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Premier League 2023/24 season review

Premier League 2023/24 season review

Manchester City capped an exciting 2023/24 season with a 3-1 win over West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, winning their fourth successive Premier League (PL) title.

Pep Guardiola’s men were pushed to the brink by Arsenal but won nine of their final nine matches to clinch their tenth league title.

Their quest for glory isn’t over yet. The FA Cup final looms and City have a chance to make history by becoming the first side to win successive Premier League and FA Cup doubles. 

Fans can witness this potentially historic moment live. Buy Manchester City tickets now at to cheer them on at Wembley Stadium.

With the final curtain drawn on a captivating title race, we now take a closer look at how every club in the English top flight performed throughout the 2023/24 season.

20 – Sheffield United

Sheffield United crashed back down to the Championship following an abysmal campaign in which they broke the record for most goals conceded in a 38-game PL campaign. They shipped a jaw-dropping 104 goals. 

The Blades dismissed Paul Heckingbottom early, looking to avoid the drop, but Chris Wilder failed to move the needle, seeing out a toothless season. 

19 – Burnley

Burnley’s stay in the top flight has been short-lived, with the Clarets tumbling down after a disastrous campaign despite spending over £100 million in the transfer market.

They paid the price for their poor recruitment, and Kompany’s refusal to adapt his tactics also didn’t help their cause either. 

However, this has (somehow) not chipped away at his reputation, with Bayern Munich preparing to hire the Belgian.

18 – Luton Town

Most people wanted Luton Town to defy the odds and secure PL survival, but it was not to be. They won only one league game since January 30, ultimately falling back into the second division.

Rob Edwards’ side played exciting football and gave the big boys a lot of headaches, but they ultimately failed to claim enough points to keep their head above water.

The Hatters will be disappointed with how the season panned out but will take solace in some of their performances where they showed they can compete in the PL.

17 – Nottingham Forest 

Nottingham Forest had to wait until the last day of the season to secure their status in the top division.

A tumultuous start under Steve Cooper was followed by point deductions for breaching the PL’s Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR).

Forest dismissed Cooper and brought in Nuno Espirito Santo, who marginally improved their fortunes and helped them escape the drop.

16th – Brentford

Brentford secured a fourth successive season in the top flight, but it was quite the battle for Thomas Frank’s side as they suffered injuries and missed crucial players. 

Top marksman Ivan Toney didn’t feature till January, and his partner in crime Bryan Mbeumo was out for several months. At a certain point, their entire backline was sidelined with injuries.

Nevertheless, Brentford managed to put a healthy 13-point distance between themselves and the relegation zone. 

15th – Everton

2023/24 threatened to finally send Everton to the Championship but they defied the odds to extend their remarkable stay in the top flight.

Like Forest, they were riddled with point deductions that threw them into the deep end but Sean Dyche has made a career out of surviving dangerous situations.

The Englishman turned things around and ended the season well, claiming four wins from their final seven games (D2, L1).

14 – Wolverhampton Wanderers

When Wolves sacked Julen Lopetegui days before the season began and hired Gary O’Neil, many believed they would struggle in the PL.

However, Wolves were never in danger of relegation and navigated the season brilliantly.

Hwang Hee-chan and Matheus Cunha marked an outstanding season with 12 goals each, while Pedro Neto was typically electric when his fitness allowed him. 

13 – Fulham

Many did not give Fulham a chance at the beginning of the season after the West London side lost talisman Aleksandar Mitrovic to the vast riches of Saudi Arabia, but the Cottagers silenced their doubters. 

They were never in danger of slipping into the relegation zone. Despite finishing lower on the league log than last season, they will still consider the season a success.

Player of the Season Rodrigo Muniz has adeptly replaced Mitrovic, and the Brazilian can be a crucial player for Fulham’s top-flight stay.

12 – AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth took the bold decision to axe O’Neil, who helped them avoid relegation in the 2022/23 season. They hired Andoni Iraola to take charge.

Iraola started the season poorly and received plenty of deserved flak, considering the over £100 million spent on transfers. But the Spaniard eventually got his side firing on all cylinders, and they recorded their best-ever point tally in the top flight.

Iraola has received a Premier League Manager of the Season nomination for his terrific turn-around on the Bournemouth job.

11th – Brighton & Hove Albion

Roberto De Zerbi led Brighton & Hove Albion to unprecedented heights in the 2022/23 season, but they failed to build on that success this term despite starting brightly.

Brighton lost pivotal players like Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister and failed to replace them with enough quality, culminating in a drop-off. 

The Seagulls have parted ways with De Zerbi and are eyeing a move for Ipswich Town boss Kieran Mckenna to replace him.

10th – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson typically kept his side around 12th on the league table, but, they were 16th and in danger of slipping into the relegation dogfight when he left his position in February.

In came Oliver Glasner, and what a breath of fresh air the Austrian coach has been for the South London club.

Glasner won seven of his 13 games in charge of the Eagles (D3, L3), accruing 24 points to take Palace into mid-table. 

9th – West Ham United

West Ham clinched the Europa Conference League last season and hoped to build on that success this term. Instead, they struggled to keep up with their lofty ambitions, especially in 2024.

The Hammers won only five of 25 games since the turn of the year (D9, L11), leading to the eventual depature of head coach David Moyes.

West Ham fans want to see their club constantly push for a European place and will demand success from incoming manager Julen Lopetegui.

8th – Manchester United

Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United side were one of the most disappointing teams in the PL this season. For the first time in over three decades, they finished a league campaign outside the top seven, along with a negative goal difference.

United will seek redemption in the FA Cup when they face Man City.

But the odds are stacked against them, meaning they are staring down the barrel of a season without European football, which could see Ten Hag axed this summer.

7th – Newcastle United

Premier League drama elsewhere dominated headlines, allowing manager Eddie Howe to find solace in the quiet. However, his Newcastle side cannot escape scrutiny for their underwhelming season, although they were hampered by injuries.

Last year’s fourth-place finish and Champions League return promised a sustained challenge at the top. But Howe’s side failed to deliver, raising questions about the Englishman’s ability to lead the Magpies to success in the long term.

6th – Chelsea 

After a tumultuous first season under the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital, the Chelsea board hired the respected and experienced Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine manager struggled initially as injuries ravaged his young and inexperienced squad, but he turned the tide in the second half of the season. 

The Blues won their last five games to secure a return to Europe, but it wasn’t enough to secure Pochettino’s job, and their list of possible replacements is simply laughable.

5th – Tottenham Hotspur

Ange Postecoglou joined Tottenham Hotspur and immediately implemented his ultra-attacking style of play, which propelled Spurs to the top of the table at the start of the season.

However, injuries derailed their campaign, and Spurs ultimately failed to secure Champions League football.

Postecoglou has refused to take the blame for his part in their demise, choosing to seek refuge in the cliche by questioning the team’s mentality, even though his tactics have been borderline amateurish at times.

4th – Aston Villa 

Unai Emery’s side sealed fourth place and a spot in the Champions League next season with a 3-3 draw against Liverpool. It was also thanks to Man City’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in north London.

Emery had led Villa from the brink of a relegation battle under Steven Gerrard to seventh last season and managed to top that spectacular achievement this term.

Striker Ollie Watkins spearheaded them back to Europe’s premier competition for the first time since 1982/83, with 20 goals and 13 assists.

3rd – Liverpool 

At one point this season, Liverpool led the way on the PL table and had dreams of a quadruple, but those aspirations faded in April as the Reds lost momentum in the title race. 

A demoralising 1-0 loss to Palace at Anfield followed a 2-2 draw against Man United before Merseyside rivals Everton effectively ended their title dreams with a 2-0 win at Goodison Park.

Jurgen Klopp capped off his nine-year stay at Anfield with a solitary EFL Cup title and a closer inspection on the German’s reign suggests he may not be as invincible as they claim.

2nd – Arsenal

Arsenal finished second-best in the PL for a second consecutive season, and manager Mikel Arteta will be scratching his head, wondering what he has to do to catch Man City.

The Gunners kept the most clean sheets and had the best defensive record. They also picked up 89 points in the PL, their second-highest total, just one shy of the 90 the Invincibles achieved in 2003/04.

Arsenal’s 28 wins is their best haul in the PL era, but it wasn’t enough to end City’s dominant reign in English football.

Champions – Manchester City

Arsenal’s 89 points would have been enough to win the title in 20 of the previous 31 PL seasons, including last term, but Man City are made of sterner stuff.

The Cityzens went on a remarkable unbeaten run following their defeat to Villa in December. They won 19 of their 23 games in that run, including nine on the spin to clinch the trophy.

City were without playmaker Kevin De Bruyne for a long stretch while Erling Braut Haaland battled injuries, but Guardiola’s well-oiled machine still marched to their tenth league title.

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