Premier League Week 17 Standout Stats: It's All About Luis Suarez

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 22, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his second goal with team mate Jordan Henderson during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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No player has been more polarizing during his time in the English Premier League than Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

To kick off Week 17 in the English top flight, Suarez continued to leave us all awestruck with his performance against Cardiff City. 

Suarez scored twice and recorded an assist on the other Liverpool goal, and in the process, he made plenty of history.

Here is a look at the standout stats from Suarez and the rest of the EPL in Week 17. 


Suarez's Historic Start 

With his brace on Saturday, Suarez earned the achievement of best scoring start ever in the Premier League, according to the NBC Sports broadcast:

The Uruguayan's total of 19 goals before Christmas is also more than the number that the Golden Boot winners from two EPL seasons netted: 


Luis Loves December

Suarez also made some monthly EPL history against Cardiff as his December total rose to 10 goals. 

The Liverpool marksman became the first player in league history to score 10 or more goals in a single month: 

The scary thing is: He still has two more games to score more and leave an unbreakable mark in the record books. 


You Can't Be More Direct Than Yaya

Elsewhere in the EPL, Manchester City and Fulham played in a six-goal shootout at Craven Cottage

The first goal of the 4-2 City victory was scored by Yaya Toure on a direct free-kick that bounced off the top of the crossbar and into the net. 

The strike was the fourth from a direct free-kick by the Ivorian this season: 


Sunderland and Norwich Try, but Don't Succeed 

The lone match this weekend where no goals were scored came to us from the Stadium of Light as Sunderland and Norwich both failed to net a tally. 

Although neither team scored, they did put a ton of effort into their attempts, as the two teams combined for 27 chances: 


Saturday Substitutes Get the Job Done

During Saturday's action, seven players came off of the bench to score a goal for their club.

Among those quality subs were Jesus Navas, James Milner, Ashley Young and Hatem Ben Arfa. 

Carlton Cole, Charlie Adam and Matej Vydra also scored to set the record for most goals in a single day by substitutes: 


The Best Road Team Is....Tottenham? 

Tottenham Hotspur have been mired in crisis all season long, but despite all of their trouble, they are the best road team in the league.

Thanks to a double from former castoff Emmanuel Adebayor, Spurs won their league-high sixth away match of the season: 


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