Saturday stats: Good omens for Leicester; Lukaku record

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2015 10:32

Romelu Lukaku: Congratulates Jamie Vardy at full-time

History tells Leicester they can take hope from being top at Christmas, Riyad Mahrez’s golden streak, and Romelu Lukaku’s breaking of a 61-year record at Everton feature in our look at Saturday’s Premier League Opta stats.

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Chelsea have won 19 and lost just two of their last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Sunderland.

Fabio Borini scored his first Premier League goal since re-joining Sunderland and his first goal in the competition since January 17th 2015.

Borini has scored in both of his Premier League appearances for Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

Branislav Ivanovic scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea since February 2015.

Chelsea scored more goals in this game (3) than they did in their final five Premier League games under Jose Mourinho (2).

Sunderland have picked up just five points in their last 11 Premier League away games (W1 D2 L8).

The Black Cats have conceded the most goals (33) and have allowed their opponents the most shots on target (106) in the Premier League this season.


Everton 2-3 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy has won six penalties in the Premier League since the start of 2014-15; more than any other player.

Riyad Mahrez has scored seven goals in nine Premier League appearances in the month of December.

Jamie Vardy has scored or assisted a goal in 15 successive Premier League appearances (extending his own Premier League record).

Romelu Lukaku is the first Everton player to score in eight successive matches in all competitions since Dave Hickson between Jan-Mar 1954.

Gareth Barry made his 100th competitive appearance for Everton in this match; the third team he has played over 100 games for in all comps (Man City and Aston Villa, the others).

Leighton Baines made his 250th Premier League start for Everton; only the fourth player to do so (after Tim Howard, Leon Osman and David Unsworth).

Leicester City will be top of the Premier League at Christmas – 11 of the previous 23 teams to have been top at Xmas have gone on to win the title, including five of the last six.

Leicester are only the second team in top-flight history to be bottom of the league at Xmas one season and top of that league on Xmas day the following season, after Norwich City in 1987-88 (bottom) and 1988-89 (top).


Manchester United 1-2 Norwich City

Norwich City won a league game against Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since August 1989.

Alex Neil (34y 193d) is the third youngest manager to win a Premier League away game at Old Trafford, after Chris Coleman (33y 137d) and Ruud Gullit (34y 62d).

Manchester United are now winless in four league games – their longest such run under Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United conceded more goals in this match (2) than they had in their previous seven home games this season combined (1).

Norwich City became the first newly promoted side to win at Old Trafford since Bolton in October 2001.

Indeed, the Red Devils have lost to two newly promoted sides in the same season for only the third time in Premier League history (alongside 1996/97 and 2003/04).

Manchester United have hit a total of seven shots on target in their last four Premier League home games.

Wayne Rooney became the 10th player to make 500 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions.

Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur have won six and lost none of their last seven Premier League meetings with Southampton.

Southampton have conceded at least twice in their last four home Premier League games against Spurs, having kept a clean sheet in the five prior to that run.

Dele Alli has scored or assisted four goals in his last four Premier League games (two goals, two assists).

Just two minutes and 50 seconds separated Dele Alli assisting Harry Kane before finding the net himself.

Harry Kane has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League games for Spurs.

Southampton failed to score in a Premier League home game against Spurs for the first time since November 1999.

Spurs are unbeaten in seven Premier League away games (W3 D4).

Saints are winless in five Premier League games, their worst run since December 2014.


Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have won 11 of their last 16 away games in the Premier League (D1 L4).

Connor Wickham bagged his first goal for Crystal Palace in his ninth game since joining the Eagles in the summer and came with his 16th shot (incl. blocked) for the club.

Wickham has now bagged three top-flight goals against Stoke. Against no side has he netted more (also three v Manchester City).

Wickham’s goal was the first Stoke have conceded in the league this season when Ryan Shawcross has been on the pitch (542 mins at time of goal).

Crystal Palace have netted four penalty goals this season in the Premier League, a haul only Leicester City (7) can better.

The Potters have kept just two clean sheets in their last nine home league games.

This is only the third Premier League game this season to see both sides score from the penalty spot; after West Ham v Bournemouth in August and Leicester v Watford in November.

Lee Chung-yong’s goal was his first in the Premier League since April 2011 (for Bolton Wanderers v West Ham).


West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Bournemouth

Tony Pulis has suffered his 100th Premier League defeat, a figure only 14 other managers have reached in the competition.

Bournemouth have seen their opponents pick up five red cards this season in the Premier League; more than any other side.

Adam Smith has netted two (both from outside the box) in his last four league games for Bournemouth after netting just one in his previous 86.

WBA have scored a league-high eight headed goals in the Premier League this season.

The Cherries have shipped a league-high 12 goals from set-piece situations this season.

This is the third Premier League game this season to see a team pick up two red cards, and the second involving West Brom (Stoke v West Brom in August and Arsenal v Chelsea in September).

This is Bournemouth’s first-ever win away at West Brom in this seven visits in all competitions (D2 L4).

West Brom have won just three of their last 13 Barclays Premier League home matches (W3 D3 L7).


Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa

Fabricio Coloccini scored his first Premier League goal since November 2014 and his first at St. James’ Park since January 2011 against Spurs.

Newcastle have dropped 12 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season; more than any other side.

Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew has scored four goals in his last eight Premier League appearances after scoring none in his first five league games for the club.

Newcastle are unbeaten in three Premier League games (W2 D1) – the first time they’ve managed to go three league games without defeat since February 2015 (W1 D2).

It’s the first time Aston Villa have avoided defeat after being behind at half-time since November 2013, when they fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at West Brom – they had lost 29 consecutive games since then when losing at half-time.

Aston Villa will be bottom of the Premier League at Xmas – just three of the previous 23 teams to be bottom of the competition on Xmas Day have stayed up.

However, the team that were bottom of the Premier League on Xmas Day in each of the last two seasons have managed to avoid relegation that campaign (Leicester 2014-15 and Sunderland in 2013-14).

Aston Villa are bottom of the top-flight at Christmas for only the third time in their history; after 1935-36 and 1958-59 – they ended up being relegated on both of those previous occasions.

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