20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 16 ft. Chelsea & Unai Emery

1 – In their 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, Manchester City conceded more than one goal for the first time this season.

2 – Manchester City went behind in a Premier League for only the second time this season.

2 – There were just two shots on target in the Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield Town match – the fewest in any single Premier League game this term.

3 – Pep Guardiola has now lost three league games against Chelsea – more than against any other side as a manager.

6 – Wolverhampton Wanderers have now won six of their 16 Premier League games so far this season – more than they accomplished in the whole of their last top-flight campaign (5 in 2011-12).

7 – There were seven cards shown in the first half of Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield (7 yellows) – the most in the first half of a single Premier League game since January 2011.

8 – Eden Hazard has assisted eight goals so far this season – the most in the Premier League, and one in each of his last three games.

12 – Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge (W7, D5).

14 – Unai Emery have made 14 substitutions before the start of the second half this season.

16 – Arsenal have not led at half-time in any of their 16 Premier League games under Unai Emery (D12, L4 at HT).

16 – Tottenham’s tally of 36 points from 16 games is their best ever start to a Premier League campaign.

16 – Liverpool’s Alisson has never lost a Premier League game (W13, D3).

22 – Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma has been shown 22 yellow cards in his 38 Premier League appearances.

27 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 27 goals in his 29 Premier League appearances (20 goals, 7 assists).

40 – Fulham have now conceded 40 goals in their opening 16 games this season – only Barnsley in 1997-98 (43) have conceded more at this stage of a Premier League season.

45 – It took 45 minutes for Chelsea to register their first shot of the match at Stamford Bridge against Manchester City.

49 – All 49 of Javier Hernández’s Premier League goals have come from inside the penalty area.

50 – Crystal Palace lost their 50th London derby in the Premier League (W21, D20).

67% – Everton’s Séamus Coleman has scored two own goals in his past three Premier League appearances against Watford.

80% – Cardiff City have won four of their last five Premier League games at the Cardiff City Stadium (L1).

100 – Juan Mata has now been involved in 100 goals in his Premier League career – 50 goals and 50 assists.


20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 15 ft. Man Utd & Aleksandar Mitrović

1 – Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Crystal Palace was the Seagulls’ first-ever midweek victory in the Premier League (D3, L3).

1 – None of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mané were in Liverpool’s starting lineup for the first time this season.

2 – Huddersfield Town have now won just two of their past 19 Premier League games (D6, L11).

2 – Lucas Pérez became the first West Ham United player to score a brace as a substitute in a Premier League game since Paulo Wanchope in April 2000 (against Newcastle United).

3 – Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek has scored three goals in his last three Premier League appearances.

7 – Harry Kane has now scored seven goals in his previous seven Premier League appearances versus Southampton.

7 – Richarlison has scored seven goals in 13 Premier League appearances for Everton, two more than he managed in 38 games for Watford last season (5).

7 – Ryan Fraser has provided seven assists for Bournemouth so far this season – more than any other player in a single Premier League campaign for the Cherries.

7 – Manchester United’s Anthony Martial has scored seven goals in his last seven Premier League starts.

8 – Everton are now unbeaten in their last eight midweek Premier League matches (W4, D4).

9 – Each of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ previous nine Premier League goals at Molineux have been scored in the second half.

10% – Brighton have lost just one of their past 10 Premier League matches at the Amex Stadium (W5, D4).

13 – Jesse Lingard’s equaliser for Manchester United against Arsenal came just 13 seconds after the restart.

15 – Arsenal have not led at half-time in any of their 15 Premier League matches under Unai Emery (D11, L4 at HT).

15 – José Mourinho has only lost one of his 16 Premier League matches versus Arsenal (W7, D8).

18 – Newcastle United are winless in their last 18 midweek Premier League matches (D9, L9).

50 – James Milner has now scored in 50 different Premier League matches as not lost any of them.

58% – Seven of Newcastle United’s 12 goals this season have been headers – the highest ratio in the Premier League.

60% – Aleksandar Mitrović has been directly involved in 60% of Fulham’s 15 Premier League goals this season (7 goals, 2 assists) – the highest ratio for a club of any player in the top flight.

2007 – Aboubakar Kamara became the first French player to score a Premier League goal for Fulham since Philippe Christanval in January 2007.

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 14 ft. Cardiff & Raheem Sterling

2 – Burnley have won just two of their past 19 Premier League games (D5, L12).

2 – N’Golo Kanté has as many Premier League assists this season as he did in his previous two Premier League seasons for Chelsea combined.

3 – Cardiff City have won three of the past four Premier League home games in which they have conceded the opening goal.

4 – Felipe Anderson has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games after netting only one in his first 10 appearances for West Ham United.

6 – Raheem Sterling has scored in all six of his Premier League appearances versus Bournemouth.

8 – Harry Kane has now scored eight goals in North London Premier League derbies – the joint most in the competition’s history (with Emmanuel Adebayor).

9 – Cardiff have picked up nine of their 11 points this season from losing positions.

14 – Chelsea 2-0 Fulham was the 14th occasion that a former Chelsea manager returned to Stamford Bridge in a Premier League game and failed to win (D5, L9).

14 – Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Jamie Vardy has won more penalties than any other player.

24 – Arsenal have scored more goals in the second half than any other team in the Premier League so far this season.

40% – Chelsea have scored 12 of their 30 goals in the final 15 minutes of games in the Premier League this season – more than any other side.

40 – Tottenham Hotspur have dropped more points from winning positions against Arsenal in the Premier League than they have against any other side in the competition.

55 – Mathias Jørgensen’s goal after 55 seconds for Huddersfield Town in their loss to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday was the fastest scored in the Premier League this season.

75% – Newcastle United have lost six of their eight matches at St James’ Park to start the season (W2).

85% – Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League matches, winning 17.

100% – Leicester City have won all five of their Premier League matches at home against Watford.

100% – Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored with each of his last 10 shots on target.

100% – All 48 of Javier Hernández’s Premier League goals have been scored inside the penalty area.

395 – Theo Walcott has played 395 minutes of Premier League action at Anfield but has never scored.

1000 – Pedro’s opener for Chelsea was their 1,000th home goal in Premier League history.

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.