Albion’s Premier League Season Comparison – 20 games

Published on: Author: Jon Want

The Baggies did everything but score against Everton, but the club record winless run goes on now standing at 18 Premier League games, 19 overall.

In the Great Escape season, game 20 was considered a turning point as Albion managed to come away from what was then the City of Manchester Stadium with a 1-1 draw despite not having a shot on target all game. It was that little bit of luck that this season’s Baggies have failed to get so far.

Game 21 has not been a good one for the Baggies, but in all but one of the eleven seasons so far, it has taken place in January which is, historically, Albion’s poorest month in terms of results. The only game 21 win came in Tony Pulis’s first league game in charge three seasons ago, a 1-0 win over Hull City.

Albion have won the final game of the year in the last two seasons, however, a 1-0 win over Newcastle thanks to a Berahino goal (remember those?) in 2015 and a 2-1 win at Southampton last year thanks to a screamer from Hal Robson-Kanu.

Because of the tradition of playing on New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve fixtures are fairly rare. Last season’s win at Saints was also on New Year’s Eve, with Albion’s only other Premier League fixture on the very last day of the year being a 1-0 defeat at Anfield in 2005. Before that, you have to go back to 1994 for a match on 31st December when Albion beat Bolton 1-0 at the Hawthorns thanks to a goal from Andy Hunt.

One of the more memorable New Year’s Eve fixtures came in 1988 when Albion came within minutes of winning at Stamford Bridge in a Division Two top-of-the-table clash – Colin Anderson had given the Baggies a first half lead only for Graham Roberts to equalise with a controversial last minute penalty.

Home Away Season End
Pld W D L F A Pts Posn* W D L F A Pts W D L F A Pts Posn Pts
2002/2003 20 4 4 12 16 31 16 19th 3 3 4 9 12 12 1 1 8 7 19 4 19th 26
2004/2005 20 1 8 11 16 42 11 20th 1 4 5 7 19 7 0 4 6 9 23 4 17th 34
2005/2006 20 5 4 11 19 29 19 17th 5 1 4 16 12 16 0 3 7 3 17 3 19th 30
2008/2009 20 5 3 12 16 35 18 20th 4 2 4 13 16 14 1 1 8 3 19 4 20th 32
2010/2011 20 6 4 10 26 36 22 14th 4 2 4 13 15 14 2 2 6 13 21 8 11th 47
2011/2012 20 6 4 10 19 28 22 15th 2 2 6 7 12 8 4 2 4 12 16 14 10th 47
2012/2013 20 10 3 7 28 25 33 7th 7 1 2 16 7 22 3 2 5 12 18 11 8th 49
2013/2014 20 4 9 7 23 27 21 14th 3 3 4 12 12 12 1 6 3 11 15 9 17th 36
2014/2015 20 4 6 10 19 29 18 17th 2 3 5 13 16 9 2 3 5 6 13 9 13th 44
2015/2016 20 7 5 8 20 25 26 12th 4 2 5 14 17 14 3 3 3 6 8 12 14th 43
2016/2017 20 8 5 7 28 24 29 8th 5 2 3 19 14 17 3 3 4 9 10 12 10th 45
2017/2018 20 2 9 9 14 27 15 19th 1 6 3 9 14 9 1 3 6 5 13 6

 

Comparison of Equivalent Fixtures^
Pld W D L F A Pts
2016/2017 20 7 4 9 25 32 25
2016/2017 Results Everton (H) L 1-2
Arsenal (H) W 3-1

 

Results

2002/2003 26/12/2002 Arsenal (H) L 1-2 Dichio
2004/2005 28/12/2004 Manchester City (A) D 1-1 Dunne (o.g.)
2005/2006 31/12/2005 Liverpool (A) L 0-1
2008/2009 28/12/2008 Tottenham Hotspur (H) W 2-0 Bednar, Beattie
2010/2011 01/01/2011 Manchester United (H) L 1-2 Morrison
2011/2012 03/01/2012 Tottenham Hotspur (A) L 0-1
2012/2013 29/12/2012 Manchester United (A) L 0-2
2013/2014 01/01/2014 Newcastle United (H) W 1-0 Berahino (pen)
2014/2015 01/01/2015 West Ham United (A) D 1-1 Berahino
2015/2016 02/01/2016 Stoke City (H) W 2-1 Sess├Ęgnon, Evans
2016/2017 02/01/2017 Hull City (H) W 3-1 Brunt, McAuley, Morrison
2017/2018 26/12/2017 Everton (H) D 0-0

 

Next Matches

2002/2003 28/12/2002 Charlton Athletic (A) L 0-1
2004/2005 01/01/2005 Bolton Wanderers (A) D 1-1 Gera
2005/2006 02/01/2006 Aston Villa (H) L 1-2 Watson
2008/2009 10/01/2009 Aston Villa (A) L 1-2 Morrison
2010/2011 04/01/2011 Fulham (A) L 0-3
2011/2012 14/01/2012 Norwich City (H) L 1-2 Long (pen)
2012/2013 01/01/2013 Fulham (H) L 1-2 Lukaku
2013/2014 11/01/2014 Southampton (A) L 0-1
2014/2015 10/01/2015 Hull City (H) W 1-0 Berahino
2015/2016 13/01/2016 Chelsea (A) D 2-2 Gardner, McClean
2016/2017 14/01/2017 Tottenham Hotspur (A) L 0-4
2017/2018 31/12/2017 Arsenal (H)

* Positions are recorded as Albion’s position in the Premier League table after all fixtures for that day have been completed.
^ Fixtures against promoted clubs are compared against fixtures against the relegated clubs from last season with the club finishing 1st in the Championship compared against the club finishing 18th in the Premier League, 2nd compared with 19th and the play-off winners compared against the club who finished bottom.