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Weekend In Stats: Manchester Clubs Lead The Way

 • by Ryan Baldi
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In another exciting, jam-packed weekend of Premier League action, draws for Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal saw the Manchester clubs pull further away in the title race.

Manchester City battered Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road, with Sergio Agüero closing in on a club record, and Manchester United picked up a flattering 4-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

There was yet more misery for Crystal palace, whose defeat at home to Southampton earned them an unwanted distinction, and West Bromwich Albion’s veteran midfielder Gareth Barry wrote his name into the record books.

This is the weekend in stats.

Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

In the weekend’s blockbuster tie, Chelsea and Arsenal played out their first goalless draw in 12 years, with the Gunners picking up their first point at Stamford Bridge since 2011.

Shkodran Mustafi had a goal ruled out for the away side, and the German defender made more clearances (eight) than any other player on the pitch.

Tiemoué Bakayoko, a second-half substitute for the Blues, remarkably completed all of his attempted passes and take-ons, and former Arsenal favourite Cesc Fàbregas was the most creative player on the pitch, conjuring four goal-scoring opportunities.

The scoreless afternoon marked the first competitive home game that Chelsea have failed to register a goal in under Antonio Conte’s auspices, a stretch of 27 games in total.

David Luiz was sent off late on. The Brazilian defender overstretched on a challenge with Sead Kolašinac and rightly saw red. The dismissal was Chelsea’s third red card in their last five games – their last three red cards came over a period of 73 Premier League matches.

Manchester United 4-0 Everton

United‘s late rally to net four against Everton not only took them level at with Manchester City at the top of the table with 13 points, it also levelled the two sides up on goal difference and goals scored, meaning City stay top by alphabetical order only.

All eyes were on Wayne Rooney as he returned to Old Trafford to face the club he left after 13 years in the summer, and Everton’s defeat means United remain the only Premier League team the former England captain has faced but never beaten.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored the second, became United’s seventh different goal-scorer of the season so far. No Premier League team has had more different scorers.

This was the sixth time that José Mourinho had faced off against Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and it was the first time that the Portuguese tactician has come out on top.

Anthony Martial once again came off the bench and made an impact for United, despite entering the fray with just three minutes to play. The Frenchman skilfully won a penalty which he then converted, meaning he has been involved in a goal (three goals; one assist) every 30.5 minutes this term.

The Red Devils three late strikes means that nine of their 13 Premier League goals this season have been scored after the 80th minute.

Romelu Lukaku found the net against his former side, taking his Premier League career tally to 90, becoming the fourth-youngest player to reach that milestone, behind only Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney.

Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

The Reds came away from Anfield disappointed to have drawn a game they will have expected to win, but the point they earned made them only the fourth team in Premier League history accumulate 1000 points at home.

Teenage full-back Trent Alexander-Arnaold proved a reliable outlet for the home side down the right. His seven chances created was more than any Premier League player this weekend.

Liverpool were so dominant against Sean Dyche’s men that nine of their ten starting outfield players created at least one chance. Left-back Andy Robertson was the only player unable to add his name to that list.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Swansea City

Fernando Llorente came off the bench to make his Spurs debut against the team he left to join the London club. In doing so, the Spaniard, aged 32 years and 201 days, became the oldest player to play for Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino.

The North London side’s Wembley woes have been well documented, but the draw with Paul Clement’s Swans was the first time Spurs have failed to score in a home fixture since January 2016 – a run of 30 games.

Spurs dominated the ball against Swansea, enjoying a whopping 75 per cent share of possession. Centre-back Jan Vertonghen demonstrated his ability on the ball, pulling the strings from deep with 117 passes, more than any other player on Saturday.

Interestingly, the five take-ons that Swansea’s on-loan Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches completed during his time on the pitch was more than the entire Spurs team could muster.

Watford 6-0 Manchester City

Sergio Agüero’s hat-trick brought him within two goals of becoming City’s all-time highest scorer, taking his tally for the club to 175 in just 259 appearances. The Argentinian’s treble was his sixth Premier League hat-rick – only Alan Shearer (11), Robbie Fowler (nine), Michael Owen (eight) and Thierry Henry (eight) have more.

Gabriel Jesus also got himself on the scoresheet against Watford, his 12th Premier League strike for the Citizens. The 20-year-old Brazilian has now been directly involved in 15 goals (11 goals, four assists) in his 15 league outings for the club he joined in January last season.

Pep Guardiola’s side’s rout of the Hornets means that they have scored more goals in their last two games at Vicarage Road (eight), than Watford have managed in their last eight home games (seven).

Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City

The Magpies’ victory over Stoke shot them into the top five in their return to the Premier League, sitting pretty on nine points from a possible 15.

Matt Richie’s two assists against the Potters at St. James’ Park means the Scotland international has now set up Newcastle‘s last three goals. No Toon player can match the former Bournemouth playmaker for assists since the start of last season (ten).

Xherdan Shaqiri’s long-range effort for Stoke means that six of his eight goals for the club have come from outside the penalty area.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton

Palace parted company with manager Frank de Boer after defeat to Burnley in their last game, and new boss Roy Hodgson was unable to reverse the Eagles’ fortunes at home against Southampton.

The former England manager became only the third gaffer to oversee a Premier League game after his 70th birthday, joining an exclusive club which Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Robson occupy.

The defeat, and the fact that they are still yet to score, means Palace are the first club in English top-flight history to begin season with five successive losses and no goals scored. The Selhurst Park side have now taken 71 shots this term without finding the net.

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 West Ham United

Veteran midfielder Gareth Barry equalled Ryan Giggs’ all-time Premier League appearance record against the Hammers, tying the Welsh legend on 632 outings in the top division.

The former Aston Villa and Manchester City man also became the first player to make 600 Premier League starts. How many more with the 36-year-old rack up for his new club?

Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy is enjoying life under Craig Shakespeare. The England striker has now scored 12 goals in the 18 Premier League games the Leicester boss has been in charge of since taking over from Claudio Ranieri last season.

The 30-year-old’s penalty also means that he has converted an impressive seven of his last eight sport kicks. The former Fleetwood Town striker is lethal from 12 yards.

Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Jermain Defoe‘s strike against the Seagulls means that he has now scored against 36 of the 39 Premier League opponents he has faced in his career – impressive!

Brighton may have left the Vitality stadium disappointed, but Pascal Groß, a summer signing from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt, continues to have an impact for Chris Hughton’s side. The German midfielder has been directly involved in all of Brighton’s goals so far this term (two goals and two assists).

 

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