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Premier League Weekend in Infographics

Laura GreeneFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2013

Premier League Weekend in Infographics

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    The weekend's headlines were devoted to Liverpool's hat-trick hero Luis Suarez, Chelsea's resurgent Fernando Torres and an out-of-form Joe Hart.

    Of the 23 goals scored in Week 9 of the Premier League season, five came at Anfield in the Reds' 4-1 rout of West Bromwich Albion. Another five were registered at Old Trafford, where Manchester United managed to seal three points with a 3-2 result against Stoke City.

    But how does the weekend's action appear in terms of team and player statistics?

    Over the following slides, we take a look back at the 10 fixtures that happened in the top flight over the weekend in infographic form.

    All images come from FourFourTwo Stats Zone and Squawka.com.

Arsenal: Pass Masters

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    Image from FourFourTwo Stats Zone

    It may look like a child has gone berserk with a blue crayon, but the infographic above from FourFourTwo Stats Zone shows Arsenal's overall passing game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    The blue arrows denote successful passes, the red are failed passes and the yellow arrows indicate assists.

    Arsenal may have played with 10 men for 25 minutes of the game, but they still managed to complete 583 out of 665 passes, more than they have in any Premier League fixture of the 2013/14 campaign so far.

    Arsene Wenger's side won 2-0, thanks to a penalty from Mikel Arteta and a goal in the 88th minute from Olivier Giroud.

Romelu Lukaku: More Than a Striker

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    Image from Squawka.com

    On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has scored a goal a game since joining Everton over the summer.

    Against Aston Villa, the Belgian's name appeared on the score sheet for the fifth time this season, along with Leon Osman, who scored in the 81st minute to make the score 2-0.

    However, as the heat map above suggests, Lukaku is not limited to his performances in front of the opposition's goal. The 20-year-old is a threat all over the pitch and can be strong in defence, as above—where he completed four clearances against Villa.

    Lukaku has registered 22 goals in 40 top-flight appearances for Everton and West Bromwich Albion combined, but no goals in 10 games for Chelsea.

Luis Suarez: Player of the Weekend

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    Image from Squawka.com

    Luis Suarez became the first player of the 2013/14 season to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.

    As the Squawka.com infographic above shows, the Liverpool striker had eight attempts on goal in Saturday's game against West Brom. Five of those shots were on target and three resulted in goals.

    The Uruguayan has now scored seven strikes in his last five league matches at Anfield.

Manchester United's Strikers on Target

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    Image from Squawka.com

    Goals from Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez sealed the 3-2 win for Manchester United against Stoke on Saturday.

    At Old Trafford, the two sides each had five shots on target, with United seeing eight shots go off target.

    According to Squawka.com, David Moyes' side could boast a 100 percent tackle success rate and enjoyed 61 percent of possession.

David Marshall: Cardiff Hero

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    Image from Squawka.com

    The scoreline may have ended 0-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday, but it could have been very different were it not for Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall.

    Norwich had 24 shots in total—10 on target and 14 off target. Including blocks, the Canaries had 31 shots, which is the most in a single Premier League game by any team in the 2013/14 campaign so far.

    Marshall dealt with his former side's assault on goal and was deservedly voted Man of the Match for his efforts.

Southampton Suffocate Fulham at St. Mary's

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    Image from Squawka.com

    Southampton have taken 19 points from the first nine games of the Premier League this season. Mauricio Pochettino has turned the Saints into a hungry side with one of the meanest defences around.

    The Squawka.com graphic above says it all.

    Fulham saw so little of the ball in Saturday's 2-0 defeat that they were limited to just one shot, which was off target, over 90 minutes. Southampton had 15 shots on the visitors' goal.

    Pochettino's side also enjoyed 60 percent of possession. According to Premierleague.com, Southampton have allowed their opponents an average of 2.89 shots on target (per game) this season. The only team who can currently better this statistic are Chelsea with 2.88.

Sunderland vs. Newcastle: Long-Ball Game

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    Image from Squawka.com

    After taking three points away from their derby against Newcastle, Sunderland will not be unduly concerned that their 67 percent pass completion rate was the lowest in the Premier League all weekend.

    The Black Cats may have had just four shots on target, but two of those chances were converted into goals to give them their first win of the season.

    Newcastle had more of the possession, with 51 percent, but they were wasteful with their chances, sending nine off target.

    According to Squawka.com, Sunderland had the longest passing range of the weekend with an average of 22 metres, and as the infographic above shows, their game was largely based on long balls and headed passes.

    Two of Sunderland's last three Premier League wins have come against their local rivals.

Chelsea vs. Manchester City: Hart the Difference

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    Image from Squawka.com

    The infographic above shows just how close Sunday's game was between Chelsea and Manchester City.

    With 84 percent and 85 percent in pass completion rate (respectively), a similar amount of shots on and off target and a likeness in tackle success and possession, there was not a lot to separate the two sides.

    It was a costly error by goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 90th minute that allowed Fernando Torres to pounce and win three points for Chelsea.

    The defeat means that City have now won just four of their last 13 Premier League away games.

Swansea Falling Short

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    Image from Squawka.com

    In Swansea's game against West Ham on Sunday, the hosts had 12 shots on goal, 60 percent of possession and a pass completion rate of 82 percent.

    Michael Laudrup's side are known for their passing football, but as seen on Squawka.com, their failure to complete crosses is an area that needs to be addressed.

    Of 23 attempts at crossing the ball, just four were completed.

    The Swans have won two of their last seven matches (in all competitions) and currently sit at ninth in the Premier League, with West Ham in 15th.

Spurs: Need to Find Clinical Edge

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    Image from Squawka.com

    Tottenham Hotspur need to be more clinical in front of goal.

    They have scored more penalties than any other team in the top flight this season. However, their three spot-kicks, each converted by Roberto Soldado, make up a third of the goals that Andre Villas-Boas' side have scored this term.

    The graphic above, from Squawka.com, shows that Spurs had 61 percent of possession, a pass completion rate of 84 percent and six shots on and off target when they faced Hull City at the weekend.

    They didn't take their chances and took three points from the game, only by way of a Soldado penalty in the 80th minute.

    Spurs are the only side in the top nine that have scored fewer than 10 goals this season.

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