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The 10 strangest stats from the most bizarre Premier League season ever

To say this season has been a bizarre one would be a gross understatement. 

But it hasn’t just been the havoc caused by a global pandemic that marks the campaign out as an anomaly, there are plenty of stats from the action on the pitch that might surprise you. 

Here, Sportsmail runs through the top 10 weird stats of the season so far ahead of the final smattering of matches.  

This is a tough one to get your head around. The runaway champions have been sensational all season with Virgil van Dijk marshalling the best defence in the league. 

The Reds have only conceded 29 times in total but have made a significant number of mistakes in key areas leading to a shot – 25.

Only relegation-threatened Aston Villa are worse in this department with 26. Maybe there is something Jurgen Klopp can improve for next season after all.  

This is always a classic stat for the English top flight. Wolves have been enjoying another brilliant campaign under Nuno Espirito Santo but it is his imports who lead the way at Molineux. 

When you look at the starting line-up, there is a real dearth of Englishmen with Mexican Raul Jimenez leading the way on 17 goals, Portuguese Diogo Jota on seven and then a handful of others chipping in. 

Captain Conor Coady, midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White and goalkeeper John Ruddy are the only domestic players in the first-team squad.  

The Portuguese smashed in the fifth for Manchester United in their 5-2 win over Bournemouth earlier this month with a superb free-kick. 

It was the first free-kick United had scored since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge vs Cardiff in December 2018.

On current form, it would be a surprise if United fans have to wait that long again.  

This one might be the answer to a quiz question years from now but won’t live long in the memory of anyone unfortunate enough to watch it. 

Burnley’s snoozefest against the Cherries managed the lowest number for shots (5) in a game since data started being collected in the Premier League in 2003/04.

In the end, Sean Dyche won’t particularly care as his side’s one shot on target, from James Rodriguez in the 89th minute, went in.  

It seems unthinkable that a team as dominant as Liverpool have a striker yet to score on home turf in the Premier League this term. 

Firmino is often lauded for knitting together play and turning provider for Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, but the Brazilian has inexplicably drawn a blank in front of the Kop. 

All eight of Firmino’s goals have come away from home in the title-winning campaign.  

It has been a tough watch for Palace fans at time this season as the ever-pragmatic Roy Hodgson sets his side up to squeeze results out of games. 

The Eagles have not scored more than twice in any Premier League game this season and will be the first to do so while avoiding relegation after the final rounds of matches are played. 

Palace have strung 11 wins and nine draws together to beat the drop but may well be in the market for options up front this summer.  

The young Welshman has been impressive at times on loan from Liverpool at Bournemouth this season. 

While Eddie Howe’s side have struggled mightily, Wilson has chipped in with seven Premier League goals to his name, a solid return. 

But the 23-year-old is yet to supply an assist, an imbalance in his game he’ll be keen to address.  

This is not a stat you want alongside your name. 

The Southampton midfielder is highly regarded, so much so that Everton and Tottenham are looking to move for him this summer. 

But his profligacy in front of goal has been appalling with 46 efforts either saved or off target this term.  

It has been a sorry season overall for the Gunners and this stat just about sums up their utter failure to challenge for a Champions League place. 

Every other team in the Premier League bar Newcastle (on 2,067) has recovered possession more often than Arsenal’s 2,100 times, a damning indictment of a lack of hunger to win back the ball. 

Mikel Arteta has righted the ship since Unai Emery’s departure but clearly has plenty of work to do to shift the mentality at the Emirates. 

Crystal Palace’s talisman is known to be one of the most dangerous dribblers in the league and goes past players for fun. 

It might therefore be a surprise to note that nobody has been dispossessed more than the winger, who has been tackled 243 times. Bizarrely, the second-most tackled player also plays for Palace: Jordan Ayew, who is miles behind Zaha on 135.

That said, in Zaha’s defence, he is given free rein as the team’s main attacking outlet. He’s also very much a marked man with opposition regularly doubling up on the Ivory Coast international.  

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