English Premier League: Interesting Facts From The Last Decade
I've been watching all my fellow Bleacher creatures getting all creative here in the World Football section, so I figured it was time to get my act together and add something a bit different.
I've looked at all 20 EPL clubs league records over the last decade and here's what I've come up with.
Arsenal: Arsenal have been a top four side for the last decade now but have actually just had their worst three seasons of that same ten year period!
Aston Villa: Seven top ten finishes signal a decent last decade for Villa but the fact they've finished 16th twice in the same period is a little unnerving. Four 6th places in ten years are quite good odds though and I'd put a flutter on it happening again.
Blackburn Rovers: The Ewood Park outfit have finished in the top ten 5 times since returning to the top flight seven years ago. They once slipped from 6th to 15th in consecutive seasons and I wouldn't bet against a similar fate this season.
Bolton Wanderers: The Trotters came up with Blackburn in 2001 and even finished in the top eight four seasons in a row before last season's slump to 16th. Who says Big Sam Allardyce isn't a good manager?
Chelsea: Chelski have been one of the top two for the last 5 seasons and haven't finished lower than 6th in the last decade. So they weren't so bad before the Russian millions.
Everton: Probably the most erratic team in the top flight. Poor Everton fans have a record that looks like this. 7th, 17th, 4th, 17th, 6th and 5th makes interesting reading. I'm predicting a slump at Goodison this season but surely not to 17th!
Fulham: The London club were in League 1 (third tier) a decade ago but since promotion to the top flight they've been pretty consistent between 7th and 16th. Until last year anyway. Fulham were the third team promoted in 2001 along with Bolton and Blackburn and none of them have been relegated since.
Hull City: A decade ago Hull nearly slipped out the football league with a 21st place finish in League 2 (fourth tier). That's 89th out of 92 league clubs! They only escaped that league in 2004. Two years ago they finished 21st again, this time in the Championship (second tier). Quite a rise but surely not EPL material?
Liverpool: The red half of Merseyside have only one top two finish to their name over the last 10 years. They've never finished lower than 7th though and I'm backing another 2nd place this season.
Manchester City: If Man City want Europe this season they'll need their best finish in the top flight since their pin ball session around the football league. 8th place is their best result over the last 10 years as well as two spells in the Championship.
Manchester United: Six titles in 10 years is an impressive record for United but did you know they've only been runners up once? Three 3rd places round up the decade.
Middlesbrough: Time really flies these days as Middlesbrough have been in the EPL for the last 10 years. A long way from their late 90's yo-yoing between the top flight and the Championship. 10 years between 7th and 14th is consistent if not boring for Boro's rather lacklustre fans.
Newcastle United: The Magpies have two top 10 finishes in the last decade as well as a 5th and 7th. Pity about the 11th,12th, 13th and 14th for the league's most demanding fans.
Portsmouth: This will be Portsmouth's 6th year at the pinnacle of English football and a record of 13th, 16th, 17th, 9th and 8th makes good reading for the southern coast side. I'd back another improvement this term.
Stoke City: Ten years ago Stoke were plying their trade in League two and until last year had never finished higher than 5th in any league. Three attempts at the playoffs in league 1 before six average seasons in the Championship. 2nd place last year though booked their EPL ticket.
Sunderland: 15th is their best finish over the last 7 years and are famous as being a yo-yo club between the top two divisions. They've actually won the Championship three times over the last 10 years and even squeezed in a 7th place in the EPL. A roller coaster decade.
Tottenham Hotspurs: Last year's 11th was their worst finish in four seasons and have an even split over the last decade in the top fligh. Five times they've finished in the top half and five times in the bottom half. I'm putting my money on the top half regaining the lead in this mini battle.
West Bromwich Albion:Three appearances in the top flight have resulted in two relegation's for West Brom. 16th is their best finish in the top flight but they'd bite your hand off for that this season.
West Ham United: 5th, 9th, 15th, 7th, 18th (4th, 6th Championship) 9th, 15th and 10th. What can I read from that? I won't be betting on West Ham's league finish that is for sure!
Wigan Athletic:Another League 1 side 10 years ago. Imagine putting a bet on that a decade ago. They've now spent more time in the EPL than they did in the Championship. One of my favourites for the drop this season though.
So there you have it. A lot of useless information that I'm sure was worth the read.
Well I enjoyed writing it anyway!
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