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THE ACTION

"People can speak about other leagues but England is the only country where five or six teams can win the title. Football is about competitiveness every weekend and that only happens in the Premier League."
- Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho

SeasonHighlights

The 2013/14 started with a bang and remained competitive to the last with 10 teams still battling relegation in April and three teams vying for the title until the penultimate weekend.

Top 10Goals

Whether it’s a daring volley from the opposition’s half, a curling direct free-kick or a perfectly executed team-goal, the 2013/14 season had them all.

Top 10Saves

A brilliant save can rescue a result or bring a crowd to its feet. Here we pay homage to goalkeepers with the 10 best saves of the season.

Open Season

  • 20Daniel Sturridge’s goals won more points than any other player
  • #1Robin van Persie was the top-selling name on replica shirts
  • 95%Accuracy on major decisions from match officials, up from 94.1% in 2012/13
  • 1stTime team bottom at Christmas (Sunderland) not relegated and top (Liverpool) didn’t win title
  • 81.59%Most accurate passing season in Premier League history
  • 93.46%Laurent Koscielny’s passing success rate
  • 70.5%Goals from open play – a Premier League record
  • 91Manchester City scored the most goals from open play
  • 25The number of times the lead changed at the top of the League

Competitive Advantage

  • 1 September 2013

    • 1-0
      CLUB P PTS
    1 LIVERPOOL 3 9
    2 CHELSEA 3 7
    3 MANCHESTER CITY 3 6
    4 ARSENAL 3 6
    5 STOKE CITY 3 6
    6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 6
  • Arsenal hit fine form

    Arsenal recovered from their shock opening day loss to Aston Villa and recorded their second consecutive victory with a 1-0 success over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium. Olivier Giroud’s neat finish sealed the win. That result helped them record five consecutive victories to make the early running at the top of the table, a position they wouldn’t relinquish until 14 December.

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  • 1 September 2013

    • 1-0
      CLUB P PTS
    1 LIVERPOOL 3 9
    2 CHELSEA 3 7
    3 MANCHESTER CITY 3 6
    4 ARSENAL 3 6
    5 STOKE CITY 3 6
    6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 6
  • Sturridge's striking start

    Liverpool started the season with three consecutive 1-0 wins, and Daniel Sturridge got the winner in each match. The third of those was against fierce rivals Manchester United, and the England forward got them off to a flying start with the goal after four minutes. The result was enough to put Liverpool on top of the league for the first time of the campaign and their best start to a Premier League campaign since 1994/95.

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  • 22 September 2013

    • 4-1
      CLUB P PTS
    1 ARSENAL 5 12
    2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 5 12
    3 MANCHESTER CITY 5 10
    4 CHELSEA 5 10
    5 LIVERPOOL 5 10
    6 EVERTON 5 10
  • City show their credentials

    Manchester City passed the first test of their title credentials with flying colours as they blew away local rivals and defending champions Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. While Pellegrini’s men struggled on the road, they kept their free-scoring, 100% home record in style. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring before YayaToure doubled City’s advantage on the stroke of half-time. Aguero and Samir Nasri made it 4-0 shortly after the interval before Wayne Rooney’s consolation.

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  • 27 October 2013

    • 2-1
      CLUB P PTS
    1 ARSENAL 9 22
    2 CHELSEA 9 20
    3 LIVERPOOL 9 20
    4 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 9 19
    5 SOUTHAMPTON 9 18
    6 EVERTON 9 18
  • Chelsea seize late win

    The first of two wins over Manchester City in the 2013/14 league season was sealed with a dramatic late winner from Fernando Torres. Torres capitalised on a mix-up between Matija Nastasic and Joe Hart in stoppage time after Sergio Aguero had cancelled out Andre Schurrle’s debut goal for the Blues. The win put Chelsea within two points of league leaders Arsenal.

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  • 2 November 2013

    • 2-0
      CLUB P PTS
    1 ARSENAL 10 25
    2 CHELSEA 10 20
    3 LIVERPOOL 10 20
    4 MANCHESTER CITY 10 19
    5 SOUTHAMPTON 10 19
    6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 9 19
  • Mounting belief in Arsenal

    Arsenal cemented their position at the top of the Barclays Premier League table by moving five points clear with this victory over second placed Liverpool. Santi Cazorla opened the scoring before Aaron Ramsey netted his sixth goal of the League season with a superb half-volley from the edge of the box. With Chelsea’s defeat to Newcastle United the same weekend, Arsenal’s resilience and quality in this match showed why some believed they would win the title.

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  • 14 December 2013

    • 6-3
      CLUB P PTS
    1 ARSENAL 16 35
    2 CHELSEA 16 33
    3 MANCHESTER CITY 16 32
    4 EVERTON 16 31
    5 LIVERPOOL 15 30
    6 NEWCASTLE UNITED 16 27
  • City outgun Arsenal

    Manchester City inflicted only Arsenal’s third defeat of the league season after thrashing the Gunners in a nine-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium. Arsenal’s lead was reduced to two points at the top after the defeat. Prior to the match, the Gunners had only conceded 11 goals in 15 League matches. Arsenal were always behind in the match, and although it was 3-2 after 63 minutes, City were ruthless in the closing half hour.

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  • 29 December 2013

    • 2-1
      CLUB P PTS
    1 ARSENAL 19 42
    2 MANCHESTER CITY 19 41
    3 CHELSEA 19 40
    4 EVERTON 19 37
    5 LIVERPOOL 19 36
    6 MANCHESTER UNITED 19 34
  • Liverpool lose before unbeaten run

    Liverpool fell to their lowest position after this defeat from Chelsea. Liverpool couldn’t have hoped for a better start when Martin Skrtel opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge after two minutes. But further first half goals from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o took Chelsea to within two points of leaders Arsenal. The good news for Liverpool was that these back-to-back defeats heralded a 16-match unbeaten run for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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  • 29 January 2014

    • 1-5
      CLUB P PTS
    1 MANCHESTER CITY 23 53
    2 ARSENAL 23 52
    3 CHELSEA 23 50
    4 LIVERPOOL 23 46
    5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 23 43
    6 EVERTON 23 42
  • City briefly hit the top

    Manchester City moved to the top of the table for the first time in the season with a devastating show of power at White Hart Lane. Sergio Aguero scored in an eighth successive win, and his 50th Premier League goal in total, to give City an early lead. Requiring a point to leap-frog Arsenal at the summit, four second half goals from YayaToure, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany meant victory was never in doubt.

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  • 8 February 2014

    • 5-1
      CLUB P PTS
    1 CHELSEA 25 56
    2 ARSENAL 25 55
    3 MANCHESTER CITY 25 54
    4 LIVERPOOL 25 50
    5 EVERTON 24 45
    6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 24 44
  • Liverpool dethrone Arsenal

    Arsenal were knocked off the top of the table for the first time since 23 December. The hosts blew them away, scoring four goals in the opening 20 minutes, with Martin Skrtel getting a double and Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge getting in on the act. Sterling made it 5-0 shortly after half time before Mikel Arteta grabbed a consolation for the Gunners. This was the last time Arsenal were top in the 2013/14 season.

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  • 15 March 2014

    • 1-0
      CLUB P PTS
    1 CHELSEA 30 66
    2 MANCHESTER CITY 27 60
    3 LIVERPOOL 28 59
    4 ARSENAL 28 59
    5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 29 53
    6 EVERTON 28 51
  • Villa stun Chelsea

    Chelsea were stunned by Aston Villa’s tenacious victory. The defeat meant Chelsea’s lead was reduced to six points, having played at least two matches more than their title rivals. Fabian Delph’s audacious flick sealed the win for Villa and Chelsea also had Willian and Ramires sent off. This loss was followed by another surprise defeat in their next away match at Crystal Palace.

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  • 22 March 2013

    • 6-0
      CLUB P PTS
    1 CHELSEA 31 69
    2 LIVERPOOL 30 65
    3 MANCHESTER CITY 28 63
    4 ARSENAL 30 62
    5 EVERTON 29 54
    6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 30 53
  • Chelsea spoil Wenger's landmark

    Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal was one to forget as Chelsea emphatically won 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. The defeat put the Gunners seven points adrift of the Blues, who were four points ahead of second placed Liverpool, having played one match more. This result pushed Arsenal down to fourth, a position they remained in until the end of the season.

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  • 13 April 2014

    • 3-2
      CLUB P PTS
    1 LIVERPOOL 34 77
    2 CHELSEA 34 75
    3 MANCHESTER CITY 32 70
    4 EVERTON 33 66
    5 ARSENAL 33 64
    6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 34 60
  • Liverpool take control

    Liverpool took command of the title race with four matchweeks to go as they came out on top in a five-goal thriller. Manchester City fought back from being two-down after 26 minutes to level proceedings. However, an emphatic finish from Philippe Coutinho after a mistake from Vincent Kompany ensured Liverpool secured their 10th straight win. The victory left Liverpool two points clear of Chelsea, who had also played 34 matches, and seven points ahead of Man City, who had two games in hand.

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  • 19 April 2014

    • 1-2
      CLUB P PTS
    1 LIVERPOOL 34 77
    2 CHELSEA 35 75
    3 MANCHESTER CITY 33 71
    4 ARSENAL 34 67
    5 EVERTON 34 66
    6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 35 63
  • Sunderland's miracle result

    Jose Mourinho’s remarkable unbeaten home record in the league as Chelsea manager came to an end as Sunderland rallied from 1-0 down to win 2-1 and significantly boost their hopes of avoiding relegation. The defeat was Mourinho’s first in 78 home league games as Chelsea boss and left the Blues two points adrift of leaders Liverpool, having played a game more. Fabio Borini, on loan from Liverpool, scored a late penalty to seal the shock victory.

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  • 27 April 2014

    • 0-2
      CLUB P PTS
    1 LIVERPOOL 36 80
    2 CHELSEA 36 78
    3 MANCHESTER CITY 35 77
    4 ARSENAL 35 70
    5 EVERTON 36 69
    6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 36 66
  • Chelsea blow title race back open

    Chelsea blew the title race wide open after beating leaders Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield. Demba Ba capitalised on a slip from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and tucked home on the stroke of half time. The home side dominated possession but they were restricted to few clear cut openings and Willian tapped in to an empty net in stoppage time. The win moved Chelsea to within two points of the summit, but they couldn’t do enough to win the title.

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  • 3 May 2014

    • 2-3
      CLUB P PTS
    1 MANCHESTER CITY 36 80
    2 LIVERPOOL 36 80
    3 CHELSEA 36 78
    4 ARSENAL 36 73
    5 EVERTON 37 69
    6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 37 66
  • City ensure compelling finale

    Manchester City took a huge stride towards their second Barclays Premier League title when they returned to the top of the table on goal difference. Everton, who could have done their neighbours Liverpool a huge favour, took the lead in the match with a spectacular goal from Ross Barkley. But City’s redoubtable spirit was in evidence as Sergio Aguero equalised before Edin Dzeko grabbed a brace. It was only City’s second win in 15 visits to Goodison and set up a barnstorming end to the season.

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  • 5 May 2014

    • 3-3
      CLUB P PTS
    1 LIVERPOOL 37 81
    2 MANCHESTER CITY 36 80
    3 CHELSEA 37 79
    4 ARSENAL 37 76
    5 EVERTON 37 69
    6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 37 66
  • Rousing recovery dents Liverpool’s hope

    Liverpool’s title hopes were dealt a huge blow in remarkable fashion. A win would have ensured the Red men would be at least level on points with Man City going into the final day. Strikes from Joe Allen and Luis Suarez, either side of a Damien Delaney own goal, gave Brendan Rodgers’ side hope of the victory they needed. However, Crystal Palace recovered from three goals down to level 3-3 in a blistering 10-minute spell late on at Selhurst Park and wreck dreams of the title at Anfield.

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My Favourite Premier League Moment

    • Sky SportsJamie Carragher

      Philippe Coutinho’s 78th minute winner against Manchester City

      In terms of the game, the excitement and the atmosphere, Liverpool versus Manchester City was everything that you want and associate with the Premier League.


    • Find out what Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher, Dwight Yorke and Jamie Redknapp chose as their stand out memories from the 2013/14 season and watch highlights of each moment.

    • BT SportDAVID JAMES

      Luis Suarez’s sublime second against Norwich City.

      That goal typified what we had in terms of fantastic season. It employed different aspects of skill: being able to clip a ball in front of midfield players, then hitting a half-volley in such an awkward position from the edge of the box.


    • Find out what BT Sport pundits David James and Owen Hargreaves chose as their stand out memories from the 2013/14 season and watch highlights of each moment.

    • BBC SportDANNY MURPHY

      Pajtim Kasami's volley against Crystal Palace

      That was my ‘oh my God’ moment of the season. I jumped off the couch at Kasami's volley for Fulham. After seeing Marco van Basten do it all those years ago, it was the type of goal I always tried to score but never got near it.


    • Find out what BBC pundits Danny Murphy, Alan Shearer and Kevin Kilbane chose as their stand out memories from the 2013/14 season and watch highlights of each moment.

    • NBC SportsRobbie Mustoe

      Jack Wilshere’s team-goal versus Norwich City.

      Playing from the back, through midfield into the attacking zone with great combination play, the one- twos in and around the box, and the cool finish from Jack Wilshere with his wrong foot. It was an outstanding team effort.


    • Find out what NBC pundits Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and Kyle Martino chose as their stand out memories from the 2013/14 season and watch highlights of each moment.

  • Sky SportsJamie Carragher
  • BT SportDavid James
  • BBC SportDanny Murphy
  • NBC SportsRobbie Mustoe

GOAL DECISION SYSTEM

Decision time


This season, the Premier League broke new ground when it became the first league to introduce goal-line technology. The Goal Decision System (GDS), provided by Hawk-Eye, uses seven cameras pointing at each goal to give an accurate and almost instantaneous ruling to the four match officials on whether the ball has crossed the line or not. In total GDS was used 19 times throughout the season and on four of those occasions it awarded the winning goal.

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The player's view


Frank LampardChelsea midfielder

“The Goal Decision System has been a complete success and a great addition to the game.”

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The match officials' view


Mike RileyGeneral Manager, Professional Game Match Officials Limited

“It's been very, very successful in terms of integration and the way it's helped the referees handle the game.”

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Decision time Intro
The player's view Frank Lampard
The match officials' view Mike Riley

The Players

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Player of the Year

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Luis Suarez
Player of the year

He is out there by a big distance as the best player I have played with.

Steven Gerrard,
captain, Liverpool

There were many fantastic players in the league, but over the season Luis was outstanding.

Brendan Rodgers,
manager, Liverpool

Luis Suarez by numbers

  • 31 goals
  • 3 Hat-tricks
  • 152 Shots

Watch Suarez’s 31 goals

Luis Suarez’s unique
Premier League
hat-trick

  • 1st player to score over 10 goals in a single month – December 2013.
  • 2nd player to score 30 goals in a single season without netting a penalty.
  • 3rd player to score a record 31 goals in a 38-game season.

Young, Gifted and English

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  • The 2013/14 season was an excellent one for young English talent cementing their places in first team Premier League squads. These six, who also excelled internationally at senior and U21 level, were the top performers aged 21 and under.

    Click players' names to find out more.

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    Raheem Sterling Liverpool

    • Premier League – 33 appearances, nine goals
    • England – Named in the 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup
    • Opta – Attempted (156) and completed (92) more dribbles than any other Englishman in the Premier League
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    Luke Shaw Southampton

    • Premier League – 35 appearances
    • England – Named in the 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup
    • Opta – The youngest player in the Premier League to create more than 30 chances this season (34 in total)
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    Ross Barkley Everton

    • Premier League – 34 appearances, six goals
    • England – Named in the 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup
    • Opta – Won more fouls than any other player at Everton this season (65)
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    Nathan Redmond Norwich City

    • Premier League – 33 appearances, one goal
    • England – Scored a hat-trick for U21’s versus Wales, May 2014
    • Opta – Attempted 121 dribbles for Norwich this season, 37 more than any other player at the club
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    Jon Flanagan Liverpool

    • Premier League – 23 appearances, one goal
    • England – Made senior debut 4 June 2014
    • Opta – Attempted 3.4 tackles per game in the PL this season; more than any of his Liverpool teammates
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    James
    Ward-Prowse Southampton

    • Premier League – 34 appearances
    • England – Scored the goal of the 2014 Toulan Tournament
    • Opta – Created 18 chances from set plays this season, more than any other Southampton player
    • Raheem Sterling Liverpool
    • Luke Shaw Southampton
    • Ross Barkley Everton
    • Nathan Redmond Norwich City
    • Jon Flanagan Liverpool
    • James Ward-Prowse Southampton

Generation Next

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Lewis Baker
captain of Barclays U21 Premier League winners, Chelsea, and scorer of the Blues’ Goal of the Season

It was a massive honour as no player playing for an academy side has won Goal of the Season before. It was a team effort, winning the ball back in our own half, then good passing to get the ball into the box. This time round I was the one to be there to finish it, but the team got me there. We succeed and fail together.‎


See Lewis Baker’s goal for Chelsea U21 here amongst the Top Five U21 Goals of the Season

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British players played in the Barclays U21 Premier League

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Growing engagement and interest

  • More fans filled Premier League stadia than ever before, with a record average stadium occupancy of 95.9%