Premier League weekend in numbers

The Premier League produced another dizzying double-dose of high-octane action on Saturday and Sunday, with a meaty 27 goals plundered across the division’s nine fixtures at the weekend.

On Saturday, Liverpool’s pursuit of perfection was strengthened by their 1-0 win at Sheffield United, while Wolves finally found a way to win in the Premier League at Watford’s expense.

Elsewhere, Tottenham, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Manchester City gathered points in threes, while Leicester City saved the best till last, hitting Newcastle for five in Sunday’s televised game.

Let’s take a look back at the latest round of fixtures in our special feature: The Premier League Weekend in Numbers.

5 - The number of attempts on target mustered by Leicester City in their 5-0 evisceration of Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

6 - The number of key, chance creating passes played by Bournemouth left-back Diego Rico in the Cherries’ 2-2 draw with West Ham on Saturday. That was the highest number of key passes played by an individual player in the Premier League at the weekend.

10 – The number of dribbles attempted by Everton’s veteran right-back Seamus Coleman in the Toffees’ defeat to Manchester City. Coleman was the only player in the Premier League over the weekend to hit double-figure dribbles figures, and the Ireland international successfully beat his man with eight of them.

11 - The number of aerial duels won by Liverpool’s Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk in the Reds’ edgy 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Van Dijk topped the individual aerial duels figure for the Premier League’s entire weekend programme.

12 – The number of times Wilfried Zaha lost the ball for Crystal Palace in the Eagles’ 2-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday. The enigmatic Ivorian winger gave possession away more than any other Premier League player in the weekend’s fixtures.

22 – The number of times Jamie Vardy touched the ball in Leicester’s 5-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday. No other player on the King Power Stadium pitch touched the ball less frequently than the veteran centre-forward. Vardy still finished the game with two goals however.

37 – The number of times Newcastle’s hapless players lost possession against the Foxes. Unsurprisingly, the Magpies ranked first in that unfortunate metric over the weekend.

61 – The percentage of possession enjoyed by Watford in their defeat to Wolves at Molineux. Despite having two thirds of the ball, and racking up 14 shots to Wanderers’ six, the Hornets were beaten 2-0.

92 – The number of seconds between John McGinn’s lead restoring Aston Villa goal and Chris Wood’s equaliser for Burnley at Villa Park on Saturday. Talk about an instant response.

114 – The number of times Trent Alexander-Arnold came in contact with the ball for Liverpool in the Reds’ clash with Sheffield United. The assist-happy full-back touched the ball more often than every single one of his Premier League counterparts at the weekend.

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Match in Focus

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Sheff Utd v Arsenal

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Arsenal have won five of their last six matches
Expert verdict
Some Arsenal supporters are not happy with Unai Emery’s tactics but the Gunners are third in the Premier League after eight matches and can maintain their upward trajectory by beating Sheffield United. The visitors have lost only one match in all competitions this season and should continue to improve with Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney both fit again after injury. They haven’t always been brilliant but Arsenal tend to get the job done. Sheffield United held firm for 70 minutes against Liverpool and have proved hard to break down, but they have lost four of their last five home matches in all competitions.

 

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