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  1. Premier League stats - Week 13 in review

    Here’s this week’s selection of some of the stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games.

    In their 89th game, Burnley’s loss to Manchester City was their 50th defeat in the Premier League (won 19) while Dean Marney’s goal was the Clarets' 50th Premier League goal at Turf Moor.

    Hull City captain Michael Dawson has now scored two goals in his last three Premier League appearances after scoring twice in his previous 108.
    With two wins and five draws, Ipswich Town in 1962 are the only reigning league champions to have made a worse 13-game start to the defence of their title than Leicester City (three wins and four draws).

    At 17 years and 42 days, Ben Woodburn has become the second-youngest player to appear for Liverpool in a league ...
  2. Premier League stats - Week 12 in review

    Here’s this week’s selection of some of the more interesting stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games.

    As a consequence of Arsenal’s late equaliser, Manchester United have now drawn three league games in a row at Old Trafford for the first time since April 1992.

    With Yaya Toure making a two-goal return to the Manchester City ranks, Crystal Palace are now the only Premier League team yet to keep a clean sheet in this season.

    Having been denied a win at Everton, Swansea City have now equaled their worst-ever 12-game start to a league season. They also won one and drew three of their first 12 games in 1983-84 in League Division Two (now League Championship).

    Two of Liverpool's last five Premier League games have now ended ...
  3. A glimpse at Premier League stats so far in 2016-17

    After just 12 matches, the 2016 season is already offering its fair share of statistical surprises. Here we drill down into the winners and losers so far:

    Most wasteful top scorer:


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – 59 shots and just six goals
    Back in October, the Metro ran a headline declaring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be the Premier League’s “most wasteful top scorer”. Indeed, during a run of six matches without a goal, he actually had 42 shots on goal. The fact that he was unable to convert during this time led some to believe he may have lost his edge. Others attributed the problem to bad luck.

    During the Red Devils’ home match against Burnley, the striker let fly 12 times but was unable to hit the net. He did much better in the last match ...
  4. The Ultimate Underdog XI

    Everyone loves an underdog story, whether it is in football or any other great underdog moment as seen in the history of the greatest underdogs that beat the odds, the plucky no-hopers who defy the odds and topple giants of the game, and football has many examples. So here’s our ultimate underdog eleven. If they could ever appear on the pitch together we think they’d be unbeatable.

    1. Frank Borghi USA
    Long before “soccer” took hold in America their national team caused one of the biggest international upsets of all time. In the 1950 World Cup USA took on a star-studded England team. Following a shock goal by Joe Gaetjens to put the Americans 1-0 up, keeper Frank Borghi valiantly kept out all English attempts to score – and sporting history was made.

    2. Francois
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    Updated 8th November 2016 at 05:21 PM by 11v11

    Categories
    Football statistics , Milestones , History
  5. Premier League Week 11 in review

    Here are some of the notable stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games.

    Sunderland's win at AFC Bournemouth was their first in this Premier League season. It came after the joint-worst ten-game start in the competition's history (two points). Despite such a bad start, the Black Cats were now only one point worse off than at the same stage in the previous season.

    Burnley now occupied a position in the top-half of the Premier League for the first time in their history. With their late equaliser at Manchester City, Middlesbrough have now scored 250 goals in their away games in the Premier League.

    Glenn Whelan’s own goal at West Ham United means Stoke City have now conceded 250 goals in their away games in the Premier League. ...

    Updated 8th November 2016 at 05:08 PM by 11v11

    Categories
    Football statistics , Competitions , Premier League
  6. Ronaldo, a season of records

    by Andy Teixeira

    After a mixed season which included narrowly missing out to Barcelona in the Liga BBVA, Ronaldo played a significant role in Real Madrid winning its 11th Champions League title. As well as making a great contribution to the team effort and he also beat several individual records this season.

    An overview of Ronaldo’s fantastic season:

    On 17 October, after scoring against Levante UD, Ronaldo became Real Madrid's all-time record goal scorer with 324 goals, exceeding the legendary Raul.

    On 8 December, he scored four goals in the Champions League against Malm? FF and beat the record for goals in the Champions League's group stage, with eleven goals in six games.

    On 3 March, after scoring four goals in the Liga BBVA ...
  7. Gareth Barry tops the starters menu

    The sacking of Roberto Martinez brings a disappointing season towards an ignominious close at Everton but, amid the doom and gloom, there is a reason for a cheer around the Goodison Park ranks.

    Although the Toffees’ final away game of the 2015-16 campaign at Sunderland did mean they had won only one of their last ten league games, it was a notable occasion for veteran midfielder Gareth Barry as he became a new record breaker.

    It was the 35 year-old’s 572nd start in his Premier League career, so beating the competition record held by ex-England keeper David James.

    Almost 18 years ago to the day, the former Manchester City man made his first full appearance in the Premier League as a centre-back for Aston Villa against Arsenal at Villa Park on 10 ...
  8. The first 21st century player

    The 2015-16 Football League season came to a close on Sunday (8 May 2016), and those of us whose youth is but a distant memory have been made to feel just a little bit older.

    Midfielder Callum Styles was selected on Bury's subs bench for the first time in their League One game against Southend United at the JD Stadium.

    He substituted Anthony Dudley in the 75th minute to become the first player born in the 21st century to appear in England's top four divisions.

    Callum's Shakers youth team colleague Rob Harker, who was also born in March 2000, was selected on Bury's bench for the League One game against Bradford City on 5 March 2016 but did not come on.

    Bury ended the campaign on a high note with a 3-2 win against Southend featuring ...
  9. Nine yellow cards for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea

    Amid the euphoria of Leicester City’s magnificent and historical title success (needless to say, our heartiest congratulations to all concerned), new Premier League ground was also broken elsewhere on Monday night.

    In the title crunch game at Chelsea, nine yellow cards were shown to Tottenham Hotspur players; the first time in the competition’s history that nine different players from one team had been shown yellow.

    Considering the importance of the game, Cup Final referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to be in an especially lenient mood during the early stages of the exchanges.

    Despite an increasingly highly charged atmosphere, only Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose (that’s three of the back four) had gone into the book in the first-half.
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  10. Can anyone stop Leicester City winning the Premier League?

    Leicester City appear destined for one of the greatest upsets in football history in winning the Premier League. Yet, five points adrift Tottenham Hotspur still dream of glory and even Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refuses to give up hope whilst there is still a mathematical possibility of a fourth Premier League title. So what does historical precedent tell us about each side's claim on the Premier League history?

    In the table below we look at the margin of difference between the team in first place in the Premier League and those in second and third place, where the leader ended up, who became champion and how many points they achieved.

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