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Statistical guide to 2017-18 Premier League season

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Sometimes statistics tell new stories.

Take 2014-15, when Burnley was relegated but Kieran Trippier sneakily lead the Premier League in crosses and Aaron Cresswell did the same in minutes.

Both have turned into league mainstays.

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So let’s dig into the numbers from what should be a Man City heavy run through the league leaderboard.

Most wins: Man City (32)

Most losses: Swansea City (21)

Most draws: Southampton (15)

Most goals: Man City (106)

Least goals: Swansea City and Huddersfield (28)

Most goals allowed: West Ham and Stoke City (68)

Least goals allowed: Man City (27)

Best goal differential: Man City (+79)

Worst goal differential: Stoke City (-33)

Most goals: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool (32)

Most assists: Kevin De Bruyne, Man City (16)

Yellow cards: Oriol Romeu, Southampton (11)

Team yellow cards: West Ham and West Brom (73)

Red cards: Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle and Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester (2)

Team red cards: Leicester City (5)

Saves: Jack Butland, Stoke City (141)

Clean sheets: David De Gea, Manchester United (18)

Shots on target: Harry Kane, Spurs (76)

Shots attempted: Kane, Spurs (184)

Shots per game: Man City (17.5)

Least shots per game: Swans (8.9)

Minutes played: Several with 3420 (Jack Cork, Burnley; Lukasz Fabianski, Swans; Alfie Mawson, Swans; Asmir Begovic, Bournemouth; Lewis Dunk, Brighton; Jordan Pickford, Everton; Mat Ryan, Brighton; Harry Maguire, Leicester; Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield; Mathias Jorgensen, Huddersfield).

Fouls suffered: Richarlison, Watford (96)

Fouls committed: Luka Milivojevic, Crystal Palace (69)

Fouls committed per game: Everton (12.1)

Least fouls committed per game: Bournemouth (8.9)

Offsides: Jamie Vardy, Leicester City (45)

Crosses: De Bruyne, Man City (313)

Corner kicks: De Bruyne, Man City (154)

Penalty kicks attempted: Milivojevic, Palace (8)

Penalty kicks converted: Milivojevic, Palace (7)

Penalty kicks converted without a miss: Sergio Aguero, Man City (4)

Total touches: Nicolas Otamendi, Man City (7820)

Passes: Nicolas Otamendi, Man City (2791)

Pass percentage: Man City (89 percent)

Worst pass percentage: Burnley (70.5 percent)

Possession: Man City (66.4 percent)

Least possession: West Brom (42.8 percent)

Interceptions: Dunk, Brighton (99)

Interceptions per game: Yohan Cabaye, Palace (2.5)

Blocks: Kyle Naughton, Swansea (120)

Tackles: Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester (121)

Tackles per game: Huddersfield (19.6)

Least tackles per game: Bournemouth (13.4)

Highest rated, WhoScored.com: Aguero, Man City (7.81)

Lowest rated, WhoScored.com: Andre Gray, Watford (6.24)

Highest rated per 90, Squawka.com: Eden Hazard, Chelsea (57.82)

Lowest rated per 90, Squawka.com: James McClean, West Brom (-18.53)

Combined goals-assists: Riyad Mahrez to Vardy, Leicester (7)

Aerials won per game: Peter Crouch, Stoke and Christian Benteke, Palace (7.8)

Passing percentage: Andreas Christensen, Chelsea (93.4)

Worst pass percentage, non-GK: Sam Vokes, Burnley (49.4)

Offsides won per game: Christian Kabasele, Watford (1.3)

Clearances per game: Shane Duffy, Brighton (8.8)

Own goals: Dunk, Brighton (4)

Key passes per game: Mesut Ozil, Arsenal (3.2)

Dribbles per game: Hazard, Chelsea (4.9)

Long balls per game, non-GK: Jordan Henderson, Liverpool (5.6)

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom: Eagles soar into 11th

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  • Zaha, van Aanholt score in second half
  • Palace finish in 11th place
  • West Brom finish bottom of PL table

Crystal Palace continued their fine form to end the season as they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Second half goals from Wilfried Zaha and Patrick Van Aanholt did the damage as Roy Hodgson‘s side finished the season with four-straight wins.

As for West Brom, they were already relegated but Darren Moore‘s side finished bottom of the table after a dismal season overall.

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West Brom went close early on as Grzegorz Krychowiak smashed an effort just wide.

At the other end Ben Foster, who has had a fine end to the season, made yet another good stop to deny Wilfried Zaha but the Palace winger will feel he could’ve done better.

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The rest of the first half played out with both teams trying to launch counters and having long spells of possession but there were no more clear-cut chances at either end.

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In the second half Palace stepped on the gas. Big time.

Van Aanholt was tapped home by Palace’s player of the season, Zaha, as he celebarated jubiliantly.

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Late on van Aanholt made it 2-0 as the marauding left back got the party going at Selhurst.

Palace makes history while relegating Stoke to Championship

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Crystal Palace will not be relegated from the Premier League despite losing its first seven matches of the season, a remarkable feat made more so by a wild statistic.

The Eagles are the first team in nearly 120 years to avoid the drop despite losing its first seven games.

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Yep, more than a century came and went since Liverpool turned the trick in 1899-00.

So Palace has been concerned with relegation for some time, and that’s making it more difficult for them to celebrate clinching their safety by sending Stoke City to the Championship at the bet365 Stadium.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson admitted he felt the season might’ve been a lost cause given the slow start (He took over for Frank De Boer after a handful of games).

“After seven games, or after 11 games with four points, I never saw it coming,” Hodgson said. “I was hoping it would be a low-scoring year in terms of points for the lower sides and we’d just scrape over the line.”

And like Van Aanholt, he’s having a hard time due to the atmosphere around the Stoke ground. The Potters took an early lead but saw it evaporate along with their Premier League gopes.

“I’m proud of the team not just today but all season but I feel a lot of sympathy and empathy for Stoke. Any joy I feel is measured by looking at the faces of the Stoke players who gave everything today but they came up against a team that wasn’t prepared to lay down.

Paul Lambert‘s said come and have a drink with us, but it’s a hard one because you don’t know what to say. So, I feel a lot of empathy for Stoke today, because I don’t think they could have done anymore, they came up against a team who weren’t willing to lie down, who put in a top, top performance.”

Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace: Potters relegated, Eagles safe

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  • Stoke relegated from PL after 10-year stay
  • Palace secure PL safety with win
  • McArthur, van Aanholt seal comeback win

Stoke City have been relegated from the Premier League after they lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The Potters (who are on a club-record 13 PL games without a win) led through Xherdan Shaqiri‘s free kick but second half goals from James McArthur and Patrick Van Aanholt not only secured Palace’s Premier League safety but also sent Stoke down.

With the win Palace move into 11th place on 41 points, while Stoke remain second bottom on 30 points.

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Stoke pressed Palace back early on, urged on by the home fans, but the Potters failed to settle into a rhythm.

Palace had the first big chance of the game as the ball found in-form Zaha on the right side of the box but his shot across goal was wide of the far post.

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Stoke then had a decent chance as Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross was headed wide by Mame Biram Diouf, while at the other end Ruben Loftus-Cheek curled just wide.

Just beforre half time Stoke took the lead as Loftus-Cheek bundled over Shaqiri and from the resulting free kick the Swiss winger curled home a fine free kick (via a slick deflection off the wall) into the top corner to put the Potters 1-0 up.

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Palace did plenty of pressing at the start of the second half with Zaha and Townsend seeing plenty of the ball and Stoke sat back.

The inevitable equalizer arrived as Ramadan Sobhi gave the ball away, Palace broke and Zaha played it too Loftus-Cheek who played in McArthur to roll home. 1-1.

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Late on Stoke surged forward in search of a winner and left plenty of gaps for Palace to counter into.

Zaha smashed an effort way over after Townsend found him in the box unmarked and then came the killer blow.

Ryan Shawcross tried to clear but played in van Aanholt to slot home and seal Stoke’s fate and secure Palace’s PL survival.

Cue tears at the final whistle from Stoke’s players and fans.

Watch Live: Stoke City v. Crystal Palace

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Stoke City host Crystal Palace on Saturday at the bet365 Stadium (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with the Potters are in a desperate situation.

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A defeat for Paul Lambert’s side will see them relegated from the Premier League for the first time in their history after 10-straight seasons in the top-flight.

For Palace, a win will secure their PL safety as Roy Hodgson’s in-form side have had a remarkable turnaround in the second half of the season, led mostly by Wilfried Zaha.

In team news Stoke make one change as Glen Johnson comes in for Bruno Martins Indi, while Palace are unchanged for the fourth game on the trot.


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