Prem Notes: Old boy bosses Chelsea, Ramsey beats Fulham, QPR-Stoke sets new low

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Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Manchester City

  • 60% of the passes that Manchester City attempted in this game were in the middle third of the pitch, the highest ratio of any side this weekend.
  • Spurs achieved a passing accuracy of 98% in their defensive third in this game, the best rate across all games this weekend.

Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

  • Juan Mata has now assisted 12 goals this season, 2 more than any other player (Arsenal's Theo Walcott has 10).
  • Chelsea have scored more headed goals than any other Premier League team this season (15).
  • Luis Suarez had a game-high 6 shots, 5 on target; Oscar had 5 but only 2 were on target.
  • Liverpool's main passer in the final third, in terms of passes attempted (24) and completed (19), was Glen Johnson.
  • Suarez attempted a game-high 12 dribbles, completing 3.

 Fulham 0-1 Arsenal

  • Arsenal have been given 5 red cards in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
  • Aaron Ramsey had 149 touches in this game, the second-highest PL total this season (Paul Scholes had 160 v Spurs).
  • Of his 129 passes, Ramsey completed 114 – more than the combined efforts of seven Fulham starters.

Norwich City 2-1 Reading


  • Garath McCleary’s 72nd-minute goal was Reading's first shot on target. Thereafter, the Royals mustered another 6 attempts, but only 1 on target, while Norwich managed just 1 attempt (compared to 19 before the visitors' goal).
  • Reading didn’t make a substitution in this match: they are only the third team not to do so in the Premier League this season.

QPR 0-2 Stoke City

  • Peter Crouch’s goal was only the 2nd first half goal that Stoke have scored in their last 14 Premier League games.
  • Stoke have scored this season's highest percentage of goals from set pieces (57%).
  • This was the first PL game this season in which neither side completed 200 passes.
  • The sides' overall pass completion was below 70%.

Sunderland 1-0 Everton

  • In his last 8 eight PL appearances, Stéphane Sessegnon has scored (4) or assisted (1) 5 goals – as many as he had managed in his previous 26 games this term (3 goals, 2 assists).
  • Everton were the only PL side not to attempt a shot from outside the box this weekend.
  • As in last week's win at Newcastle, Sunderland were heavily out-passed (166 of 247 passes completed to Everton's 333 of 428) – but got more shots on target (4 to 2).

Swansea City 0-0 Southampton

  • Southampton made 36 interceptions – their most this season and a weekend PL high (joint 4th-highest this season).
  • Swansea attempted 25 crosses from open play in this game – a weekend high; only once this season (26 v Spurs) have they made more.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Newcastle United


  • In 3 PL games against West Brom, Papiss Demba Cissé has scored 3 and assisted 2.
  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa won all 7 tackles he attempted. No player has won more and maintained a 100% success rate in a PL game this season.

West Ham United 2-0 Wigan Athletic


  • In his last 5 PL games Andy Carroll has been involved in 5 goals (3 goals, 2 assists).
  • Gary O’Neil (25/25) and Mohamed Diame (20/20) both completed 100% of their passes in this game.
  • Wigan had 63.3% possession and completed 399 passes to West Ham's 209, but their ball retention wasn't noticeably better (83% pass completion to the Hammers' 78%).

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