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The weakest teams in Premier League history


As the old saying goes, goals win you games.

These days it is not uncommon to see teams flirt with the 100 goal barrier, but some clubs are not so lucky. For some, putting the ball in the back of the net becomes a Herculean task, and the consequences are very rarely beautiful.

Let’s take a look at the seven worst performing teams in Premier League history.

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Lescott was not a popular figure at the end of the season | James Baylis – AMA / Getty Images

With 27 goals and three wins to their name, Aston Villa is keen to make sure you forget about their 2015/16 season.

Villa’s 29-year high-flying stint ended in dramatic fashion, with Joleon Lescott’s magical tweet pocketing one of the campaign’s many bizarre memories.

None of Tim Sherwood, Remi Garde and Eric Black were able to save Villa, who was led by Jordan Ayew’s seven goals.

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Negredo scored a lot of goals on his own | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

A year later, Middlesbrough tied that tally of 27 and surprisingly they haven’t even finished bottom of the league.

Aitor Karanka and Steve Agnew’s side won five games in 2016/17, thanks in large part to Alvaro Negredo’s nine goals. Defensive midfielder Marten de Roon was next in the scorecard which tells you everything you need to know.

Cristhian Stuani also scored four that year, but just 12 months later he was celebrating after scoring 21 La Liga goals for Girona. Typical.

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Sunderland sank without a trace | Michael Steele / Getty Images

The bottom of the league in 2005/06 was Sunderland, who ended the campaign with a modest 26 goals.

They have scored more than once in just five games this season, and only two of them have ended in victory, with Mick McCarthy’s side having collected just 15 points all season. Their closest rival, West Brom, had 30.

The goals were split between the Black Cats team that season, with no one managing more than Anthony Le Tallec’s four.

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Norwich couldn’t make the most of their chances | Visionhaus / Getty Images

Of all the historically gruesome teams in the Premier League era, 2019/20 Norwich is the most entertaining.

Daniel Farke’s Canaries attacked like a team that wanted 100 goals in a campaign, but a combination of inexperience and an overall lack of quality limited them to 26.

We will never forget the 3-2 victory over Manchester City and Teemu Pukki’s 11 goals, including six in the first five games.

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Huddersfield did not have enough quality | John Early / Getty Images

Huddersfield Town came close to stealing the honor of the worst team in Premier League history in 2018/19, when they had only managed 22 goals all season.

They had three wins, including two in November 2018, and they ended up on a one-point streak in 14 games at one point in the season.

Karlan Grant, who joined the club in January of the same season, finished Huddersfield’s top scorer with four goals, one ahead of center-back Zanka. Yikes.

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Phillips couldn’t maintain his heroic goal | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Sunderland’s second entry on this list comes in the form of this old record. At the time, no one had scored less than the 21 goals they scored in 2002/03.

The lack of goals came as a real shock to Sunderland, who had just watched Kevin Phillips win the European Golden Boot for scoring 30 goals himself in 2000/01.

Phillips was top scorer with just six goals this time around, and those scoring struggles saw Sunderland relegated to a record low of 19 points.

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Derby broke countless records | Mark Thompson / Getty Images

You knew it was going to happen.

The 2007/08 Derby ended up in the record books for all the wrong reasons as they recorded the fewest goals scored (20), the fewest points won (11), the fewest wins (1) and the first relegation (March 29, 32 games), and they also tied the 108-year-old Football League record for an entire season with just one win.

After winning their sixth game of the season, a 1-0 victory over Newcastle, Derby has not won any of its 32 remaining matches. They didn’t even win their first four league games, setting a new record for most league games without a win (36).

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