Date: 18th November 2016 at 10:11pm
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A Premier League all time best win ratio has been created this November international break, and there are some surprising results in the table.

Judged on all Premier League games since the rebrand back in 1992, admittedly a wise man or woman once said stats can prove anything, and this table and piece ably demonstrates that.

When judged alone on win ratio per games played, Leeds United find themselves in seventh place in the overall table despite only having played 189 applicable games, but their win ratio sees them tot up a 40.4% score. But there are plenty of curiosities based on how this table was worked out by Express Sport, and fans may have seen it also in The Star (but limited to 20 clubs only).

For example out of 935 applicable games, Chelsea return a win % of 52.8%, yet with 564 wins, Liverpool only tally 49.6%.

Words are my particular friend (many would argue not!) but simple mathematics isn’t, and even factoring in the difference between applicable draws and losses, I can’t get my head around that one – but presumably cleverer than me at the Express and Star – agree on the figures.

They aren’t the only figures that look ‘out of whack’, but as said, numbers aren’t my friend so it’s probably me.

As you look down the table though, for the more youthful Premier League fan, there are probably some surprising entries in the table.

Wimbledon at 16th place based on the old ‘Crazy Gang’ days and even Charlton Athletic down in joint 18th with the current Premier League Champions Leicester City tied on a win % of 30.6%.

To an outsider, it feels like Charlton are probably on their 100th manager search in the last 24 months, and I doubt they take much solace in their relative win % success in the top flight given they find themselves in League One, with owner troubles and potentially another relegation to contend with.

But it does show how things can change pretty quickly in football – blips can maybe be tolerated and dealt with, but truly bad seasons if not addressed can quickly snowball and there are plenty of fans out there that know it applies to their clubs.

But for the soon to be middle aged, or wiser, the table certainly has a sense of nostalgia to it as you look through and see clubs who were Premier League – if only for a season – that you’ve long forgot about.

And that trip down memory lane for most of us is all the table probably actually provides, as very little can be taken from the win % when you look at games played, and that in turn makes the table position utterly irrelevant.

Rank
Club
Games
Wins
Win %
1
Manchester United
935
591
63.2%
2
Arsenal
935
509
54.4%
3
Chelsea
935
494
52.8%
4
Liverpool
935
564
49.6%
5
Manchester City
745
311
41.7%
6
Tottenham Hotspur
935
379
40.5%
7
Leeds United
468
189
40.4%
8
Newcastle United
844
322
38.2%
9
Blackburn Rovers
696
262
37.6%
10
Everton
935
337
36%
11
Aston Villa
924
316
34.2%
12
West Ham
779
256
32.9%
13
Stoke City
315
101
32.1%
14
Sheffield Wednesday
316
101
32%
15
Southampton
669
213
31.8%
16
Wimbledon
316
99
31.3%
Swansea City
201
63
31.3%
18
Leicester City
395
121
30.6%
Charlton Athletic
304
93
30.6%
20
Fulham
494
150
30.4%
21
Nottingham Forest
198
60
30.3%
22
Bolton Wanderers
494
149
30.2%
23
Portsmouth
266
79
29.7%
24
Middlesbrough
547
162
29.6%
25
Queens Park Rangers
278
81
29.1%
26
Bournemouth
49
14
28.6%
27
Norwich City
316
89
28.2%
Ipswich Town
202
57
28.2%
29
Reading
114
32
28.1%
30
Coventry City
354
99
28%
Wigan Athletic
304
85
28%
32
Birmingham City
266
73
27.4%
33
Crystal Palace
285
77
27%
34
Blackpool
38
10
26.3%
Barnsley
38
10
26.3%
36
Sheffield United
122
32
26.2%
Oldham Athletic
84
22
26.2%
38
Derby County
266
68
25.6%
39
Sunderland
581
148
25.5%
40
West Bromwich Albion
391
97
24.8%
Burnley
87
19
21.8%
42
Watford
125
27
21.6%
43
Hull City
163
35
21.5%
44
Wolverhampton Wanderers
152
32
21.1%
45
Bradford City
76
14
18.4%
Cardiff City
38
7
18.4%
47
Swindon Town
42
5
11.9%



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