One of the most exciting seasons in the 22-year history of the English Premier League saw Manchester City and Liverpool battle it out on the final day. The duo amassed the highest-ever points total by the league’s top two sides.
However, that’s just one new record set during a season that will be remembered for new Premier League highs. From a goal-shy striker scoring the fastest ever goal to a dearth of drawn matches and more goals than ever. Here, we assess some of the most interesting records set during a thrilling Premier League campaign.
No-one likes a Draw
American fans would have been loving Tottenham Hotspur’s streak of 32 consecutive Premier League matches without a draw. Their draw-free run smashed the record of 28 previously held by Bolton Wanderers.
The Champions League finalists drew 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in April 2018, ended the 2017/18 campaign, then went four matches without a draw. That streak extended into the new campaign and lasted almost a year. The streak eventually came to an end on March 2nd with a 1-1 draw against local rivals Arsenal. During that time, they won 23 and lost nine.
The North London side also set a new Premier League record for not drawing a single match away from home. In addition to them, Manchester City shared a new record for only drawing two matches all season.
Away from Spurs, the Premier League set a related record for 35 consecutive matches without a draw. Newcastle United and Bournemouth drew 2-2 on March 16th, but no two teams tied the points until April 20th. On that day, West Ham United and Leicester drew 2-2, while Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton drew 0-0.
Furthermore, the total of 71 draws in 380 matches is also a Premier League record low.
The 2018-19 campaign also saw a higher ratio of wins for teams playing away from home than any previous season. Away teams won 34% of their matches in the season.
Dominant Man City
Liverpool supporters may disagree, but it’s hard to deny that champions Manchester City deserve the title. Their total of 32 wins this season is a new Premier League record.
Fastest Ever Goal
Southampton striker Shane Long is not renowned for being a particularly prolific goalscorer. However, the Irishman etched his name into the Premier League history books as he scored after just 7.69 seconds against Watford in April.
That goal came amid a hot streak of four goals in five matches for Long. However, he had scored just three times in his previous 60 Premier League matches and once in 25 before that.
Most Goals Ever
If goals are your thing, the Premier League was the place to be in 2018/19. Christian Eriksen’s free-kick for Spurs on the final day against Everton was the 1,067th of the season, surpassing the previous record for a 20-team Premier League season.
Five more goals flew in that afternoon to set a new standard of 1,072 goals scored, concluding with young striker Eddie Nketiah’s first league goal for Arsenal at Burnley.
One of the key features of Liverpool’s fine campaign was their marauding full-backs, who effectively play like wingers at times. Trent Alexander-Arnold set a new record of assists by a defender as two crosses on the final day of the season took him to 13. His colleague Andrew Robertson equaled the previous record of 11, jointly held by Leighton Baines and Andy Hinchcliffe.
Speaking of assists brings us to a strange new record. Wolves’ Portuguese attacker Diogo Jota claimed five assists this season, all of which set up Mexican striker Raul Jimenez. And that is a new record for assists exclusively by one player for another.
Building at the Bridge
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s 12-match unbeaten start to the campaign was a record for a new Premier League manager. The Stamford Bridge side couldn’t keep that blistering start going, but finished fourth to secure Champions League football.
Fulham’s Youth Provides a Positive Amid Poor Season
Fulham left-back/winger Ryan Sessegnon, born May 18, 2000, became the first player born in the 21st-century to score a Premier League goal when he netted against Cardiff City in October.
However, Sessegnon looks like an experienced veteran in comparison to his teammate Harvey Elliott. Aged just 16 years and 30 days, Elliott became the youngest player in Premier League history when he made his debut against Wolves earlier this month. Unfortunately for Fulham, they were relegated with just 26 points despite spending £100 million in transfer fees.
Age is but a Number
In stark contrast to those whippersnappers, some of the Premier League’s old boys showed they still have what it takes. When Brighton’s now retired full-back Bruno teed up Glenn Murray to score against Wolves in October their combined age was 73 years and 57 days, which is a Premier League record.
Moving on from players, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson became the oldest person ever to manage in the Premier League this season. The former England boss was 71 years and 276 days young when he led Palace to a 5-3 thrashing of Bournemouth on the final day of the season.
These statistics give you some insight into what was a fascinating Premier League campaign. We saw plenty of goals, more away wins than ever, exciting youngsters and old-timers showing them how it’s done.
It’s over for another season but the Premier League will be back in full force in 11 short weeks, on the weekend of August 10.