20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 1 ft. Arsenal & Romelu Lukaku

0 – Swansea City didn’t have a single shot on target in their 0-0 draw at Southampton.

1 – Alexandre Lacazette scored with his first touch as a Premier League player.

2 – Chelsea became the second reigning Premier League champions to lose their opening game of the following campaign (after Leicester City last season).

2 – Sadio Mané has scored with his first shot on target in each of the past two seasons.

2 – Gary Cahill and Cesc Fàbregas’ red cards mean that Chelsea have picked up more red cards in the opening game of this season than they did through their entire 2016-17 campaign (0).

3 – Romelu Lukaku has now scored on his Premier League debut for West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Manchester United.

5 – Chelsea received more cards than any other team this weekend (3 yellows, 2 reds).

6 – Sergio Agüero has now scored six goals in his seven opening day Premier League games.

7 – Seven players have now scored on their Premier League debut for Arsenal (Steve Bould, Kevin Campbell, Freddie Ljungberg, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Thomas Vermaelen and Alexandre Lacazette).

7 – Chelsea have picked up two red cards in a single Premier League game for the seventh time.

10 – Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel faces more shots on target than any other team this weekend.

10 – Southampton have never won an opening day fixture at home in the Premier League (D6, L4).

11 – Harry Kane has not scored a single Premier League goal in the month of August (11 appearances).

13% – Following Frank de Boer’s loss this weekend, of eight Dutch managers to take charge in the Premier League, only Guus Hiddink has won his first game.

19 – Crystal Palace and West Ham were awarded the most free kicks.

22 – Arsenal are unbeaten in all 22 Premier League matches versus Leicester City (W15, D7).  Odds of 1/2 could be found on the Gunners pre-game with BettingTop10.

27 – Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mat Ryan attempted more passes than any outfield teammate in their 2-0 loss to Manchester City.

29 – Southampton registered more shots than any other Premier League team this weekend.

78% – Seven of Southampton’s last nine Premier League games have been goalless at half-time.

2000 – West Bromwich Albion’s Rekeem Harper became only the second player born this century (8 March 2000) to play in the Premier League (after Manchester United’s Angel Gomes).

Romelu Lukaku becomes Manchester United’s 101st Premier League Goalscorer [Full List]

£75 million summer signing Romelu Lukaku became Manchester United’s 101st goalscorer in Premier League history with his opening goal in the Red Devils’ 4-0 thrashing of West Ham this afternoon.

The Belgian scored a brace before Anthony Martial scored his 16th in the competition and Paul Pogba scored his sixth in the Premier League to wrap up an emphatic win.

Lukaku’s brace means he has now scored joined Dennis Bergkamp for 87 Premier League goals in his career, equal 36th in the all-time Premier League top scorers chart.

At only 24 years of age the United striker has a chance of catching up and overtaking leader Alan Shearer on 260 goals should he spend the majority of his career in England.  If he can average 25 goals a season for the next seven years it would bring him to that figure.  That’s not out of the question given he is currently United’s sole striker with lots of playmakers around him.

The full list of Manchester United’s 101 Premier League goalscorers is as follows:

Rank Player Goals
1 Wayne Rooney 183
2 Ryan Giggs 109
3 Paul Scholes 107
4 Ruud van Nistelrooy 95
5 Andrew Cole 93
6 Ole Gunnar Solskjær 91
7 Cristiano Ronaldo 84
8 Eric Cantona 64
9 David Beckham 62
10 Dimitar Berbatov 48
10 Robin van Persie 48
10 Dwight Yorke 48
13 Javier Hernández 37
14 Mark Hughes 35
15 Roy Keane 33
16 Teddy Sheringham 31
17 Louis Saha 28
18 Juan Mata 27
19 Nani 26
20 Andrei Kanchelskis 23
21 Nicky Butt 21
22 Danny Welbeck 20
23 Paul Ince 19
23 Park Ji-sung 19
23 Carlos Tevez 19
26 Darren Fletcher 18
26 Denis Irwin 18
26 Brian McClair 18
29 Michael Carrick 17
29 Zlatan Ibrahimović 17
29 Lee Sharpe 17
32 Anthony Martial 16
33 Nemanja Vidić 15
34 Antonio Valencia 14
35 Steve Bruce 11
35 Ashley Young 11
37 Diego Forlán 10
37 Ander Herrera 10
37 John O’Shea 10
37 Marcus Rashford 10
41 Jordi Cruyff 8
41 Marouane Fellaini 8
41 Gary Pallister 8
44 Patrice Evra 7
44 Rio Ferdinand 7
44 Ronny Johnsen 7
44 Chris Smalling 7
44 Alan Smith 7
44 Juan Sebastián Verón 7
50 Shinji Kagawa 6
50 David May 6
50 Paul Pogba 6
50 Mikaël Silvestre 6
54 Rafael 5
54 Anderson 5
54 Quinton Fortune 5
54 Adnan Januzaj 5
54 Jesse Lingard 5
54 Phil Neville 5
54 Gary Neville 5
54 Michael Owen 5
54 Karel Poborský 5
63 Daley Blind 4
63 Jonny Evans 4
63 Radamel Falcao 4
63 Federico Macheda 4
63 Henrikh Mkhitaryan 4
68 David Bellion 3
68 Wes Brown 3
68 Tom Cleverley 3
68 Ángel Di María 3
68 Darron Gibson 3
68 James Wilson 3
74 Henning Berg 2
74 Alexander Büttner 2
74 Luke Chadwick 2
74 Memphis Depay 2
74 Dion Dublin 2
74 Owen Hargreaves 2
74 Phil Jones 2
74 Kléberson 2
74 Romelu Lukaku 2
74 Kieran Richardson 2
74 Bryan Robson 2
85 Laurent Blanc 1
85 Jesper Blomqvist 1
85 Fábio 1
85 Matteo Darmian 1
85 Mame Biram Diouf 1
85 Chris Eagles 1
85 Keith Gillespie 1
85 Josh Harrop 1
85 Gabriel Heinze 1
85 Henrik Larsson 1
85 Paul Parker 1
85 Nick Powell 1
85 Marcos Rojo 1
85 Giuseppe Rossi 1
85 Morgan Schneiderlin 1
85 Bastian Schweinsteiger 1
85 Jaap Stam 1

Alexandre Lacazette becomes Arsenal’s 111th Premier League goalscorer [Full list]

Alexandre Lacazette’s goal after 82 seconds in Arsenal’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Leicester City on the opening night of the 2017-18 Premier League season saw the club’s record signing become their 111th goalscorer in Premier League history.

Despite taking a very early lead, Arsenal twice fell behind to the visitors before two goals in the final 10 minutes ensured that Arsène Wenger’s side got off to a winning start.

Danny Welbeck had made it 2-2 in first half stoppage time, scoring his 11th Premier League goal of the club – 1 more than Mathieu Flamini to move him into sole position as the 37th highest scorer for Arsenal since the league was rebranded in 1992.

Two substitutes scored the two most important goals for Arsenal – Aaron Ramsey with an excellent first touch and finish meant he is now tied for 13th position in the Gunners’ scoring chart – as many as Kanu scored during his time in North London.

Olivier Giroud’s winner was his 100th for the club in all competitions and his 70th in the Premier League.  The French striker is still 17 goals behind Dennis Bergkamp in fourth spot however.

As for Lacazette, he is has now scored as many Premier League goals for Arsenal as the likes of John Jensen, Jérémie Aliadière and Scott Marshall!

Here is a complete list of Arsenal’s Premier League goalscorers:

Rank Player Goals
1 Thierry Henry 175
2 Ian Wright 104
3 Robin van Persie 96
4 Dennis Bergkamp 87
5 Olivier Giroud 70
6 Theo Walcott 65
7 Robert Pirès 62
8 Alexis Sánchez 53
9 Emmanuel Adebayor 46
9 Fredrik Ljungberg 46
11 Cesc Fàbregas 35
12 Sylvain Wiltord 31
13 Kanu 30
13 Aaron Ramsey 30
15 Paul Merson 28
15 Patrick Vieira 28
17 Santi Cazorla 25
17 Marc Overmars 25
19 Nicklas Bendtner 24
20 Nicolas Anelka 23
20 Andrey Arshavin 23
20 Kevin Campbell 23
20 Mesut Özil 23
24 Ray Parlour 20
25 Lukas Podolski 19
25 Tomáš Rosický 19
27 Samir Nasri 18
28 Gilberto Silva 17
28 Laurent Koscielny 17
30 José Antonio Reyes 16
31 Abou Diaby 14
31 Mikel Arteta 14
31 John Hartson 14
34 David Platt 13
34 Thomas Vermaelen 13
36 Tony Adams 12
36 William Gallas 12
37 Danny Welbeck 11
38 Mathieu Flamini 10
40 Lee Dixon 9
40 Gervinho 9
40 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 9
40 Emmanuel Petit 9
40 Kolo Touré 9
45 Sol Campbell 8
45 Marouane Chamakh 8
45 Ashley Cole 8
45 Alan Smith 8
45 Davor Šuker 8
50 Edu 7
50 Aliaksandr Hleb 7
50 Alexandre Song 7
53 Eduardo da Silva 6
53 Lauren 6
53 Denilson 6
53 Jack Wilshere 6
57 Emmanuel Eboué 5
57 Alex Iwobi 5
57 Andy Linighan 5
57 Per Mertesacker 5
61 Héctor Bellerín 4
61 Yossi Benayoun 4
61 Gilles Grimandi 4
61 Stephen Hughes 4
61 Francis Jeffers 4
61 Martin Keown 4
61 Bacary Sagna 4
61 Philippe Senderos 4
61 Nigel Winterburn 4
70 Joel Campbell 3
70 Pascal Cygan 3
70 Paul Dickov 3
70 Chris Kiwomya 3
70 Sylvinho 3
70 Jermaine Pennant 3
70 Julio Baptista 3
70 Mikaël Silvestre 3
70 Carlos Vela 3
70 Christopher Wreh 3
80 Steve Bould 2
80 Jimmy Carter 2
80 Calum Chambers 2
80 André Santos 2
80 Kieran Gibbs 2
80 Anders Limpar 2
80 Shkodran Mustafi 2
80 Stefan Schwarz 2
80 Paul Shaw 2
80 Giovanni van Bronckhorst 2
80 Granit Xhaka 2
91 Jérémie Aliadière 1
91 Gaël Clichy 1
91 Paul Davis 1
91 Gabriel Paulista 1
91 Mathieu Debuchy 1
91 Johan Djourou 1
91 Serge Gnabry 1
91 Glenn Helder 1
91 David Hillier 1
91 Justin Hoyte 1
91 Carl Jenkinson 1
91 John Jensen 1
91 Anthony Lacazette 1
91 Stefan Malz 1
91 Scott Marshall 1
91 Fran Mérida 1
91 Nacho Monreal 1
91 Steve Morrow 1
91 Lucas Pérez 1
91 Sébastien Squillaci 1
91 Paolo Vernazza 1

The Most Common Premier League Scorelines

With 25 seasons of Premier League action behind us after the English top flight rebranded in 1992, this summer has been about looking back at the records and statistics from over the years.

One of the most fascinating to look at has been the most common scorelines over the years.  With 9,746 matches played there have been plenty to look at.

Would you be surprised to hear that 1-0 has come out on top?  In fact, 18%, or 1,782 Premier League matches have finished 1-0 to either the home or away side.

The next most common scoreline has been 2-1, which has occurred on 1,455 occasions.  1-1 sits in third.

Remarkably, there have been seven unique scorelines in Premier League history:

Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town (4 March 1995)
Portsmouth 7-4 Reading (29 September 2007)
Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 Reading (29 December 2007)
Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan Athletic (22 November 2009)
Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal (28 August 2011)
Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle United (29 December 2012)
West Bromwich Albion 5-5 Manchester United (19 May 2013)

The 10,000th Premier League game will take place in February 2018 – currently scheduled to be a 3pm Saturday kickoff, but FA Cup replays could disrupt the fixture list to alter that.

A full list of every Premier League result can be found here.

The below graphic shows the number of occurrences each scoreline has taken place in the Premier League.  Please feel free to share this on your social media accounts:

Bournemouth End of Season Review

Bournemouth defied expectations last season when they avoided relegation straight back to the Championship.  The minnows have certainly upsets the odds under manager Eddie Howe for two straight seasons now after gaining promotion from the second tier in 2015-16 when few expected them to do so.

Despite a good run at the end of the season that saw them take 20 points from their final 12 games, losing only twice, the south coast club are one of the three favourites for relegation this season by the majority of bookmakers.

This despite the south coast making some astute signings already this summer.  Goalkeeper Asmir Begović has joined from Chelsea for £10 million after previously impressing with Stoke City for five Premier League campaigns.  In front of him Bournemouth have signed Nathan Aké from the champions as well after a brief loan spell last season that coincided with Bournemouth’s best defensive spell on the season.  The young Englishman also chipped in with a couple of goals.

Jermain Defoe has also joined the club he had a loan spell at at the start of the millennium.  The striker turns 35 in October and did have a quiet spell for the second half of last season but that was with Sunderland.  Don’t be surprised to see the former-England international appear on the scoresheet a fair few times this campaign.

One player they have lost from last season is Jack Wilshere.  The Arsenal midfielder spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at the Vitality Stadium.  The 25-year-old has since returned to the Emirates and been linked with a move away from the club this summer.

Bournemouth, who are officially sponsored by Mansion Group, owner of gaming brands like Casino.com, are one club linked with a move for the England international and if they could get both a deal agreed with the player and Arsenal then it would seem a smart move.  The box-to-box midfielder was composed in the middle of the park looking after the ball in a midfield five.  He can pull the strings in the opposition half whilst do some defensive work when out of possession also.

Whilst Wilshere’s never been a goalscorer (0 goals in 27 Premier League appearances last term) and only registered two assists, his link up play with the defence and attack is important in a side like Bournemouth who like to retain a lot of possession and don’t have the best of defences.  No Bournemouth player actually had more than five assists last season anyway.  Wilshere actually averaged more chances created than any of his teammates too.

With their three summer signings so far the Cherries are certainly showing their intent to beat off the bookmakers’ predictions of relegation.  A few more additions may need to be added and if Jack Wilshere could be one of them it would certainly put a stronger message out to the rest of the field that they’re here to stay.