Which Premier League records were broken in 2020/21?

26 May 2021
Manchester City

We look at the notable landmarks set or matched during an incredible season

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With the curtain coming down on another enthralling Premier League season last Sunday, we look at how the competition's history books have been added to in 2020/21.

The champions
Most away wins

From December 2019 to May 2021, Manchester City won 12 consecutive away matches, equalling their record from 2017.

Most goals for one club

Sergio Aguero marked his final Premier League appearance for Man City by scoring his 183rd and 184th goals in the competition, surpassing Wayne Rooney's record for the most goals for a single club in the PL (183 with Manchester United).

Perfect final-day record

Pep Guardiola became the manager with the outright best record on the Premier League's final Matchweek, with five wins from five. He had been level with Chris Coleman's four.

Team records
Biggest winning margin

Man Utd's 9-0 win over Southampton in February was the joint-highest winning margin in Premier League history. The other two such scorelines also involved Man Utd (beating Ipswich Town in 1995) and Southampton (beaten by Leicester City in 2019). 

Most different scorers in a match

When Man Utd beat Southampton, they had seven different scorers, only the second side to achieve this, after Chelsea beat Aston Villa 8-0 in December 2012.

Most players assisting

All seven of Liverpool's goals at Crystal Palace in December were assisted by different players (Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain), the first time to have that many players assisting a goal for one team in a Premier League match.

Fewest away defeats

Man Utd finished the Premier League season unbeaten away from home. It was the third time a team have achieved the feat, matching the Arsenal sides of 2001/02 and 2003/04.

Most penalties scored by a team in a match

Leicester became the first side in Premier League history to score three penalties in match when they beat Man City 5-2 in September.

Most clean sheets

Thomas Tuchel is the first manager or head coach in Premier League history to have his side keep a clean sheet in each of his first five home matches.

Fewest goals in a season

Sheffield United's 20 goals in the PL campaign is the joint-lowest total in top-flight history, after Derby County in 2007/08.

Longest winless run from MW1

Sheff Utd's defeat by Crystal Palace in January meant they had been on a 17-match winless streak, the longest such run without victory from the start of a season.

Fewest home goals

Fulham's nine goals at Craven Cottage all season were a new competition low for goals scored on home soil.

Individual records
Awards double

Harry Kane is the third player to finish top for goals and assists in the same season, earning him the Golden Boot and Playmaker awards. The two previous players to do so were Andrew Cole (1993/94) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (1998/99).

Most assists in a match

Kane also became the sixth player to assist four goals in a Premier League match, when he passed to Son Heung-min for each of the South Korean's four goals at Southampton on 20 September. 

Scoring on every day

Kelechi Iheanacho is the first player in Premier League history to score a goal on all seven weekdays within a single season.

Latest winning goal

Bruno Fernandes' penalty against Brighton & Hove Albion in September was timed at 99.45 minutes, the latest winner recorded by Opta.

Youngest consecutive goalscorer 

Joe Willock is only the second Newcastle United player to score in seven consecutive PL appearances, after Alan Shearer in 1996, and is the youngest of 13 players to do so in PL history at 21 years and 276 days.

Ever-present for successive seasons

James Ward-Prowse became the first player to feature in every minute of every match in successive seasons.

Youngest manager

When he took charge of Spurs against Southampton at the age of 29 years and 312 days, Ryan Mason became the youngest manager in Premier League history. 

Most appearances as a substitute 

When James Milner came on against Newcastle in April, it was his 159th appearance as a substitute in the competition, beating Peter Crouch's previous high.

First winner and headed goal by a goalkeeper

Alisson's stoppage-time goal for Liverpool at West Bromwich Albion in May was the sixth scored by a goalkeeper in the competition, but the first to be via a header and also the first to have been a winner.    

Most clubs managed

Sam Allardyce became the first manager to take charge of eight different sides in the Premier League, when he took charge of West Brom.

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