It’s been an unforgettable and unprecedented year for the Premier League and the wider world as a whole, a year which saw Liverpool crowned as champions for the first time in three decades after a global pandemic had brought a three-month halt to the division.
As we enter the final weeks of the year and with 2021 looming just around the corner, we’ve decided to look at some of the Premier League’s best stats from the calendar year.
This feature looks at the most consistent Premier League sides in terms of victories throughout the past 12 months, here are the seven teams with the most wins in 2020:
Wolves – 14 wins
Wolves remain amongst the most impressive teams in the Premier League and have been a model of consistency since their return to the top flight two-and-a-half years ago, securing back-to-back 7th-placed finishes and making a solid start to the current campaign.
It comes as little surprise then that Wolves rank seventh for wins throughout the calendar year, racking up 14 victories including wins over Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are organised and difficult to beat, though the familiar feel of the side has changed in recent weeks with the Portuguese having experimented away from his favoured back three formation.
Nuno’s task for 2021 will now be taking Wolves to the next level, having consolidated the Midlands outfit as a consistent Premier League side.
Chelsea – 15 wins
Chelsea’s calendar year has been one of two halves with the opening months of 2020 bringing an end to Frank Lampard’s first season in charge, one which brought youthful promise as a host of academy graduates were integrated into the side.
An emerging side were then catapulted into contention for major honours following a summer of spending that brought over £220m worth of new talent to Stamford Bridge, significantly raising the expectations on both Chelsea and their novice manager.
The west London side finished the 2019/20 season strongly with eight wins from their final 11 fixtures and have registered 15 victories since the turn of the New Year.
There have been encouraging signs over the opening weeks of the new campaign, though a concerning record of no wins from six fixtures against top 10 sides needs addressing if they are to challenge for silverware.
Tottenham – 15 wins
Tottenham sit level with their London rivals on 15 wins throughout 2020, regrouping over the second half of last season under Jose Mourinho to finish sixth and secure Europa League qualification.
The north London side enjoyed a strong summer of recruitment and have made great strides of progress during Mourinho’s first full campaign at the helm, sitting second in the Premier League ahead of the final weeks of the calendar year.
Mourinho’s side have enjoyed headline wins in thrashing Manchester United 6-1 and twice beating Manchester City in 2020, whilst the club have also secured two derby victories over north London rivals Arsenal.
There’s plenty of reason for optimism at Spurs at present, a side who will be hoping to improve on this tally next year and end their long wait for a major trophy.
Southampton – 16 wins
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s revolution continues to go from strength to strength at Southampton, who have quietly become one of the Premier League’s most effective sides over the past year.
After flirting with the prospect of relegation following a nightmare start to his second season in charge, Southampton’s patience – including backing the Austrian following a club-record 9-0 defeat to Leicester last season – has been rewarded with a sharp upturn in their fortunes.
Southampton have won 16 fixtures throughout the calendar year and after finishing the 2019/20 season with a five-game unbeaten run have begun brilliantly this time around, sitting third in the Premier League and briefly topping the division for the first time in their history last month.
Hasenhuttl’s pressing philosophy has got the Saints looking upwards and dreaming of continental qualification, their last European campaign a group stage exit in the 2016/17 Europa League.
Manchester United – 17 wins
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted that Manchester United had become more ‘consistent’ earlier this month, a notion that is perhaps backed up when looking at the statistics from the calendar year.
Only two sides have compiled more Premier League victories than the Red Devils in 2020, who enjoyed a second half of the season resurgence in 2019/20 to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
The arrival of Bruno Fernandes proved the catalyst behind their charge and they finished the season with a 14-game unbeaten run, whilst they have won seven of their opening 12 fixtures in 2020/21 and can climb as high as second with victory in their game in hand.
Key to their tally has been a club-record winning run away from home, Solskjaer’s side having won their past 10 Premier League fixtures away from Old Trafford.
Manchester City – 18 wins
Runners-up for the Premier League last season, Manchester City rank second in the division for victories during 2020 having amassed 18 wins over the past 12 months.
Pep Guardiola’s side opened the year with a victory over Everton on New Year’s Day before thrashing Aston Villa 6-1, whilst they produced some scintillating football post-lockdown winning seven of their final nine fixtures and scoring 4+ goals on six occasions.
City have struggled to maintain those standards over the opening weeks of the 2020/21 season, however, winning just five of their opening 12 fixtures and failing to produce the attacking football that has defined Guardiola sides in recent seasons.
Liverpool – 22 wins
Liverpool unsurprisingly lead the division for victories in 2020, a year which saw the Reds win a first Premier League title and first top-flight crown for 30 years.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were crowned as champions with a record seven games to spare and were relentless in their pursuit of the title, winning their first eight fixtures of 2020 as part of a run of 18 consecutive victories across the turn of the New Year.
The champions head into December’s festive schedule top of the Premier League once again after Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham, having won eight of their opening 13 fixtures to make it 22 for the year and open up a three-point advantage at the top.
The current season is shaping as one of the most competitive in recent memory, though Liverpool remain the team to beat in English football as we head into a hugely anticipated 2021.