The Premier League weekend in numbers

The Premier League continued to deliver drama by the bucketful over the weekend, with a net-tearing 31 goals registered across the division’s 10 fixtures between Friday and Sunday.

Bournemouth cut through the sand and the Southampton defence in Friday’s south-coast derby, while Manchester City’s 8-0 thrashing of Watford was the pick of the results a day later.

On Sunday, Man Utd were kicked into crisis by West Ham, while Liverpool maintained their perfect start at Chelsea’s expense in the day’s main event.

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

2 - The number of shots Sheffield United mustered against Everton at Goodison Park. The Blades’ attempts total was the lowest in the Premier League over the weekend. Remarkably, both attempts were scored and Sheffield United ran out 2-0 winners.

3 - The number of times Manchester City hit the woodwork in their 8-0 battering of Watford on Saturday. Hornets were a lick of paint away from being the first ever Premier League team to concede double figures goals in a single game.

9 - The number of cards shown to the players in Arsenal’s dramatic 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday – which was the highest card total of the weekend. Only 28 free kicks were awarded at the Emirates on Sunday, meaning a player was carded for every 3.11 fouls by referee John Moss.

24 – The number of times Marcus Rashford touched the ball in Man Utd’s 0-2 reverse at West Ham. The centre-forward came in contact with the ball on fewer occasions than any other player involved, and even though he came off with an injury just after the hour mark, his lack of involvement shone an unflattering light on United’s dire creativity problems.

30 – The number of shots attempted by Southampton against Bournemouth on Friday. The Cherries fired just six attempts in return, though they ran out 3-1 winners at St. Mary’s.

35 – The number of times Tottenham’s players lost possession in their 2-1 loss against Leicester at the King Power Stadium. No Premier League club lost the ball more often at the weekend.

55 – The number of tackles made by the players in Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw with Wolves at Selhurst Park. The shin-splintering challenges total was the highest in the Premier League over the weekend.

63 – The insanely high number of clearances completed by Sheffield United’s players in their smash and grab win at Everton. To put that figure into perspective, Liverpool completed the second highest number of clearances at the weekend in the Premier League behind the Blades with 37.

90 – The pass completion rate maintained by Manchester City in their merciless 8-0 evisceration of Watford on Saturday. Unsurprisingly, no other Premier League team came close to matching that percentage at the weekend.

922 – The incredible number of touches racked up by Brighton’s players in their 0-0 draw against Newcastle at St. James’ Park. Graham Potter’s tactical reinvention of the Seagulls is having a dramatic effect. No other club had as many touches as Brighton’s players at the weekend. Man City came closest with 909.

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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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