In 2018 we saw That a Premier League team reach 100 points, a English side at the Champions League final, an England team at a World Cup Semi Final, an British winner of This World Cup Golden Boot, and the immaculate Arrival of Those Nations League.

So many memories, so lots of numbers.

Here, then, Are Simply a few:


January is the month to rate the constant passing of time, so Chelsea did couple people any favours if they caused Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi in their FA Cup tie against Newcastle.

This had been the first time an British topflight team had used multiple players made at the 2000s, neither of them was born when Chelsea became the first team to name a totally non-British starting XI at December 1999.

Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi


February was all about the human anatomy.

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino’s goal at a routine 4-1 win against West Ham was another no-look effort, which meant 14% of his intentions by that phase of the year been nominated without appearing at the ball/goal/goalkeeper/bigger picture.

Four days earlier in the day Mohamed Salah was the first player in the Premier League age to evaluate 20 left-footed aims in a season (overtaking Robbie Fowler’s listing of 19 at 199495 ).

Meanwhile, no portion of the human body was functioning for Saido Berahino. On 27 February, he chalked two years without even scoring a goal in any competition, a period in which he’d played 42 matches, had 55 shots and missed three penalties.


Cardiff’s promotion from the Championship was one of the more improbable stories of 2018, but even more peculiar was that their charm of five wins in a row against Bristol City, Barnsley, Birmingham, Brentford and Burton that surfaced on 30 March.

This had been the first time at Football League history that the team had won five successive games against competitors whose name began with B.

Bra-VO Bluebirds, bravo.


Pep Guardiola might have been thinking about Dixie Dean in his prime, and there was still an echo of Everton’s great pre war striker in April as Manchester City reached 100 aims within their 35th game of this season, the speediest any team had clocked a ton as Dean’s Everton romped into the name as being a newly promoted side in 1931-32 (and did it in 3 2 games ).

This was not the campaign during which he scored a listing 60 league objectives, only a conservative 45.

Tony Adams


August watched Sunderland kick off their season in League One after two successive relegations had pleased no-one at the scene except Netflix.

One man who’d descended using them had been Lee Cattermole, that scored a rare brace inside their game at AFC Wimbledon.

A new player known longer for aggression than his prowess before goal suddenly experienced a League One aims to fouls ratio of three, in contrast to an objective every 4-7 fouls in the Championship plus something every 77 at the Premier League.

Who says relegation is bad?


Chelsea’s Jorginho failed a reasonable impression of a nice darts player in September if he made 180 moves against West Ham at London Stadium, albeit at a game that ended goalless.

That treble treble 20 from the Blues midfielder is the absolute most Opta have ever recorded at a Premier League game, and 29 more than Watford handled like a team against Portsmouth at November 2006.


If football clubs had DNA (spoiler: they don’t really ) then Crystal Palace’s are considered a penalty kick a punishment place.

No club has proven much more likely to acquire them at the Premier League age, and also the pair that they were given against Arsenal at October took both transparent of West Ham and four before Newcastle since August 2004, in spite of the fact they had played 228 matches fewer than both clubs at that time period.

Crystal Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic


It appeared to be Gianluigi Buffon’s hopes of winning the Champions League was ended by a lethal combination of hubris and Michael Oliver last season, but a summer go on to Paris St Germain has awarded him another chance.

He even also made his European debut for the club at November at the unusual position to be only seven and a half years younger than the club he had been playing for. Very same in England would be Sheffield Wednesday fielding William’Fatty’ Foulke. And then he died in 1916, so it seems improbable.


There’s a misconception that midweek premierleague fixtures are high-scoring if infact Wednesday (2.55 goals per match ) and Tuesday (2.59) have the cheapest goals-per-game rate of any of the a week.

Such fables aren’t helped by rounds of fixtures like individuals on December 4-5, when 20 teams felt , something that had not happened in the Premier League since November 2010.

With the alarming news that New Year’s Day is on a Tuesday and six fixtures follow the overnight , we can just expect the last games of 2018 and the first ones of this brand new year bring some penalty box actions.


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