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

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The Premier League is 28 years old. In that time, 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 no new names since Brighton and Huddersfield were promoted in 2017.

We have ranked all 49 of those clubs by total points accumulated, seasons spent in the league and average points per game – and judging by the results there are several Football League clubs that can lay claim to being among the top 20 most successful of the modern era.

Total points 1992-2020

Despite going seven seasons without winning the league, Manchester United retain a 223-point lead at the top of the all-time Premier League table, with Arsenal the only other team to have passed 2000 points. Chelsea and Liverpool complete a familiar-looking top four.

Six of the clubs in the top 20 will not be in the 2020-21 Premier League, with 18th-placed Bolton Wanderers preparing for only their second season in the fourth tier in the history.

Out of the 49 clubs to feature in the Premier League, 42 have made it past 100 points, with Brighton the latest to reach the mark.

1. Manchester United – 2,234
2. Arsenal – 2,011
3. Chelsea – 1,997
4. Liverpool – 1,948
5. Tottenham – 1,654
6. Everton – 1,476
7. Manchester City – 1,450
8. Newcastle – 1,316
9. Aston Villa – 1,258
10. West Ham – 1,137
11. Southampton – 980
12. Blackburn – 970
13. Leeds – 692
14. Leicester – 669
15. Middlesbrough – 664
15. Sunderland – 618
16. Fulham – 612
18. Bolton – 575
19. Crystal Palace – 472
20. West Brom – 464

Seasons spent in Premier League

Only six clubs have been around for every one of the 28 Premier League seasons. Beyond that six, Aston Villa and Newcastle United have each only spent three years outside of the top flight.

Of the rest, nine – Southampton, Blackburn, Sunderland, Fulham, Leicester, Bolton, Leeds, West Brom and Stoke – have all endured spells in League One or below.

28 – Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton
25 – Aston Villa, Newcastle
24 – West Ham
23 – Man City
21 – Southampton
18 – Blackburn
16 – Sunderland
15 – Middlesbrough
14 – Fulham, Leicester
13 – Bolton
12 – Leeds, West Brom
10 – Stoke

Average points per game

The top four of this table replicates the one 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 including Southampton (20 seasons).

1. Man Utd – 2.08
2. Arsenal – 1.87
3. Chelsea – 1.86
4. Liverpool – 1.81
5. Man City – 1.63
6. Tottenham – 1.54
7. Leeds – 1.48
8. Blackburn – 1.39
9. Newcastle – 1.37
10. Everton – 1.37
11. Aston Villa – 1.31
12. Sheffield Wednesday – 1.24
13. West Ham – 1.24
14. Wimbledon – 1.24
15. Leicester – 1.22
16. Southampton – 1.21
17. Nottingham Forest – 1.21
18. Stoke – 1.20
19. Charlton – 1.19
20. Swansea – 1.17


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