Prem Notes: Eye-opening findings from each top-flight game

Premier League facts from Opta, our partners on the FREE Stats Zone app – which now also covers La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 

Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland

  • Sunderland scored with 3 of their 6 shots on target.
  • Sunderland had the best conversion rate in the Premier League this weekend (38%). They are ninth for the season.
  • Sunderland had the lowest pass completion this weekend, 64%. They also played 21% of their passes long.
  • Newcastle completed 303 passes (of 375), Sunderland just 120 of 187 – a weekend low in both attempts and completions.
  • This was the third time Sunderland had scored 3 goals in an away game this season, having only done so twice at home.
  • Newcastle’s possession figure of 66% was their best of the season; their previous high had been 59%.
  • United had 5 headed shots but only 1 was on target.

Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United

  • Robin van Persie is the first player in Premier League history to score 11+ away goals in three different seasons.
  • Wayne Rooney made 81 passes in this match (at a completion rate of 82%), more than any other player on the pitch – but attempted no tackles.
  • The Red Devils have scored a league-high 14 goals from corner situations in 2012/13.
  • Charlie Adam made more unsuccessful passes than any other Premier League player this weekend (16 out of 46).

Arsenal 3-1 Norwich City

  • Norwich have scored 11 goals from free kick situations this season (direct and indirect), the most in the Premier League.
  • Arsenal have now conceded 10 goals from crosses at home this season, a league-high, but only two from crosses on the road.
  • The Gunners have scored 18 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, by far the most in the top flight.
  • Mikel Arteta made 102 passes. He has made 100+ on 10 occasions this season, more than any other player.

Aston Villa 1-1 Fulham

  • Fulham have now accrued 5 own goals this season, a Premier League joint high with Manchester United.
  • Fulham didn’t have a single shot on target today, despite scoring an own goal.
  • The sides had 28 shots on goal between them (Villa 18, Fulham 10) but only four on target.
  • Villa made 33 interceptions (to Fulham's 20) – more than any other side this weekend. They also only conceded 5 fouls, a weekend low.
  • Villa completed 9 of their 10 attempted take-ons, with Charles N'Zogbia completing 4 of his 4 and Matthew Lowton, Jordan Bowery, Christian Benteke and Joe Bennett also beating their man.

Everton 2-0 Queens Park Rangers

  • QPR's Clint Hill made 17 clearances, 11 headed. Both were highs in the Premier League this weekend.
  • QPR have conceded 13 goals from corner situations this season, 5 more than any other team.
  • Andros Townsend attempted 6 take-ons and completed them all. Junior Hoilett attempted 8 and completed 2.

Reading 0-0 Liverpool

  • Reading's Alex McCarthy made 10 saves. Only Jussi Jasskelainen (11 for West Ham v Spurs) has made more in a single game this season.
  • Luis Suarez had 5 shots on target today; 3 more than the entire Reading team.
  • Suarez has hit 17 shots against Reading this season without scoring.
  • Lucas made more tackles than any other PL player this weekend (7), but only won 2.

Southampton 1-1 West Ham United

  • Only Tottenham and Chelsea have scored the first goal of the game more often than Southampton (18) in the Premier League this season.
  • Andy Carroll has scored 3 goals in his last 2 Premier League games.
  • Southampton have now dropped 24 points after scoring the first goal, the most in the Premier League.
  • Southampton had 11 blocked shots in this game, a Premier League weekend high. They had 19 shots to West Ham's 8, but only 5 on target to their visitors' 3.

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