Premier League Nuggets

We all love football nuggets – those fun facts and startling stats that range from the quirky to the quintessential and back again. The new, revised edition of Premier League Nuggets is out and available in all good bookshops and through the usual online retailers.

14/02/22 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweeks 24 & 25

  1. Teemu Pukki’s goal after 39 seconds against Palace was the fastest PL goal this season. It was the Finn’s 6th goal of the season out of a total of 14 for Norwich, he has scored 17 of the Canaries’ last 40 PL goals.
  2. Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick against Norwich was 7th in PL this season and Sterling’s 5th in PL, with his last three all coming away from home.
  3. Ezri Konsa’s red card in their match with Leeds was his second of the season, he is the only player to be sent off more than once in 2021/22. 
  4. In their six matches in 2022 Watford have scored one goal.
  5. Martinelli’s sending off at Molineux was Arsenal’s third this season, more than any other club, and their 101st in the Premier League.
  6. Man City have kept 15 clean sheets in their 25 matches, at a rate of 60%.
  7. Brentford and Palace have played out two goalless draws, which happens to be both clubs’ only 0-0s this season.

24/01/22 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 23

  1. In their 188 away games Norwich have scored at least 3 goals 16 times and in very first PL season they did it 5 times including winning 4-2 away at Arsenal on opening day.
  2. Watford became the second side this season to have a player sent off and concede an own goal, as did their opponents on Friday, Norwich who did so when losing 7-0 to Chelsea.
  3. Since beating Man United 4-1 at Vicarage Road in November, Watford have lost their last five matches at home.
  4. Ryan Fraser finally broke his run of games for Newcastle without being on winning side in his 24th game against Leeds. 
  5. Brighton have now drawn 12 of their 22 matches, if they continue at that rate, they will beat the record for most draws, of 18 in a 42-match season and 17 in a 38-match season.
  6. Liverpool racked up their 10th consecutive win over Palace, during which time they have scored 29 and only conceded six.
  7. Talking of one-sided runs, in 30 PL matches at Stamford Bridge vs Spurs, Chelsea have won 19, drawn ten and only lost once. 

17/01/22 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 22

  1. Jack Harrison’s hat-trick at West Ham was Leeds’ fourth successive Premier League treble scored away from Elland Road after Patrick Bamford at Villa October 2020, Mark Viduka at Charlton April 2003 & Robbie Fowler at Bolton December 2001.
  2. Norwich’s two goals in two minutes against Everton on Saturday was only the third time in their previous 39 PL matches that they have scored more than one goal in a game. 
  3. Michael Keane’s own goal was the 55th Everton have conceded in Premier League – the most by any club, Villa are next with 48.
  4. In the last four Brighton Palace PL meetings goals have been scored in 87th, 95th, 95th and 90th minutes. 
  5. In Brentford’s last two matches they have conceded seven goals, at arate of 3.5 having conceded only 26 in their previous 19 matches, at a rate of less than 1.5.
  6. Manchester City’s clean sheet against Chelsea was their 8th out of 11 matches at The Etihad this season.
  7. Philippe Coutinho scored on his Villa debut, his last PL goal was over four years ago, on Boxing Day 2017 against Swansea.

04/01/22 Tuesday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 21

  1. Gabriel’s sending-off against Manchester City was his second in Premier League and Arsenal’s second this season. More significantly, it was the Gunners’ 100th in Premier League history, and they have never had a season without a red card [Friday’s The Football Mine blog will cover this in more detail].
  2. West Ham’s 3-2 victory at Selhurst Park was the fifth game out of their last ten in which there have been five goals, having beaten both Chelsea and Liverpool 3-2, Watford 4-1, and lost 3-2 to Southampton.
  3. In Wolves’ last eight matches no side has scored more than one goal and there have been a total of five goals – three goalless draws and five 1-0s.
  4. Wolves have scored 14 goals, the second lowest this season but have amassed 28 points, with each goal being worth two points.
  5. Brentford’s six wins this season have come in six different months. Wissa’s opening goal was the Bees’ first from outside the penalty area and he becomes the only Brentford player to score more than once at home, where their dozen goals have been scored by eleven different scorers. 
  6. Man City’s win at Arsenal was their 11th successive in the Premier League. Their last  domestic losses in all competitions have all come against London clubs – Palace in Premier League, West Ham in Carabao Cup, Chelsea in the FA Cup. 
  7. We are just over halfway through the season and there have been 544 goals at a rate of 2.85 per match [20/21: 2.69]. 23 red cards, on course for 46 [20/21: 48] & 15 OGs, on course for 30 [20/21: 38]. 

27/12 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 19

  1. Yesterday’s win over Leicester was Man City’s 35th in 2021 and with 47 points at halfway stage they could still break the 100 barrier as they did in 2017/18. 
  2. City last conceded three goals at the Etihad in September 2020 to none other than Leicester who on that occasion beat them 5-2. 
  3. Wilfried Zaha’s sending off against Tottenham leaves just one club without a red card this season and that is Burnley, who hold the PL record having gone 108 matches since Robbie Brady was dismissed in January 2019. Here’s a closer look at the Clarets’ remarkable run –
  4. After 18 matches Norwich have scored nine goals and at that rate of one every two matches they will amass just 19 goals all season, which will beat the record of twenty jointly held by Derby [2007/08] and Sheffield United [2020/21].
  5. Brentford’s defeat at the AmEx ended Brighton’s longest winless PL run of eleven matches. The Bees were also the first team to lose to both Norwich and Burnley this season.
  6. Reece James’ own goal against Villa was fourteenth this season but the first since MW14 – the longest gap between own goals this season.
  7. West Ham have won only two of their last eight PL matches – both 3-2 wins against Chelsea, who have lost only one other match this season and Liverpool – the Reds’ only league defeat. 

20/12 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 18

  1. Leeds’ 7-0 defeat to Manchester City is the worst in their 524 Premier League matches, eclipsing their 6-1 loss to Portsmouth in November 2003 and Leeds went down that season, their only PL relegation.
  2. The better news for Leeds is that in 14 of the last 17 seasons the clubs who suffer the heaviest defeats have avoided relegation (they currently share the heaviest loss with Norwich) .
  3. After their 4-0 loss to Manchester City Newcastle have conceded 41 goals in 18 matches – the most by any club. If they continue at that rate they will let in over 86 goals during the season and only Derby in 2007/08 have conceded more in a 38-match season – 89.
  4. Manchester City’s win at St. James’ Park was their 34th league victory in the calendar year, beating the previous record of Liverpool’s 33 in 1982.
  5. Against Liverpool Harry Kane scored his first goal at home since 16th May against Wolves.
  6. Andy Robertson’s red card was the 21st of this season and Liverpool’s first. This leaves only two clubs without a red – Burnley, who are currently on a record run of 108 consecutive games without a red – and Crystal Palace.
  7. The 2-2 draw was the Reds’ 28th successive game that they have scored, they are still a long way from the record of 55 by Arsenal set between May 2001 and November 2002.

13/12 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 16

  1. Brentford’s ten goals at home this season have been scored by ten different players breaking the record of nine set by both Liverpool and Wimbledon in inaugural PL season of 1992/93.
  2. Talking of Liverpool, their 1-0 victory over Villa was 26th consecutive PL match in which they have scored. Last time they failed to score was 7 March when losing 1-0 at home to Fulham.
  3. Manchester City have not conceded a goal at home to a non-London club for over 8 months since losing 2-1 to Leeds, whom they play tomorrow night…
  4. In nine games played there were eight penalties, all of which were converted, which matches Norwich’s goal tally this season.
  5. A Matchweek for centurions – Raheem Sterling scored his 100th PL goal, Ederson kept his 100th clean sheet for City and Jan Tieleman’s two goals came in his 100th PL appearance.
  6. There were seven home wins and only one away win, so far this season there have been twenty more home victories [68] than away [48].
  7. Palace’s 3-1 win over Everton ended a run of 13 winless games [6 losses, 7 draws] against the Toffees and their first PL home victory over them since 1994 when Andy Preece scored the only goal of game.

6/12 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 15

  1. Man City’s 3-1 win at Vicarage Road continued this remarkably one-sided fixture. City have won their last 11 Premier League meetings vs Watford with a hefty aggregate score of 40-5. Add in their three FA Cup meetings over that period and the tally reaches 53-7 in 14 meetings.
  2. Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Palace was their first PL clean sheet at Old Trafford in 15 matches. They last did so when also winning 1-0 against another London club, West Ham in March.
  3. Chelsea’s loss at the London Stadium broke a run of seven consecutive wins in away derbies, which stretched back to Boxing Day 2020 when they lost 3-1 to Arsenal.
  4. Newcastle finally won a game at the 15th attempt. While they avoided getting closer to matching Sheffield United’s record of 17 games without a victory from the start of the season, it did equal their longest winless run in the PL (May 2011-November 2011).
  5. Sergi Canos’ own goal against Spurs on Thursday was 13th this season and Brentford’s first in the PL.
  6. In Leeds’ last two matches they have scored in 94th minute to beat Palace & in 95th minute to draw with Brentford.
  7. If Arsenal score once at Goodison tonight they will match the highest number of goals by one club against another, which stands at 112 by Man United against Newcastle. Both clubs are on 99 red cards so either could be first to a century of dismissals.

29/11 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 13

  1. Newcastle still winless after 13 matches, now only five away from breaking the record set by Sheffield United, who beat none other than Newcastle after 17 games without a win from start of last season.
  2. Everton’s loss at Brentford was 71st consecutive game in which they haven’t managed to muster 20 shots.
  3. Manuel Lanzini’s late consolation at The Etihad was only the third goal Man City have conceded at home this season in seven matches, the other two were against Palace.
  4. In Claudio Ranieri’s six games as Watford manager there have been 25 goals, averaging just over four per game.
  5. Liverpool have scored at least three goals in eight of their thirteen PL games this season and there have been exactly 50 goals – For 39 Against 11.
  6. Burnley’s match against Spurs was the first to be postponed because of the weather since Man City-West Ham in February 2020, which was caused by Storm Ciara.
  7. Jadon Sancho’s goal at Stamford Bridge was only fifth goal Chelsea have conceded and third from open play.

22/11 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 12

  1. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s dismissal was the 6th so far this season, there were only 4 in whole of last season. The record is 10 in 2013/14 & 2017/18.
  2. Harry Maguire’s red card on Saturday was the 16th of the season and United’s second and they are the only club to receive more than one so far.
  3. There were 7 home wins this weekend & only one away – that is the most home wins since opening day of the season.
  4. Daniel James’ goal against Spurs on Sunday was the first non left-footed goal Leeds have scored for exactly 3 months – the last was by Klich vs Everton on 21st August.
  5. Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Arsenal was their 6th consecutive win over The Gooners at Anfield with an aggregate score of 22-4.
  6. There were 36 goals scored this weekend, 2nd most this season and it means there have been 338 in 120 matches, last season there were 339 at this stage.
  7. In their last 8 PL matches at The Etihad City have scored 21 goals & conceded only 4 – two to both Palace & Chelsea. The last goal they let in at home from a non-London club was over 7 months ago against Leeds on 10th April.

08/11 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 11

  1. Alisson’s own goal against West Ham was 11th in PL this season. While Eric Bailly’s was the second that Man United have conceded this season.
  2. After 110 PL matches there have been exactly the same number of home wins as away wins – 40 each.
  3. Norwich’s win at Brentford was their first in the PL for 21 matches stretching back to 28th February 2020 when they beat Leicester 1-0. It was first time they have scored more than once in a PL match since drawing 2-2 with Spurs in December 2019.
  4. After Daniel Farke and Dean Smith were dismissed, there have already been five managerial sackings (Bruce, Munoz, Nuno) – an average of one every two weeks.
  5. Liverpool’s loss to West Ham ended the only unbeaten record in all four English divisions, it was also first time the Reds hadn’t scored at least 3 goals in an away match this season.
  6. There were only 20 goals scored in MW11 – the lowest this season.
  7. In the last 4 MWs the number of goals have all been in 10s as follows: MW8 – 30; MW9 – 40; MW10 – 30; MW11 – 20.

01/11 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 10

  1. Ezri Konsa’s dismissal was the thirteenth red card in the PL this season. All 13 have been for different clubs.
  2. Norwich’s last 20 PL matches (10 this season, 10 at end of 2019/20) have yielded 2 points. Won 0 Drawn 2 Lost 18; Goals For 4 Goals Against 49 Goal Difference -45
  3. This weekend there have been 7 away victories in 9 matches. Away wins [38] now outnumber home [35] for first time this season.
  4. The matches involving all six London clubs were won by a margin of at least two goals.
  5. In Man City’s previous 5 matches at the Etihad they had scored 17 without reply. Before their 2-0 defeat to Palace they had lost only once at 3pm on Saturdays in their previous 50 matches. On 22nd December 2018 they lost 3-2 to none other than Palace.
  6. Sunday’s win over Villa was David Moyes’ 999th game as a manager, his 593rd in PL and Jarrod Bowen’s goal was 800th in Moyes’ PL career.
  7. Saturday was Pep Guardiola’s 200th PL game, City have only lost 10 home games out of 100 – Man United [3], Chelsea [2], Palace [2], Leeds, Leicester & Wolves.

25/10 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 9

  1. Amongst the rubble of Norwich’s 7-0 shellacking at Stamford Bridge, Max Aarons scored their second own goal of the season, matching their goal tally at the other end, both scored by Teemu Pukki.
  2. Amidst the demolition of Man United, Mo Salah notched his fourth PL hat-trick, the first by an opposition player in PL at Old Trafford and also became the highest scoring African with 107 overtaking Didier Drogba (104).
  3. Paul Pogba’s red card was the eleventh of this season and all have been for different clubs. It was the 17th in a Man United Liverpool match – the most of any PL fixture.
  4. There were 40 goals scored in the ten matches, easily the highest overall goal tally of the season, previous highest was 34 in MW1.
  5. Palace will be disappointed with only drawing at home to Newcastle but it does mean for first time in PL they have been unbeaten in their first 5 home games. In 9 of their 12 seasons they lost their first game at home.
  6. There were three hat-tricks: Mount, King and Salah. The last time there were three hat-tricks in a Matchweek was 25th/26th October 2019 – Vardy, Perez & Pulisic. Apart from Mount’s, all were scored for the away side.
  7. Liverpool’s away record this season in all competitions is oddly brilliant having scored 27 in following sequence – 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 3 & 5.

18/10 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 8

  1. Manchester United’s loss at Leicester ended a run of 29 away matches without defeat in Premier League, beating previous record of 27 set by Arsenal in 2003/04.
  2. Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Brentford was their 7th consecutive victory in an away London derby, a Football League record. They last lost in an away derby on Boxing Day 2020, 3-1 at The Emirates.
  3. Norwich collected their second point of the season in a goalless draw with Brighton, it was the Canaries’ 100th all-time Premier League draw.
  4. Watford’s 5-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool was Claudio Ranieri’s worst ever defeat in his 226th Premier League match.
  5. Eric Dier’s own goal was 8th this season, all by different clubs.
  6. Steve Bruce’s 1,000th game in charge was his 476th in Premier League, 6th most on all-time list after Wenger, Ferguson, Redknapp, Moyes and Allardyce.
  7. United’s defeat at the King Power was the first time Bruno Fernandes had lost an away match in the Premier League.

03/10 Monday Morning Nuggets – Matchweek 7

  1. Burnley may have drawn a blank against Norwich but they reached 100 consecutive Premier League games without a red card.
  2. Vicarage Road’s revolving door keeps spinning following Xisco Munoz’s departure after 10 months in charge. Watford are now looking for their fourteenth different manager since 2012.
  3. Michael Olise and Jeffrey Schlupp scored as substitutes in the 2-2 draw with Leicester. After Odsonne Edouard’s brace against Spurs, that means four goals have been scored by Palace subs so far, compared to three in whole of last season.
  4. Matt Targett’s own goal was Villa’s 48th in Premier League, only Everton with 54 have conceded more.
  5. Sadio Mane scored his 99th Premier League goal against Man City (21 for Southampton) while Mo Salah notched his 103rd.
  6. 24 goals scored in 10 matches which continues remarkable consistency of last six Matchweeks – MW2: 25, MW3: 26, MW4: 23, MW5: 24, MW6: 26, MW7: 24
  7. This is the first Premier League season where four clubs – Burnley, Newcastle, Norwich & Southampton – are still winless after 7 matches.

02/10 Clarets not red-faced

As Burnley prepare to meet bottom club Norwich they are looking to extend their consecutive run of PL matches without a red card to 100

27/09 Monday Morning Nuggets -Matchweek 6

  1. Norwich’s defeat at Goodison was their 16th consecutive PL loss – they are now only 4 behind record held by Sunderland.
  2. Gabriel Jesus scored his 52nd PL goal for Man City and in those 44 games City have never lost.
  3. Burnley have now gone 99 PL games without a red card.
  4. Jamie Vardy scored twice vs Burnley as well as an own goal. He joins Gareth Bale, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney in scoring for both sides in a game.
  5. Emile Smith Rowe scored his ninth goal for Arsenal vs Spurs and Arsenal have won all nine.
  6. Andros Townsend’s penalty was the 600th PL goal Norwich have conceded.
  7. Arsenal’s win over Tottenham was their 600th in the PL, third club to so after Man United & Chelsea.

26/09 Arsenal join the 600 Club

Arsenal’s win in the North London Derby is their 600th in the Premier League & they become third club to reach that milestone after Man United and Chelsea. More such Nuggets here #ARSTOT

20/09 Monday Morning Nuggets -Matchweek 5

  1. Brentford registered their first PL away win as well as their first PL red card vs Wolves
  2. Sadio Mane scored for 9th consecutive game vs Palace matching Robin van Persie’s run vs Stoke
  3. Lucas Digne’s own goal at Villa Park was Everton’s 54th in PL history – the most by any club
  4. In beating West Ham, Manchester United extended their unbeaten PL away record to 29
  5. Thiago Silva’s opening goal vs Spurs was 600th goal Tottenham have conceded at home in PL (only Everton with 617 & West Ham with 614 have let in more)
  6. Chelsea’s win at Tottenham was their 6th consecutive away win in a London derby, in those games they have scored 12 goals and conceded one
  7. Norwich’s 3-1 loss at home to Watford was their 15th consecutive PL defeat, in those 15 games they have let in 38 goals and scored just 3 (2 of which have been vs Watford).

13/09: No reds for the Clarets

Burnley enter tonight’s game at Goodison, having gone 96 PL matches without a red card #EVEBUR

12/09: Salah joins the 100 Club

Mo Salah becomes 30th player to reach 100 PL goals, now alongside Le Tissier. He becomes second African to do so after Didier Drogba, who is on 104 goals.

31/08: Arsenal’s 99 Problems/Red Cards Part 5

Arsenal’s worst disciplinary season was in 1998/99, when they received seven red cards – Martin Keown & Emmanuel Petit two each, while Lee Dixon, Gilles Grimandi & Patrick Vieira got one each.

31/08: Arsenal’s 99 Problems/Red Cards Part 4

Since Mikel Arteta took over in December 2019 Arsenal have had ten red cards in Premier League – David Luiz three, Xhaka two, and one each for Aubameyang, Nketiah, Pepe, Gabriel and Leno.

31/08: Arsenal’s 99 Problems/Red Cards Part 3

Arsenal are the only club to have had a player sent off in every single Premier League season. Nigel Winterburn received their first red card on 31 January 1993 against Liverpool and they have had a total of 55 players dismissed in 30 seasons.

31/08: Arsenal’s 99 Problems/Red Cards Part 2

It was Xhaka’s fourth red card since his move to North London in 2016. He is now 4th= alongside Tony Adams for Arsenal red cards in Premier League – see table below

  1. Patrick Vieira  8
  2. Martin Keown 6
  3. Laurent Koscielny 5
  4. Tony Adams / Granit Xhaka 4

31/08: Arsenal’s 99 Problems/Red Cards

Granit Xhaka’s dismissal in the 35th minute of Arsenal’s 5-0 defeat at The Etihad, was The Gunners’ 99th red card in the Premier League. They are now one ahead of Everton in the race to be the first club to 100.

22/08: After today’s win at The Emirates Chelsea (2070) are only 2 points behind Arsenal (2072) in all-time Premier League table #ARSCHE

16/08 Home Comforts

With fans back this w/e, the PL home win percentage shot up to 70% compared to 25% in last season’s MW1. Only 3 away wins out of 10 compared to 6 out of 8 in 2020/21. Coincidence? Also not one draw in either season’s opening weekends.

14/08: The C5

Players whose surname begins with C have scored more opening goals of a Premier League season than any other letter. The five will be revealed shortly.

04/07: England the Clean

After five clean sheets, England are the first team to qualify for the Euros semi-finals without conceding a goal. *Between 1960 & 1976 there were only 4 teams who went straight to semi-finals, in 1980 there were no semi-finals.

03/07: Euros OG stats Part 3

There have only been two occasions when a team has scored two OGs in a single Euros match. They came just four days apart – 19th June Portugal vs Germany, 23rd June Slovakia vs Spain.

03/07: Euros OG stats Part 2

Only twice before in Euros history have there been more than one OG at a tournament – in 2004 (2), in 2016 (3). Four tournaments had one OG each – 1976 (the first OG), 1996, 2000 & 2012. Four tournaments had one OG each – 1976 (the first OG), 1996, 2000 & 2012. The other nine had none…2/3

03/07: Own Goals reach double figures

Denis Zakaria’s own goal in last night’s quarter-final was 10th in this year’s European Championship. In the previous 15 tournaments between 1960 and 2016 there were 9 in total. Here are some OG stats… 1/3

02/07: Z

Zakaria becomes first player beginning with Z to ever score an OG at the Euros

26/06: 100 Up

Pessina’s goal is 100th of this tournament, in 2016 the 100th goal wasn’t scored until the last quarter-final.

23/06: Own Goals Galore

Dubravka’s own goal is the 7th in the tournament so far and the third by a keeper, the same as in the last 5 tournaments.

22/06: 100%

Three teams have 100% records from the group stages. Belgium have done so for 1st time at the Euros, Italy for 2nd time (previously in 2000) & Netherlands for 3rd time (2000 & 2008). Altogether a dozen teams have won all their Group games but only two have gone on to win tournament – France 1984 & Spain 2008.

20/06: Both Ends

Guerreiro became 5th player to score both an own goal and one at the right end at a Euros tournament. The others were Ondrus, Czechoslovakia 1976 (in same game); Govedarica, Yugoslavia 2000; Tudor, Croatia 2004; McAuley, Northern Ireland 2016.

19/06: Unlucky 13

Ruben Dias’ own goal was the 13th in European Championship Finals and Portugal became the first team to concede two in tournament’s history. Four minutes later Guerreiro’s own goal meant that Portugal became the first to concede two OGs in a Euros game.

19/06: Firing Blanks

Last night was England’s 6th goalless draw in European Championship Finals, only Italy with 8 have had more.

17/06: Don’t Call it a Comeback

There have been no comeback wins in 16 matches so far. In 2016, the first win after falling behind came in Match 16 when England beat Wales 2-1.

15/06: Germany: 50 Up

Tonight Germany will become the first nation to reach 50 matches in European Championship finals, Spain have made the next most appearances with last night’s game against Sweden their 41st.

15/06: Poles Apart

Poland not only received the first red card of the tournament when Krychowiak was dismissed in the second half against Slovakia but also scored the second own goal when Mak’s shot bounced off Szczesny.

14/06: Three’s a Crowd

In the first seven matches four teams have scored 3 goals, by contrast in 2016 no team scored more than twice in all twelve 1st round matches.

12/06: Forza Italia

Italy’s three goals last night was the most scored by a team in an opening Euros match since Czechoslovakia scored three in 1976 and two of those were in extra time. #Euro2020

11/06: Italy – Turkey 21 years on.

Turkey meet Italy tonight, the only time the teams have met at the Euros was also in the opening game on 11th June in 2000. Antonio Conte scored the first goal, Inzaghi converted a penalty to win it for Italy 2-1. Both teams qualified from the group.

11/06: An eye-opener

The very first match in the European Championships ended in a 5-4 win for Yugoslavia over France in 1960. No other match has produced so many goals since – read more about this on The Football Mine blog –

24/05/21: Keeper

It was apt that Kasper Schmeichel should score the 1,001st Premier League own goal yesterday as the very first was scored by a keeper for an East Midlands club –

23/05/21: Finders Keepers

Hugo Lloris will make his 298th Premier League appearance for Spurs against Leicester and will be one behind record holder Darren Anderton.

23/05/21: Hammered

West Ham and Arsenal have scored 4 own goals this season – the joint most. West Ham will finish above Arsenal for the first time in Premier League.

23/05/21: Marching on Together

Leeds become the fourth successive promoted club to finish in the top half of Premier League after Newcastle 10th in 2018/19, Wolves 7th in 2018/19 & Sheffield United 2019/20.

23/05/21: Goal-shy Cottagers

Fulham have scored only 9 league goals at home this season. Previous record held equally between Man City 2006/07 & Huddersfield 2018/19 with 10.

23/05/21: Red faces at Brighton

Brighton have received most red cards in PL this season – 6: Dunk (2), Bissouma, Lamptey, Maupay & White.

23/05/21: Villa join the Thousand club

Villa’s match against Chelsea will be their 1,000th in Premier League, they become the 7th club to reach this landmark.

22/05/21: Tangerine Dream

After last night’s 3-3 draw with Oxford, Blackpool have now scored three goals in their last five Play-Offs semi-final legs.

20/05/21: Up, up and away

After last night’s results there have now been 150 away wins compared to 137 home wins this season. With only 10 matches remaining this means that for the first time in Premier League history away wins will outnumber home wins.

18/05/21: Come on my Old Son

Roy Hodgson will bow out on Sunday as the oldest manager in Premier League history, aged 73 years 288 days. The three oldest managers all have names ending in son as Roy Hodgson is followed by Bobby Robson and then Alex Ferguson.

17/05/2021: Six of the best

This weekend six players scored debut goals for their clubs in Premier League – Tella for Southampton, Carvalho for Fulham, Benrahma for West Ham, Mitchell for Palace, Alisson for Liverpool and Jebbison for Sheffield United.

16/05/21: Saints’ home comforts

Continuing the trend of strong away performances, there have only been two home wins in the last ten Premier League matches and both of those were 3-1 victories for Southampton over London opponents – Palace & Fulham.

14/05/21: Reds break through 800 barrier

Liverpool’s 4-2 victory over Man United was not just Klopp’s first at Old Trafford, but also saw The Reds’ goal difference reach 800 – the 4th club to do so.

10/05/2021: Down, down, down

With Fulham’s relegation confirmed by their loss to Burnley tonight it means for the first time in Premier League history that all three clubs have been relegated with three games remaining.

09/05/21: Boing Boing

West Brom’s 5th relegation from Premier League confirmed with the loss at The Emirates tonight, so alongside Norwich the Baggies have been relegated the most times in PL history.

02/05/21: Away the Lads Part II

Yesterdays’ victories for Man City and Aston Villa saw away wins reach 130 this season, already surpassing the record of 128 for an entire season. There have been 124 home wins and for first time in Premier League history there could be more away wins than home.

25/04/21: Away the lads

Burnley’s emphatic win at Molineux is 128th away victory in Premier League this season, which matches the highest total in an entire season – 1992/93 & 2018/19.

23/04/21: Oh No Leno

Bernd Leno’s own goal tonight was 998th in Premier League history and he becomes 51st keeper to do so.

21/04: Penalty record

Tottenham’s penalty this evening was 106th in PL season, equalling the record total set in 2009/10 & matched in 2016/17.

20/04/21: Home comforts

After the goalless draw at Stamford Bridge Matchweek 32 (albeit with only 7 games) becomes the first round of matches this season without an away win.

11/04/21: Away comforts

United’s victory at Tottenham is fifth away win so far this weekend & 123rd this season. That is more than the total in all but two entire PL seasons, both of which in 1992/93 & 2018/19 saw 128.

09/04/21: Fulham Fall out

Fulham’s loss tonight was their 100th at home in Premier League & their 250th overall.

07/04/21: Canaries on song

With Norwich set fair for promotion the Canaries will become the first club to have six separate spells in the Premier League.

06/04/21: Up, Up and Away

Not only did Match Week 30 see the number of away wins exceed last season’s total of 116 but also it was the first Match Week this season when every away team scored.

04/04/21: Century of spot kicks

Burnley’s early penalty at Southampton is 100th of the season and only 6 short of the record for a Premier League season, which was set in 2009/10 & matched in 2016/17.

03/04/21: The Story of the Blues

With victory tonight Man City go ahead of Everton in all-time Premier League points total with 1,524.

03/04/21: Three times unlucky

Jagielka’s own goal at Elland Road is Sheffield United’s third this season, they join Arsenal, Newcastle, West Brom, West Ham and Wolves as having scored most own goals in Premier League this season.

21/03/21: Magpies sick of Seagulls

Brighton have scored three goals on three occasions this season, two of those have come in 3-0 wins over Newcastle.

14/03/21: The Seagulls make a point away from home

In 70 Premier League away games Brighton have scored 59 goals and collected 59 points.

13/03/21: Clark’s gift to former club

Ciaran Clark’s own goal last night against his old club Villa was Newcastle’s first of the season but the 34th they have conceded in the Premier League.

08/03/21: Away the lads

Tottenham’s victory over Palace last night was the 100th home win in Premier League this season, compared to 108 away wins. The most away wins in a 20-club season is 128 in 2018/19 when there were 181 home wins. At current rate of 40% there will be 150 away wins.

05/03/21: Drawing level on clean sheets.

Palace’s 0-0 draw with Man United on Wednesday was their 113th in the Premier League and it was also their 113th clean sheet.

03/03/21: Double century for Blades

Tonight’s win over Aston Villa was Sheffield United’s 200th Premier League point.

02/03/21: Own Goal Treble

Dendoncker’s OG tonight is the third that Wolves have conceded this season in Premier League, alongside Arsenal & West Brom, they have let in the most in 2020/21.

02/03/21: Goals drying up

The 10 matches in MatchWeek 26 only produced 18 goals, which is the lowest total from a full round this season. There have now been 686 goals at a rate of 2.66 per game, which is only 12th highest in Premier League history.

01/03/21: Blades self-inflicted wounds

Liverpool’s second goal in yesterday’s match at Bramall Lane was the first own goal Sheffield United have conceded in the Premier League for 15 years. The last one was by Phil Jagielka in September 2006. Jagielka was substituted last night just before Bryan’s own goal.

28/02/21: Old Gold’s 400

Lascelles’ goal for Newcastle last night was the 400th conceded by Wolves in the Premier League.

27/02/21: Goals mean Points

West Brom’s 1-0 win over Brighton means they have now scored 289 Premier League goals at home and have collected 289 points in those games.

23/02/21: Marching on Together

Leeds’ victory over Southampton tonight was their 200th in the Premier League, becoming the 13th club to reach that milestone.

23/02/21: Seagulls – 200 and counting

Crystal Palace’s very late winner last night was the 200th goal that Brighton have conceded in the Premier League.

21/02/21: Mersey misery over

Everton’s 2-0 victory yesterday was not only their first win over Liverpool since 2010 and first at Anfield since 1999 but also it’s the first time Everton have won the second meeting of the Merseyside clubs in a Premier League season. Previously they had drawn 15 and lost 13.

17/02/21: Singing the Blues

After their 3-1 loss tonight Everton become the first club to concede 1,400 Premier League goals.

16/02/21: Paying the Penalty

West Ham’s penalty against Sheffield United was the 84th of the season and that is more than the total awarded in 19 of the previous 28 seasons.

15/02/21: Case for the Defence

On only five occasions have reigning Premier League champions finished outside top 3 in following season – Leicester 12th in 16/17, Chelsea 10th in 15/16, Blackburn 7th in 95/96, Man United 7th in 13/14 and Chelsea 5th in 17/18.

07/02/21: Away the Lads

Chelsea’s victory at Bramall Lane was the 90th away win this season, which is as many as the entire 2010/2011 season.

04/02/21: Home discomfort

In their last four matches at Anfield Liverpool have lost two and drawn two, collecting just two points. Only Fulham, Newcastle and West Brom, with one each, have fewer points in their last four home games.

03/02/21: Gunners seeing red

Bernd Leno’s dismissal at Molineux was not only Arsenal’s second in the match but also 98th in the Premier League, they are now tied with Everton for the most red cards. With five sendings-off this season The Gunners look red hot favourites to reach 100 first.

02/02/21: Leaky Baggies

West Brom have conceded at least one goal in their last eleven games, their last clean sheet was when they beat Sheffield United 1-0 at the end of November.

01/02/21: Red hot

Salah’s first goal against West Ham yesterday was Liverpool’s 1,900th in the Premier League. Only Manchester United with 2,092 and Arsenal with 1,927 are ahead of them in all-time scoring charts.

31/01/21: Missing spots

It has now been twenty matches since the last penalty was awarded in Man City’s game against Villa. This is a marked difference as previously penalties were being awarded on average once every 2.5 games.

28/01/21: Ever-600-Ton

Tielemans’ equaliser for Leicester last night was the 600th Premier League goal Everton have conceded at home and they become the first club to reach that landmark, just pipping West Ham who are on 598.

27/01/21: Hawthorns Horror

After their 5-0 loss to Manchester City, West Brom have become the first Premier League club to concede at least three goals in five consecutive home games. They have conceded 22 goals and scored one in those five games.

17/01/21: The 800 Away club

Mason Mount’s late winner at Craven Cottage last night was Chelsea’s 800th away goal in the Premier League and they become the third club to do so.

15/01/21: Famine after Feast

In the truncated MW18 only 8 goals were scored in 6 games and goals per game average in 2020/21 falls to 2.76 that is 9th of the all-time list. For the first time this season no side scored more than 2 goals.

13/01/21: Milestones

After Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Turf Moor their overall PL goal difference stands at +1,110, Arsenal have the next best with +841. While Everton’s 2-1 victory at Molineux was their 400th in the Premier League, they are seventh club to reach this milestone.

08/01/21: Mind the Gap

The gap between league leaders Liverpool and Leeds in 12th position currently stands at 10 points. At this stage last season 10 points was the gap between Liverpool and second-placed Manchester City, while 12th-placed Burnley were a whole 28 points behind.

03/01/21: 1,500 up for City

De Bruyne’s goal against Chelsea was Manchester City’s 1,500th in the Premier League and they become the sixth club to reach that milestone.

02/01/21: Evens

After the 3-3 draw at the AmEx, Brighton have played 131 matches in Premier League and collected 131 points while Wolves have played 123 PL matches away from home and scored 123 goals.

30/12/20: Goals drying up

After PL MW16 goals per game stand at 2.80 and this season’s ratio has dropped below previous record of 2.82 in 2018/19 for the first time.

29/12/20: Albions United

After Tuesday’s losses both Brighton & Hove Albion [130 points in 130 games] and West Bromwich Albion [472 points in 472 games] have collected exactly one point for each Premier League match they have ever played.

28/12/20: A Spot of Bother Part II

Leicester’s penalty at Selhurst Park was the 62nd awarded this season, which is more than were awarded in all 462 games of the first PL Season.

27/12/20: Level Blades

Yesterday’s 1-0 loss at home to Everton means Sheffield United have now played 175 games in their PL history and have scored 175 goals.

24/12/20: Homesickness

This season’s PL home win % is 37 with only four clubs winning more than half their home matches. In last 13 seasons, home win percentage has never been lower than 40 and average was 46%.

23/12/20: A Spot of Bother

So far there have been 59 penalties awarded in the Premier League. If this rate continues there will be over 160 penalties this season, smashing the current record by over 50.

22/12/20: Goals Galore

399 Premier League goals have been scored after 137 games this season at a rate of 2.91 goals per game, which is marginally ahead of the previous record of 2.82 goals per game set in 2018/19.

21/12/20: A Level Playing Field at Turf Moor

Chris Wood’s goal in their 2-1 win over Wolves was Burnley’s 241st in the Premier League in their 241st Premier League match.

20/12/20: Red Mist

John Lundstram’s dismissal against Brighton was the 200th for a Premier League club beginning with S.

19/12/20: Palace Massacre

Liverpool’s 7-0 win at Selhurst Park was Palace’s worst ever league home defeat. The Eagles’ worst ever league away defeat was also at the hands of Liverpool 9-0 in September 1989

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