The 2014/2015 football season in England is already 10 gameweeks old with ups and downs aplenty. Southampton have unquestionably been the surprise package thus far while the promoted trio all struggling to settle in the top flight.
Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United are hardly fairing any better results-wise than when under David Moyes but the mood seems to be less demoralizing this time round at Old Trafford. Liverpool are struggling to cope without Luis Suarez with their neighbors Everton not fairing much better.
On the other hand, not much has changed in North London with Arsenal being the usual Arsenal of recent seasons, losing points to Hull City and Leicester City, while Tottenham show no signs of moving on from being a perennial “nearly there” side.
Now time to look at the black-on-white facts!
Most Goals Scored – Chelsea (26 goals)
…from a total of 149 shots
Least Goals Scored – Aston Villa, Burnley (5)
Least Goals Conceded – Southampton (5)
…second best after after the Saints are Chelsea, Manchester City and Swansea City with a distant 10 goals conceded
Most Goals Conceded – QPR (20)
Most Draws – Arsenal, Hull City, Sunderland (5)
Most Losses – QPR (7)
Most Wins – Chelsea (8)
Highest Number of Shots – Manchester City (174)
Least Number of Shots – Aston Villa (89)
Most Clean Sheets – Southampton (6)
Most Long Balls per Game – Burnley (79)
…last season Aston Villa had the highest number with 71 per game.
Least Long Balls per Game – Arsenal (43)
…last season Arsenal had the lowest number of long balls per game too.
Highest Possession per Game – Arsenal (60.1%)
Lowest Possession per Game – Crystal Palace (40.0%)
Most Red Cards – Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Swansea City (3)
• Chelsea are yet to be beaten this season.
• With 13 points from the first 10 games, this has been Manchester United’s worst start to a season since 1986.
• Man Utd have four points fewer than they had at this stage under David Moyes last season.
• After obtaining 10 points from their first four games, Aston Villa are currently on a six-game losing streak – the longest this season.
• Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham average 16.8 interceptions per game; that’s 2.1 more than last season.
• Southampton are actually keeping the ball less this campaign with an average possession of 52.9%; that’s down by 3.6% from the whole of last season.
• In the Championship last season, Burnley and Leicester managed 1.6 and 1.8 goals per game respectively. That has gone down to 0.5 and 1.1 in the Premier League.
Top Goalscorer – Sergio Aguero (10)
Top English Goalscorer – Saido Berahino (7)
Hat-tricks – Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa (one hat-trick each)
Youngest Goalscorer – Rolando Aarons (18 years 9 months 14 days) vs Crystal Palace
Oldest Goalscorer – Didier Drogba (36 years 7 months 15 days) vs Man Utd
Most Shots per Game – Sergio Aguero (4.9)
Most Assists – Cesc Fabregas (9)
Best Passing Accuracy – Mikel Arteta (94.7%)
Highest Number of Passes per Game – Yaya Toure (88.8)
Most Successful Dribbles – Eden Hazard (54)
…that’s 5.4 successful dribbles per game. The closest to that is Victor Moses with 3.8 successful dribbles per game.
Highest Number of Interceptions – Mile Jedinak (38)
Highest Number of Key Passes per Game – Joey Barton, Angel di Maria (3.3)
Most Player Fouled – Eden Hazard (29 fouls conceded)
…last season, Hazard was the player most fouled too.
Most Fouls Committed – Mile Jedinak (26)
…last year, only Steve Sidwell and Cheick Tiote committed more fouls than Jedinak.
Most Yellow Cards – Craig Gardner, Calum Chambers, Lee Cattermole (5)
Most Clearances – Jason Shackell (121)
Most Saves – Rob Green (38)
• With four goals to his name, Papiss Cisse has already doubled his tally from last season.
• Despite being just 26 years old, Aguero has reached double figures in the scoring charts during a league campaign in each of the past eight seasons.
• Frank Lampard has now scored in 18 consecutive Premier League campaigns
• Mario Balotelli currently is on a run of 34 shots without scoring a goal.
• With 9 goals already to his name this time round, Diego Costa has bagged more league goals from the start of last season than he had in the four league campaigns prior to the 2013/2014 season.
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