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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)
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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

Cruzeiro relegated from Brazilian top flight for first time

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Brazilian side Cruzeiro was relegated from the top flight for the first time in the club’s 98-year history following a 2-0 defeat to Palmeiras on the final day of the season.

Cruzeiro required victory and a loss by Ceara at Botafogo to stay safely in the Brazilian Serie A, but neither came to pass.

Palmeiras midfielder Ze Rafael scored in the 58th minute to send the visitors on their way, with fellow midfielder Dudu finished things off in the 84th minute. Referees ushered the players off the field immediately after the conclusion of the match as Cruzeiro fans rioted in the Mineirao stadium, ripping out seats, setting off smoke bombs, and clashing with police.

Cruzeiro finished 17th in the 20-team table, three points back of Ceara in 16th. In the Brazilian top flight, the bottom four teams are relegated. CSA, Chapecoense, and Avai were also relegated. Cruzeiro had won the Brazilian Serie A as recently as 2013 and 2014, winning four titles in its history. They also have six Copa do Brasil titles, most recently winning the league cup in 2017 and 2018.

Flamengo ran away with the championship, finishing on 90 points, 16 points clear of second-placed Santos and third-placed Palmeiras who both finished level on 74 points. Palmeiras had challenged for the title, but fell off at the end of the season with a five-match winless run through November.

Premier League Preview: West Ham United v. Arsenal

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Two struggling London sides meet Monday when West Ham United hosts Arsenal (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The sides might’ve expected they’d be within close proximity at this point on the fixture list, but two wildly disappointing seasons means the three points between the Gunners and Irons comes with the former in 11th and the latter 16th.

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It’s been nine matches since Arsenal beat someone, 11 since it happened in the Premier League. West Ham hasn’t been much better, winning once in its last 10.

Freddie Ljungberg has yet to win as Arsenal interim boss, while West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini could see his current stint in London end without more results like the Nov. 30 win at Chelsea.

Monday versus Arsenal would qualify.


Injuries/suspensions

West Ham United: OUT —  Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid. QUESTIONABLE — Michail Antonio.

Arsenal: OUT — Dani Ceballos. QUESTIONABLE — Rob Holding.


Probable lineups

West Ham United: Martin; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Fredericks; Rice, Noble, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Snodgrass, Haller.

Arsenal: Leno; Kolasinac, Sokratis, Luiz, Bellerin, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette.


What they’re saying

West Ham’s Antonio sees an opportunity: “The only three teams that are really performing are Liverpool, Leicester and Man City. Everyone else is getting beaten, and it means we’ve had a missed opportunity so far this season. We started the season off brightly, the best start we’ve had for four years, but then we’ve had a slump. Everyone’s having a slump and this is our slump. Now it’s time for us to start turning up. We’ve been in this situation before and we know how to dig in and pull ourselves up again.”

Arsenal’s Ljungberg on setting targets: “I don’t think we should stop talking about the top four, but for us it’s about concentrating on what we’re doing here now and not look up, down, sideways. We just need to work on our own game and our own confidence.”


Prediction

Really, you wouldn’t want to predict anything from these sides right now besides goals. We’ll give an edge in desperation to the hosts and a 2-2 draw.

La Liga: Sevilla held at Osasuna, Getafe maintains UCL fight

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Sevilla was held to a 1-1 draw at 10-man Osasuna on Sunday, giving both Real Madrid and Barcelona space at the top of the La Liga table.

Munir El Haddadi put the visitors 1-0 up just 11 minutes in, but Ezequiel Avila struck just before halftime to share the points. Sevilla was held to just two total shots through the opening 45 minutes, and despite Osasuna defender Oier Olazabal being shown a second yellow card with 29 minutes to go, Sevilla still managed just 11 total efforts through the 90 minutes, with four on target.

Getafe continued its battle for a top four spot as they won 1-0 on the road at Eibar. Angel Rodriguez bagged his eighth goal of the season to secure the win, cropping up in the 67th minute to finally put Getafe through. They had been turning the screw for some time, forcing Marko Dmitrovic into a pair of big saves just before the opener which came from an absurdly tight angle after Angel had rounded the goalkeeper. The win leaves them fourth, level with Real Sociedad on 27 points.

They were allowed to close the gap after Real Sociedad was held scoreless in a 0-0 draw at 14th placed Real Valladolid. The visitors put just two of their 14 shots on net, and dropped to fifth thanks to Getafe holding the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Athletic Club also fell back in the race for a top four spot, dropping a 3-2 decision on the road at Real Betis. Joaquin scored a first-half hat-trick, with all three goals coming in the opening 20 minutes to give him five in his last three games. Inaki Williams brought Athletic Bilbao one back before halftime from the spot, and Yuri Berchiche made things interesting with a minute to go, but that was all they could muster as the visitors fell to sixth on 26 points, above Atletico Madrid on goal differential with the two yet to play head-to-head.

Celta Vigo made it interesting as Iago Aspas scored a man-down goal, but Leganes held on for a 3-2 win over the 10-man visitors. Oscar Rodriguez had a first-half brace to help the hosts to a 3-0 lead, but Nestor Araujo and Aspas helped Celta Vigo make things interesting. Still, a 71st minute second yellow card for halftime substitute Gabriel Fernandez hampered the visitors in their efforts for a comeback, leaving Celta Vigo in the relegation zone, a point back of safety, with Leganes is four points behind them in 19th.

Gerrard reacts to Rangers’ Old Firm heartbreak in final

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Steven Gerrard lined his Rangers side up for success, but fate was cruel to the Liverpool legend.

Rangers lost the League Cup Final to their Old Firm rivals on Sunday despite out-shooting the Bhoys by a 16-5 margin, winning a penalty, and playing almost a half-hour up a man.

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“To a man we were very good … by much the better side,” Gerrard said. “But unfortunately that’s not what gets you a trophy.”

But Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster stopped Alfredo Morelos’ penalty, three minutes after goal scorer Christopher Jullien was offside on the lone goal of the game.

Scotland doesn’t yet use VAR, and Gerrard doesn’t love VAR but he likes it more than he likes Scottish officials.

“There were three Celtic players standing in offside positions but unfortunately we play in a country where there is no VAR,” he said, via the BBC. “I’d be a liar if I said I was 100% in favour of it, but the one thing I do know is that officials up here need support.”

Now he has the task of getting his men to rebound ahead of its biggest non-derby in ages, as Rangers need at least a draw against Young Boys at home on Thursday to advance to the Europa League knockout rounds

“It’s a bit raw right now… It’s up to me to pick the players up. One thing I will say is I’ll stay with these players on the evidence of today because they gave me absolutely everything. We might have to suffer a bit short-term. I need to pick them up a bit physically and mentally for Thursday which is huge but our day will come on the evidence of today.”

Gerrard has done a very good job with Rangers, who are two points back of Celtic in a two-horse race for the Scottish top flight title. Celtic has won eight-straight titles to improve their total to 50, four less than the Rangers.