The 3 Premier League Teams That Exceeded Their Expectations

As every team reflects upon the 2016/17 Premier League season, some teams will be feeling satisfied while others will feel the underachieved.

Here, we take a look at the top 3 winners from the season.




An obvious one here but nonetheless, big winners. Chelsea were almost seen as dark horses for the league after the disaster that was the 2015/16 season.

With each of their rivals strengthening significantly and Kante + Luiz as their only major signing before the season, many people felt they could finish as low as 6th.

Add that to their rocky form at the start which seen two defeats to rivals and being dumped out of the League Cup by West Ham, it was a rather uninspiring start.

However, then came that flawless run on consecutive wins which saw an away win against City and a home thumping of United and the rest is history.

The dominance in which they showed reminded fans of the 04/05 team under Mourinho. A record setting title winning season would a success for any team and for Chelsea, I think it’s safe to say they are happy with this season’s outcomes.



Everton have been a consistent force this season.

For a club like Everton, they should have two goals: Qualify for Europe and win a cup.

Everyone associates Everton with competing for European spots but they only qualified for Europe once in the past 6 seasons. That came after a run of qualifying for Europe in 4 of the previous five season (2005-2009).

This year, Koeman kept their best players, improved their home record and defensive record, something which had fallen away under Martinez and got them into Europe (3rd Qualifying Round).

All round, a successful season for the Toffees.



Third time lucky for the Clarets as they stayed up by 6 points this season.

Their home form was the inspiration behind it but nonetheless, they achieved their aim.

Burnley have been relegated in their previous two seasons in the league and this time round, they were desperate to stay in the league.

While they spent a fair bit, it paid off and for Burnley, another season in the Premier League is huge.


Written by Andrew Kavanagh

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