It can’t be said enough: Leicester City are enjoying an historical season. The Foxes are even on course to amazingly break a very old English football record, as do Chelsea.
Claudio Ranieri’s team is leading the Premier League with 53 points after 25 matches, going five points clear at the top and leading the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.
The Foxes have gained 2.12 points per game so far. Considering they finished 14th last season with 41 points from 38 matches (which translates to 1.08 ppg), that’s an increase with 1.04 ppg.
No other team in English football history has ever made such an enormous improvement from one season to the next.
In fact, the team that is currently leading this stat is Arsenal with their 1930/1931 squad. The Gunners back then improved their points total with 0.98 points per game.
Arsenal also holds the second spot with their 1970/1971 squad, which registered an 0.95 ppg increase. The most recent team in the top ten comes in sixth. Aston Villa improved their points total during the 1989/1990 season with 0.79 points per game.
Here’s the full top ten (according to James
The Blues are currently ranked just 13th in the table, gaining 30 points from 25 matches. That translates to 1.2 points per game for the Stamford Bridge team.
Last season, Chelsea were the Premier League champions with 87 points from 38 matches, meaning they gained 2.3 points per game. That’s a fall with 1.1 ppg. For now, only Everton during the 1970/1971 season did (slightly) worse…
Just for completeness – here are the biggest falls in PPG. This year’s Chelsea are almost historic! pic.twitter.com/lg8QNYnjbf
— James Curley (@jalapic) 12 februari 2016