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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. 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

    Football statistics , Competitions , Premier League
  5. A year of Jürgen Klopp

    Liverpool completed a season’s worth of Premier League games under Jürgen Klopp with a disappointing draw against arch rivals Manchester United, but there’s no doubt that the Reds’ hopes and ambitions have been significantly lifted since the arrival of the charismatic German.

    The first 38 league games of his Anfield reign gleaned 65 points and the equivalent of a sixth place finish in last season’s table. That is four points more than those gained in the first 38 games under previous boss Brendan Rodgers.

    Due to the attacking style that has become a Klopp trademark, it’s somewhat surprising that his charges have scored only two more goals, in this initial period, than the Rodgers Reds (73 compared to 71). Further evidence the current team is still a work in progress ...
  6. Arsene knows - 20 years of one Arsene Wenger

    At a time when it has once again been proved that just one day can be a long time in football, it is even more remarkable that it is now 20 years since Arsene Wenger was unveiled as the manager of Arsenal.

    Bruce Rioch had been sacked a week before the start of the 1996-97 season and the popular favourites to replace the former Bolton Wanderers boss were Terry Venables (fresh from the success of Euro 96) and the great Johan Cruyff.

    However, it was to be the virtually unknown “Arsene Who?”, as he was tagged by the London Evening Standard, who became the Gunners’ fifth manager since Terry Neill’s appointment 20 years earlier.

    His first captain at Highbury, Tony Adams, later confirmed the doubts amongst the senior players: “At first, I thought, what ...

    Updated 30th September 2016 at 01:28 PM by Veritas

    Milestones , Competitions , Premier League
  7. Will the Premier League see Video Assistant Referees soon?

    It’s been discussed and debated long and hard but, with a seemingly positive reaction to recent trials, the introduction of a video referee to more high profile games appears almost inevitable.

    After FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) agreed on the requirements of the video assistant referee (VAR), the first trial games took place in August in a match between New York Red Bulls II and Orlando City B in the third division of the United Soccer League.

    The VAR experiment is based on four categories; confirmation of goals, confirmation of penalties, red card incidents and mistaken identity.
    The VAR roadshow moved to Europe in September with the friendly international meeting between Italy and France in Bari.

    The experiment ...
  8. Will history repeat itself as Leicester try to win the Premier League again?

    The Premier League is well underway and the clubs are already beginning to show what they’re made of. With the Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho rivalry continuing over the Manchester Derby, with Manchester City coming out on top, to Leicester battling as the reigning champions, there’s a lot of speculation about whether Leicester will be able to win the League once again this season. We’re taking a look at the chances of history repeating itself this season, and whether another team will become the champions.

    The Leicester team hasn’t changed too much in terms of signings and sales, however there is one big player that the squad will miss dramatically, and that is N’Golo Kante. Kante has now signed for Chelsea, and was a key player in the Leicester midfield ...
  9. Aguero gives early notice in Premier League top goal scorer race

    Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has continued his stunning form in 2016 to take the early advantage in staking a claim to the title of the Premier League’s top scorer in 2016-17.

    With a fourth minute penalty against Sunderland on the opening day, the former Atletico Madrid striker extended his league return in the calendar year to 18 goals in 19 games.

    Of course, the title currently rests on the young shoulders of Harry Kane who will be hoping to revive the form that deserted him during England’s summer Euro campaign in France. The Tottenham Hotspur marksman netted 25 times last season; one ahead of Aguero and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

    The latter played a crucial role in the Foxes’ sensational title-winning campaign and he’ll be determined to prove ...
  10. A magnificent seven challenge for the Premier League title.

    With the arrival of world-class managers and eye-watering sums available for investment in the transfer market, the competition for the Premier League title is widely acknowledged to be more open than ever before.

    The majority of pundits have agreed that at least seven of the 20 contenders have genuine claims but where the golden ball will land when the richest roulette wheel in football comes to a rest is probably more difficult to deduce as the season kicks-off than it has ever been before.

    Manchester City’s intentions are clear with the recruitment of arguably the best manager in the game in the shape of Pep Guardiola. Anything less than a third Premier League crown being housed in the Etihad boardroom next May will be regarded as failure.

    The target ...
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