Welcome to our weekly review of some of the leading stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games.
Southampton bounced back from the disappointment of last week’s EFL Cup Final defeat with a spectacular 4-3 win at Watford. It meant that they had scored four goals or more in consecutive away games in the top division for the first time in their history.
It was only the second time that the Saints had scored four goals in a senior game at Watford. They also won 4-0 at the Cassio Road ground in the Southern League on 11 February 1905.
Chelsea restored their ten-point lead at the top of the table on Monday night with their first win at London Stadium. Hosts West Ham United grab a late consolation with a goal from Manuel Lanzini who has now scored eight goals in 12 London derbies in the Premier League, compared to four goals in 38 games against teams from outside of London.
As a result of their Saturday tea-time meeting, Liverpool are now unbeaten in their nine games so far in this Premier League season against the other current top six teams (won five) while troubled Arsenal have now not won any of their last 11 away league games against the current top six (lost six).
At lunch-time, controversy reigned in the Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth game where, less controversially, former United trainee Josh King became only the 14th player in Premier League history to score a penalty at Old Trafford for the opposing side.
Fellow Cherry Drew Surman also became the 40th visiting player to be sent-off at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
With his 61st goal, Romelu Lukaku surpassed the record previously held by current coach Duncan Ferguson to become Everton’s leading scorer in the Premier League. 23 year-old Romelu still has some way to go though before emulating the Toffees’ all-time record scorer. The great Dixie Dean scored an incredible 383 goals between 1925 and 1937.
Marko Arnautovic scored both the goals in Stoke City’s two-nil win against Middlesbrough to become the third Potter to reach the 20 goal mark in the Premier League after Jon Walters (41) and Peter Crouch (37). He also joined ex-Wigan Athletic midfielder Paul Scharner as being the leading Austrian goalscorer in the Premier League with 21 goals each.
Andre Gray’s penalty at Swansea City was only the second goal that Burnley have scored in the first-half of their 13 away games so far in this season. His second goal was the 100th goal that the Clarets have scored in the Premier League after 103 games.
Leicester City’s revival saw Hull City’s relegation worries increase, although it was a day to remember for the Tigers’ Sam Clucas. The former Foxes youth player netted his first Premier League goal which means he has now scored in the Conference, League Two, League One, League Championship and Premier League in consecutive seasons.
Manchester City continued their current up-turn in form as they equaled their club record of ten away wins in a Premier League season (also 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2014-15) as they pushed Sunderland nearer the relegation trapdoor. City have now kept clean sheets in each of their last five away games in league and cup.
Finally, Tony Pulis became the 12th manager to take charge of 300 Premier League games but the Baggies boss’ day was ruined as one of his former clubs Crystal Palace left The Hawthorns with a comfortable victory.