Match of the Day
Bizarrely, the top two teams contrive to score three cock-up goals
With an eleven point lead over their nearest rivals, Man City are looking home and hosed for the title. Their 46 point tally after 16 games is an EPL record, three greater than Chelsea 2005/6, but is actually not the largest margin at this stage of a season.
In 1993/4, Man. Utd. held a 12 point lead over their nearest rivals, Blackburn, which had narrowed to 8 by the season end
Here are the biggest comebacks each season (hover for details)
So bigger deficits later into the season have been overcome - including Manchester United over Newcastle in 1995/6 - although expectations are not high that City will implode as the Magpies did
City have also now recorded the highest single-season run of victories at 14
Here are the top winning runs for every team which has appeared in the Premier League
Brighton will be hoping to have got themselves off the bottom of the chart by the end of the season
Benteke’s missed penalty means he has now gone 1000 minutes without scoring in the league
West Brom Woes
WBA remain just above the drop zone but have not benefited from the Pardew bounce as the new management has produced no goals in two games against teams below them
They have now gone 14 games without winning.
How often does that occur and is it a presage of relegation?
So typically once a season, with WBA featuring once before and escaping by the skin of thier teeth. Generally, such a run will mean the drop but there are obviously many teams still in the mix
There was a greater than 20 year age gap between two outfield bench-warmers for the first time this season. WBA’s Gareth McAuley(38) and Rayaan Tulloch(16) also set a club record
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Palace are only the second team in EPL history to be bottom after a five-game unbeaten run (QPR 2012/13)
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