20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 30 ft. Arsenal & Wilfried Zaha

3 – Wayne Rooney has now missed three penalties this season.

5 – Brighton & Hove Albion have scored five own goals this season – two more than any other side.

10 – Crystal Palace have lost all 10 Premier League matches which Wilfried Zaha has not started this season.

11′ – Jordan Ayew’s red card after 11 minutes was the earliest a player has been sent off in the Premier League this season.

12 – Southampton have conceded more goals from outside the penalty area than any other team so far this season.

14% – Liverpool have won only one of their seven Premier League matches immediately after a Champions League game this season (D4, L2).

16 – Tottenham Hotspur have now taken 16 points from a possible 18 versus Bournemouth in the Premier League (W5, D1, L0).

16 – Huddersfield Town have failed to score in a league-high 16 different Premier League games this season.

21 – West Bromwich Albion have dropped a league-high 21 points from winning positions so far this season.

30 – Huddersfield Town had more shots in their 0-0 draw against Swansea City on Saturday than any other side has had this season without scoring.

30 – Dele Alli has scored in 30 different Premier League games in his career and has not been on the losing side in any of those matches (W24, D6).

33 – West Ham United’s Joe Hart has conceded 33 goals in only 15 Premier League appearances this season.

41 – Sam Allardyce has now faced 41 different clubs in the Premier League, – Derby County are the only side he’s failed to beat in the competition (D1, L3).

43 – Burnley have recorded their highest points tally in a single Premier League season, with eight games still to go.

44% – Marcus Rashford has scored seven of his 16 Premier League goals against ‘big six’ teams.

50 – Mesut Özil became the fastest player to reach 50 Premier League assists.  The German reached the half-century in just 141 games – breaking the record held by former-Manchester United forward Eric Cantona (143 games).

81 – Manchester City have picked up 81 points after only 30 games – the same tally Leicester City achieved in winning the title in 2015-16.

100% – Manchester United produced just two shots on target in their 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday.

144 – Mauricio Pochettino took charge of his 144th Premier League game as Tottenham Hotspur manager – no manager has taken charge of more games in the history of the competition for Spurs (level with Harry Redknapp).

200Petr Čech became the first goalkeeper to keep 200 clean sheets in Premier League history.

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 29 ft. Man Utd & Łukasz Fabiański

1 – Crystal Palace took the lead against Manchester United for the first time in any of their 18 Premier League matches against the Red Devils.

1 – Riyad Mahrez scored his first direct free kick in the Premier League, to equalise in the 97th minute at home to Bournemouth.

3 – Brighton & Hove Albion have won three consecutive Premier League games for the first time.

6 – Bournemouth are unbeaten in all six of their Premier League meetings against Leicester City (D5, L1).

7 – Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire had more attempts on goal than any other Premier League player this weekend.

8% – West Bromwich Albion have won just three of their last 38 Premier League games.

11 – Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 11 Premier League games.  Petr Čech is stuck on 199 clean sheets in his English top flight career.

11 – Huddersfield Town have failed to score in 11 Premier League away games this season – more than any other side in the competition.

16 – Southampton have won just once in the past 16 Premier League games (D9, L6).

18 – Manchester United are unbeaten in all 18 Premier League matches versus Crystal Palace (W15, D3).

22 – Everton have won only one of their last 22 Premier League away games (D9, L12).

30 – Manchester City fired in 30 shots in their two games versus Chelsea combined this season – a shot every six minutes on average.

37 – West Ham United have conceded 37 goals away from home in the Premier League so far this season – more than any other side in the top flight.

40 – Burnley have equalled their record Premier League points tally, with nine games remaining.

57% – Eight of Andros Townsend’s 14 Premier League goals have been scored from outside the penalty area.

69% – Manchester United have won 42 of their 61 Premier League matches played on a Monday night.

95% – Swansea City have scored 20 of their 21 Premier League penalties. Of teams to have taken at least five penalties in the history of the competition this is the highest conversion rate (95%).

100 – Mauricio Pochettino became the 19th manager to reach 100 Premier League wins.

101 – Swansea City’s Łukasz Fabiański has made the most saves so far this season.

975 – Manchester City completed a Premier League record 975 passes in their 1-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 28 ft. Man City & Mohamed Salah

1 – Chelsea lost after scoring the opening goal for the first time this season (W15, D0).

1 – Manchester City’s Ederson has now saved more penalties (1) at the Emirates Stadium than Arsenal’s Petr Čech despite the Brazilian making his debut there on Thursday.

2 – Huddersfield Town are the first team West Bromwich Albion have beaten twice in a single Premier League season.

3 – Manchester City handed Arsenal their joint-heaviest home Premier League defeat on Thursday (also lost by 3 goals to Coventry City (1993), Middlesbrough (2001) and Chelsea (twice in 2009)).

3 – Arsenal conceded three goals in a home Premier League fixture for the first time.

4 – Brighton & Hove Albion’s Lewis Dunk has scored four own goals this season – the joint-most in a single Premier League season (also Martin Škrtel in 2013-14).

4 – Liverpool have scored four goals in each of their past three Premier League games against West Ham United.

7% – Southampton have won just one of their last 15 Premier League matches (D8, L6).

8 – West Brom have take just eight points in 14 Premier League matches under Alan Pardew (W1, D5, L8) – four fewer than their first 14 games of the 2017-18 season before his arrival (W2, D6, L6).

11 – Burnley are winless in their last 11 Premier League games (D6, L5).

11 – Only teammate Kevin De Bruyne (14) has more Premier League assists than Manchester City’s Leroy Sané so far this season.

13 – Bournemouth and Everton have picked up the most points from losing positions this season.

15 – David Moyes has never won at Anfield as a manager (L8, D7).

20 – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored 20 goals in the Premier League with his left foot this season – the most with this foot in a single season in the competition’s history.

31 – Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 31 Premier League goals this season (23 goals, 8 assists) – the most in the division.

42 – Saido Berahino has gone more than two calendar years since he last scored a Premier League goal (42 games).

64% – Nine of Xherdan Shaqiri’s 14 Premier League goals have come from outside the penalty area.

82 – Manchester City have now scored more Premier League goals this season (82) than they scored in the entirety of last season (80).

83% – Five of West Brom’s last six Premier League goals have been scored via corners.

4326 – Stoke City’s Tyrese Campbell made his Premier League debut 4,326 days after his father, Kevin Campbell, made his last appearance in the competition.

José Mourinho’s all-time record vs the top 6

Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday in a crucial Premier League clash for both sides.

The Red Devils currently sit in second in the table, only three points above the defending champions, who themselves are only one point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

Finishing in the top four means UEFA Champions League football which is a big deal in terms of prestige and attracting new world class stars over the summer.

José Mourinho has faced some criticism from both the media and fans this season for the style of football his United side are playing.  The Portuguese coach has come under a lot of stick this past week following his side’s ultra-defensive performance in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League second round tie.

The United boss has won it previously – the first occasion with FC Porto in 2004, which landed him the Chelsea job that summer.  He would later win it in his second season at Internazionale in 2010.

However, Mourinho has failed to win the trophy in two spells at Chelsea, as well as in three seasons at Real Madrid.  And since winning the trophy for the first time back in 2004 a number of top managers have since started their careers.

Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp, Antonio Conte and Unai Emery weren’t managers back in 2004, whilst Massimiliano Allegri had just completed his first season as a manager.

How did José Mourinho compare versus the top six years ago compared to today?  The table below reveals all:

His first jobs at Benfica and UD Leiria didn’t last a full season and with both teams not being title contenders that season.  Mourinho turned his form and career around at FC Porto after joining in January 2002 – winning the title in each of his first two seasons in charge, and the Champions League in the latter.

At FC Porto José Mourinho won all 12 of his league matches at the Estádio do Dragão against the top six and 70% of his matches against the same opponents.

OK, so the Primeira Liga is not very competitive and that Porto team is one of the best in Portuguese history – fair enough.  Move on to Chelsea.  In his first three-and-a-bit-year spell in England, Mourinho won 67% of his home matches versus fellow top six opponents, making the West London club Premier League champions for the first time.

In fact, during his second spell at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho won 75% of his home matches.  In between that he had home win records of 60% and 79% at Internazionale (2 seasons) and Real Madrid (3 seasons) respectively.

Now on to José Mourinho’s current job at Manchester United.  If we take the current Premier League standings to include his results versus the current top six, then the United boss has won just 43% – much lower than any of the other big clubs he has taken charge of.


Away from home has been a bit hit and miss for the successful manager.  He never won a game at any of the top six during his short spells in charge at Benfica and UD Leiria, whilst he posted a 36% win record on the road at FC Porto.

That win percentage increased during his time at Chelsea -50% during his first spell, before dropping down to 30% during his two years at Internazionale.  His best record on the road came with Real Madrid where he won 63% of his trips to the La Liga’s top six over a three-year period which included a 100-point season in the middle.

Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea was less than spectacular as the Blues won just 23% of their away games.  However, it’s getting even worse at United.  Their 3-1 win at Arsenal earlier their campaign is the only top six team he has beaten in the Premier League away from Old Trafford.

Is Mourinho on the decline?

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 27 ft. Newcastle & Sergio Agüero

1 – Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy became the first player to score against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the same Premier League season.

1 – Olivier Giroud became the first player in Premier League history to start a game for both Arsenal and Chelsea in the same season.

3 – Stoke City have missed their last three penalties in the Premier League, each taken by a different player (Charlie Adam, Saido Berahino and Marko Arnautović).

3 – Sergio Agüero has scored four or more goals in a single Premier League match on three occasions now – more than any other player in the history of the competition.

4 – Chelsea have won all four Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion to nil under Antonio Conte.

4 – Sergio Agüero is the fourth player to score 20+ goals in four consecutive Premier League campaigns (after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry (five) and Harry Kane).

5 – Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojević has converted more penalties than any other player so far this season.

7 – José Mourinho is winless in all seven of his visits to St James’ Park as a manager (D3, L4).

7 – Harry Kane has scored seven goals in his seven Premier League North London derbies – only Emmanuel Adebayor has netted more (8).

9 – Manchester United have only won one of the nine Premier League matches after conceding the opening goal this season (D3, L5).

9 – Newcastle United enjoyed their first win at St James’ Park in nine Premier League games (D3, L5).

9 – Petr Čech has now gone nine Premier League games without a clean sheet – his longest ever run in the competition as he is stuck on 199 in his English top flight career.

10 – Burnley have now gone 10 games without a win (D5, L5).

23 – Manchester City have matched their total number of wins from the whole of last season in the first 27 games of this campaign.

34 – Liverpool have scored more goals in away games than any other team this season.

34 – Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi has had the most shots in the Premier League this season among players who have yet to score.

44 – All 44 of Javier Hernández’s Premier League goals have been scored inside the penalty area.

71% – Jonjo Shelvey has won five of his last seven matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D0, L2).

79 – Manchester City have scored 79 goals in their 27 Premier League matches this season – only 1 less than they scored throughout the whole of last season.

100% – Swansea City have won all three of their Premier League home games against Burnley – the only team they have a 100% win record against having played them more than once at the Liberty Stadium.