Premier League Week 28 Standout Stats: Suarez and Soldado Break Droughts

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Premier League Week 28 Standout Stats: Suarez and Soldado Break Droughts
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While most of the attention from Week 28 in the English Premier League was gained due to a certain off-pitch incident, there was plenty of drama on the pitch as well. 

Headlining the eight matches played on Saturday and Sunday were the goalscoring antics of Luis Suarez and Roberto Soldado, both of whom broke long droughts with their respective strikes. 

Week 28 also delivered us with a hat-trick from a young German star and an unexpected offensive outbreak at Villa Park.

Continue reading below to see which numbers made our standout stats for the latest weekend of EPL action. 

 

Suarez Helps Liverpool's Title Assault

Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 16th minute in Liverpool's 3-0 away win over Southampton on Saturday. 

With his 24th goal of the campaign, Suarez broke a drought that spanned six hours and 52 minutes: 

Liverpool's three total goals on the day marked the best tally through 28 games for a team in the EPL: 

 

Schurrle Stars at Craven Cottage

The only team that sits in front of Liverpool in the table, Chelsea, received a tremendous hat-trick from Andre Schurrle in the West London derby with Fulham

Schurrle, who scored his hat-trick in a span of 16 minutes, became the third German to record three goals in one game in the EPL era: 

It was also the sixth hat-trick of the season, the last three of which have come from the feet of Chelsea players: 

 

Soldado Finally Scores from Open Play

Roberto Soldado scored the goal all Tottenham fans have been waiting for in the team's 1-0 victory over Cardiff City on Sunday. 

With his 28th-minute strike, Soldado scored for the first time since December 29: 

More importantly, the Spaniard scored in open play for the first time since October: 

 

Villa Unleash an Attacking Fury on Norwich 

No one, not even Paul Lambert and the Aston Villa players, expected the Villains to explode for four goals in the first half Sunday at home. 

Two goals from Christian Benteke, one from Leandro Bacuna and an own goal from Sebastien Bassong contributed to the first four-goal first half for the club since February 1995: 

 

Mark Hughes: Arsenal's Achilles' Heel 

Stoke City delivered the shock result of the weekend by taking down Arsenal, 1-0, at the Britannia Stadium.

The victory marked the fifth time that Stoke manager Mark Hughes defeated the Gunners, which is more than any other manager not named Sir Alex Ferguson in the Premier League era: 

Hughes has accomplished this feat with four different clubs: 

 

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