Huddersfield Town confirmed their spot in the 2018/19 Premier League campaign a fortnight ago with two sensational draws with Manchester City and Chelsea. The Terriers kept out the runaway champions at home in the league for the first time all season, before frustrating last year's top team at Stamford Bridge three days later to guarantee survival. But the journey didn't just start at Crystal Palace on August 12, 2017. Read More Huddersfield Town latest It's been a long journey for the Terriers - as fans will know more than anyone - with the club even coming to within hours of folding before the start of the 2003/04 season . Since then, Town have been on a positive curve and the fairy tale story has seen them climb into the Premier League for the first time in their history and remain there for a second season. Here we follow Town's journey from League One in 2010 to Premier League survivors in 2018. Time Line Huddersfield Town's remarkable rise to the Premier League - and how … [Read more...] about How Town made it into the Premier League
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Manchester City's swaggering march to the title has seen Pep Guardiola's side hailed as one of the finest teams in the Premier League era. Fuelled by the majestic form of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Sergio Aguero and company, City have sent records tumbling, including notching an incredible 18 successive top-flight wins. They could yet beat three significant Premier League landmarks set by Chelsea -- the highest points tally of 95 in 2004-2005, the most wins in a season at 30 in 2016-2017 and the most goals scored at 103 in 2009-2010. Manchester United's shock 1-0 defeat to West Brom on Sunday saw City match another record by winning the league with five games to spare. But where do they rank among the Premier League's most celebrated sides? "It doesn't take a genius to tell us Manchester City are playing scintillating football right now. Some of the best we have ever seen in this country? I would say so," former England captain Alan Shearer said. But Ryan Giggs, who won 13 titles … [Read more...] about Champs Man City among Premier League’s greatest teams
The bottom half of the Premier League are set to have a record equalling poor season for the number of points won. Based on this season’s points per game averages, teams between 11th and 20th will finish with a combined total of 364 points. That works out at just 36.4 each on average which matches the lowest on record set back in 2009/10. This season though the team in 10th, AFC Bournemouth, have the same number of points as the team in 11th. The average number of points set to be won by the bottom 11 sides this season is just 37.0. That’s a record low for the Premier League with 2007/08 and 2009/10 being the closest season at 37.6 points. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Season: Average points won by teams in bottom half 1992/93: 44.9* 1993/94: 40.0* 1994/95: 40.6* 1995/96: 39.3 1996/97: 41.3 1997/98: 42.4 1998/99: 40.8 1999/00: 40.4 2000/01: 41.0 2001/02: 39.5 2002/03: 41.7 2003/04: … [Read more...] about Premier League set for a record equalling poor season of points for the bottom half
This Premier League season has seen one of the widest relegation battles for some time, with only the ‘top six’ and Burnley feeling secure against the drop for the majority of the campaign. Everton, currently sat in ninth, only reached the famous 40-point mark with victory at Stoke during the last round of fixtures. Below them, Bournemouth and Watford are both on 36 points and will feel somewhat safe, if not totally out of the woods just yet. West Bromwich Albion are bottom with just 20 points, nine adrift of safety and seem all but certain to go down. This leaves two remaining spots and eight clubs – positioned between 12th and 19th – that could fill them. So, who will it be and who will do enough to survive? By calculating each Premier League club’s average points-per-game home and away this season, we can approximate the difficulty of each remaining fixture and see who, on paper, has the easiest and most difficult relegation run-ins. Top 25 … [Read more...] about Premier League relegation battle: Who has the best run-in at the bottom of the table?
With the final international break of the season now over, attentions turn back to the Premier League and, particularly, the top-four race. For Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, the task is quite simple: no team has ever finished lower than fourth after reaching 76 points. Three of those teams are currently on course to surpass that target, one is not. However, fortunes in the final weeks of the season are often dictated by the fixture list and those who benefitted from easier runs earlier in the season can suffer as the schedule evens itself out. By calculating each Premier League club’s average points-per-game home and away this season, we can approximate the difficulty of each fixture and see who, on paper, has the easier run-in. Top 25 players in Premier League history 25 show all Top 25 players in Premier League history 1/25 Behind Ronaldo and Rooney, the next-most important man to United’s recovery in the second half of … [Read more...] about Premier League top-four race: Who has the best run-in? Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham or Chelsea?