20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 13 ft. Spurs & Mark Hughes

0 – Arsenal and Cardiff City are the only two teams yet to lead at half-time in a single Premier League game so far this season – though the Gunners have gone on to win eight of those 13 fixtures.

1 – Crystal Palace picked up their first-ever point at Old Trafford in the Premier League era at the 10th attempt (D1, L9).

1 – Fulham recorded their first Premier League win in 10 matches (D2, L7).

2 – Cardiff have scored two goals away from home so far this season – the fewest in the Premier League.

3 – Tottenham Hotspur have won three of their past four Premier League fixtures against Chelsea – as many as they had won in their previous 20 against them (W3, D9, L8).

3 – After losing just two of their opening 10 games in the Premier League this season (W6, D2), Bournemouth have lost their past three in a row.

4 – Arsenal have already won as many away games this season (4 of 6) as they did in their entire 2017-18 Premier League campaign.

4 – Leicester City have received four red cards in the Premier League this season – twice as many as any other side.

6 – Manchester City became the first side from outside London to win six consecutive top-flight games in the capital during the Premier League era.

6 – Mohamed Salah has now scored six goals in his three league appearances against Watford.

8 – Manchester City have conceded only eight goals in their past 19 Premier League fixtures (W16, D3, L0).

11% – Brighton & Hove Albion have lost just one of their last nine Premier League matches at the Amex Stadium (W4, D4).

13 – Wolverhampton Wanderers have lost 13 of their past 19 home Premier League matches (W2, D4).

14% – Mark Hughes has won just three of his 21 Premier League games as manager of Southampton.

17 – Manchester City have scored 17 goals in their four visits to the London Stadium, beating West Ham United on each occasion.

19 – Manchester United are unbeaten in all 19 Premier League fixtures against Crystal Palace, winning 15.

22 – Tottenham have won more Premier League London derbies than any other side since Mauricio Pochettino took charge.

31% – 20 of Manchester United’s 65 0-0 draws in the Premier League era have come in the six seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

60% – Everton have won six of their past 10 Premier League games at Goodison Park (D3, L1).

71% – Everton’s 71% possession in their 1-0 win over Cardiff City on Saturday is their most under Marco Silva.


Who could Manchester United sign to strengthen in January?

Manchester United’s crushing 3-1 derby defeat to Manchester City in the last round of Premier League fixtures left José Mourinho’s side streets behind their main rivals, with prospects of a successful season looking increasingly slim.

Mourinho’s men currently lie 8th in the Premier League as we return from the November international break, 12 points behind leaders City and seven points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur after just 12 league games, with a minus goal difference to boot.

After making their worst start to a campaign for 29 years, performances had improved in recent weeks, notably after successive away wins at Bournemouth and at Juventus in the Champions League.

But defeat at the Etihad brought United crashing back down to earth. If Manchester United are to even make the top four now this season, investment is likely needed in January to shake-up their jaded squad.

United are currently odds against with bookmakers to make the top four this season, with all five of their major rivals fancied ahead of them and Mcbookie betting offers for 2018 have the Red Devils available at a best-price of 9/2 to qualify for next season’s Champions League through their league position.

With the transfer window opening in a little over six weeks, here are three signings that United could target in the new year to improve their fortunes and close the gap on their rivals:

Toby Alderweireld

Manchester United have struggled to keep clean sheets so far this season but David De Gea shouldn’t take much of the blame, having kept his side in many games this season.

At centre-back rather, consistent errors have been made. Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelöf are the latest pairing but neither are really the authoritative leader at the back United need. Mourinho appears to have fallen out with United’s best central defender, Eric Bailly, and the Ivorian international has not played in over a month.

Toby Alderweireld at Tottenham would provide such a solution and Mourinho came close to signing him in August, just missing out before the summer deadline. With the 29-year-old’s contract running down at Spurs however, the Belgian might be available at a bargain in January.

Mourinho may try and sign the Belgian again at the earliest opportunity, with United 11/2 favourites with Ladbrokes to sign him before 1 February.

Tottenham have kept five clean sheets in the 11 Premier League fixtures that Alderweireld has started this season, including the 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford in August.

The former Southampton man is also averaging more clearances and tackles per game than both Smalling and Lindelöf this season.

Aaron Ramsey

Another player who is running down the remaining months of his contract, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will also be available for a cut-price deal in January or faces leaving the Emirates on a free in the summer.

The centre of midfield might not be a priority for Mourinho, but if the opportunity to sign Ramsey presents itself he would surely be a great addition to the squad and at 27 still has some years left of his prime to become a great value signing.

Though United already have Paul Pogba as the attacking midfielder and with Juan Mata another option there, Ramsey could still hold down a place in United’s first team.

The Welsh international has four assists and one goal in 12 Premier League appearances (6 starts) already this season – Pogba is the only United midfielder to be involved in more goals than Ramsey so far this season, and even then the 2018 World Cup winner has played more than 400 minutes more in the Premier League this season.

Javier Hernández

If there’s one area where United need reinforcements other than at centre-back, it’s probably at centre forward, where Romelu Lukaku has been in terrible form of late while Alexis Sánchez remains out of the fold.

Anthony Martial’s return to the side and Marcus Rashford’s return to form have meant that United have not struggled for goals in recent weeks, but this side remains light on firepower. So why not consider Javier Hernández?

The Mexican is still only 30 and doesn’t appear to be enjoying life at West Ham, while he could provide competition for places up top as well as being an impact player off the bench.

After joining the club, Mourinho spoke of his disregard for the transfer policies of his United predecessors and was quoted as saying, “I would never sell Chicharito”.

Chicharito previously scored 37 goals in 103 Premier League appearances for Manchester United, of which 54 of these were from the substitutes bench.

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 12 ft. Spurs & Maurizio Sarri

0 – Leicester City failed to score in a Premier League game for the first time this season – the final club to fire a blank this season.

0 – Fulham are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet so far this season.

4 – This is the first time in the Premier League era that Manchester United have lost as many as four of their opening 12 fixtures.

5% – Brighton & Hove Albion have won just one of their past 20 Premier League away matches (D5, L14).

6 – Watford’s José Holebas has been involved in more Premier League goals than any other defender so far this season (2 goals, 4 assists).

7 – Tottenham Hotspur have won their last seven Premier League matches versus Crystal Palace.

8 – Chelsea and Everton played out their eighth goalless draw in the Premier League era. Only Everton versus Liverpool has seen more in the competition’s history (9).

8 – Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero has scored eight Premier League goals against Manchester United – only Alan Shearer has scored more (10).

9 – Cardiff City have conceded the opening goal on nine occasions already this season – more than any other team.

9 – Huddersfield Town have scored just nine goals in their past 22 Premier League matches.

12 – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri became the first manager in Premier League history to remain undefeated in his first 12 games in charge (W8, D4).

12 – This is the first time in Premier League history that three clubs have remained unbeaten in their opening 12 games to start a season (Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea).

24 – Everton are winless in their last 24 Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge (D11, L13).

31 – Fulham have conceded 31 goals from their first 12 league games this season – the most in the Premier League.

40% – Chelsea have kept clean sheets in 21 of their 53 matches against Everton in the Premier League era.

71% – Liverpool have kept 10 clean sheets in their past 14 Premier League matches at Anfield.

93% – 14 of the past 15 Premier League meetings between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace have been goalless at half-time.

100% – Liverpool have won all nine home Premier League games under
Jürgen Klopp against newly-promoted sides.

146 – Tottenham have now had 146 different goalscorers in the Premier League – more than any other team in the competition’s history

615′ – Southampton’s opening goal in their 1-1 draw with Watford was their first in the Premier League that wasn’t from the penalty spot in 615 minutes.

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 11 ft. Man City & Javier Hernández

2 – Southampton centre-back Wesley Hoedt has already registered two own goals this season.

3 – Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has assisted in three consecutive Premier League appearances as a substitute.

5 – Crystal Palace have taken just five points from their past 10 Premier League matches.

6% – Only one of Watford’s 16 efforts on goal in their 1-0 loss at Newcastle United was on target.

7 – Arsenal are winless in their last seven Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D3, L4).

7% – Cardiff City have won just one of their past 15 Premier League games D3, L11).

8 – Arsenal have won more points from losing positions than any other side so far this season.

9% – Manchester United have kept just one clean sheet in their opening 11 Premier League matches this season. The Red Devils kept eight in their first 11 fixtures last season.

9 – Southampton are winless in their nine previous games at the Etihad Stadium since winning their very first game there (D1, L8).

10  Arsenal substitutes have been involved in 10 Premier League goals this season (6 goals, 4 assists).

11 – All 11 of Richarlison’s Premier League goals have come under manager Marco Silva (11 in 33 appearances compared to 0 in 14 apps under Javi Gracia).

13 – Pedro has been on the winning side of all 13 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge in which he has scored.

14 – Huddersfield Town ended a run of 14 Premier League games without a win by beating Fulham 1-0 on Monday night (D5, L9).

17 – Only Jermain Defoe (24) and Olivier Giroud (19) have scored more goals as a substitute in Premier League history than Javier Hernández (17).

43 – Manchester City are unbeaten in their past 43 Saturday 3pm Premier League kick offs (W37, D6).

43% – Three of Newcastle’s seven Premier League goals this season have been scored by substitutes.

55% – Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town and Southampton have all failed to score in six of their 11 Premier League games this season – a divisional high.

81% – José Mourinho has won 17 of his 21 Premier League meetings against English managers with Manchester United (D4, L0).

150 – Sergio Agüero scored his 150th goal in only his 217th Premier League appearance.

505′ – Danny Ings’ consolation penalty for Southampton in their 1-6 loss at Manchester City was their first goal in 505 minutes of Premier League action.

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 10 ft. Man City & Sadio Mané

3 – Manchester City have conceded just three goals in their first 10 games this season.

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

4 – Only Steven Gerrard has scored more Premier League goals at Old Trafford as a visiting player (5) than Everton’s Gylfi Sigurðsson.

5 – Manchester City have won all five of their Premier League games in London in 2018 (versus Arsenal twice, Tottenham twice and West Ham).

5 – All five of Granit Xhaka’s Premier League goals for Arsenal have come from outside the penalty area.

6 – Brighton striker Glenn Murray has scored six goals in his last eight Premier League starts.

10 – Newcastle United have failed to win any of their first 10 games for the first time in the Premier League era.

10 – Maurizio Sarri is the first Chelsea manager to be unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League games in charge (W7, D3).

13 – Since the start of last season, Crystal Palace have won more (13) and scored more penalties (10) in the Premier League than any other side.

19 – Aymeric Laporte remains undefeated in the Premier League (W17. D2) – the Spaniard has played more games without losing than any other player in the history of the competition.

19 – Sadio Mané has been on the winning side in all 19 Premier League matches in which he has scored at Anfield for Liverpool.

19 – Southampton’s Nathan Redmond has had 19 shots in the Premier League this campaign – more than any other player yet to score a single goal so far this season.

28 – Fulham have conceded 28 goals already this season – the joint-most after 10 games in Premier League history (tied with Barnsley in 1997-98 and Southampton in 2012-13).

33 – Since the start of last season, Mohamed Salah has been involved in 33 goals in 24 Premier League appearances at Anfield (23 goals, 10 assists).

37% – Ten of Willian’s 27 Premier League goals for Chelsea have come from outside the penalty area.

50% – Two of Tottenham Hotspur’s four Premier League defeats at Wembley Stadium have been against Manchester City.

75% – 18 of Arsenal’s 24 Premier League goals this season have come in the second half.

100 – Manchester United have scored 100 Premier League goals against Everton – more than against any other side.

476′ – Southampton haven’t scored in any of their last five Premier League games since a 2-2 draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion in September.

918′ – Callum Paterson’s goal for Cardiff City was the first Liverpool have conceded in 918 minutes at Anfield in the Premier League.