2017–18 Premier League

Premier League
Season2017–18
Dates11 August 2017 – 13 May 2018
ChampionsManchester City
3rd Premier League title
5th English title
RelegatedSwansea City
Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion
Champions LeagueManchester City
Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool
Europa LeagueChelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Matches played380
Goals scored1,018 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorerMohamed Salah
(32 goals)[1]
Best goalkeeperDavid de Gea (18 clean sheets)
Biggest home winManchester City 5–0 Liverpool
(9 September 2017)
Manchester City 5–0 Crystal Palace
(23 September 2017)
Manchester City 7–2 Stoke City
(14 October 2017)
Arsenal 5–0 Huddersfield Town
(29 November 2017)
Liverpool 5–0 Swansea City
(26 December 2017)
Chelsea 5–0 Stoke City
(30 December 2017)
Liverpool 5–0 Watford
(17 March 2018)
Manchester City 5–0 Swansea City
(22 April 2018)
Crystal Palace 5–0 Leicester City
(28 April 2018)
Arsenal 5–0 Burnley
(6 May 2018)
Biggest away winWatford 0–6 Manchester City
(16 September 2017)
Highest scoringManchester City 7–2 Stoke City
(14 October 2017)
Tottenham Hotspur 5–4 Leicester City
(13 May 2018)
Longest winning run18 matches
Manchester City
Longest unbeaten run22 matches
Manchester City
Longest winless run20 matches
West Bromwich Albion
Longest losing run8 matches
West Bromwich Albion
Highest attendance83,222[2]
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Arsenal
(10 February 2018)
Lowest attendance10,242[2]
Bournemouth 2–1 West Bromwich Albion
(17 March 2018)
Total attendance14,505,909[2]
Average attendance38,274[2]

The 2017–18 Premier League was the 26th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 11 August 2017 and concluded on 13 May 2018. Fixtures for the 2017–18 season were announced on 14 June 2017.[3]

Manchester City won their third Premier League title, and fifth English top-flight title overall, with five games to spare.[4] The team broke numerous Premier League records over the course of the season, including: most points (100), most wins (32), most away wins (16), most goals (106), most consecutive league wins (18), highest goal difference (+79), fewest minutes behind in matches (153 minutes) and biggest winning points margin (19).[5] Chelsea were the defending champions, while Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town entered as the promoted teams from the 2016–17 EFL Championship. All three promoted clubs avoided relegation for the first time since the 2011–12 campaign, and for only the third time in Premier League history.

Overview

Sleeve sponsorship

From this season on, club strips will feature sleeve sponsorship, whereby sponsors logos will appear on the left sleeve of the strip.[6][7][8]

Deception by simulation

From this season on, a three-man panel consisting of a former player, a former manager and a former match official will independently review video evidence on the Monday after games. Any player whom the three-man panel unanimously decide has caused an opponent to be sent off or has won a penalty as a result of deceiving the referee by simulation will be charged by the Football Association with "Successful Deception of a Match Official" which carries a penalty of suspension for two matches. Everton striker Oumar Niasse became the first Premier League player to be punished under the new rule.[9]

Summary

Manchester City were confirmed as Premier League champions following Manchester United's 0–1 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion in the 33rd round. Manchester City had started the Premier League season with an away win over Brighton & Hove Albion in August. After a draw against Everton, Manchester City won eighteen games in a row. During this time they secured first position and held it for the remainder of the season. On 7 April, Manchester City lost to Manchester United in the local derby, in which a win would have secured their position as champions. The following week, Manchester United lost to bottom club West Bromwich Albion, and Manchester City defeated Tottenham. These results ensured Manchester City held an unassailable lead with five games left.[10]

Defending champions Chelsea started the season badly, losing their opening game to Burnley 2–3; a win at one of the title favourites, Tottenham, in their second game seemed to get their defence back on track, but results in September, including losing 0–1 to Manchester City, left them six points behind the leaders in fourth place. They failed to show the consistency of the previous season, and finished in fifth place. Manchester United started the season strongly winning their first three games without conceding a goal and led the table until mid-September. However, following convincing wins against Liverpool (5–0), Watford (6–0) and Crystal Palace (5–0), Manchester City went top of the league in September and remained there for the rest of the season. During the campaign Manchester City broke and set several new club and English football records. They established national records in consecutive away (11) and overall (20) victories in all competitions; set a new English record for consecutive league wins (18); equalled the Premier League record for consecutive away league wins (11) and set club records by achieving 28 consecutive games unbeaten in all competitions; 30 consecutive games unbeaten in the league; 20 consecutive home wins in all competitions; and winning 14 away games in a season.[11][12][13][14] They won their fifth English league title, and completed their second league and League Cup double in four years.

Arsenal had a poor season, finishing sixth overall. Long-serving manager Arsène Wenger announced his departure from the club on 20 April 2018.[15] Their final home game was an emphatic 5–0 defeat of Burnley which guaranteed qualification to the group stage of the Europa League.[16]

Despite the defeat, Burnley finished in seventh place, their best finish in English football since 1973–74. This meant they would be entered into the second qualifying round of the Europa League, their first competitive European football campaign in 50 years.[17] Their strong finish led to manager Sean Dyche and defender James Tarkowski being nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Season and Premier League Player of the Season awards respectively.[18]

Stoke City were the first team to be relegated to the EFL Championship when they lost 1–2 to Crystal Palace in their penultimate game. Although Stoke were only three points from safety with one game remaining, fellow strugglers Swansea and Southampton still had to play each other, meaning that Stoke would be unable to catch both of those teams and finish fourth from bottom.[19] The game between Swansea and Southampton ended in a 1–0 away win for Southampton, which also meant that despite a five game unbeaten run, West Bromwich Albion became the second team to be relegated to the Championship on 8 May 2018.[20] Following their 1–2 defeat at the hands of Stoke on the final matchday, Swansea City were also relegated.[21]

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