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Sunday 18 March 2018

Premier League facts 2016-17

Antonio Conte's Chelsea won 13 straight games en route to the Premier League title
Antonio Conte's Chelsea won 13 straight games en route to the Premier League title

:: A 13-game winning streak which started in October helped Chelsea claim the league title in Antonio Conte's first campaign at the helm. The single-season sequence of victories was the joint longest in the division's history, matching the run Arsenal went on in 2002.

:: N'Golo Kante became the first outfield player to win successive Premier League titles with different clubs by earning medals at Leicester then Chelsea. Former Leeds and Manchester United forward Eric Cantona was the last outfield player to do so in 1992 and then 1993, which was the Premier League's inaugural season.

:: Tottenham's time at White Hart Lane came to an end after 118 years, with Spurs remaining undefeated in their final season at their long-time home.

:: In the penultimate game at White Hart Lane Tottenham's victory over Arsenal ensured they would finish above their north London rivals for the first time in 22 years - before Arsene Wenger's long spell in charge began.

:: Pep Guardiola won his first six Premier League games at Manchester City, equalling the record set for new managers by Carlo Ancelotti. Later in the season Leicester's Craig Shakespeare became the first British boss to win his opening five fixtures.

:: When Sam Allardyce took charge of Crystal Palace in December, he set a record as the first man to manage six Premier League clubs. Allardyce had previously been in charge of Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland.

:: Swansea made Bob Bradley the first American manager in Premier League history in October, although he was sacked after just 85 days in charge. Men from 22 different countries have now held a Premier League managerial post.

:: Manchester United went 25 Premier League games unbeaten, winning 13 and drawing 12, until eventually losing at Arsenal in May. It was the third-longest in-season streak in the division's history, with only Arsenal's 'Invincibles' and Jose Mourinho's title-winning Chelsea side in 2004-05 bettering it.

:: That United streak was preserved by a late goal at Stoke in January which saw Wayne Rooney surpass Sir Bobby Charlton's haul of 249 and become Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer.

:: Peter Crouch became the 26th player to score 100 Premier League goals when the 36-year-old Stoke striker found the net against Everton in February.

:: Burnley took just one point from their first 11 away games, yet were the only promoted team to avoid instant relegation, with Middlesbrough and Hull being joined by Sunderland in the bottom three.

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