Prem Notes: The weekend's most important stats

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

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

  • Theo Walcott has been involved in 5 of Arsenal's last 6 Premier League goals (3 goals, 2 assists) and has scored 11 in his last 15 appearances for Arsenal (in all competitions).
  • Juan Mata has scored in all 3 of his Premier League starts against Arsenal.
  • Chelsea have won more penalties (8) than any other team in this season's Premier League.
  • Arsenal played more through balls than any other side this weekend (4).
  • Chelsea made 37 tackles, more than any other side this weekend.

Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United

  • Tottenham's goal came from their 25th and final shot of the game.
  • Clint Dempsey had the most shots on target in the PL this weekend (4).
  • Man United's total of 5 shots is their lowest in a Premier League game since the match at Man City last season.
  • Robin van Persie has scored more than 1 headed goal for the first time in a single Premier League season.
  • United have scored more goals from crosses (20) and headers (13) than any other PL team this season.
  • United made more blocks than any other team in the PL this weekend (11).
  • Spurs made the most interceptions (28).
  • United were caught offside 7 times, the joint-most since they racked up 9 at Spurs in 2009-10.

Liverpool 5-0 Norwich City

  • Stewart Downing assisted only his second goal in what was his 50th Premier League appearance for Liverpool, but these 2 assists have come in his last 6 PL games for the club.
  • Luis Suarez has now attempted more shots (130, inc. blocked) in the Premier League this season than in the whole of 2011-12 (126).
  • Liverpool had the best conversion rate in the Premier League this weekend (31%) and the best pass completion rate (90.4%)
  • The Reds completed 82.7% of their passes in the final third, the best figure they’ve recorded under Brendan Rodgers.
  • Liverpool made 1394 passes in two games vs Norwich in the Premier League this season, completing 1258 of them (90.2%).
  • Steven Gerrard made more passes than any other player this weekend, 115.

Manchester City 2-0 Fulham

  • Fulham versus Manchester City is the most played Premier League fixture (22 games) that has not seen a single red card.
  • Fulham enjoyed 56% possession in this match – the second highest possession figure against Man City in a PL game this season (after Arsenal's 59% at the Etihad in September).
  • Man City racked up 20 attempts on goal to Fulham's 2.
  • Fulham have won 0 of their 7 matches against the current top six this season (W0 D3 L4).

Newcastle United 1-2 Reading

  • 21 points after 23 games of a campaign is Newcastle’s lowest ever tally in the Premier League era.
  • Adam Le Fondre scored his seventh and eighth Premier League goals of the season in this match, but these were his first 2 away from home.
  • Adam Le Fondre has scored with 4 of his last 5 shots at goal (excl. blocked shots) in the Premier League, including each of his last three.
  • Mike Williamson made more clearances (21) than any other Premier League player this weekend.

Swansea City 3-1 Stoke City

  • Stoke have conceded as many goals in their last 3 Premier League games (13) as they did in the previous 18 top flight matches.
  • Stoke had only 4 successive dribbles in this game, they have the fewest in the Premier League this season (87).
  • Stoke's most frequent pass combinations were Asmir Begovic to Peter Crouch and Stephen N'Zonzi to Dean Whitehead (13 each); Swansea had 4 more frequent pass combinations, all involving Angel Rangel. 
  • Swansea created more clear-cut chances than any other side this weekend (5).

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Aston Villa

  • This was the 46th time Aston Villa had led a Premier League game at half-time by two or more goals, but only the fourth time that they’ve failed to win (W42 D3 L1).
  • Charles N’Zogbia assisted 2 goals in this match – the first time he’s notched 2 assists in a single PL match.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored 7 goals and assisted 1 in his nine Premier League starts for West Brom.

West Ham United 1-1 Queens Park Rangers

  • Loic Remy’s goal was only the seventh that QPR have scored in the first half of a Premier League game this season – fewer than any other side.
  • Adel Taarabt has either scored (2) or assisted (2) 4 of QPR’s last 5 Premier League goals.STATS ZONE, Thu 27 Dec: Taarabt must stay central to QPR's great escape
  • Harry Redknapp has lost just 2 of 18 PL games against teams he has previously managed.
  • West Ham had more crosses & corners (56) in this game than any other PL team in any game this season.
  • The Hammers mustered 8 headed attempts vs QPR.
  • QPR played 22% of their passes long, a higher percentage than any other side this weekend – but only 6 of the 42 long balls were completed.

Wigan Athletic 2-3 Sunderland

  • Wigan have conceded a league-high 7 penalties in the Premier League this season.
  • This was the first Premier League game this season that Sunderland have won from a losing position: they have been behind in 11 games.
  • Wigan had 23 shots to Sunderland's 11; only Tottenham (25) and West Brom (29) had more attempts this weekend.
  • Wigan made only 5 clearances in this game; the last team to manage fewer was Chelsea vs Man City at home in 2009-10.




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