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Martin Tyler's stats and facts column: Opening-day omens

Martin Tyler - Martin Tyler Posted 18th August 2014 view comments

Martin Tyler's stats and facts column is back for a new season. Read on to find out which team has lost the most games in Premier League history and who has scored the most opening-day goals...

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Away days

If Chelsea score, would this be the first time in PL history every away team has scored in the opening fixtures? @brownmc1986 via Twitter

MARTIN SAYS: That's a great question to start the series. As you will know by now, Chelsea DID score three times in the Monday Night Football game against Burnley (the only Premier League team to score three goals on opening weekend) and that means that 10 out of 10 away sides scored on the opening weekend. This is the first time in Premier League history that this has happened.

The closest we have come previously was back in 1993/94 when there were 22 teams in the league and 10 of the 11 away sides scored on the opening weekend. As you can see, the only away team to fail to score were Sheffield Wednesday, who didn’t find the net in a 2-0 defeat at Anfield.

Chelsea 1-2 Blackburn
Aston Villa 4-1 QPR      
Arsenal 0-3 Coventry     
Liverpool 2-0 Sheff Wed          
Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham         
West Ham 0-2 Wimbledon        
Oldham 0-3 Ipswich      
Sheff Utd 3-1 Swindon             
Southampton 0-2 Everton       
Man City 1-1 Leeds
Norwich 0-2 Man Utd

Amazingly, the last time every away side in the top-flight scored on the opening weekend before this was at the start of the 1946/47 season (11 games in total).

The list below, courtesy of our friends at Opta, shows how many away sides scored in each previous Premier League season:

PL Season

MD 1 Games

Away Teams To Score

1992/1993

11

9

1993/1994

11

10

1994/1995

11

7

1995/1996

10

6

1996/1997

10

6

1997/1998

10

8

1998/1999

10

6

1999/2000

10

7

2000/2001

10

4

2001/2002

10

7

2002/2003

10

4

2003/2004

10

8

2004/2005

10

8

2005/2006

10

6

2006/2007

10

7

2007/2008

10

8

2008/2009

10

8

2009/2010

10

8

2010/2011

10

4

2011/2012

9

5

2012/2013

10

5

2013/2014

10

6

2014/2015

10

10

Home discomforts

What are the stats about only two home teams winning on the opening day? Ben G (Aston Villa)

MARTIN SAYS: The only sides to win at home on Matchday One of this season were Liverpool against Southampton and Arsenal against Crystal Palace – and both of those were narrow victories.

This is the second lowest number of home wins for Matchday One in Premier League history. Back in 2011/12, there were nine games played on the opening weekend (Tottenham's game with Everton was called off due to the London riots) and the only home winner was Manchester City, who beat Swansea 4-0 on Monday Night Football.

Back in 2005/06, we also saw only two home wins out of 10 matches played. West Ham were the only home team to win on the opening day, beating Blackburn 3-1, while Arsenal won 2-0 at home to Newcastle on the first Super Sunday.

The record for home wins on the first weekend is the eight victories recorded in 2006/07. On that weekend the results were as follows, with only Sheffield United and Arsenal (in their first game at the Emirates) failing to record home wins.

Sheff Utd 1-1 Liverpool
Newcastle 2-1 Wigan          
Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa        
Portsmouth 3-0 Blackburn  
Reading 3-2  Middlesbrough             
Everton 2-1 Watford             
West Ham 3-1 Charlton      
Bolton 2-0 Tottenham        
Man Utd 5-1 Fulham            
Chelsea 3-0 Man City

The table below shows how many home wins recorded on the opening weekend of each Premier League season:

PL - Opening Day

Home Wins

1992/1993

4

1993/1994

3

1994/1995

3

1995/1996

5

1996/1997

3

1997/1998

4

1998/1999

3

1999/2000

3

2000/2001

7

2001/2002

5

2002/2003

5

2003/2004

6

2004/2005

3

2005/2006

2

2006/2007

8

2007/2008

4

2008/2009

7

2009/2010

4

2010/2011

5

2011/2012

1

2012/2013

6

2013/2014

4

2014/2015

2

Starting stars

Wayne Rooney has scored quite a few goals on the opening day for Man United. Which player is the best at scoring goals on the opening day of the season in the Premier League? Robert (Manchester United fan)

MARTIN SAYS: I can tell you that Wayne Rooney has now scored six times on the opening weekend of a Premier League season – and only three players have managed more than that.

One of those is Teddy Sheringham, who has scored seven goals on the opening matchday of a Premier League season – including, famously, the first ever goal scored on Sky Sports for Nottingham Forest against Liverpool.

However, two players have scored eight times on the opening weekend. Alan Shearer is one of those players – and the other is Frank Lampard, who wasn’t included in the Manchester City squad against Newcastle and so was unable to add to his tally.

Most opening-day goals in Premier League history (courtesy of Opta):

All-Time PL

Opening Day Goals

Lampard, Frank

8

Shearer, Alan

8

Sheringham, Teddy

7

Drogba, Didier

6

Rooney, Wayne

6

Saha, Louis

6

Bent, Darren

5

Bergkamp, Dennis

5

Campbell, Kevin

5

Ferdinand, Les

5

Fowler, Robbie

5

Owen, Michael

5

Champions starts

What’s the number of times the EPL winner has lost the opening fixture @VickersHamish

MARTIN SAYS: More often than not, the eventual winner of the Premier League has won their opening game. In 13 of the previous 22 seasons, the title-winners have won their first match.

On only three occasions has a side lost on the opening day and gone on to win the title. On each of those occasions, the team concerned was Manchester United (in 2012, 1995 and 1992) – so maybe Louis van Gaal shouldn’t be too concerned about that opening loss to Swansea!

However, 11 of the last 14 champions have won on the opening day – which means the omens are good for Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham and Liverpool – and also Swansea, Hull and Aston Villa!

Results of eventual champions on the opening day of the season:

SeasonEventual championsOpening result
2013/14Man CityWon 4-0 v Newcastle
2012/13Man UtdLost 1-0 v Everton
2011/12Man CityWon 4-0 v Swansea
2010/11Man UtdWon 3-0 v Newcastle
2009/10ChelseaWon 2-1 v Hull
2008/09Man UtdDrew 1-1 v Newcastle
2007/08Man UtdDrew 0-0 v Reading
2006/07Man UtdWon 5-1 v Fulham
2005/06ChelseaWon 1-0 v Wigan
2004/05ChelseaWon 1-0 v Man Utd
2003/04ArsenalWon 2-1 v Everton
2002/03Man UtdWon 1-0 v West Brom
2001/02ArsenalWon 4-0 v Middlesbrough
2000/01Man UtdWon 2-0 v Newcastle
1999/00Man UtdDrew 1-1 v Everton
1998/99Man UtdDrew 2-2 v Leicester
1997/98ArsenalDrew 1-1 v Leeds
1996/97Man UtdWon 3-0 v Wimbledon
1995/96Man UtdLost 3-1 v Aston Villa
1994/95BlackburnDrew 1-1 v Southampton
1993/94Man UtdWon 2-0 v Norwich
1992/93Man UtdLost 2-1 v Sheffield United

The most losses

Which team has lost the most Premier League games since it began? ‏@Omar98RNS

MARTIN SAYS: Inevitably, the answer to this question is one of the Premier League’s ever-present sides. I can tell you that Everton have lost more Premier League games than any other club and at 297 losses are just three games shy of becoming the first team to lose 300 Premier League games.

West Ham are now in joint second place in this list, following their defeat to Tottenham at the weekend. They have now moved up to 293 Premier League defeats – level, ironically, with Spurs.

Everton and Tottenham have both played in all 23 seasons, while West Ham have played in 19 seasons. To rephrase the old cliche – you’ve got to be in it to lose it!

Thanks to the boffins at Opta, here are the sides with the most losses in Premier League history:

All-Time PL

Games Lost  

Everton

297

Tottenham Hotspur

293

West Ham United

293

Aston Villa

286

Newcastle United

268

Blackburn Rovers

250

Southampton

247

Sunderland

239

Manchester City

232

Middlesbrough

220

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