points to win the title

Tottenham Hotspur fans may have been disappointed with 2nd place last season following their best ever performance in the Premier League. They would have won the title in 11 of the 25 previous Premiership seasons with 86 points. They would have been level on points in 2010 and 2014 but lost the title on goal difference.

So how many points did the eventual champions win each year?

points to win the title

SeasonChampionsPoints
1993Manchester United76*
1994Manchester United83*
1995Blackburn Rovers81*
1996Manchester United82
1997Manchester United75
1998Arsenal78
1999Manchester United79
2000Manchester United91
2001Manchester United80
2002Arsenal87
2003Manchester United83
2004Arsenal90
2005Chelsea95
2006Chelsea91
2007Manchester United89
2008Manchester United87
2009Manchester United90
2010Chelsea86
2011Manchester United80
2012Manchester City89
2013Manchester United89
2014Manchester City86
2015Chelsea87
2016Leicester City81
2017Chelsea93
*The points for 1993 have been adjusted to match a 38 game season so we can compare them, the actual points for the champions in those seasons were:

SeasonChampionsPoints
1993Manchester United84
1994Manchester United92
1995Blackburn Rovers89

85 the magic number?

The average number of points needed to become champions of English football was 85.11*

  • Lowest points to win the title - Manchester United in 1997 with 75 points.
  • Highest points was 95, achieved by Chelsea in 1995.