2014–15 Premier League

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Season2014–15
Dates16 August 2014 – 24 May 2015
Champions Chelsea
4th Premier League title
5th English title
Relegated
Champions League
Europa League
Matches played380
Goals scored975 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Sergio Agüero (26 goals) [1]
Best goalkeeper Joe Hart (14 clean sheets) [2]
Biggest home win Southampton 8–0 Sunderland
(18 October 2014)
Biggest away win Swansea City 0–5 Chelsea
(17 January 2015)
Highest scoring Everton 3–6 Chelsea
(30 August 2014)
Longest winning run8 games [3]
Arsenal
Longest unbeaten run16 games [3]
Chelsea
Longest winless run13 games [3]
Leicester City
Longest losing run8 games [3]
Newcastle United
Highest attendance75,454 [4]
Manchester United 0–1 West Bromwich Albion (2 May 2015)
Lowest attendance16,163 [4]
Queens Park Rangers 2–2 Stoke City
(20 September 2014)
Total attendance13,746,753 [4]
Average attendance36,175 [4]
2015–16

The 2014–15 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 23rd season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The fixtures were announced on 18 June 2014. [5] The season started on 16 August 2014 and concluded on 24 May 2015. [6]

Contents

Manchester City came into the season as defending champions of the 2013–14 season. Leicester City, Burnley and Queens Park Rangers entered as the three promoted teams.

On 3 May 2015, Chelsea won the title with three games to spare after a 1–0 home win over Crystal Palace. [7] It was their first league title since 2010, their fourth Premier League title and their fifth English league title overall. [8] Holders Manchester City eventually finished second, after a short drop to fourth a few weeks before the final match. [9]

Burnley were the first team to be relegated despite beating Hull City 1–0, while Queens Park Rangers suffered the same fate after a 6–0 demolition by Manchester City the next day. [10] [11] Hull City were the third and final team to be relegated after a draw against Manchester United on the final day of the season. [12]

Manchester City's Sergio Agüero won the Golden Boot with 26 goals, with his teammate Joe Hart clinching a record fourth Golden Glove, having kept 14 clean sheets. [13] [14] Eden Hazard and José Mourinho were named as Player and Manager of the Season respectively. [15]

Teams

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the Championship. The promoted teams were Leicester City, Burnley and Queens Park Rangers, returning to the top flight after respective absences of ten years, four years and one year. They replaced Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City, ending their respective top-flight spells of three years, thirteen years and one year.

Stadiums and locations

TeamLocationStadiumCapacity [16]
Arsenal London (Holloway) Emirates Stadium 60,272
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,682
Burnley Burnley Turf Moor 21,401
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 41,798
Crystal Palace London (Selhurst) Selhurst Park 25,747
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 39,571
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KC Stadium 25,400
Leicester City Leicester King Power Stadium 32,312
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,276
Manchester City Manchester City of Manchester Stadium 46,708
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 75,635
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,405
Queens Park Rangers London (Shepherd's Bush) Loftus Road 18,000
Southampton Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,505
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent Britannia Stadium 27,740
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 48,707
Swansea City Swansea Liberty Stadium 20,827
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,284
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 26,445
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground 35,245

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Arsenal Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Flag of Spain.svg Mikel Arteta Puma [17] Emirates [18]
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg Tim Sherwood Flag of England.svg Fabian Delph Macron [19] dafabet [20]
Burnley Flag of England.svg Sean Dyche Flag of England.svg Jason Shackell Puma [21] fun88
Chelsea Flag of Portugal.svg José Mourinho Flag of England.svg John Terry Adidas [22] Samsung [23]
Crystal Palace Flag of England.svg Alan Pardew Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mile Jedinak Macron [24] Neteller
Everton Flag of Spain.svg Roberto Martínez Flag of England.svg Phil Jagielka Umbro [25] Chang [26]
Hull City Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce Flag of England.svg Curtis Davies Umbro [27] 12BET [28]
Leicester City Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson Flag of Jamaica.svg Wes Morgan Puma [29] King Power [30]
Liverpool Ulster Banner.svg Brendan Rodgers Flag of England.svg Steven Gerrard Warrior [31] Standard Chartered [32]
Manchester City Flag of Chile.svg Manuel Pellegrini Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Vincent Kompany Nike [33] Etihad Airways [34]
Manchester United Flag of the Netherlands.svg Louis van Gaal Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney Nike [35] Chevrolet [36]
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg John Carver Flag of Argentina.svg Fabricio Coloccini Puma [37] Wonga [38]
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg Chris Ramsey Flag of England.svg Clint Hill Nike [39] AirAsia [40]
Southampton Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ronald Koeman Flag of Portugal.svg José Fonte Made by club [41] Veho [42]
Stoke City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes Flag of England.svg Ryan Shawcross Warrior [43] Bet365 [44]
Sunderland Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dick Advocaat Flag of Ireland.svg John O'Shea Adidas [45] BFS Group [46]
Swansea City Flag of England.svg Garry Monk Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ashley Williams Adidas [47] GWFX [48]
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Argentina.svg Mauricio Pochettino Flag of France.svg Younès Kaboul Under Armour [49] AIA [50]
West Bromwich Albion Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis Flag of Scotland.svg Darren Fletcher Adidas [51] Intuit QuickBooks [52]
West Ham United Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce Flag of England.svg Kevin Nolan Adidas [53] Betway [54]

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyLeague positionIncoming managerDate of appointment
West Bromwich Albion Flag of Spain.svg Pepe Mel Mutual consent12 May 2014 [55] Pre-season Flag of Scotland.svg Alan Irvine 14 June 2014 [56]
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg Tim Sherwood Sacked13 May 2014 [57] Flag of Argentina.svg Mauricio Pochettino 27 May 2014 [58]
Southampton Flag of Argentina.svg Mauricio Pochettino Signed by Tottenham27 May 2014 [58] Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ronald Koeman 16 June 2014 [59]
Crystal Palace Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis Mutual consent14 August 2014 [60] Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock 27 August 2014 [61]
Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock Sacked27 December 2014 [62] 18th Flag of England.svg Alan Pardew 2 January 2015 [63]
West Bromwich Albion Flag of Scotland.svg Alan Irvine 29 December 2014 [64] 16th Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis 1 January 2015 [65]
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg Alan Pardew Signed by Crystal Palace2 January 2015 [63] 10th Flag of England.svg John Carver 26 January 2015 [66]
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp Resigned3 February 2015 [67] 19th Flag of England.svg Chris Ramsey 12 February 2015 [68]
Aston Villa Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert Sacked11 February 2015 [69] 18th Flag of England.svg Tim Sherwood 14 February 2015 [70]
Sunderland Flag of Uruguay.svg Gus Poyet 16 March 2015 [71] 17th Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dick Advocaat 17 March 2015 [72]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C)3826937332+4187Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 3824778338+4579
3 Arsenal 3822977136+3575
4 Manchester United 38201086237+2570Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38197125853+564Qualification for the Europa League group stage [lower-alpha 1]
6 Liverpool 38188125248+462
7 Southampton 38186145433+2160Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
8 Swansea City 38168144649356
9 Stoke City 38159144845+354
10 Crystal Palace 38139164751448
11 Everton 381211154850247
12 West Ham United 381211154447347Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round [lower-alpha 2]
13 West Bromwich Albion 3811111638511344
14 Leicester City 38118194655941
15 Newcastle United 381091940632339
16 Sunderland 387171431532238
17 Aston Villa 381082031572638
18 Hull City (R)388111933511835Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 Burnley (R)387121928532533
20 Queens Park Rangers (R)38862442733130
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions). [76]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Since winners of the 2014–15 FA Cup, Arsenal, and winners of the 2014–15 Football League Cup, Chelsea, qualified for the Champions League based on league position, the spot awarded to the FA Cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the sixth-placed team, Liverpool, and the spot awarded to the League Cup winners (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the seventh-placed team, Southampton, since those teams were the first teams in the table not already qualified for any European competition.
  2. England was given an extra qualification berth for the Europa League first qualifying round as one of the top three associations in UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking. [73] The spot was given to West Ham United after finishing on top of the Premier League Fair Play table. [74] [75]

Results

On 3 May 2015, Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 1–0 to secure the Premier League title with three games to play. PFA Player of the Year winner Eden Hazard scored the winning goal near the end of the first half, heading in the rebound of his own penalty kick. The win left Chelsea 16 points ahead of Arsenal, which had five games remaining. [77] Chelsea were atop the standings the entire year, having got off to a good start. [77] [78] For Chelsea, it was the fourth title in the last eleven years, but first in the last six seasons. It was the fifth title in the club's 110-year history. "We showed absolutely everything since day one, everything football demands from a team," said manager José Mourinho. "We had fantastic attacking football, we had fantastic domination ... we defended amazingly well." [77] It was Mourinho's 22nd career title. He won titles at Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, before being forced out by owner Roman Abramovich, and returning in 2013. Diego Costa led Chelsea with 20 goals. [77]

Home \ Away ARS AVL BUR CHE CRY EVE HUL LEI LIV MCI MUN NEW QPR SOU STK SUN SWA TOT WBA WHU
Arsenal 5–03–0 0–0 2–12–02–22–14–12–2 1–2 4–12–11–03–00–00–1 1–1 4–13–0
Aston Villa 0–30–11–20–03–22–12–10–20–21–10–03–31–11–20–00–11–2 2–1 1–0
Burnley 0–11–11–32–31–31–00–10–11–00–01–12–11–00–00–00–10–02–21–3
Chelsea 2–0 3–01–11–01–02–02–01–11–11–02–0 2–1 1–12–13–14–2 3–0 2–02–0
Crystal Palace 1–20–10–01–20–10–22–03–12–11–21–13–11–31–11–31–02–10–21–3
Everton 2–23–01–03–62–31–12–2 0–0 1–13–03–03–11–00–10–20–00–10–02–1
Hull City 1–32–00–12–32–02–00–11–02–40–00–32–10–11–11–10–11–20–02–2
Leicester City 1–11–02–21–30–12–20–01–30–15–33–05–12–00–10–02–01–20–12–1
Liverpool 2–20–12–01–21–3 1–1 0–02–2 2–1 1–2 2–02–12–11–00–04–13–22–12–0
Manchester City 0–23–22–21–13–01–01–12–0 3–1 1–0 5–06–02–00–13–22–14–13–02–0
Manchester United 1–1 3–13–11–11–02–13–03–1 3–0 4–2 3–14–00–12–12–01–23–00–12–1
Newcastle United 1–21–03–32–13–33–22–21–01–00–20–11–01–21–1 0–1 2–31–31–12–0
Queens Park Rangers 1–22–02–0 0–1 0–01–20–13–22–32–20–22–10–12–21–01–11–23–20–0
Southampton 2–06–12–01–11–03–02–02–00–20–31–24–02–11–08–00–12–20–00–0
Stoke City 3–20–11–20–21–22–01–00–16–11–41–11–03–12–11–12–13–02–02–2
Sunderland 0–20–42–00–01–41–11–30–00–11–41–1 1–0 0–22–13–10–02–20–01–1
Swansea City 2–11–01–00–51–11–13–12–00–12–42–12–22–00–12–01–11–23–01–1
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 0–12–1 5–3 0–02–12–04–30–30–10–01–24–01–01–22–13–20–12–2
West Bromwich Albion 0–1 1–0 4–03–02–20–21–02–30–01–32–20–21–41–01–02–22–00–31–2
West Ham United 1–20–01–00–11–31–23–02–03–12–11–11–02–01–31–11–03–10–11–1
Source: Barclays Premier League football scores & results
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

RankPlayerClubGoals [1]
1 Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Agüero Manchester City26
2 Flag of England.svg Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur21
3 Flag of Spain.svg Diego Costa Chelsea20
4 Flag of England.svg Charlie Austin Queens Park Rangers18
5 Flag of Chile.svg Alexis Sánchez Arsenal16
6 Flag of England.svg Saido Berahino West Bromwich Albion14
Flag of France.svg Olivier Giroud Arsenal
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eden Hazard Chelsea
9 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Christian Benteke Aston Villa13
10 Flag of Italy.svg Graziano Pellè Southampton12
Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney Manchester United
Flag of Spain.svg David Silva Manchester City

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDate
Flag of Spain.svg Diego Costa ChelseaSwansea City4–2 [79] 13 September 2014
Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Agüero 4Manchester CityTottenham Hotspur4–1 [80] 18 October 2014
Flag of England.svg Charlie Austin Queens Park RangersWest Bromwich Albion3–2 [81] 20 December 2014
Flag of Ireland.svg Jonathan Walters Stoke CityQueens Park Rangers3–1 [82] 31 January 2015
Flag of England.svg Harry Kane Tottenham HotspurLeicester City4–3 [83] 21 March 2015
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Christian Benteke Aston VillaQueens Park Rangers3–3 [84] 7 April 2015
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Yannick Bolasie Crystal PalaceSunderland4–1 [85] 11 April 2015
Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Agüero Manchester CityQueens Park Rangers6–0 [86] 10 May 2015
Flag of Senegal.svg Sadio Mané SouthamptonAston Villa6–1 [87] 16 May 2015
Flag of England.svg Theo Walcott ArsenalWest Bromwich Albion4–1 [88] 24 May 2015

4Player scored 4 goals

Most assists

[89]

RankPlayerClubAssists
1 Flag of Spain.svg Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea18
2 Flag of Spain.svg Santi Cazorla Arsenal11
3 Ulster Banner.svg Chris Brunt West Bromwich Albion10
Flag of Argentina.svg Ángel Di María Manchester United
Flag of Iceland.svg Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City
6 Flag of England.svg Leighton Baines Everton9
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eden Hazard Chelsea
Flag of England.svg Jordan Henderson Liverpool
9 Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Agüero Manchester City8
Flag of Brazil.svg Oscar Chelsea
Flag of England.svg Stewart Downing West Ham United
Flag of Spain.svg Jesús Navas Manchester City
Flag of Scotland.svg Matt Phillips Queens Park Rangers
Flag of Chile.svg Alexis Sánchez Arsenal
Flag of England.svg Jamie Vardy Leicester City

Clean sheets

[2]

RankPlayerClubClean
sheets
1 Flag of England.svg Joe Hart Manchester City14
2 Flag of Poland.svg Łukasz Fabiański Swansea City13
Flag of England.svg Fraser Forster Southampton
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Simon Mignolet Liverpool
5 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Thibaut Courtois Chelsea12
6 Flag of England.svg Ben Foster West Bromwich Albion11
Flag of Romania.svg Costel Pantilimon Sunderland
8 Flag of Spain.svg David de Gea Manchester United10
Flag of England.svg Tom Heaton Burnley
10 Flag of the United States.svg Brad Guzan Aston Villa9

Discipline

Player

Club

  • Most yellow cards: 94 [91]
    • Sunderland
  • Most red cards: 7 [91]
    • Aston Villa
    • Newcastle United

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
ManagerClubPlayerClub
August Flag of England.svg Garry Monk Swansea City Flag of Spain.svg Diego Costa Chelsea [92]
September Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ronald Koeman Southampton Flag of Italy.svg Graziano Pellè Southampton [93]
October Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce West Ham United Flag of Senegal.svg Diafra Sakho West Ham United [94]
November Flag of England.svg Alan Pardew Newcastle United Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Agüero Manchester City [95]
December Flag of Chile.svg Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City Flag of England.svg Charlie Austin Queens Park Rangers [96]
January Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ronald Koeman Southampton Flag of England.svg Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur [97]
February Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis West Bromwich Albion [98]
March Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Arsenal Flag of France.svg Olivier Giroud Arsenal [99]
April Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson Leicester City Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Christian Benteke Aston Villa [100]

Annual awards

AwardWinnerClub
Premier League Manager of the Season Flag of Portugal.svg José Mourinho [15] Chelsea
Premier League Player of the Season Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eden Hazard [15] Chelsea
PFA Players' Player of the Year Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eden Hazard [101] Chelsea
PFA Young Player of the Year Flag of England.svg Harry Kane [101] Tottenham Hotspur
FWA Footballer of the Year Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eden Hazard [102] Chelsea
PFA Team of the Year [101]
Goalkeeper Flag of Spain.svg David de Gea (Manchester United)
Defence Flag of Serbia.svg Branislav Ivanović (Chelsea) Flag of England.svg John Terry (Chelsea) Flag of England.svg Gary Cahill (Chelsea) Flag of England.svg Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
Midfield Flag of Chile.svg Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Flag of Serbia.svg Nemanja Matić (Chelsea) Flag of Brazil.svg Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Attack Flag of Spain.svg Diego Costa (Chelsea) Flag of England.svg Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

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