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Great Goals: Harry Kane – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs. Arsenal (March 2016)

Harry Kane has loved playing against the old enemy from North London since he made his derby debut in 2015. In March 2016, he produced a glorious shot from the edge of the penalty area to give Tottenham the lead against Arsenal in a game both sides were looking to try and win to close the gap on Leicester City at the top of the table.

The game was delicately poised at 1-1 with goals from Aaron Ramsey and Toby Alderweireld either side of Francis Coquelin being sent off for two bookable offences. Kevin Wimmer played what seemed like a hopeful ball into the corner but Dele Alli hadn’t given it up, beating Per Mertesacker to the ball and back-heeling it into the path of Kane.

Kane cut inside and produced a special curling effort that flashed past David Ospina. Wearing a protected mask after a recent facial injury, Kane ripped it off and raced off into the opposite corner of the ground to be chased gamely by his jubilant teammates. It ranks up with the best-ever North London Derby goals scored at the old White Hart Lane ground.

It wasn’t enough for all three points as Alexis Sanchez found an equaliser for Arsenal and the points were shared in a 2-2 draw. Kane though had demonstrated again why he is considered as one of the world’s best strikers.

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The Clubs: Tottenham Hotspur

All statistics correct upto 23rd February 2019

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
1027 443 255 329 1535 1294 +240 1584 27

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Darren Anderton 297
Jermain Defoe 276
Ledley King 268
Aaron Lennon 266
Sol Campbell 255
Ian Walker 240
Robbie Keane 238
Michael Dawson 236
Teddy Sheringham 236
Hugo Lloris 229

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Harry Kane 123
Teddy Sheringham 98
Jermain Defoe 91
Robbie Keane 91
Chris Armstrong 48
Christian Eriksen 46
Gareth Bale 43
Dele Alli 42
Heung-Min Son 41
Emmanuel Adebayor 35

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan Athletic 22nd November 2009 2009-2010
Hull City 1-7 Tottenham Hotspur 21st May 2017 2016-2017
Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 Southampton 11th March 2000 1999-2000
Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur 18th May 2017 2016-2017
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Oldham Athletic 18th September 1993 1993-1994
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Burnley 26th September 2009 2009-2010
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Newcastle United 11th February 2012 2011-2012
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Swansea City 3rd December 2016 2016-2017
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 AFC Bournemouth 26th December 2018 2018-2019
Wimbledon 2-6 Tottenham Hotspur 2nd May 1998 1997-1998

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Newcastle United 7-1 Tottenham Hotspur 28th December 1996 1996-1997
Sheffield United 6-0 Tottenham Hotspur 2nd March 1993 1992-1993
Manchester City 6-0 Tottenham Hotspur 24th November 2013 2013-2014
Tottenham Hotspur 1-6 Chelsea 6th December 1997 1997-1998
Leeds United 5-0 Tottenham Hotspur 25th August 1992 1992-1993
Tottenham Hotspur 0-5 Liverpool FC 15th December 2013 2013-2014
Liverpool FC 6-2 Tottenham Hotspur 8th May 1993 1992-1993
Middlesbrough 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur 3rd May 2003 2002-2003
Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City 28th August 2011 2011-2012
Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City 29th January 2014 2013-2014

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Ray Clemence & Doug Livermore 1 19th June 1993
Ossie Ardiles 2 1st November 1994
Gerry Francis 4 19th November 1997
Christian Gross 2 5th September 1998
George Graham 3 16th March 2001
Glenn Hoddle 4 20th September 2003
David Pleat 1 3rd June 2004
Jacques Santini 1 6th November 2004
Martin Jol 4 25th October 2007
Juande Ramos 2 27th October 2008
Harry Redknapp 4 14th June 2012
Andre Villas-Boas 2 16th December 2013
Tim Sherwood 1 13th May 2014
Mauricio Pochettino 5  

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Arsenal 10th February 2018 83,222 2018-2019
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United 31st January 2018 81,978 2018-2019
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Liverpool FC 22nd October 2017 80,827 2016-2017
Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City 14th April 2018 80,811 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool FC 15th September 2018 80,188 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester United 13th January 2019 80,062 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Leicester City 13th May 2018 77,841 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Everton 13th January 2018 76,251 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea 20th August 2017 73,587 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 AFC Bournemouth 14th October 2017 73,502 2017-2018

 

Intro

Tottenham Hotspur have grown from a side that often frustrated their own supporters, let alone the neutrals to one of the most exciting teams in the English game. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have come a long way since his appointment in 2014, with Spurs now becoming a regular challenger for the title in recent campaigns. Whilst the main Premier League prize has eluded them so far, the excitement of playing in a new state-of-the-art stadium and the talents of the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen has supporters looking ahead to a future of serious promise.

 

1992-1993

Doug Livermore and Ray Clemence were appointed as joint managers for the first Premier League campaign and Tottenham finished in eighth position, only missing out on a top six finish because of a negative goal difference. Teddy Sheringham finished the season as top scorer in the league, scoring 21 times in his first season as a Spurs player after his August arrival from Nottingham Forest.

 

1993-1994

Club legend Ossie Ardiles was appointed in the summer as the club’s new manager and excitement was palpable around the supporters with his caviller all-out attack style set to bring plenty of excitement to White Hart Lane. It was for the wrong reasons though. Tottenham lost seven successive games in mid-season and finished a dreary 15th in the table. They weren’t helped by an Achilles injury to top scorer Sheringham in October, which meant he only managed 19 appearances during the season.

 

1994-1995

Tottenham began the season with a 12-point deduction hanging over their head after being found guilty of financial irregularities during the 1980s by the FA. Ardiles continued to stick to his principles and the signing of Jurgen Klinsmann in the summer attracted plenty of headlines and anticipation among both fans and media. Klinsmann scored on his debut and then produced his infamous ‘dive’ celebration. The German was a rousing success, winning the Football Writers’ Award and scoring 21 Premier League goals but he moved back to Germany at the end of the campaign.

Ardiles didn’t see the season out. A shock 3-0 League Cup loss to Notts County in October brought his unsuccessful reign to an end. Gerry Francis was appointed as his successor after he’d resigned from his position as Queens Park Rangers boss. Francis installed more defensive stability into the side, whilst still allowing the goalscoring and creative talents of Klinsmann, Sheringham, Darren Anderton and Nick Barmby to shine. They finished in seventh position in the final table.

In December 1994, chairman Alan Sugar won his appeal against Tottenham’s points deduction and also won them back entry into the FA Cup, having been initially banned from participating in this competition. Tottenham reached the semi-finals before losing to a Daniel Amokachi-inspired Everton at Elland Road.

 

1995-1996

Gerry Francis’ first full season as Tottenham manager started badly with just two points from the club’s first four matches but they quickly found their form, with Sheringham forming an excellent partnership with £4 million summer arrival Chris Armstrong following Klinsmann’s departure. The high of the campaign was a fantastic 4-1 victory over Manchester United on New Years’ Day which had Spurs hit the heights of fourth position in the table. They ended up finishing eighth, just one point below Arsenal in fifth who took the final UEFA Cup qualifying position.

 

1996-1997

It was a step backwards for Tottenham Hotspur in 1996-1997 with disappointing early exits from both domestic cup competitions and an uninspiring 10th place finish in the Premier League, finishing with 15 fewer points compared to the previous season. A 7-1 thrashing away at Newcastle United in December remains the club’s biggest-ever Premier League loss.

 

1997-1998

Gerry Francis aimed to ease concerns from the supporters by signing the Newcastle pair Les Ferdinand and David Ginola in pre-season but saw skipper Teddy Sheringham depart for Manchester United. Tottenham started the season poorly and 11 days after a 4-0 reverse at Anfield to Liverpool FC, Francis elected to resign from his position as manager. He was replaced by the relatively unknown Christian Gross, who became a scapegoat from the British press from the moment he arrived kissing a tube ticket at his unveiling!

Jurgen Klinsmann did arrive for a second spell from Sampdoria at the end of December and his four goals away at Wimbledon in a 6-2 victory at the start of May guaranteed Tottenham’s top-flight safety. However, finishing 14th was not good enough for the frustrated supporters and owner Alan Sugar. Gross already looked on borrowed time.

 

1998-1999

Three games into the new season and Christian Gross was fired by Alan Sugar after a year where his confidence and morale had been destroyed. Sugar then pursued the Leeds boss George Graham and compensation was eventually agreed between the clubs for Graham to take over at the start of October. For the fans, ex-Arsenal boss Graham was not a popular choice and it further soured the relationship between the chairman and the supporters.

Tottenham finished 11th in the Premier League but did achieve silverware with a late victory over Leicester City in the League Cup final thanks to Allan Nielsen’s strike. Tottenham did beat Liverpool FC and Manchester United on their way to the final.

 

1999-2000

Tottenham did top the Premier League table after four games but ultimately hovered around the mid-table positions again, ending an unremarkable 10th in the final standings. They did enjoy home victories over Arsenal and Manchester United though and also recorded a spectacular 7-2 win against Southampton in March where joint-top scorer Steffen Iversen scored a hat-trick.

 

2000-2001

A club-record fee was paid in the summer to acquire the services of Ukrainian forward Sergei Rebrov and Rebrov responded with nine Premier League goals but Tottenham failed to shift themselves out of the mid-table reaches, finishing 12th. In March, George Graham was sacked for breach of contract by the club’s new owners and he was replaced by the fans preferred choice, Glenn Hoddle who walked out on Southampton to take the vacancy at a club he served notably as a player in the 1980s.

One piece of history was achieved in December. During a 3-3 draw away at Bradford City, Ledley King scored what remains the fastest-ever goal in Premier League history.

 

2001-2002

Glenn Hoddle bought in international experience in the summer of 2001 with the arrivals of Christian Ziege, Gus Poyet and Teddy Sheringham, who returned for a second spell after four trophy-laden years at Manchester United. Tottenham’s highlight of the season was reaching the League Cup final, winning 5-1 in the semi-finals, second leg against London rivals Chelsea but they lost the final 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers. That ended European hopes for the season as league form again flattered to deceive. Tottenham wound up in ninth position.

 

2002-2003

The transfer deadline day arrival of Robbie Keane for £7 million from Leeds United was seen as a potential uplift in Hoddle’s fortunes at Tottenham, particularly after they ended August top of the table with 10 points from their first four matches. Keane finished as top scorer with 13, including a tremendous hat-trick in a 4-3 win over Everton in mid-January. However, it was another disappointing season for Spurs, who lost 16 Premier League matches and finished 10th.

 

2003-2004

After achieving just one victory in the first six league matches of the seasons, Glenn Hoddle’s time as manager was brought to an end in September. His last game was a 3-1 home defeat to Southampton – the club Hoddle had left behind to take the Tottenham job. David Pleat moved downstairs to guide Tottenham through the rest of the season and they ended 14th. There was little to shout about for the fans, although both Freddie Kanoute and Jermain Defoe did impress in their debut seasons at the club after arriving from West Ham United.

 

2004-2005

New Sporting Director Frank Arnesen and Head Coach Jacques Santini were appointed in the summer as big parts of a new management restructure but in early November, Santini resigned because of personal reasons after managing just 12 first-team matches. His assistant manager Martin Jol replaced him and led the club to their best Premier League run at the time of five successive victories. Spurs finished in ninth position as Jol laid down the foundations for a more consistent regular tilt at European qualification via the league.

 

2005-2006

2005-2006 was a case of so near, yet so far for Tottenham. They enjoyed a great campaign and for the majority of the season, looked set for a top four finish and therefore, a place in the UEFA Champions League. Robbie Keane was top scorer with 16 goals, whilst Edgar Davids impressed greatly in this first season in English football.

On the eve of the final match of the campaign at Upton Park, a number of Tottenham players were taken ill with suspected food poisoning after eating lasagne. The club called in the police and even appealed for a later kick-off time which was denied by the Premier League. Needing a win to secure that fourth spot, Tottenham had a sickening day, losing 2-1 to West Ham and this allowed bitter rivals Arsenal in to snatch fourth place as the Gunners beat Wigan Athletic 4-2 on Highbury’s last day.

 

2006-2007

Tottenham strengthened their attacking options with the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov for £10.6 million from Bayer 04 Leverkusen but injuries and erratic form in the first half of the campaign left the club in mid-table and nowhere near challenging the top four positions as they had in the previous season. Jol’s team improved greatly after a 4-0 home loss to Manchester United in early February, winning eight of their last 12 matches to finish fifth for the second successive season. They also reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup before losing to eventual winners Sevilla, whilst Paul Robinson became only the third-ever goalkeeper to score in the Premier League with his 80-yard lob against Watford in March.

 

2007-2008

In the summer of 2007, chairman Daniel Levy was understood to have approached Sevilla boss Juande Ramos about taking over as first-team manager. This ruined Martin Jol’s creditability as an authoritative figure in the dressing room and after a poor start with just one victory recorded over hapless Derby County in their first 10 Premier League games, Jol was sacked shortly after a UEFA Cup loss to Getafe. Ramos eventually took over and guided Tottenham to League Cup glory with victory over Chelsea. January arrival Jonathan Woodgate won the match and it softened the blow of a lacklustre league campaign which saw them down in 11th position at the season’s end.

Tottenham were involved in some high-scoring matches, drawing 4-4 with both Aston Villa and Chelsea and beating Reading 6-4.

 

2008-2009

For the second successive season, Spurs sacked their manager in October. After just amassing two points from their first eight matches, Juande Ramos was dismissed after a damaging 2-1 loss to Stoke City which saw Vedran Corluka end in hospital and both Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson sent off. He was replaced by Harry Redknapp and he immediately led a revival, with an amazing 4-4 draw away at Arsenal, followed by a 2-1 victory at home to Liverpool FC.

Tottenham remained in relegation danger until February but the returns of Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane in the transfer window from Portsmouth and Liverpool FC respectively helped Tottenham recover from their awful start to finish a creditable eighth in the table.

 

2009-2010

2009-2010 was a real breakthrough season for Tottenham Hotspur. They accumulated 70 points which was their highest total at the time in a Premier League season and returned to the pinnacle level of European club football for the first time since 1962. By finishing fourth, Harry Redknapp led the club to UEFA Champions League qualification for the first time in their history. Qualification was sealed by a 1-0 away victory at closest challengers Manchester City.

With 18 goals, Jermain Defoe finished as top scorer and five of those strikes came against Wigan Athletic in a 9-1 victory in November – Tottenham’s biggest-ever Premier League victory.

 

2010-2011

Tottenham reached the quarter-finals of their maiden UEFA Champions League campaign before bowing out to Real Madrid. In the Premier League, they finished in fifth place and eight points adrift of their points tally from the previous season. The high in the league season came at The Emirates in November, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Arsenal and record a first away win at Arsenal in 18 years. This was also Gareth Bale’s breakthrough season. Bale put in some special performances throughout the campaign that ended with him winning PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

 

2011-2012

After two heavy defeats to the Manchester clubs to start the season, Tottenham enjoyed an 11-match unbeaten run, winning 10 of those games to climb into third place in the Premier League table. In February, manager Harry Redknapp was touted as heavy favourite for the England job after Fabio Capello’s resignation. He was also cleared of tax evasion charges at the same time. Tottenham supporters pleaded for Redknapp to stay but ultimately, the FA decided to appoint West Bromwich Albion manager, Roy Hodgson.

Tottenham’s form fell apart after a collapse in the North London Derby at The Emirates where they threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 5-2. Damaging defeats to Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City saw them finish in fourth place and below Arsenal in the table. Chelsea’s victory in the UEFA Champions League final denied Tottenham another shot at the Champions League for the next campaign and in June, Redknapp parted ways with the club by mutual consent.

 

2012-2013

Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was appointed as Redknapp’s successor and he guided Tottenham to their best-ever points tally in a Premier League season of 72 points. He also got the best out of Bale, who scored 26 goals in all competitions and was crowned PFA Players’ Player of the Year for the second time in three years, edging out current holder Robin van Persie to the main prize. However, Tottenham missed out again on Champions League football on the final day. Arsenal’s victory at Newcastle meant Spurs finished fifth and Bale looked set to leave after his stunning individual campaign.

 

2013-2014

As had been widely predicted, Gareth Bale was sold in August for a world-record transfer fee of £85.3 million to Real Madrid. Tottenham spent the money of several new additions including the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue. However, apart from Christian Eriksen – none of the new arrivals made much of a positive impression.

Although Tottenham conceded just two goals in the first two months of the season, a 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United sparked off a worrying run of form which ultimately culminated in the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas in mid-December. Two damaging heavy defeats – 6-0 at Manchester City and 5-0 at home to Liverpool FC were the final performances that forced Daniel Levy into the decision to sack the Portuguese.

Tim Sherwood replaced him and despite some more capitulating performances at Stamford Bridge and Anfield, he did steady the team and Tottenham finished sixth in the table. However, Sherwood was dismissed shortly after the season concluded with Levy having already identified his successor.

 

2014-2015

After a fine 18 months as Southampton’s boss, Mauricio Pochettino was tempted away from the south coast to take the role on as Tottenham Hotspur manager. This was another season of transition which ultimately saw Spurs improve by one position on the 2013-2014 campaign, finishing fifth.

Highs included a memorable 5-3 victory over champions Chelsea and a thrilling North London Derby success at White Hart Lane against Arsenal in February. The season also saw the remarkable breakthrough of Harry Kane who scored 21 league goals in his first full season in the Tottenham first-team. Kane’s efforts saw him crowned PFA Young Player of the Year.

 

2015-2016

Tottenham started the season with a narrow defeat at Old Trafford to Manchester United and actually went winless in the first month of the campaign. However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were about to enjoy a breathtaking season that saw them become genuine title contenders for the first time in the Premier League Years.

Spurs lost just six times all season, recorded a famous league double over Manchester City, whilst Kane held off Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero to claim his first Golden Boot with 25 goals. Dele Alli’s debut season saw him score 10 times and succeed Kane as winner of PFA Young Player of the Year as Tottenham pushed Leicester City virtually all the way in the race for the most surprising Premier League title winner.

Ultimately, they fell short on a bad-tempered evening at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea came from 2-0 down to earn the point that ensured Leicester became champions. Tottenham’s rage exploded with every single outfield player booked on the night and Mousa Dembele earning a lengthy FA suspension after eye-gouging Diego Costa. They didn’t recover from this stormy evening and a 5-1 final day collapse at already relegated Newcastle meant Arsenal pipped them to the runners-up position, confirming a 22nd consecutive campaign they’d finish above their rivals from across the capital.

 

2016-2017

The final season at White Hart Lane turned into an unbeaten campaign. Tottenham dropped just four points on their home patch all season and lost only four games in the whole season. They claimed second position in the Premier League table in mid-January and never relinquished it, recording their best tallies for goals, wins, points and finishing position in the process. They finished seven points shy of Chelsea’s final total.

Pochettino continued to win widespread praise for the development and emergence of his young squad with Kane once again winning the Golden Boot and becoming only the second player in Premier League history to score four hat-tricks in a season.

White Hart Lane was demolished after the 2-1 victory against Manchester United in mid-May, to be replaced by a state-of-the-art new stadium near to the same site.

 

2017-2018

Tottenham moved to Wembley Stadium for the 2017-2018 campaign and initially found the going tough at the ground, as they dropped home points to Burnley and Swansea City, whilst Chelsea claimed a 2-1 victory thanks to two Marcos Alonso goals.

However, it was another impressive season from the Lilywhites who comfortably finished above Arsenal for the second successive league season and achieved a third consecutive finish in the top three. UEFA Champions League football was secured in the final week of the season with a narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.

2017-2018 also saw the end of the barren wait for a Premier League win at Stamford Bridge. Two goals from Dele Alli helped Spurs to a 3-1 win in west London in April – their first win at the ground since February 1990. Kane scored another 30 goals but was pipped this time to the Golden Boot by Liverpool FC’s Mohamed Salah.

 

2018-2019

Delays to the new stadium have meant Tottenham have remained at Wembley Stadium for the 2018-2019 season and incredibly, they haven’t drawn a match in the Premier League this season. It has been wins or losses this term and Spurs remain as a potential title challenger in mid-February, keeping Liverpool FC and Manchester City honest.

Among the highlights already this season were a 3-1 win over Chelsea in November, a 6-2 masterclass at Goodison Park against Everton and a late winner from Harry Winks in a London Derby away at Fulham. With progression to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League looking likely, Tottenham supporters still have plenty of excitement to witness in this campaign.

Seasonal Stories: Tottenham Hotspur (2016-2017)

Farewell to the Lane

Tottenham Hotspur might have ended the 2016-2017 season without any silverware but it was a memorable campaign for Mauricio Pochettino and his young, exciting side. For the second successive season, they made a challenge for the title, eventually falling seven points short of London rivals Chelsea but they finished gallant runners-up.

They finished above north London rivals Arsenal for the first time in 22 years, Harry Kane won the Golden Boot for the second successive season and they dropped just four points all campaign on home soil as White Hart Lane received a fond farewell.

Splashing the cash

After coming close to winning the Premier League title in 2015-2016, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and his young squad were hungry to take two further steps following their third-place finish the previous season.

After impressing for France during EURO 2016, Moussa Sissoko was acquired from relegated Newcastle United for £30 million on transfer deadline day. He joined Victor Wanyama, who linked up with Pochettino again having played underneath the Argentine at Southampton and Vincent Janssen, who came in from Ajax as back-up for Harry Kane.

Tottenham made a brilliant start to the season and finished September in second place, with four wins from their opening six matches. Heung-Min Son started the season in peak form. The South Korean scored braces in away victories over Stoke City and Middlesbrough. The only blow was the loss of Kane for seven weeks after he sustained an ankle injury in the closing stages of a narrow home win against rock-bottom Sunderland.

Poch triumphing over Pep

October began with a visit to White Hart Lane from league leaders Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side had made an impeccable start, winning their first six league matches of the season but on the day, it was Pochettino who would triumph over Pep. Tottenham got at the Citizens early on and the visitors couldn’t handle their pressing tactics. An Aleksandar Kolarov own goal and strike from Dele Alli helped Spurs to record an impressive 2-0 victory and meant, they were now the only club yet to taste defeat in the Premier League in 2016-2017.

The next period of league matches was frustrating and ultimately, a run of just two wins in eight matches proved to be costly come the final outcome in regards to a title challenge. Tottenham’s unbeaten record remained until the end of November when in their 13th match, they lost 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to league leaders Chelsea. By now, Kane was back from injury and rescued a point from the penalty spot in the first North London Derby of the season at The Emirates Stadium.

Defeat no.2 of the season came at Old Trafford in mid-December. Kane was robbed of possession in the centre circle and Manchester United broke forward, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring the only goal of the game. Tottenham’s response to this setback was a run of six successive victories which meant by mid-January, they were firmly in the shake-up for a top four finish.

15th JANUARY 2017 TABLE

POS TABLE P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Chelsea 21 17 1 3 45 15 +30 52
2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 21 13 6 2 43 14 +29 45
3 Liverpool FC 21 13 6 2 49 24 +25 45
4 Arsenal 21 13 5 3 48 22 +26 44
5 Manchester City 21 13 3 5 41 26 +15 42
6 Manchester United 21 11 7 3 32 20 +12 40

King Kane loves a treble

At the turn of the year, it was Dele Alli who was firmly in the goals. Alli managed to score three successive braces of goals during the festive period, including two headers at White Hart Lane in early January which saw Chelsea’s 13-match winning sequence end in a 2-0 defeat.

Kane was about to enjoy a stunning 2017 which ultimately saw him break the record for Premier League goals in a calendar year. His first hat-trick of the season came in mid-January in a fairly routine 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Kane followed this hat-trick up with back-to-back trebles in successive Sundays in February. First, his hat-trick took Spurs past Championship side Fulham in the FA Cup fifth round before a first half hat-trick saw Stoke City condemned to a third successive 4-0 loss against the Lilywhites in the Premier League.

Kane was locked in a tight battle for the Golden Boot with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku but it looked like the Belgian might have the edge, especially when Kane injured his ankle again in the FA Cup quarter-finals against Millwall, putting him on the treatment table again for another month.

With uncertainty around Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal and the inconsistency from Liverpool FC and both Manchester clubs, it was Tottenham who were the only team who looked capable of giving Chelsea some nervy moments in the run-in. 10 points behind with 10 games left to play, Tottenham quickly cut that gap to four points, enjoying a fruitful run of nine successive victories – their best-ever sequence in their Premier League history.

The end at White Hart Lane

At the end of April, Tottenham beat Arsenal 2-0 in the last North London Derby at White Hart Lane with goals from Alli and the returning Kane. This meant that Tottenham would finish above Arsenal in a top-flight table for the first time since 1995 and guaranteed a finish in the top four.

There was a sense within the supporters that a genuine bid for the title was on but a week later, that hope expired on Tottenham’s first visit to The London Stadium. Manuel Lanzini’s second half strike guided West Ham to a 1-0 victory, sending their supporters into ecstasy at crushing Spurs’ dreams. By the time Tottenham played their next match, Chelsea had recorded the two wins they had required to regain the Premier League title.

All that was left was for the final-ever match to be played at White Hart Lane. Tottenham were moving temporarily into Wembley Stadium whilst a new stadium was built on the site of the historic ground. Manchester United were the visitors but they couldn’t be the party poopers. Wanyama opened the scoring with an early header and fittingly, Kane would be the final Tottenham scorer at the ground, scoring his first-ever goal against Manchester United in the process.

A 2-1 victory over the Red Devils guaranteed second place in the table, their best-ever Premier League finish and an unbeaten home record in the last White Hart Lane season, recording 15 successive home victories. Only Liverpool FC and Leicester City avoided defeat. There was plenty of emotion as a final celebration was held with Tottenham legends past and present braving the rain to join in the celebrations. Kane wasn’t done though. Seven goals in the last week of the season, including another two hat-tricks as Spurs brushed aside Leicester and Hull City 6-1 and 7-1 respectively. That meant a second successive Golden Boot for the striker.

Alas, there was no silverware for the team but Tottenham Hotspur had produced plenty of excitement and entertainment for their supporters and the neutrals in season 2016-2017.

FINAL 2016-2017 TABLE – THE TOP SIX

POS TABLE P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Chelsea 38 30 3 5 85 33 +52 93
2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 38 26 8 4 86 26 +60 86
3 Manchester City 38 23 9 6 80 39 +41 78
4 Liverpool FC 38 22 10 6 78 42 +36 76
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 77 44 +33 75
6 Manchester United 38 18 15 5 54 29 +25 69

Seasonal Records: 2016-2017

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2016-2017 Premier League campaign. After their dreadful title defence in 2015-2016, Chelsea bounced back under new manager Antonio Conte to claim a fifth Premier League title, finishing seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur who enjoyed an unbeaten home season in their last campaign at White Hart Lane.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Chelsea 38 30 3 5 85 33 +52 93
2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 26 8 4 86 26 +60 86
3 Manchester City 38 23 9 6 80 39 +41 78
4 Liverpool FC 38 22 10 6 78 42 +36 76
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 77 44 +33 75
6 Manchester United 38 18 15 5 54 29 +25 69
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 62 44 +18 61
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 41 48 -7 46
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 55 67 -12 46
10 West Bromwich Albion 38 12 9 17 43 51 -8 45
11 West Ham United 38 12 9 17 47 64 -17 45
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 48 63 -15 44
13 Stoke City 38 11 11 16 41 56 -15 44
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 50 63 -13 41
15 Swansea City 38 12 5 21 45 70 -25 41
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 39 55 -16 40
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 68 -28 40
18 Hull City 38 9 7 22 37 80 -43 34
19 Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 27 53 -26 28
20 Sunderland 38 6 6 26 29 69 -40 24

 

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 1064
European qualifiers Chelsea (UEFA Champions League)

Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester City (UEFA Champions League)

Liverpool FC (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester United (UEFA Champions League)

Arsenal (UEFA Europa League)

Everton (UEFA Europa League)

Longest winning run 13 games (Chelsea)
Longest unbeaten run 25 games (Manchester United)
Longest winless run 16 games (Middlesbrough)
Longest losing run 6 games (Crystal Palace, Watford and Hull City)
Highest attendance 75,397 (Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion)
Lowest attendance 10,890 (AFC Bournemouth vs. Middlesbrough)

 

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Football Writers’ Award N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
PFA Team of the Year David de Gea, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, N’Golo Kante, Dele Alli, Eden Hazard, Sadio Mane, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku
Manager of the Year Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
Premier League Goal of the Season Emre Can (Watford vs. LIVERPOOL FC)

 

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Romelu Lukaku Sunderland vs. Everton 0-3 12th September 2016
Alexis Sanchez West Ham United vs. Arsenal 1-5 3rd December 2016
Jamie Vardy Leicester City vs. Manchester City 4-2 10th December 2016
Salomon Rondon West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City 3-1 14th December 2016
Andre Gray Burnley vs. Sunderland 4-1 31st December 2016
Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion 4-0 14th January 2017
Romelu Lukaku (4) Everton vs. AFC Bournemouth 6-3 4th February 2017
Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City 4-0 26th February 2017
Josh King AFC Bournemouth vs. West Ham United 3-2 11th March 2017
Harry Kane (4) Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur 1-6 18th May 2017
Harry Kane Hull City vs. Tottenham Hotspur 1-7 21st May 2017

 

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 29
2 Romelu Lukaku Everton 25
3 Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 24
4= Diego Costa Chelsea 20
4= Sergio Aguero Manchester City 20
6 Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur 18
7 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United 17
8= Eden Hazard Chelsea 16
8= Josh King AFC Bournemouth 16
10= Christian Benteke Crystal Palace 15
10= Fernando Llorente Swansea City 15
10= Jermain Defoe Sunderland 15
13 Heung-Min Son Tottenham Hotspur 14
14= Philippe Coutinho Liverpool FC 13
14= Jamie Vardy Leicester City 13
14= Sadio Mane Liverpool FC 13
17 Olivier Giroud Arsenal 12
18 Roberto Firmino Liverpool FC 11
19= Theo Walcott Arsenal 10
19= Sam Vokes Burnley 10
19= Troy Deeney Watford 10
22= Pedro Chelsea 9
22= Michail Antonio West Ham United 9
22= Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City 9
22= Andre Gray Burnley 9

 

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Hull City 1-7 Tottenham Hotspur 21st May 2017
Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur 18th May 2017
Liverpool FC 6-1 Watford 6th November 2016
AFC Bournemouth 6-1 Hull City 15th October 2016
Chelsea 5-0 Everton 5th November 2016
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Swansea City 3rd December 2016
Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace 6th May 2017
Watford 0-5 Manchester City 21st May 2017
Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland 21st May 2017
Liverpool FC 5-1 Hull City 24th September 2016

 

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
9 Everton 6-3 AFC Bournemouth 4th February 2017
9 Swansea City 5-4 Crystal Palace 26th November 2016
8 Hull City 1-7 Tottenham Hotspur 21st May 2017
7 Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur 18th May 2017
7 Liverpool FC 6-1 Watford 6th November 2016
7 AFC Bournemouth 6-1 Hull City 15th October 2016
7 Chelsea 4-3 Watford 15th May 2017
7 Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool FC 14th August 2016
7 Watford 3-4 Southampton 4th March 2017
7 AFC Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool FC 4th December 2016
6 Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland 21st May 2017
6 Liverpool FC 5-1 Hull City 24th September 2016
6 West Ham United 1-5 Arsenal 3rd December 2016
6 Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City 31st December 2016
6 Chelsea 4-2 Southampton 25th April 2017
6 Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool FC 29th October 2016
6 Everton 4-2 Leicester City 9th April 2017
6 West Bromwich Albion 4-2 West Ham United 17th September 2016
6 Hull City 4-2 Middlesbrough 5th April 2017
6 AFC Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal 3rd January 2017

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Angel Gomes Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace 16 years, 8 months, 20 days 21st May 2017
Ben Woodburn Liverpool FC 2-0 Sunderland 17 years, 1 month, 11 days 26th November 2016
Joel Asoro Sunderland 1-2 Middlesbrough 17 years, 3 months, 25 days 21st August 2016
Jonathan Leko West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Everton 17 years, 3 months, 27 days 20th August 2016
Josh Tymon Sunderland 3-0 Hull City 17 years, 5 months, 28 days 19th November 2016
Dion Pereira Leicester City 3-0 Watford 18 years, 1 month, 11 day 6th May 2017
Aiden O’Neill Burnley 2-0 Liverpool FC 18 years, 1 month, 16 days 20th August 2016
Tom Davies Everton 1-0 Stoke City 18 years, 1 month, 28 days 27th August 2016
Trent Alexander-Arnold Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool FC 18 years, 2 months, 7 days 14th December 2016
Sam Field West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Middlesbrough 18 years, 3 months, 20 days 28th August 2016

 

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Shay Given Crystal Palace 4-1 Stoke City 40 years, 4 months, 29 days 18th September 2016
Gareth McAuley West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Chelsea 37 years, 5 months, 7 days 12th May 2017
Paul Robinson Swansea City 3-2 Burnley 37 years, 4 months, 17 days 4th March 2017
Artur Boruc AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley 37 years, 2 months, 23 days 13th May 2017
Marcin Wasilewski Leicester City 0-2 Everton 36 years, 6 months, 17 days 26th December 2016
John Terry Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland 36 years, 5 months, 14 days 21st May 2017
Peter Crouch Southampton 0-1 Stoke City 36 years, 3 months, 21 days 21st May 2017
Heurelho Gomes Watford 0-5 Manchester City 36 years, 3 months, 6 days 21st May 2017
Gareth Barry Arsenal 3-1 Everton 36 years, 2 months, 28 days 21st May 2017
John O’Shea Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland 36 years, 21 days 21st May 2017

 

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 16
2 Hugo Lloris Tottenham Hotspur 15
3= David de Gea Manchester United 14
3= Fraser Forster Southampton 14
5 Petr Cech Arsenal 12
6= Joel Robles Everton 10
6= Tom Heaton Burnley 10
8= Simon Mignolet Liverpool FC 9
8= Artur Boruc AFC Bournemouth 9
8= Kasper Schmeichel Leicester City 9

Seasonal Records: 2015-2016

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2015-2016 Premier League campaign. Fairytales can happen in football and Leicester City produced one which got everyone talking. The 5000-1 outsiders stormed to an unexpected an richly deserved maiden top-flight title, seeing off a stern challenge from Tottenham Hotspur to land the biggest prize in English football.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Leicester City 38 23 12 3 68 36 +32 81
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 65 36 +29 71
3 Tottenham Hotspur 38 19 13 6 69 35 +34 70
4 Manchester City 38 19 9 10 71 41 +30 66
5 Manchester United 38 19 9 10 49 35 +14 66
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 59 41 +18 63
7 West Ham United 38 16 14 8 65 51 +14 62
8 Liverpool FC 38 16 12 10 63 50 +13 60
9 Stoke City 38 14 9 15 41 55 -14 51
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 59 53 +6 50
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 59 55 +4 47
12 Swansea City 38 12 11 15 42 52 -10 47
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 40 50 -10 45
14 West Bromwich Albion 38 10 13 15 34 48 -14 43
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 39 51 -12 42
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 45 67 -22 42
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 48 62 -14 39
18 Newcastle United 38 9 10 19 44 65 -21 37
19 Norwich City 38 9 7 22 39 67 -28 34
20 Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 27 76 -49 17

 

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 1026
European qualifiers Leicester City (UEFA Champions League)

Arsenal (UEFA Champions League)

Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester City (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester United (UEFA Europa League)

Southampton (UEFA Europa League)

West Ham United (UEFA Europa League)

Longest winning run 6 games (Tottenham Hotspur)
Longest unbeaten run 15 games (Chelsea)
Longest winless run 19 games (Aston Villa)
Longest losing run 11 games (Aston Villa)
Highest attendance 75,415 (Manchester United vs. Swansea City)
Lowest attendance 10,863 (AFC Bournemouth vs. Stoke City)

 

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Football Writers’ Award Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
PFA Team of the Year David de Gea, Toby Alderweireld, Wes Morgan, Hector Bellerin, Danny Rose, N’Golo Kante, Dele Alli, Riyad Mahrez, Dimitri Payet, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy
Manager of the Year Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City)
Premier League Goal of the Season Dele Alli (Crystal Palace vs. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)

 

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Callum Wilson West Ham United vs. AFC Bournemouth 3-4 22nd August 2015
Steven Naismith Everton vs. Chelsea 3-1 12th September 2015
Alexis Sanchez Leicester City vs. Arsenal 2-5 26th September 2015
Sergio Aguero (5) Manchester City vs. Newcastle United 6-1 3rd October 2015
Raheem Sterling Manchester City vs. AFC Bournemouth 5-1 17th October 2015
Georginio Wijnaldum (4) Newcastle United vs. Norwich City 6-2 18th October 2015
Harry Kane AFC Bournemouth vs. Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 25th October 2015
Arouna Kone Everton vs. Sunderland 6-2 1st November 2015
Riyad Mahrez Swansea City vs. Leicester City 0-3 5th December 2015
Jermain Defoe Swansea City vs. Sunderland 2-4 13th January 2016
Andy Carroll West Ham United vs. Arsenal 3-3 9th April 2016
Sergio Aguero Chelsea vs. Manchester City 0-3 16th April 2016
Sadio Mane Southampton vs. Manchester City 4-2 1st May 2016
Olivier Giroud Arsenal vs. Aston Villa 4-0 15th May 2016

 

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 25
2 Jamie Vardy Leicester City 24
3 Sergio Aguero Manchester City 24
4 Romelu Lukaku Everton 18
5 Riyad Mahrez Leicester City 17
6= Olivier Giroud Arsenal 16
6= Odion Ighalo Watford 16
8 Jermain Defoe Sunderland 15
9= Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 13
9= Troy Deeney Watford 13
11= Diego Costa Chelsea 12
11= Andre Ayew Swansea City 12
13= Sadio Mane Southampton 11
13= Anthony Martial Manchester United 11
13= Graziano Pelle Southampton 11
13= Marko Arnautovic Stoke City 11
13= Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City 11
13= Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle United 11
19= Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur 10
19= Shane Long Southampton 10
19= Roberto Firmino Liverpool FC 10
22= Andy Carroll West Ham United 9
22= Christian Benteke Liverpool FC 9
22= Salomon Rondon West Bromwich Albion 9
22= Aleksandar Mitrovic Newcastle United 9

 

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool FC 14th February 2016
Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United 3rd October 2015
Everton 6-2 Sunderland 1st November 2015
Newcastle United 6-2 Norwich City 18th October 2015
AFC Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham Hotspur 25th October 2015
Manchester City 5-1 AFC Bournemouth 17th October 2015
Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United 13th February 2016
Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United 28th November 2015
Newcastle United 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur 15th May 2016
Leicester City 4-0 Swansea City 24th April 2016

 

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
9 Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool FC 23rd January 2016
8 Everton 6-2 Sunderland 1st November 2015
8 Newcastle United 6-2 Norwich City 18th October 2015
7 Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United 3rd October 2015
7 Leicester City 2-5 Arsenal 26th September 2015
7 Everton 3-4 Stoke City 28th December 2015
7 West Ham United 3-4 AFC Bournemouth 22nd August 2015
6 Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool FC 14th February 2016
6 AFC Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham Hotspur 25th October 2015
6 Manchester City 5-1 AFC Bournemouth 17th October 2015
6 Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United 13th February 2016
6 Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United 28th November 2015
6 Newcastle United 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur 15th May 2016
6 Leicester City 4-2 Sunderland 8th August 2015
6 Southampton 4-2 Manchester City 1st May 2016
6 Aston Villa 2-4 Southampton 23rd April 2016
6 Swansea City 2-4 Sunderland 13th January 2016
6 Norwich City 4-2 Watford 11th May 2016
6 West Ham United 3-3 Arsenal 9th April 2016
6 Newcastle United 3-3 Manchester United 12th January 2016

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Reece Oxford Arsenal 0-2 West Ham United 16 years, 7 months, 24 days 9th August 2015
Jonathan Leko Sunderland 0-0 West Bromwich Albion 16 years, 11 months, 9 days 2nd April 2016
Tyler Roberts West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool FC 17 years, 4 months, 3 days 15th May 2016
Andre Green Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 17 years, 7 months, 16 days 13th March 2016
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle United 17 years, 8 months, 9 days 7th May 2016
Tom Davies Everton 1-1 Southampton 17 years, 9 months, 17 days 16th April 2016
Sam Field West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool FC 18 years, 7 days 15th May 2016
Timothy Fosu-Mensah Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal 18 years, 1 month, 26 days 28th February 2016
Manu Garcia Manchester City 4-0 Aston Villa 18 years, 2 months, 3 days 5th March 2016
Joe Gomez Stoke City 0-1 Liverpool FC 18 years, 2 months, 17 days 9th August 2015

 

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Shay Given Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United 40 years, 25 days 15th May 2016
Kelvin Davis Southampton 2-2 Leicester City 39 years, 18 days 17th October 2015
Sylvain Distin Newcastle United 1-3 AFC Bournemouth 38 years, 2 months, 18 days 5th March 2016
Tim Howard Everton 3-0 Norwich City 37 years, 2 months, 9 days 15th May 2016
Julian Speroni Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace 36 years, 11 months, 27 days 15th May 2016
Gareth McAuley West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool FC 36 years, 5 months, 10 days 15th May 2016
Wes Brown Sunderland 1-1 AFC Bournemouth 36 years, 3 months, 10 days 23rd January 2016
Artur Boruc AFC Bournemouth 1-1 West Bromwich Albion 36 years, 2 months, 17 days 7th May 2016
Marcin Wasilewski Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City 35 years, 11 months, 6 days 15th May 2016
John Terry Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea 35 years, 5 months 7th May 2016

 

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Petr Cech Arsenal 16
2= Kasper Schmeichel Leicester City 15
2= Joe Hart Manchester City 15
2= David de Gea Manchester United 15
5 Hugo Lloris Tottenham Hotspur 13
6= Simon Mignolet Liverpool FC 11
6= Heurelho Gomes Watford 11
8 Jack Butland Stoke City 10
9= Adrian West Ham United 9
9= Lukasz Fabianski Swansea City 9

Seasonal Records: 2014-2015

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2014-2015 Premier League campaign. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea were the class act in this campaign, storming to a fourth title in the Premier League era, finishing eight points clear of Manchester City.  

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Chelsea 38 26 9 3 73 32 +41 87
2 Manchester City 38 24 7 7 83 38 +45 79
3 Arsenal 38 22 9 7 71 36 +35 75
4 Manchester United 38 20 10 8 62 37 +25 70
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 19 7 12 58 53 +5 64
6 Liverpool FC 38 18 8 12 52 48 +4 62
7 Southampton 38 18 6 14 54 33 +21 60
8 Swansea City 38 16 8 14 46 49 -3 56
9 Stoke City 38 15 9 14 48 45 +3 54
10 Crystal Palace 38 13 9 16 47 51 -4 48
11 Everton 38 12 11 15 48 50 -2 47
12 West Ham United 38 12 11 15 44 47 -3 47
13 West Bromwich Albion 38 11 11 16 38 51 -13 44
14 Leicester City 38 11 8 19 46 55 -9 41
15 Newcastle United 38 10 9 19 40 63 -23 39
16 Sunderland 38 7 17 14 31 53 -22 38
17 Aston Villa 38 10 8 20 31 57 -26 38
18 Hull City 38 8 11 19 33 51 -18 35
19 Burnley 38 7 12 19 28 53 -25 33
20 Queens Park Rangers 38 8 6 24 42 73 -31 30

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 975
European qualifiers Chelsea (UEFA Champions League) Manchester City (UEFA Champions League) Arsenal (UEFA Champions League) Manchester United (UEFA Champions League) Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Europa League) Liverpool FC (UEFA Europa League) Southampton (UEFA Europa League) West Ham United (UEFA Europa League)
Longest winning run 8 games (Arsenal)
Longest unbeaten run 16 games (Chelsea)
Longest winless run 13 games (Leicester City)
Longest losing run 8 games (Newcastle United)
Highest attendance 75,454 (Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion)
Lowest attendance 16,163 (Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City)

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
PFA Young Player of the Year Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Football Writers’ Award Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
PFA Team of the Year David de Gea, Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa, Harry Kane
Manager of the Year Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)
Premier League Goal of the Season Jack Wilshere (ARSENAL vs. West Bromwich Albion)

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Diego Costa Chelsea vs. Swansea City 4-2 13th September 2014
Sergio Aguero (4) Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 18th October 2014
Charlie Austin Queens Park Rangers vs. West Bromwich Albion 3-2 20th December 2014
Jon Walters Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers 3-1 31st January 2015
Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City 4-3 21st March 2015
Christian Benteke Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers 3-3 7th April 2015
Yannick Bolasie Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace 1-4 11th April 2015
Sergio Aguero Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers 6-0 10th May 2015
Sadio Mane Southampton vs. Aston Villa 6-1 16th May 2015
Theo Walcott Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion 4-1 24th May 2015

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Sergio Aguero Manchester City 26
2 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 21
3 Diego Costa Chelsea 20
4 Charlie Austin Queens Park Rangers 18
5 Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 16
6= Eden Hazard Chelsea 14
6= Olivier Giroud Arsenal 14
6= Saido Berahino West Bromwich Albion 14
9 Christian Benteke Aston Villa 13
10= David Silva Manchester City 12
10= Wayne Rooney Manchester United 12
10= Graziano Pelle Southampton 12
13= Wilfried Bony Swansea City & Manchester City 11
13= Nacer Chadli Tottenham Hotspur 11
13= Mame Biram Diouf Stoke City 11
13= Leonardo Ulloa Leicester City 11
13= Papiss Cisse Newcastle United 11
13= Danny Ings Burnley 11
19= Yaya Toure Manchester City 10
19= Robin van Persie Manchester United 10
19= Christian Eriksen Tottenham Hotspur 10
19= Sadio Mane Southampton 10
19= Romelu Lukaku Everton 10
19= Diafra Sakho West Ham United 10
25 Juan Mata Manchester United 9

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Southampton 8-0 Sunderland 18th October 2014
Manchester City 6-0 Queens Park Rangers 10th May 2015
Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa 16th May 2015
Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool FC 24th May 2015
Swansea City 0-5 Chelsea 17th January 2015
Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United 21st February 2015
Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa 1st February 2015
Leicester City 5-1 Queens Park Rangers 24th May 2015
Manchester United 4-0 Queens Park Rangers 14th September 2014
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Queens Park Rangers 24th August 2014

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
9 Everton 3-6 Chelsea 30th August 2014
8 Southampton 8-0 Sunderland 18th October 2014
8 Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 Chelsea 1st January 2015
8 Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United 21st September 2014
7 Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa 16th May 2015
7 Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool FC 24th May 2015
7 Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Leicester City 21st March 2015
6 Manchester City 6-0 Queens Park Rangers 10th May 2015
6 Leicester City 5-1 Queens Park Rangers 24th May 2015
6 Chelsea 4-2 Swansea City 13th September 2014
6 Hull City 2-4 Manchester City 27th September 2014
6 Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City 12th April 2015
6 Swansea City 2-4 Manchester City 17th May 2015
6 Newcastle United 3-3 Crystal Palace 30th August 2014
6 Newcastle United 3-3 Burnley 1st January 2015
6 Aston Villa 3-3 Queens Park Rangers 7th April 2015
5 Swansea City 0-5 Chelsea 17th January 2015
5 Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United 21st February 2015
5 Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa 1st February 2015
5 Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City 3rd December 2014

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy Sunderland 0-4 Aston Villa 16 years, 6 months, 14 days 14th March 2015
Oliver Shenton Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City 17 years, 3 months, 5 days 11th February 2015
Ainsley Maitland-Niles Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle United 17 years, 3 months, 14 days 13th December 2014
Adam Armstrong Newcastle United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers 17 years, 9 months, 12 days 22nd November 2014
Reece Grego-Cox Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur 18 years, 3 months, 23 days 7th March 2015
Izzy Brown West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Chelsea 18 years, 4 months, 11 days 18th May 2015
Jerome Sinclair Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool FC 18 years, 7 months, 20 days 10th May 2015
Reece Burke Queens Park Rangers 0-0 West Ham United 18 years, 7 months, 23 days 25th April 2015
Jake Hesketh Southampton 1-2 Manchester United 18 years, 8 months, 11 days 8th December 2014
Jose Pozo Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City 18 years, 8 months, 18 days 3rd December 2014

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Mark Schwarzer Leicester City 0-0 Hull City 42 years, 5 months, 8 days 14th March 2015
Steve Harper Hull City 0-0 Manchester United 40 years, 2 months, 10 days 24th May 2015
Jussi Jaaskelainen Southampton 0-0 West Ham United 39 years, 9 months, 23 days 11th February 2015
Shay Given Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa 39 years, 26 days 16th May 2015
Kelvin Davis Manchester City 2-0 Southampton 38 years, 7 months, 25 days 24th May 2015
Sylvain Distin Everton 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 37 years, 5 months, 8 days 24th May 2015
Michael Duff Burnley 0-0 Stoke City 37 years, 4 months, 5 days 16th May 2015
Didier Drogba Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland 37 years, 2 months, 13 days 24th May 2015
Frank Lampard Manchester City 2-0 Southampton 36 years, 11 months, 4 days 24th May 2015
Clint Hill Leicester City 5-1 Queens Park Rangers 36 years, 7 months, 5 days 24th May 2015

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Joe Hart Manchester City 14
2= Simon Mignolet Liverpool FC 13
2= Fraser Forster Southampton 13
2= Lukasz Fabianski Swansea City 13
5 Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 12
6= Ben Foster West Bromwich Albion 11
6= Costel Pantilimon Sunderland 11
8= David de Gea Manchester United 10
8= Tom Heaton Burnley 10
10 Bradley Guzan Aston Villa 9

Premier League Rewind: 13th May 2018

Results: Burnley 1-2 AFC Bournemouth, Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion, Huddersfield Town 0-1 Arsenal, Liverpool FC 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester United 1-0 Watford, Newcastle United 3-0 Chelsea, Southampton 0-1 Manchester City, Swansea City 1-2 Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Leicester City, West Ham United 3-1 Everton

For once, there was little to play for on the final day of a Premier League season. With Swansea City relegated barring a mathematical set of bizarre circumstances, the main issue still to be resolved was who would play in next season’s UEFA Champions League. Liverpool FC held the advantage, with a two-point cushion over Chelsea. The Reds knew that because of their superior goal difference, a draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion would be enough to ensure another season of premier European club football at Anfield.

In the end, the Champions League finalists didn’t need to worry. They breezed to a 4-0 victory over the Seagulls, with Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson scoring their first goals for the club. However, it was Mohamed Salah who claimed the limelight once again. The Egyptian opened the scoring to break the record for most goals in a 38-game season. He finished with a tally of 32, surpassing the mark previously held jointly by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. That meant Salah would claim the Golden Boot, to add to his PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Football Writers’ awards.

Harry Kane put up a stern defence of the Golden Boot but he narrowly missed out on achieving three in a row, despite scoring twice on the final day in a nine-goal thriller between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City. Despite trailing 3-1 early in the second half, Tottenham won the game 5-4 to guarantee third place in the table.

Liverpool’s victory meant Chelsea’s result away at St James’ Park was academic but they collapsed spectacularly on Tyneside. Ayoze Perez continued his rich vein of form to finish his season with two goals in Newcastle’s excellent 3-0 victory. Despite winning the FA Cup a week later, Antonio Conte would pay for Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League. He was sacked in July.

Down on the south coast and Manchester City were attempting to achieve another historic landmark. It looked like they might miss out on achieving 100 points until Gabriel Jesus scored the winning goal in stoppage-time away at Southampton. The 1-0 victory took City to the three-figure total for points, ensuring they finished with a winning margin of 19 points over second-placed Manchester United – another PL record.

Despite the defeat, Southampton’s safety was officially confirmed. Swansea lost anyway 2-1 to Stoke City as both clubs said goodbye to the Premier League for at least a season. Darren Moore tasted defeat for the first time as caretaker manager of West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies lost 2-0 at Selhurst Park to Crystal Palace but he had done enough to become full-time manager of the club. The game also marked John Motson’s final commentary broadcast for the BBC. However, he has shelved his retirement plans and is working for talkSPORT during the 2018-2019 season.

Another legend like Motson bowing out of his long-time position on the final day was Arsene Wenger. After 22 years at the helm as Arsenal manager, Wenger stepped down after the final day of the campaign. He left on a winning note as Arsenal won 1-0 at Huddersfield Town, courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first half goal. Incredibly, this was Arsenal’s first away league victory of the calendar year.

What else happened in May 2018?

  • An estimated global audience of 1.9 billion watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel at Windsor.
  • The residents of Manchester mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on Manchester Arena with a memorial service at Manchester cathedral.
  • Following the data privacy scandal involving social media giant Facebook, Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy.
  • Gareth Southgate announces his squad for the 2018 World Cup finals and there’s no place in the party for goalkeeper Joe Hart or midfielder Jack Wilshere.
  • Israel win The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest which is held in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Following pressure from campaigners, Theresa May agrees to appoint a panel to help oversee the enquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Mark Williams defeats John Higgins 18-16 to win the World Snooker Championship at The Crucible in Sheffield.

Memorable Matches: Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Leicester City (May 2018)

Goalscorers: Jamie Vardy 4, 73, Harry Kane 7, 76, Riyad Mahrez 16, Kelechi Iheanacho 47, Erik Lamela 49, 60, Christian Fuchs 53 OG

Teams:

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker-Peters, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko (Heung-Min Son 84), Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela (Davinson Sanchez 78), Lucas Moura (Dele Alli 74), Harry Kane

Leicester City: Eldin Jakupovic, Christian Fuchs, Harry Maguire, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson (Hamza Choudhury 56), Vicente Iborra, Adrien Silva, Demarai Gray (Fousseni Diabate 61), Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho (Harvey Barnes 85), Jamie Vardy

Referee: Craig Pawson, Attendance: 77,841

One of the best games of the 2017-2018 Premier League season came on the final day of the campaign. Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City shared nine goals in an end-to-end, see-saw contest in what was meant to be Spurs’ swansong game at Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham had already secured UEFA Champions League football following a midweek victory over Newcastle United but still needed to match or better Liverpool’s result to secure a top-three finish for a third successive season. However, they suffered an early blow when Jamie Vardy found the back of the net with a header after only four minutes.

Vardy had scored in the Foxes 2-1 victory back in November over Tottenham and so too had Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian put Leicester back infront on 16 minutes with what turned out to be his final goal for the club with a summer move beckoning to newly-crowned champions Manchester City.

In-between, Harry Kane had equalised as he continued his dogged pursuit of Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot. Unfortunately for Kane, Salah had scored Liverpool FC’s opening goal against Brighton & Hove Albion which meant Kane’s two-year stranglehold on the Golden Boot was about to come to an end.

Tottenham had lost Jan Vertonghen in the warm-up to an injury and throughout, they looked very nervy defensively. Two minutes into the second half, Kelechi Iheanacho drove forward from midfield, held off a challenge and found the top-right corner of Hugo Lloris’ goal with a stunning effort. However, Leicester’s two-goal cushion didn’t last long.

The home side scored three times in 11 minutes to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 advantage. Erik Lamela came alive. The Argentine, beset by injury during his spell as a Spurs player, was starting to come good. He scored twice from close-range after two excellent crosses from back-up full-back, Kyle Walker-Peters. Lamela also had a shot which deflected off the unfortunate Christian Fuchs into the back of the net past Leicester reserve goalkeeper, Eldin Jakupovic.

This incredible game took yet another twist on 73 minutes when the exceptional Vardy scored his second goal of the afternoon to level the scoreline again at 4-4. This was an eye in the critics for Leicester manager Claude Puel, who was under pressure with his job and being accused of playing negative football.

However, there was to be a winning goal. Kane matched Vardy’s feat, curling in his second of the day and achieving the milestone of 30 goals in a season for the first time in his career, ultimately two short of Salah’s final total. The win was enough to clinch third place for Tottenham in the table, although they finished 23 points behind Manchester City. Leicester finished ninth.

Premier League Rewind: 24th February-1st March 2018

Results: Leicester City 1-1 Stoke City, AFC Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 Swansea City, Burnley 1-1 Southampton, Liverpool FC 4-1 West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Huddersfield Town, Watford 1-0 Everton, Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea, Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City

This particular Premier League round of matches was stretched over five days due to Arsenal and Manchester City’s participation in the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium. It meant Manchester United had the opportunity to narrow City’s lead in the table to 13 points for a few days at least. They came up against Chelsea at Old Trafford in the first match between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte since a bitter war of words had exploded in the media between the pair at the start of the year.

Chelsea started the brighter side and led after 32 minutes thanks to Willian’s goal on the counter-attack. However, Romelu Lukaku equalised seven minutes later and as Conte decided to sit back, Mourinho saw the opportunity to expose this flaw. 15 minutes from full-time, Lukaku’s cross was met by the head of substitute Jesse Lingard. He found the net and that spearheaded United to a 2-1 victory. It was Chelsea’s third defeat in four matches and saw them slip outside the top four. It was a position Conte and his side would never regain for the remainder of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur replaced them in the top four after snatching a very late win away at Crystal Palace. Once again, it was Harry Kane who delivered for Spurs. His header from Christian Eriksen’s corner in the 88th minute took Spurs to a vital 1-0 victory. It looked like it was going to be a frustrating afternoon for the visitors who dominated throughout but wasteful finishing and an inspired Wayne Hennessey display looked set to deny them the win. That was until Kane came to the rescue with his 102nd Premier League goal.

Liverpool FC consolidated their position in the top four after breezing past West Ham United 4-1 at Anfield, repeating the scoreline they’d achieved earlier in the season against the Hammers at The London Stadium. Liverpool’s goals came from Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane plus a header from Emre Can. It would turn out to be the German’s final goal for the club. He would leave in the summer on a free transfer for Juventus. Can’s header was also LFC’s 100th goal in all competitions for the campaign.

Liverpool weren’t the only 4-1 winners. Brighton & Hove Albion also achieved this scoreline in their triumph over Swansea City. Glenn Murray scored twice and Jurgen Locadia came off the bench to net on his Premier League debut. It was the first taste of Premier League defeat for Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal and kept Swansea inside the drop zone on goal difference.

They were above Stoke City, who drew 1-1 at Leicester City in the first game of the weekend. Leading just before half-time through Xherdan Shaqiri’s fine strike, an error from Jack Butland allowed Marc Albrighton’s cross to sneak in at his near post. West Bromwich Albion remained bottom of the table after another damaging loss. Beaten 2-1 at home by Huddersfield Town, they had now lost four games in a row and slipped seven points adrift of safety. Rajiv van La Parra clearly had taken a liking to the Baggies. Having scored the winning goal when the sides met in November at The John Smith’s Stadium, Van La Parra struck the first goal in the victory at The Hawthorns that took Huddersfield 10 points clear of their opponents.

Four days after their resounding League Cup final success over Arsenal, Manchester City would repeat the triumph in the Premier League. They crushed the Gunners on their own turf by the same score as they’d managed at Wembley. Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane all found the net on a freezing Thursday night in the capital as City won 3-0 to regain their 16-point advantage at the top of the table.

What else happened in February 2018?

  • After nine years in power, Jacob Zuma resigns as South African president.
  • The UK’s largest toy retailer, Toys “R” Us, goes into administration.
  • The 2018 Winter Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
  • Saratov Airlines Flight 703 crashes shortly after take-off from Moscow, killing 71 people onboard.
  • Another school shooting in the United States, this time at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida injures 17 and kills 17 people.
  • Trinity Mirror purchases Northern & Shell, chaired by Richard Desmond, for £126.7 million.
  • Dua Lipa and Stormzy are the big winners at the 2018 BRIT Awards. Both win two awards at the ceremony, hosted by Jack Whitehall.

Memorable Matches: Liverpool FC 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (February 2018)

Goalscorers: Mohamed Salah 3, 90, Victor Wanyama 80, Harry Kane 90 PEN

Teams:

Liverpool FC: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson (Georginio Wijnaldum 78), James Milner (Joel Matip 78), Sadio Mane (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 65), Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez (Erik Lamela 71), Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele (Victor Wanyama 79), Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Son (Fernando Llorente 90), Harry Kane

Referee: Jon Moss, Attendance: 53,213

Three weeks after inflicting a first league defeat on Manchester City in the 2017-2018 season, Liverpool FC welcomed Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield for another unbelievable match which saw some individual brilliance, great goals, dodgy decisions and a landmark achieved by England’s premier striker.

After beating City, Liverpool had endured the disappointment of losing away to Swansea and being dumped out of the FA Cup at home by West Bromwich Albion. A comfortable midweek victory at Huddersfield had at least restored some momentum and Jurgen Klopp could welcome Jordan Henderson back into the first-team for the first time in six weeks since limping off early on in the 3-3 belter at Arsenal in December.

They made a flying start in this encounter, scoring inside three minutes. Eric Dier’s lazy attempt at a backpass was intercepted by the sensational Mohamed Salah and the Egyptian was not going to pass up this gift. Salah scored his 20th league goal of the season and it was the Reds’ fastest goal in the Premier League since Daniel Sturridge netted against Newcastle United in April 2016. Liverpool were in control throughout the first half and their high-pressing game meant Tottenham’s midfielders were getting overrun in possession. Harry Kane was anonymous, touching the ball just 10 times in the first 45 minutes. However, Liverpool’s style does mean they can run out of energy and as the second half progressed, it was the visitors who started to dominate, both in terms of possession and creating opportunities.

Henderson and Emre Can had run out of legs and Klopp’s attempt to switch to a back-three by sacrificing James Milner for Joel Matip didn’t have the desired effect. Pochettino’s next substitution did had the impact he was looking for. With 10 minutes remaining, a cross into the box was fisted away by Loris Karius who probably could have caught the ball. His punch was returned with interest by Victor Wanyama who blasted a vicious drive from 25-yards out into the top corner, almost ripping the goal net off. It was a thunderbolt and everyone inside Anfield looked stunned. One of the Goals of the Season had just come from the most unexpected source and all this within a minute of his arrival into the game.

The drama continued moments later. Kane looked in an offside position when played through by Dele Alli but it was missed by referee Jon Moss and his assistant, Eddie Smart. Karius brought him down and a penalty was awarded. The goalkeeper was fortunate to avoid a red card but he made amends by staying tall in his goal and saved Kane’s rather tame spot-kick.

Then, out of nowhere, Salah came up with more brilliance. In the first minute of time added on. He weaved his way past the challenges of Alli and Vertonghen and cutely finished over the onrushing Hugo Lloris. Klopp raced down the touchline punching the air in delight whilst Kane looked devastated on the centre circle. His miss and Salah’s stunning moment of magic seemed to have handed Liverpool all three points. However, there was another twist to come.

With seconds remaining, Virgil van Dijk and Erik Lamela collided in the penalty area. Moss initially waved away Tottenham protests but linesman Smart felt there had been a foul. After further consultation, Tottenham had their second penalty of the match and Klopp looked dismayed, sarcastically applauding the decision in the dugout.

Kane had a chance to redeem himself and this time, he made no mistake, sending Karius the wrong way to achieve another milestone. It was his 100th Premier League goal in just his 141st top-flight appearance. Only Alan Shearer (124 games) had reached the century in a quicker time.

A point was the least Tottenham deserved from this absorbing contest and it helped them edge out Liverpool FC in the final standings to finish third, although both would qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Premier League Rewind: 22nd-23rd December 2017

Results: Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool FC, Everton 0-0 Chelsea, Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Watford, Manchester City 4-0 AFC Bournemouth, Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield Town, Stoke City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace, West Ham United 2-3 Newcastle United, Burnley 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United

The final weekend of Premier League action before Christmas 2017 certainly didn’t disappoint. It started with one of the matches of the season. Goals were almost a certain guarantee as Arsenal and Liverpool FC went head-to-head at The Emirates Stadium to kick-start the weekend.

The Sky Sports Friday Night Football audience were treated to an entertaining spectacle full of great attacking football and some costly mistakes by both goalkeepers. Liverpool dominated the first half and deservedly led at half-time through Philippe Coutinho’s header. Mohamed Salah extended the advantage shortly after half-time before Arsenal burst into life with three goals in a devastating six-minute spell. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both scored either side of a Granit Xhaka long-distance shot which Simon Mignolet completely misjudged the flight of. Petr Cech also made a critical error, parrying Roberto Firmino’s strike into his own net with 20 minutes left to play. This meant the match ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw, keeping the Reds one point clear of the Gunners in the table.

Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the table to 13 points after recording their 17th successive victory, thumping AFC Bournemouth 4-0 at The Etihad Stadium. Sergio Aguero added another two goals to his growing collection and it meant Manchester City became the first team in Premier League history to score 100 goals in the calendar year. With back-to-back 4-0 losses, Eddie Howe’s Cherries would spend Christmas Day in the bottom three.

Second-placed Manchester United lost further ground after conceding a late equaliser to Harry Maguire and Leicester City. In an exciting contest at The King Power Stadium, Riyad Mahrez played through Jamie Vardy to score his 50th Premier League goal before a Juan Mata brace either side of half-time put the Red Devils into a 2-1 lead. Daniel Amartey received his marching orders for two yellow cards but 10-man Leicester never gave up and Maguire’s intervention in the fourth minute of stoppage-time kept their excellent run going. Claude Puel had lost just two of his 10 matches’ in-charge as Foxes boss.

Tottenham Hotspur moved from seventh into fifth spot after Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in Spurs’ 3-0 victory at Turf Moor over Burnley. Kane’s treble saw him equal Alan Shearer’s long-standing record of most goals in a Premier League calendar year. He would have one more chance to break the record against Southampton on Boxing Day.

The Saints’ own form was questionable to say the least. Virgil van Dijk was now completely out-of-favour with manager Mauricio Pellegrino and his side now went six games without a win after drawing 1-1 at home to Huddersfield Town. Charlie Austin scored his fifth goal in seven matches but was later charged by the FA with violent conduct and limped off injured too. He would be out of action for several months.

It was Swansea City who would spend Christmas Day bottom of the table, despite getting a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace. It was the first meeting at The Liberty Stadium between the teams since the previous season’s encounter which ended 5-4 to Swansea. Unsurprisingly, this fixture lacked the excitement of the 2016-2017 match but Jordan Ayew’s equaliser was a positive tonic for interim boss Leon Britton, who was filling in after Paul Clement’s dismissal earlier in the week. West Bromwich Albion completed the bottom three after a 3-1 defeat to Stoke City. Alan Pardew was still winless five games into his reign as Baggies boss.

What else happened in December 2017?

  • One of Theresa May’s closest allies, Damian Green, resigns from the government after an investigation finds he made “inaccurate and misleading” statements regarding pornography on a computer in his Commons office.
  • The United States officially recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
  • Following an investigation into state-sponsored doping, Russia is banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics by the IOC.
  • For $66 billion, The Walt Disney Company announces that it will acquire most of 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox film studio.
  • Coventry is named as the UK City of Culture for the year 2021.
  • Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo beats Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas to win the 17th series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
  • Sir Mo Farah is the surprising winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2017.

 

Iconic Moments: Record-breaking Harry (December 2017)

2017-2018 was a record-breaking season for Harry Kane. Although he would ultimately miss out on a third consecutive Golden Boot to Liverpool FC’s Mohamed Salah, Kane reached the landmark of 30 league goals in a season for the first time.

He also became Tottenham Hotspur’s leading all-time Premier League goalscorer, surpassing Teddy Sheringham’s total in January 2018 and a month later, his stoppage-time penalty to earn a point at Anfield saw Kane enter the 100 Club for Premier League goals. He looks like the most serious challenger to Alan Shearer’s all-time leading total of 260.

His biggest achievement though was breaking one of Shearer’s long-standing records. In Tottenham’s final league match of 2017, Kane scored a hat-trick in Spurs 5-2 Boxing Day thumping of struggling Southampton. His header to open the scoring in the 22nd minute was a piece of Premier League history. It was Kane’s 37th league goal of the calendar year, surpassing Shearer’s tally of 36 which he achieved in 1995 when he was at Blackburn Rovers.

Kane also took his tally for the year to 56 for Tottenham and England, achieving a higher goal total than Lionel Messi. There was no silverware in 2017 but it was an amazing year for Kane who ended the season as Three Lions captain, guiding England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.