Sterling & Toure stats impressive

Raheem Sterling's improvement, Yaya Toure's free-kick record and Chelsea's fine form at Arsenal feature in our review of the latest stats.

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Yaya Toure: Scored another free-kick at weekend

Yaya Toure: Scored another free-kick at weekend

TEAMtalk takes a look at all the key Opta statistics following the latest Premier League action which saw Liverpool replace Arsenal at the top of the table after a 3-1 win at Cardiff, with Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United among the other winners.

Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 1

Luis Suarez (19) is the first player in Premier League history to have scored as many as 18 goals in their sides' opening 17 league games of the season.

Luis Suarez has scored 29 goals in 26 Premier League games in 2013. The record for a calendar year in the Premier League is Alan Shearer's 36 goals in 1995.

Suarez's total of 10 goals in December 2013 is the most by any player in a single month of Premier League football.

Raheem Sterling has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances, this after scoring just two in his previous 35.

Liverpool have conceded exactly one goal in six of their last seven Premier League games at Anfield.

Jordon Mutch's goal was the first that Cardiff City had scored away from home in the Premier League for 498 minutes.

Liverpool have won six successive Premier League games at Anfield for the first time since March 2010 (8, between Dec 2009 - March 2010).

Liverpool have never won more games (11 - level with 2005-06 & 2008-09) or scored as many goals (42) from their opening 17 matches of a Premier League season.

Liverpool have scored twice as many goals in the first half of Premier League games this season (28) as they have in the second half (14).

Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle United 3

Prior to Yohan Cabaye's goal, Crystal Palace had kept three consecutive clean sheets at home and gone 297 minutes without conceding at Selhurst Park in the league.

Cabaye has now scored in consecutive Premier League games for the second time in his Premier League career (also January 2013).

Crystal Palace had just 33% possession in this game. Overall this season they have averaged just 39.8% possession at home, the lowest figure of any side.

Hatem Ben Arfa has scored all three Premier League penalties he has taken for Newcastle, all three of which have come against London sides (Spurs, QPR & C.Palace).

Crystal Palace have now failed to score in three of their four home games in the Premier League against Newcastle United.

The Magpies have scored in 14 of their last 15 PL games, only failing to score in a 0-3 defeat against Swansea.

This is the first time Newcastle have kept back-to-back clean sheets on the road in the Premier League since September 2011.

Fulham 2 Manchester City 4

Yaya Toure has now scored nine Premier League goals this season, making it his most prolific campaign in front of goal with Manchester City.

Yaya Toure has scored four direct free kick goals in his Premier League career; with all of them coming this season.

Only Laurent Robert (5 in 2001/02) has scored more free-kick goals in a single Premier League season.

Joe Hart has never kept a Premier League clean sheet at Craven Cottage (in six appearances).

Man City have now kept just one clean sheet in nine Premier League away games this season (0-0 v Stoke).

Fulham have now scored in their last 11 consecutive home games in the Premier League.

Vincent Kompany is the second player to score at both ends in a Premier League game this season (after Phil Bardsley v Chelsea).

The only time a team has scored more goals after 17 Premier League games than Man City have this season (51) was Man City themselves back in their title winning campaign in 2011/12 (53).

Manchester United 3 West Ham United 1

All five goalkeepers that have made their Premier League debut at Old Trafford (excluding Man Utd GKs) have conceded at least one goal and ended up on the losing side (Adrian, van der Sar, Isaaksson, Poom & Szczesny).

Danny Welbeck has scored in successive PL games for the first time since April 2012.

It was Welbeck's first goal at home in the Premier League since October 2012 - he had gone 13 games at Old Trafford without scoring in the competition before this strike.

Wayne Rooney is now top of the assists chart in the Premier League this season with eight.

Ashley Young scored his first Premier League goal since May 2012 (v Swansea). It is the first time he has scored in back-to-back competitive appearances for the Red Devils.

Carlton Cole's goal was his first away from home in the Premier League since netting against West Brom in February 2011, ending a run of 24 away games without a goal.

West Ham scored with their first and only shot on target in this game. It was their first Premier League goal at Old Trafford in the league since Dean Ashton scored in a 4-1 defeat back in May 2008.

Stoke City 2 Aston Villa 1

Charlie Adam has now scored four goals in the Premier League this season (in 15 apps); more than he managed in the whole of 2012-13 (3 in 27 apps).

Aston Villa have scored only one goal in the first half of their last 12 Premier League matches.

Three of Libor Kozak's four Premier League goals have come away from home.

Peter Crouch has scored in back to back PL appearances at the Britannia Stadium for the first time since September 2012.

Villa have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four Premier League games.

Stoke are now unbeaten in four successive Premier League games (W2 D2); their longest run without a defeat in the competition since December 2012.

Stoke scored with both of their shots on target in this match.

Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

After being given one red card in his previous 254 appearances in the Premier League, Wes Brown has been given two in his last six apps in the PL (although his sending off at Stoke was later rescinded, it stays on his record).

Sunderland have been given five red cards in the Premier League this season - three more than any other side.

Only one of the other 17 Premier League games to end goalless this season (Norwich v Cardiff - 37 shots inc. blocked) has seen more shots in a match than this game (33 shots, inc. blocked).

Only one team in Premier League history (WBA in 2004-05) have been bottom on Christmas Day and avoided relegation.

Sunderland were also bottom at Christmas in 2005-06 and ended that season in 20th place.

The Black Cats have failed to score in six of their 10 Premier League games under Gus Poyet.

Norwich have drawn just two of their last 15 Premier League away games, both of which have been at the Stadium of Light.

West Bromwich Albion 1 Hull City 1

Of current Premier League sides, Hull City have the lowest points per game record in December (0.80 - 12 points from 15 games).

Jake Livermore's goal was his first away from the home in the Premier League.

West Brom have won just one point (D1 L4) from the five Premier League games that they have conceded first in this season at the Hawthorns.

WBA striker Matej Vydra scored with his first shot of any kind in the Premier League.

West Brom have won just three points (D3 L4) from their last seven Premier League matches.

17 of the 20 league goals Hull have conceded this season have come in away games.

Southampton 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3

Adam Lallana's 13th minute strike was Southampton's first goal from outside the box in open play this season.

Lallana now has four Premier League goals this season, one more than he managed in 2012-13.

Tottenham have now gone seven Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet.

Southampton have now gone eight Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet; the current longest run in the top flight.

Emmanuel Adebayor's 25th minute equaliser was the first time a striker has scored for Tottenham in eight Premier League games.

Emmanuel Adebayor has now scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances and three in two games under interim manager Tim Sherwood.

No Spurs player has provided as many assists in the Premier League this season as Roberto Soldado (3).

Seven of Rickie Lambert's last eight Premier League goals have arrived at home.

Excluding penalties, Roberto Soldado has hit only eight shots on target in 15 Premier League appearances for Tottenham.

Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has conceded 10 goals this season but made only six saves.

Tottenham have won six Premier League away games this season, more than any other side.

Southampton have taken only two points from their last six PL games, after gaining 17 from the previous seven.

Swansea City 1 Everton 2

Everton have never lost in any competition to Swansea (W13 D5 L0).

Everton have lost fewer games (1) than any other Premier League side this season.

Everton defenders have supplied eight goals in the Premier League this season, more than at any other club.

Five of Everton's last 11 Premier League goals have come from their full-backs (Coleman 3, Oviedo 2).

Swansea have taken only 38 points from 35 Premier League games in 2013.

Everton's haul of 34 points this season is only two fewer than Roberto Martinez managed in the whole of 2012-13 with Wigan.

Everton have now scored three PL goals from direct free-kicks this season, only Man City have scored more (5) (Liverpool and Man Utd also have three).

All six of Swansea's shots in the first half vs Everton were off target.

Seamus Coleman has now scored eight Premier League goals, four of which have come this season (the other four came in 2010-11).

Only Tottenham (19) have picked up more away points than Everton this season (16, level with Arsenal).

This is only the fourth time in Everton's top-flight history that they've lost one or fewer of their opening 17 games (+ 1969-70, 1974-75, 1978-79)

10 of Everton's 14 shots in this game came in the second half.

Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0

Arsenal won nine and lost none of their first 12 Premier League home games against Chelsea but have won just two and lost four of the last 10.

Chelsea have won eight and lost just two of the last 12 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions.

Jose Mourinho has never lost against Arsene Wenger as an opposition manager (W5 D5 L0).

Chelsea have taken 12 points away from the Emirates Stadium, the best haul of any team in the Premier League since the Gunners there.

Arsenal became the 18th Premier League to draw 0-0 this season; only Fulham and Liverpool are yet to do so.

Arsenal's first shot on target came in the 85th minute - they have never failed to record one in a Premier League game at the Emirates.

This was only Chelsea's second clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League games.

Arsenal only conceded seven fouls but received two yellow cards (one more than Chelsea).

Arsenal missed the chance to go top; the team top at Christmas has won the title in each of the last four seasons.

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