Manchester City maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League, while Crystal Palace finally moved off the bottom of the table.

As with any action-packed Premier League programme, this weekend produced an interesting array of stats, some surprising, others not so.

Here, Football Whispers takes a detailed look at the key stats from another busy and exciting weekend of Premier League football as we move close to the crucial festive period.

CHELSEA 3-1 NEWCASTLE UNITED

Antonio Conte must love Eden Hazard. The Belgian attacker scored a brace, including a cheeky panenka penalty as the champions came from 1-0 down at home to beat old boss Rafa BenítezNewcastle United side.

Hazard now has 25 goals in all competitions for Chelsea since Conte’s arrival, which is more than any other Blues player.

What’s more, the Italian has won every one of the 17 Premier League games in which Hazard has scored, and it perhaps wasn’t a surprise he netted against Newcastle. He now has six league goals against them, more than any other team.

Chelsea’s other scorer, Álvaro Morata, found the back of the net in between Hazard’s strikes with yet another header. No other player has scored more headed goals than the Spaniard’s 11 in Europe’s big five leagues since the start of last season.

Dwight Gayle’s opener means he now has 25 league goals for Newcastle since the start of last season, more than double any other Magpies player, but he was unable to stop their away woes in the Premier League. They’ve now won just one of their past 19 top-flight matches, drawing four and losing the other 14.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 1-5 LIVERPOOL

The Premier League’s top scorer Mohamed Salah may not have scored for Liverpool at the Amex but that made no difference to Jürgen Klopp’s side as they ran out worthy winners.

The Egyptian got an assist for Roberto Firmino’s second, which made it 3-0, to reach a total of 15 goals that he’s been directly involved in for the Reds.

The 12 goals and three assists haven’t been bettered by any other Liverpool man since his arrival in the summer.

Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho were also on the scoresheet for the Reds, while Lewis Dunk headed into his own net for the fifth Liverpool goal.

The Brazilian’s long-range strike is his 18th Premier League goal from outside the box since his debut in February 2013, the highest in the league.

Only one player has scored more own goals in a single Premier League season than Dunk, who already has three in 2017/18. That was Martin Škrtel, who scored four in 2013/14.

Meanwhile, Glenn Murray’s consolation for Brighton means he’s now got five goals in his last seven league games.

EVERTON 2-0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

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Sam Allardyce’s first Everton match ended happily with victory over Huddersfield Town thanks to goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The Icelandic midfielder is starting to live up to his big reputation after arriving from Swansea City. He’s now been directly involved in four goals in his last four league games for Everton (two goals, two assists), after none in his first ten matches when he arrived in the summer.

David Wagner’s side’s goalscoring woes continued, they still haven’t found the back of the net away from home since the first day of the season.

They scored three that day against Crystal Palace, a third of the goals they’ve managed this season – since that game, they’ve managed just six in 14 matches.

That will be a real worry for the Terriers, with the defeat meaning they’ve lost four league games in a row for the first time since 2000, and have dropped to 15th.

They’ll be hoping Tom Ince finds his goalscoring boots soon. He’s had 32 shots without a goal, more than any one else in the English top-flight.

LEICESTER CITY 1-0 BURNLEY

Demarai Gray’s goal for Leicester City was enough to condemn Burnley to defeat. The Clarets’ 1-0 loss was just the second time in their last 11 Premier League away games they’ve failed to score – the other match being at Manchester City in October.

Victory for the Foxes was no surprise though given the historical record between the two sides – they are now unbeaten in their last seven league home games against Burnley, having won four and drawn three.

Claude Puel’s arrival at the King Power Stadium seems to have revitalised Leicester. The Frenchman has won three of his first four Premier League home games since he took over.

Saturday’s victory meant the Foxes have won successive home league games for the first time this season, and they are in a decent bit of form now, losing just one of their last 10 matches in all competitions (winning five and drawing the other four).

STOKE CITY 2-1 SWANSEA CITY

Wilfried Bony handed Swansea an early lead against his old club, but two goals in five minutes from Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Biram Diouf were enough for Stoke City to taste victory.

It should have been no surprise that Bony scored, he likes a goal against a former team – it was the first time he hit the back of the net in the Premier League since a brace against Swansea in October 2016, 397 days previously.

Bony’s strike this weekend was the Swans’ first Premier League goal in 431 minutes as they struggle up front this season.

No team has scored fewer than Paul Clement’s side’s eight in the Premier League.

Against Stoke, their expected goals (xG) score was 0.4. In seven of their 15 league goals, their xG has been lower than 0.5, really underlying their lack of goal threat.

Shaqiri has been directly involved in nine goals in his last 11 Premier League games (four goals, five assists), which is his joint-best return since arriving at Stoke.

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony

WATFORD 1-1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Son Heung-Min cancelled out Christian Kabasele’s opener at Vicarage Road as Tottenham Hotspur climbed back up to sixth, despite going down to ten men after Davinson Sánchez was sent off.

That red card means Spurs players have now been shown two red cards in their last 10 Premier League games, as many as in their previous 111.

Tottenham are still struggling in defence though, having kept just one clean sheet in their past seven league games. In the five matches before that, they had registered four shut-outs.

Christian Eriksen also provided his first Premier League assist since the opening weekend, ending a run of 13 appearances without one. Last season he managed 15, more than any other Spurs player.

The result also meant Watford have never beaten Tottenham in the Premier League, drawing three and losing six. That’s the most games they’ve played against any opponent without winning in the league.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace failed to score against old boss Alan Pardew’s new side, meaning they still haven’t managed an away goal this season, which isn’t ideal.

Their away form is actually worse than that though. They’ve now failed to score in ten consecutive away games, the first ever Premier League team to achieve that feat.

They became the first English top-flight team to go ten away games in a row without a goal since Manchester City in 1950. They went twelve games without scoring, a record the Eagles will not want to match.

West Bromwich Albion’s form isn’t too great though, they have now gone 13 without a win.

The Baggies have taken 32 points from their 34 league games in 2017 (winning seven, drawing 11 and losing 16). That’s the lowest total of any Premier League side to appear in both 2016/17 and 2017/18.

But there is a bit of hope for them under new boss Pardew, they had 20 shots, their highest shot tally in a Premier League game since December 2015 against Newcastle.

ARSENAL 1-3 MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United came away from Arsenal with a 3-1 victory in one of the games of the season.

Antonio Valencia scored an early goal, before a Jesse Lingard double either side of an Alexandre Lacazette strike.

Paul Pogba was sent off with 15 minutes left for a heavy challenge on Héctor Bellerín.

It was a first win for José Mourinho in his past 12 away fixtures against the ‘big six’, while it was Arsenal’s first home league defeat since losing 2-1 to Watford in January.

While the result may suggest it was one-way traffic, arguably Arsenal had the better of the game, with 75 per cent possession and 33 shots, compared to United’s eight.

David de Gea made 14 saves in the game, the joint-most in a Premier League game since 2003/04 when Opta started collecting the data.

Lacazette’s strike for Arsenal was his sixth home goal, which is more than anyone else in England’s top flight this season.

BOURNEMOUTH 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON

Charlie Austin cancelled out Ryan Fraser’s first league goal of the season in the South Coast derby.

That equaliser meant Bournemouth have now dropped five points from winning positions in home games this season. Only West Brom (six) have dropped more.

Nathan Redmond came off the bench to get an assist for Austin’s goal. He’s now provided an assist in each of his past two games at the Vitality Stadium, while he’s already equalled his best Premier League assist total in a Premier League campaign (three).

With Southampton struggling for goals for long periods of this season, the English forward was on the bench at the beginning of the campaign. Yet, once again he started today and he’s now got seven goals in his past 10 Premier League starts for Saints, including three in his past two.

MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 WEST HAM UNITED

Manchester City scored yet another late goal, as they came from behind to win a record-equalling 13th Premier League match in a row.

Angelo Ogbonna had given West Ham United a surprise lead, but Nicolás Otamendi and David Silva turned the score around as City pushed forward – they dominated with 77 per cent possession and 24 shots.

West Ham have set a club record for the fewest points after 15 Premier League matches – they have just ten and are yet to win under David Moyes.

Ogbonna’s opener was his first goal in the big five European leagues, in his 144th appearance.

City’s haul of 43 points from 15 games is a Premier League record, and it would take something very special to catch them.

Gabriel Jesus’ assist for Otamendi means he’s now been directly involved in 21 goals (15 goals, six assists) in his 24 Premier League appearances, which is pretty impressive indeed.

Meanwhile Kevin De Bruyne’s assist for Silva means he’s now provided 35 assists for City, more than any one else in Europe’s big five leagues since he arrived at the Etihad.

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