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Premier League alternative facts of the season: From an ancient goal to the competition's deadliest combo, BTSport.com unpick 10 of Opta's most interesting statistics this campaign

From the most disastrous defensive run in Premier League history to the division's most fruitful partnership ever, BTSport.com have taken a look at some of the more intriguing statistics you may have missed this season.

A sensational Premier League season concluded with Manchester City clinching the title on the final day with a 4-1 win at Brighton.

It was a record-breaking year for the runners-up with second-placed Liverpool missing out despite finishing with 97 points. No team had lost out on the Premier League title with more than 89 points before this campaign.

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But aside from a riveting title race there have been tonnes of fascinating statistics to emerge from the 2018-19 Premier League season.

And here BTSport.com has taken a look at 10 of the weirdest and wackiest stats with the help of Opta, from the competition’s youngest-ever player to the oldest goal in division history.

Goal-den oldies

Glenn Murray’s winner for Brighton against Wolves in October was the oldest goal in Premier League history – with the combined age of scorer and assister standing at 73 years and 57 days.

That Seagulls goal broke Paul Scholes' assist for his Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs against Newcastle on the opening day of the 2010-11 season (72 years and 168 days).

At 38 years old Brighton legend Bruno was the Premier League’s oldest outfield player this campaign and retired after Manchester City’s 4-1 win at the Amex on the final day.

The 35-year-old, Murray’s no spring chicken either but the forward managed to score 37.1% of Brighton’s Premier League goals this season with 13 strikes, the highest team goals proportion of any player in the division.

Fulham's fledglings

Aged 16 years and 30 days, Fulham’s Harvey Elliott became the youngest Premier League player ever when he replaced Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa in the 88th minute at Molineux for the already-relegated Cottagers.

Elliott broke the record previously held by another Fulham player Matthew Briggs, who was 16 years and 65 days old when he played against Middlesbrough in 2007.

The winger already become Fulham’s youngest-ever player when he made his first-team debut aged 15 years and 174 days against Millwall in the Carabao Cup. 

Elliott will be hoping for a more successful career than Briggs, who is currently turning out for Isthmian League North side Maldon & Tiptree in the eighth tier of English football.

All-or-nothing Spurs​

Tottenham set a new Premier League record of going 28 games without a draw from the start of the season before they were held 1-1 by north London rivals Arsenal at Wembley on March 2nd.

And Tottenham were only spared defeat in that match through a last-minute penalty save by Hugo Lloris, who kept out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s spot-kick.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were also the first team to draw none of their away games in the top flight since Norwich City’s relegation in the 1980/81 season.

Accurate Arsenal​

Gone are the days where Arsenal would waste goal-scoring chance after goal-scoring chance. Unai Emery’s men had the highest conversion rate of any team this season with 15.63% of their shots resulting in a goal.

The Gunners were the league’s third-highest scorers with 73 goals despite attempting just 467 shots on goal, only enough for a lowly 11th-most in the division.

Top-scorer Aubameyang fired off 94 of those shots with 40 of them on target and 22 of them finding the back of the net.

Terrible Terriers​ home discomforts

There wasn’t much home comfort for Huddersfield this season with the Terriers managing just 10 goals all season at the John Smith’s Stadium. By way of comparison, champions Manchester City netted 57 at the Etihad.

The barren record equals the unwanted record set by Manchester City in 2006/07 when Stuart Pearce’s men failed to find the net at home after New Year’s Day.

Huddersfield also became the first team in top-flight history not to score more than once in a single home league game. The relegated Terriers failed to score in 19 of their 38 games this season, two better than the 21 times they drew blanks in 2017/18 season.

Their top scorer this year was forward Karlan Grant with four goals despite having only joined Huddersfield in the January transfer window from League One Charlton. The Terriers three other strikers combined for a grand total of three goals.

Awesome Africa​

It was a landmark season for African players in the Premier League with the season’s Golden Boot race a three-way tie between a trio of players from the continent.

Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, from Senegal and Egypt respectively, and Arsenal’s Gabonese forward Aubameyang all finished with 22 Premier League goals. Aubameyang and Mane both netted final-day braces to peg back Salah.

It’s the first time more than one African player has scored 20-plus goals in the Premier League – most recently Chelsea’s Didier Drogba who netted 29 times in 2009/10.

Wolves win best newcomers​

While Fulham and Cardiff went straight back down to the Championship, Wolves thrived on their return to the Premier League with a seventh-placed finish.

The 57 points won by Wolves is the most by a promoted club since Ipswich managed a tally of 66 points to finish fifth and qualify for the UEFA Cup in the 2001-02 season.

Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping Wolves fair better than Ipswich did in the season that followed. The Tractor Boys were relegated with just 36 points 12 months after that fifth-placed finish.

Remarkably Wolves fared better against the big boys than the league’s lesser lights. Santo’s men took 16 points from their 12 games against the top six but just 14 from their 12 games against the bottom six.

Cherries combo bears fruit​

When Ryan Fraser’s cross teed up Callum Wilson to score the final goal in a 3-3 draw with Southampton, the Cherries duo broke a Premier League record in the process of equalising.

The late leveller meant Wilson and Fraser had combined for 12 goals that season, the most of any duo in a 38-game Premier League campaign. Fraser set up Wilson seven times with his team-mate returning the favour on five occasions.

Only Blackburn forwards Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton have combined for more across a Premier League season with 13 during Rovers’ 1994-95 title-winning campaign when there were 42 games.

Warnock's ball-shy Bluebirds

In today’s Premier League with a greater emphasis on possession and passing, Neil Warnock’s Cardiff represented a real throwback this campaign.

The Bluebirds enjoyed just 33.92% possession this season, breaking Stoke City’s 2008-09 total (36.55%) as the lowest average in Premier League history.

In contrast, Man City averaged 68.13% this season and in their two games against Cardiff they had 79% of the ball.

Relegated Cardiff also managed the fewest successful passes in the division with only 10,229 completed at a league-low ratio of 63.86%. The total is 2,784 fewer than nearest rivals Burnley and 16,347 fewer than champions City.

The league’s top four passing players – Jorginho, Virgil van Dijk, Aymeric Laporte and David Luiz – recorded 1,546 successful passes more than Cardiff’s entire squad.

Floodgates at Fulham

Fulham’s floodgates were well and truly open during a disastrous stretch for the Cottagers in which they became the first team to concede two or more goals in 13 consecutive games from January to April.

From the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on New Year’s Day to the 4-1 loss at Watford on April 2nd, Fulham shipped more than one goal in every one of their 13 matches, breaking Sunderland’s 62-year top-flight record.

Fulham conceded two or more goals in 28 of their 38 matches and kept just five clean sheets across the whole campaign.

The Cottagers did tighten up after the Watford thrashing, with just one goal leaked in their next four games. But they reverted to type on the final day by falling 4-0 at home to Newcastle.

Their total of 81 goals conceded is still a way off the leakiest defence in Premier League history. That record is held by Swindon Town in 1993-94 with 100 conceded during the 42-game season.

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