Premier League table “footprints”, 2016/17

As I’ve done for the EFL divisions, I’ve got a range of post-season graphics that I can now roll out for the Premier League, starting with this one that proved popular last year.

This graphic works as follows:

  • The clubs are listed down the side, in the order they finished in the final league table
  • Each row shows how many days that club spent in each league position
  • The season is considered to run from the date of the first match to the date of the last and excludes the play-offs
  • I’ve added dividing lines in both directions to indicate the automatic promotion places, the play-off zone, the division between top and bottom half and the relegation zone
  • There are also fainter outlines around each club’s final league position

The idea of this is that you can see the “footprint” that each club left in the table this season. Some stayed up one end, others bounced around a lot more etc. This isn’t supposed to be anything particularly profound, but when I ran it I was surprised to see how much time certain clubs spent quite a long way from their final position and how far most travelled over the course of the season.

Chelsea were top of the division for a whopping 184 days, although five other sides did spend some time at the summit including relegated Hull.

Only two clubs – Man City and Everton – spent the season exclusively in the top half of the table, with City never out of the top five.

Not only were Sunderland the only team not to spend a single day in the top half, but they never left the bottom five and spent even more time in last place than Chelsea did in first.