The all-time Premier League table by points per game

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Manchester United players celebrate with the Premier League trophy, Old Trafford, Manchester, 22 May 2011

Fifty different clubs have competed in the English top-flight since it was rebranded as the Premier League at the beginning of the 1992-93 season. But which clubs have fared best and worst in that time?

Six different clubs – Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton – have been present in the Premier League for all 30 seasons.

Thanks to their longevity and consistency, those famous clubs dominate when it comes to the all-time Premier League table in terms of total accumulated points.

But what about their average results? The same big clubs still dominate at the top; Manchester United have never finished lower than seventh, and have almost always been in the top four, so it’s no surprise to see the Red Devils with a healthy lead at the top in terms of points per game.

In fact, United – largely thanks to two decades of unprecedented success under Sir Alex Ferguson – are the only side to average more than two points per game across the entire Premier League era.

European regulars Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool unsurprisingly make up the rest of the points-per-game top four, while fifth-placed Manchester City have closed the gap in recent years thanks to their relentlessness under Pep Guardiola – helping to average out their many mediocre campaigns in the 90s and 00s.

Tottenham complete the traditional ‘big six’, while Leeds United – who have spent more seasons outside the Premier League than in it – are up in seventh, helped by only having one campaign in which they suffered a relegation.

Eighth-placed Blackburn have suffered two relegations, but their title-winning 90s heyday – plus that memorable Mark Hughes era – ensure that they’re above the likes of Everton (ninth), Newcastle (tenth) and Aston Villa (11th).

Going much further down the list, it’s no surprise to see the traditional yo-yo clubs like Norwich (39th) and West Brom (41st) fittingly hovering around the one-point-per-game mark.

In fact, only nine clubs – and surprisingly not Ian Holloway’s Blackpool in 2010-11 – have averaged fewer than a point per game during their time in the Premier League.

Minnows like Bradford City, Swindon Town and Huddersfield Town – all of whom punched above their weight to even briefly be in the Premier League – make up the bottom three.

Huddersfield take the unwanted honour of being the Premier League’s all-time worst side in terms of points per game. The Terriers finished 16th with 37 points in 2017-18 before dropping like a stone with just 16 points taken the following year.

Here’s how the Premier League’s all-time points-per-game table looks in full:

1. Man Utd – 2.06
2. Arsenal – 1.86
3. Chelsea – 1.85
4. Liverpool – 1.82
5. Man City – 1.68
6. Tottenham – 1.54
7. Leeds United – 1.45
8. Blackburn – 1.39
9. Everton – 1.36
10. Newcastle – 1.35
11. Aston Villa – 1.30
12. Leicester – 1.28
13. West Ham – 1.26
14. Sheffield Wednesday – 1.24
15. Wimbledon – 1.23
16. Southampton – 1.20
17. Stoke – 1.20
18. Nottingham Forest – 1.20
19. Charlton – 1.18
20. Swansea – 1.17

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21. Wolves – 1.16
22. Bolton – 1.16
23. Middlesbrough – 1.15
24. Coventry – 1.15
25. Portsmouth – 1.13
26. Birmingham – 1.13
27. Fulham – 1.12
28. Crystal Palace – 1.11
29. Bournemouth – 1.11
30. QPR – 1.10
31. Ipswich – 1.10
32. Wigan – 1.08
33. Brentford – 1.06
34. Burnley – 1.05
35. Sheffield United – 1.05
36. Brighton – 1.05
37. Oldham – 1.05
38. Reading – 1.04
39. Norwich – 1.03
40. Derby County – 1.03

41. Blackpool – 1.02
42. Sunderland – 1.01
43. West Brom – 0.99
44. Watford – 0.95
45. Barnsley – 0.92
46. Hull – 0.90
47. Cardiff – 0.84
48. Bradford City – 0.81
49. Swindon Town – 0.71
50. Huddersfield – 0.69


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