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Premier League Records: Own Goals, Red Cards, Fewest Goals Scored, Most Defeats & More

*Statistics correct as of 23/08/19.

The Premier League can bring unparalleled glory and astonishing riches, but it doesn’t always go to plan.

Every footballer dreams of lifting the trophy, but there are some league records that no player or club want to hold. However, someone has to do it.

Robbie Savage

Here, 90min rundown a list of nine unwanted Premier League records – and reveal which players and clubs currently hold those prestigious honours.


1. Most Own Goals

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Everton have been ever present in the Premier League, but this impressive feat does leave them vulnerable to some unwanted records. As it stands, the Toffees have scored the most own goals in the league’s history, with 50 netted across the 28 seasons they have spent at the top of English football.

Richard Dunne holds the record for the most league own goals scored by a single player (10), while two players share the title for most own goals in a season. Martin Skrtel and Lewis Dunk both scored four times passed their own keepers during the 2013/14 and 2017/18 seasons respectively.


2. Fewest Goals Scored

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Derby County, unfortunately, feature heavily on the honours board of bad, bad things – with their 2007/08 campaign currently the worst on record in terms of goalscoring. In that season, they netted just 20 times in their 38 games – pretty grim to say the least.

Barnsley have scored the fewest Premier League goals overall, notching 37 during their single 1997/98 top flight season.


3. Most Goals Conceded

Roy Carroll

Ah, another title for Derby to add to their unwanted trophy cabinet. 

Sadly, in that aforementioned disaster of a campaign, the Rams conceded 89 goals in their 38 games played. They don’t top the tree, though, as Swindon Town take that momentous honour – conceding 100 goals in the 1993/94 campaign, before the season was reduced from 42 matches to 38.

Everton have conceded the most goals in the league’s history, 1,313, which is just four in front of Tottenham – who for once, at the time of scribbling, won’t mind finishing as runners-up.


4. Fewest Points in a Season

Paul Jewell

Ah, Derby again, eh?

Well we may as well just go ahead and get on with it, because Derby do have another record they really wish they didn’t. Just 11 points were scooped during, you guessed it, the 2007/08 season, solidifying that Rams side as the worst in Premier League history.

What’s the opposite of invincible? Because whatever word you come up with, that will be an accurate description of Paul Jewell’s side, sadly.


5. Most League Defeats

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Ah, not Derby……on their own anyway.

The Rams get to share this dreadful record of 29 top division losses with Sunderland, who achieved the same magnificent feat during the 2005/06 campaign. Huddersfield thought about joining the pair last season, but pulled up shy with 28 defeats last season.

West Ham’s defeat to Manchester City during the opening weekend drew them level with Everton for the record of most defeats in the league’s history, though their 365 defeats have come in four fewer seasons than the Toffees’ total.

Fortunately, for the Hammers at least, Everton were keen to take this one back on their shoulders – and their loss against Aston Villa in week 3 of the 2019/20 season has done just that.


6. All Three Promoted Clubs Being Relegated in a Season

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This achievement, startlingly, has only occurred once in the Premier League. 

The 1997/98 season is the only time that all three new boys have gone down – when newly promoted Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace immediately returned to the second tier of English football.

That’s a record that Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield United will desperately want to avoid replicating this season.


7. Most Relegated Clubs 

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Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion have all been relegated four times from the Premier League. 

The Baggies were the most recent members of this illustrious club to add to their tally, after suffering the dreaded drop during the 2017/18 campaign. Palace and Norwich both have the opportunity to seize the honour once more, but they’ve probably decided best not, right?


8. Most Red Cards

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Everton are the league’s most ill-disciplined club, amassing a staggering 94 Premier League red cards.

Seven players share the record for most red cards picked up during a single season. Hardmen Vinnie Jones and Slaven Bilic are joined by David Batty, Craig Short, Franck Queudrue, Wes Brown and most recently Victor Wanyama in accruing three sendings off.

Richard Dunne has another unwanted personal record as his total of eight red cards puts him alongside Duncan Ferguson and Patrick Vieira as one of the league’s baddest ever boys.


9. Most Appearances Without Scoring (Excluding Goalkeepers)

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Republic of Ireland defender Kenny Cunningham played in 335 Premier League games between 1994 and 2006 for Wimbledon and Birmingham City. 

The good news? He played for a long, long time. The bad news? He didn’t manage to score. Not even once.

Cunningham’s sole league goal, in 531 matches, came for Millwall in the old second division – at least he has that for his memoirs later in life.


 

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6 Stats That Show How Unbelievably Abysmal Arsenal Have Been Against the Top Six

It’s an age-old adage: Arsenal, in games against the top six, are bad. Granted, it’s not necessarily a profound adage, but it is well-founded. 

And I’ll tell you how we know it’s well-founded. We know because there’s a load of factual statistics that back it up. That’s how.

So, ahead of Unai Emery’s side’s trip to Anfield this weekend, and one where there’s more than a jot of optimism no less, here’s a collection of them:


Arsenal’s Anfield Pain

Kieran Gibbs

Here’s a stat for you, courtesy of the friendly folk at Opta: “Arsenal are without a win in their last six visits to Anfield to play Liverpool in the Premier League (W0 D2 L4), conceding two or more goals in each match (22 in total).”

Six games. Two draws. Four losses. 22 goals conceded.

That basically boils down to the equation: Arsenal + Anfield x Six = Pain x22. And, in fact, it doesn’t get much worse when you insert other grounds into the mix…


Arsenal + [Insert Top Six Stadium] Since Last Away Win = Pain

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So, sure, Anfield is one thing – just ask Barcelona – but what about the Emptihad? Old Trafford? *Robbie voice* Stamffford Bridge? White Hart Lane?

Yeah, unfortunately, it doesn’t make for better reading. As revealed by some digging in the Evening Standard: “Since winning 2-0 at Manchester City on 18 January 2015, the Gunners’ record in Premier League away games against the top six reads: P22, W0, D8, L14, F24 A50.”

And just how many points have they got in those games, from a possible 66? Eight. 

Yikes.


Goal Difference in Games Since August 2004

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Okay, fine, recent history hasn’t been too kind to the ​Gunners. But what about if we go back to 2004, a time of invincible joy.

Oh. It isn’t that great either. 

Taking into account both home and away games, Arsenal’s goal difference against the top six reads: 

Chelsea: -19

Liverpool: -6

Manchester United: -14

Manchester City: -4

Tottenham: +15

Okay, that last one might salvage a bit of pride. But is it enough pride? No. 


Points Won Against Top Six Teams Since 2004

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Sticking with that 2004 to 2019 time frame, how about overall points won? Is it better? Is it? Well…….

Chelsea: 27 points out of a possible 90.

Liverpool: 39 points out of a possible 90.

Manchester United: 29 points out of a possible 90.

Manchester City: 41 points out of a possible 90.

Tottenham: 47 points out of a possible 90.

And remember, for four of those years, this was the Manchester City of Richard Dunne and Danny Mills, not Sergio Aguero and David Silva. Huh. 


Away Wins Since 2004

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Plenty of Gooners believe that this weekend’s clash against Jurgen Klopp and co offers up a real chance of three fat points. 

But, just how unprecedented would that be? TO THE STAT CAVE! Here are the number of times Arsenal have won away at the Top Six since 2004:

Stamford Bridge: 2

Anfield: 3

Old Trafford: 1

The Etihad: 5

White Hart Lane/Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: 3


Win Ratio Since 2004

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Okay, we’ll end on a positive note, because it’s only fair.

Here’s the win ratio in home games since 2004…

Chelsea: 26.7%

Liverpool: 40%

Man City: 40%

Man Utd: 40%

Spurs: 60%

See, apart from Chelsea it’s not too terrible, is it? I mean, it’s manageable, right? Sort of? Kind of? Oh wait, oh no. Oh no, no, no, no, no, nooooooo.

Here’s the away game win ratio:

Chelsea: 13.3%

Liverpool: 20%

Man City: 33.3%

Man Utd: 6.7%

Spurs: 20%

Thoughts and Prayers!


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Callum Hudson-Odoi Recalls Celebrating With Samuel Eto’o as 13-Year-Old Ball Boy in 2014

​Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has reminisced about his time as a ball boy at Stamford Bridge, remembering celebrating a goal alongside Samuel Eto’o back in 2014.

After the Cameroon international completed his hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Manchester United, he ran over to celebrate with a pitch-side ball boy, who just happened to be a 13-year-old Hudson-Odoi.

Speaking to ​Chelsea’s ​official website, Hudson-Odoi confessed that the entire experience was somewhat surreal for him.

He said: “I remember him scoring a hat-trick and the third goal was near where I was sitting in the corner. He came over to celebrate. Obviously I was happy for the team because they’d won and for him as well.

“When he started celebrating, I was delighted and he just saw me, came over and held my hand. For a young boy seeing a professional footballer coming to do that for you, it was crazy. I was smiling so much.

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“You dream of being a professional as a kid, especially at the club I’ve now been at for so long. You think, ‘Can I become like him or at least get to the top where he is?’ and I’m now fulfilling that dream.

“It’s the boyhood club I’ve always loved and played for, so I’ve always felt that that dream is there. Now I just want to carry on and keep going.”

During his debut campaign for Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi racked up an impressive five goals and five assists, but he saw his season ended abruptly by injury.

He recently returned to training with the first team, and the teenager insisted that, should he get himself on the score sheet soon, he would not hesitate to celebrate with a ball boy.

If I score a goal and I see someone there, I’d definitely celebrate with them. For them it would be like a dream as well. They would feel like I felt at the time so that would be a chance for me to give back to them,” he added.

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Fernando Torres Officially Retires From Football After Taking on Andres Iniesta in Final Game

​Fernando Torres has officially retired from football, bringing an end to his glittering 19-year career in fitting fashion, after going head to head with international compatriot Andres Iniesta one last time. 

The former Atletico Madrid and Liverpool striker swapped Spain for Japanese side Sagan Tosu last July, but earlier in the summer, he announced that he would retire after the match with Vissel Kobe on 23 August. 

It ensured he could go head to head once more with ​Iniesta, with whom he often shared the field as a rival at club level and a teammate for Spain. After the match ended 6-1 to Vissel Kobe – with Iniesta finding the net – Torres’ professional career has officially been brought to its end.

Iniesta wrote a touching tribute to his colleague, published by ​El Mundo before the match, noting the poetic nature of marking the end of his career side-by-side, halfway across the world from where it all began.

“How weird. Don’t tell me no, Fernando,” the letter reads. “It’s very strange, I would say beautifully strange. Here we are both, about to play your last game as a professional. I still have left. 


“Here we are. On the other side of the world. It is as if life, capricious her, had brought us to Japan to say goodbye. Football joined us more than 20 years ago, when we were children. Well, you will be forever El Niño. And it will never separate us.”

The match was understandably dominated by the Torres narrative, as his career that spanned five clubs and over 700 goals reached its conclusion, but there was no shortage of alternative Spanish and English interest in the showdown. 

There was another former ​Barca player on each side, as Sergi Samper featured for Kobe while former starlet Isaac Cuenca flanked Torres. 

Sagan Tosu’s only goal, meanwhile, came courtesy of an OG by former ​Arsenal and Barça man Thomas Vermaelen. 

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Chelsea: The XI That Should Start Against Norwich City

​It’s fair to say that Frank Lampard hasn’t had the best start at the Chelsea helm.

After claiming just one point from the Blues’ first two games, he will now be desperate to get their first win on the board.

Tammy Abraham

However, they take on Norwich this weekend knowing that this will be their best chance of getting three points – this despite the Canaries flying high. 

It’s early days in the Premier League, but there is little room left for Chelsea when it comes to the top four race. So here’s how they should line up this weekend.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

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Kepa Arrizabalaga – Kepa has had a good start to the season, with consistent displays accompanying sound distribution out from the back. He will be a wonderful goalkeeper for years to come in a ​Chelsea shirt and will definitely start on Saturday.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – Truthfully, ‘Dave’ has had a poor start to the season. Caught out constantly against Manchester United, he was then again sloppy at the back against Leicester. It’s strange to see considering he has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League for years, but perhaps he has become used to playing in the heart of defence. Regardless, ​Azpilicueta is the Chelsea captain and Lampard should have faith in him to come good.

Kurt Zouma (CB) – There were question marks over whether Zouma was good enough after an erratic display against United in the opening game week. However, he has shown his class against Liverpool and Leicester, showcasing the potential he has to be a stalwart for years to come. A certainty to start.

Andreas Christensen (CB) – The second of a young centre back partnership, Christensen is highly rated by Lampard and has quietly gone about his business well this season. Will continue in defence alongside Zouma.

Emerson (LB) – Emerson has arguably been Chelsea’s best player so far this season. He has started superbly well, posing a threat offensively and being extremely strong defensively. Now first choice left-back ahead of Marcos Alonso.


Midfielders

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N’Golo Kante (CM) – ​Kante has been arguably the best central midfielder in the world over the last few years, and since returning, they have been slightly more solid on the counter attack. After a superb performance against Liverpool, the Frenchman showed rustiness against Leicester. However, Chelsea’s best player will definitely start. 

Jorginho (CM) – The classy Italian came under fire a lot in his first season. But this season he has shown how good he can be in a midfield pivot with defensive cover next to him. Constantly looking to pass the ball forward, he is crucial in making Chelsea tick. Against the Foxes however, he often found himself out of position leaving Kante isolated, so against Norwich he will need to find the right balance. 

Willian (RM) – The Brazilian returned from injury against Leicester, and then put in one of the most abject substitute performances seen in the league in recent years. However, the Brazilian has undoubted quality – despite being hugely inconsistent. In the absence of Eden Hazard, Lampard will want Willian to step up and be Chelsea’s main man. 

Mason Mount (AM) – Mount is a huge favourite of Lampard’s, and has paid back some of his faith with a very good start to the season. With his direct running and eye for goal – emphasised by his goal last weekend – Mount will be integral to Chelsea’s chances once again in the number 10 role. 

Christian Pulisic (LM) – Pulisic has failed to make his mark yet, but showed glimpses of what he could be against Liverpool. Seen as the heir to Eden Hazard’s throne on the left flank, he will want to get his first goal against a shaky Norwich defence.


Forwards

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​Tammy Abraham (ST) – Chelsea have a serious striker problem, and have had one for a while now. Abraham got his shot in the first Premier League game, but failed to impress, resulting in him being dropped against Leicester.

However, the young English striker should start this weekend due to the lacklustre performance from Olivier Giroud in that game. He will be hoping to prove himself as Chelsea’s first choice number nine.

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