the 46 games, and lost only 5. However, from the last 6 games between the two teams, United won only the last.

The H2H’s with the highest difference between games won:

Head-to-Head Premier League
Head-to-Head Premier League

277 hat-tricks The first player to have ever scored a hat-trick in a PL match was Eric Cantona on 25/8/1992, the last was Argentine Sergio Agüero. 275 other hat-tricks have been scored in between those two. The last player to score 3 or more goals in a game in August was Wayne Rooney in 2011.

Any questions, please ask me via Twitter!

Note: all match results come from http://www.football-data.co.uk/

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