2012–13 Premier League

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Premier League
Season 2012–13
Champions Manchester United
13th Premier League title
20th English title
Relegated Queens Park Rangers
Reading
Wigan Athletic
Champions League Manchester United
Manchester City
Chelsea
Arsenal
Europa League Tottenham Hotspur
Swansea City
Wigan Athletic
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1063 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorer Robin van Persie
(26 goals)[1]
Best goalkeeper Joe Hart
(18 clean sheets)
Biggest home win Chelsea 8–0 Aston Villa
Biggest away win Newcastle United 0–6 Liverpool
Highest scoring Arsenal 7–3 Newcastle United
West Brom 5–5 Manchester United
Longest winning run 7 games[2]
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run 18 games[2]
Manchester United
Longest winless run 16 games[2]
Queens Park Rangers
Longest losing run 7 games[2]
Reading
Highest attendance 75,605[2]
Manchester United 1–0 Reading
(16 March 2013)
Lowest attendance 15,436[2]
Wigan Athletic 3–2 Reading
(24 November 2012)
Average attendance 35,931[2]

The 2012–13 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 21st season of the Premier League, the English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The fixture schedule was released on 18 June 2012.[3][4] The season began on 18 August 2012 and ended on 19 May 2013.[4]

Manchester City were the defending champions, having won their first Premier League title the previous season. This was their first top division league title since the 1967–68 season.

On 22 April 2013, Manchester United won their 13th Premier League title and 20th English title overall by defeating Aston Villa 3–0 at Old Trafford. This left reigning champions Manchester City 16 points behind with only 15 left to play for.[5][6] It was the first time the title had been decided in April since Chelsea were the winners in 2005–06. It was also only the fourth time in the history of the Premier League that it had been won with at least four games of the season remaining, the last time being in 2003–04 when Arsenal were the champions.[7] England national football team manager, Roy Hodgson declared that United's manager, Alex Ferguson, was a "magician" having won 13 titles in 21 seasons.[8]

On 28 April 2013, Queens Park Rangers and Reading were both relegated from the Premier League after a 0–0 draw against each other.[9] Wigan Athletic were the third and final club to be relegated, after a 4–1 defeat to Arsenal on 14 May 2013. This brought an end to their eight-year stay in the Premier League, and also meant that they became the first ever club to win the FA Cup and suffer relegation in the same season.[10]

Season summary[edit]

The season opened the weekend of 18 August 2012. Defending champions Manchester City opened their season with a narrow 3–2 victory over Southampton, who had just been promoted back to the Premier League after seven seasons in lower divisions. Man City had taken a 1–0 lead, with Southampton turning it on its head to go 2–1 up with 20 minutes remaining. City eventually came back and Samir Nasri scored the winning goal with 10 minutes left.[11] In a Monday evening fixture at Goodison Park, Manchester United started their season with a 1–0 loss to Everton, the goal scored by Marouane Fellaini.[12] The first goal of the season, however, was scored by Swansea City's Michu, whose team thrashed Queens Park Rangers 5–0 away from home.

Manchester United recovered from their opening week loss with a 3–2 win over Fulham in their opening home game at Old Trafford, but lost striker Wayne Rooney to injury during the match.[13] Other second week highlights included Chelsea's 2–0 win over Newcastle United, with recent Belgian signing Eden Hazard involved in both goals.[14][15]

Early leaders Chelsea had week three off, while a win by Manchester City over Queens Park Rangers left the defending champions two points off the pace. The game was a highly anticipated rematch between the two teams that squared off on the final day of the 2011–12 season, when Manchester City snatched the title on goal difference with a late goal by Sergio Aguero. This time though, it was less exciting, with Manchester City comfortably winning 3–1.[16] Level on points with Manchester City in second place were Swansea City, who registered a 2–2 draw with Sunderland, and West Bromwich Albion, who defeated Everton 2–0.[17]

The fourth week of the season began with controversy, as the Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers match was fraught with racial tensions when QPR's Anton Ferdinand refused to shake hands with Chelsea's John Terry, who was suspended for four games for using racial epithets against Ferdinand during the previous season.[18] The teams would play out a 0–0 draw, however second place Manchester City could not gain ground as they also drew, with Stoke City.[19]

Week five saw Chelsea extend their league lead to 3 points with a 1–0 win over Stoke City. A late goal in the 85th minute by Ashley Cole secured the win for the Blues.[20] Everton and West Bromwich Albion maintained control of second place, with both teams notching a win in week five, though a draw by the Baggies in week six would drop them back to fifth place, which they would share with Tottenham Hotspur following their surprise 3–2 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Chelsea, Everton, and Manchester City would all win in week six. The results table after six games would have Chelsea in the lead with 16 points, followed by Everton and Manchester City with 13 points each, and Manchester United with 12. At the bottom of the league, Liverpool forward Luis Suárez scored a hat trick against Norwich City, leading Liverpool to a 5–2 victory. It was the second consecutive year that Suárez had scored a hat trick at Carrow Road.[21]

The month of October saw a tightening at the top of the standings, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all winning their first two of three games for the month, setting up a vital Sunday afternoon match at Stamford Bridge between third placed Manchester United and the leaders Chelsea. The game did not disappoint, as Chelsea went down 2–0 early on an own goal by David Luiz in the fourth minute and a goal by Robin van Persie in the twelfth. Van Persie had also taken the shot that had rebounded off of Luiz, and thus was ultimately responsible for the Red Devil's one goal lead at half-time, following a late first half goal by Chelsea's Juan Mata from a free kick. Eight minutes into the second half Ramires equalised for Chelsea, and in the 75th minute United's Javier Hernández scored what proved to be the deciding goal via a rebound from a missed Van Persie shot. Replays showed that Hernández was in an offside position, generating a great deal of controversy. After the game, only a single point separated leaders Chelsea from second placed Manchester United.[22] The rest of the standings were tightly packed in mid-table as 4 points separated fourth through ninth place. Another key match in October included a fixture between Liverpool and Reading, with Liverpool winning 1–0 (with winger Raheem Sterling scoring his first goal for the club) and giving manager Brendan Rodgers his first win over Reading, a team he formerly managed.[23] The final week of October featured the longest match in the 20-year history of the Premier League, a 103-minute game between Manchester City and Swansea that featured two serious injuries, one to the groin of Swansea keeper Michel Vorm and the other to the knee of Manchester City back Micah Richards, both of which required stretchers to carry them off. City prevailed 1–0 in the marathon event with a goal from Carlos Tevez.[24][25]

League leaders Chelsea suffered a dip in form in November. They opened the month with draws against Swansea City and Liverpool, dropping them to third in the standings. A loss to West Bromwich Albion on 17 November was marked by ineffective second half play, as the team was unable to capitalise on a late first half equaliser by Eden Hazard.[26] The Blues closed out the month with uninspiring 0–0 draws against Manchester City and Fulham. The primary beneficiaries of Chelsea's slide were Manchester United and Manchester City, as the two rivals moved into commanding control of the first two places in the league table. Key November games included a 2–1 Manchester United win over Arsenal on 3 November,[27] and a dominating 5–0 win by Manchester City over Aston Villa on 17 November marked by a pair of two-goal performances by Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.[28] West Bromwich Albion proved to be the biggest mover up the league table, moving from eighth up to joint third with Chelsea, on the strength of four wins over Southampton, Wigan Athletic, Chelsea, and Sunderland. At the bottom end of the table, Queens Park Rangers found themselves as the only team without a league win by the end of November.

The month of December saw minimal change in the standings at the top end of the table. The situation by New Years Eve with the top three places was the same as it was at the start of the month, though Manchester United had extended their lead over second place Manchester City to seven points, with Chelsea four points back from City in third place. Tottenham Hotspur occupied fourth place with Arsenal, Everton, and West Bromwich Albion all tied for fifth. Chelsea stopped their November slide with a 3–1 win at Sunderland on 8 December on the strength of two goals by Fernando Torres.[29] The Manchester derby was renewed on 9 December at the City of Manchester Stadium with first place on the line. United took a two goal lead thanks to two goals from Wayne Rooney in the 16th and 30th minute. City responded with a Yaya Touré goal in the 60th minute, a goal that followed two saves in rapid succession by United keeper David De Gea. Pablo Zabaleta equalised in the 86th minute, but Robin van Persie once again proved to be the hero for United, scoring the winning goal two minutes into extra time to extend United's lead over City at the top of the table to six points.[30] The last team without a league win, Queens Park Rangers, finally got their first win of the season on 15 December.

Teams[edit]

A total of 20 teams contested the league, including 17 sides from the 2011–12 season and three promoted from the 2011–12 Football League Championship.

The relegation for Wolverhampton Wanderers to the 2012–13 Football League Championship was confirmed on 22 April 2012, ending a three-season Premier League tenure.[31] Blackburn Rovers were relegated after a 1–0 defeat against Wigan Athletic on 7 May 2012, ending an eleven-season tenure in top-flight football.[32] The final team to be relegated from the 2011–12 Premier League was Bolton Wanderers on 13 May 2012, the final day of the season, also after eleven seasons in the top flight. For only the second time in the history of the Premier League, all three sides who were promoted from the 2010–11 Football League Championship survived and will compete in this season.

Reading (as Champions) and Southampton (as runners-up) secured direct promotion to the Premier League from the Championship. Reading returned to the Premier League after an absence of four years, while Southampton make a comeback to the highest tier after making two successive promotions and seven seasons in the leagues below. The third promoted team was decided in a four-team play-off between the Championship teams ranked third through sixth. Ultimately, third-placed West Ham United defeated fifth-placed Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium on 19 May 2012. West Ham returned to the Premier League after one season of absence.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.[33]
Team Stadium[34] Capacity
Arsenal Emirates Stadium 60,362
Aston Villa Villa Park 42,785
Chelsea Stamford Bridge 41,798
Everton Goodison Park 40,157
Fulham Craven Cottage 25,700
Liverpool Anfield 45,276
Manchester City Etihad Stadium 47,405
Manchester United Old Trafford 75,765
Newcastle United St James' Park 52,405
Norwich City Carrow Road 27,224
Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road 18,439
Reading Madejski Stadium 24,197
Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,689
Stoke City Britannia Stadium 27,740
Sunderland Stadium of Light 48,707
Swansea City Liberty Stadium 20,750
Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 36,284
West Bromwich Albion The Hawthorns 26,445
West Ham United Boleyn Ground 35,016
Wigan Athletic DW Stadium 25,133

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager1 Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal FranceWenger, ArseneArsène Wenger BelgiumVermaelen, ThomasThomas Vermaelen Nike Fly Emirates
Aston Villa ScotlandLambert, PaulPaul Lambert NetherlandsVlaar, RonRon Vlaar Macron Genting Casinos
Chelsea SpainBenitez, RafaelRafael Benítez EnglandTerry, JohnJohn Terry Adidas Samsung
Everton ScotlandMoyes, DavidDavid Moyes EnglandNeville, PhilPhil Neville Nike Chang Beer
Fulham NetherlandsJol, MartinMartin Jol NorwayHangeland, BredeBrede Hangeland Kappa FxPro
Liverpool Northern IrelandRodgers, BrendanBrendan Rodgers EnglandGerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Warrior Sports Standard Chartered
Manchester City EnglandKidd, BrianBrian Kidd (caretaker) BelgiumKompany, VincentVincent Kompany Umbro Etihad Airways
Manchester United ScotlandFerguson, AlexSir Alex Ferguson SerbiaVidic, NemanjaNemanja Vidić Nike Aon
Newcastle United EnglandPardew, AlanAlan Pardew ArgentinaColoccini, FabricioFabricio Coloccini Puma Virgin Money
Norwich City Republic of IrelandHughton, ChrisChris Hughton EnglandHolt, GrantGrant Holt Erreà Aviva
Queens Park Rangers EnglandRedknapp, HarryHarry Redknapp EnglandHill, ClintClint Hill Nike AirAsia
Reading EnglandAdkins, NigelNigel Adkins JamaicaMacanuff, JobiJobi McAnuff Puma Waitrose
Southampton ArgentinaPochettino, MauricioMauricio Pochettino EnglandLallana, AdamAdam Lallana Umbro aap3
Stoke City WalesPulis, TonyTony Pulis EnglandShawcross, RyanRyan Shawcross Adidas Bet365
Sunderland ItalyDi Canio, PaoloPaolo Di Canio EnglandCattermole, LeeLee Cattermole Adidas Invest in Africa
Swansea City DenmarkLaudrup, MichaelMichael Laudrup EnglandMonk, GarryGarry Monk Adidas 32Red
Tottenham Hotspur PortugalVillas-Boas, AndreAndré Villas-Boas EnglandDawson, MichaelMichael Dawson Under Armour Aurasma
West Bromwich Albion ScotlandClarke, SteveSteve Clarke Northern IrelandBrunt, ChrisChris Brunt Adidas Zoopla
West Ham United EnglandAllardyce, SamSam Allardyce EnglandNolan, KevinKevin Nolan Macron SBOBET
Wigan Athletic SpainMartinez, RobertoRoberto Martínez ScotlandCaldwell, GaryGary Caldwell MiFit 12BET

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
West Bromwich Albion EnglandHodgson, RoyRoy Hodgson End of contract but signed by England 13 May 2012[35] Pre-season ScotlandClarke, SteveSteve Clarke 8 June 2012[36]
Aston Villa ScotlandMacleish, AlexAlex McLeish Sacked 14 May 2012[37] ScotlandLambert, PaulPaul Lambert 2 June 2012[38]
Liverpool ScotlandDalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish 16 May 2012[39] Northern IrelandRodgers, BrendanBrendan Rodgers 1 June 2012[40]
Swansea City Northern IrelandRodgers, BrendanBrendan Rodgers Signed by Liverpool 1 June 2012[40] DenmarkLaudrup, MichaelMichael Laudrup 15 June 2012[41]
Norwich City ScotlandLambert, PaulPaul Lambert Signed by Aston Villa 2 June 2012[38] Republic of IrelandHughton, ChrisChris Hughton 7 June 2012[42]
Tottenham Hotspur EnglandRedknapp, HarryHarry Redknapp Sacked 13 June 2012[43] PortugalVillas-Boas, AndreAndré Villas-Boas 3 July 2012[44]
Chelsea ItalyDi Matteo, RobertoRoberto Di Matteo 21 November 2012[45] 3rd SpainBenitez, RafaelRafael Benítez 21 November 2012[46]
Queens Park Rangers WalesHughes, MarkMark Hughes 23 November 2012[47] 20th EnglandRedknapp, HarryHarry Redknapp 24 November 2012[48]
Southampton EnglandAdkins, NigelNigel Adkins 18 January 2013[49] 15th ArgentinaMauricio Pochettino 18 January 2013[49]
Reading EnglandMacdermott, BrianBrian McDermott 11 March 2013[50] 19th EnglandAdkins, NigelNigel Adkins 26 March 2013[51]
Sunderland Northern IrelandOneill, MartinMartin O'Neill 30 March 2013[52] 16th ItalyDi Canio, PaoloPaolo Di Canio 31 March 2013[53]
Manchester City ItalyMancini, RobertoRoberto Mancini 13 May 2013[54] 2nd ChilePellegrini, ManuelManuel Pellegrini 14 June 2013[55]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 5 5 86 43 +43 89 2013–14 UEFA Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 38 23 9 6 66 34 +32 78
3 Chelsea 38 22 9 7 75 39 +36 75
4 Arsenal 38 21 10 7 72 37 +35 73 2013–14 UEFA Champions League play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 9 8 66 46 +20 72 2013–14 UEFA Europa League play-off round
6 Everton 38 16 15 7 55 40 +15 63
7 Liverpool 38 16 13 9 71 43 +28 61
8 West Bromwich Albion 38 14 7 17 53 57 −4 49
9 Swansea City 38 11 13 14 47 51 −4 46 2013–14 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round 1
10 West Ham United 38 12 10 16 45 53 −8 46
11 Norwich City 38 10 14 14 41 58 −17 44
12 Fulham 38 11 10 17 50 60 −10 43
13 Stoke City 38 9 15 14 34 45 −11 42
14 Southampton 38 9 14 15 49 60 −11 41
15 Aston Villa 38 10 11 17 47 69 −22 41
16 Newcastle United 38 11 8 19 45 68 −23 41
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 41 54 −13 39
18 Wigan Athletic (R) 38 9 9 20 47 73 –26 36 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage 2
Relegation to the 2013–14 Football League Championship
19 Reading (R) 38 6 10 22 43 73 −30 28 Relegation to the 2013–14 Football League Championship
20 Queens Park Rangers (R) 38 4 13 21 30 60 −30 25

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Swansea City qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round by winning the 2012–13 Football League Cup.
2Wigan Athletic qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage by winning the 2012–13 FA Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ARS AST CHE EVE FUL LIV MCI MUN NEW NOR QPR REA SOU STK SUN SWA TOT WBA WHU WIG
Arsenal 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 7–3 3–1 1–0 4–1 6–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 5–2 2–0 5–1 4–1
Aston Villa 0–0 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–3 1–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 6–1 2–0 0–4 1–1 2–1 0–3
Chelsea 2–1 8–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 2–0 4–1 0–1 4–2 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 4–1
Everton 1–1 3–3 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–1
Fulham 0–1 1–0 0–3 2–2 1–3 1–2 0–1 2–1 5–0 3–2 2–4 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–2 0–3 3–0 3–1 1–1
Liverpool 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–0 4–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 5–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 5–0 3–2 0–2 0–0 3–0
Manchester City 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–3 4–0 2–3 3–1 1–0 3–2 3–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0
Manchester United 2–1 3–0 0–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 1–2 4–3 4–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 4–2 3–1 2–1 2–3 2–0 1–0 4–0
Newcastle United 0–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–0 0–6 1–3 0–3 1–0 1–0 1–2 4–2 2–1 0–3 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–0
Norwich City 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–5 3–4 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–0 2–1
Queens Park Rangers 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 3–1 0–5 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–1
Reading 2–5 1–2 2–2 2–1 3–3 0–0 0–2 3–4 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 3–2 1–0 0–3
Southampton 1–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–2
Stoke City 0–0 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–2
Sunderland 0–1 0–1 1–3 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–4 3–0 1–0
Swansea City 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–3 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–4 4–1 2–2 0–0 3–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 3–0 2–1
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 2–0 2–4 2–2 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 1–2 5–5 1–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–3
West Ham United 1–3 1–0 3–1 1–2 3–0 2–3 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–3 3–1 2–0
Wigan Athletic 0–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–4 0–2 0–4 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 2–2 2–2 2–3 2–3 2–2 1–2 2–1

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

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the season: Michu for Swansea City against Queens Park Rangers (18 August 2012)[56]
  • Fastest goal of the season: 20 seconds, Theo Walcott for Arsenal against Queens Park Rangers (4 May 2013)[57]
  • Last goal of the season: Urby Emanuelson for Fulham against Swansea City, (19 May 2013)[58]
  • Largest winning margin: 8 goals
    • Chelsea 8–0 Aston Villa (23 December 2012)
  • Highest scoring game: 10 goals
    • Arsenal 7–3 Newcastle United (29 December 2012)
    • West Bromwich Albion 5–5 Manchester United (19 May 2013)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 8 goals
    • Chelsea 8–0 Aston Villa (23 December 2012)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a losing team: 3 goals
    • Reading 3–4 Manchester United (1 December 2012)
    • Swansea City 3–4 Norwich City (8 December 2012)
    • Manchester United 4–3 Newcastle United (26 December 2012)
    • Norwich City 3–4 Manchester City (29 December 2012)
    • Arsenal 7–3 Newcastle United (29 December 2012)

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[1]
1 Robin van Persie Manchester United 26
2 Luis Suárez Liverpool 23
3 Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur 21
4 Christian Benteke Aston Villa 19
5 Michu Swansea City 18
6 Romelu Lukaku West Bromwich Albion 17
7 Demba Ba Chelsea / Newcastle United 15
Dimitar Berbatov Fulham
Rickie Lambert Southampton
Frank Lampard Chelsea


Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Persie, Robin vanRobin van Persie Manchester United Southampton 3–2[59] 2 September 2012
Suarez, LuisLuis Suárez Liverpool Norwich City 5–2[60] 29 September 2012
Gomez, JordiJordi Gómez Wigan Athletic Reading 3–2[61] 24 November 2012
Cazorla, SantiSanti Cazorla Arsenal Reading 5–2[62] 17 December 2012
Bale, GarethGareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur Aston Villa 4–0[63] 26 December 2012
Walcott, TheoTheo Walcott Arsenal Newcastle United 7–3[64] 29 December 2012
Kagawa, ShinjiShinji Kagawa Manchester United Norwich City 4–0[65] 2 March 2013
Suarez, LuisLuis Suárez Liverpool Wigan Athletic 4–0[66] 2 March 2013
Persie, Robin vanRobin van Persie Manchester United Aston Villa 3–0[67] 22 April 2013
Benteke, ChristianChristian Benteke Aston Villa Sunderland 6–1[68] 29 April 2013
Sturridge, DanielDaniel Sturridge Liverpool Fulham 3–1[69] 12 May 2013
Nolan, KevinKevin Nolan West Ham United Reading 4–2[70] 19 May 2013
Lukaku, RomeluRomelu Lukaku West Bromwich Albion Manchester United 5–5[71] 19 May 2013

Clean sheets[edit]

Player[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Joe Hart Manchester City 18
2 Petr Čech Chelsea 14
Pepe Reina Liverpool
4 Asmir Begović Stoke City 12
5 David de Gea Manchester United 11
Jussi Jääskeläinen West Ham United
Simon Mignolet Sunderland
8 Tim Howard Everton 10
Wojciech Szczęsny Arsenal
10 Hugo Lloris Tottenham Hotspur 9

Club[edit]

  • Most clean sheets: 18[2]
    • Manchester City
  • Fewest clean sheets: 5[2]
    • Aston Villa
    • Reading
    • Wigan Athletic

Discipline[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

  • Most yellow cards: 78[73]
    • Stoke City
  • Most red cards: 5[73]
    • Arsenal

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
September David Moyes Everton Steven Fletcher Sunderland [74]
October Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Juan Mata Chelsea [75]
November Steve Clarke West Bromwich Albion Marouane Fellaini Everton [76]
December André Villas-Boas Tottenham Hotspur Robin van Persie Manchester United [77]
January Brian McDermott Reading Adam le Fondre Reading [78]
February André Villas-Boas Tottenham Hotspur Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur [79]
March David Moyes Everton Jan Vertonghen Tottenham Hotspur [80]
April Rafael Benítez Chelsea Robin van Persie Manchester United [81]

Annual awards[edit]

Premier League Manager of the season[edit]

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 71, received the Premier League Manager of the Season. It was his 11th win, awarded in the final season of his managerial career.[82]

Premier League Player of the season[edit]

The Premier League Player of the Season was awarded to Gareth Bale.[82]

PFA Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Players' Player of the Year was awarded to Gareth Bale.[83]

PFA Team of the Year[edit]

FWA Footballer of the Year[edit]

The FWA Footballer of the Year was also awarded to Gareth Bale.[85]

PFA Young Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Young Player of the Year was also awarded to Gareth Bale.[83]

Barclays Golden Glove[edit]

The Barclays Golden Glove award was won by Joe Hart of Manchester City.[86]

Barclays Premier League Fair Play Award[edit]

Arsenal won the Fair Play Award after finishing the 2012–13 Premier League top of the Fair Play Table.[87] The award for best behaved fans went to Norwich for the second year running.[88]

Barclays Merit Award[edit]

The Barclays Merit Award was awarded to Sir Alex Ferguson.[89]

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