Champions Chelsea had the second-least number of days lost from injury, while relegated Sunderland had the most. That tells you a lot.
In choosing to quit Sunderland, David Moyes at last got a big decision correct. Following his club's relegation, his decision to leave the Stadium of Light might have been little surprise, but it was a brave one nonetheless, given he has quit a job that paid handsomely and had three contractual years to run. It has been reported that he refused a £3 million compensation payment.
Should he want to return to management, future options look barren, but there was no other choice to make. In his...
David Moyes came up with an honest attempt to stop Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 system, but Chelsea still trashed his Sunderland team 5-1.
In a prelude to the title celebrations at Stamford Bridge, Sunderland lined up in a back three, as many have done against Chelsea this season, but with a twist: they used four central midfielders in order to ensure double cover near key men Eden Hazard and Willian.
It seemed a decent idea, particularly when Javier Manquillo put Sunderland ahead inside three minutes....
With only six wins, Sunderland's bright spots -- like the first victory (2-1, on Nov. 5 at Bournemouth) and the astonishing-but-fluke hammering of Crystal Palace (4-0 on Feb. 4 at Selhurst Park) -- served only to encourage false hope this season.
Rating out of 10: 2
It was not a season in which highlights seem appropriate to describe occasional saving graces, but on an individual level, two of the many players expected to leave Sunderland this summer brought smiles to supporters' faces.
Sunderland bowed out from the Premier League after 10 seasons with a 5-1 thrashing at Chelsea that illustrated the gulf between top and bottom.
Few expected Sunderland to spoil the title-winners' party and despite going behind in the game's early stages, Chelsea enjoyed overwhelming possession and were not flattered by the scoreline.
Bizarrely, it was the Wearsiders' boss David Moyes who fielded the weakened side against the champions as several first-team regulars declared themselves unfit.
Sunderland's farewell to the Premier League on Sunday takes them ominously to Stamford Bridge, en fete after Chelsea's emphatic title success but also the scene of two rare highlights of the Black Cats' 10-year stay.
Ten seasons, nine different managers and frequent brushes with relegation have reduced the Wearsiders to an existence plagued by insecurity and disappointment.
But past battles for survival have at least produced moments of great excitement, with few more enthralling than a sensational...