Just beyond Boxing Day was the last Premier League matchday of the 2015 calendar year. With games lasting from Monday through Wednesday, fans and supporters were treated with holiday gifts of the footy variety in a rare midweek round. As 2015 ends, so too does the first half of the season. With a new leader on top of the table, we take a trip for the trivial; here are Five Interesting Facts From Premier League Matchday 19.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2015
Arsenal’s 2-0 home win against Bournemouth catapulted Arsene Wenger’s men to the top of the Premier League at the end of the season’s first half. Although even on points with Leicester City, they hold a superior goal difference. It’s a similar matter if you hold the table within the calendar year. Among active clubs in the Premier League, Arsenal registered a league best 81 points, nine more than Manchester City. An Iron-clad Victory
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) December 28, 2015
West Ham United reached eighth on the the table after their 2-0 win over Southampton in their last encounter at Upton Park. West Ham has also won for the first time in eight matches (Lost twice, came in with five consecutive draws). In their fourteen matches at the venue, only one match ended in a draw (3-3 in 1994, their first EPL fixture at the venue).
Sunderland Slow From the Gate (Again)
— Christian Benteke (@chrisbenteke) December 30, 2015
Sunderland has now conceded the two quickest second half goals in the Premier League this season, as Christian Benteke’s goal 22 seconds after the restart boosted Liverpool to a 1-0 win. Sunderland previously allowed a goal 39 seconds into the second half by Wayne Rooney. Kane is Able
— Harry Kane (@HKane) December 28, 2015
No player had the same type of breakthrough in 2015 that Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane had. Kane rose the ranks from common reserve to being called the future of English football and even earning a cap for the Three Lions. Kane was directly involved for 27 goals and 4 assists in the calendar year 2015, the most in the Premier League. It was capped off with an assist in Spurs’ 2-1 win at Watford.
Bottom-feeding Aston Villa
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) December 28, 2015
Aston Villa were defeated at Carrow Road by Norwich City, 2-0. Despite the eight points currently on the table at the halfway point, only two teams all-time within the Premier League have placed lower. Derby County had only seven points at the end of the first half of the 2007-08 season, and the 2005-06 Sunderland club had a measly six points.