Premier League Week 12 Standout Stats: Quick Strikes, Red Cards, Howlers & More

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at Boleyn Ground on November 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Week 12 of the English Premier League could be easily separated into two categories: the Merseyside derby and everything else. 

The latest edition of the battle between Everton and Liverpool handed us plenty of excitement, and a treasure trove of standout stats. 

As for the other eight matches played this weekend, they gave us some fun stats too, but they were not under the spotlight like the Merseyside derby. 


Derby Result First in 83 Years

For the first time since 1930, the Reds and Toffees ended their derby match in a 3-3 draw:

Given how many times these two sides have lined up against each other over the years, it is sort of shocking that they have not produced a result like they did on Saturday in the last 83 years. 


Leighton Baines Loses Streak

Overshadowed by all of the scoring at Goodison Park was the departure of Leighton Baines from the pitch in the 50th minute due to injury. 

By exiting the field early in favor of Gerard Deulofeu, the English left-back snapped his streak of 170 matches where he has played the entire 90 minutes: 

As for his injury status, Baines suffered a toe injury after Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson fell on it: 

The Toffees will hope to have their star defender back in the lineup against Stoke on Saturday.


Frank Lampard Breaks a Streak of His Own

While we're on the topic of streak breaking, let's talk about the one broken by Chelsea's Frank Lampard in the 3-0 win over West Ham United. 

Heading into the match at Upton Park, Lampard had not scored in 10 matches. 

Luckily for the England international and his club, he broke out of his slump in style with a double against the Hammers. 

Lampard struck first on a penalty in the 21st minute before he sealed the win with an 82nd minute strike. 


The Favorite Color of English Football is Red

There were two red cards shown in the EPL on Saturday to Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie and Sunderland's Wes Brown.

The top flight duo joined 11 other players who took the walk of shame down the tunnel to set a record number of sending offs in the first four tiers of English football on Saturday. 

via B/R UK

In all honesty, there should have been at least one more red card shown, but Everton's Kevin Mirallas was spared by referee Phil Dowd despite a studs-up horror tackle on Luis Suarez



Glenn Whelan is Perfect

When someone mentions the name of Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan in casual conversation, the word perfect is far from the first word used to describe him.

However, that was the best adjective available to chronicle the Republic of Ireland international's day.

Whelan attempted 63 passes in the Potters' 2-0 win over Sunderland and he found a teammate with every single pass, according to Opta: 


Artur Boruc's Blunder Costs Saints 

Southampton keeper Artur Boruc found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Saturday as he handed Olivier Giroud the first Arsenal goal. 

via B/R UK

The second goal the Polish man between the pipes conceded was on a penalty, which was a more conventional way to lose. 

Boruc is no stranger to goalkeeping oddities as he also gave up a goal to a fellow keeper in Stoke's Asmir Begovic. 

That means that two of the seven goals that Southampton have let in this season have been on stupid errors by Boruc. 


Jesus Navas Strikes Fast 

If you missed the first 14 seconds of Manchester City's 6-0 thumping of Tottenham, you missed a goal from Jesus Navas. 

Navas' goal was only the seventh-fastest goal in league history, a statistic that is quite shocking if you asked this soccer scribe. 

Maybe next time Navas can be a little quicker so he can find himself near the top of that chart. 


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