Premier League analysis via some eye-opening stats from Opta, our partners on the Stats Zone app (now completely FREE)
Aston Villa 1-1 West Bromwich AlbionVilla had 21 shots in this game, but only 3 were on target. Of their off-target shots, 4 were headed efforts, a round-high figure. West Brom made a round-high 8 blocks.
Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham HotspurWayne Rooney assisted a goal for only the third time in his last 31 Premier League appearances. Paul Scholes made 148 passes and completed 135 in this game – more than any other player in a Premier League game this season. Nani attempted a round-high 13 crosses (plus 2 corners)... but none of them found a team-mate.
Everton 3-1 SouthamptonNikica Jelavic managed 11 touches in the Southampton box in this game, a weekend joint-high with Stoke’s Peter Crouch. Marouane Fellaini had a round-high 7 shots, including 3 blocked.
Fulham 1-2 Manchester CityFulham mustered a round-low 3 shots from open play. City attempted a round-high 8 shots from outside this box.
Norwich City 2-5 LiverpoolSteven Gerrard created a round-high 5 goalscoring chances in this game, but none created a goal. Liverpool’s 5 goals came from just 6 shots on target.
Reading 2-2 Newcastle United Newcastle’s Michael Williamson made 24 clearances (14 headed), more than any other player in a Premier League match this season. Reading attempted 38 long balls in this game, a round-high figure.
Stoke City 2-0 Swansea CityPeter Crouch managed 11 touches in the Swansea box, a weekend joint-high with Everton’s Nikica Jelavic. Stoke only found a team mate with 57% of their throw-ins, the worst rate of any side this weekend.
Sunderland 1-0 Wigan AthleticSteven Fletcher has scored with all 5 of his shots on target in the Premier League this season. Wigan won 22 fouls in this game: no team has won more in a game this season.
Arsenal 1-2 ChelseaFive of the 6 Premier League goals that Arsenal have scored this season have arrived in the 31-45 minute period of the game. Kieran Gibbs contested (9) and won (8) a league-high number of tackles this weekend.
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