Premier League Highest Points Totals: The top 5 in English top-flight history

Over the Premier League era, there have been teams which have stood out above the rest, to the point where they are still talked about years after the event. As time has gone by, the standard of the Premier League has grown and grown, and as such, more points are required to be successful.

There has been five occasions which have particular stood out in a specific Premier League season where a team has earned a huge number of points, ironically, not always securing them the title. Manchester City may have just secured a treble, but the points they achieved don’t even make this list, and yet this is probably the best team they have had throughout their stint in the Premier League.

Several now legendary moments have been created in the history of the Premier League, but recognition for the longevity of grinding out performances all across a 38-game season deserves tremendous credit. To win a Premier League title is not easy at all, and so we cast an eye over the five highest points totals in Premier League history.

Manchester City – 100 points – 2017/18

City’s ‘Centurions’ secured this remarkable record and many others when they clinched their third Premier League title in 2018. Under the stewardship of the now legendary Pep Guardiola they had the necessary financial backing, along with his tactical nous and ingenuity in the dugout. This proved crucial in bringing more silverware to the Etihad.

Along with the trophy, the club picked up the most wins (32), most away wins (16), most consecutive wins (18), and most goals scored (106) among several other achievements. The success was also the biggest winning margin to second (19 points), with fierce rivals Manchester United their closest rivals in that incredible Premier League campaign.

Liverpool – 99 points – 2019/20

Jurgen Klopp’s side took the league by storm this season, reaching 61 points from their opening 21 games, the most ever recorded at that stage in any of Europe’s top five leagues. They even extended that tally to 79 from 27, as well as breaking countless other records like the fastest to 30 wins and the earliest title win.

It could have been a lot sweeter for the Reds, but their below-par performances after the season was interrupted ensured City’s tally of 100 points wasn’t to be surpassed. They did, however, equal the Premier League record of 32 victories, but above all delivered a long-awaited league title to Anfield.

Manchester City – 98 points – 2018/19

Just one season on from their record-breaking 100-point campaign, Guardiola’s outfit once again dominated proceedings. They racked up 32 wins for a second time, but took their foot off the gas and fell to shock losses against Crystal Palace and Newcastle, with the Sky Blues also losing at Chelsea and Leicester.

But their appetite for goals was undoubtedly what drove them to their fourth Premier League title, with 6-1 victories against Huddersfield and Southampton standing out alongside a revenge encounter with Chelsea, where a Sergio Aguero hat-trick helped City to a 6-0 thrashing.

Liverpool – 97 points – 2018/19

Liverpool fans everywhere will still be scratching their heads as to how they didn’t clinch a much-needed title with just a single loss all season. But crucially that loss came against City, with their seven draws also playing a huge role in their finishing a minor one-point behind the eventual champions.

Klopp’s men even conceded 22 goals to City’s 23, but it wasn’t meant to be and they were made to wait for another year before that elusive trophy arrived at Anfield. Moreover, they hold the unwanted Premier League record for the highest-ever points tally without lifting the league title.

Chelsea – 95 points – 2004/05

If City and Liverpool are the modern-day record breakers, then Chelsea are certainly the originals, with Jose Mourinho securing the club’s first top-flight title in 50 years in his very first season at Stamford Bridge.

His announcement as ‘The Special One’ was backed up by an astonishing Premier League season in which the Blues conceded just 15 goals, the lowest ever total. The campaign also witnessed the start of their 86-game unbeaten home run, a record that finally came to an end in 2008, but one that still stands to this day.

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