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Comeback victories on the rise in 2016/17

29 Dec 2016
Harry Kane, Spurs

Spurs' win at Southampton was the 24th fightback of the season, but which PL team are kings of coming from behind?

Tottenham Hotspur’s victory over Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday was the latest result in a season which has featured a high number of teams fighting back to win from losing positions.

Southampton took an early lead through Virgil van Dijk but Spurs’ fightback to win 4-1 was the 24th time a team had come from behind to claim all three points in 2016/17, of which 10 have come in December. 

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool
A team have come from behind to win 24 times in 2016/17, a ratio bettered only by one season in the Premier League

In total 13.3% of the 180 matches this season have featured comeback wins, a rate higher than any past Premier League season apart from 2012/13.

In that campaign 59 of the 380 matches of the season featured come-from-behind victories, a rate of 15.5%.

Top 10 seasons for wins when trailing

Season Matches Comeback wins Comeback win ratio
2012/13 380 59 15.5%
2016/17 180 24 13.3%
1999/00 380 47 12.4%
2010/11 380 45 11.8%
2003/04 380 45 11.8%
2002/03 380 45 11.8%
2013/14 380 44 11.6%

Yesterday's match was the 79th time Spurs had won from a losing position, edging Mauricio Pochettino's side to within one of the comeback kings, Manchester United.

It was also their third comeback victory this season alone, a feat only equalled by Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool

David Beckham goal, Spurs 3-5 Man Utd, 2001
Man Utd are the Premier League's comeback kings having won 80 matches from losing positions

While Spurs are adept at coming from behind, they are also the team to have been beaten the most from a winning position. 

But they helped Southampton go closer towards taking this unwanted record off them on Wednesday night. Their victory meant Southampton lost after leading in a PL match for the 54th time, two off Spurs' record.

Most PL comeback wins and defeats 

Team Comeback wins Team Comeback defeats
Man Utd 80 Spurs 56
Spurs 79 Southampton 54
Chelsea 73 Everton 52
Arsenal 72 West Ham 50
Liverpool 63 Chelsea 48

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