Stats your lot as Premier League season draws to a close
Published 18/05/2016 | 08:11
Another Barclays Premier League season drew to a belated close on Tuesday evening with Manchester United's 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
A thrilling campaign ended with Leicester as surprise champions and Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa heading into the Sky Bet Championship, but what else did we learn? Here Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the statistics.
MARSHALLING THE TROOPS
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri used the fewest players - just 23 and only 19 different starters - as the Foxes marched to the title. No manager rang the changes more often that Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, who selected 34 different players, 30 of whom made at least one league start.
There were 31 line-ups throughout the campaign which had an average age of less than 25 - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino named 21 of them.
Southampton's Ronald Koeman used 111 of his 114 possible substitutions while, at the other end of the scale, Villa opted to make just 85. Koeman's faith in his bench was rewarded with his replacements scoring nine goals, a figure bettered only by Liverpool with 15, six of which came from Christian Benteke.
FOXES IN THE BOX
Arsenal led the way with goals from inside the six-yard box with 16, while Villa scored the fewest, just five. Liverpool and Manchester City jointly topped the table for goals scored from outside the penalty area with 15 with Sergio Aguero alone managing five, three more than the entire Watford team.
RIGHT, LEFT AND CENTRE
Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez's return of nine left-footed goals from open play was the best, while no-one bettered Tottenham frontman Harry Kane's 14 with his right foot. Olivier Giroud was the most prolific in the air with seven headed goals for Arsenal.
Tottenham produced the most shots on goal with 661 at an average of 17.4 per match, while Villa were the least prolific with 378, or fewer than 10 a game. However, Leicester were the league's most clinical finishers, needing just 7.7 attempts to score with Villa the most wasteful at 14.
IN THE NICK OF TIME
Jamie Vardy and Jermain Defoe were the most dangerous stoppage-time poachers with three goals apiece at the death. Vardy was even more potent early on with 12 of his goals the first of the match, while Defoe scored the last on seven occasions.
Chelsea were the only side not to concede a single goal in the first 15 minutes of the game, and no team managed more in injury time than their eight.
Chelsea's opponents were the most likely to be cautioned with 116 yellow cards issued to teams facing the Blues, with transgressors most likely to get away with a talking to against Southampton (41). Villa were the division's bad boys with 79, Arsenal its angels with 46.
KNOCK ON WOOD
Tottenham were the most unlucky side at one end, hitting the woodwork on 14 occasions, but also the most fortunate at the other end after having their own goal-frame rattled the same number of times.
THE TALE OF THE TABLE
Only Leicester spent more time than fourth-placed Manchester City's 100 days at the top of the table; Sunderland occupied the relegation zone for a total of 237 days and never climbed higher than their final position of 17th.