Friday morning Nuggets Matchweek 20

  1. Liverpool had been on a run of 21 consecutive successful penalty conversions (Mo Salah scoring 15 of those) before Kasper Schmeichel saved his spot kick on Tuesday. His previous miss was over four years ago against Huddersfield on 28 October 2017.
  2. Mark Noble did not miss from the spot against Watford and his 27th successful penalty places him as the fourth highest in all-time Premier League, one ahead of Sergio Agüero, two ahead of Jamie Vardy and three ahead of Harry Kane. Top three are Shearer, Lampard and Gerrard.
  3. Norwich’s 3-0 loss at Selhurst was their 5th consecutive defeat, in which they have been scoreless, conceding 14 in the process. At the halfway stage Norwich have a goal difference of -34 as did Derby in their disastrous 2007/08 season.
  4. Mohammed Salisu’s red card was Southampton’s second of the season and the 23rd overall. The not so saintly Saints join Manchester United and Newcastle as the only clubs to have had more than one player dismissed in 2021/22.  
  5. Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Brentford was their 36th this calendar year – two more than the previous record in English top flight, held by Liverpool. City have conceded just one first half goal in their twenty matches so far this season, when Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring in 6th minute of Palace’s 2-0 win at The Etihad on 30 October.
  6. Norwich have only been ahead for 95 minutes of their 19 matches so far this season, 84 mins against Brentford and 11 against Southampton, both of whom they beat 2-1 in consecutive games in November.
  7. After Palace’s 3-0 win over Norwich the Eagles have now scored exactly the same number of goals [262] at home and away in their 483 Premier League matches.

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