Revealed! The number of days Sunderland spent in the Premier League bottom three but still survived

Sunderland spent more time in the bottom three than any other Premier League side - but still managed to pull off another remarkable escape.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 9:52 am
Updated Thursday, 19th May 2016, 10:56 am
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce

Premier League figures revealed the Black Cats spent 237 days in the bottom three, more than Newcastle United (204), Norwich City (53) and Aston Villa (226).

But they still managed to pull themselves to safety once again - having never been higher than 17th all season.

Another Barclays Premier League season drew to a belated close on Tuesday evening with Manchester United's 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

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A thrilling campaign ended with Leicester as surprise champions and Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa heading into the Sky Bet Championship, but what else did we learn?

Here Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the statistics.


Only Leicester spent more time than fourth-placed Manchester City's 100 days at the top of the table.

Sunderland occupied the relegation zone for a total of 237 days and never climbed higher than their final position of 17th.


Chelsea's opponents were the most likely to be cautioned with 116 yellow cards issued to teams facing the Blues, with transgressors most likely to get away with a talking to against Southampton (41).

Villa were the division's bad boys with 79, Arsenal its angels with 46.


Tottenham were the most unlucky side at one end, hitting the woodwork on 14 occasions, but also the most fortunate at the other end after having their own goal-frame rattled the same number of times.


Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri used the fewest players - just 23 and only 19 different starters - as the Foxes marched to the title.

No manager rang the changes more often that Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, who selected 34 different players, 30 of whom made at least one league start.

There were 31 line-ups throughout the campaign which had an average age of less than 25 - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino named 21 of them.