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10 Reasons 2016/17 was one of the most unpredictable Premier League seasons ever


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The Premier League is dubbed by many as the best league in the world.

This is certainly questionable, as it is the German and Spanish teams who dominate the prestigious European tournaments every year.

However, for entertainment and surprises, there is no doubt the Premier League is right up there, and this season has proven this yet again. As we approach the end of another thrilling season, now is the perfect time to look back at the events that made this season a contender for one of the most unpredictable Premier League seasons ever.

1. Chelsea's resurgence

Mourinho's final season at Chelsea was a disaster, hence his sacking and the appointment of Conte. Conte did not get off to the greatest start in England, as exhibited in September when Chelsea were outplayed and outclassed by Liverpool and Arsenal.

However, what followed was a change of formation and style, and a run of 13 wins, which equalled the record, and set them on course for another title.

2. Pep Guardiola's underwhelming season

Guardiola is one of the best in the game, but for the first time in his managerial career will finish a season trophyless.

Despite winning his first 6 games at City in rampant style and looking like worthy title candidates, his City team are now in a battle to secure Champions League qualification and have at times struggled for form, as evident with City's inability to beat Middlesbrough home or away this season. Welcome to England, Pep.

3. Mourinho's dissapointing season... again

When Mourinho took over as manager of Manchester United, most United fans would have been very optimistic, especially after the signing of Paul Pogba for a record £89 million.

But despite winning the EFL Trophy, United's league form has been erratic and the football that his team played is at times reminiscent of that which Van Gaal was lambasted for. 

4. Ranieri sacking

Despite leading Leiecter to an extraordinary Premier League title in May, it was not enough to provide job security. Fast forward to February and Claudio was given the sack by the Leicester hierarchy.

5. Wenger FINALLY beats Mourinho in the league

This season is classified by many as Wengers worst season at Arsenal, and this season was supposed to be the season Mourinho brought the title back to Old Trafford. Yet against all the odds, when two heavyweights lined up against eachother in May, Wenger finally came out on top.

6. Liverpool's rise and fall

Liverpool were in scintiliating form in the early stages, and kept within touching distance of leaders Chelsea. Indeed, on New Years Eve, following a win v City at Anfield, Liverpool were 6 points behind Chelsea. However, what ensued was a winless January and a poor second half of the season.

7. Marko Silva's fantastic home record ends

Silva had not lost at home for 41 games accross four clubs. Yet Sunderland, who were already relegated, came to the KCOM Stadium and unexpectedly ended that run with ease.

8. Liverpools form v top 6

In 10 games v City, United, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea, Liverpool did not lose, kept 3 cleansheets and collected 20 points. Instead, they dropped points in games v the likes of Swansea, Hull and Bournemouth.

9. Milner's first penalty miss since 2009

In a crucial Champions League qualification game at Anfield in May, Southampton were the visitors. When Liverpool got a penalty in the 64th minute, everyone expected Milner to score. But Forster had other plans. Milner's missed penalty was his first since 2009 and Forsters first ever penalty saved in the league. 

10. Crystal Palace v the 'big' teams

In the space of a few weeks, Palace beat Arsenal 3-0 at home and beat Liverpool and Chelsea 2-1 away to almost guarantee their survival. Yet in between these results was a defeat at the hands of Southampton.

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