PL25: Five Premier League Landmarks That Can Be Broken This Season

With 25 years of Premier League action behind us there have been many records and landmarks set.  Here’s a look at the records you can expect to be broken and landmarks you can expect to be set during the 2017-18 season…

Record Premier League Attendance

More than a decade ago Manchester United set the Premier League record attendance at Old Trafford in a game versus Blackburn Rovers. 76,069 turned out to see the Red Devils thrash Blackburn 4-1 on 31 March 2007.

Tottenham Hotspur will be playing at Wembley Stadium this season which has a capacity of 90,000.  They start their home campaign against rivals Chelsea on Sunday 20 August – you can expect that capacity to break the record. If that doesn’t sell out you can certainly expect the north London derby to break the Premier League attendance record in mid-February.

10,000th Game

The Premier League started in August 1992 with 22 clubs for the first three seasons.  At the end of last season there had been 9,746 games played, meaning that game number 10,000 will take place in 2017-18.

This match is currently scheduled to take place in gameweek 26 at the beginning of February and be a Saturday 3pm kickoff. But FA Cup matches and replays could shake up the fixture list so there’s still a possibility it will be a televised game for Sky Sports to hype up.

Appearances

Heading into the new season Ryan Giggs holds the Premier League record for most appearances with 632.  Only four behind him is Everton midfielder Gareth Barry, whose move to West Brom will likely get him over the line at some point this season.

Yellow Cards

One chart that Gareth Barry already tops is the yellow card list. The Everton midfielder has collected 119 in all – that’s 20 more than Lee Bowyer and Kevin Davies, who are next on the list. The second highest active player is Wayne Rooney with 97.

As Barry has collected his fair share of yellow cards each season you can expect him to increase his Premier League record over the duration of the campaign.

200 Goals

Alan Shearer (260) is the only player in Premier League history to score a double century of goals. However, Wayne Rooney can be expected to break into the 200s this season after scoring his 199th on the opening day in a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

The next highest active player on the goalscoring list is Jermain Defoe who has scored 158 in his Premier League career.