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Great Goals: Muzzy Izzet – LEICESTER CITY vs. Tottenham Hotspur (October 1998)

Going into this match with Tottenham Hotspur, it was widely believed this would be Martin O’Neill’s last match in-charge of Leicester City. He was heavily rumoured to be succeeding George Graham at Leeds United, who had just filled the vacancy at Tottenham Hotspur.

Leicester would win this match 2-1 which was Graham’s first at the helm with Spurs. It needed a lovely goal to settle the contest infront of a full house at Filbert Street and it most definitely got this from Muzzy Izzet.

Steve Guppy’s deep free-kick was cleared by Les Ferdinand. His clearance fell straight to Izzet who produced a tremendous volley from the edge of the penalty area that sped past Epsen Baardsen in the Tottenham goal. His 86th minute strike was a fitting way to settle the match in Leicester’s favour.

Two days later, the Leicester fans got what they wanted. O’Neill confirmed he would be staying as the club’s manager and the Foxes achieved a second successive top 10 finish. Tottenham did get their revenge though, beating the Midlands club in a drab League Cup final at Wembley Stadium in March 1999.

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Shock Results: Hull City 2-1 Leicester City (August 2016)

Goalscorers: Adama Diomande 45, Riyad Mahrez 47 PEN, Robert Snodgrass 57

Teams:

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Curtis Davies, Andrew Robertson, Jake Livermore, Ahmed Elmohamady, Sam Clucas, Tom Huddlestone, David Meyler, Robert Snodgrass, Adama Diomande, Abel Hernandez

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Fuchs, Danny Simpson (Leonardo Ulloa 83), Luis Hernandez, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Andy King (Daniel Amartey 68), Demarai Gray (Shinji Okazaki 68), Riyad Mahrez, Ahmed Musa, Jamie Vardy

Referee: Mike Dean, Attendance: 21,037

After their unexpected title success in 2015-2016, Leicester City began their title defence fully expected to claim three points against Hull City, who had a horrid pre-season following their promotion back to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.

Steve Bruce resigned as manager in July and Mike Phelan was in caretaker charge for the start of the season. The squad had no additions before a ball had been kicked and several members of the previous year’s squad had departed in the off-season. In fact, Hull had only 14 first-team players available with their bench full of academy and youth team members. It looked like this would be a foregone conclusion.

However, the unfancied hosts had the best of the early moments and caused the champions some major concerns from set-pieces. Curtis Davies had the first chance, nodding a Robert Snodgrass corner two yards wide of the far post. Leicester did come into the game eventually but weren’t overworking Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. Danny Drinkwater curled a shot wide and Jamie Vardy miscued badly when in two very decent goalscoring positions.

The first goal of the 2016-2017 season came right on the stroke of half-time. Once again, Leicester were caught static from a Snodgrass corner. Kasper Schmeichel made a brilliant save to deny Davies but Abel Hernandez’s overhead kick was returned with interest into the back of the net. It was eventually credited as a goal for Hernandez’s strike partner, Adama Diomande. Replays showed Diomande had got the slightest touch.

Leicester were level within a minute of the restart. David Meyler squandered possession and in trying to atone for his teammate’s mistake, Tom Huddlestone caught Demarai Gray. Gray was fouled but the initial contact did look outside the penalty area. Mike Dean thought otherwise and awarded a penalty. PFA Players’ Player of the Year holder, Riyad Mahrez convincingly dispatched the spot-kick.

If Claudio Ranieri’s side thought this would be the end of the Hull resistance, they were to be seriously mistaken. 10 minutes later, his champions were behind again. This time, Schmeichel had to take some of the blame for a careless throw-out. Hull won back possession and when Danny Simpson cleared Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross, the ball fell perfectly for the excellent Snodgrass who lashed his strike into the back of Schmeichel’s goal. Leicester created very little and could have few complaints with this shock 2-1 defeat.

They became the first reigning champions in Premier League history to lose the first match of their title defence. It was a sign of things to come for the Foxes. They didn’t win a single away match in 2016-2017 until March and by then, Ranieri had been sacked. Leicester eventually finished a distant 12th to record the worst-finish from a side defending their title. Hull were relegated at the end of the season.

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

Shock Results: Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City (February 2016)

Goalscorers: Robert Huth 3, 60, Riyad Mahrez 48, Sergio Aguero 87

Teams:

Manchester City: Joe Hart, Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (Fernando 52), David Silva (Bersant Celina 77), Fabian Delph (Kelechi Iheanacho 52), Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs, Danny Simpson, Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante, Marc Albrighton (Nathan Dyer 86), Riyad Mahrez (Demarai Gray 77), Shinji Okazaki (Leonardo Ulloa 81), Jamie Vardy

Referee: Anthony Taylor, Attendance: 54,693

This meeting in February 2016 was between the top two in the Premier League. Many expected Manchester City to be there at this stage of the season but no-one apart from the most ardent of Leicester City supporters could have imagine their team to be top of the table and travelling to The Etihad Stadium with the opportunity to really stake their title challenge. Was this where the 5000-1 outsiders at the start of the season going to fold or grow even stronger.

We got our first answer inside of three minutes. The dangerous Riyad Mahrez drew an early free-kick from Aleksandar Kolarov. The Algerian played the resultant set-piece into the penalty area and it was dispatched by centre-back Robert Huth for his second goal of the season. It was a dream start for the Foxes and their travelling contingent.

Despite enjoying 66% of possession and having 22 shots on-goal, Manchester City looked a pale shadow of the side that were expected to win the title. Earlier in the week, Manuel Pellegrini had confirmed to the media that he was leaving at the end of the season and being replaced by the current boss of Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola. Whether it was having an effect on his players, it clearly seemed to drive Leicester towards herculean efforts. N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater completed bossed the midfield battle. Yaya Toure, formerly a gladiator in this department, was substituted for Fernando in the 52nd minute after being completely outplayed by the Leicester duo.

By this point, the fearless Foxes were 2-0 up through a combination of woeful defending and tremendous individual skill from the brilliant Mahrez. Set-up by the equally influential Kante, Mahrez skipped past Nicolas Otamendi’s half-hearted tackle, cut inside a cautious Martin Demichelis, then lashed a fantastic strike past Joe Hart. It was his 14th Premier League goal of the season and the most pivotal moment of the season. Now, everyone was starting to believe that this miracle could well happen.

Huth was enjoying a brilliant afternoon of his own. From another set-piece on the hour mark, his looping header beat a stranded Hart to make the scoreline a sensational 3-0. Claudio Ranieri’s side fully deserved their lead. They had stunned the whole of English football already, now they were shocking it to its core.

Sergio Aguero did grab a late consolation with three minutes left with a glancing header from substitute Bersant Celina’s cross but it was only a footnote in what was a stunning display by the visitors. Leicester became title favourites with the bookmakers after this result and they lost just one more match on their way to becoming Premier League champions. Manchester City finished a distant fourth as they faded away dramatically after this shock scoreline at Eastlands.

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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

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.

Great Goals: Jamie Vardy – LEICESTER CITY vs. Liverpool FC (February 2016)

In February 2016, Leicester City were still top of the Premier League table and many still believed that this amazing journey would have to come to an end at some point. In the space of a few days, they turned all the doubters into believers.

They faced Liverpool FC who were going through a transformation period under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp. The scoreline was locked at 0-0 in the 60th minute and it looked like something special was going to be required to break the deadlock. England international Jamie Vardy produced it with one of the best goals of his career.

Picked out by the eagle-eyed Riyad Mahrez, Vardy was in a one-on-one situation with Dejan Lovren. Lovren thought he had his angles covered but the Croatian was to be proven wrong. Vardy produced the most breathtaking of strikes that left Simon Mignolet flapping at thin air. It was an amazing moment for one of the players of the season. Even Klopp admitted afterwards that the goal was “world-class.”

Leicester won 2-0 and days later, stunned title favourites Manchester City to win 3-1 at The Etihad Stadium. They were on their way to completing the greatest story ever seen in the first 25 years of the Premier League.

Seasonal Stories: Leicester City (2014-2015)

It’s been one of the most traumatic weeks in the history of Leicester City Football Club. The tragic helicopter crash outside the club’s King Power Stadium on Saturday 27th October that claimed the lives of five people has shaken the world of football. One of the five members who died was Leicester owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Owner of the club since 2010, Vichai’s vision, commitment and kindness saw him much-loved by the players, the supporters and the city of Leicester as a whole. Six years after his takeover, the Foxes stunned us all to become the champions of the Premier League. This won’t have happened without Vichai’s belief in the project he was running. His kind generosity shown by his donations to the local hospital and University show that it wasn’t just about the football.

Leicester will miss him and the whole football world has lost one of the good guys. I echo the thoughts of many by saying he will never be forgotten and send my thoughts to his family, as well as the other families who lost loved ones on the helicopter and everyone connected with Leicester City Football Club.

The title success of 2015-2016 began with a remarkable escape from relegation the previous season and here is the story of Leicester’s 2014-2015 campaign which started their journey to Premier League glory.  

The start of an incredible fairytale

Leicester City’s escape from relegation in 2014-2015 has to be considered among the best ever seen in Premier League history. The Foxes spent the bulk of the campaign bottom of the table and went into April seven points adrift of safety. However, an incredible run of seven wins from their last nine matches saw them complete a remarkable escape from the drop.

It would be the start of an incredible fairytale which would ultimately see them become Premier League champions just one season later.

A decent start

After an absence of 10 seasons, Leicester were back in the top-flight after running away with the Championship title. It was Nigel Pearson who was in-charge. The former centre-back was in his second spell as manager of the club.

First business of the summer by Pearson was to give new contracts to three of his key players from the Championship title-winning campaign in midfielder Matty James, winger Jeff Schlupp and skipper Wes Morgan. Leicester then added to their ranks with the acquisition of Esteban Cambiasso on a free transfer from Inter Milan and a club-record fee was dished out for Brighton & Hove Albion forward Leonardo Ulloa. The Foxes paid £8 million for Ulloa’s services.

Leicester made a decent start to life back as a Premier League club, collecting eight points from their first five fixtures. Ulloa settled in very quickly, scoring on his home debut against Everton to earn a point and netting the winner away at Stoke City.

They enjoyed an incredible 5-3 victory over Manchester United in a sensational comeback against the most successful side in the Premier League era. With an hour played, Pearson’s side were trailing 3-1 against a team that had the talents of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Robin van Persie among their attacking line-up. However, this fixture was the first sign of the now famous motto “Foxes never quit.” Ulloa added another two to his tally and there were first Premier League goals for Cambiasso and Jamie Vardy. Leicester finished the day in seventh place in the Premier League table.

Worrying times

After that excellent start, Leicester began an alarming slide towards trouble. They went 13 games without a victory, collecting a meagre two points from that period in home draws against Burnley and Sunderland.

The goals dried up too. Cambiasso’s strike in the 3-2 defeat to Queens Park Rangers at the end of November was the first goal from a Leicester player in nearly two months. Even Ulloa’s early goalscoring spurt had been forgotten. The Argentine went eight games without a goal during this bleak winter period.

The defeat to QPR saw Leicester drop to the bottom of the table and they would remain there for the next 19 games.

The winless sequence did end just before 2014 ended when Riyad Mahrez’s goal beat Hull City 1-0 at The KCOM Stadium. However, Leicester spent Christmas Day bottom of the Premier League. Traditionally, this means relegation at the end of the season. Just two sides (West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland) had avoided relegation having been in this predicament. They would have to defy history too.

Nearly doomed

The opening of the January transfer window allowed Pearson to add to his squad and he brought in Robert Huth on-loan from Stoke City until the end of the season. Just two clean sheets had been kept in the top-flight before his arrival in mid-January, so plugging the leaky defence was vital. Huth would add vital experience.

Andrej Kramaric also arrived with a prestigious goalscoring record from Croatia but this move didn’t quite work out for either player or club.

January started well enough. On New Years’ Day, Leicester came back from 2-0 down to earn a deserved point at Anfield despite being on the wrong end of some questionable refereeing decisions. Paul Konchesky’s goal beat Aston Villa in their next match but then Leicester hit the buffers again, going on another painful winless streak – this one lasting eight games.

Performances were much better during this winless run but the points weren’t coming. They were denied a victory away at Everton in February by a late Romelu Lukaku equaliser and scored three times but still lost 4-3 at White Hart Lane to Tottenham Hotspur a month later. On 22nd March, Leicester were seven points from safety. Their fate looked all but sealed.

TABLE ON 22nd March 2015

POS TABLE P W D L F A GD PTS
15 Hull City 30 6 10 14 28 40 -12 28
16 Aston Villa 30 7 7 16 19 39 -20 28
17 Sunderland 30 4 14 12 23 44 -19 26
18 Burnley 30 5 10 15 26 49 -23 25
19 Queens Park Rangers 30 6 4 20 31 54 -23 22
20 LEICESTER CITY 29 4 7 18 27 48 -21 19

Wins and ostriches!

April began with a home fixture against mid-table West Ham United. For once, things went Leicester’s way. David Nugent missed a penalty but a cracking Cambiasso strike and a late winner from Andy King gave Leicester a 2-1 victory.

A week later, another late winner – this time from Vardy helped the Foxes to a 3-2 success in a thrilling match away at West Bromwich Albion. It was only the second time back-to-back wins had been recorded in the season and this gave the fans a glimmer of hope that avoiding relegation was still a possibility.

Two wins in a row became four wins in a row with victories at home to Swansea City and away at Burnley. In the match at Turf Moor, Leicester conceded a penalty which was missed by Burnley’s Matt Taylor. Less than a minute later, Vardy bundled the ball over the goal-line to steer the Foxes to a vital 1-0 victory that virtually condemned Burnley to the drop and incredibly, took Leicester out of the bottom three.

A midweek defeat to champions-elect Chelsea did halt the march towards survival. In his post-match press conference, Pearson took offence to a question posed by a local reporter and it turned into an unbelievable confrontation.

His response was;

“I think you must have had your head in the clouds, away or on holiday or reporting on a different team because if you don’t know the answer to that question, then I think your question is absolutely unbelievable. 

“The fact that you don’t understand where I’m coming from. If you don’t understand that question then I think you are an ostrich – your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand?”

It wasn’t the first time that his combative style had been played out infront of the cameras. Earlier in the season, Pearson was involved in a touchline altercation with Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur. He put his hands around McArthur’s neck after the Scot had accidentally knocked him over whilst chasing the ball. Despite growing reports he had been sacked following this incident, Pearson held onto his job.

Despite the Chelsea loss, Leicester recovered in style and the wins kept coming. Newcastle United were easily beaten 3-0 and Mahrez scored twice in a 2-0 success over Southampton. This amazing escape was completed on the penultimate weekend of the season. A goalless draw at Sunderland, coupled with Hull City’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur meant Leicester were safe before the final day.

They actually finished 14th in the table after a 5-1 final day rout of already-relegated Queens Park Rangers. Seven wins from their last nine matches had taken the Foxes away from danger when they had virtually been written off by everyone within the game.

FINAL 2014-2015 TABLE – THE BOTTOM SEVEN

POS TABLE P W D L F A GD PTS
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

Despite the achievement of steering the club away from almost certain relegation, there would be no happy ending for Pearson though. He was sacked in June 2015 after the board said “the working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable.”

Claudio Ranieri succeeded him and what happened afterwards was simply remarkable. In the following season, Leicester City became just the sixth club in the Premier League era to be crowned champions and this all started with a sensational comeback to avoid the drop in 2014-2015.

Shock Results: Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace (December 2017)

Goalscorers: Christian Benteke 19, Wilfried Zaha 40, Bakary Sako 90

Teams:

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson, Vicente Iborra (Shinji Okazaki 77), Wilfred Ndidi (SENT OFF), Marc Albrighton (Andy King 77), Demarai Gray, Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy (Leonardo Ulloa 85)

Crystal Palace: Julian Speroni, Scott Dann, James Tomkins, Martin Kelly, Jeff Schlupp, Yohan Cabaye (Jairo Riedewald 85), James McArthur, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke (Bakary Sako 88)

Referee: Martin Atkinson, Attendance: 31,081

After their truly abysmal start to the 2017-2018 season that yielded no points from seven matches, Crystal Palace were starting to recover by the time Christmas arrived. The Eagles had found some form at Selhurst Park but were still without the magic formula on their travels. They hadn’t even scored away from home by the time they travelled to The King Power Stadium.

They faced a rejuvenated Leicester City. Two months earlier, the former Premier League champions had dispensed with the services of Craig Shakespeare as manager after just one win in their first eight matches. Now, Claude Puel had steered them to four successive victories and just one defeat in seven matches, which had come against Manchester City. With Palace’s pompous away record, this looked like a home banker on many of the weekend’s accumulators.

However, Roy Hodgson’s team were about to tear up the formbook, producing a dazzling display that left the Foxes in a Saturday lunchtime daze. Palace took control of the game from the opening moments and deservedly took the lead after 19 minutes. Christian Benteke showed some of his old form to power a header past Kasper Schmeichel after he met Andros Townsend’s deep cross. It was the perfect response from Benteke, who had taken a spot-kick against AFC Bournemouth a week earlier and missed having gone against team instructions from his manager.

Only a yellow card which led to a suspension would temper Benteke’s afternoon. The Belgian was a menace throughout and so was the ever-increasingly influential Wilfried Zaha. Five minutes before half-time, he doubled the advantage for the south-east Londoners, producing a lovely stepover to beat Ben Chilwell, then producing a devastating finish past Schmeichel. Leicester looked shell-shocked. This was almost a completely different team from the one that had just dismantled Southampton 4-1 in their own backyard less than 72 hours earlier.

Puel’s side did rally after the break. Vicente Iborra had the ball in the net but it was rightfully disallowed for a foul in the build-up, whilst veteran goalkeeper Julian Speroni was at full stretch to deny Riyad Mahrez from distance. Any realistic hope Leicester had of getting back into the match though was ended by Wilfred Ndidi’s dismissal just past the hour mark. On his 21st birthday, Ndidi went down cheaply in the penalty area looking for a spot-kick. Martin Atkinson wasn’t falling for this trick and booked the Nigerian for simulation. That was his second bookable offence, leading to an early bath and a dressing-down from his manager. It wasn’t a birthday to remember for Ndidi.

Crystal Palace saw the game out comfortably with the extra man advantage and Benteke was slightly unfortunate not to win a penalty for his side late on when it seemed like Marc Albrighton had tripped him. In stoppage-time, it was his replacement, Bakary Sako who added the gloss to an almost perfect away performance with a fine finish.

There were still nine points between the sides on the full-time whistle but this win and a resounding 5-0 victory at Selhurst Park in April made Leicester a very favourable opponent for Crystal Palace in the 2017-2018 Premier League season.

Memorable Matches: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City (August 2017)

Goalscorers: Alexandre Lacazette 2, Shinji Okazaki 5, Jamie Vardy 29, 56, Danny Welbeck 45, Aaron Ramsey 83, Olivier Giroud 85

Teams:

Arsenal: Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding (Olivier Giroud 67), Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny (Aaron Ramsey 67), Granit Xhaka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck (Theo Walcott 75)

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Fuchs, Harry Maguire, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson, Matty James (Kelechi Iheanacho 82), Wilfred Ndidi, Marc Albrighton (Demarai Gray 88), Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki (Daniel Amartey 72), Jamie Vardy

Referee: Mike Dean, Attendance: 59,387

The first match of the 2017-2018 Premier League season was held on a Friday night for the first time in the competition’s history and it was a battle between two of the league’s six previous champions. Three-time winners Arsenal welcomed 2016 champions Leicester City to The Emirates Stadium and it proved to be a blockbuster start to the new campaign.

Just 94 seconds were played before Arsenal went into the lead. Leicester skipper Wes Morgan misjudged the flight of a cross by Mohamed Elneny and Alexandre Lacazette guided his header into the bottom corner of Kasper Schmeichel’s net. Lacazette was the new club-record signing and became just the seventh player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal.

The lead didn’t last long though. Just three minutes later, the Foxes were level. Harry Maguire won a header at the back post and with Petr Cech caught in no-man’s land, Shinji Okazaki headed into an unguarded net to bring the visitors level. Leicester were showing signs of the devastating counter-attacking displays that took them to their shock title triumph two seasons earlier and took the lead just on 29 minutes. Marc Albrighton delivered a vicious diagonal ball across the face of the Arsenal goal and Jamie Vardy arrived to dispatch the ball past Cech.

It was a pulsating first half and just before Craig Shakespeare could get his team into the dressing room to praise them for coming from behind after such an early blow, Arsenal pegged them back. Debutant Sead Kolasinac cut the ball back for Danny Welbeck to finish. The action continued into the second half. Vardy grabbed his second of the evening, showing more demand in an aerial challenge with Nacho Monreal to guide Riyad Mahrez’s corner into the net. Whilst the shooting was superb, some of the defending from both teams was dreadful. However, this made the game a classic.

With the fans starting to show their frustration, Arsene Wenger turned to his bench to revive his side’s fortunes, bringing on both Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. The substitutions had the desired impact. With seven minutes remaining, Ramsey levelled the scores although Leicester were furious that referee Mike Dean missed a clear handball from Mesut Ozil in the build-up to the goal.

Moments later, Giroud rose highest to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner and his header crept across the goal-line. It was enough to win the match for Arsenal and as they had 27 shots on-goal and 70% possession, they just about shaded the contest. However, it was a thrilling start to the season and a tough act to follow for the other 379 matches in the 2017-2018 campaign.

Great Goals: Jamie Vardy – West Bromwich Albion vs. LEICESTER CITY (March 2018)

Jamie Vardy has a happy habit for finding the back of the net on his trips to The Hawthorns. In four Premier League visits to West Bromwich Albion’s ground, Vardy has scored on every single visit there – three of them turning out to be decisive winning goals too.

However, this one was his best against the Baggies in March 2018 and the technique used saw it voted by BBC pundits as the Match of the Day Goal of the Season for the 2017-2018 campaign. West Brom were 1-0 ahead when Vardy rekindled the telepathic understanding he and Riyad Mahrez enjoyed for several seasons.

Mahrez produced a long pass and Vardy made the run behind Craig Dawson. Knowing where the goal was, Vardy watched the dipping ball fall out of the sky and with a first-time shot on the volley, drove the ball beyond Ben Foster. Leicester would go on to win the game 4-1 and drive West Brom closer to relegation.

The pass, the vision, the skill and the shot were all first-class and that is why Vardy is one of the best English strikers of recent times in the Premier League.

Premier League Rewind: 19th-21st August 2017

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

The second weekend of the 2017-2018 Premier League season saw Manchester United steal an early march on all of their prospective title rivals. By the conclusion of the second round of fixtures, the Red Devils were one of only three teams to hold a 100% record.

Having thrashed West Ham United 4-0 on the opening weekend, Jose Mourinho’s side repeated the scoreline on their first away trip of the season which was in South Wales against Swansea City. The final score might have flattered them slightly but it came about through a devastating spell of three goals in the final 10 minutes. New striker Romelu Lukaku made it three goals in two matches and delightful finishes by Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial added to the glee of the supporters. Two games, two wins, two clean sheets, six points and eight goals scored. It was the perfect start for Mourinho in his second season in the Old Trafford dugout.

The other two sides still with a perfect record were slightly more unexpected in the shape of Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion. Huddersfield had made a dream start to their Premier League life. After beating Crystal Palace 3-0 a week earlier, Aaron Mooy’s marvellous long-range effort was enough to defeat Newcastle United in the Terriers’ first home match in the top-flight. Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion recorded their second successive 1-0 success, this time at Turf Moor away at Burnley. Hal Robson-Kanu made a dramatic contribution off the substitutes’ bench. First, he scored the winning goal after 71 minutes. 12 minutes later, he caught Matthew Lowton with his elbow and was duly sent off by referee Martin Atkinson. Little did the Baggies supporters realise at the time but this would be their last victory in the top-flight until mid-January.

After a shocking home defeat to Burnley, the pressure was already on championship-winning manager Antonio Conte and his shell-shocked Chelsea side when they travelled to Wembley Stadium for the first-ever Premier League match at the home of English football. Tottenham Hotspur were playing at Wembley for the season whilst their normal home was being redeveloped but it wasn’t a good start. They were defeated 2-1 by the champions. The hero was left-back Marcos Alonso, who scored both goals including a majestic free-kick. It looked like Chelsea had rediscovered their mojo.

On the Monday Night Football, Manchester City and Everton played out a stormy encounter at The Etihad Stadium which ended with the points shared and both teams finishing with 10 men. Wayne Rooney became only the second player in Premier League history to reach the milestone of 200 goals when he opened the scoring on a clinical counter-attack 10 minutes before half-time. The Citizens had Kyle Walker sent off on his home debut before half-time but put the pressure on and eventually found a way through with eight minutes left through a Raheem Sterling equaliser. Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin was also given his marching orders before the end of the match. This draw would turn out to be City’s only dropped points until New Years’ Eve.

Arsenal were once again beaten at their bogey ground. Jese made an instant impact at Stoke City. On-loan from Paris Saint-Germain, the Spaniard scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal lost at Stoke for the fifth time in 10 seasons. Former champions Leicester City scored the fastest goal of the campaign when Shinji Okazaki found the net inside a minute. Harry Maguire headed home on his debut in the second half as the Foxes defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0.

What else happened in August 2017?

  • One of the giants of the UK TV industry, Sir Bruce Forsyth passes away at the age of 89. His career in showbiz spanned an extraordinary 75 years with shows such as The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Strictly Come Dancing.
  • At the age of 96, The Duke of Edinburgh carries out his final official engagement before retiring from public duty.
  • A four-year Renovation begins on Big Ben, meaning the chimes of the famous clock fall silent.
  • Two legends of the athletics track & field era bow out at the World Athletics Championships in London. Usain Bolt and Mo Farah both retire after the championships, with Farah moving into marathon running and Bolt hanging up his spikes for good.
  • 15 people are killed in a terrorist attack in Barcelona; one is a seven-year old, with dual British-Australian nationality.
  • 108 people are killed in the United States as Hurricane Harvey strikes Houston. The total damage of the storm reaches $125 billion.
  • The UN Security Council unanimously approves fresh sanctions on North Korean trade and investment.