CHAMPIONS: City’s Record-Breaking Season
PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB RECORDS
Along with Leicester’s first-ever Premier League title of course came with it their highest-ever Premier League finish. City’s previous best was eighth in the 1999/00 campaign.
The Foxes have been relentless in grinding out victories this term and with 22 triumphs so far, they’ve eclipsed the previous record of 16 wins in a single Premier League season.
Alongside that has been their most home wins, with 11 to date, surpassing the previous record of 10 set in 1999/00 and 2000/01, while their 11 away wins this season is also a record, with the previous highest being seven in 1997/98.
Those victories have contributed to City accumulating their highest points tally in the Premier League also. The 1-0 win over Norwich City in February saw them beat their previous record of 55 points set in 1999/00. City currently have 77 points.
With only three defeats to date, City are guaranteed to break their record of fewest losses in a single Premier League season, beating the 11 set in 1997/98.
Alongside that has been the fewest away defeats. In 1997/98, City were beaten seven times on the road, but have lost just twice so far with just one away trip remaining.
The Foxes are currently the third-highest scoring side in the Premier League this term and that has led to them breaking their record of goals scored in a single Premier League season, beating the previous record of 55 set in 1999/00. Claudio Ranieri’s men have now found the back of the net 64 times this term.
That superb goalscoring form has also included most home goals scored, now 32 to date, beating 31 set in 1999/00, and most away goals scored, now 32, eclipsing the 30 scored in 1997/98.
PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB SEQUENCE RECORDS
Momentum has been key in the Foxes’ march to Premier League glory, with a number of sequences contributing to their overwhelming success.
The Foxes have broken their record of consecutive Premier League wins – now five thanks to victories over Watford, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Sunderland – while they’ve also set a record of consecutive games unbeaten, now 10.
The King Power Stadium crowd has seen City beaten just once in the Premier League all season, meaning a record of 14 consecutive home games unbeaten has now been set.
Leicester’s four consecutive home wins – stretching across the 2014/15 and 2015/16 season – against Newcastle United, Southampton, Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland is also a record.
The victories at West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle, Swansea City and Everton brought with them a new record of four consecutive away wins, while across the 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns, City registered a record of 12 consecutive unbeaten away games.
Defensive solidarity has been key to City’s form and a record of five straight clean sheets was set with shutouts against Watford, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Sunderland.
Consecutive home clean sheets was another record broken that spoke volumes of City’s defensive displays, with five set at King Power Stadium against Manchester City, Bournemouth, Stoke City, Liverpool and Norwich City.
Only three sides – Manchester City, Bournemouth and Liverpool – have been able to halt the Foxes’ forward line this term, with a record of 18 consecutive games scored in set from the 5-1 win against Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 2014/15 season, up until the 3-2 win at Everton in December.
TOP FLIGHT CLUB RECORDS
Alongside their highest-ever Premier League finish is their highest final position in England’s top flight, with the Foxes previously finishing second in the 1928/29 season.
The 21 victories earned in the 1928/29 and 1965/66 seasons have also been eclipsed, with 22 top flight wins also accompanying the Premier League win record.
City have set a new club record of 11 away top flight wins – nine coming in the 1965/66 season – as well as their fewest top flight defeats, with 10 in the 1962/63 and 1975/76 campaign.
And with 77 points so far this term, taking into account previous points scoring, City achieved their highest-ever top flight points tally. Should victories have resulted in three points in the 1928/29 and 1962/63 seasons, City would have earned a total of 72 points.
There’s been some vital goals throughout the Foxes’ title-winning season, but it was Jamie Vardy’s goalscoring streak that stole the headlines from August to November.
Starting with an 86th-minute penalty against Bournemouth in August, the England international went on to score in 11 consecutive Barclays Premier League games.
After netting against the Cherries, City’s No.9 then breached Aston Villa, Stoke City, Arsenal, Norwich City, Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Watford to become the first Englishman to score in nine consecutive Premier League games.
But Vardy wasn’t done there, as he equalled Manchester United great Ruud Van Nisterooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight Premier League games in the victory at Newcastle United, before breaking the record against the Red Devils.
Vardy’s goal at Sunderland on 10 April saw him become the first player since Gary Lineker in 1984/85 to score 20 top flight goals for the Club, having already become Leicester City’s highest Premier League scorer in a single season.
Vardy is also the ninth City player to score 20 top flight goals in a season, following Arthur Chandler, Ernie Hine, Arthur Rowley, Jimmy Walsh, Ken Keyworth, Jackie Sinclair, Frank Worthington and Lineker.
The striker’s goal against Manchester United also saw him become the Club’s leading goalscorer in a single Premier League season, eclipsing Tony Cottee’s record of 13 set in 1999/00. Vardy has since gone on to score 22 goals this term.
INDIVIDUAL INTERNATIONAL RECORDS
On 17 November, 2015, two City players faced each other for opposing nations for the first time, as Christian Fuchs’ Austria hosted Gökhan Inler’s Switzerland in Vienna. It was Inler’s nation who emerged as 2-1 victors thanks to Haris Seferovic’s double.
Another two records were set in the March international break, with nine City players starting on the same day on 29 March, 2016, while young striker Harry Panayiotou became the Club’s leading international goalscorer with six goals.
And on the same day, striker Shinji Okazaki became the first player in the Club’s history to notch up 100 international caps, as he helped Japan beat Syria 5-0.
The combination of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez has been nothing short of sensational for the Foxes this term. While Mahrez has to date scored 17 goals and assisted 11 more in the Premier League, Vardy has netted an impressive 22 league goals for the Club.
That form saw Mahrez become the first-ever Leicester City player to win the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Players’ Player of the Year Award, pipping team-mates N’Golo Kanté and Vardy to the accolade.
And six days later, Vardy was rewarded for his excellent performances after becoming the first City player to be named as the Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association.
Mahrez and Kanté also made up the top three nominations. Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Simpson ensured seven of the 12 players voted for by around 400 FWA members were from the Leicester City stable.
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