The Premier League Weekend in Numbers
After the brief international hiatus, the Premier League returned to pitches and screens at the weekend, walloping the senses with another frenetic round of compelling fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.
In the pick of the action on Saturday, Everton swept West Ham aside with worrying ease, while Spurs dropped points at home to bottom club Watford in North London.
Elsewhere, Leicester and Chelsea eked out slender wins over Burnley and Newcastle respectively, and on Sunday, Man Utd ended Liverpool’s winning splurge in a tense 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
Let’s take a look back at the latest round of fixtures in our special feature: The Premier League Weekend in Numbers.
0 - The number of Premier League clean sheets Bournemouth and Norwich City had secured between them this season before their clash at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday. After their stalemate on the south coast, both clubs now have one each.
1.88 – The remarkably low goals per game average from the weekend’s nine Premier League fixtures. That goals per game figure fell way below the average for the season which currently stands at 2.78.
4 - The number of attempts on goal mustered by Wolves in their disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Southampton. No other Premier League club racked up fewer attempts than Wanderers over the weekend.
5 – The number of key chance-creating passes played by Leicester City right-back Ricardo Pereira in the Foxes’ 2-1 triumph over Burnley on Saturday. Incredibly, the Portuguese defender had only averaged one key pass per game in his Premier League appearances before that this term.
6 – The number of yellow cards dished out by referee Chris Kavanagh in what was an ill-tempered final 13 minutes of Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with Watford. Four of the six bookings were handed out inside the last four minutes of the contest.
9 – The number of saves made by West Ham’s veteran goalkeeper Roberto Jiménez at Goodison Park on Saturday. The 33-year old couldn’t stop the Irons falling to a 0-2 reverse on Merseyside, though the final score could have been far meatier if it wasn’t for his efforts between the sticks.
10 – The impressive number of combined aerial duels won by Manchester City’s makeshift central-defensive pair Fernandinho and Rodri. The midfielders were filling at the back for the Citizens who are in the midst of an injury crisis in defence, and both coped admirably with the task against Crystal Palace.
29 – The number of touches of the ball Marcus Rashford had for Man Utd in the club’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool. That was the lowest total out of all 22 players that started the game, though Rashford still scored and completed more dribbles (four) than any other player on the pitch at Old Trafford.
41 – The number of times Tottenham Hotspur lost possession in their 1-1 draw with Watford on Saturday. No other Premier League club lost the ball more often over the weekend. Dele Alli lost possession more often than any other player (seven), though the 23-year did notch Spurs’ equalizer.
44 – The staggering number of combined attempts on goal racked up by Aston Villa and Brighton players in the clubs’ tussle at Villa Park on Saturday. The home side accounted for 24 of those efforts, while the Seagulls hit 20 attempts of their own in return. Brighton’s attempts total was their highest of the Premier League season so far.