The 2016/2017 Premier League season rounded up on Sunday. It was a brilliant season of football with an entertaining final match day with goals to show. The 10 games which were scheduled for the last day of the season kicked off simultaneously as is the custom in England.
The Premier League title winner had already emerged before the day, and the relegation places had been confirmed. However, there was the small problem of who would take the final spot in the last four for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League competition.
The games rounded up and confirmed the top sides that would be representing England in next year’s UCL. Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool with the red boys from Anfield eligible for the group stage of the competition after they navigate the UCL playoff routes successfully.
Another highlight of Match Day 38 was the confirmation that Arsenal would be playing in the UEFA Europa League next season as they finished outside the top 4 for the first time in more than a decade. Chelsea’s legendary John Terry was bidden an emotional farewell from the club where his efforts all through his stay were monumental
However, there were interesting numbers and stats from the Match Day and they are mentioned below:
• Arsenal’s 3-4-2-1 was too strong for Everton’s 4-3- 3 as they ran out 3:1 winners although it wasn’t enough for UCL qualification
• West Ham’s 3-4-2-1 subdued Burnley’s 4-4-2 at Turf Moor
• Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1 ensured a record 30 victories in a season as they thrashed Sunderland who deployed a 3-5-1-1
• Tottenham’s 4-2-3-1 ensured they whitewashed Hull City who deployed a 3-4-2-1 at the KC Stadium
• Leicester’s 4-4-2 and Bournemouth’s 4-4-1-1 ensured they cancelled each other out in a 1 all draw
• Liverpool’s 4-1-2-1-2 on paper was too strong for Middlesbrough’s 4-3-3 to contain
• Manchester United’s 4-3-3 subdued Crystal Palace’s 4-3-3 as they won 2 nil
• Stoke City’s 3-4-2-1 ensured they stole all 3 points from Southampton who deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation at the Saint Mary’s Stadium.
• Swansea’s 4-3-3 ensured their victory over West Brom’s 3-5-1-1
• Manchester City’s 4-2-3-1 enabled them to rout Watford who deployed a 3-5-2 by 5 goals to nil
• The most used formation on paper was 3-4-2-1. It was used by 5 teams
• 37 goals were scored on the day
• 26 yellow cards were brandished.
• No cards were given in the game between Spurs and Hull City – Clean game
• Everton, Leicester and Stoke received the most yellow cards – 4
• No cards were given to Spurs, Hull City, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Liverpool and Man City
• 1 red card was brandished – Arsenal’s Koscielny was the recipient
• Only 4 clean sheets on the day.
• Pass masters were Liverpool with 751 passes made
• Possession Lords were Liverpool – 74%
• 1 hat-trick recorded on the day – Spurs’ Harry Kane
• 2 players scored a brace each – Man City’s Sergio Aguero and Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi
• Least passes – Sunderland with 255
• Most shots on target – Tottenham with 14
• Least shots on target – Burnley and Crystal Palace with 1 each
• Most fouls committed – Manchester United with 16
• Least fouls – Tottenham with 5
These are interesting numbers from the final day fixtures of the 2016/2017 Premier League season. We look forward to next season and hope for improvements in the sides that will be participating next season.