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Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United

  • Juan Mata is the first player to both score and assist 10+ goals in the Premier League this season.
  • Eden Hazard now has 8 goals and 8 assists in his debut Premier League season.
  • Hazard had 4 shots on target, more than any other Premier League player this weekend.
  • Chelsea had 11 shots on target, their third-highest total this season.

Wigan Athletic 2-1 Newcastle United

  • Wigan have won 6 Premier League home games against Newcastle, 2 more than against any other club.
  • Half of the 16 shots Wigan mustered in this game were blocked.
  • Only 1 of Wigan’s 15 crosses reached its target.
  • Antolin Alcaraz made 8 interceptions, the most in the PL this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Fulham

  • This is the first time Dimitar Berbatov has scored in three successive league games since December 2011.
  • Spurs had 15 shots in this game but only three were on target.
  • Fulham scored with only one of their two shots on target in this game. Neither side had one in the first half.
  • Tottenham put in the most crosses in the PL this weekend (31 plus 5 corners), Fulham the fewest (10 + 5).

Sunderland 1-1 Norwich

  • The Canaries have now scored 11 headed goals, a haul only Manchester United (13) and Everton (12) can better this season.
  • Sunderland have seen 5 opposition players sent off in the Premier League this season, 3 more than any other side.
  • Grant Holt has now conceded 67 fouls this season, a joint-high in the Premier League along with Everton’s Marouane Fellaini – but Sebastian Larsson committed more fouls in this game (4 to Holt's 3).
  • Norwich played the highest proportion of long passes this weekend (19.5%).
  • Norwich conceded 2 handballs. One gave away a penalty, the other saw the goalkeeper sent off.

Manchester United 1-0 Reading

  • Manchester United have now gone 537 minutes in the Premier League without conceding a goal.
  • 11 managers (including caretakers) have taken charge of their first Premier League in a job at Old Trafford. None have won, with 10 losing and 1 managing a draw.
  • Wayne Rooney has been involved in 21 goals in 21 Premier League appearances this season (scoring 12, assisting 9).


Aston Villa 3-2 Queens Park Rangers

  • Aston Villa have won consecutive Premier League games for the first time in 68 matches (since May 2011).
  • Andreas Weimann has been involved in 4 goals in his last 4 Premier League appearances (scoring 2, assisting 2).
  • QPR managed 21 goal attempts to Villa's 13, but Villa blocked 6 (Ciaran Clark alone managing 3) to QPR's 2. 
  • Ashley Westwood completed 74 of his 76 passes, almost twice as many as QPR's top passer Stephan Mbia (39 of 47).
  • All told, Villa completed 408 (of 467) passes, QPR 253 (of 313).

Southampton 3-1 Liverpool

  • Philippe Coutinho has been involved in 4 goals in 4 starts for Liverpool in the Premier League (2 goals, 2 assists).
  • The Reds have scored only 5 goals in their last 7 top-flight encounters with the Saints.
  • Southampton played 3 through-balls in this game, more than any other team in the Premier League this weekend.
  • Liverpool had 5 of the top 6 individuals for completed passes (led by Steven Gerrard's 51 from 62 passes), but Southampton had 8 of the top 9 individuals for completed passes in the attacking third (led by Rickie Lambert's 18 from 28).

Stoke City 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

  • West Brom have conceded just 1 goal in their last 3 away Premier League matches.
  • Claudio Yacob made 12 clearances in the match – double his previous best in a single game this season (6 v Sunderland).
  • Stoke had 6 headed shots, more than any other team this weekend.
  • Matthew Etherington put in 13 crosses (excl. corners) but only 1 reached a team-mate.

Swansea City 0-2 Arsenal

  • Olivier Giroud was involved in a goal (assisting Monreal’s opener) for the first time in 5 Premier League appearances.
  • Gervinho’s goal was Arsenal’s sixth fast-break (counter-attack) goal of the season, a Premier League high.
  • Swansea had the best pass completion in the Premier League this weekend: 88% (545 of 619 passes; Arsenal completed 384 of 454, 85%).
  • Swansea only conceded 3 fouls.

Everton 2-0 Manchester City

  • The Toffees enjoyed just 28.4% possession in the second half having enjoyed 52.3% possession in the first.
  • Everton scored 2 goals from just 3 shots on target. Manchester City had 8 efforts on target.
  • David Silva created more chances than any other player this weekend.
  • Everton had a shot conversion rate of 29%, the best in the Premier League this weekend.

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