2015–16 Premier League

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Premier League
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Season2015–16
Dates8 August 2015 – 17 May 2016
Champions Leicester City
1st Premier League title
1st English title
Relegated Newcastle United
Norwich City
Aston Villa
Champions League Leicester City
Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City
Europa League Manchester United
Southampton
West Ham United
Matches played380
Goals scored1,026 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Harry Kane (25 goals) [1]
Best goalkeeper Petr Čech (16 clean sheets) [2]
Biggest home winManchester City 6–1 Newcastle United
(3 October 2015) [3]
Biggest away winAston Villa 0–6 Liverpool
(14 February 2016) [3]
Highest scoringNorwich City 4–5 Liverpool
(23 January 2016) [3]
Longest winning run6 matches [4]
Tottenham Hotspur
Longest unbeaten run15 matches [4]
Chelsea
Longest winless run19 matches [4]
Aston Villa
Longest losing run11 matches [4]
Aston Villa
Highest attendance75,415 [5]
Manchester United 2–1 Swansea City
(2 January 2016)
Lowest attendance10,863 [5]
Bournemouth 1–3 Stoke City
(13 February 2016)
Total attendance13,851,698 [5]
Average attendance36,451 [5]
2016–17

The 2015–16 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 24th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 8 August 2015, and was scheduled to conclude on 15 May 2016. [6] However, the match between Manchester United and Bournemouth on the final day was postponed to 17 May 2016 due to a suspicious package found at Old Trafford. [7]

Contents

Chelsea began the season as defending champions of the 2014–15 season. Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City entered as the three promoted teams from the 2014–15 Football League Championship.

Leicester City won the championship for the first time in their 132-year history, with 2 games to spare, after Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 2nd May 2016, becoming the 24th club to become English football champions, and the sixth club to win the Premier League. Many commentators consider this to be one of the greatest sporting shocks in history, especially considering that Leicester spent half of the previous season at the bottom of the table before finishing 14th. Aston Villa, one of seven teams who had played in the Premier League since its inaugural season, were relegated from the top flight in England for the first time since 1987.

Summary

Leicester City were the surprise of the season. Following their late escape from relegation in the previous season many pundits had predicted that they would be relegated [8] and bookmakers gave 5,000–1 odds on them winning the title. [9] After the dismissal of manager Nigel Pearson, they began the new season with Italian Claudio Ranieri in charge. Pearson had been known for his short temper with the press, while Ranieri has a reputation for good humour. [10] The appointment was met with scepticism by pundits, including Leicester fan and former player Gary Lineker, as Ranieri had recently been sacked from his previous post as manager of the Greek national team after suffering a humiliating defeat to the Faroe Islands in his last game in charge. [10] [11]

Despite winning their opening game against Sunderland and topping the table, they dropped back following a 5–2 home defeat to Arsenal in September. [12] However, aided by Jamie Vardy's record feat of scoring in eleven consecutive Premier League games , they then remained unbeaten – and returned to the top of the table – until 26 December, when a 1–0 defeat to Liverpool dropped them to second place. They returned to the top after a 1–1 draw with Aston Villa on 16 January, and remained there for the rest of the season. [12] Following a 2–2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on 2 May 2016, and having two more games to play, Leicester City were confirmed champions, their first title in the top flight of English football, eclipsing the runners-up spot they reached in 1929. [9]

Defending champions Chelsea sacked manager José Mourinho in December while in 16th place and eventually failed to qualify for European football for the first time in two decades. Eden Hazard, the previous season's PFA Players' Player of the Year, did not score a league goal until late April. [13] They eventually finished 10th, set a then-record lowest finish for a Premier League title holder. They broke the joint-record of 7th set by Blackburn Rovers in 1995–96 and Manchester United in 2013–14. [14] This record only stood for one year, as Leicester City finished 12th the following season.

Arsenal, looking for their first title since 2004 and following a poor start, improved and in early January took the top spot from Leicester. However, a poor run of results, including draws with Liverpool, [15] Stoke City [16] and Southampton, [17] and a loss to Chelsea [18] saw them drop to fourth by mid-February. They remained in contention, but draws with West Ham United, Sunderland and Crystal Palace in April saw their title hopes vanish. [19] [20] [21]

Meanwhile, Arsenal's London rivals Tottenham Hotspur won six matches in a row, and when Arsenal lost to Manchester United at the end of February, Tottenham leapfrogged them into second place, [22] where they remained until the final weekend of the season. Draws with West Bromwich Albion [23] and Chelsea prevented them from winning their first league title since 1961. The game in which Tottenham's title challenge ended was their 2–2 draw at Chelsea on 2 May, with many altercations between players and benches on and off the field, especially after Eden Hazard scored the equalizing and final goal. [24] Mark Clattenburg, who refereed the game, subsequently stated that he could have "sent three players off from Tottenham" but chose instead to allow them to play on, giving the team a total of nine yellow cards (a league record), so as to allow them to "self destruct" and have no one else to blame but themselves. [25] [26]

After a 2–1 home loss to Southampton and a 5–1 defeat away to Newcastle United in their final two matches, Tottenham ended the season in third place, one point behind Arsenal. [27]

West Ham United, in their final season at the Boleyn Ground after 112 years, achieved 62 points, a club record for a Premier League campaign. It was also the first Premier League season where they had finished with a positive goal difference (+14) and West Ham's 8 defeats was also a club record for the fewest losses suffered in a Premier League season.

Aston Villa, a presence in the Premier League since the league's foundation in 1992 and present in the top division since the 1988–89 season, were the first team to be mathematically relegated, after a 1–0 loss at Manchester United on 16 April. [28] On 11 May, Sunderland won 3–0 against Everton, a result which relegated both Newcastle United and Norwich City with one game remaining. [29]

All of the final fixtures of the season were scheduled for 15 May, and were to kick off at the same time. However, Manchester United's home game against Bournemouth was postponed to two days later after Old Trafford was evacuated because of the discovery of a suspicious device, which was destroyed in a controlled explosion. It was confirmed to be an accidental leftover from a training exercise. [30]

Reactions

The unlikely nature of Leicester's title led to a flood of coverage from across the globe. Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted his congratulations, saying it was "An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title." Congratulations were also sent by the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who praised his compatriot Ranieri. [31]

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore described it as "biggest story we've ever had" in English football. [32] Former Leicester manager Martin O'Neill described it as the "greatest achievement of this century". [32] Gary Lineker, the former Leicester striker who led a consortium that saved the club from administration in 2002, had said he would host the BBC football show Match of the Day in his underwear if Leicester won the title. After they won the title, he did indeed present the show clad only in boxer shorts. [33] He said: "There were no odds that I would have taken at the start of the season. No odds. You could have given me 10 million to one and I'd have said 'Nah, it's a waste of a quid'". [34] José Mourinho, manager of 2015 champions Chelsea and Ranieri's replacement at the same team eleven years earlier, sent his congratulations, saying: "I lost my title to Claudio Ranieri and it is with incredible emotion that I live this magic moment in his career." [35] Ranieri said after winning his first title at the age of 64 that he wouldn't have appreciated it as a young man: "Now I am an old man I can feel it much better." [35] [36]

The long odds bookmakers had given Leicester at the start of the season led to them incurring losses of up to £25 million, with one punter winning over £100,000, having wagered £20 at the original 5,000–1 odds; [37] the largest payout was £200,000 to an anonymous bettor who wagered £100 on the team in October when the odds were improved to 2,000–1. [38]

Superstitious claims of phenomena helping Leicester win the league include the club's Thai owners engaging Buddhist monks to bless the players, [31] and the reburial of King Richard III in the city's cathedral in March 2015. [39]

Notes

1. ^ This is a Premier League record. The all time first tier of English football record stands at 12, by Jimmy Dunne in 1932 [40]
2. ^ A promise which he later kept. [41] (Reference includes a brief clip from the beginning of the programme).

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 Bournemouth (playing in the top flight for the first time ever), Watford (returning to the top flight after eight years) and Norwich City (returning after a season's absence). They replaced Hull City (ending their two-year spell in the top flight), Burnley and Queens Park Rangers (both teams relegated after a season's presence).

Stadiums and locations

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Greater London Premier League football clubs
Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
TeamLocationStadiumCapacity [42]
Arsenal London (Holloway) Emirates Stadium 60,260
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,660
Bournemouth Bournemouth Dean Court 11,464
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 41,798
Crystal Palace London (Selhurst) Selhurst Park 25,073
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 39,571
Leicester City Leicester King Power Stadium 32,312
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 44,742
Manchester City Manchester City of Manchester Stadium 55,097
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 75,653
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,338
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 27,010
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 20,909
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,284
Watford Watford Vicarage Road 21,500
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 26,850
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground [lower-alpha 1] 35,345
  1. This was West Ham United's last season at Boleyn Ground as they were set to relocate to the London Stadium at the start of the following season. [43]

Personnel and kits

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Arsenal Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Flag of Spain.svg Mikel Arteta [44] Puma [45] Emirates [46]
Aston Villa Flag of Scotland.svg Eric Black (caretaker) Flag of England.svg Micah Richards [47] Macron [48] Intuit QuickBooks [49]
Bournemouth Flag of England.svg Eddie Howe Flag of England.svg Tommy Elphick [50] JD Sports [51] Mansion Group [52]
Chelsea Flag of the Netherlands.svg Guus Hiddink (caretaker) Flag of England.svg John Terry [53] Adidas [54] Yokohama [55]
Crystal Palace Flag of England.svg Alan Pardew Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mile Jedinak [56] Macron [57] Mansion Group [58]
Everton Flag of England.svg David Unsworth
Flag of England.svg Joe Royle (caretakers)
Flag of England.svg Phil Jagielka [59] Umbro [60] Chang [61]
Leicester City Flag of Italy.svg Claudio Ranieri Flag of Jamaica.svg Wes Morgan [62] Puma [63] King Power [64]
Liverpool Flag of Germany.svg Jürgen Klopp Flag of England.svg Jordan Henderson [65] New Balance [66] Standard Chartered [66]
Manchester City Flag of Chile.svg Manuel Pellegrini Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Vincent Kompany [67] Nike [68] Etihad Airways [69]
Manchester United Flag of the Netherlands.svg Louis van Gaal Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney [70] Adidas [71] Chevrolet [72]
Newcastle United Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Benítez Flag of Argentina.svg Fabricio Coloccini [73] Puma [74] Wonga [75]
Norwich City Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Neil Flag of Scotland.svg Russell Martin [76] Erreà [77] Aviva [77]
Southampton Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ronald Koeman Flag of Portugal.svg José Fonte [78] Adidas [79] Veho [80]
Stoke City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes Flag of England.svg Ryan Shawcross [81] New Balance [82] Bet365 [83]
Sunderland Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce Flag of Ireland.svg John O'Shea [84] Adidas [85] Dafabet [86]
Swansea City Flag of Italy.svg Francesco Guidolin Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ashley Williams [87] Adidas [88] GWFX [89]
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Argentina.svg Mauricio Pochettino Flag of France.svg Hugo Lloris [90] Under Armour [91] AIA [92]
Watford Flag of Spain.svg Quique Sánchez Flores Flag of England.svg Troy Deeney [93] Puma [94] 138.com [95]
West Bromwich Albion Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis Flag of Scotland.svg Darren Fletcher [96] Adidas [97] Tlcbet [98]
West Ham United Flag of Croatia.svg Slaven Bilić Flag of England.svg Mark Noble [99] Umbro [100] Betway [101]

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of
departure
Date of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of
appointment
West Ham United Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce End of contract24 May 2015 [102] Pre-season Flag of Croatia.svg Slaven Bilić 9 June 2015 [103]
Watford Flag of Serbia.svg Slaviša Jokanović 5 June 2015 [104] Flag of Spain.svg Quique Sánchez Flores 5 June 2015 [104]
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg John Carver Sacked9 June 2015 [105] Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren 10 June 2015 [106]
Leicester City Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson 30 June 2015 [107] Flag of Italy.svg Claudio Ranieri 13 July 2015 [108]
Sunderland Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dick Advocaat Resigned4 October 2015 [109] 19th Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce 9 October 2015 [110]
Liverpool Ulster Banner.svg Brendan Rodgers Sacked4 October 2015 [111] 10th Flag of Germany.svg Jürgen Klopp 8 October 2015 [112]
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg Tim Sherwood 25 October 2015 [113] 19th Flag of France.svg Rémi Garde 2 November 2015 [114]
Swansea City Flag of England.svg Garry Monk 9 December 2015 [115] 15th Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Alan Curtis 7 January 2016 [116]
Chelsea Flag of Portugal.svg José Mourinho 17 December 2015 [117] 16th Flag of the Netherlands.svg Guus Hiddink 19 December 2015 [118]
Swansea City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Alan Curtis End of caretaker spell18 January 2016 [119] 18th Flag of Italy.svg Francesco Guidolin 18 January 2016 [119]
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren Sacked11 March 2016 [120] 19th Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Benítez 11 March 2016 [121]
Aston Villa Flag of France.svg Rémi Garde Mutual consent29 March 2016 [122] 20th Flag of Scotland.svg Eric Black 29 March 2016 [122]
Everton Flag of Spain.svg Roberto Martínez Sacked12 May 2016 [123] 12th Flag of England.svg David Unsworth
Flag of England.svg Joe Royle (caretakers)
12 May 2016 [123]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Leicester City (C)38231236836+3281Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Arsenal 38201176536+2971
3 Tottenham Hotspur 38191366935+3470
4 Manchester City 38199107141+3066Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Manchester United 38199104935+1466Qualification for the Europa League group stage [lower-alpha 1]
6 Southampton 38189115941+1863
7 West Ham United 38161486551+1462Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round [lower-alpha 2]
8 Liverpool 381612106350+1360
9 Stoke City 381491541551451
10 Chelsea 381214125953+650
11 Everton 381114135955+447
12 Swansea City 3812111542521047
13 Watford 381291740501045
14 West Bromwich Albion 3810131534481443
15 Crystal Palace 381191839511242
16 Bournemouth 381191845672242
17 Sunderland 389121748621439
18 Newcastle United (R)389101944652137Relegation to the EFL Championship
19 Norwich City (R)38972239672834
20 Aston Villa (R)38382727764917
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). [124]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. Manchester United qualified for the Europa League group stage by winning the 2015–16 FA Cup. As they had also qualified by their virtue of their league position (5th), this spot was passed to the next-highest ranked team (6th), Southampton.
  2. Manchester City qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round by winning the 2015–16 Football League Cup. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the League Cup winners was passed to the next best-placed team (seventh-placed West Ham United).

Results

Home \ Away ARS AVL BOU CHE CRY EVE LEI LIV MCI MUN NEW NOR SOU STK SUN SWA TOT WAT WBA WHU
Arsenal 4–02–0 0–1 1–12–12–10–02–1 3–0 1–01–00–02–03–11–2 1–1 4–02–00–2
Aston Villa 0–21–20–41–01–31–10–60–00–10–02–02–40–12–21–20–22–3 0–1 1–1
Bournemouth 0–20–11–40–03–31–11–20–42–10–13–02–01–32–03–21–51–11–11–3
Chelsea 2–0 2–00–11–23–31–11–30–31–15–11–01–31–13–12–22–22–22–22–2
Crystal Palace 1–22–11–20–30–00–11–20–10–05–11–01–02–10–10–01–31–22–01–3
Everton 0–24–02–13–11–12–3 1–1 0–20–33–03–01–13–46–21–21–12–20–12–3
Leicester City 2–53–20–02–11–03–12–00–01–11–01–01–03–04–24–01–12–12–22–2
Liverpool 3–33–21–01–11–2 4–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–21–11–14–12–21–01–12–02–20–3
Manchester City 2–24–05–13–04–00–01–3 1–4 0–1 6–12–13–14–04–12–11–22–02–11–2
Manchester United 3–2 1–03–10–02–01–01–1 3–1 0–0 0–01–20–13–03–02–11–01–02–00–0
Newcastle United 0–11–11–32–21–00–10–32–01–13–36–22–20–0 1–1 3–05–11–21–02–1
Norwich City 1–12–03–11–21–31–11–24–50–00–13–21–01–1 0–3 1–00–34–20–12–2
Southampton 4–01–12–01–24–10–32–23–24–22–33–13–00–11–13–10–22–03–01–0
Stoke City 0–02–12–11–01–20–32–20–12–02–01–03–11–21–12–20–40–20–12–1
Sunderland 0–03–11–13–22–23–00–20–10–12–1 3–0 1–3 0–12–01–10–10–10–02–2
Swansea City 0–31–02–21–01–10–00–33–11–12–12–01–00–10–12–42–21–01–00–0
Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 3–13–00–01–00–00–10–04–13–01–23–01–22–24–12–11–01–14–1
Watford 0–33–20–00–00–11–10–13–01–21–22–12–00–01–22–21–01–20–02–0
West Bromwich Albion 2–1 0–0 1–22–33–22–32–31–10–31–01–00–10–02–11–01–11–10–10–3
West Ham United 3–32–03–42–12–21–11–22–02–23–22–02–22–10–01–01–41–03–11–1
Source: Barclays Premier League results
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

RankPlayerClubGoals [1]
1 Flag of England.svg Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur25
2 Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Agüero Manchester City24
Flag of England.svg Jamie Vardy Leicester City
4 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Romelu Lukaku Everton18
5 Flag of Algeria.svg Riyad Mahrez Leicester City17
6 Flag of France.svg Olivier Giroud Arsenal16
7 Flag of England.svg Jermain Defoe Sunderland15
Flag of Nigeria.svg Odion Ighalo Watford
9 Flag of England.svg Troy Deeney Watford13
Flag of Chile.svg Alexis Sánchez Arsenal

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef
Flag of England.svg Callum Wilson BournemouthWest Ham United4–3 (A)22 August 2015 [125]
Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Naismith EvertonChelsea3–1 (H)12 September 2015 [126]
Flag of Chile.svg Alexis Sánchez ArsenalLeicester City5–2 (A)26 September 2015 [127]
Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Agüero 5Manchester CityNewcastle United6–1 (H)3 October 2015 [128]
Flag of England.svg Raheem Sterling Manchester CityBournemouth5–1 (H)17 October 2015 [129]
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Georginio Wijnaldum 4Newcastle UnitedNorwich City6–2 (H)18 October 2015 [130]
Flag of England.svg Harry Kane Tottenham HotspurBournemouth5–1 (A)25 October 2015 [131]
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Arouna Koné EvertonSunderland6–2 (H)1 November 2015 [132]
Flag of Algeria.svg Riyad Mahrez Leicester CitySwansea City3–0 (A)5 December 2015 [133]
Flag of England.svg Jermain Defoe SunderlandSwansea City4–2 (A)13 January 2016 [134]
Flag of England.svg Andy Carroll West Ham UnitedArsenal3–3 (H)9 April 2016 [135]
Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Agüero Manchester CityChelsea3–0 (A)16 April 2016 [136]
Flag of Senegal.svg Sadio Mané SouthamptonManchester City4–2 (H)1 May 2016 [137]
Flag of France.svg Olivier Giroud ArsenalAston Villa4–0 (H)15 May 2016 [138]
Notes

4 Player scored 4 goals
5 Player scored 5 goals
(H) – Home team
(A) – Away team

Most assists

RankPlayerClubAssists [139]
1 Flag of Germany.svg Mesut Özil Arsenal19
2 Flag of Denmark.svg Christian Eriksen Tottenham Hotspur13
3 Flag of France.svg Dimitri Payet West Ham United12
Flag of Serbia.svg Dušan Tadić Southampton
5 Flag of Algeria.svg Riyad Mahrez Leicester City11
Flag of England.svg James Milner Liverpool
Flag of Spain.svg David Silva Manchester City
8 Flag of England.svg Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur9
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City
Flag of Argentina.svg Erik Lamela Tottenham Hotspur

Clean sheets

RankPlayerClubClean
sheets [2]
1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Petr Čech Arsenal16
2 Flag of Spain.svg David de Gea Manchester United15
Flag of England.svg Joe Hart Manchester City
Flag of Denmark.svg Kasper Schmeichel Leicester City
5 Flag of France.svg Hugo Lloris Tottenham Hotspur13
6 Flag of Brazil.svg Heurelho Gomes Watford11
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Simon Mignolet Liverpool
8 Flag of England.svg Jack Butland Stoke City10
9 Flag of Spain.svg Adrián West Ham United9
Flag of Poland.svg Łukasz Fabiański Swansea City

Discipline

Player

Club

  • Most yellow cards: 74 [141]
    • Aston Villa
  • Most red cards: 6 [141]
    • Southampton

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
ManagerClubPlayerClub
August Flag of Chile.svg Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City Flag of Ghana.svg André Ayew Swansea City [142]
September Flag of Argentina.svg Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur Flag of France.svg Anthony Martial Manchester United [143]
October Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Arsenal Flag of England.svg Jamie Vardy Leicester City [144]
November Flag of Italy.svg Claudio Ranieri Leicester City [145]
December Flag of Spain.svg Quique Sánchez Flores Watford Flag of Nigeria.svg Odion Ighalo Watford [146]
January Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ronald Koeman Southampton Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Agüero Manchester City [147]
February Flag of Argentina.svg Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg Fraser Forster Southampton [148]
March Flag of Italy.svg Claudio Ranieri Leicester City Flag of England.svg Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur [149]
April Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Agüero Manchester City [150]

Annual awards

AwardWinnerClub
Premier League Manager of the Season Flag of Italy.svg Claudio Ranieri [151] Leicester City
Premier League Player of the Season Flag of England.svg Jamie Vardy [152] Leicester City
PFA Players' Player of the Year Flag of Algeria.svg Riyad Mahrez [153] Leicester City
PFA Young Player of the Year Flag of England.svg Dele Alli [154] Tottenham Hotspur
FWA Footballer of the Year Flag of England.svg Jamie Vardy [155] Leicester City
PFA Team of the Year [156]
Goalkeeper Flag of Spain.svg David de Gea (Manchester United)
Defence Flag of Spain.svg Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) Flag of Jamaica.svg Wes Morgan (Leicester City) Flag of England.svg Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfield Flag of Algeria.svg Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Flag of England.svg Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) Flag of France.svg N'Golo Kanté (Leicester City) Flag of France.svg Dimitri Payet (West Ham United)
Attack Flag of England.svg Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) Flag of England.svg Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

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2015–16 Leicester City F.C. season Leicester City 2015–16 football season

The 2015–16 season was Leicester City's 111th season in the English football league system and their 48th (non-consecutive) season in the top tier of English football. During the season, Leicester participated in the Premier League for the second consecutive season, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup. In what was described as one of the greatest sporting stories of all time, Leicester were confirmed as champions of the 2015–16 Premier League season on 2 May 2016, finishing top of England's highest league for the first time in the club's history. The club was 5000-1 with bookmakers to win the division before the season kicked off. The feat meant that Leicester would be playing in the UEFA Champions League the following season, a first for the club in their history. The season also saw history be made for individual players within the team, as striker Jamie Vardy broke the record for consecutive games with a goal in the Premier League (11) and winger Riyad Mahrez became the first African and first Algerian player to be the recipient of the PFA Players' Player of the Year.

2015–16 Sunderland A.F.C. season Sunderland 2015–16 football season

The 2015–16 season is Sunderland's 137th season in existence, and their ninth consecutive season in the Premier League. Along with competing in the Premier League, the club also participated in the FA Cup and League Cup. The season covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. On May 11 2016, Sunderland confirmed a tenth consecutive Premier League season with a 3–0 victory over Everton at the Stadium of Light. Simultaneously, the result confirmed the relegation of arch-rivals Newcastle.

2016–17 Premier League

The 2016–17 Premier League was the 25th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 13 August 2016 and concluded on 21 May 2017. Fixtures for the 2016–17 season were announced on 15 June 2016.

The 2017–18 Premier League was the 26th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 11 August 2017 and concluded on 13 May 2018. Fixtures for the 2017–18 season were announced on 14 June 2017. Chelsea were the defending champions, while Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town entered as the promoted teams from the 2016–17 EFL Championship.

The 2018–19 Premier League was the 27th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 10 August 2018 and concluded on 12 May 2019. Fixtures for the 2018–19 season were announced on 14 June 2018. The league was contested by the top 17 teams from the 2017–18 season as well as Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Fulham, who joined as the promoted clubs from the 2017–18 EFL Championship. They replaced West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City and Stoke City who were relegated to the 2018–19 EFL Championship.

The 2019–20 Premier League was the 28th season of the Premier League, the top English professional football league, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 9 August 2019 and concluded on 26 July 2020. Manchester City were the defending champions for the second successive year, after picking up the domestic treble the previous season. Liverpool won their first league title since 1990, the club's first of the Premier League era and nineteenth overall.

The 2020–21 Premier League was the 29th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs since its establishment in 1992. The season was initially scheduled to start on 8 August, but this was delayed until 12 September as a consequence of the postponement of the previous season's conclusion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021–22 Premier League will be the 30th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs since its establishment in 1992. This will be the third season to use the video assistant referee (VAR) review system and it will be the second season to have a February winter break. The start and end dates for the season were released on 25 March 2021. The fixtures are set to be released on 16 June 2021. Manchester City are the defending champions, having won their fifth Premier League title in the previous season.

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