Just like the 36 weeks before it, the penultimate weekend in the English Premier League season delivered some unexpected storylines and surprising statistics along with them.
In nine fixtures this weekend, we saw Manchester City climb back to the top of the table, for now, and Manchester United once again stumble at home.
Due to Sunderland's 1-0 win at Old Trafford, Fulham and Cardiff City were relegated from the Premier League.
Continue reading below to see the outstanding stats from the nine matches played across England and Wales in Week 37.
Sunderland Shock United
Sunderland's bid for Premier League survival continued in spectacular fashion on Saturday with their 1-0 win at Manchester United.
The victory marked the first time since May 11, 1968 that the Black Cats took maximum points from Old Trafford:
Sunderland have won at Old Trafford for the first time since May 11th 1968 (2-1 win). pic.twitter.com/Li1rUtQbWi— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 3, 2014
The loss for United was their seventh home defeat of the season, a total that tied the most in a season since the 1973-74 campaign that saw the Red Devils get relegated:
Man United has 7 home league losses this season, the club's most in a season since being relegated in 1973-74.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) May 3, 2014
The Title Plot Thickens Once Again
Manchester City took the top spot in the table away from Liverpool on Saturday with a dramatic 3-2 win at Goodison Park.
The win pushed the Citizens ahead of the Reds on goal difference, and marked the 23rd time the league lead had changed hands this season:
Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku Strike Goal No. 14
Edin Dzeko scored twice in the win for Manchester City in the 43rd and 48th minutes to move his league goal total to 14, 10 of which he has scored on the road:
10 of Edin Dzeko's 14 league goals have come away from home - only Luis Suarez has managed more on his travels (13). pic.twitter.com/tdUpTUuI3x— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 4, 2014
Conversely, Romelu Lukaku has scored 10 of his 14 goals, including his 65th minute strike on Saturday, at home for Everton:
10 - 10 of Romelu Lukaku's 14 Premier League goals this season have come at Goodison Park. Comforts.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 3, 2014
Lukaku's goal total marks the most goals scored by an Everton player since Yakubu netted 15 during the 2007-08 season:
Romelu Lukaku scores his 14th PL goal of the season, most by an Everton player since 2007-08 (Yakubu 15).— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) May 3, 2014
Pair of 1,000th Goals Find the Back of the Net
History was made at St. James' Park and Villa Park on Saturday, as two milestone goals were scored by Loic Remy and Ashley Westwood.
Remy's goal in the 87th minute of Newcastle's 3-0 win over Cardiff was the 1,000th goal scored this season:
1000 - Loic Remy's goal was the 1000th in the @premierleague this season. Millennium.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 3, 2014
Westwood's first-minute strike for the Villains marked the 1,000th Premier League goal to be scored at Villa Park:
1000 - Ashley Westwood's goal was the 1000th Premier League goal scored at Villa Park (Villa have scored 570 and conceded 430). Milestone.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 3, 2014
Finally An English Flavour to Newcastle
Steven Taylor scored in the 90th minute of Newcastle's win over Cardiff to become the first English player to score for the Magpies since Boxing Day 2012:
493 - Steven Taylor is the first English player to score in the Premier League for Newcastle since Boxing Day 2012 (493 days). Lion.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 3, 2014
Loic Remy, a Frenchman, and Shola Ameobi of Nigeria were the two other goalscorers in the 3-0 victory.
Cardiff and Fulham Relegated
Miserable seasons for Cardiff and Fulham were ended on Saturday, when both sides' respective demotions to the Championship were confirmed.
Cardiff's relegation marked the 28th time a team was sent down from the Premier League after just one season:
Fulham, who have seen a few great escapes in their history, faced the drop after 13 successive seasons in the top flight:
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