The 2016–17 Premier League was the 25th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 13 August 2016 and concluded on 21 May 2017.[4] Fixtures for the 2016–17 season were announced on 15 June 2016.[5]

Premier League
Season2016–17
Dates13 August 2016 – 21 May 2017
ChampionsChelsea
5th Premier League title
6th English title
RelegatedHull City
Middlesbrough
Sunderland
Champions LeagueChelsea
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City
Liverpool
Manchester United (as Europa League winners)
Europa LeagueArsenal
Everton
Matches played380
Goals scored1,064 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorerHarry Kane
(29 goals)[1]
Best goalkeeperThibaut Courtois (16 clean sheets)
Biggest home winBournemouth 6–1 Hull City
(15 October 2016)
Chelsea 5–0 Everton
(5 November 2016)
Liverpool 6–1 Watford
(6 November 2016)
Tottenham Hotspur 5–0 Swansea City
(3 December 2016)
Manchester City 5–0 Crystal Palace
(6 May 2017)
Biggest away winHull City 1–7 Tottenham Hotspur
(21 May 2017)
Highest scoringSwansea City 5–4 Crystal Palace
(26 November 2016)
Everton 6–3 Bournemouth
(4 February 2017)
Longest winning run13 matches[2]
Chelsea
Longest unbeaten run25 matches[2]
Manchester United
Longest winless run16 matches[2]
Middlesbrough
Longest losing run6 matches[2]
Crystal Palace
Hull City
Watford
Highest attendance75,397[3]
Manchester United 0–0 West Bromwich Albion (1 April 2017)
Lowest attendance10,890[3]
Bournemouth 4–0 Middlesbrough
(22 April 2017)
Total attendance13,612,316[3]
Average attendance35,821[3]

Chelsea won their fifth Premier League title, and sixth English title, with two matches to spare following a 1–0 away win over West Bromwich Albion on 12 May.[6]

The defending champions were Leicester City, who finished 12th, thereby setting a new record for the worst Premier League title defence; the record had previously been held by Chelsea, who had finished 10th in 2015–16 after winning the title in 2014–15.[7]

Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull City entered as the three promoted teams from the 2015–16 Football League Championship.

Contents

OverviewEdit

Premier League rebrandingEdit

On 9 February 2016, the Premier League announced a rebrand; beginning with the 2016–17 season, the competition was known simply as the Premier League, without any sponsor's name attached. As part of the rebranding, a new logo was introduced.[8]

Ticket pricesEdit

From the beginning of the 2016–17 season, ticket prices for away fans were capped at £30 per ticket.[9]

SummaryEdit

Antonio Conte enjoyed a successful start as Chelsea manager, winning the title in his first season at the club and earning a record number of league victories for a season, with only poor early form preventing them from also setting a new points total. Tottenham Hotspur shrugged off a disappointing Champions League campaign to push Chelsea close for the title, though they ultimately missed out. However, they finished the season with statistically both the best attack and defence, with striker Harry Kane once again claiming the Golden Boot. Manchester City finished one spot better than the previous season in Pep Guardiola's first season in charge, though ended the season trophy-less, despite recording the third-best attack and reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Liverpool made the Champions League for the first time in three years in Jürgen Klopp's first full season, though they were prevented from finishing any higher than fourth by an inconsistent start to 2017, a consequence of both losing their £35 million signing Sadio Mané to international duty in January and February as well as suffering from several dropped points against bottom-half teams.

Despite winning seven of their final eight games, Arsenal finished fifth and failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1997, as fan pressure on both manager Arsène Wenger and majority-shareholder Stan Kroenke grew. While they did win the FA Cup for the third time in four seasons, making Wenger the most successful manager in the competition's history, they endured yet another disastrous Champions League run, eliminated at the round of 16 for a seventh successive year. Manchester United finished sixth, one lower than the previous season, in José Mourinho's first season in charge, with their failure to turn any one of their 15 draws – with 12 earned amidst the season-record 25 matches unbeaten run – into victories proving problematic. They did at least win the EFL Cup and won the Europa League final. The latter was the first Europa League title in their history, not only securing a place in the Champions League but also made them only the fifth club to have won all three major European trophies.

In only their second-ever top-flight season, AFC Bournemouth built on the success of the previous season as they secured a ninth-place finish and scored 55 goals, defying the critics who had tipped them to struggle from second-season syndrome. Much as Chelsea had the previous season, Leicester City made a poor defence of their title, despite having what turned out to be the best Champions League run of any English club this season. They were beaten by Hull City in the first match, the first time this has happened to a reigning Premier League champion. With the club struggling, manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked in February and replaced by coach Craig Shakespeare, who steered the club to 12th. It broke the record of the lowest finish for Premier League title holders, previously set by Chelsea, but comfortably clear of relegation.

Swansea City had looked dead and buried after early struggles under Francesco Guidolin and then a disastrous spell with Bob Bradley as manager, but were saved by a late improvement under Paul Clement's management. Burnley fared the best of the promoted clubs, with only atrocious away form preventing them finishing higher as they made their home-ground of Turf Moor one of the hardest places to get a point from – and secured a second successive top-flight season for the first time in 40 years. Watford, in their first successive top-flight campaign for 30 years, successfully ensured a third consecutive Premier League season – however, as a result of poor away form, a disastrous end to the season and several spells of indifferent form throughout the campaign, the Hornets were unable to really build on the previous season despite recording their first league victories over Manchester United and at Arsenal since the 1980s.

After several successive escapes from relegation, Sunderland's resilience finally broke and they dropped into the Championship after a decade, having spent virtually the entire season rooted to the bottom of the table. Middlesbrough also struggled through their first top-flight season in eight years, with a poor end to the season, the weakest goal-scoring record in the division and an inability to turn one of their 13 draws into victories dooming them. Hull City were the final relegated side, never quite recovering from a disastrous pre-season which saw manager Steve Bruce quit and next to no new players signed. Despite encouraging early season form under Mike Phelan, a dismal run in the winter saw him sacked and replaced by Marco Silva, who steered the club to a much better second half of the season, but it ultimately proved to be a case of too little, too late.

TeamsEdit

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the Championship. The promoted teams were Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull City. Burnley and Hull City returned to the top flight after a season's absence while Middlesbrough returned after a seven-year absence. They replaced Newcastle United, Norwich City and Aston Villa, ending their top flight spells of six, one and twenty-eight years respectively.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Greater London Premier League football clubs
Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location and County Stadium Capacity[10]
Arsenal London (Holloway) Emirates Stadium 60,432
Bournemouth Bournemouth Dean Court 11,464
Burnley Burnley Turf Moor 22,546
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 41,623
Crystal Palace London (Selhurst) Selhurst Park 26,309
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 39,572
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KCOM Stadium 25,404
Leicester City Leicester King Power Stadium 32,500
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 54,074
Manchester City Manchester City of Manchester Stadium 55,097
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 76,100
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,100
Southampton Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,689
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent Bet365 Stadium[a] 28,383
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Swansea City Swansea Liberty Stadium 20,972
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 32,000[b]
Watford Watford Vicarage Road 21,977
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 26,500
West Ham United London (Stratford) London Stadium[c] 57,000[14][d]
  1. ^ Stoke City announced that from the 2016–17 season onward the Britannia Stadium would be renamed to the Bet365 Stadium.[11]
  2. ^ Tottenham Hotspur played at White Hart Lane with a reduced capacity, due to the north east corner of the stadium being dismantled to help facilitate building works for their new stadium being built adjacently.[12]
  3. ^ West Ham United played for the first time at the London Stadium, formerly known as the Olympic Stadium.[13]
  4. ^ Although having a capacity of 60,010, for the first Premier League game this was limited to 57,000 due to safety fears following persistent standing by fans at West Ham's Europa League game played in early August.[14]

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal   Arsène Wenger   Laurent Koscielny1[15] Puma[16] Emirates[17]
Bournemouth   Eddie Howe   Simon Francis[18] JD Sports[19] Mansion Group[20]
Burnley   Sean Dyche   Tom Heaton[21] Puma[22] Dafabet[23]
Chelsea   Antonio Conte   John Terry[24] Adidas[25] Yokohama[26]
Crystal Palace   Sam Allardyce   Scott Dann[27] Macron[28] Mansion Group[29]
Everton   Ronald Koeman   Phil Jagielka[30] Umbro[31] Chang[32]
Hull City   Marco Silva   Michael Dawson[33] Umbro[34] SportPesa[35]
Leicester City   Craig Shakespeare (caretaker)   Wes Morgan[36] Puma[37] King Power[38]
Liverpool   Jürgen Klopp   Jordan Henderson[39] New Balance[40] Standard Chartered[41]
Manchester City   Pep Guardiola   Vincent Kompany[42] Nike[43] Etihad Airways[44]
Manchester United   José Mourinho   Wayne Rooney[45] Adidas[46] Chevrolet[47]
Middlesbrough   Steve Agnew (caretaker)   Grant Leadbitter[48] Adidas[49] Ramsdens[50]
Southampton   Claude Puel   Steven Davis Under Armour[51] Virgin Media[52]
Stoke City   Mark Hughes   Ryan Shawcross[53] Macron[54] bet365[55]
Sunderland   David Moyes   John O'Shea[56] Adidas[57] Dafabet[58]
Swansea City   Paul Clement   Leon Britton[59] Joma[60] BetEast[61]
Tottenham Hotspur   Mauricio Pochettino   Hugo Lloris[62] Under Armour[63] AIA[64]
Watford   Walter Mazzarri   Troy Deeney[65] Dryworld[66] 138.com[67]
West Bromwich Albion   Tony Pulis   Darren Fletcher[68] Adidas[69] UK-K8.com[70]
West Ham United   Slaven Bilić   Mark Noble[71] Umbro[72] Betway[73]

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Manchester United   Louis van Gaal Sacked 23 May 2016[74] Pre-season   José Mourinho 27 May 2016[75]
Southampton   Ronald Koeman Signed by Everton 14 June 2016[76]   Claude Puel 30 June 2016[77]
Everton   David Unsworth End of caretaker spell 14 June 2016[78]   Ronald Koeman 14 June 2016[78]
Chelsea   Guus Hiddink 30 June 2016[79]   Antonio Conte 1 July 2016[79]
Manchester City   Manuel Pellegrini End of contract 30 June 2016[80]   Pep Guardiola 1 July 2016[81]
Watford   Quique Sánchez Flores Mutual consent 30 June 2016[82]   Walter Mazzarri 1 July 2016[83]
Hull City   Steve Bruce Resigned 22 July 2016[84]   Mike Phelan 22 July 2016[85][86]
Sunderland   Sam Allardyce Signed by England 22 July 2016[87]   David Moyes 23 July 2016[88]
Swansea City   Francesco Guidolin Sacked 3 October 2016[89] 17th   Bob Bradley 3 October 2016[89]
Crystal Palace   Alan Pardew 22 December 2016[90] 17th   Sam Allardyce 23 December 2016[91]
Swansea City   Bob Bradley 27 December 2016[92] 19th   Paul Clement 2 January 2017[93]
Hull City   Mike Phelan 3 January 2017[94] 20th   Marco Silva 5 January 2017[95]
Leicester City   Claudio Ranieri 23 February 2017[96] 17th   Craig Shakespeare 12 March 2017[97]
Middlesbrough   Aitor Karanka Mutual consent 16 March 2017[98] 19th   Garry Monk 9 June 2017[99]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C) 38 30 3 5 85 33 +52 93 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 26 8 4 86 26 +60 86
3 Manchester City 38 23 9 6 80 39 +41 78
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 78 42 +36 76 Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 77 44 +33 75 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
6 Manchester United 38 18 15 5 54 29 +25 69 Qualification for the Champions League group stage[b]
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 62 44 +18 61 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round[c]
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 41 48 −7 46
9 Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 55 67 −12 46
10 West Bromwich Albion 38 12 9 17 43 51 −8 45
11 West Ham United 38 12 9 17 47 64 −17 45
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 48 63 −15 44
13 Stoke City 38 11 11 16 41 56 −15 44
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 50 63 −13 41
15 Swansea City 38 12 5 21 45 70 −25 41
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 39 55 −16 40
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 68 −28 40
18 Hull City (R) 38 9 7 22 37 80 −43 34 Relegation to the EFL Championship
19 Middlesbrough (R) 38 5 13 20 27 53 −26 28
20 Sunderland (R) 38 6 6 26 29 69 −40 24
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[100][101]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Arsenal qualified for the Europa League group stage by winning the 2016–17 FA Cup. As they had also qualified there by the virtue of their league position (5th), this spot was passed to the next-highest ranked team (6th), Manchester United.
  2. ^ Manchester United qualified for the Champions League group stage by winning the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League. Based on their league position (6th), they would have received the spot above to enter the Europa League group stage. This spot was vacated without replacement as per UEFA regulations.
  3. ^ Manchester United, winners of the 2016–17 EFL Cup, initially attained a spot in the Europa League third qualifying round. That was passed to the next-highest ranked team in the league not already qualified for UEFA competitions (7th-placed Everton).

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ARS BOU BUR CHE CRY EVE HUL LEI LIV MCI MUN MID SOU STK SUN SWA TOT WAT WBA WHU
Arsenal 3–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 3–4 2–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–0
Bournemouth 3–3 2–1 1–3 0–2 1–0 6–1 1–0 4–3 0–2 1–3 4–0 1–3 2–2 1–2 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 3–2
Burnley 0–1 3–2 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–2
Chelsea 3–1 3–0 3–0 1–2 5–0 2–0 3–0 1–2 2–1 4–0 3–0 4–2 4–2 5–1 3–1 2–1 4–3 1–0 2–1
Crystal Palace 3–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 4–0 2–2 2–4 1–2 1–2 1–0 3–0 4–1 0–4 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1
Everton 2–1 6–3 3–1 0–3 1–1 4–0 4–2 0–1 4–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–0
Hull City 1–4 3–1 1–1 0–2 3–3 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–3 0–1 4–2 2–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–7 2–0 1–1 2–1
Leicester City 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–3 3–1 0–2 3–1 3–1 4–2 0–3 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–6 3–0 1–2 1–0
Liverpool 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 5–1 4–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 4–1 2–0 2–3 2–0 6–1 2–1 2–2
Manchester City 2–1 4–0 2–1 1–3 5–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–1
Manchester United 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 4–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1
Middlesbrough 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–3 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–3
Southampton 0–2 0–0 3–1 0–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–3 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–4 1–1 1–2 1–3
Stoke City 1–4 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 1–4 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–0
Sunderland 1–4 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–3 0–3 3–0 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–3 1–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–2
Swansea City 0–4 0–3 3–2 2–2 5–4 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–3 1–3 0–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–3 0–0 2–1 1–4
Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–0 1–0 5–0 4–0 4–0 3–2
Watford 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–5 3–1 0–0 3–4 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–4 2–0 1–1
West Bromwich Albion 3–1 2–1 4–0 0–1 0–2 1–2 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–4 0–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 4–2
West Ham United 1–5 1–0 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–3 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–4 2–2
Source: Premier League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[1]
1   Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 29
2   Romelu Lukaku Everton 25
3   Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 24
4   Sergio Agüero Manchester City 20
  Diego Costa Chelsea
6   Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur 18
7   Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United 17
8   Eden Hazard Chelsea 16
  Joshua King Bournemouth
10   Christian Benteke Crystal Palace 15
  Jermain Defoe Sunderland
  Fernando Llorente Swansea City

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Ref
  Romelu Lukaku Everton Sunderland 3–0 (A) 12 September 2016 [102]
  Alexis Sánchez Arsenal West Ham United 5–1 (A) 3 December 2016 [103]
  Jamie Vardy Leicester City Manchester City 4–2 (H) 10 December 2016 [104]
  Salomón Rondón West Bromwich Albion Swansea City 3–1 (H) 14 December 2016 [105]
  Andre Gray Burnley Sunderland 4–1 (H) 31 December 2016 [106]
  Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur West Bromwich Albion 4–0 (H) 14 January 2017 [107]
  Romelu Lukaku4 Everton Bournemouth 6–3 (H) 4 February 2017 [108]
  Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Stoke City 4–0 (H) 26 February 2017 [109]
  Joshua King Bournemouth West Ham United 3–2 (H) 11 March 2017 [110]
  Harry Kane4 Tottenham Hotspur Leicester City 6–1 (A) 18 May 2017 [111]
  Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Hull City 7–1 (A) 21 May 2017 [112]
Notes

4 Player scored 4 goals
(H) – Home team
(A) – Away team

Top assistsEdit

Rank Player Club Assists[113]
1   Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 18
2   Christian Eriksen Tottenham Hotspur 15
3   Gylfi Sigurðsson Swansea City 13
4   Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 12
5   Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 10
6   Mesut Özil Arsenal 9
  Pedro Chelsea
  Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool
  Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace
10   Ross Barkley Everton 8
  Matt Phillips West Bromwich Albion

Clean sheetsEdit

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets[114]
1   Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 16
2   Hugo Lloris Tottenham Hotspur 15
3   David de Gea Manchester United 14
  Fraser Forster Southampton
5   Petr Čech Arsenal 12
6   Tom Heaton Burnley 10
  Joel Robles Everton
8   Artur Boruc Bournemouth 9
  Lee Grant Stoke City
  Simon Mignolet Liverpool

DisciplineEdit

PlayerEdit

ClubEdit

  • Most yellow cards: 84[117]
    • Watford
  • Most red cards: 5[118]
    • Hull City
    • Watford
    • West Ham United

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Goal of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club Player Club
August   Mike Phelan Hull City   Raheem Sterling Manchester City   Cristhian Stuani Middlesbrough [119][120]
September   Jürgen Klopp Liverpool   Son Heung-min Tottenham Hotspur   Jordan Henderson Liverpool [121][122]
October   Antonio Conte Chelsea   Eden Hazard Chelsea   Dimitri Payet West Ham United [123][124][125]
November   Diego Costa   Pedro Chelsea [126][127][128]
December   Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United   Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United [129][130][131]
January   Paul Clement Swansea City   Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur   Andy Carroll West Ham United [132][133][134]
February   Pep Guardiola Manchester City   Harry Kane   Eden Hazard Chelsea [135][136][137]
March   Eddie Howe Bournemouth   Romelu Lukaku Everton   Andros Townsend Crystal Palace [138][139][140]
April   Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur   Son Heung-min Tottenham Hotspur   Pedro Chelsea [141][142][143]

Annual awardsEdit

Award Winner Club
Premier League Manager of the Season   Antonio Conte[144] Chelsea
Premier League Player of the Season   N'Golo Kanté[145] Chelsea
Premier League Goal of the Season   Emre Can[146] Liverpool
PFA Players' Player of the Year   N'Golo Kanté[147] Chelsea
PFA Young Player of the Year   Dele Alli[148] Tottenham Hotspur
FWA Footballer of the Year   N'Golo Kanté[149] Chelsea
PFA Team of the Year[150]
Goalkeeper   David de Gea (Manchester United)
Defence   Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)   Gary Cahill (Chelsea)   David Luiz (Chelsea)   Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfield   Eden Hazard (Chelsea)   Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)   N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea)   Sadio Mané (Liverpool)
Attack   Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)   Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

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