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Goals galore: The top-scoring Premier League finales

A record 37 goals were scored on the final day as the Premier League season ended with a bang.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the highest-scoring finales since the league switched to the 20-team format.

2016-17: 37

Tottenham's stunning 7-1 victory over already-relegated Hull played a big part in the record being matched on Sunday. Harry Kane bagged a hat-trick to claim the Golden Boot for the second successive season. Other notable scores on the final day included a 5-0 win for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side away at Watford and champions Chelsea's 5-1 win at home to Sunderland.

2015-16: 35 (including Manchester United v Bournemouth on the following Tuesday)

A season for the underdog finished with an extraordinary result as relegated Newcastle beat Spurs 5-1. Southampton also managed to beat Crystal Palace 4-1 while Arsenal's 4-0 win lifted them above Spurs as they finished one place behind champions Leicester. Manchester United's game against Bournemouth, postponed due to the discovery of a dummy bomb left behind following a security training exercise at Old Trafford, finished 3-1 to the hosts.

2012-13: 36

Sir Alex Ferguson's last match as Manchester United manager was a thrilling 5-5 draw against West Brom. His Premier League-winning side raced into a three-goal lead before they were pegged back to 3-2 just after the break. But with United seemingly coasting at 5-2, Steve Clarke's side somehow managed to level when Romelu Lukaku completed his hat-trick with five minutes to go. Elsewhere, Manchester City lost 3-2 at home to Norwich and West Ham beat relegated Reading 4-2.

2009-10: 32

Chelsea humiliated Wigan to secure the Premier League title on the last day of the season. Carlo Ancelotti's side went into the game knowing that Manchester United were hot on their heels and produced a wonderful display at Stamford Bridge as Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick in their 8-0 win. Other big results that afternoon included Manchester United's 4-0 home win against Stoke, Arsenal's 4-0 thrashing of Fulham and Burnley's 4-2 win at home against Tottenham. The tally of 32 was repeated in the following two seasons.

2007-08: 34

Mid-table Middlesbrough put on a show for their fans when they smashed Sven-Goran Eriksson's Manchester City 8-1 at the Riverside. It was an even game until Richard Dunne gave away a penalty and was sent off. Afonso Alves secured his hat-trick in the last minute while Stewart Downing also bagged two on the day. Elsewhere Birmingham beat Blackburn 4-1 at home and Reading won 4-0 away as Derby completed their miserable 11-point season.

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