The Premier League weekend in numbers

The Premier League administered another concentrated dose of unpredictable action at the weekend, with Bournemouth’s win at Chelsea and Norwich’s draw at Leicester the standout results on a weekend dusted with upsets.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Liverpool eked out a win over Watford after another unconvincing display, while Burnley, Sheffield United and West Ham all took maximum points in games against Newcastle, Aston Villa and Southampton respectively.

On Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur nicked three points at Wolves, Man Utd failed to impress at home to Everton and Man City left Arsenal battered and bruised after an emphatic Emirates expedition.

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

The number of points Bournemouth had taken from five Premier League matches before their remarkable 1-0 win at Chelsea on Saturday. The Cherries’ hugely unexpected triumph at Stamford Bridge ended the club’s worst run of Premier League defeats since their promotion in 2016.

The number of yellow cards shown to Norwich City’s players in their keenly contested 1-1 draw at Leicester City on Saturday. The Canaries had averaged just 1.6 bookings per Premier League game before their battle at the King Power Stadium.

The notably high number of Manchester City players that kept their pass completion rates above 90% in Citizen’s 3-0 win at Arsenal. Nicolas Otamendi (97%), Ilkay Gundgoan (96%), Bernardo Silva (96%), Rodrigo (94%), Gabriel Jesus (92%), Raheem Sterling (91%) and Kyle Walker (91%) were all exemplary in possession for City.

9  The number of times Moise Kean touched the ball for Everton between his introduction on 71 minutes and his withdrawal 18 minutes later against Man Utd at Old Trafford. In that short time, Kean gave away three fouls and misplaced half of his passes.

12 The number of successive Premier League games that David de Gea has gone without a clean sheet. That’s the longest run of top flight fixtures the Spaniard has gone without a shutout since he signed for United in 2011.

20 The impressive combined total of tackles, interceptions, clearances and blocks made by Tottenham Hotspur centre half Davinson Sanchez in Spurs’ smash and grab 2-1 win at Wolves on Sunday. The Colombian was a colossus at the back for his team in what could prove to be a pivotal victory.

24 The staggering number of fouls committed by Man City’s players in their 3-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday. No other Premier League club came close to matching the Citizen’s foul count over the weekend.

61 The dreadfully low pass completion percentage held by West Ham after their narrow 1-0 win at Southampton. The Irons completed just 218 of their 359 attempted passes against the Saints. No Premier League fared worse in the distribution department at the weekend.

93 The incredible percentage of Premier League points on offer than Liverpool won in their last 30 matches. After their last victory over Watford, the relentless Reds have now taken 86 points from the last 90 available to them, winning 27 and drawing three of their last 30 Premier League fixtures.

142 The number of long balls played by Burnley and Newcastle players in the Clarets’ 1-0 win over United at Turf Moor on Saturday.  The direct passes led to 53 aerial duels being contested between the combatants overall. This definitely wasn’t one for the purists. 

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Match in Focus

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Wolves v Norwich

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Wolves have scored just twice in their last three at home in the Premier League
Expert verdict
Goals are proving difficult to come by for Wolves, who have rattled the net just six times in their last seven league fixtures. Wanderers could struggle again to break down a Norwich team that have shipped just three goals in their last four matches. The Canaries can keep the score down at Molineux.

 

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