Premier League Week 32 in review

Welcome to our weekly review of some of the leading stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games.

Tottenham Hotspur’s unstinting pursuit of title favourites Chelsea has seen them equal a club record of 11 consecutive home victories in the top division in the same season. They also achieved the feat in 1921-22 when they finished as runners-up to Liverpool under manager Peter McWilliam.

Spurs’ Watford win on Saturday lunchtime briefly reduced the gap to a tantalising four points but Chelsea later restored their advantage with victory at AFC Bournemouth. It was the Blues’ 19th win in their 22 games in this season against the teams currently outside of the top six.

Down at the bottom, Sunderland appear to be doomed after becoming only the fourth team in Premier League history to fail to score in seven consecutive games and the first since Derby County in 2007. The Black Cats’ run without troubling the scorers has been extended to 11 hours and 15 minutes.

Middlesbrough’s increasingly forlorn hopes of retaining their Premier League status suffered another blow by being involved in their seventh goalless draw in this Premier League season. That’s at least three more than any other team as Burnley kept their third clean sheet in their last four games.

Manchester City’s win against Hull City saw them become the eighth team to win 200 home games in the Premier League. They also became the second Premier League team to score 100 goals in all competitions in this season after Arsenal.

It was a Monday night of joy for Crystal Palace but despair for Arsenal. It was the Eagles’ first win against the Gunners since October 1994, their first victory against their London rivals at Selhurst Park since November 1979 and the first time they had ever scored three goals against them in a senior game.

Romelu Lukaku’s remarkable goalscoring form continued as he became the first player to score in seven consecutive home games in the Premier League since Luis Suárez for Liverpool in 2013-14 and the first Everton player to score in eight consecutive home games since Fred Pickering in 1964-65.

Liverpool had to rely on a Brazilian brace from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to come from behind to win at Stoke City but not before Ben Woodburn, at 17 years and 175 days, became the third youngest player to start a Premier League game for the Reds after Jordon Ibe and Michael Owen.

In Southampton’s 800th away game in the top division, West Bromwich Albion suffered their 600th home league defeat. Since the Football League kicked-off in 1888, only Notts County have lost more league games on their home turf (633).

On the day that West Ham United became the ninth club to play 800 games in the Premier League, Swansea City succumbed to their 20th league defeat of 2016-17. The only previous season when the Swans have lost more games in the top division was in 1982-83 (21 defeats in 42 games).

And finally, Norwich City’s hopes of an immediate return to the Premier League are virtually over but they can’t be accused of not battling away until it’s mathematically impossible. Their 7-1 win against Reading was their biggest league win since an 8-1 victory at Shrewsbury Town in Division Three (South) on 13 September 1952. It was also the first time that the Canaries had scored six goals in the first-half of a game since a 6-1 win against Luton Town in the Southern League on 21 April 1908.

Premier League Week 32 in review

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