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The 2012/13 Season Statto

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic

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12:18 21st May 2013

The Statto returns for the final time this season...

FOLLOWING the end of another dramatic and intriguing Barclays Premier League campaign, we take a look at all of the facts and figures from the season that was 2012/13.

SPOT ON: Manchester United became only the fourth side in Premier League history to not concede a single penalty kick in a season (Arsenal in 1999-00, Newcastle in 1995-96 and Bolton in 1997-98). Meanwhile, both Tottenham and Swansea were not awarded a single penalty kick in 2012‑13 – only five other sides have not been awarded a penalty in a Premier League campaign before this season.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: West Ham United were the only team not to win consecutive Premier League games.

HOTSHOT: Robin van Persie became only the third player to win the Premier League Golden Boot award with two clubs (Arsenal and Manchester United), after Alan Shearer and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

ENTERTAINED: For the third successive season, there were at least 2.8 goals-per-game scored in the Premier League (2.80 in both 2012-13 and 2010-11, 2.81 in 2011-12). Before 2010-11, no Premier League season had reached this average.

STRUGGLE: QPR won just four games in the Premier League this season. Only Derby County (one in 2007-08) and Sunderland (three in 2005-06) have won fewer in a single Premier League campaign.

A FOOTBALL FIRST: The 5-5 result between West Brom and Manchester United on the final day was the first 5-5 draw in Premier League history. 

IMPACT: Reading’s Adam Le Fondre scored eight times from the bench, setting a new Premier League record in the process.

CONTRAST: Tottenham scored 16 goals from outside the box (Bale with nine of them), more than any other side. Stoke scored only one goal from outside the box; the lowest in the top-flight.

A HEAD: Chelsea scored the most headed goals during the campaign with 16.

SHARING THE LOAD: Champions Manchester United had 20 different goal-scorers in 2012-13, a record spread in a single Premier League season.

FRAMED: Manchester United hit the woodwork 24 times, more than any other side.

HOMEGROWN: Liverpool's English players scored 32 goals this season – more than any other side.

LYNCHPIN: Christian Benteke scored 40% of Aston Villa's Premier League goals this season, a higher proportion than any other player for their side. Overall, Benteke scored or assisted 49% of Villa's goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other player for a single side.

OOPS: There were more own goals scored in the Premier League this season than ever before (47).

VALUE: The Emirates Stadium saw more goals than any other arena.

UNFORTUNATE: Tottenham's total of 72 points is the highest ever total for a top-flight team finishing outside the top four in a 38-game season. Spurs' points total would have been enough to finish in second place two seasons ago.

ON A PLATE: Leighton Baines created 116 goalscoring chances this season, 12 more than any other player in the Premier League.

CONSISTENT: Following his goal on the final day, Javier Hernández has averaged a goal every 118 minutes and 29 seconds on average in the Premier League – a faster rate than any other player (with more than 10 goals) in the history of the competition.

PASS: Swansea v Fulham on the final day was the only Premier League game this season to see more than 1,000 passes.

EVER PRESENTS: Stoke’s Asmir Begovic was one of only five players to feature in every minute of Premier League action this season. Three other ‘keepers, Simon Mignolet, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Joe Hart also achieved this feat; as did outfield player Leighton Baines. 

(all stats are courtesy of Opta)

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