Premier League Week 7 Standout Stats

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United is congratulated on his goals by Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick after victory in the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on October 5, 2013 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The seventh weekend of action in the English Premier League saw plenty of standout performances, including one by a certain Manchester United debutant. 

In the 10 matches played in the week before the international break, there were also plenty of compelling statistics that stuck out.

Here is a detailed look at some of the standout stats from Week 7 in the EPL.


Saints Stay Clean on Defense 

If I told you when the season began that Southampton would have conceded the least amount of goals through seven weeks of play, you would have laughed in my face. 

But, that is exactly what is going on at the St. Mary's Stadium as Mauricio Pochettino's club recorded their fourth consecutive clean sheet on Sunday against Swansea City. 

Last season through seven matches, the club then managed by Nigel Adkins were on the fast track to relegation after they conceded 20 goals during that span. 

The man in net that is surveying over this magnificent run of defensive form is former Celtic keeper Artur Boruc, who has replaced the goalkeeping carousel from last season. 

The Saints back four, anchored by Jose Fonte and Dejan Lovren, must also be commended for their early season efforts in which they have only conceded to Sunderland and Norwich City. 


Citizens and Toffees See Yellow and Plenty of It

The first match of the EPL weekend saw Manchester City and Everton square off at the Etihad Stadium in that was won by the Citizens, 3-1. 

Most people will easily forget the result because of the performance, I will let you judge whether it was good or bad, of referee Jon Moss.

Moss went to his pocket nine times on Saturday afternoon to book five City players and four Everton participants in the match.

By booking nine players, starting with Vincent Kompany in the 23rd minute and ending with Fernandinho in the 89th minute, Moss set the season-high for yellow cards in a match. 

The most controversial of those bookings came in the 69th minute as Everton defender Sylvain Distin was handed a yellow after he was whistled for a very soft penalty that was earned by City's Pablo Zabaleta.


St. Adnan of Brussels Rescues Manchester United

When the team sheets were released for Manchester United's away clash with Sunderland on Sunday, Adnan Januzaj was surprisingly included in the United 11 by manager David Moyes. 

With the Red Devils entering crisis mode, the Belgian-born midfielder came to the rescue and scored a brace at the Stadium of Light. 

Januzaj's goals in the 55th and 61st minutes made him just the second United played to bag a double in his first EPL start. 

The other player to do that was some guy named Ruud van Nistelrooy, who turned out to be quite the talisman up front in his five at Old Trafford. 


Ciaran Clark's Clearances

The title of this next standout stat will thrill lovers of alliteration, and it will make lovers of Aston Villa football smile just a bit after their club's 0-0 draw with Hull City on Saturday.

In the goalless draw, defender Ciaran Clark made 23 clearances, a total that is a season-high across the EPL. 

Clark also had four tackles and two interceptions in a match where the Villains wished they could have done more on the offensive end at the KC Stadium. 


Juan Mata Loves Offense, but Defense Not so Much

Juan Mata's patience has been tested in the first seven weeks of the EPL season, but on Sunday against Norwich City, the Chelsea midfielder was handed a start by manager Jose Mourinho.

In his third league start of the season, Mata created more chances than any other Blues player on the pitch with three. 

Despite his offensive efforts, Mata did little to help the Chelsea defensive cause. 

The 25-year-old Spaniard failed to make a single tackle, header or interception in his club's 3-1 win at Carrow Road. 


Jack Wilshere's Smoking Shot Ends Goal Drought

When Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere scored in the 62nd minute of his club's clash with West Brom at The Hawthorns, he erased a 54-match goal drought.

While Wilshere's drought fails in comparison to the one broken by Chelsea's John Obi Mikel a few weeks back, it did last a significant amount of time.

Whether or not you want to give Wilshere credit for the goal is another debate to have as his shot deflected off of the right leg of Baggies defender Jonas Olsson.


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