Premier League Week 14 Standout Stats: Own Goals Galore as Liverpool Close Gap

Joshua Hayward@@JoshuaHayward99Contributor IDecember 8, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates afterJoey O'Brien of West Ham United scored an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on December 7, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Week 14 of the Premier League certainly was eventful. Four of the league's top five sides failed to win, with Chelsea suffering a shock 3-2 defeat at the hands of Stoke City.

Another team that suffered a hugely disappointing loss was Manchester United. David Moyes men succumbed to Newcastle United, losing their fifth game of the season. They are surely now—if they weren't already—out of the title race.

At the other end of the table, Crystal Palace secured a huge win over fellow strugglers Cardiff City and are now, after looking like certain relegation fodder, just one point off 16th place.

Here are the standout stats from this weekend's fixtures in the Premier League.


Liverpool benefit from record tally of own goals

Brendan Rodgers' men ousted West Ham United and now are now just five points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Their 4-1 victory over the Hammers at Anfield was special in its own right, having notched 17 goals in their last four games whilst shipping just three.

However, the win was extraordinary for another reason as a Premier League record of three own goals were scored.


Chelsea lose to Stoke as leaky defence falters yet again

Jose Mourinho was left to rue his side's defensive woes yet again as the Blues shipped three goals in their astonishing 3-2 loss to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Oussama Assaidi of Stoke celebrates after scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo
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The visitors took the lead in the ninth minute but their leaky defence were unable to keep out the Potters—Oussama Saidi scoring a dramatic 90th minute winner.

That goal was the 17th Mourinho's side have conceded this season which is more than they did during the Portuguese manager's debut season in 2004/05.


Sunderland in trouble after failing to hold on, again

With Crystal Palace grabbing a vital win it was imperative that Sunderland did the same. It all looked to be going so well when Adam Johnson fired them in front during their clash against Tottenham.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: John O'Shea of Sunderland looks dejected at full-time following the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadium of Light on December 07, 2013 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Chris
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However, two goals in seven minutes for the visitors ensured Sunderland finished the weekend five points adrift of 17th-placed West Ham.

Not for the first time this season, the Black Cats let a lead slip. Gus Poyet's side, who look to be heading for the drop, have lost 11 points from winning positions this season—the most in the Premier League.

Spurs, on the other hand, are one of only two teams not to register more than two goals in any league game this term. Newcastle are the other.


Two in a row for struggling Palace

Tony Pulis' appointment as Crystal Palace manager was met with a mixed response from Eagles fans.

The newly promoted side were one of the favourites for the drop among bookmakers and, after a shocking start to the season that saw them rooted to the bottom of the table and manager Ian Holloway relieved of his duties, odds shortened.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Cameron Jerome of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Cardiff City at Selhurst Park on December 07, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty
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However, Pulis has instantly put his stamp on the team and they have started to pick up wins.

Palace may not be playing the most aesthetically pleasing style of football, but it certainly seems to be effective.

The home side put two past Cardiff and kept a clean sheet—running out 2-0 winners after a win over West Ham in midweek.

The previous time Palace claimed back-to-back wins in the Premier League was in 2004 when they beat West Brom and Birmingham City.


Home comforts for Arsenal's Ozil

Arsenal failed to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points after being held to a 1-1 draw in a hugely entertaining fixture at the Emirates.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on December 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael
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The Gunners currently sit atop the table and with a five-point margin over second-placed Liverpool and have secured a their best points tally at this stage of the season since 2007/08.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil grabbed his fourth goal of the campaign as the hosts took the lead, but were pegged back by a Gerard Deulofeu goal just minutes later.

All nine of Mesut Ozil's league goals in 2013—for the Spanish side and Arsenal—have been scored at home.


Title still achievable for Man United despite another loss

Manchester United fell to their fifth defeat of the season after losing 1-0 to Newcastle at Old Trafford, following a loss to Everton at the same venue in midweek.

The Red Devils had not lost back-to-back home matches since 2002 and are currently the worst reigning champions, with just 22 points from 15 games since the that very same season when they managed just 21 points.

The title race looks all but over for Moyes' men, but all is not lost. The last team to win the Premier League despite suffering five defeats in the opening 15 matches was arch rivals Manchester City in 1967/68.




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