Premier League Weekend in Infographics

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2013

Premier League Weekend in Infographics

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    This weekend in the English Premier League, we saw plenty of late-match heroics and quite a few surprises. 

    From Southampton's shocking win at Liverpool to Manchester City's dominant derby win, how did this weekend's play look in the form of infographics? 

    Continue reading to see how the 10 matches were represented by infographics.

     

    *All infographics compiled from Squawka.com. 

     

Leighton Loves the Left Side

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    Everton left-back Leighton Baines had quite the exceptional day at Upton Park on Saturday. 

    This heat map shows exactly how active the England international was on the left flank for the Toffees. 

    Baines was not just active in attack, but he was the main reason why Roberto Martinez's club defeated West Ham United.

    Baines delivered two goals off of free-kicks, which explains his action on this map toward the middle of the pitch just outside of the penalty area. 

Loic Remy Reaps the Rewards Early

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    Before Newcastle United pressed the self-destruct button and conceded twice in the second half to a visiting Hull City side, their prized summer transfer possession scored a brace.

    Former Queens Park Rangers and Marseille forward Loic Remy scored twice in the first half to hand the Magpies the lead on two separate occasions. 

    Remy had six attempts on goal in total, but only his goals in the 10th and 44th minutes reached the back of the net. 

    Three of his attempts were off target, and his other chance was blocked. 

     

Hull City Made a Lot of Clearances

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    In the same match where Remy scored a brace for Newcastle, Hull City were busy making a ton of clearances from inside their own half. 

    The Tigers were forced to make a total of 34 clearances during 90 minutes of play, with most of them coming near their own penalty area. 

    Despite being forced to make all of those clearances, Steve Bruce's side were able to leave Tyneside with a full three points thanks to a 76th-minute winner by Sone Aluko. 

Nathaniel Clyne's Impressive Day of Tackling

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    The shock result of the weekend came to us from Anfield as Southampton defeated Liverpool 1-0. 

    While Liverpool made the odd decision of starting four center-backs, the Saints went with the more traditional approach of using two full-backs.

    One of those full-backs, Nathaniel Clyne, was a force to be reckoned with on the left wing all day long. 

    Clyne made 11 successful tackles, 10 of which came from inside his own half. 

    The young English left-back only made two unsuccessful tackles during the match where Mauricio Pochettino's club knocked Liverpool off of their perch atop the EPL table. 

Geoff Cameron's Never Give Up Mentality

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    Geoff Cameron started at right-back for Stoke against Arsenal on Sunday. 

    Cameron was the only Potters player to find his name on the scoresheet at the end of the match, and the reason why he scored was his spectacular movement during the buildup to his goal. 

    Instead of staying home on the right flank after starting the run of play near midfield, Cameron continued to stampede forward, and he was rewarded for that effort with his 26th-minute goal. 

    The American was able to drift into the center of the pitch to score on a rebound that was spilled out into play by Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny. 

Inefficient Swansea Still Get the Job Done

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    Swansea City continued their pristine form of late with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday at Selhurst Park. 

    Michu and Kieron Dyer were the goal scorers for the Swans, but they could have scored a few more goals against the newly promoted side. 

    The Swans had a total of 15 attempts on goal, two of which counted for the goals, while five other shots were knocked away by Palace keeper Julian Speroni. 

    Michael Laudrup's club also had four shots blocked and three other attempts wander off target. 

League Leaders Dominate the Right Way

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    When Arsenal released their starting 11 for their match against Stoke, the one surprise name on the list was Serge Gnabry. 

    The 18-year-old stepped in for Theo Walcott on Sunday, and he delivered an admirable performance on the right wing. 

    Adding to Gnabry's performance was the play of right-back Bacary Sagna, who eventually scored the final goal of the match in the 72nd minute.

    As you notice from the heat map above, Gnabry and Sagna helped lead the Gunners to a 3-1 victory through plenty of play on the right side of the pitch. 

    As for the left-sided duo of Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere, well let's let Arsenal fans focus on the positives for now. 

Sunderland Fail to Impress...Again

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    Sunderland have been the most disappointing squad in the EPL all season long, and they continued that trend on Saturday in their 3-0 loss to West Brom.

    In that loss, the Black Cats failed to create any type of a threat that bothered the Baggies' back four. 

    In this action-area infographic, Sunderland are attacking from right to left. As you can tell, there was little activity surrounding the West Brom goal.

    Adding to the misery of Sunderland was the fact that they failed to manage a single shot on goal. 

The Goal That Started It All for Man City

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    Manchester City thoroughly dominated crosstown rival Manchester United in Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

    In the 4-1 victory, the Citizens struck early by way of Sergio Aguero, who went on to score twice in the match. 

    Aguero was the beneficiary of a great overlapping run made by Aleksandar Kolarov, who delivered a delightful cross into the Argentinian. 

    The play was started by an interception by City defender Matija Nastasic, who then sent the ball forward to Samir Nasri. 

    Nasri played a little flick-on pass to Kolarov, and the rest was history for Manuel Pellegrini's side. 

The Final Goal of the Weekend

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    Tottenham Hotspur catapulted themselves up to second place in the league table with a magnificent goal by summer signing Paulinho in the waning moments of their visit to the Cardiff City Stadium. 

    The Brazilian midfielder would not have been able to beat Cardiff City keeper David Marshall without two extraordinary passes by Lewis Hotlby and Erik Lamela. 

    Lamela's pass into Paulinho from the right side of the penalty area was delivered right on point. A few seconds later, a pile of Spurs players were able to celebrate a victory in Wales. 

    Also worth noting in the buildup to the goal is the cross by Kyle Naughton that switched the direction of play and opened up the Cardiff defense. 

     

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