So, the final day of the Premiership season has brought the last Champions League place up for grabs…and Liverpool have secured it.
This ends Arsenal’s brilliant run of qualifying – but will it spell the end for Wenger…?
Time will tell…..
For now, lets concentrate on the League title, which Chelsea secured a week or so ago.
So CONGRATULATIONS!! to the blues!!
BUT – did the best team win the Premiership…?
Lets take a look…..
When you look at the statistics of the whole season home and away, it was the away form that won the title for Chelsea.
Lets have a look at the breakdown of the top 6:
With Chelsea winning 13 games to Tottenham’s 9 wins, this was key.
As was Tottenham’s 6 draws to Chelsea’s 3 draws.
The goals make interesting reading too, with Tottenham scoring 9 more than Chelsea,and only conceding 1 more than Chelsea.
In theory, Tottenham should have won this away league with a goal difference of +22,compared to Chelsea’s +14 only.
Now, lets take a look at the Home form table, again just looking at the top 6:
As you can see Tottenham finished unbeaten at home in the League, and conceded ONLY 9 goals in 19 games!!
Chelsea, on the other hand, lost 2 games, but still had the same goal difference of +38
But the did let in more, and score more.
The form table of the last 10 matches display a very close run thing, and the defeat at West Ham for Tottenham sealed their fate
Last 10 matches (total)
The shortened version of the table ended as this:
Tottenham had better overall:
Golden Boot Winner (Harry Kane)
Least Games Lost
Chelsea had better overall:
Won more games
Drew less games
Better Points Per Game average at 2.45
But more importantly, as a result of less drawn games like Tottenham, 7 more points to end with a whopping 93 points.
Tottenham have their best haul of 86 points, which would have been good enough to win the league last year from Leicester, and on around 8 other occasions.
Also Tottenham scored 13 goals in their last 2 games!!
So…I will leave it up to you to argue who was the better team – not the winners – of this exceptional title race.
Please leave a comment as I would love to know who you think was the best!!