Sergio Agüero – I could not have timed it better

Sergio Aguero

After a slow opening half hour in which they found themselves 1-0 down at home to Newcastle United yesterday, Manchester City ran out empathic 6-1 winners to send them back to the top of the Premier League.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side had been on a three-game losing streak in all competitions before a late penalty saw them eventually overcome Borussia Mönchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Defensively, City looked poor without Vincent Kompany and largely relied on a combination of Joe Hart and poor finishing from Raffael to keep it at 0-0 and 0-1 at times.

The opening half hour of yesterday’s victory was similar. Poor defending saw them go 1-0 behind to Aleksandar Mitrović’s headed and then help of a linesman’s offside flag and later Joe Hart denying the Serbian striker a one-on-one, to keep the score at 0-1.

City started getting into the game in the final 15 minutes of the first half and a lovely cross from David Silva led to the equaliser – a close-range diving header from Sergio Agüero to take both sides into the interval, level.

Within 17 minutes of the second half restarting it was 6-1. Sergio Agüero had netted five goals before Manuel Pellegrini substituted the Argentine in hope that Wilfried Bony would get on the scoresheet. He didn’t.

The manager’s decision, with Agüero one goal from setting a new Premier League record of six goals in a single match, shows that he’s all about winning rather than records. Something that Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique arguably needs to take note from as his side have looked tired in their two defeats this season, both coming after busy schedules.

Yesterday morning, I published an article on Here is the City, titled: Will the real Sergio Agüero please stand up? An article about how Sergio Agüero hadn’t found his shooting boots so far this season. It was only a matter of time.

Timed perfectly. That and putting a £50 bet on the Argentine to win the Premier League Golden Boot this season (as well a tipping it on Twitter).

Sergio Aguero Golden Boot

If you joined me on that bet we can all get a healthy trade already. Obviously I regret not thinking to back Agüero netting a hat-trick yesterday but oh well.

The international break comes as bad timing straight after finding his shooting boots. A trip to South America means he may come back jaded, but with Diego Costa and Harry kane only netting one goal each so far this season and Wayne Rooney not looking like he’ll be competing for the trophy, it’s looking good. Keep an eye out for Anthony Martial though – his odds are very nice right now.

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 6

Anthony Martial

3 – Anthony Martial became only the third Manchester United player to score in each of his first two Premier League matches, after Louis Saha and Federico Macheda.  The young French striker already has three goals in 115 minutes since joining from AS Monaco at the end of the summer transfer window.

4 – Leicester City have fallen behind in each of their past four Premier League matches but have not lost any of them.  Claudio Ranieri’s side came from 0-2 at Stoke City this weekend to draw 2-2.

8 – Manchester United have come from behind to beat Southampton on eight occasions in the Premier League – more times than any side has versus a single opponent in the competition’s history.

10 – Sunderland have already conceded 10 goals in the first-half of Premier League matches this season.  Only Chelsea (12) have conceded 10+ goals overall.

11 – West Ham ended Manchester City’s winning streak at 11 games with a 2-1 win at the Etihad in Saturday’s evening game.  The winning streak had started versus the Hammers back in April.

15 – Arsène Wenger has won only one of his 15 matches versus José Mourinho as a manager in all competitions (D6, L8).

80% – 16 of Saido Berahino’s 20 Premier League goals have been scored in the West Midlands (14 at the Hawthorns, 2 at Villa Park).  The West Brom striker scored the only goal in their 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday.

136 – Kevin Mirallas was on the pitch for only 2 minutes 16 seconds as a substitute before being sent off a Swansea City.

482 – Arsenal have now gone more than five matches; 482 minutes without scoring against Chelsea in the Premier League.  The Gunners were controversially beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla were sent off.

572 – Manchester City had gone more than six games without conceding a goal in the Premier League before Victor Moses’ early strike for West Ham this weekend.

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 5

Anthony Martial

1 – Anthony Martial scored with his first-ever shot in the Premier League, helping Manchester United to a 3-1 victory over rivals Liverpool on Saturday.

2 – José Mourinho has lost back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since May 2006.  Chelsea already had the Premier League title wrapped up by then.

3 – Steven Naismith became the first player to score a hat-trick versus a José Mourinho Chelsea side this weekend as he bagged all three for Everton in their 3-1 win over the Blues.

6 – Manchester City have kept a club record six consecutive Premier League clean sheets, dating back to the final game of last season.

7 – Newcastle United have lost their last seven Premier League games on a Monday night.

11 – Manchester City extended their club record Premier League winning streak to 11 games as they were late 1-0 winners at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

11 – Theo Walcott has scored 11 goals in his last 11 Premier League starts.  The Arsenal striker netted the opener in their 2-0 win over Stoke City this weekend.

13 – No team have kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than West Brom since Tony Pulis’ first match in charge of the Baggies back in January (13).

72 – Manchester City #72 Kelechi Iheanacho is the holder of the highest shirt number to score in Premier League history.

100% – Louis van Gaal has won all three Premier League matches against Liverpool, seeing his side scored eight goals and concede only two during this run.  Manchester United have also won six of the last eight league meetings versus their rivals.

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 4

Arsene Wenger

0 – Tottenham Hotspur and Everton played out their eighth goalless draw in Premier League history.  The only other fixture to have seen so many scoreless games since the league re-branded in 1992 is the Merseyside derby.

1 – West Ham won at Anfield in the Premier League for the first time.  The Hammers thrashed Liverpool 3-0 in their 19th trip to the historic stadium in this competition.

2 – Chelsea have conceded two or more goals in each of their four Premier League matches this season.  The defending champions were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at home by Crystal Palace on Saturday.

8 – Arsenal’s 1-0 win a St James’ Park on Saturday was the Gunners’ eighth successive Premier League win against Newcastle.

9 – Swansea City striker Bafétimbi Gomis has scored nine goals in his last 10 Premier League games.

10 – Stoke City became the 10th team in Premier League history to be reduced to nine men before half-time.  Mark Hughes’ side were beaten at home 1-0 by West Brom and former manager Tony Pulis.

25 – Arsenal and Crystal Palace have collected more points away from home in the Premier League in 2015 than any other side.

54 – Arsenal have scored only three goals from their 54 attempts on goal this season, and two of these have been own goals.

91% – Arsène Wenger has won 10 of his 11 Premier League meetings versus Steve McClaren as a manager (L1).

180 – Watford have failed to register a single shot on target in each of their past two games.  West Brom’s Boaz Myhill was forced into a save in the final minute of their last match before the start of this streak.

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 3

Darren Randolph

3 – Liverpool left-back Joe Gomez has picked up a yellow card in each of his three Premier League games since joining from Championship side Charlton Athletic over the summer where he picked up two yellow cards in 21 league games last season.

4 – Tottenham Hotspur have already dropped four points from winning positions this season.  Mauricio Pochettino’s side took the lead in the 81st minute at Leicester City on Saturday before drawing 1-1.

4 – Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has been the Premier League top scorer after each of the first three games this season.  The Algerian currently has four goals.

7 – Pedro and César Azpilicueta became the sixth and seventh Spaniards to score for Chelsea in Premier League history (after Asier Del Horno, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Diego Costa and Cesc Fàbregas).

8 – Bafétimbi Gomis has eight goals in his last nine Premier League matches for Swansea City.

9 – Manchester City have won nine successive games for the first time in their Premier League history.

9 – Manchester City are the only team to have won their opening three games this season.

20% – There have only been six home wins from the 30 matches to start the 2015-16 season.

20 – Darren Randolph has conceded 20 goals in his last four matches versus Bournemouth.  The West Ham goalkeeper was part of their 3-4 home defeat this weekend having previously lost 8-0 and 4-2 to the Cherries in the Championship with Birmingham City last season.

34% – Liverpool’s 34% possession versus Arsenal on Monday night is the lowest they have recorded in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers.