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Top 20 Worst Ever Premier League Teams

Currently in its 24th season, the Premier League has grown to become by far the biggest league in the world of sport. Broadcast to almost 5 billion people in 212 different countries totalling around 650 million homes, the Premier League has become both the most watched and most lucrative football and sporting division on the planet. Premier League teams regularly challenge for major European and world titles and the league is generally considered one of the strongest in the world.

Teams such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all have enormous worldwide audiences and have all had fine players and teams over recent years. The league is often admired for its competitiveness, with even the lesser teams being considered as decent opposition capable of beating the top sides. As always, there have been exceptions though, and this list details the weakest teams to ever grace England's top flight since its renaming as the Premier League.

In almost a quarter of a century, a total of 47 clubs have competed in the Premier League; 15 of those make this list, with 5 teams making double appearances. There are various ways to rank the worst teams, the most obvious being their points tally at the end of the season, although that is not the only factor taken into account. Others include general performance levels, number of points cut adrift that season and the number of goals scored and conceded. Here are the top 20 worst ever Premier League teams:

20 Portsmouth - 2009/10

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19 Wolves - 2011/12

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18 Nottingham Forest - 1992/93

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17 Watford - 2006/07

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16 Bolton Wanderers - 1995/96

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15 Reading - 2012/13

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14 Nottingham Forest - 1998/99

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13 Derby County - 2001/02

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12 Leicester City - 2001/02

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11 Leicester City - 1994/95

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10 Bradford City - 2000/01

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9 West Brom 2002/03

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8 Watford 1999/00

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7 Swindon Town 1993/94

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6 Q.P.R. 2012/13

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5 Ipswich Town 1994/95

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4 Sunderland - 2002/03

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3 Aston Villa - 2015/16

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2 Sunderland - 2005/06

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1 Derby County 2007/08

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When Sunderland smashed the lowest points record in 2005/06 with only 15 points, most thought it was a record that would stand for decades, certainly few expected Derby County to break it only two years later. The Rams were promoted to the Premier League via the play-offs, and had a squad which seemed markedly lacking in top flight quality. So it proved. Derby won just one game all season, coming in their sixth game of the campaign. They ended the season with a  record of one win, eight draws and 29 defeats, giving them a final total of just 11 points.

Barely making it into double figures, it was an astonishingly bad season. Derby were mathematically relegated in March, the only club to have ever suffered such a fate. They scored only 20 goals, the fewest in Premier League history, while conceding a whopping 89. Their dreadful season included conceding 6 goals 4 times and conceding four or more goals nine times. The campaign prompted the phrase 'Do-a-Derby', often directed towards promoted clubs pre-season who people expect to fail spectacularly in the Premier League. No promoted team since though has ever come close to doing as badly as the Rams did in 2007/08.

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