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10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 11

November 10, 2014 by Barrie

2 – Liverpool have kept only two clean sheets in their last 17 Premier League games.

2 – Kyle Naughton became the first player to receive two red cards in the Premier League this season when he was sent off late on in Tottenham’s home defeat to Stoke City on Sunday.

4 – Arsenal’s four wins in the Premier League this season have come against teams currently in the bottom seven.

5 – Oscar has been involved in five goals (3 goals, 2 assists) in his last seven Premier League appearances for Chelsea.

5 – Southampton have conceded less than half as many goals as any other team after 11 games.  Chelsea have the second best defensive record, conceding 11 goals.

6 – Alexis Sánchez has scored six goals in his last four Premier League games.

8 – Burnley recorded only their eight Premier League victory in 49 games after their 1-0 result against Hull City on Saturday saw Sean Dyche’s side pick up three points for the first time this season.

9 – Gylfi Sigurðsson has been involved in nine goals (2 goals, 7 assists) in 11 Premier League appearances since rejoining Swansea City for this season.  The Icelandic midfielder scored a stunning free kick against Arsenal on Sunday.

9 – Arsenal have dropped more points from winning positions than any other side in the Premier League so far this season after blowing a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at Swansea City on Sunday.  The Gunners only dropped nine points from winning positions throughout the whole of last season.

10 – Diego Costa scored his 10th Premier League goal in only his ninth appearance on Saturday – only Mick Quinn (6) has reached double figures in fewer appearances (Mark Viduka and Papiss Cissé also took 9).

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 10

November 4, 2014 by Barrie

0 – Queens Park Rangers are the only team yet to take a single point from sides currently in the top half.

1 – Sunderland won a Premier League game on a Monday night for the first time since 1 April 2002. The Black Cats had previously failed to win their previous 20 (D8, L12).

5 – Southampton have conceded half as many goals as the next best defence in the Premier League and are now Chelsea’s closest title contenders.

5% – Queens Park Rangers have now won only one of their last 19 away Premier League games in London (D3, L15).

7 – Alexis Sánchez has scored seven goals in his last seven Premier League appearances. The Chilean netted a brace in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Burnley this weekend.

31 – Michael Carrick is the 31st player used by Manchester United this season. More than they used throughout last season.

83% – Burnley have lost 20 of their 24 matches away from home in the history of the Premier League, winning just once.

100% – Newcastle have won all three Premier League games Steven Taylor has started this season and won 0/7 when he hasn’t started.

100% – José Mourinho has now won all six Premier League matches against Harry Redknapp following Chelsea’s 2-1 home win against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

200 – Roberto Martínez took charge 200th Premier League game at the weekend, drawing 0-0 at home to Swansea City. Everton remain on 199 home wins in the history of the Premier League.

All of Lionel Messi’s 250 La Liga Goals

November 1, 2014 by Barrie

Lionel Messi is two goals away from breaking Telmo Zarra’s record to become the all-time Spanish Liga top scorer.

The former Athletic Bilbao goal machine has held the record for more than half a century and scored his final league goal on 26 September 1954.

Like Zarra, Lionel Messi has scored all of his top flight goals for one club.  The Barcelona forward has won several more honours.

Messi failed to score in last weekend’s Super Clasico defeat to Real Madrid which included the Argentine missing a sitter inside the six-yard box when his side led 1-0.

One week later and Barcelona are at home to sixth-place Celta Vigo where the fans are expectant on their 27-year old to at least tie Zarra’s record with one goal.

Incredibly, Lionel Messi has scored his first 250 La Liga goals in only 286 games.  The record is coming and it could as early as today.

Here are Messi’s first 250 goals, including date and opposition:

Lionel Messi 250 La Liga goals
If you want to see nearly all of Messi’s goals, the video below is a compilation of Lionel Messi’s first 401 in all competitions, uploaded one month ago with his final goals in this video his brace versus Getafe on 27 September 2014:

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 9

October 28, 2014 by Barrie

0 – Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa has failed to attempt a single shot on goal in his last four Premier League matches having scored five goals in his first five matches following his summer move from Brighton and Hove Albion.

1 – Manchester City have now kept only one clean sheet in their last eight Premier League matches.

5 – Southampton’s Fraser Forster leads goalkeepers in the Premier League with five clean sheets.

5 – Liverpool have collected just five points from their last four Premier League matches at Anfield (W1 D2 L1).  Last season Brendan Rodgers’ side dropped just eight points at home (W16 D1 L2).

6 – Diafra Sakho is the first player to score in six successive appearances for West Ham in the Premier League.  The Senegalese striker is also only the second player in Premier League history to score in his first six appearances in the competition, after Mick Quinn for Coventry City in 1992.

7 – West Brom’s Saido Berahino is the highest-scoring Englishman so far in the Premier League this season, with seven goals.

8 – Gylfi Sigurðsson has been involved in eight goals (1 goal, 7 assists) in his nine Premier League appearances for Swansea City this season.

23 – Mario Balotelli has scored just one goal in his last 23 Premier League appearances.  The Italian is yet to score in seven league matches for Liverpool.

76% – Southampton’s Fraser Forster currently has the best saves-to-shots percentage of any goalkeeper in the Premier League so far this season (76%).

1500 – Alexis Sánchez’s second goal was Arsenal’s 1,500th goal in the history of the Premier League.  Only Manchester United have scored more (1706).

10 Interesting Stats from Champions League Matchday 3

October 23, 2014 by Barrie

1 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal at Anfield in his sixth appearance.  The Real Madrid forward now has an astonishing 20 goals in 13 competitive appearances this season.

3 – Liverpool were beaten by three goals in a Champions League match at Anfield for the first time. In the process, Real Madrid became the third side to score three goals at Anfield in this competition, after Barcelona and Chelsea.

4 – The last four penalties Petr Čech has faced (excluding shootouts) have failed to find the back of the net.

5 – Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano became only the second player in the history of the tournament to score five goals in a single game.  The Ukrainian side thrashed BATE Borisov 7-0 on Tuesday with all seven goals coming from Brazilians.  Lionel Messi’s the only other play to achieve this feat – Bayer 04 Leverkusen were the victims.

9% – English sides have won only one of their last 11 meetings versus Spanish opponents in the Champions League.  This was Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Real Sociedad under David Moyes last season.

10 – Manchester City have gone 10 games without a clean sheet in Europe’s elite club cup competition.

19 – Mario Mandžukić took his goal tally up to 19 in 23 Champions League appearances with one of Atlético Madrid’s five in their 5-0 thrashing of Swedish side Malmö.

40 – Only 1 October 1997 saw more goals (44) than Tuesday’s 40 in the history of the Champions League.

70 – Cristiano Ronaldo is now one goal behind the all-time Champions League top goalscorer Raúl.

85 – Iker Casillas record his 85th victory in the Champions League with a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday.  The Real Madrid and Spain legend has now won more games than any other player in the competition.

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