FOOTBALL - Liverpool recorded their biggest top-flight Merseyside derby win since November 1982 (won 5-0 away), and biggest at home since March 1972 (also won 4-0). Check for more stats here.
FOOTBALL - On Monday, 23 December, Arsenal host Chelsea in a meeting between the highest ranked London-based sides in the 2013/14 Premier League table and the two most successful teams in London derbies in the Premier League era. Click on the picture to view the FULL Infographic.
FOOTBALL: Manchester United beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday, their 71st win against the Gunners in the top flight. See below for more facts on United, Moyes, RVP and the Gunners.
FOOTBALL - Luis Suarez scored twice in Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Fulham on 9 November. He equalled Robin van Persie, Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge as this calendar year’s current PL top scorer with 18 goals. But how many matches did they need to reach this mark? Click the read more button to find out.
FOOTBALL - Man City recorded their biggest ever Premier League win (previous best was 6-0 home v Portsmouth in Sept 2008) and equalled their biggest ever top flight win (also won 7-0 in Div 1 home v Burnley in Dec 1968 & v Bolton in March 1936). Norwich recorded their worst ever top flight defeat – their previous worst had been a six goal losing margin, which previously occurred three times in top flight history.
FOOTBALL - Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic became only the fifth goalkeeper to score a Premier League goal and the first to do so in the first half of a match. Regardless of position, his goal was the joint-fourth fastest goal in Premier League history.
FOOTBALL - Manchester Utd have failed to win successive PL home matches for the first time since 2007 – when they failed to win in three in a row, April-Aug 2007. Manchester Utd have recorded their joint-worst points tally from their opening four home matches in PL history – they also won five points from their opening four home matches in 2005/06.
FOOTBALL - At the conclusion of Saturday’s Premier League action three London-based clubs occupy the top three spots in the Premier League table. It is the first time this has happened since 23 October 2005, when Chelsea, Charlton Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur were first, second and third. The London clubs benefited from the fact that both Manchester sides lost on the same day for the first time since 13 September 2008.
With 40 Premier League matches played, only 78 goals have been scored, an average of under two per match. Whilst it is reasonable to expect this average to increase, Infostrada’s head of analysis @simongleave has found potential reasons for the low scoring as this is now happening more frequently in general, and more often at the beginning of the season.