Premier League - Weekend stats: Goals galore!
Sun, 06 Feb 20:30:00 2011
All the key facts and stats from a record-breaking weekend in the Premier League.
There were 41 goals scored in the Premier League on Saturday - the most ever on a single day in a 20-team division, and most since an overall Premier League record 47 goals scored May 8, 1993.
Eight penalties were awarded Saturday, breaking the previous record of seven spot-kicks awarded on April 5, 2003. Seven of the eight were converted, which also bettered the record.
Manchester United’s 29-match unbeaten run came to an end as they suffered their first Premier League defeat since losing to Chelsea in April 2010.
Wolves became the first club to beat both Manchester United and Chelsea at home this season, and the first club to achieve it since Everton last season.
Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal
This was the first time in Premier League history that any club has ever lost a four-goal lead. The Gunners' 4-0 half-time lead was the biggest by any Premier League club in 10 months since Manchester City were 5-0 up at the break at Burnley in April 2010.
Abou Diaby became the sixth Arsenal player to be sent off in the Premier League this season, the equal-most with West Brom. They are one short of equalling their most ever red cards in a single Premier League season – they had 7 players sent off in 1998-99.
Manchester City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
Carlos Tevez scored his third career Premier League hat-trick and first in 11 months. All three have been scored at The City of Manchester Stadium. Tevez became only the second player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick on his birthday - after Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink scored three in Chelsea’s 5-2 home win against Wolves on March 27, 2004.
West Brom began with their oldest starting line-up of the season - an average age of 28 years and 27 days old. This was also West Brom’s oldest starting line-up in over five years in the division, since a 2-1 home win against Portsmouth in August 2005 (28-217).
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool
Liverpool became the first club to do the Premier League double over Chelsea twice since Roman Abramovich took over the club in the summer of 2003. Liverpool also did the double over Chelsea in the 2008-09 season.
Chelsea have now lost seven Premier League matches in a season for the first time since the 2003-04 season, the first season in which Abramovich took over the club.
Rafael van der Vaart became the first player to both score and miss a penalty in the same Premier League match this season and the first in the division since Darren Bent against Tottenham in April 2010. Tottenham have now missed four of their last eight Premier League penalties.
Daniel Sturridge became only the second player to score in each of his opening two Premier League matches for Bolton, and the first since Michael Ricketts scored in each of his first three in August 2001.
Stoke City 3-2 Sunderland
Robert Huth scored his fifth and sixth Premier League goals of the season, moving one ahead of Nemanja Vidic as the highest scoring defender in the division. He also became Stoke’s highest scorer of the season, one ahead of Kenwyne Jones.
Kieran Richardson’s second-minute goal was the fastest scored by a Sunderland player this season, and their fastest since Darren Bent’s first minute strike against Tottenham in April 2010.
Wigan Athletic 4-3 Blackburn Rovers
Wigan became the final club in the division to pick up a victory in 2011.
James McCarthy became only the second Wigan player to score more than once in a Premier League match this season, after Charles N’Zogbia at Newcastle in October. McCarthy scored his second and third Premier League goals of the season, and has netted in each of his last two Premier League matches at the DW Stadium.
Aston Villa 2-2 Fulham
Fulham have never won in all 10 of their Premier League visits to Villa Park.
Pantsil scored his third Premier League own goal of the season. He also scored an own goal at Villa Park last season. This is the equal-most ever own goals scored by a player in a single Premier League season, level with Andreas Jakobsson for Southampton in 2004-05.
Everton 5-3 Blackpool
Louis Saha became the second Frenchman to score four Premier League goals in a single match after Thierry Henry. It was also his first ever Premier League hat-trick and he became the sixth different Frenchman to achieve this feat.
Charlie Adam scored his sixth Premier League goal of the season, and his first from open play.
West Ham United 0-1 Birmingham City
Birmingham City had their oldest starting line-up of the season (29 years and 63 days) and their oldest in almost five years in the Premier League.
The two teams started with 13 Englishmen together on the pitch. Only two Premier League matches had more Englishmen starting this season: Sunderland v Man City (14) and Newcastle v Villa (14).Infostrada / Eurosport