Top four, two draws - 2018/19 Premier League in numbers
Wed 15 May 2019, 14:32|Tottenham Hotspur
Most away wins, a draw record, Dele’s run continues and Christian Eriksen so close to 50/50 - we counted up the numbers at the end of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, including the most important stat of all - a fourth-successive top four finish to secure Champions League football again next season.
2 - fewest draws in a season
We only had two draws in the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, our fewest in a league season. The previous fewest was four in the double-winning season of 1960/61. The fewest in the Premier League before last season was six in 2003/04 and 2013/14. We didn’t draw a game in the Premier League until the north London derby - 29 games in. The total sequence was 32 matches without a draw, taking into account another four at the end of 2017/18. No draws in the first 28 matches of a season is a Premier League record. The longest sequence previously was 19 league matches without a draw in 1930.
4 - top four
We finished fourth in the Premier League - the fourth-successive season we’ve finished in the top four and qualified for Champions League football. This represents our best league run since Bill Nicholson’s ‘glory, glory’ team that finished in the top four of the old First Division five seasons on the trot from 1959/60 to 1963/64, including the ‘double’ campaign of 1960/61. The only other sequence of three on the trot was Arthur Rowe’s ‘push and run’ team, 1949/50, 1950/51 and 1951/52.
6 - goals at Everton
We scored six goals in an away game for only the fourth time in the Premier League era when we toppled Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park on 22 December. Our record away win in the Premier League is 7-1 at Hull at the end of the 2016/17 campaign - just days after beating Leicester 6-1. We also beat Wimbledon 6-2 in 1998.
9 - Dier’s capital gains
Eric Dier scored his first goal at the new stadium against Everton as we drew 2-2 in the Premier League finale on 12 May. That means nine of his 10 goals have been in London - the other was at Turf Moor, Burnley in April, 2017.
11 - away wins
Our 11 wins in 2018/19 was the most in a Premier League campaign, beating 10 in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2017/18. Eleven is the most since 12 in 1984/85. The most in the Club’s history is 16 in the double season of 1960/61.
18 years, 90 days - Skippy’s debut
Academy graduate Oliver Skipp made his first Premier League start in our 1-0 win against Burnley at Wembley on 15 December - aged 18 years, 90 days. That made him the youngest player to start a Premier League game for us since Gareth Bale stepped out against Manchester United on 26 September, 2007 (18 years, 72 days).
37 - Dele's run
Dele Alli has now stretched his unbeaten run when scoring in a Premier League match to 37. He passed Aaron Lennon’s mark of 25 matches in the Premier League last season. Dele added goals against Newcastle, Chelsea, Leicester, Everton and Fulham in 2018/19 - we won every game.
39 - goals conceded
We conceded 40 goals or less for the 11th time in our league history in 2018/19. The 39 goals conceded was the fourth-successive season we’ve conceded less than 40 in the Premier League. Before that run, starting in 2015/16, we’d only conceded less than 40 goals twice in the Premier League era – 1995/96 and 2005/06.
45 - points at half-way
Our 45-point haul after 19 games was the best in our Premier League history, toppling 42 in 2011/12 and the next best of 39 in 2016/17.
49 - Christian so close to 50/50
Christian Eriksen’s trademark free-kick to secure a 2-2 draw against Everton and fourth place on the final day was his 49th for us in the Premier League. He’s just one goal away from becoming the first player to score 50 goals and 50 assists for us in the Premier League.
60 - Christian’s assists
Staying with our Great Dane, Christian Eriksen now has 60 assists for us in the Premier League - only Darren Anderton has more on 67.
100 - years of league football
The 2018/19 campaign represented our 100th in league football. Our first was in the old Second Division in 1908/09 and we were promoted to the top flight at the first attempt after finishing runners-up by just a point to Bolton.
125 - Harry’s goals
Harry Kane is now up to 125 Premier League goals. Since making his debut in 2012, only Sergio Aguero (141) has scored more in the Premier League. During the course of the season, Harry became the first Spurs player to score 20-plus goals for five-successive seasons with 24 in all competitions, 17 in the Premier League.