Jeepers keepers: Asmir Begovic is congratulated after opening the scoring at Southampton on Saturday
After what was yet another thrilling weekend of action in the Premier League, we take a look back at all 10 top-flight fixtures and the eye-catching stats that really stood out in those contests.
And whether it was a keeper joining an illustrious group of shot-stoppers, an unexplained hoodoo for one of the game’s most successful managers ever or a player on a remarkable recent run of form in front of goal, then we have the statistic coming up …
Liverpool suffered their first Premier League away defeat of the season on Saturday when they went down 2-0 to league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates.
After Saturday’s latest strike, in-form Arsenal midfield player Aaron Ramsey has now managed to find the back of the net as many times in the past six months as the Welshman had managed in the previous six years of his career.
Arsenal’s current five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table is the biggest advantage that the north London club have held at the top of the standings since February 2008.
Following Saturday’s shock 2-0 loss at St James’ Park, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has incredibly still to record a victory at the home of Newcastle United in his trophy-laden managerial career.
Chelsea have now kept just three clean sheets in the Premier League in their last 13 top-flight matches on the road after Saturday afternoon’s surprise 2-0 reverse at Newcastle.
After Saturday’s convincing 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, Premier League champions Manchester United are now unbeaten in the capital since losing at Arsenal in May 2011, a run stretching to 12 top-flight games.
Netherlands international Robin van Persie has now netted an eye-catching seven goals in his last eight Premier League away matches after his latest strike at Fulham on Saturday, while overall the striker has also managed to score an incredible 17 goals in just his previous 23 top-flight contests on his travels for the Red Devils.
Sunderland midfield player Lee Cattermole was one of two visiting players who received their marching orders at the KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon, however. For the former Black Cats’ skipper, it was an incredible seventh red card already in his Premier League career.
After Saturday’s 7-0 thrashing of relegation-threatened Norwich City at Eastlands, Manchester City have now won all five Premier League matches at the Etihad Stadium this season, while Manuel Pellegrini’s side have also won 10 of their previous 11 home top-flight contests stretching back to February.
Asmir Begovic became just the fifth goalkeeper to find the back of the net in the history of the Premier League when Stoke City’s Bosnian shot-stopper opened the scoring in the first minute at the Britannia on Saturday, joining the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Tim Howard, Brad Friedel and Paul Robinson before him.
Bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace have now lost their last seven Premier League fixtures in a row following Saturday’s most recent setback, a 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, the Eagles’ worst run in the top flight since March 1998, when the southeast London side suffered eight consecutive reverses.
Aston Villa recorded a fourth successive Premier League clean sheet on their travels thanks to Saturday’s goalless draw at West Ham United, the West Midlands club’s best defensive top-flight run on the road since March 2010.
After Sunday afternoon’s goalless draw at Everton, Tottenham Hotspur have remarkably still to let in a Premier League goal this season against a side from outside the capital.
Cardiff City netted just their second home goal in the Premier League from their previous four fixtures in South Wales on Sunday afternoon. However, on this occasion it was a winning strike from defender Steven Caulker to hand Malky Mackay’s side victory in the 55th league meeting with arch-rivals Swansea City, and their first-ever clash in the top flight.