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Which Premier League records can realistically be broken this season?

Which of the personal and team records look like they're going to be consigned to the history books? We take a look...

Remember two seasons ago when Jamie Vardy broke the Premier League’s consecutive goal record?

Ah… glory, glory days. Anyway, that’s all basically in the past now and all we care about is the future of football.

So with that in mind, which Premier League records could we see fall this season?

Both from a player perspective and team perspective, we’ve cast our eye over which records are going to tumble, and which ones are safe for a few more years yet.


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All statistics correct at time of publishing. All stats from Premier League site, with some not available prior to the 2006/07 season.  

All-time appearance record

All hail Gareth Barry, the Hastings Xavi, who is set to surpass the all-time Premier League appearance record this season.

Should Barry play against West Ham this weekend, he will equal Ryan Giggs’ impressive feat of 632 Premier League appearances.

It’s a remarkable record for someone who made his Premier League debut in 1997, and has since stayed so injury-free that he has played at least 30 matches in every season since then.

He probably deserves a bit more credit, doesn’t he?

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All-time goals record

Alan Shearer’s haul of 260 goals is probably safe for now – that is, unless Wayne Rooney bags another 60 the season, which isn’t going to happen.

You can quote us on that, we’re so sure of it.

Behind Rooney’s 200 goals, Jermain Defoe (158) is the only other active player who makes the top ten of the Premier League all-time goalscorers list.

Rooney at his belligerent best

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Rooney at his belligerent best

All-time assists record

We’re also pretty certain that Ryan Giggs’ 162 assists will be safe for another year, but it’s interesting to note that Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas is second on the list, having recorded 107 himself.

Rooney underlines his incredible personal record by being fourth on the list with 101, and will equal Frank Lampard in third place when he next notches another assist.

Rooney will likely finish his career as the Premier League’s second top scorer and third highest assist holder – and still people don’t rate him. Bizarre.

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All-time clean sheet record

Petr Cech will look to extend his record of 150 clean sheets and is almost certain to do that, with Joe Hart (120) second on the list.

David De Gea’s 78 and Simon Mignolet (74) are also in the running for a future clean sheet record, but this will be Cech’s for many years to come.

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All-time team losses

The total team losses is a fascinating battle between Everton (338) and West Ham (335).

Both clubs overtook poor Aston Villa (333) last season, but the Hammers could overtake Everton for the unwanted ‘honour’.

Out of interest, Spurs have 316 and Newcastle have 307.

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All-time goals scored

Manchester United (1,868 Premier League goals) will be top of the pile for this one for many, many years.

Arsenal are currently second with 1,705, while Chelsea have 1,653. This is United’s to keep for another generation, you’d expect.

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All-time goals conceded

Sorry, Tottenham Hotspur fans – the North London club have conceded the most goals with 1,234 so far since 1992, while Everton have conceded 1,213.

Will the Toffees concede 21 more goals than Spurs this season? We wait to find out.

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All-time yellow cards received (players)

Gareth Barry once again wins an award! Except it’s not one he’ll particularly appreciate, though you could argue picking up a yellow card in central midfield is par for the course.

He’s got 119, ahead of Rooney (100), while Robert Huth (68) is the next active Premier League player on the list.

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All-time red cards received (players)

Guess what? Big Gareth Barry is in the frame for this one as well!

Richard Dunne leads the way with eight red cards, joint first with Patrick Vieira and Duncan Ferguson, but Barry and Younes Kaboul, both with six, could see them top the list if they have a nightmare season.

Laurent Koscielny and Ryan Shawcross both have five.

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Most passes by player

Barry, again, tops this list, with 19,822 passes, but the next three is a who’s who of Premier League greats.

Michael Carrick has notched 18,879, Cesc Fabregas is next with 17,026, and Yaya Toure’s got 15,328.

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Most substituted on

We’re not entirely sure Peter Crouch would enjoy being called a bench warmer, but he’s literally the most substituted on player in the Premier League record books.

His 106 appearances from the bench comes in ahead of Victor Anichebe (105) and Southampton’s Shane Long (101).

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Most substituted off

Theo Walcott leads the way when it comes to seeing his number come up on the sidelines.

He’s been subbed off 106 times, three more than Manchester City’s David Silva, and Everton’s Aaron Lennon (97) comes in third.

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