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Crystal Palace & Tottenham the best comeback teams in Premier League

The 2014/2015 Premier League campaign is reaching its finale and the emotional rollercoaster that fans are subjected to is nearly over for another season.

But which team has forced their way back into games the most and which team has regularly crumbled despite being in front?

Here is a breakdown in numbers showing the points each team has won from a losing position and the points each team has lost from a winning position:

Premier League Points Won from losing position

Premier League 2014/15 season: Points won from losing positions/points lost from winning postions

Statistically, Crystal Palace have gained more points from a losing position than any other club this season, while Tottenham are the second most impressive side when it comes to salvaging games.

The fighting spirit that Palace have shown under Alan Pardew is one of the main reasons they’ve managed to steer themselves 11 points clear of the drop zone.

Ten of the 18 points the Eagles have gained from losing positions this season have come since Pardew’s arrival and had Palace failed to fight back so regularly, they’d certainly be in a relegation scrap right now.

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Spurs are currently seventh in the Premier League and will try their utmost to secure a Champions League spot – they’re six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United with eight games remaining, but it could’ve been worse had they not fought to the final whistle of every match.

Tottenham’s most memorable comeback this season will probably be the North London derby when they came from a goal behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 with both goals coming courtesy of Harry Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino‘s men have also managed to come from behind to win against Aston Villa, Hull City and Everton, as well as that famous 5-3 victory over Chelsea after being 1-0 down.

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The stats show that Everton and Swansea are the teams most likely to squander points from a winning position, whereas Manchester City and Southampton rarely drop points once they go in front.

It would also suggest that once any team has taken the lead against Aston Villa, they’re unlikely not to go on and win as Villa have only managed to earn three points from losing positions, which is probably why they find themselves in 16th place, just three points above the relegation zone.

Have you been pleased or disappointed with how your team has fought back or squandered points in the Premier League this season?

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)

MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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