The Premier League in numbers
The Premier League rattled the senses with another perfectly timed volley of unpredictability over the weekend, as England’s top flight further cemented its reputation as the world’s most exciting domestic competition.
In the pick of the action on Saturday, Tottenham, Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea all dropped points in coupon bursting results, while Norwich claimed a potentially pivotal win in their relegation tussle with Bournemouth.
On Sunday, Burnley added their own upset to the pile with a win over Leicester, while Liverpool brushed past United in a 2-0 triumph that could have been double that at Anfield.
Let’s take a look back at the latest round of fixtures in our special feature: The Premier League Weekend in Numbers.
1 – The number of Premier League matches won by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in their last eight attempts there. The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw at that venue by Sheffield United on Saturday, meaning they have taken a dismal seven points from the last 24 available on their own patch.
2 – The dreadfully low number of goals scored by Bournemouth in their last nine Premier League fixtures. After their latest blank at Norwich on Saturday, the Cherries have now played 360 minutes without scoring a single goal.
3 – The number of Premier League fixtures in a row where Tottenham failed to score a single goal. Spurs were unable to find the net against Southampton, Liverpool and most recently against Watford at the weekend. Right now it’s a case of no Kane, no party for Mourinho.
7 – The incredible number of saves made by Burnley keeper Nick Pope in the Clarets’ superb 2-1 win over Leicester City at Turf Moor. The stopper was a blur of limbs and reflexes for the home team and his spot-kick save from the usually lethal Jamie Vardy was a particular highlight.
13 - The number of dribbles attempted by the showstopping Adama Traore in Wolves’ sensational comeback with at Southampton. The tibia-twisting winger tried to beat his marker more often than any other Premier League player over the weekend.
50 – The remarkably low percentage of attempted passes that Brighton’s Aaron Connolly completed against Aston Villa on Saturday. The raw 19-year old’s erratic distribution saw him hooked with 22 minutes left on the clock at the Amex Stadium.
100 - The percentage of his aerial duels that Newcastle’s Isaac Hayden won in the Magpies’ smash and grab win over Chelsea. Hayden glanced home the winning goal deep into injury time with one of his successful headers to clinch the points for the home side.
114 - The notably high number of passes played by Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan in the Citizens’ ultimately disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. In comparison, Gundogan’s central midfield opponents James McArthur, James McCarthy and Cheikhou Kouyate played a total of 84 passes between them.
30 – The eye-watering points difference between Liverpool in 1st and Man Utd in 5th after Jurgen Klopp’s men turned their traditional rivals over at Anfield on Sunday. The victory was only Liverpool second win over United in 12 Premier League attempts however.