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Five unwanted Premier League records broken in 2023-24

Records were broken during the 2023-24 Premier League campaign but not every new milestone set was a happy one.

We’ve decided to look at some of the unwanted records broken by top-flight teams, as some reached new lows last season.

Five unwanted Premier League records set in 2023-24:

Sheffield United – Most goals conceded in a Premier League season

Sheffield United’s miserable return to the Premier League ended in immediate relegation back to the second tier, with the Blades one of the worst top-flight teams of all time.

Just three wins all season saw Sheffield United relegated with 16 points, in a campaign that saw the club become the first in English football history to concede 5+ goals in three consecutive home games across all competitions.

Sheffield United became just the second team in Premier League history to concede a century of goals, though at least Swindon Town’s ‘vintage’ of 1993-94 had four additional games to do so in a 42-game Premier League campaign.

The battered Blades shipped a record-breaking 104 goals during the campaign, ending the season with a goal difference of -69. Their 57 goals conceded at home was also a new record, surpassing Aston Villa in 1935-36.

Manchester United – Most defeats in a Premier League season (club record)

Manchester United’s FA Cup success has added some positivity to what has otherwise been a torrid campaign. A group-stage exit in the Champions League was followed by the club’s lowest league finish in the Premier League era (8th) and lowest since 1989-90.

Erik ten Hag’s men set a new unwanted club record after losing 13 games in the Premier League – unlucky for some.

Their 58 goals conceded was also the Red Devils’ highest total in the Premier League era.

Chelsea – Most goals conceded in a Premier League season (club record)

Chelsea once won a Premier League title with a record low of just 15 goals conceded. Last season, the West Londoners shipped more than four times that amount after conceding 63 goals in 2023-24.

The Blues conceded 4+ goals in defeats to Newcastle, Liverpool, Wolves and Arsenal before an end-of-season upturn led to a top-six finish and European football.

However, it was not enough for Mauricio Pochettino to keep his job.

Crystal Palace – 11 consecutive seasons in mid-table

Crystal Palace have just concluded their 11th consecutive campaign of top-flight football. For most, that represents a fantastic achievement in consolidation at the highest level, though for others their inability to push on has proven to be frustrating.

In 11 consecutive seasons, the Eagles have finished between 10th and 14th, with points totals ranging between 41 and 49.

Fortunately, a sparkling run-in under new manager Olivier Glasner has increased optimism, provided the Austrian can keep the band together this summer.

Luton – First team to be leading on five occasions at half-time but go on to lose

Luton had their moments in the Premier League this season but ultimately ended the campaign in the relegation places.

The Hatters made unwanted history after becoming the first team in Premier League history to lose five games when leading at half-time in a single season. Despite heading into the interval ahead against Manchester City (H), Liverpool (A), Bournemouth (A), Tottenham (A) and West Ham (A), Rob Edwards’ side ended each game with zilch.

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