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By the numbers: 2014-15 Premier League season in review

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2014-15 Premier League season. From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows in the 380 games 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, let’s take a look at the key numbers of 2014-15.

Most goals scored by a player: 26 (Sergio Aguero, Manchester City)

Most goals scored per game by player: 

Most goals scored by a club: 83 (Manchester City)

Fewest goals scored by a club: 28 (Burnley)

Most goals allowed by a club:  73 (Queens Park Rangers)

Fewest goals allowed by a club: 32 (Chelsea)

Most wins: 26 (Chelsea)

Most losses: 24 (Queens Park Rangers)

Most draws: 17 (Sunderland)

Most assists: 18 (Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea)

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Most yellow cards, player: 14 (Lee Cattermole, Sunderland)

Most red cards: 7 (tie, Chelsea and Aston Villa)

Least red cards: 1 (Arsenal)

Most yellow cards, teams: 94 (Tottenham Hotspur)

Least yellow cards: 46 (Queens Park Rangers)

Most clean sheets: 14 (Joe Hart, Manchester City)

Most saves: 136 (Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea City)

Most fouls committed: 71 (Ashley Barnes, Burnley)

Most fouls suffered: 112 (Eden Hazard, Chelsea)

Most touches: 3222 (Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea)

Most crosses: 266 (Kieran Trippier, Burnley)

Most tackles; 66 (George Boyd, Burnley)

Most interceptions: 414 (Jose Fonte, Southampton)

Most blocks: 70 (Ben Mee, Burnley)

Most minutes played: 3420 (John Terry, Chelsea; Aaron Cresswell, West Ham United; Tom Heaton, Burnley)

Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley: Ings ensures Clarets finish with a win

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Burnley beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park on Sunday, as the already relegated Clarets secured back-to-back away wins in the Premier League.

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The only goal of the game arrived early on as Danny Ings headed home to give Sean Dyche’s men their eighth victory of the season. Villa had a great chance for Gabriel Agbonlahor denied by Tom Heaton in the second half as Tim Sherwood’s side prepared for their FA Cup final at Wembley against Arsenal next week in awful fashion.

With the win, Burnley in 19th spot on 33 points and Villa finished just one place above the drop zone in 17th on 38 points.

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Burnley took the lead in the sixth minute as a looping ball into the box was headed across goal by Ashley Barnes and Inges flicked home a header into the top corner to give the Clarets a lead. 1-0.

The Clarets were getting stuck in and Fredrik Ulvestad was booked for a poor challenge on Jack Grealish as Villa struggled to get into the match. Barnes hobbled off in the first half but Burnley held onto their lead as the half time whistle blew.

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In the second half Christian Benteke played in Agbonlahor but he was denied by Heaton and the England goalkeeper also denied Charles N’Zogbia and Ashley Westwood as Villa couldn’t find an equalizer.

Burnley almost doubled their lead but young goalkeeper Jed Steer, who was making his first start in the Premier League on Sunday, denied George Boyd after Ings had cleverly played him in.

LINEUPS

Aston Villa: Steer, Baker, Vlaar, Bacuna (Hutton, 80′), Cleverley (Sinclair, 72′), Agbonlahor, Westwood, Delph, Benteke, N’Zogbia, Grealish

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell, Keane, Mee; Arfield, Jones, Ulvestad (Taylor, 65′), Boyd; Barnes (Vokes, 34′); Ings (Reid, 87′)

Goal: Ings (6′)

Premier League Preview: Everton vs. Burnley

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• Everton can win a third successive game against Burnley for the first time since 1968-70, when they enjoyed a four-match winning streak.

• Burnley are without a league goal in four hours and 59 minutes since George Boyd’s winner in the 1-0 victory over Manchester City.

• The Toffees are one of only three possible Premier League teams with an unbeaten home record in 2015 – along with Arsenal and Chelsea. They have won two and drawn four since a 1-0 defeat against Stoke on Boxing Day. (BBC Sport)

Burnley held ground against Arsenal last week and will have a normal, week-long turnaround away from home, facing a competitive Everton squad on Saturday.

The first competition between these two outfits in October ended in a clear Everton victory, 3-1, as Samuel Eto’o’s brace ultimately made the outcome possible.

The Toffees were once in the dead middle of the Premier League table at 10th place. However, they’ve dropped two spots, although Roberto Martinez’s side has pulled together to finish the last four games unbeaten.

The highlight in that stretch was a 3-0 win over Newcastle United, with Romelu Lukaku nailing a penalty kick and Ross Barkley burying the final goal in the last minute.

In other good news for Everton, the gifted striker Lukaku, who has been out for the past month due to a groin injury, will likely take the pitch tomorrow.

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Burnley is coming off the toughest eight-match period of the season, no doubt. Their opponents included Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton and Liverpool, and luckily, the Clarets managed to steal one on home turf—a 1-0 win against City.

From now until the end of the year, Sean Dyche will aim to jump the ranks in order to stave off relegation.

Currently, his team sits at 19th place with 26 points but other squads are close to that tally. Leicester City, in last place, has 25 points, while Hull City is three points ahead and one spot out of the danger zone.

Catch the Everton-Burnley live on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

What they’re saying

Everton boss Roberto Martinez on Kevin Mirallas’ return and stay with the Toffees (Liverpool Echo): “Kevin picked up a really difficult injury when you are a sprinter like he is. He has had a soft tissue problem so we need to be careful. Now he is getting to 100% and Kevin has been a really important player for us in the last two years and his goal scoring threat is something that we really need in the team.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche on squad/transfer flexibility (Sky Sports): ”It’s recognised we’ve tried to do something different from the norm – which is to throw money at every situation…We’re trying to build something on and off the pitch. There are challenges that come with that because it is quite hard to get players in who don’t need developing, who can just go in and do it on the money we’ve spent.”

Match injuries/absences

As mentioned earlier, Lukaku is back. Leon Osman’s groin injury will probably keep him out. Although going strong in training, Bryan Oviedo’s hamstring injury will be fully healed in May, while Aiden McGeady also shouldn’t see time on the field in this one.

The Clarets have to deal with the extended nonappearances of Dean Marney and Kevin Long. Steven Reid (calf) and Ross Wallace (knee) are doubts for Burnley as well.

Prediction

You can’t deny that Everton’s been hot as of late, but it’s still unclear when their run of form will end. Against a desperate Burnley, regardless of Lukaku’s impact, the Toffees should hit the five-game unbeaten mark. Everton 2-1 Burnley.

Burnley 0-0 Tottenham: Dull draw forces sides to begrudgingly share points (video)

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Both these sides needed three points for various reasons, but both sides left Turf Moor with less than they desired after Burnley and Spurs finished goalless after 90 dull minutes.

The game got off to a cagey start, but on five minutes in Burnley should have gone ahead. After Sean Dyche implemented a high-pressing style, it forced a mistake by Ryan Mason in his own half, freeing Danny Ings on goal but the striker hit his free shot right at Michel Vorm with the goal gaping.

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Spurs barely had a touch of the ball in the opening 10 minutes thanks to the heavy pressing, and while they eventually found more possession as the minutes ticked on, they offered little in front of goal. Burnely showed much more creativity, but were sloppy in its execution. A free-kick for the home side on 20 minutes fell to Ashley Barnes on the far side of the box, and he lashed the ball in front of net where Sam Vokes was waiting, but the striker’s header was blocked.

Ryan Mason had a promising chance after 25 minutes on a shot from distance, but with Tom Heaton beaten his scuffed shot also bounced wide. First-time captain Harry Kane struggled to get involved, and got his first shot off on 35 minutes, albeit an ambitious one that went well wide.

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Kyle Walker came off injured just after halftime, and Burnley continued to look more dangerous in the Spurs box despite the visitors slowly gaining more and more possession on the ball. Spurs were reduced to shooting from horrible angles just to get the ball going towards the net, as Christian Eriksen attempted with 20 minutes to go.

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George Boyd looked bright throughout for Burnley, but he had the last viable chance heading just wide seconds into added time as neither side had any serious ventures in front of goal. Burnley’s points send them back into 18th, but a win would have pulled them out of the drop zone completely. Meanwhile, Tottenham jumps above Southampton into sixth level with Liverpool on points, but all three would have sent them firmly into fifth.

Harry Kane captained Spurs for the first time in his career, but while that had the makings of a promising game script, both sides must instead be content with their slight haul in return for their lack of an adventurous display.

LINEUPS

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Barnes; Ings, Vokes (Jutkiewicz 76′).

Tottenham: Vorm, Walker (Davies 47′), Chiriches, Dier, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason (Townsend 83′); Chadli (Lamela 64′), Eriksen, Paulinho; Kane.

Southampton 2-0 Burnley: Saints keep top four hopes alive

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Southampton beat Burnley 2-0 at St Mary’s on Saturday, as Ronald Koeman’s side kept their top four hopes alive.

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The 2-0 scoreline perhaps doesn’t tell the whole story as Burnley played their part in an entertaining match in the sun on the south coast. Sam Vokes and Danny Ings both went close in the first half after Saints’ goalkeeper Fraser Forster was carried off injured, but then Shane Long struck to put the home side ahead.

A second half own goal from Ryan Shackell sealed the win for Saints as they enter the winter break on 53 points and in sixth place. As for Burnley, they stay in the bottom three on 25 points.

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Forster was forced off with a nasty looking knee injury in the ninth minute after Ryan Bertrand played the ball back to Forster and the 6 foot 7 inch ‘keeper slipped under pressure as he cleared the ball. Forster immediately signaled to the bench that he needed to come off and after lengthy treatment, Kelvin Davis came on to replace him. Forster, who has the most shutouts in the PL, had his left knee strapped as he was stretchered off the pitch.

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Soon after Ashley Barnes whipped in a great ball from the left which Ings cushioned down and Vokes smashed an instinctive effort on goal which substitute Davis tipped wide. Moments later Graziano Pelle deflected another Burnley effort over as the Clarets pushed hard and Jose Fonte looked to have brought down George Boyd in the box but referee Roger East waved away the penalty calls.

Saints gathered themselves after that flurry and Morgan Schneiderlin had an effort cleared over the bar before they took the lead in the 37th minute. Dusan Tadic’s clipped cross found its way to Nathaniel Clyne at the back post and his deflected effort went straight to Long who tapped home. 1-0.

Moments later it could have been 2-0 but Pelle somehow hit the crossbar from five-yards out and then right up the other end Davis made a wonderful save from Ings as Burnley always looked threat. Saints’ midfielder Steven Davis saw his looping header tipped onto the bar before the break as Vokes also had a header saved by Davis as an entertaining first half came to a close.

In the second half Saints continued to push hard and went 2-0 up in the 58th minute with Davis flicking the ball into Ryan Bertrand who saw his drilled shot his Ryan Shackell’s knee and ricochet into the net.

Southampton eased to victory after that killer second goal with Davis and Toby Alderweireld both going close again late on.

Koeman’s men are keeping the pressure on the current top four with eight games to go. Can they do keep up with the pack?

LINEUPS

Southampton: Forster (Davis, 14′), Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Tadic (Wanyama, 45′), Mane, Long, Pelle.

Goals: Long (37′), Own goal – Shackell (58′)

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell, Duff, Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Barnes (Wallace, 82′); Vokes (Jutkiewicz, 74′), Ings (Sordell, 88′)