Jc Counts to Five returns for week 17 of the Premier League, after a busy midweek. This week featured clashes at the top, boring derbies, and continued success for a former great team. Here’s some numbers.
190 – Matches between Citeh and Arse
The Cityzens have faced Arsenal more than any other opponent, this was their 50th victory. They can get to 50 against the Rags, Stoke and West Ham this season as well. This was the first Premier League match that Man City have won when trailing at half-time since November 2012 against Spurs. Arsenal have lost three already this season from a leading position this season, one more than all of last season. Bigly signee Petr Cech has now gone eight consecutive Premier League games without a clean sheet for the first time in his career, and the last one was a goalless draw. Ouch. Arsenal remain the only side yet to be trailing a Premiership game at half-time this season. Sanchez has been involved in more EPL goals in 17 games this season (12 goals, six assists) than in 30 games last season (17 total). Arsenal came in confident, with City reeling, only Chelsea, with seven, have won more Premier League away games at the Etihad than Arsenal’s six and they hadn’t lost consecutive league away matches since April 2014.
73 – Points for Chelsea in 2016
Chelsea have won the most PL points in 2016, but 45% of those have come in their current club-record tying 11 game winning run. All four teams to have previously won 43 or more points from their opening 17 games of a season have gone on to win the title in the PL era. Chelsea have also won the last four times they were top of the league at Xmas. Antonio Conte is the first Premier League manager to win 14 of his opening 17 games in the competition. He can thank the resurgent Diego Costa, who has scored more PL goals this season (13) than in the entire 2015-16 campaign (12). Thibaut Courtois came in having kept eight (now nine) clean sheets in his previous 10 (now 11) PL appearances, as many as he’d kept in his previous 33 in the competition.
610 – PL appearances for Gareth Barry
Bazza now only trails Ryan Giggs’ 632, after passing Fat Frank. It happened in a boring-ass Merseyside Derby, it had zero shots on target in the first half (only Swansea versus Sunderland in September achieved that dubious exploit) and it took 27 minutes for Liverpool to even touch the ball in the Everton box. That’s not good for life sustainment or football. But of course the Reds found a way to win the end, as they have won more games with a goal scored in 90+ minutes than any other team in Premier League history, with 29. Four of those have been at the expense of the Blues, no other side has been victimized more than twice. Jürgen Klopp becomes the first Liverpool manager in the since football was invented to win his first two Merseyside derbies in charge. The Sadio Mané goal in the 94th minute was the latest winning goal in a Merseyside Derby in the Premier League era. Everton came in having only won one of their last 19 Premier League Merseyside derbies but were maybe a bit optimistic having lost only one of the six played on a Monday.
11 – Goals for Zlatan in the PL
In his first 16 matches. Only Ruud van Nistelrooij had more in their first 16 for the club, it also ties another Dutchman, just saying, RvP with 11. Zlatan has 15 goals in all competitions, that’s 10 more than anyone else on that sorry club. The Zlatans have won 60% of their Premier League matches with Michael Carrick starting the last three seasons, but just 38% without him.
3 – Goals for Southampton against Bournemouth
Southampton scored as many goals in one match as they had in their last seven Premier League games combined. Both Bournemouth and Southampton scored with their first shot of the match. Nathan Ake has scored three goals in his last six EPL games, compared to just one in the previous 31. Jack Wilshere provided his first Premier League assist since September 2014 (for Arsenal versus Man City). Southampton came in having scored just four goals in their last eight Premier League, despite attempting 101 shots in those games.
0 – Home losses for Scunthorpe in 2016
Scunthorpe United are the first English league side to be unbeaten at home for a full calendar year since Manchester City in 2011.
(stats provided by Opta and independent research)