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Premier League
Season 2007–08
Champions Manchester United
10th Premier League title
17th English title
Relegated Reading
Birmingham City
Derby County
Champions League Manchester United (Group stage)
Chelsea (Group stage)
Arsenal (Third qualifying round)
Liverpool (Third qualifying round)
UEFA Cup Portsmouth (First round; via FA Cup)
Everton (First round)
Tottenham Hotspur (First round; via League Cup)
Manchester City (First qualifying round; via Fair Play)
Intertoto Cup Aston Villa (Third round)
Goals scored 1,002
Average goals/game 2.64
Top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo (31)
Biggest home win Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City
(2008-05-11)
Biggest away win Derby County 0–6 Aston Villa
(2008-04-12)
Highest scoring Portsmouth 7–4 Reading (11 goals)
(2007-09-29)
Highest attendance 76,013 – Man Utd v West Ham
Lowest attendance 14,007 – Wigan v M'boro
Average attendance 36,076

The 2007–08 Premier League season (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the sixteenth since its establishment. The first matches of the season were played on 11 August 2007, and the season ended on 11 May 2008. Manchester United went into the 2007–08 season as the Premier League's defending champions, having won their ninth Premiership title and sixteenth league championship overall the previous season. The first goal of the season was scored by Michael Chopra, who scored a 94th minute winner for Sunderland against Tottenham in the early kick-off.[1] This season is also the third consecutive season that has seen the "Big Four" continue their stranglehold in the top four spots and a place in the UEFA Champions League.

The first red card of the season was given to Reading's Dave Kitson after a challenge on Patrice Evra in their opening game against Manchester United.[2] The first hat-trick was scored by Emmanuel Adebayor in the match between Arsenal and Derby County.[3]

On 29 September 2007, Portsmouth beat Reading 7–4 in the highest scoring match in English Premier League history.[4] On 15 December 2007, both Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers) and Marcus Bent (Wigan Athletic) scored hat-tricks during Wigan's 5–3 home win over Blackburn. This was the first occasion in Premier League history that two players on opposing teams had scored hat-tricks during the same match.

On 29 March 2008, Derby County drew 2–2 with Fulham while Birmingham City, who were 17th in the table at the time, beat Manchester City 3–1, to make Derby County the first team in Premier League history to be relegated in March, ending the season with a League record low points tally of just 11.

On 11 May 2008, the final day of the season, Manchester United beat Wigan Athletic 2–0 while Chelsea drew 1–1 with Bolton Wanderers, thus crowning Manchester United with their tenth Premier League title, and 17th championship overall, just one behind Liverpool's total of 18. Meanwhile, despite Birmingham beating Blackburn Rovers 4-1 and Reading beating Derby 4-0, both Birmingham and Reading were relegated due to Fulham's 1-0 win over Portsmouth. This meant that Fulham avoided relegation by a goal difference of -22, compared to Reading's -25. On the same day, Middlesbrough beat Manchester City 8–1 to claim the biggest win of the season.

The season was notable for the return of the English league to the top of UEFA's official ranking list, overtaking La Liga for the period from 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009. This followed the success of English clubs in the UEFA Champions League, with both champions Manchester United and runners-up Chelsea reaching the European Cup final. This was the first time that the English league had topped the UEFA rankings since the events at the Heysel Stadium in 1985.

Contents

Final league table

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United  (C) 38 27 6 5 80 22 +58 87 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 25 10 3 65 26 +39 85
3 Arsenal 38 24 11 3 74 31 +43 83 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Liverpool 38 21 13 4 67 28 +39 76
5 Everton 38 19 8 11 55 33 +22 65 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round
6 Aston Villa 38 16 12 10 71 51 +20 60 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
7 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 13 10 50 48 +2 58
8 Portsmouth 38 16 9 13 48 40 +8 57 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round 1
9 Manchester City 38 15 10 13 45 53 −8 55 UEFA Cup 2008-09 First qualifying round 2
10 West Ham United 38 13 10 15 42 50 −8 49
11 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 13 14 66 61 +5 46 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round 3
12 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 45 65 −20 43
13 Middlesbrough 38 10 12 16 43 53 −10 42
14 Wigan Athletic 38 10 10 18 34 51 −17 40
15 Sunderland 38 11 6 21 36 59 −23 39
16 Bolton Wanderers 38 9 10 19 36 54 −18 37
17 Fulham 38 8 12 18 38 60 −22 36
18 Reading  (R) 38 10 6 22 41 66 −25 36 Relegation to {{Fb competition 2008-09 2008-09 Football League Championship }}
19 Birmingham City  (R) 38 8 11 19 46 62 −16 35
20 Derby County  (R) 38 1 8 29 20 89 −69 11

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored.
1 via FA Cup 2007-08
2 via UEFA Fair Play ranking (0.8 of a point ahead of Fulham)
3 via Football League Cup 2007-08
For further information on European qualification see Premier League - Competition.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results

Home \ Away1 ARS AST BIR BLA BOL CHE DER EVE FUL LIV MNC MNU MID NEW POR REA SUN TOT WHU WIG
Arsenal 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 5–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–0
Aston Villa 1–2 5–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–4 1–1 4–1 1–3 3–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–2
Birmingham City 2–2 1–2 4–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 4–1 0–1 3–2
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 0–4 2–1 4–1 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 4–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–1
Bolton Wanderers 2–3 1–1 3–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–3 0–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 4–1
Chelsea 2–1 4–4 3–2 0–0 1–1 6–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 6–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1
Derby County 2–6 0–6 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–4 0–0 0–3 0–5 0–1
Everton 1–4 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 7–1 0–0 1–1 2–1
Fulham 0–3 2–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 3–3 0–3 1–2 0–1 0–2 3–1 1–3 3–3 0–1 1–1
Liverpool 1–1 2–2 0–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 6–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–2 3–0 4–1 2–1 3–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Manchester City 1–3 1–0 1–0 2–2 4–2 0–2 1–0 0–2 2–3 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0
Manchester United 2–1 4–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 4–1 6–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 4–0
Middlesbrough 2–1 0–3 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 8–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–0
Newcastle United 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 2–2 3–2 2–0 0–3 0–2 1–5 1–1 1–4 3–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–0
Portsmouth 0–0 2–0 4–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 7–4 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–0
Reading 1–3 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–1 0–3 2–1
Sunderland 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–4 3–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0
Tottenham Hotspur 1–3 4–4 2–3 1–2 1–1 4–4 4–0 1–3 5–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–0 6–4 2–0 4–0 4–0
West Ham United 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–4 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 3–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1
Wigan Athletic 0–0 1–2 2–0 5–3 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–0

Source: Barclays Premier League
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Season statistics

Scoring

Cards

Average home attendance

Clean sheets

Overall

Home

Away

Top scorers

Scorer Goals[19] Team
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 31 Manchester United
Togo Emmanuel Adebayor 24 Arsenal
Spain Fernando Torres 24 Liverpool
Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz 19 Blackburn Rovers
Zimbabwe Benjani 15 Portsmouth / Manchester City
Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov 15 Tottenham Hotspur
Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane 15 Tottenham Hotspur
Nigeria Yakubu 15 Everton
Argentina Carlos Tévez 14 Manchester United
Norway John Carew 13 Aston Villa

Top assistants

Rank Assistant Club Assists[20]
1 Spain Francesc Fabregas Arsenal 19
2 England Ashley Young Aston Villa 17
3 England Wayne Rooney Manchester United 13
4 England David Bentley Tottenham Hotspur 11
Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov Tottenham Hotspur 11
England Steven Gerrard Liverpool 11
7 England Gareth Barry Aston Villa 10
Trinidad and Tobago Kenwyne Jones Sunderland 10
9 England Carlton Cole West Ham United 9
Côte d'Ivoire Salomon Kalou Chelsea 9
England Nicky Shorey Reading 9
England Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa 9

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Fastest scorers

Scorer Time (seconds) Team Opponent
Brazil Geovanni 28 Manchester City Wigan Athletic
England Cameron Jerome 32 Birmingham City Derby County
Nigeria Yakubu 47 Everton Portsmouth
Northern Ireland David Healy 50 Fulham Arsenal

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
August 2007 Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson (Manchester City)[21] England Micah Richards (Manchester City)[21]
September 2007 France Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)[22] Spain Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal)[22]
October 2007 Wales Mark Hughes (Blackburn Rovers)[23] England Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)[23]
November 2007 Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill (Aston Villa)[24] England Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)[24]
December 2007 France Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)[25] Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers)[25]
January 2008 Scotland Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)[26] Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)[26]
February 2008 Scotland David Moyes (Everton)[27] Spain Fernando Torres (Liverpool)[27]
March 2008 Scotland Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)[28] Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)[28]
April 2008 Israel Avram Grant (Chelsea)[29] England Ashley Young (Aston Villa)[29]

Annual awards

League Managers' Association Manager of the Year

The LMA Manager of the Year award was won by Sir Alex Ferguson after leading Manchester United to back-to-back league title wins. The award was presented by Fabio Capello on 13 May 2008.[30]

PFA Players' Player of the Year

The PFA Players' Player of the Year award for 2008 was won by Cristiano Ronaldo for the second year in a row.[31]

The shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, in alphabetical order, was as follows:

PFA Young Player of the Year

The PFA Young Player of the Year award was won by Cesc Fàbregas of Arsenal.[31]

The shortlist for the award was as follows:

PFA Team of the Year

Goalkeeper: David James (Portsmouth)
Defence: Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy (both Arsenal), Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidić (both Manchester United)
Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Attack: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

PFA Fans' Player of the Year

Last year's winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, was named the PFA Fans' Player of the Year for 2008. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres finished second, with Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas finishing third.[32]

PFA Merit Award

BBC broadcaster and former England and Blackpool full-back Jimmy Armfield received the PFA Merit Award for his services to the game.[31]

FWA Footballer of the Year

The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award for 2008 was won by Cristiano Ronaldo for a second successive season. The Manchester United winger saw off the challenges of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, who finished second and third respectively.[33]

Barclays Player of the Season

Cristiano Ronaldo, 23, won the Barclays Player of the Season accolade for the second season in succession.[34]

Barclays Manager of the Season

Sir Alex Ferguson, 66, picked up the Barclays Manager of the Season for the eighth time. During his hugely successful spell with Manchester United, which began in 1986, he has won ten Premier League titles, five FA Cups and three European titles.[34]

Barclays Golden Boot Award

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the winner of the Barclays Golden Boot Award. The Manchester United winger's 31 goals from 34 league appearances helped see off stiff opposition for this award from Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor and Fernando Torres of Liverpool. This was the first Premier League season that a player has scored more than 30 goals since Alan Shearer's 31-goal haul for Blackburn Rovers twelve years prior.[34][35]

Barclays Golden Glove Award

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has claimed the Premier League's golden gloves award for the third season in succession. Clean sheets in 18 out of the 38 games meant Reina kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the top flight during the 2007-08 campaign.[36]

Barclays Premier League Merit Award

Cristiano Ronaldo, the 23-year-old Portuguese winger, collected the Barclays Premier League Merit Award for reaching 30 league goals this season.[35]

Kits

Team Kit maker Shirt sponsor Notes
Arsenal Nike Emirates Same home kit as 06-07. New white and redcurrant away kit with watermark in tribute to former manager, Herbert Chapman. New third kit for UCL ties features red and blue hoops.
Aston Villa Nike 32red Nike takes over from hummel. New crest design. The new home strip was unveiled on 17 July 2007, there is a small white lion on the back of the neck. Away kit is white with sky blue pinstripes and also features a lion on the back of the neck (claret). Black third shirt released in November.
Birmingham City Umbro F&C Investments Lonsdale dropped as kit manufacturers as Umbro come in. F&C Investments replace flybe as sponsors. "Penguin" shirt design returns. White away shirt, with blue shorts and white socks. All-red third kit with blue and white trim.
Blackburn Rovers Umbro Bet 24 Umbro replace Lonsdale as new kit manufacturers. Minor alterations to home kit. New red and black halved away kit.
Bolton Wanderers Reebok Reebok New white home kit, with watermark, red sleeve design and navy blue trim. New indigo blue away kit with turquoise shapes and dark watermark. Last season's third kit unchanged.
Chelsea adidas Samsung Mobile Home kit same as 06/07. New 'electric yellow' away kit with black trim, new white and blue third/European kit.[37] Both of the new kits have a small Chelsea Lion embossed on the lower back.
Derby County adidas Derbyshire Building Society adidas replaces Joma. New white home kit and black away kit. New crest design. Third kit is bright yellow.
Everton Umbro Chang Beer New royal blue home kit and white away kit designs. New navy blue alternative kit.
Fulham Nike LG Nike replaces Airness as kit maker; LG replaces Pipex as shirt sponsor. All-white home kit and red-and-black striped away kit, honouring Fulham's 1974-75 FA Cup final team, with white V-neck collar.[38]. Third kit of all-sky blue.
Liverpool adidas Carlsberg Home kit same as 06-07. New white away kit with red trim. Also, new black and red third/European away kit. New Adidas kit for 2008–09 was previewed in the final home game of the season against Manchester City on 4 May.
Manchester City le coq sportif Thomas Cook.com Reebok replaced by French sports kit makers. White shorts replace sky blue in home kit, with shirt having white pinstripes. New indigo away kit also with white pinstripes. Third kit is white with a blue cross white shorts and socks.
Manchester United Nike AIG New red home shirt with a white line which runs down the centre of the back, blue goalkeeper shirt were released on 1 August. Away kit is black with red trim and red line on the back. Last year's white away kit has been confirmed as the third kit.
Middlesbrough Erreà Garmin 888.com replaced as sponsor by satellite navigation company Garmin.[39] New home kit with red pinstripe, and new white and gold away kit. New crest design.
Newcastle United adidas Northern Rock New home kit with solid black back and sky blue trims. New sky blue away kit with black trim. New sky blue and white third kit.
Portsmouth Canterbury Oki Rugby jersey manufacturer Canterbury replaces Jako in the New Zealand brand's first venture into football. Home shirt is blue with white and gold trim. Away shirt is white with blue and gold trim. Third shirt is black with gold trim. Each kit has a number of reflective circles on the sleeves and down the sides.
Reading Puma Kyocera Home kit same as 06-07. New black and grey hooped away kit with black back and 'arch' design. Third kit is the same as last season's.
Sunderland Umbro boylesports.com Another change from Lonsdale to Umbro; Reg Vardy out as sponsor. New home kit is red-and-white stripes with Umbro diamond design on shoulders. Away kit is all white with red and black trimmings. Third kit is all blue with red and white trimmings.
Tottenham Hotspur Puma Mansion Casino Celebrating their 125th season. Home strip to change to all white - navy blue away kit and yellow third kit to carry Chinese Mandarin version of the Mansion logo. Halved white and light blue throwback to be worn on anniversary date.
West Ham United Umbro XL Airways Reebok replaced by Umbro; JobServe replaced by XL Airways as sponsor. New claret-and-blue home shirt unveiled on 16 June; white away shirt unveiled on 27 July.
Wigan Athletic Umbro JJB Sports New home, away and third kit. JJB replaced by Umbro as kit maker, but remains as sponsor. Home kit is a return to blue-and-white stripes with solid blue back. Away kit is white with blue and black trim, with the third kit being black with blue and white trim.

In addition, Premier League officials are supplied with new kit made by Umbro, replacing American makers Official Sports, and are sponsored by Air Asia, replacing Emirates. The 2007–08 season saw a new font used for the names on the back of players' shirts.[40]

Stadia

Team Stadium Capacity
Manchester United Old Trafford 76,212
Arsenal Emirates Stadium 60,355
Newcastle United St James' Park 52,387
Sunderland Stadium of Light 48,707
Manchester City City of Manchester Stadium 47,726
Liverpool Anfield 45,522
Aston Villa Villa Park 42,640
Chelsea Stamford Bridge 42,055
Everton Goodison Park 40,157
Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 36,244
West Ham United Upton Park 35,303
Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,049
Derby County Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park 31,367
Birmingham City St Andrews Stadium 30,009
Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium 28,723
Fulham Craven Cottage 26,300
Wigan Athletic JJB Stadium 25,138
Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,688

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Manchester City England Stuart Pearce Contract terminated 14 May 2007[41] Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson 6 July 2007[42] Pre-season
Chelsea Portugal José Mourinho Mutual consent 20 September 2007[43] Israel Avram Grant 20 September 2007[43] 5th
Bolton Wanderers England Sammy Lee Mutual consent 17 October 2007[44] England Gary Megson 25 October 2007[45] 19th
Tottenham Hotspur Netherlands Martin Jol Contract terminated 25 October 2007[46] Spain Juande Ramos 27 October 2007[47] 18th
Wigan Athletic England Chris Hutchings Contract terminated 5 November 2007[48] England Steve Bruce 26 November 2007[49] 18th
Birmingham City England Steve Bruce Wigan purchased rights for £3m 19 November 2007[49] Scotland Alex McLeish 28 November 2007[50] 15th
Derby County Scotland Billy Davies Mutual consent 26 November 2007[51] England Paul Jewell 28 November 2007[52] 20th
Fulham Northern Ireland Lawrie Sanchez Contract terminated 21 December 2007[53] England Roy Hodgson 30 December 2007[54] 18th
Newcastle United England Sam Allardyce Mutual consent 9 January 2008[55] England Kevin Keegan 16 January 2008[56] 11th
Chelsea Israel Avram Grant Contract terminated 24 May 2008[57] Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari 1 July 2008[58] Post-season (2nd)
Manchester City Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson Mutual consent 2 June 2008[59] Wales Mark Hughes 4 June 2008[60] Post-season (9th)
Blackburn Rovers Wales Mark Hughes Manchester City purchased rights for £4.6m[61] 4 June 2008[60] England Paul Ince 22 June 2008[62] Post-season (7th)

Records

  • Derby County finished with the worst record since the league was founded in 1992-93 and also the worst since the introduction of the three points for a win rule. Among the records set by the Rams were:
    • A final record of one win, eight draws and 29 losses for a total of eleven points, worse than the Sunderland team from 2005-06, with the previously set lows of three wins, six draws and 29 losses totaling fifteen points. The single win, coming at home against Newcastle United 1-0 on 17 September was also a record for the fewest wins in a Premiership campaign.
    • Derby's 20 goals scored as a team (with Ronaldo, Adebayor and Torres each scoring more goals individually) was lower than the 2002-03 Black Cats' total with 21 goals scored. This marked the third time a team was outscored by one or more players. The team also failed to score in 21 of their 38 games.
    • Their −69 goal difference (20 goals scored, 89 conceded) was worse than Ipswich Town's 1994-95 goal difference of −57 (36 goals scored, 97 conceded). The 89 goals they conceded was the worst defensive performance by a team since Ipswich Town conceded 97 goals in 1994-95. It was also the worst record since the Premier League adopted the 20-team, 38-match format in 1995-96. Notable defeats for Derby included 2-6 away at Arsenal and 0-5 at home to West Ham
    • The 29 defeats they suffered equalled the 2005-06 Sunderland team for the most losses suffered in one Premier League season.
  • Chelsea's 85 points accumulated was a new record for the most points gained in a 38-game season without securing the title. The 83 points achieved by Arsenal was a new record for the most points gained in a 38-game season for finishing third.
  • Manchester United's goal difference of +58 is the greatest ever attained in a Premier League season, beating the record set by Chelsea in the 2004-05 season.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo beat his own record for most goals scored by a midfielder, raising the record to 31 goals. The previous record was 17 goals, from the the previous season. Furthermore, his goal total equalled the highest number of goals ever scored in the Premier League during a 38-game season, equalling the record first set by Blackburn Rovers' Alan Shearer during the 1995-96 season.
  • Marcus Bent and Roque Santa Cruz each scored a hat trick for their team during Wigan Athletic's 5–3 victory over Blackburn Rovers on 15 December 2007. This is the first time in Premier League history that players from opposing sides both scored hat tricks in the same match.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor scored two hat tricks home and away against Derby. This was the first time in the Premier League, that a player had scored a hat trick against the same team twice in the league.
  • Fernando Torres scored 24 goals for Liverpool, a new record for goals scored by a foreign player during his debut season.[63]

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