Who have been the 20 most successful clubs of the Premier League era?

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The Premier League is 26 years old – and only Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton have remained part of the furniture.

In total, 49 different clubs have competed in the top flight since its rebrand in 1992, with Brighton and Huddersfield the most recent additions at the start of last season.

This term, Cardiff return for their second pop at the Premier League, while fellow newcomers Wolves will be hoping to do better than in previous seasons in the division – you can get best odds of 500/1 for them to become the seventh club to win the league with My Betting Sites.

However, they have got a long way to go before they break into the list of the top 20 clubs in terms of Premier League points, points per game or seasons spent in the top flight.

Each metric could be used as a method to rank the most successful clubs of the modern era – and judging by these there are several clubs currently playing in the Football League that can lay claim to be among the top 20.

Total points 1992-2018

Manchester United start the season with a 217-point cushion at the top of the 26-season table, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool making up a familiar-looking top four.

Seven of the clubs in the top 20 no longer dwell in the top flight, while Sheffield Wednesday and League One side Coventry are only just edged out by recently-relegated Stoke City and West Brom.

Outside the top 20, Brighton are currently top of the group of teams who lined up in just one Premier League campaign having recorded 40 points last term.

Out of the 49 clubs to feature in the Premier League, 41 have made it past 100 points, with Bournemouth being the latest to achieve that feat.

1. Manchester United – 2,102
2. Arsenal – 1,885
3. Chelsea – 1,859
4 .Liverpool – 1,752
5. Tottenham – 1,542
6. Everton – 1,373
7. Manchester City – 1,271
8. Newcastle – 1,227
9. Aston Villa – 1,223
10. West Ham – 1,046
11. Blackburn – 970
12. Southampton – 889
13. Leeds – 692
14. Middlesbrough – 661
15. Sunderland – 618
16. Fulham – 586
17. Bolton – 575
18. Leicester – 555
19. West Brom – 464
20. Stoke – 457

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Seasons spent in Premier League

Only six clubs have been around for every one of the 26 Premier League seasons. Beyond that six, Aston Villa have spent the most time in the top flight since 1992, with the last two seasons the first they were not involved in.

Almost half of the 20 clubs to have had the most seasons in the Premier League now reside in the Football League, with Coventry in League Two and former champions Blackburn in League One, where Leeds, Bolton and Leicester have all endured spells.

26 – Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton
24 – Aston Villa
23 – Newcastle
22 – West Ham
21 – Man City
19 – Southampton
17 – Blackburn
16 – Sunderland
15 – Middlesborugh
13 – Bolton, Fulham
12 – Leeds
12 – Leicester, West Brom
10 – Stoke

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Average points per game

The top four replicates the table for the total number of points gained, but Manchester City edge out Tottenham for a place in the top five.

After Spurs come Leeds United, who haven’t been in the top flight since 2004, and Blackburn, with Newcastle and Everton completing the top 10.

Wimbledon’s performances during their eight seasons is enough to get them above more consistent competitors West Ham (22 seasons) and Southampton (19 seasons).

Seven clubs who competed in the 2017-18 Premier League fail to make the top 20, with recently-promoted Fulham in the last of those spots. Fellow promotion winners Wolves and Cardiff sit in the bottom four overall for average points per game.

1. Man Utd – 2.102
2. Arsenal – 1.885
3. Chelsea – 1.859
4. Liverpool – 1.752
5. Man City – 1.569
6. Tottenham – 1.542
7. Leeds – 1.479
8. Blackburn – 1.394
9. Newcastle – 1.391
10. Everton – 1.373
11. Aston Villa – 1.324
12. Sheffield Wednesday – 1.241
13. West Ham – 1.239
14. Wimbledon – 1.237
15. Southampton – 1.211
16. Nottingham Forest – 1.207
17. Leicester – 1.206
18. Stoke – 1.203
19. Charlton – 1.188
20. Fulham – 1.186


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