The 2019-20 Premier League season is in the books.
The final matchday pretty much went as expected. No shock drops or last minute heroics.
Here’s a look at who is going to the Champions League, Europa League, and down to the Championship–as well as league statistical leaders.
Liverpool = Premier League champions
This one was done by December. Liverpool won their first top flight title in 30 years by dog walking the league.
- They tied the record for most wins in a season with 32.
- Their 99 total points is second best ever.
- They won the league by 18 points–also the second best margin ever.
Premier League top 4 and Champions League qualification
The oddsmakers had this one right weeks ago. Despite being behind on points, they pegged Manchester United as a virtual top 4 lock over Leicester. Yeah, Man U have maddeningly benefited from an excessive number of granted pks while the Foxes were decimated by injuries–but that’s how it goes.
Chelsea capped off an unexpectedly impressive season by punching their ticket into the Champions League again.
Manchester City inexplicably dodged FFP punishment by a gutless CAS decision and will re-appear in the UCL again.
Europa League qualifiers
Leicester earns the automatic Europa League spot. Tottenham pipped Wolves on goal differential to earn a spot in Europa League qualification rounds.
2019-20 Premier League relegation
Aston Villa had a lot of ground to make up at the restart. But the Villans turned it on late and stay up. Villa was a Premier League founder and have 7 top flight titles (good for 5th overall), so fair play to them for sticking around.
Bournemouth was a mid-table pick by many this season. Expect their capable roster of being picked off by bigger clubs.
Watford, frankly, deserve the drop. They’re a mess.
Who comes up to the Premier League?
Leeds United return to the Premier League after a 16 year absence. They’re joined by West Brom Albion, who were previously dropped after the 2017-18 season.
The remaining spot will be earned through a four team playoff between:
- Cardiff City
2019-20 Premier League Golden Boot
At 33, Jamie Vardy captures his first Golden Boot with 23 goals. He just missed the Golden Boot in the 2015-16 season, as Harry Kane bested him by one (25 to 24). Vardy is the oldest Golden Boot winner in Premier League history.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Ings finished one behind with 22 goals a piece.
2019-20 Premier League most assists
This one should be getting more attention, but Kevin de Bruyne ties Thierry Henry’s record for most assists in a season with 20. KdB might not win the awards, but he was the best player in the Premier League this season.
A trio of Liverpool players follow de Bruyne, as Trent Alexander-Arnold (13), Andy Robertson (12), and Mo Salah (10) all chipped in double-digit assists.
2019-20 Premier League clean sheets
Man City’s Ederson (16) kept the most clean sheets, besting Burnley’s Nick Pope (15) by one.