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Which records could fall in 17/18?

11 August 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 11/08/17 11:18am

Which records could fall in the Premier League this season?

Which records could fall in the Premier League this season?

We take a look through a selection of the long-standing records that could be broken in the Premier League in 2017/18.

Wenger to beat Fergie?

If Arsene Wenger lasts 21 games in the Premier League this season, he will overtake Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-time record of 810 matches in charge.

Wenger, who signed a two-year deal with Arsenal after last season, should make that milestone at West Brom in December.

In the summer Wenger became the longest reigning boss in the Premier League era (based on days), moving above Ferguson on July 17 with 7,583 days having passed since his first game in charge against Blackburn on October 12, 1996.

Arsene Wenger is close to overtaking Sir Alex Ferguson

Arsene Wenger is close to overtaking Sir Alex Ferguson

Arsene Wenger is close to overtaking Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson saw his 7,582-day spell as a Premier League boss end with his final match at the Manchester United helm, a remarkable 5-5 draw at West Brom in May 2013.

Stalwart Barry

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry needs to play just five times in the Premier League this season to overtake Ryan Giggs in the all-time appearance records.

Barry, 36, stands on 628 appearances for Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton, while former Manchester United winger Giggs turned out 632 times in the Premier League.

Barry, whose contract runs out next summer, made 33 appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side last season, so should pass Giggs’ milestone with ease.

Gareth Barry is likely to overtake Ryan Giggs' appearance record

Gareth Barry is likely to overtake Ryan Giggs' appearance record

Gareth Barry is likely to overtake Ryan Giggs’ appearance record

Kane nears 100 club

Harry Kane needs 22 goals in the Premier League this season to join the 100 club, most recently joined by Stoke’s Peter Crouch.

The club, which consists of 26 members, is led by Alan Shearer’s 260 goals, and the former Blackburn and Newcastle striker hit the 100 mark in record time; just 124 games.

Having already played 116 games, it seems unlikely that Kane will beat that time, but if he scores 22 goals within 30 appearances, he will beat Sergio Aguero, who hit 100 goals in 147 games, into second place.

Kane’s treble?

If Kane is top scorer, he will equal a record for the most consecutive top scorer gongs in top-flight history, having won the award in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Could Kane take the golden boot award again?

Could Kane take the golden boot award again?

Could Kane take the golden boot award again?

Shearer won it three years on the trot between 1994 and 1997 with Newcastle and Blackburn, while Thierry Henry was top scorer for three years between 2003 and 2006.

Premier League legends Shearer and Henry hold the record of most consecutive wins, and though Spurs’ Jimmy Greaves’ did win in 1962/63 and 1963/64, he shared the top scorer award with Blackburn’s Andy McEvoy in 1964/65.

Northern power shift?

After Chelsea and Leicester’s success over the past three terms, this could be the fourth year on the trot that the Premier League champion has not come from the north of England.

That hasn’t happened since 1951, when Arsenal (1948), Portsmouth (1949 and 1950) and Spurs (1951) dominated, before Manchester United took the First Division title back up north.

That’s the only time in top-flight history that the title has spent four years outside of the north, if Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa, Derby and Leicester are considered Midlands clubs.

Manchester City were the last northern side to win the Premier League in 2014

Manchester City were the last northern side to win the Premier League in 2014

Manchester City were the last northern side to win the Premier League in 2014

Double trouble

Chelsea were the last team to win a league and FA Cup double in 2009/10, eight seasons ago, becoming the seventh side to do so.

But if this season’s Premier League champions are not victorious in the FA Cup, it will be the longest run without a double since 1977-1985.

Are clubs less fussed about the FA Cup nowadays, or does that busy schedule towards spring hamper a club’s chances in both competitions?

Under the arch

With their move to Wembley while White Hart Lane is redeveloped, Spurs’ title credentials have been questioned all summer, owed to their form in the Champions League at the home of English football last season.

Spurs should break the top flight attendance record at Wembley

Spurs should break the top flight attendance record at Wembley

Spurs should break the top flight attendance record at Wembley

But Spurs are likely to break one record this campaign under the famous arch, with up to 90,000 descending on Wembley every other week.

The current top flight attendance record is 83,260, set by Manchester United in 1948 against Arsenal at Maine Road, when they used their rivals’ ground as a temporary home while Old Trafford was reconstructed following damage from World War II.

Spurs, who packed in 85,512 for their Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen last season, could break that record in their very first home Premier League game against Chelsea on August 20.

Rooney’s impossible job?

Having overtaken Sir Bobby Charlton in the all-time Manchester United goalscoring charts last season, Wayne Rooney is two goals from reaching the 200 mark in the Premier League, and would become only the second player to do so after Shearer.

He is still 62 goals off Shearer’s record, and if taking into consideration his average goalscoring rate over 15 seasons in the top flight, he would reach Shearer’s mark in around five years’ time, when he is 36.

Given Rooney’s deeper role nowadays, that seems unlikely, but never write him off…


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