Premier League

Season Timeline 2016/17

August

Saturday 13 August, Hull City 2-1 Leicester City
The newly-promoted Tigers started the season with a bang, beating the champions at home thanks to goals from Adama Diomande and Robert Snodgrass. Caretaker manager Mike Phelan would go on to win the Barclays Manager of the Month award for August.
The Hull players huddle prior to their first match of the Premier League season
From the Gallery The Hull players huddle prior to their first match of the Premier League season
Robert Snodgrass enjoys his goal
From the Gallery Robert Snodgrass enjoys his goal
Sunday 14 August, Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp's men turned on the style in an end-to-end thriller, as two heavyweights clashed at Emirates Stadium. A brilliant Philippe Coutinho free-kick cancelled out Theo Walcott's opener before a pulsating second-half produced five goals.
Coutinho scores the equaliser versus Arsenal before half-time
From the Gallery Coutinho scores the equaliser versus Arsenal before half-time
Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the winner at Emirates Stadium
From the Gallery Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the winner at Emirates Stadium
Friday 19 August, Manchester United 2-0 Southampton
Friday 19 August, Manchester United 2-0 Southampton
Zlatan Ibrahimovic enjoyed his first Premier League start at Old Trafford, bagging a brace to leave Southampton with one point from their opening two fixtures. Paul Pogba impressed on his full league debut in the season's first Friday night match.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a penalty against the Saints for Man Utd
From the Gallery Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a penalty against the Saints for Man Utd
Sunday 28 August, Manchester City 3-1 West Ham United
Sunday 28 August, Manchester City 3-1 West Ham United
In the final match of the opening month, Raheem Sterling scored twice to secure City's third win from three matches; Manchester United and Chelsea were the only other teams to achieve a maximum nine points. Sterling's form was celebrated with the EA SPORTS Player of the Month award.

September

Saturday 10 September, Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
Saturday 10 September, Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
Pep Guardiola's side produced a commanding performance, as Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho scored for the visitors in the manager's first Premier League battle with Jose Mourinho.
Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne takes a shot at the Manchester United goal
From the Gallery Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne takes a shot at the Manchester United goal
Friday 16 September, Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
Friday 16 September, Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool continued to gather impressive momentum in a Friday night encounter at Stamford Bridge, as Jordan Henderson's spectacular long-range strike would earn him the Carling Goal of the Month award.
Liverpool celebrate after Jordan Henderson scores from outside the penalty area
From the Gallery Liverpool celebrate after Jordan Henderson scores from outside the penalty area
Saturday 17 September, Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough
Saturday 17 September, Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough
Gareth Barry became just the third player to reach 600 Premier League appearances, and he marked the occasion with a rare goal as Everton came from behind to beat Middlesbrough at Goodison Park.
Saturday 24 September, Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea
Arsenal were in devastating form as they swept Chelsea aside in a hugely impressive first-half showing. Goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, and Mesut Ozil set the Gunners well on their way, as they cruised to one of their results of the season. Having conceded seven goals in two and a half matches, Antonio Conte switched to a back-three at half-time, and nobody could have predicted what would happen to their form over the three months that would follow...
Mesut Ozil makes it 3-0 to Arsenal in the first half
From the Gallery Mesut Ozil makes it 3-0 to Arsenal in the first half
Arsenal's Theo Walcott fires an attempt on goal
From the Gallery Arsenal's Theo Walcott fires an attempt on goal

October

Saturday 15 October, Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland
Saturday 15 October, Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland
In a battle of the two remaining winless teams, a first-half double from an in-form Joe Allen gave the Potters their first three points. The Welsh midfielder scored his third and fourth goals in three league matches; quickly settling in to his new surroundings at Britannia Stadium.
Stoke City celebrate their 2-0 victory over Sunderland
From the Gallery Stoke City celebrate their 2-0 victory over Sunderland
Saturday 22 October, Burnley 2-1 Everton
Saturday 22 October, Burnley 2-1 Everton
Sean Dyche masterminded another strong home performance from his players, as Burnley added to their early-season scalp of Liverpool with three points against the blue half of Merseyside. Scott Arfield created one and scored a late winner for a dramatic victory.
Burnley celebrating their win over the blue half of Merseyside.
From the Gallery Burnley celebrating their win over the blue half of Merseyside.
Sunday 30 October, Southampton 0-2 Chelsea
Eden Hazard scored early in the first-half and assisted Diego Costa's goal early in the second to cap a fantastic month for the Belgian playmaker and his team. Chelsea won all four matches in October without conceding a single goal, earning Hazard and boss Antonio Conte the EA SPORTS Player of the Month and Barclays Manager of the Month awards, respectively.
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard high five after Chelsea make it 2-0 versus Southampton
From the Gallery Diego Costa and Eden Hazard high five after Chelsea make it 2-0 versus Southampton

November

Saturday 5 November, AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Sunderland
Saturday 5 November, AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Sunderland
David Moyes' men registered their first league win of the season thanks to a Jermain Defoe penalty, despite having Steven Pienaar sent off shortly before the hour-mark. Victor Anichebe powered home his first goal for the club, after Dan Gosling had put the hosts ahead early in the match.
Artur Boruc rushes out as Victor Anichebe takes a shot
From the Gallery Artur Boruc rushes out as Victor Anichebe takes a shot
Sunday 10 September, Watford 3-1 Manchester United
Sunday 10 September, Watford 3-1 Manchester United
The Hornets kick-started their season with a 4-2 comeback victory at West Ham United and they followed that up by ending their 30-year wait for a win over Manchester United. Etienne Capoue, Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney with the goals.
Saturday 5 November, Manchester City 1-1 Middlesbrough
Saturday 5 November, Manchester City 1-1 Middlesbrough
A late Marten de Roon header meant Man City had drawn three home matches in a row to halt their terrific start. Meanwhile, this result was in the middle of a hot spell for Middlesbrough as they picked up nine points from six matches, including a draw at Arsenal.

It was fitting that the 25th season of the Premier League featured the 25,000th goal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the milestone.

Sunday 6 November, Swansea City 1-3 Manchester United
Sunday 6 November, Swansea City 1-3 Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his three-match goalless run by scoring twice at Liberty Stadium, netting the Premier League's 25,000th goal in the process. Paul Pogba also scored a sublime effort from the edge of the area as United climbed back into sixth position. The result left the Swans still chasing a first win since the season's opening day.
Swedish frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes the milestone shot
From the Gallery Swedish frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes the milestone shot
Saturday 19 November, Sunderland 3-0 Hull City
Saturday 19 November, Sunderland 3-0 Hull City
Momentum was changing at the bottom of the table. Victor Anichebe scored twice to earn the Black Cats a second win in a row. Jermain Defoe celebrated the 150th Premier League goal of his career when opening the scoring.
Saturday 26 November, Swansea City 5-4 Crystal Palace
Saturday 26 November, Swansea City 5-4 Crystal Palace
Liberty Stadium played host to one of the matches of the season, where an astonishing seven goals were scored in the final half-hour. A quickfire Leroy Fer double had put the hosts 3-1 ahead, before James Tomkins and Christian Benteke, along with a Jack Cork own goal, had seemingly given Palace the win with six minutes remaining. Swansea were not to be denied, however, as Fernando Llorente scored twice in added time to send the fans into raptures.

December

Saturday 3 December, Manchester City 1-3 Chelsea
Chelsea withstood some heavy pressure before counter-attacking with deadly precision in the final 30 minutes, coming from behind after Gary Cahill's own goal had put the hosts in front just before half-time.
Diego Costa reacts after scoring in front of the Chelsea fans
From the Gallery Diego Costa reacts after scoring in front of the Chelsea fans
Willian was one of the three Chelsea players to net against Man City
From the Gallery Willian was one of the three Chelsea players to net against Man City
Sunday 4 December, AFC Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool
Sunday 4 December, AFC Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool
There was another contender for match of the season at Vitality Stadium as AFC Bournemouth produced an astonishing comeback to beat Liverpool. 2-0 down at half-time and 3-1 behind with 15 minutes remaining, but goals from an inspired Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook, and a last-minute winner from Nathan Ake secured the most unlikely of victories for Eddie Howe.
Monday 26 December, Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's scorpion kick helped the shosts on their way to a fourth league win in a row, stretching their unbeaten run to nine matches. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored again, taking his tally for the month to five; a return that would win the EA SPORTS Player of the Month award.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's inventive strike earned him the Carling Goal of the Month for December
From the Gallery Henrikh Mkhitaryan's inventive strike earned him the Carling Goal of the Month for December
Saturday 31 December, Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City
Saturday 31 December, Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City
Antonio Conte's men continued to set the pace, winning all six matches in the month to earn the Italian an unprecedented third consecutive Barclays Manager of the Month award. The result left the Blues six points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table at the halfway stage, having notched their 13th consecutive Premier League match.
Chelsea team celebrate one of four goals versus Stoke City
From the Gallery Chelsea team celebrate one of four goals versus Stoke City

January

Sunday 1 January, Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
Sunday 1 January, Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
Olivier Giroud scored a scorpion kick of his own to rival Henrikh Mkhitaryan's Boxing Day effort, as Arsenal won comfortably to move up to third and leave Sam Allardyce still chasing his first win. The Eagles had registered one league win since September, and the new manager needed turn their season around as they hovered above the relegation zone in 17th position.

Sometimes you see a goal of a certain type – but when you see two like that in a matter of a week or so, it’s incredible."

Gary Neville (Sky Sports) on Giroud's and Mkhitaryan's scorpion kicks

Wednesday 4 January Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Chelsea
Wednesday 4 January Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Chelsea
Spurs ended Chelsea's winning run with a big win that saw them move into third position, leapfrogging Manchester City and Arsenal on a night where the top six were all given hope that Antonio Conte's men could be caught. Dele Alli scored both with his head from two Christian Eriksen crosses either side of the interval.
Dele Alli doubles Spurs' advantage with a header
From the Gallery Dele Alli doubles Spurs' advantage with a header
Saturday 14 January, West Ham United 3-0 Crystal Palace
Saturday 14 January, West Ham United 3-0 Crystal Palace
An acrobatic Andy Carroll scissor kick would go on to beat Giroud to the Carling Goal of the Month award, as the Hammers produced another three points at home. Slaven Bilic's men were in the middle of a run that would see them march into the top half of the table with six wins in nine matches.
Sunday 15 January, Everton 4-0 Manchester City
Belgian duo Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas combined twice to put Everton two ahead after 47 minutes, and victory was confirmed late on with goals from youngsters Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman.
Tom Davies shows composure beyond his years to score past Claudio Bravo
From the Gallery Tom Davies shows composure beyond his years to score past Claudio Bravo
The Toffees' fans show their delight at the youngster's goal
From the Gallery The Toffees' fans show their delight at the youngster's goal
Saturday 21 January, Liverpool 2-3 Swansea City
Saturday 21 January, Liverpool 2-3 Swansea City
Paul Clement earned his first win as Swansea Head Coach with a huge victory at Anfield to leave Liverpool seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea, thanks to a close-range winner from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Fernando Llorente's brace at the start of the second-half had given Swansea a surprising lead, but Roberto Firmino scored two of his own to peg the visitors back. Clement wasn't to be denied, though, as his side climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since October.
Fernando Llorente celebrates one of his two strikes against Liverpool
From the Gallery Fernando Llorente celebrates one of his two strikes against Liverpool
Tuesday 31 January, Arsenal 1-2 Watford
Tuesday 31 January, Arsenal 1-2 Watford
Arsenal's pursuit of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League was severely dented by an out-of-form Watford at Emirates Stadium, who struck through Younes Kaboul and captain Troy Deeney. A 3-1 defeat at Chelsea four days later pushed the Gunners 12 points behind the leaders.

February

Wednesday 1 February, Stoke City 1-1 Everton
Peter Crouch became the 26th player in Premier League history to reach 100 goals, as he reached the milestone with a simple finish early in the first-half. Crouch marked the goal with the robot celebration he made famous more than a decade ago, on what was his 419th appearance in the top flight.
Peter Crouch marks his 100th Premier League goal with his classic 'robot' celebration
From the Gallery Peter Crouch marks his 100th Premier League goal with his classic 'robot' celebration
Saturday 4 February, Everton 6-3 AFC Bournemouth
Saturday 4 February, Everton 6-3 AFC Bournemouth
Romelu Lukaku set the tone for this match early on, as he scored with a powerful effort from outside the area after only 30 seconds. The hosts were 3-0 up at half-time after another goal for the Belgian and one from James McCarthy. AFC Bournemouth had brought the match back to within one after the break, before Lukaku completed his hat-trick and helped himself to a fourth. A further goal for each side in added time completed a nine-goal thriller.
Romelu Lukaku put four past the Cherries in this nine-goal thriller
From the Gallery Romelu Lukaku put four past the Cherries in this nine-goal thriller
Saturday 4 February, Hull City 2-0 Liverpool
Saturday 4 February, Hull City 2-0 Liverpool
Marco Silva's remarkable run at home as a manager continued against all odds as the Tigers saw off Liverpool at KCOM Stadium. Hull gained seven points from Silva's first four matches.
Hull City defied the odds and beat Liverpool at home
From the Gallery Hull City defied the odds and beat Liverpool at home
Saturday 11 February, Sunderland 0-4 Southampton
Saturday 11 February, Sunderland 0-4 Southampton
A 4-0 victory for Sunderland at Crystal Palace seemed to be setting up the Black Cats' traditional second-half season push, but the Saints had other ideas as Manolo Gabbiadini continued to burst onto the scene.
Monday 27 February, Leicester City 3-1 Liverpool
Monday 27 February, Leicester City 3-1 Liverpool
Craig Shakespeare's first match in caretaker charge of the champions ended with the side's first league win of 2017, as Liverpool continued to struggle for form. The Reds would then go on an unbeaten run that would last almost two months as they chased qualification for the Champions League.
Jamie Vardy celebrating his goal in Leicester's victory over Liverpool
From the Gallery Jamie Vardy celebrating his goal in Leicester's victory over Liverpool

March

Saturday 04 March, Swansea City 3-2 Burnley
Saturday 04 March, Swansea City 3-2 Burnley
Fernando Llorente's late header secured a comeback win for the Swans, having been 2-1 down with a little over 20 minutes of the match remaining. An Andre Gray double had put the visitors in front on the hour-mark, after Llorente had put Paul Clement's men ahead early on.
Saturday 11 March, AFC Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham United
Saturday 11 March, AFC Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham United
Joshua King overcomes missing an early penalty by going on to score a hat-trick at home to West Ham. The Hammers went ahead 48 seconds after King had placed his spot-kick wide, and despite Benik Afobe also having a penalty saved by Adrian, the hosts would go on to claim all three points with another late strike at home.
Saturday 18 March, West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Arsenal
Saturday 18 March, West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Arsenal
Arsenal suffered a fourth defeat in five league matches as Craig Dawson's double left Arsene Wenger's men five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who would go on to stretch the gap to six points after claiming a 1-1 draw at Manchester City the following day.
Saturday 18 March  West Ham United 2-3 Leicester City
Saturday 18 March West Ham United 2-3 Leicester City
The Foxes continued their resurgence under Craig Shakespeare. Goals from Riyad Mahrez and Robert Huth inside the first seven minutes blew the Hammers away, and a Jamie Vardy goal before half-time ensured their third league win a row.

April

Saturday 1 April, Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
Saturday 1 April, Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
The runaway leaders looked like extending the gap at the top to 13 points when Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring on five minutes, however a shock turnaround was complete six minutes later when Christian Benteke added to Wilfried Zaha's strike. Palace held firm to win their fourth match in a row; adding Arsenal and Liverpool to their big name scalps in April.
Saturday 15 April, Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 AFC Bournemouth
Saturday 15 April, Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 AFC Bournemouth
Harry Kane became the fourth player in Premier League history to score 20 goals in three consecutive seasons, and despite Artur Boruc's 10 saves, Spurs continued their pursuit of Chelsea with another dominant victory.
Sunday 16 April, Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea
Sunday 16 April, Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea
Chelsea's lead was cut to four points with six matches remaining as a resurgent Manchester United kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive. Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera at the beginning of each half were enough to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool above them.
Saturday 29 April, Sunderland 0-1 AFC Bournemouth
The Cherries won two consecutive league matches for only the second time in the season, as Joshua King's late goal, coupled with Hull City's goalless draw at Southampton, confirmed Sunderland's relegation after a ten-year stay in the Premier League
Jermain Defoe looks disappointed after Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League following defeat to AFC Bournemouth
From the Gallery Jermain Defoe looks disappointed after Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League following defeat to AFC Bournemouth

May

Friday 5 May, West Ham United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs' pursuit of league-leaders Chelsea was dealt a big blow as Slaven Bilic's men proved too difficult to break down at London Stadium. Manuel Lanzini's close-range finish midway through the second-half was enough to earn the Hammers a vital three points to climb six places and into the top half of the table.
The West Ham players run away in celebration after Manuel Lanzini's finish
From the Gallery The West Ham players run away in celebration after Manuel Lanzini's finish
Monday 8 May, Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough
Monday 8 May, Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough
Capitalising on Spurs' loss, Antonio Conte's men moved to within one win of the Premier League title as they condemned Middlesbrough to relegation with a comfortable 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Friday 12 May, West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Chelsea
A late Michy Batshuayi goal won the Premier League title for the Blues at The Hawthorns. It had looked like Antonio Conte's men would be made to wait another day after being frustrated for large spells of the match, but the Belgian steered the ball high past Ben Foster with eight minutes remaining to spark mass celebrations.
Batshuayi bundles in Chelsea's winner that would become the goal which crowned them Premier League Champions for the 2016/17 season
From the Gallery Batshuayi bundles in Chelsea's winner that would become the goal which crowned them Premier League Champions for the 2016/17 season
Sunday 21 May, Hull City 1-7 Tottenham Hotspur
Having already had their relegation confirmed in a 4-0 loss at Crystal Palace, Hull City welcomed a Spurs side who had put six past Leicester City four days earlier. Harry Kane scored four in that match at King Power Stadium, and the England striker added three more to seal the Golden Boot award with 29 for the season.
Harry Kane, the 2016/17 Premier League Golden Boot winner
From the Gallery Harry Kane, the 2016/17 Premier League Golden Boot winner
Sunday 21 May, Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland
Another two goals for Michy Batshuay sealed a comfortable afternoon for the champions, after they had initially suffered the scare of going behind after three minutes. They quickly gathered their composure to equalise on eight minutes, before pulling away in the second-half. John Terry made his final Premier League appearance in a Chelsea shirt.
Chelsea's Gary Cahill and their club captain, John Terry, lift the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge
From the Gallery Chelsea's Gary Cahill and their club captain, John Terry, lift the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge