PREMIER LEAGUE GAMEWEEK 38 ROUND-UP
The 2020/21 Premier League season has reached its conclusion with the champions-elect Manchester City ending the campaign in style. Departing club legend Sergio Aguero got the perfect send off as Pep Guardiola’s side thrashed Everton 5-0 at the Etihad, whilst there was also goodbyes for Georginio Wijnaldum at Liverpool as the Reds secured their place in the Champions League for next season.
Leicester’s defeat to Spurs saw the Foxes miss out on the top four despite spending 36 weeks of the season in the Champions League places, with Chelsea sneaking in despite losing to Villa. Elsewhere West Ham were celebrating, as the Hammers’ highest finish in 22 years secured European football and a place in next season’s Europa League.
For the final time in 2020/21, we bring you some of the most interesting stats from the weekend’s actions.
• 1 – Harry Kane finished the season as both the top goalscorer and top assister in the Premier League (23 goals, 14 assists) – only the second time a player has finished with both the outright most goals and assists in the competition after Andy Cole in 1993-94.
• 84 – Gareth Bale averaged a goal every 84 minutes in the Premier League this season. For players with 10+ goals, only Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 1998-99 has a better mins/goal ratio in a single season in the competition (one every 71 mins).
• 1911 – Chelsea are the first side since Everton in 1910-11 to finish in the top four in the English top-flight despite having no player reach double-figures in the league that season.
• 5 – Carlo Ancelotti has suffered the heaviest defeat of his managerial career in what is his 1,167th game in management (Man City 5-0 Everton).
• 242 – Leicester ended more days in the Premier League’s top four than any other side this season and yet failed to finish inside the top four places (242 days).
• 0 – Manchester United have become just the fourth side to remain unbeaten away from home across an entire English top-flight campaign (P19 W12 D7 L0), after Preston (1888-89), Arsenal (2001-02) and Arsenal again (2003-04).
• 2 – Sergio Agüero has scored two goals as a substitute for Manchester City for only the second time, the first being his club debut against Swansea City in August 2011.
• 26 – Since making his Premier League debut in August 2014, Jamie Vardy has scored more penalties than any other player in the competition in this period (26).
• 25 – Bertrand Traore is the 25th different player to score against Chelsea in the Premier League having played for the Blues in the competition – no team has had more different former players score against them (Spurs also 25).
• 8 – Sadio Mane (vs Crystal Palace) has become just the second player to score in eight consecutive Premier League appearances against an opponent, after Robin van Persie against Stoke.
• 67 – Southampton have conceded more Premier League goals in 2020-21 (67) than they have in any other season in the competition.
• 1000 – Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick scored the 1000th goal of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.
• 9 – Raphinha has provided nine assists in the Premier League this season – the last Leeds United player with more in a single campaign in the competition was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in 1998-99 (13).
• 7 – Joe Willock is only the second Newcastle player to score in seven consecutive Premier League appearances, after Alan Shearer in 1996.
• 19 – Anthony Elanga is the 19th different teenager to score a Premier League goal for Manchester United – only Arsenal (20) have had more teenagers find the net for them in the competition’s history.