Friday 01 March 2013

Manchester United in lead as 'ever-presents' reach 800 mark

Matchweek 28 to be 800th Barclays Premier League match for elite group of clubs

  • Manchester United have won 12 Barclays Premier League titles

  • Arsenal have won the trophy three times in the 20 seasons

  • Chelsea have also claimed the title three times

  • Liverpool finished runners-up twice, in 2001/02 and 2008/09

  • Tottenham are on course for their highest finish this season

  • Aston Villa were runners-up in the inaugural season of the Barclays Premier League

  • This season Everton could finish in the top four for only the second time

This weekend will represent a landmark for seven clubs in the Barclays Premier League. For those that have been in the competition since its inaugural season in 1992/93 Matchweek 28 will mark the 800th Premier League match the “ever-presents” have played.

Not surprisingly the club with the best record is Manchester United, who have won 522 times, almost two-thirds of the 799 matches they have played, in gathering 12 titles across the 20 seasons. Sir Alex Ferguson, who is the only manager to have been in charge throughout, has seen his side score the most goals (1,605) and concede the fewest (691).

Next are Arsenal, who have won the title three times under present manager Arsene Wenger, then Chelsea, who have also lifted aloft the Barclays Premier League trophy three times.

Liverpool lie 78 points below Chelsea, then the gap to the remaining three of Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton is somewhat greater.

As the table below shows, if Aston Villa score against Manchester City on Monday night, it will be their 1,000th goal in the Barclays Premier League.

All-time record of seven "ever-present" clubs in Barclays Premier League

  P W D L F A Pts
Man Utd 799 522 165 112 1605 691 1731
Arsenal 799 428 212 159 1397 747 1496
Chelsea 799 415 206 178 1337 771 1451
Liverpool 799 390 203 206 1285 787 1373
Tottenham 799 309 210 280 1119 1052 1137
Aston Villa 799 288 249 262 999 975 1113
Everton 799 282 230 287 1015 1013 1076

 

Sporting Intelligence’s Brian Sears has pulled together the records of the “ever-presents” against each other, and the order of clubs remains roughly the same, albeit with Aston Villa above Spurs. Manchester United's dominance of clubs with less history in the Barclays Premier League is shown by the fact that almost half of all their defeats have come against the ever-presents.

Record of 'ever-presents' against each other

  P W D L F A Pts
Man Utd 240 136 59 45 398 227 467
Arsenal 240 102 75 63 353 278 381
Chelsea 240 95 77 68 337 273 362
Liverpool 240 99 61 80 326 271 358
Tottenham 240 61 57 104 243 344 258
Aston Villa 240 57 39 103 263 365 251
Everton 240 39 589 126 229 391 192

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Key Points

  • Seven clubs to play their 800th Barclays Premier League match this matchweek
  • Manchester United have the best record of the ever-present clubs
  • Sir Alex Ferguson the only manager to have been in charge for all the matches