10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 33

1 – Southampton lost for the first time this season after taking the lead.  The Saints were one up at the Britannia Stadium before losing 2-1 to Stoke.

3 – Christian Eriksen has scored from more direct free kicks than any other player this season.

3 – Everton missed their third penalty of the season this weekend, more than any other side.  Ross Barkley missed in their 1-0 win over Burnley, joining Kevin Mirallas (vs West Brom) and Leighton Baines (vs Manchester United) to be denied from the spot this season.

4 – Harry Kane became the fourth Tottenham Hotspur player to score 20+ goals in a single Premier League campaign, after Gareth Bale, Jürgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham.

12 – Jack Colback leads the Premier League in yellow cards after collecting his 12th of the season on Sunday.

12 – West Brom have scored more goals from corners than any other side so far this season.

16 – Chelsea have recorded more Premier League victories over Manchester United than any other team.

66 – Ashley Barnes has committed more fouls than any other player in the Premier League this season.  The Burnley player saw red in their defeat at Everton this weekend.

102 – José Mourinho saw his Chelsea keep their 102nd clean sheet in only his 190th Premier League game.

365 – Chelsea have now gone more than a year since suffering their last Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 32

4 – Manchester City conceded four goals in a Premier League game for the first time since losing 4-3 to Manchester United in September 2009.

5 – Burnley have failed the score in five of their last six matches.  Their only goal during this run came courtesy of George Boyd’s winning strike over Manchester City.

6 – Newcastle have received six red cards in their last six Premier League games against Liverpool.

8 – Christian Benteke has scored eight goals in his last six Premier League games.  The Belgian striker scored the only goal of the game this weekend as Tim Sherwood picked up another win at White Hart Lane, this time as Aston Villa manager.

8 – Leicester City have scored eight goals in their last three Premier League games.  Nigel Pearson’s side had managed only three goals in their last 10 games prior to this recent uplift in form.

9% – Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has lost only one of his last 11 Premier League fixtyues against Sam Allardyce (W6, D4).  The Potters grabbed a 95th minute equaliser at Upton Park this weekend.

11 – Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie scored a hat-trick inside 11 minutes during the 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.  He became the first player to score a three goals in a Premier League game for the Eagles.

25 – Since Alan Pardew became Crystal Palace manager, only Arsenal (33) have picked up more points than the South East London club (25).

65 – Manchester United have picked up more points this season (65) than they did throughout the whole of 2013-14 (64).

1245 – Graziano Pellè ended his goal drought at 1,245 minutes when he scored the second in Southampton’s 2-0 win over Hull City on Saturday.

5 Reasons Why Liverpool Will Beat Newcastle

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool host Newcastle in the Premier League this evening looking to get back to winning ways after successive defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal respectively.

Manchester City’s defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday has given Reds fans hope they can still finish in the top four places this season and enter next season’s UEFA Champions League at the qualifying stage.

Newcastle themselves are on a losing run and looking hopeless under John Carver, which is why I full believe it will be a comfortable home win this evening.  Here are 5 reasons why I think so:

1. Brendan Rodgers vs John Carver

Although the Northern Irishman has been outclassed by the experienced and successful Louis van Gaal and Arsène Wenger of late, his opposite number is far from that league.  John Carver, Newcastle’s caretaker manager doesn’t come across as a future full-time manager.  His side have been playing players out of position and often without much shape.  Brendan Rodgers has the better players at his disposal this evening and I fully expect his side to take advantage of Carver’s inadequacies on their way to dominating possession, creating several chances and ultimately winning the game.

2. Newcastle Form

Whilst the form book reads back-to-back defeats for Liverpool (excluding the FA Cup replay versus Blackburn), they have come against two of the top three.  Newcastle, however, are on a four game losing sequence in the Premier League.  This includes a 3-0 thrashing at bottom half Everton and relegation threatened rivals Sunderland.  They’ve scored just once during this run.  The Magpies are truly a team out-of-form of late.

3. Newcastle Defence

Newcastle’s two first-choice centre-backs are absent – Fabricio Coloccini is suspended and Steven Taylor is injured.  Paul Dummett is also injured and has played some time there this season.  Daryl Janmaat is considered a doubt but the Dutch right-back will surely start as Newcastle simply have no other options.  And the former-Feyenoord full-back is likely to continue alongside Mike Williamson in the middle.  Jack Colback reverts from centre midfield to left-back, whilst Ryan Taylor has been playing the last few games at right-back and not looking much like a Premier League-standard player in those games.

4. Liverpool’s Pace + Movement in Attack

Philippe Coutinho vs Ryan Taylor is certainly a favourable match up for Liverpool fans.  The Brazilian has been one of their stars this season and potentially matches up to a player who has spent the best part of two years injured until late.  I can certainly see Coutinho cutting inside to cause the makeshift Newcastle defence problems.  On top of that, he’ll likely have the pace and movement of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling to pick out.  Those two aren’t on a great goalscoring run of late admittedly, but you can certainly see them getting on the scoresheet against this defence.

5. Newcastle’s Impotence

The visitors have netted only one goal in their last five Premier League games and two in their last seven.  Top scorer Papiss Cissé is suspended, Ayoze Pérez has failed to score in his last 12 and Emmanuel Rivière is yet to score in the Premier League, period.  Newcastle are lacking much creativity from their midfield too with right-back Daryl Janmaat and makeshift left-back Jack Colback about the best they’ve had this season.  Rémy Cabella has been inconsistent and yet to live up to his expectations.

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 31

5 – Sunderland have won five successive Tyne-Wear derbies in the league versus Newcastle for the first time in their history.

6 – Hull City received their joint-league high sixth red card of the season when David Meyler saw red at Swansea City this weekend.  Steve Bruce’s side have now collected as many as Aston Villa in 2014-15.

9 – Arsenal are on a nine-game winning streak at the Emirates in the Premier League.

10 – Ángel Di María recorded his 10th assist of the season this weekend – only Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas (16) has more this season.

13 – Wayne Rooney has now scored more goals versus Aston Villa than he has versus any other opposition in the Premier League.

14 – Southampton’s Graziano Pellè has gone 14 Premier League games without a goal having started the season with eight in his first 15.

19 – John O’Shea has faced Newcastle 19 times in the Premier League and has never been on the losing side (W14, D5).

32 – Manchester United have won more matches versus Aston Villa than any side has against a single opponent in Premier League history.

100% – Eden Hazard has scored all nine of his penalties in the Premier League – his record is a joint high of any player with a 100% record, along with Dimitar Berbatov.

596 – Liverpool had gone 596 minutes on the road without conceding a single goal in the Premier League until Héctor Bellerín opened the scoring at the Emirates on Saturday.  Brendan Rodgers’ side have now conceded four goals in the last 54 minutes away from home.

The 5 Premier League Hat-tricks Between Arsenal & Liverpool


Arsenal and Liverpool kick off match day 31 of the Premier League weekend in Saturday’s lunchtime game at the Emirates this weekend.

There have been a number of exciting and dramatic encounters between these two in the past and the same can be expected of this weekend’s clash.

Brendan Rodgers’ side need to avoid defeat to keep their UEFA Champions League hopes alive, whilst victory for Arsenal would move them into second place, at least ahead of Crystal Palace vs Manchester City.

These two ever-present Premier League sides have seen more hat-tricks in this fixture than any other in the league’s history.  Here are all five of those:

1. Robbie Fowler, 28 August 1994 (Liverpool 3-0 Arsenal)

The Liverpool legend netted the second of his nine Premier League hat-tricks in this fixture more than two decades ago.  The goals scored in the 26th, 29th and 31st minutes remain a Premier League record today as the quickest hat-trick, with only four minutes and 23 seconds separating Robbie Fowler’s first and third goals in this match.

2. Robbie Fowler, 23 December 1995 (Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal)

Robbie Fowler was at it again for Liverpool just before Christmas in 1995 when he struck the second hat-trick of his career versus Arsenal in this Premier League encounter.  Ian Wright had given the Gunners an early lead before Fowler scored his first before half-time and the next two in the second half.

3. Thierry Henry, 9 April 2004 (Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool)

Late in their invincibles season, Arsenal twice came from behind at home to Liverpool before running out 4-2 winners thanks to a Thierry Henry hat-trick.  This game was played the day after Good Friday also – can another French striker score three for the Gunners in this weekend’s fixture?

4. Peter Crouch, 31 March 2007 (Liverpool 4-1 Arsenal)

Peter Crouch’s only Premier League hat-trick of his career (to date) came at Anfield eight years ago.  The then-Liverpool striker put in a dominant opening 45 minutes as Liverpool cruised to victory which saw them jump above Arsenal into third place at the time.  Crouch completed his hat-trick on 80 minutes with a nice turn and finish.

5. Andrei Arshavin,  21 April 2009 (Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal)

What proved to be a massive dent in Liverpool’s fading title challenge in 2008-09, Arsenal’s new signing Andrei Arshavin put in the performance of his career in scoring all four goals for the visitors at Anfield six years ago.