Prem Notes: The most important weekend stats

Premier League facts from Opta, our partners on the FREE Stats Zone app

Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

  • Pepe Reina has made 8 errors leading directly to goals in the Premier League since the start of last season.
  • Liverpool (22) had twice as many shots as Man City (11) in this game.
  • City’s pass completion of 78% is the lowest they have recorded in a PL home game this season.
  • Liverpool are the third away team to dominate possession at City in the league this season (after Arsenal and Fulham).
  • Steven Gerrard completed more long passes than any other player this weekend (13).

West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Gareth Bale has now scored 9 away league goals this season; only Robin van Persie (10) has more.
  • Tottenham had 17 corners in this game, more than any other side in a Premier League game this season.
  • The Baggies have failed to keep a clean sheet in eight league games, their worst run since December 2011.
  • Spurs were the only team with a pass completion of more than 90% this weekend (91%).

Fulham 0-1 Manchester United

  • Manchester United have lost just 1 of their last 12 Premier League away games (W9 D2 L1), despite only keeping 2 clean sheets in that run.
  • Rooney has scored (10) or assisted (7) 17 goals in 17 Premier League appearances so far in 2012-13.
  • Four of the 6 woodwork hits this weekend took place in this game (2 each).
  • Rio Ferdinand made more headed clearances than any other PL player this weekend (15); United made 59 clearances all told.

Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City

  • Lukas Podolski has had a hand in 10 goals in his last 8 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (4 goals, 6 assists).
  • Arsenal attempted the most passes in the PL this weekend (620, completing 545 – 88%).
  • Stoke completed only 47% of their passes in the attacking third.
  • Arsenal conceded only 3 fouls.

Everton 3-3 Aston Villa

  • Everton held 68.3% possession – their highest figure in a Premier League game since August 2010.
  • Villa converted half of their shots (excl. blocked) into goals.
  • Everton put in the most crosses this weekend (42), Villa the fewest (7).

Newcastle United 3-2 Chelsea

  • Juan Mata has been involved in 19 goals (10 goals, 9 assists) in 20 PL starts for Chelsea this season.
  • After scoring 1 and assisting 1 in his final 38 French Ligue 1 appearances, Moussa Sissoko has taken just 2 Premier League games to beat this tally for Newcastle (2 goal, 1 assist).
  • Chelsea were the only team to make only one substitution this weekend.
  • Newcastle were the only team to have 10+ shots on target (11).

Reading 2-1 Sunderland

  • Each of Reading’s last 5 Premier League games has featured at least 3 goals scored.
  • No player created more goalscoring chances this weekend than Adam Johnson (6).
  • Despite being up against Johnson, Ian Harte completed more final-third passes (15) than any other player in this match.

West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City

  • Michu has now gone 572 goalless minutes (9 hours, 32 minutes) in the Premier League; his last goal was against Manchester United just before Christmas.Andy Carroll has scored only 2 goals from 31 shots (inc. blocked) in the Premier League this season.

Wigan Athletic 2-2 Southampton

  • Southampton have thrown away 23 points from leading positions this season, more than any other side.
  • No English player has scored more Premier League goals this season than Rickie Lambert (11).
  • Wigan made the most interceptions in the PL this weekend (36), but Saints' Morgan Schneiderlin made the most individual interceptions (9).

Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Norwich City

  • Adel Taarabt hit more shots from outside the box than any other player this weekend (4); he also created 6 chances, twice as many as anyone else in this game.
  • QPR completed 15 of their 25 attempted take-ons, Taarabt completing 6 of his 9 to top the individual list while Andros Townsend, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Armand Traore completed 2 each.
  • Taarabt completed 13 of his 17 attacking-third passes; QPR's second highest player in this category was centre-back Chris Samba (7 of 14).
  • This was only the second clean sheet that Norwich City have kept in their last 46 Premier League away games.
  • Norwich have only conceded a goal from 1 of the last 4 Premier League penalty kicks that they have given away (two saves, one miss).

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