The Least Dramatic Premier League Season Ever? A Look At The Stats

The Least Dramatic Premier League Season Ever? A Look At The Stats
By Michael McCarthy
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Last night, Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions with three games to play. The literal dozens of City fans who celebrated outside the Etihad last night following Leicester's victory of Manchester United encapsulated the underwhelming nature of it all.

This is nothing new.

Last season, Liverpool were an incredible 23 points clear when they were crowned champions last year with seven games remaining, the earliest in Premier League history. City themselves had 19 points to spare when they reached the 100 point marker in 2018, wrapping things up with five games still to play. Countless times through the years, the title has been wrapped up with plenty of the season to go. But at least we could all dig into a good relegation fight to get us through those last few weeks. This season, Burnley condemned Fulham on Monday night and confirmed what we've all known from months - Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham would be in the Championship next season.

Has it ever happened that both the title and relegation have been done and dusted so early in the season? Yes, there's a Top 4 still to play for, but even that looks in danger of petering out before the last day. We've had a look back over the Premier League's 29 seasons to see if this is, in fact, the least dramatic Premier League season of all time.


Premier League Stats - Season By Season

1992/93 (42 Week Season) Week 41 Final Day
1993/94 Week 41 Final Day
1994/95 Final Day Final Day
1995/96 (38 Week Season) Final Day Final Day
1996/97 Week 36 Final Day
1997/98 Week 36 Final Day
1998/99 Final Day Final Day
1999/2000 Week 34 Final Day
2000/01 Week 33 Week 37
2001/02 Week 37 Final Day
2002/03 Week 37 Final Day
2003/04 Week 35 Week 37
2004/05 Week 35 Final Day
2005/06 Week 36 Week 37
2006/07 Week 36 Final Day
2007/08 Final Day Final Day
2008/09 Week 37 Final Day
2009/10 Final Day Week 37
2010/11 Week 37 Final Day
2011/12 Final Day Final Day
2012/13 Week 35 Final Day
2013/14 Final Day Final Day
2014/15 Week 34 Final Day
2015/16 Week 35 Week 37
2016/17 Week 36 Week 37
2017/18 Week 34 Final Day
2018/19 Final Day Week 37
2019/20 Week 31 Final Day
2020/21 Week 35 Week 35

So, while the title has been mathematically decided earlier than this on five occasions, it's the first time relegation has been settled before the second last round of fixtures.

This weekend will see the first time in Premier League history that neither the title nor relegation will be at stake in the third last week of the season. It'll be only the sixth time that neither will be at play on the last day of the season.

Is it any wonder we've made The Top 4 such a big deal?



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