Saturday stats: Zlatan’s hiccup; Arnautovic ends home run

Date published: Saturday 4th March 2017 5:43 - James Marshment

A rare Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty failure and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s impressive number of assists feature as we take a look at Saturday’s Opta Stats.


Manchester United 1-1 Bournemouth

  • Manchester United failed to win at Old Trafford against a side who had a man sent off for just the ninth time in Premier League history (W30 D9 L0).
  • The Red Devils’ unbeaten Premier League run has been extended to 17 games (W9 D8), and they haven’t conceding more than once in a game during that run (10 goals conceded).
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty in a league game for the first time since September 2015 for PSG against Guingamp – he had scored six consecutively before his failure today.
  • Artur Boruc was the first goalkeeper to save a penalty against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League since Boaz Myhill in May 2015.
  • Boruc has saved four of the last seven penalties he’s faced in the Premier League.
  • Josh King was only the 14th player in Premier League history to score a penalty at Old Trafford for the opposing side.
    King’s goal was Bournemouth’s only shot on target in the entire match.
  • Bournemouth have scored all seven of their Premier League penalties this season, more than any other side.
  • Marcos Rojo scored his first Premier League goal in his 54th appearance – he was the 40th Argentinian to score in the competition and the fifth to do so for the Red Devils after Juan Sebastian Veron, Gabriel Heinze, Carlos Tevez and Angel Di Maria.
  • United have mustered 20+ shots without winning four times in the Premier League this season, more than any other side


Leicester City 3-1 Hull City

  • Leicester have scored twice as many Premier League goals in their two games under Craig Shakespeare (6) as they did in their last 10 matches under Claudio Ranieri (3).
  • Shakespeare has also collected as many wins in his first two matches as Ranieri mustered in his last 16 league games (2).
  • This was Leicester’s first win after conceding the first goal in a Premier League game since October 2015 when they beat West Brom.
  • Sam Clucas netted his first ever Premier League goal in his 26th appearance.
  • Clucas’ goal was Hull’s first shot on target – they also scored with their first shot on target in their last Premier League game against Burnley.
  • Riyad Mahrez has scored in four of his five appearances against Hull in all competitions (four goals).
  • Mahrez scored his first Premier League goal from open play since April 2016 against Swansea, ending a run of 27 games without one.
  • No team has scored more own goals than Hull (4) in the Premier League this season.


Stoke City 2-0 Middlesbrough

  • Stoke have lost only one of their last 12 home Premier League games (W6 D5).
  • Middlesbrough have won only one of their last 14 away league visits to Stoke (D4 L9).
  • Marko Arnautovic scored his first home Premier League goal in 308 days, last scoring against Sunderland in April 2016; he had gone 13 games without one.
  • Arnautovic has scored 21 Premier League goals, equalling the record scored by an Austrian – Paul Scharner – in the competition.
  • Middlesbrough have won one of their last 27 away Premier League matches (D7 L19).
  • Rudy Gestede made his fifteenth Premier League start in this game – he has yet to end up on the winning side in any of those games (D3 L12).
  • Middlesbrough have scored the fewest goals in the Premier League this season (19) and have now failed to score in a league high 13 matches this season.
  • Indeed, Boro have failed to find the net in six of their last eight Premier League games.


Swansea City 3-2 Burnley

  • Swansea have registered five wins in their eight league games under Paul Clement, as many as in their previous 24.
  • Burnley have now gone 13 Premier League away games without a win, drawing two and losing 11.
  • Fernando Llorente has scored in consecutive league games for the first time since November 2015 with Sevilla.
  • Five of Llorente’s 11 competitive goals for Swansea this season have been headers (3 left, 3 right).
  • Burnley have failed to convert just one of their last 13 penalties in league football (Andre Gray v Reading in February 2016).
  • Six of Andre Gray’s eight Premier League goals this season have come against sides currently in the bottom 5 of the table.
  • Martin Olsson has bagged two goals in his last three PL games, as many as in previous 104 in the competition.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has provided a joint-league-high 10 assists in the Premier League this season (level with Christian Eriksen).

Watford 3-4 Southampton

  • This was Watford’s joint-highest-scoring game in Premier League history, equalling their 6-1 defeat to Liverpool in November.
  • Troy Deeney has scored 100 goals in league competition for Watford (incl. play-offs)
  • Deeney (105 goals) is now the joint-fourth highest goalscorer iN Wtford history alongside Cliff Holton.
  • Deeney has now netted five goals in his last six Premier League appearances.
  • Dusan Tadic has been involved in six goals in his last seven PL games (2 goals, 4 assists), after just one involvement in his previous 15 this season
  • Tadic both scored and assisted in a Premier League game for only the second time ever (also v Sunderland in October 2014 via one goal and three assists).
  • Nathan Redmond has scored four goals in his last three Premier League games against Watford, also providing an assist.
  • Indeed, Redmond’s four against Watford is his best return against any top-flight side. He hasn’t scored more than one against any other team.
  • Manolo Gabbiadini has scored six goals in his four games for Southampton in all competitions.
  • The Italian striker is the first Saints player to score in his first three Premier League appearances for the club.

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace

  • Crystal Palace have won successive Premier League games for the first time since September.
  • The Eagles have picked up as many points in their last three league away games as they had done in their previous nine (6 points).
  • West Brom have lost their first ever Premier League game against Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns after two wins and two draws in their previous four.
  • In fact, it’s Palace’s first win at West Brom in the top-flight since a 4-0 win in February 1973.
  • Wilfried Zaha has been directly involved in more goals this season than his last three PL seasons combined (5 goals, 6 assists).
  • Indeed, Zaha has had 11 goal involvements in 24 PL appearances this season (5 goals, 6 assists) compared to 10 goal involvements in his previous 79 Premier League appearances (6 goals, 4 assists).
  • Yohan Cabaye has bagged assists in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April 2012. Before this run he failed to record an assist in 47 Premier League games.

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