Jc Counts to Five returns for a sad, very sad, week 15 of the Premier League, plus some midweek action. This week featured home dominance, lots of goals again, return to form for champs Leicester and droughts broken. Here’s some numbers.
10 – Straight wins for Chelsea
Chelsea have won 10 or more Premier League games in a row for the third time, the first club to do so. Arsenal hold the record at 14 straight and have done double digits twice, as has Liverpool and those people. Citeh went 11 in a row in 2015. Diego Costa has scored with six of his last ten shots on target in the PL. Before the weekend, Chelsea had scored in nine consecutive halves of EPL football at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have won seven of their eight PL home games this season, one more than they’d won in their previous 21 at Stamford Bridge.
34 – PL goals for Jamie Vardy at LCFC
Vardy is now the leading Premier League scorer for the Foxes with 34 goals, overtaking Emile Heskey and the legend Muzzy Izzet (33 each). He scored his first hat-trick in his 85th Premiership appearance. He also ended a drought that went 16 matches and 741 minutes. Way to go Pep, nice throwback to last season. Serial hugger (ask Jc) Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal was Man City’s first shot on target of the match versus Leicester. Before Wednesday only Crystal Palace, Hull City and Sunderland had kept fewer clean sheets than Manchester City’s two (now a glorious three). Man City conceded twice in the opening five minutes of a PL game for the first time since October 2006 versus Wigan. Coming into the match against Watford (who had two shots) Claudio Bravo had allowed seven goals on the last 10 shots on target faced in the Premier League. Citeh had come in having won their last six fixtures against PL defending champions, last losing to Chelsea in March 2011. Oops. But Claudio Ranieri has now won eight of his nine Premier League games against Manchester City. Wait, what? How?
1 – Goal for an Armenian in the PL
There have now been players of 96 different nationalities to score a Premiership goal following Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s strike. The Armenian gave Tottenham back-to-back losses in Premier League away games for the first time since March 2014.
14 – Home goals for Burnley
Burnley have scored as many home Premier League goals this season as they managed in their last PL season in 2014-15. They’ve done so with flair, as only Liverpool, with seven, have scored more goals from outside the box than Burnley’s six in the EPL this season. Burnley have never lost at Turf Moor to Bournemouth in any competition, now at 13 attempts.
11 – Previously unbeaten streak for Liverpool
Even though the Reds’ 11-match unbeaten run ended last weekend, there was no panic as the ‘Pool have never lost back-to-back PL matches under Jurgen Klopp. Probably out of fear.
0 – Away wins for Matchday 15
For the first time this season, there have been no away wins in a round of Premier League matches (there were three in matchday 16). There was more goals scored Saturday, 29, than on any other previous day with six Premier League games or fewer. Saturday also marked the first time since May 8 1993 that six home Premier League teams have scored three or more goals on a single day in the PL. That’s every single one there kids. Weird.
(stats provided by Opta and independent research)