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942 – The final goal tally was the second lowest in Premier League history.

14 – Manchester United set a new record of 14 consecutive clean sheets between November 2008 and February 2009.

167 – There have been 167 headed goals scored this season.

22 – Liverpool have recouped the most points from losing positions this season.

23 – Sunderland dropped the most points from winning positions this season.

31 – There were just 31 goals scored at White Hart lane – fewer than at any other stadium.

59 – The Hawthorns saw more goals than any other this season.

117 – Kevin Davies conceded the most fouls this season. He has topped this ranking in five of the last six seasons.

5 – Danny Murphy has scored five goals this season – all penalties.

37 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 37 goals in his last 33 league games at Old Trafford.

100 – Kanu made his 100th appearance as a substitute in the Premier League when he came off the bench away at Blackburn on May 9, becoming the first player to reach this landmark.

100 – Nicolas Anelka, Frank Lampard and Emile Heskey all scored their 100th Premier League goals this season to make it 16 players to reach this landmark.

11 – Chelsea set a new Premier League record of 11 consecutive away wins between April and December 2008.

248 – Chelsea fired in the most shots on target this season.

566 – Hull committed the most fouls in the division.

73 & 5 – Stoke City picked up the most cards – 73 yellow and five red.

24 – Manchester United kept the most clean sheets.

50 – United had the best home record picking up 50 points.

44 – Chelsea had the best away record winning 44 points.

57 – Frank Lampard had more shots on target than any other player.

10 – Lampard and Robin van Persie were joint-top of the assists ranking.

167 – Lee Cattermole made 167 tackles during the season – a league high.

14 – Marouane Fellaini picked up the most yellow cards in the top flight.

7 – Seven players were sent off twice in this season’s campaign.

80% – Mark Schwarzer of Fulham was the league’s best shot-stopper saving 80% of shots on target faced.

149 – Jussi Jaaskelainen made more saves than any other goalkeeper.

6-0 – Man City’s win over Portsmouth at home was the season’s biggest winning margin.

7 – Peter Crouch scored more headed goals than any other player.

18% – Headed goals accounted for 18% of all strikes this season.

1 – Middlesbrough scored fewer headed goals than any other team.

7 – Bolton conceded more headed goals than any other side.

19% – of the goals Arsenal conceded came from outside the box – the highest proportion in the top flight.

20 – Hull took 20 points from their opening nine games but just 15 from their last 29 matches.

22% – Bolton scored the highest percentage of goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches.

36% – Middlesbrough scored the highest percentage of goals in the final 15 minutes of games.

10 – Hull scored the most goals from corners.

9 – Newcastle gave away a league high nine penalties in 2008-09.

8 – The Magpies also had eight red cards shown to their players – a division high.

34 – Manchester City have used more players than any other team in the league this season.

21 – Aston Villa have called upon the least amount of players in the league this season.

7 – Blackburn won a joint-high seven penalties along with Man City.

3 – Blackburn missed three penalties – more than any other team.

10 – Bolton scored 10 goals from free-kicks – the most in the division.

51% – Hull scored the highest percentage of their goals from set plays.

20% – Spurs scored the lowest percentage of goals from set pieces.

12 – Hull conceded 12 goals from corners – a league high.

38% – Everton conceded the highest proportion of goals from set-plays.

21% – Fulham conceded the lowest percentage of goals from set-plays .

11.5% – Around one in every nine goals scored was netted by a substitute.

9 – Spurs, Manchester United and Liverpool all had nine goals scored by substitutes – a joint-league high.

61 – Aston Villa used the fewest substitutes.

109 – Hull, Stoke and Liverpool made the most substitutions.

6 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored six goals from outside the box – more than any other player.

26 – Manchester United have used the most number of players as substitutes.

4 – Bolton have had more players featuring in every game of the season than any other side.

3 – Liverpool have the most players who have accrued 10 or more goals this season.

5 – Newcastle used the most penalty takers this season.

5 – Sunderland only had five players who scored more than once this season.

7 –Liverpool had more opponents sent off than any other side in the top division.

29 – The opposition hit the woodwork more often against Hull than any other team.

345 – English players scored 345 goals in 2008-09, accounting for just 37% of goals.

15% – Aston Villa were the league’s most clinical teams scoring with 15% of their shots.

8% – Wigan had the worst conversion rate in the top division.

81% – Chelsea were the most accurate passers this term.

337 – Stoke took the most long throw ins.

267 – Rory Delap took 189 more long throws than any other player.

9 – Stoke scored the most goals from throw-in situations.

33% – One third of all goals scored this season came from set-plays.

8 – Eight different Liverpool players scored with shots from outside the box.

0 – Liverpool were the only team not to suffer a home defeat in the Premier League.

13 – Spurs picked up the most points in London derbies this season.

8 – West Ham picked up the fewest in capital clashes.

30 – Liverpool garnered 30 points against their north west rivals.

1 – Bolton won just one match against another team from the north west.

8 – Sunderland took the most points in north east derbies.

77 – Liverpool were the league’s top scorers with 77 goals.

83 – Shaun Wright-Phillips made more successful dribbles than anyone else.

4 – Anton Ferdinand and Hermann Hreidarsson both received four yellow cards for dissent, more than any other players in the year the FA’s ‘Respect’ campaign was launched.

10 – Stoke have collected only 10 of their 45 points on the road this season.

5 – Aston Villa have benefited from five own goals this season – more than any other team in the division.

6 – Jamie Carragher and Richard Dunne now hold the Premier League record for own goals with six apiece.

6 – Middlesbrough scored six own goals – more than any other team.

24 – Gareth Bale has played 24 league games for Spurs and never been on the winning side.

86 – Liverpool’s total of 86 points is their best ever haul in Premier League history.

2 – Liverpool became the first team in top-flight history to lose only two games and not win the title.

63 – Spurs have not won away at any of the big four since August 1993 – a run of 63 games.

86 – Liverpool’s tally of 86 points is the highest of any team not winning the league in a 38-game Premier League season.

10 – It is 10 seasons since the Premier League top-scorer ended the campaign with fewer than 20 goals.

82 – Stewart Downing had more shots (including blocked attempts) than any other player who did not score.

110 – Liverpool allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than any other team.

141 – Arsenal caught more opponents offside than any other team.

141 – Hull were flagged offside more than any other team.

61 – Djibril Cisse was caught offside more than any other player.

6 – Six players scored hat-tricks this season.

4 – Andrey Arshavin was the first player to score four goals in a Premier League and not end on the winning side.

13 – Mike Dean awarded more penalties than any other referee.

8 – Mike Dean sent off more players than any other official.

63 – There were 63 red cards shown this season.

13.5 – Mark Halsey was the league’s most lenient official, showing a card on average for every 13.5 fouls.

5.8 – Rob Styles was the strictest referee dishing out a card for every 5.8 fouls committed.


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