Premier League notes: The weekend's killer stats, Sep 23

Presenting fascinating factoids from Opta about the weekend's Premier League games...

Man City 4-1 Man United 

  • Manchester United had 73% possession in the second half.
  • Of Manchester United’s 14 shots, 13 came in the second half. By contrast, 13 of City’s 18 shots came before the break.

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Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea

  • Palace only managed 1 shot on target all game.
  • All 8 of Swansea’s corners came before half-time.
  • Wayne Routledge assisted Swansea’s opening goal and went on to record a 98% pass completion (from 48 passes).

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Cardiff 0-1 Tottenham

  • Tottenham’s goal came with their 29th and final shot – 4 more than any other team has managed in a Premier League game this season.
  • Cardiff didn't manage a single shot on target in this game.
  • David Marshall made 11 saves against Tottenham, the most by any goalkeeper in a Premier League game so far this season. Only once (Jaaskelainen vs Spurs) did a keeper reach this number of saves in a game last season.
  • Paulinho's 3 shots on target was a PL weekend high.

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Arsenal 3-1 Stoke

  • Stoke, who only made 21 fewer passes than Arsenal over the 90 minutes, had 65% possession in the second half.
  • Only 4 Premier League games this season have seen more passes than the 1035 in this match.
  • This season, Aaron Ramsey has scored 7 goals from just 9 shots on target for Arsenal.

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Chelsea 2-0 Fulham

  • Only Simon Mignolet (25) has made more Premier League saves this season than David Stockdale (24).
  • Including blocked shots, Fulham have allowed their opponents 100 attempts this season, a Premier League high.
  • Branislav Ivanovic won all 5 tackles he attempted, as well as managing more touches (91) than any other defender this weekend.
  • John Terry completed 93% of the 73 passes he attempted in this game. No other defender attempted more passes this weekend.

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Liverpool 0-1 Southampton

  • Southampton had 7 shots on target v Liverpool; they had only managed 9 in their previous 4 games this season.
  • Nathaniel Clyne won more tackles (11) than any other player this weekend.

How Liverpool missed Coutinho: See FourFourTwo's weekend Debrief
 
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Newcastle 2-3 Hull

  • Just 20% of Hull’s passes were in the final third in this match, the lowest ratio of any side this weekend.
  • Hull scored 3 goals from just 6 unblocked shots, of which 5 were on target.

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West Brom 3-0 Sunderland

  • West Brom conceded just 2 unblocked shots in this game, the fewest of any side this weekend.
  • Sunderland are now one of just 5 sides to fail to have a shot on target in a PL game this season.

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West Ham United 2-3 Everton

  • After creating a league-high 46 chances without making an assist last season, 2 of the first 6 chances Matt Jarvis has created this season have led to goals.
  • Gareth Barry had more touches (104) than any other player this weekend.

Are West Ham the new Stoke? See FourFourTwo's weekend Debrief 
 
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Norwich City 0-1 Aston Villa

  • After replacing Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak was on the field for 101 seconds before scoring his first ever Premier League goal.
  • Brad Guzan had the most touches for Aston Villa in this match. This is only the second time a keeper has had the most touches for his side this season; the other incidence was also Guzan, at Arsenal.

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