How Do This Season’s Premier League Teams Usually Fare On The Opening Weekend?

7th Aug 2017 by TSZ

The wait is almost over for fans of Premier League football, so we’ve been delving into the history books to see how each of the 20 sides competing in the 2017/18 season have performed on the opening weekend of action.

For each team, we’ve analysed their opening day results over the past 25 years, with results from lower leagues included where relevant (as is the case with Premier League new boys Brighton and Huddersfield, for example).

The below graph focuses purely on the win % of each team:

  • Manchester United and Chelsea lead the way, with both sides winning almost two thirds of their opening day matches. Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are not too far behind with a win ratio closer to 50%.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have won less than a third of their opening day matches in the last 25 years. Everton have also struggled, winning just 24% of their matches.
  • Southampton have the worst win ratio of the current Premier League teams, claiming victory in just 12% of their season openers.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown:

  • Southampton’s 12% win ratio equates to just three opening day victories in the last 25 years. In the same sample, Chelsea have lost just three matches.
  • West Ham United have only drawn two of their last 25 season openers.
  • Bournemouth and Stoke City share identical records – W7 D7 L11.
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