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By the numbers: Key stats from 2015-16 Premier League season

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2015-16 Premier League season.

From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows in the as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.

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For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, we have a look through some of the most interesting stats from this season.

From goals and assists to some of the more outrageous team or individual stats, it was certainly a season to remember.


– Leicester’s Jamie Vardy set a new record, becoming the first player to score in 11 consecutive games in one season

– Leicester became the first new winner of the top-flight since Nottingham Forest won it in 1977-78. Leicester were top of the table for 147 days throughout the season

– The Foxes also had the lowest possession figure of any champion since 2006-07 at just 42.4 percent

– Chelsea had the longest unbeaten run, going 15 games without defeat from December to March

– Arsenal have now finished in the top four for 20 straight seasons and have finished above Tottenham for the last 21 years

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Harry Kane of Spurs (r) takes on Mesut Oezil of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on November 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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– Tottenham, Southampton, Bournemouth, Watford, West Ham and Leicester all recorded their highest-ever points tally in the PL this season

– The PL season started and ended with an own goal scored in the same goal at Old Trafford

Kenedy‘s goal for Chelsea at Norwich was the fastest goal of the season, coming after just 39 seconds

– Sergio Aguero reached 100 PL goals in just 147 appearances. Only Alan Shearer (124) reached that landmark faster

– After Gary Pallister and John Terry, Leicester’s Wes Morgan became just the third plkayer to play in every single second of a title-winning season

Petr Cech has the record for most clean sheets in PL history (178) during this season. He also became the first goalkeeper to win the golden glove with two different teams

– Leicester were awarded 13 penalties, the joint-most for one team in a single season

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Slaven Bilic manager of West Ham United (R) celebrates victory with staff after the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

– Aston Villa equaled a club record with 11 straight defeats on its way to relegation

– Chelsea did not win consecutive games until the 26th and 27th matches of the season

– Everton won just 23 points at home, their lowest tally in the PL era

– In their final season at Upton Park West Ham went on their longest unbeaten home run in top-flight history, failing to lose in 15 games

Harry Kane became just the fourth Englishman to score 20+ goals in consecutive seasons. Les Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Robbie Fowler and Alan Shearer are the others


Top goalscorers
Harry Kane – 25
Jamie Vardy -24
Sergio Aguero – 24
Romelu Lukaku – 18
Riyad Mahrez – 17

Most assists
Mesut Ozil – 19
Christian Eriksen – 13
Dusan Tadic – 12
Dimitri Payet – 12
David Silva, Riyad Mahrez, James Milner – 11

Number of shutouts
Petr Cech – 16
David De Gea – 15
Kasper Schmeichel – 15
Joe Hart – 15
Hugo Lloris – 14

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Petr Cech of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Most shots on goal
Harry Kane – 75
Jamie Vardy -53
Sergio Aguero – 52
Romelu Lukaku – 48
Odion Ighalo – 48

Most tackles
N'Golo Kante – 175
Idrissa Gueye – 144
Erik Pieters – 116
Cesar Azpilicueta – 114
Lucas Leiva – 108

Most chances created
Mesut Ozil – 146
Dimitri Payet – 119
Christian Eriksen – 115
Willian – 81
Kevin De Bruyne – 81

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Junior Stanislas of Bournemouth and Ngolo Kante of Leicester City compete for the bacompete for the ballduring the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Bournemouth at The King Power Stadium on January 2, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Most saves
Heurelho Gomes – 121
Lukasz Fabianski – 115
Jack Butland – 103
Petr Cech – 101
Adrian – 99

Best minutes per goal ratio (5 goals or more)
Kelechi Iheancho – 94
Sergio Aguero – 99
Daniel Sturridge – 122
Jamie Vardy – 131
Divock Origi – 133

Shooting accuracy (20 shots minimum)
Andros Townsend – 76 percent
Georginio Wijnaldum – 71 percent
Mesut Ozil – 67 percent
Jermain Defoe – 66 percent
Bakary Sako – 65 percent

How will USMNT line up versus Costa Rica?

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Saturday brings a first look at the United States men’s national team in 2020, though Gregg Berhalter’s bunch won’t look anything like its best self.

The Yanks have an almost exclusively MLS roster for the match, with Hobro’s Christian Cappas, Wolfsburg II’s Uly Llanez and unattached 17-year-old Bryang Kayo in the fold.

Many of Berhalter’s best MLS stars won’t be in Carson either for the 3:55 p.m. ET Saturday kickoff. Jordan Morris, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley are the biggest names.

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Ronald Gonzalez’s Ticos will be similarly hampered, although more of Costa Rica’s A-side play in MLS and domestically.

We’ll leave the breakdown of the visitors for a later date, but who will rep the U.S. in Saturday’s Starting XI?

The travel roster includes keepers Sean Johnson, Bill Hamid, and Matt Turner, as well as defenders Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman, Reggie Cannon, Julian Araujo, Chase Gasper, Justen Glad, Mark McKenzie, and Sam Vines. Listed midfielders Sebastian Lletget, Jackson Yueill, Brenden Aaronson, Cappis, Kayo, and Brandon Servania are joined by forwards Gyasi Zardes, Paul Arriola, Jonathan Lewis, Jesus Ferreira, and Ulysses Llanez.

Goalkeeper is anyone’s guess, but Johnson’s got the most run of the three during the Berhalter era. The younger Turner or more accomplished Hamid may step in there.

It would be surprising to see any other center backs besides Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long given what we know of Berhalter and his respect for regulars. Reggie Cannon should start at right back and it’s between Chase Gasper and Sam Vines for the left. We’ll choose Vines out of intrigue.

Jackson Yueill, Paul Arriola, Sebastian Lletget, and Gyasi Zardes are safe bets to start, and this would seem a spot to give Jonathan Lewis more than subs’ run. That leaves one spot, and we’re pegging Brandon Servania to be the one chosen of four midfielders aged 17-20.

There’s also the matter of whether FC Dallas striker Jesus Ferreira will be internationally cleared to play Saturday. We sure hope he will be!

How do you think Berhalter will line them up?


How Berhalter may go

Johnson

Cannon — Zimmerman — Long — Vines

Yueill — Servania

Arriola — Lletget — Lewis

Zardes


What we’d like to see

Turner

Cannon — Zimmerman — McKenzie — Vines

Yueill — Cappis — Servania

Arriola — Ferreira — Lewis

Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.

Report: Sheffield United in ‘advanced talks’ for $22M Norway star

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Sheffield United is ready to add one of the game’s brightest young talents to its blossoming Premier League side.

Norway midfielder Sander Berge is the name, and he’s been linked with Liverpool amongst others over the past few months.

Berge turns 22 next month and already has 20 caps for Norway in addition to 113 senior appearances for Genk in Belgium and 43 more for Valerenga in his home country.

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The defensive midfielder has chipped in six goals and four assists. He won the Belgian Super League with Genk last year and has a career-best four goals so this season.

It shows what success brings to a club, as Sky Sports reports that Berge turned down a move to Bramall Lane in the summer.

The fee is said to be $22 million, which isn’t small but completely reasonable given his stature for club and country.

This may move may join the Lys Mousset purchase as one of the Blades’ smartest bits of business, especially as Chris Wilder‘s men look for success on multiple fronts. Their success as a newly-promoted side is one of the great stories of the European season, and a place in Europe would be a fantastic achievement.

From The Yorkshire Post:

“It is going well, no doubt about it,” Wilder said. “On the Premier League front and in the Cup. You probably would not think it, but the win at Millwall has given me an enormous amount of pleasure in confirming, not even seeing, what my team is about. Players have come in with the likes of the skipper (Billy Sharp) and other players who are really driving it forward and want to produce individual performances and the atmosphere is good.”

Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.

Espanyol identify 12 fans who racially insulted player

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BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish club Espanyol says it has identified 12 fans who racially insulted an Athletic Bilbao player in the Spanish league last weekend.

Espanyol said on Monday in a statement that nine of the fans were club members and would face punishment that could include suspension or a full-time ban.

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It said a report of its analysis of the video images of Saturday’s game at RCDE Stadium were sent to authorities.

The club reiterated its “categorical condemnation of any displays of violence and racism.”

The fans made monkey noises directed at Athletic forward Inaki Williams, who is black. Television images showed Williams confronting the section of Espanyol fans who taunted him after he was substituted late in the game in Barcelona.

The Spanish league said it will seek a partial stadium closure for Espanyol and will raise the incident with the Spanish soccer federation’s competition committee, which handles disciplinary issues.

Transfer rumors: West Ham want $44M midfielder, Barca eyes Rodrigo

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West Ham United is being linked with a big transfer splash, and it’s not even a striker.

Uruguayan midfielder Nahitan Nandez is the man in question, and West Ham is reportedly tempting Cagliari with a $44 million offer this January.

Nandez, 23, arrived from Boca Juniors for less than half that fee this summer, and has chipped in a goal with three assists for Tommaso Giulini’s sixth-place Serie A side.

He’s got 31 caps for his national team, and is averaging 1.5 tackles per match with Cagliari. Nandez is also averaging a key pass and 1.1 successful dribbles per league outing.

Football-Italia says that Cagliari will try to tie Nandez to a new deal with a $44 million release clause if the move to West Ham is unsuccessful.

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Meanwhile Barcelona’s pursuit of a Luis Suarez replacement isn’t limited to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Marca.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu admits that Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno is interesting his coaches.

“We don’t talk about players from other teams. But [Rodrigo’s] name is on the table of the coaches, and a replacement will arrive. I do not know whether it will be from Barcelona B or from outside. I like many players.”

The Spaniard has eight goals in 21 caps, and turns 29 in March. Rodrigo has four goals and 10 assists in 23 matches across all competitions this season.

Valencia beat Barcelona this weekend to send the Blaugranas three points back of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.