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Arsenal
* Jack Wilshere was fouled eight times v Villa on Saturday. No other player in the PL was fouled more than six times this weekend.

* Aaron Ramsey made more passes (92) than any other player in Arsenal's defeat to Aston Villa. Wilshere made 86.

* Olivier Giroud had six shots v Villa but only one (his goal) hit the target.


Aston Villa
* Christian Benteke won a massive 14 aerial duels on Saturday v Arsenal - more than any other player this weekend.

* Benteke has now scored 21 goals in 35 PL games for Villa.

* No PL player recorded more successful dribbles than Fabian Delph (6).


Cardiff City
* Cardiff had more possession (56%) and a better pass completion rate (75%) than West Ham.

* Cardiff had 12 shots on Saturday but only one (from Matthew Connolly) hit the target.

* Wide players Craig Bellamy and Peter Whittingham found a teammate with only one of their combined 12 crosses.


Chelsea
* Eden Hazard joined Philippe Coutinho at the top of the 'key passes' chart by creating six chances this weekend.

* Frank Lampard has now scored 166 PL goals (42 of which have been penalties).

* Chelsea's players lost the ball 18 times v Hull purely from having a poor touch.


Crystal Palace
* Palace's XI that started v Tottenham on Sunday have only scored one Premier League goal (Aaron Wilbraham for Norwich in a 2-1 defeat to Fulham in 2012).

* Wilbraham was caught offside more times (3) than any other PL player this weekend.

* No Palace player created more than one chance for his teammates at Selhurst Park.


Everton
* Only Man City (90%) had a better pass accuracy over the weekend than Everton (88.3%), who averaged (79.4%) under David Moyes last season.

* Ross Barkley recorded an impressive 96% pass completion rate and had more shots (4) than any other Everton player v Norwich.

* Leighton Baines created five chances for his teammates but none were taken.


Fulham
* Fulham won despite spending just 18% of the game in Sunderland's half and scored with their only shot on target.

* Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes made 23 clearances in total for Fulham at Sunderland.

* No PL player was dispossessed more times than Dimitar Berbatov (6) this weekend.


Hull City
* No PL team recorded more successful dribbles (17) than Hull this weekend. Robbie Brady dribbled past Chelsea players five times.

* Ahmed Elmohamady touched the ball more times (110) than any other player during Chelsea v Hull.

* No Hull player created more than one chance for his teammates at Stamford Bridge.


Liverpool
* Liverpool had more shots than any other PL side this weekend with 25 (11 were on target).

* Philippe Coutinho (6) and Iago Aspas (5) created 11 of those chances in total.

* Coutinho matched Lucas Leiva tackle for tackle with six each of Liverpool's 33.


Manchester City
*Edin Dzeko had more shots (8) on Monday than the entire Newcastle team (5).

*Only one of Jesus Navas' ten crosses against Newcastle found a teammate.

*City made more short passes (630) than any other team. Everton were second with 518.


Manchester United
* Since January 2011 Van Persie has scored 76 PL goals - 27 more than any other player.

* Danny Welbeck hit the target with three shots v Swansea. It took him seven PL games last season to hit three on-target shots.

* United enjoyed only 46% possession and a pass completion rate of 82% v Swansea on Saturday.


*Newcastle United
*Newcastle managed only one shot on target against Man City (from Cheik Tioté).

*Mathieu Debuchy's pass accuracy was a woeful 72% - the worst of any outfield player on Monday night.

*Papiss Cisse conceded possession seven times and didn't manage a single shot.


Norwich City
* Ricky van Wolfswinkel touched the ball just 12 times in 90 minutes v Everton on Saturday.

* Van Wolfswinkel managed to commit seven fouls - more than any other player in the PL this weekend.

* No PL player recorded more successful dribbles than Nathan Redmond (6).


Southampton
* Southampton played signifcantly more long balls (94) than any other team this weekend. Dejan Lovren (15) and Jose Fonte (11) topped the PL player charts for accurate long balls.

* Fonte made the equal-highest number of clearances (14) in the PL v West Brom.

* James Ward-Prowse matched cross machine Leighton Baines for accurate crosses (5).


* Stoke City
* Steven N'Zonzi made the most tackles of the weekend with nine v Liverpool on Saturday.

* Peter Crouch lost the ball seven times v Liverpool from a poor touch.

* Stoke recorded a pass completion rate of 80% v Liverpool. Last season they averaged 70.2% under Tony Pulis.


* Sunderland
* Sunderland have won just two of eight games managed by Paolo Di Canio.

* Adam Johnson created five chances for Sunderland v Fulham but none were taken.

* Cabral had five of Sunderland's 21 shots v Fulham and failed to hit the target once.


* Swansea City
* Swansea had more possession (54%-46%) and more shots (17-14) than Man United on Saturday but still lost 4-1.

* Michu had three of Swansea's four on-target shots v United.

* Ashley Williams was the only one of Swansea's outfield players who failed to make a single tackle v United.


Tottenham Hotspur
* Spurs attacked down the middle of the pitch less (21%) than any other side in the PL this weekend.

* No player in the PL made more interceptions than Etienne Capoue (6) this weekend despite only being only the pitch for 33 minutes.

* Jan Vertonghen's 90 minutes v Palace featured eight clearances, four interceptions and a 97% pass completion rate.


West Brom
* The Baggies did not have an on-target shot v Southampton until the 91st minute.

* Nicolas Anelka did not have a single shot or create a single chance in his 83-minute debut.

* Jonas Olsson made the equal-highest number of clearances (14) in the PL this weekend.


West Ham
* The Hammers recorded the worst pass completion rate of the PL weekend with 70.7%. Momo Diame was accurate with just 50% of his passes.

* Centre-halves Winston Reid and James Collins found a teammate with only nine of their combined 25 long balls.

* Matthew Jarvis finally recorded his first PL assist for West Ham in his 33rd appearance.


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