Saturday Morning Nuggets 03/09

  1. Fulham have scored seven goals in their three home matches, which is only two fewer than they managed at Craven Cottage in the entire 2020/21 season. They have scored at least twice in all three matches, something they only achieved two times in their previous PL season.
  2. Liverpool’s 9-0 demolition of Bournemouth brought about Scott Parker’s dismissal, but it’s worth noting that the club which suffers the heaviest defeat does not necessarily get relegated. Only a dozen times out of 30 seasons has this happened.
  3. Arsenal’s five successive wins matches their best ever start to a PL campaign in 2004/05, when they finished as runners-up. They drew their 6th game 2-2 with Bolton.
  4. By contrast, Leicester have matched their worst start to a PL campaign collecting just one point and having lost four on the trot. In 1994/95 they also collected a single point in their first five matches and were relegated. 
  5. Lewis Dunk’s own goal in Brighton’s defeat at Fulham was his 6th which puts him 5th equal in the all-time rankings behind Richard Dunne [10], Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Phil Jagielka [all on 7].
  6. There have been 11 OGs already this season, compared to 2021/22 when there were four after five matches; at the current rate there will be a record number this season, beating the previous high of 49 in 2013/14.
  7. Erling Haaland’s hat-tricks against Palace and Forest were the 17th by a Manchester City player out of the last 53 scored since January 2018. That is one more than Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have scored between them over the same period.

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