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Most Saves: 5—Allan McGregor, Simon Mignolet
Starting at the back of the field, with goal prevention, Allan McGregor and Simon Mignolet both managed five saves in their team's respective opening-day wins.
McGregor kept a clean sheet, facing the most shots of any goalkeeper in Week 1 and crucially kept out Charlie Austin's penalty. He also needed Andrew Robertson's goal-line clearance to preserve the shutout.
Mignolet and McGregor both received positive headlines in Week 1, getting through more work than any other goalkeeper.
Most Clearances: 19—Martin Skrtel
In terms of defensive contributions, we move to the categories where players are repelling the danger. As Southampton pressed for an equaliser, Liverpool's Martin Skrtel was regularly seen diverting crosses, making more clearances than any player in Week 1.
This was an area the centre-back also excelled in last season, posting 410 clearances, 71 more than any other Premier League player.
Most Blocked Shots: 3—James Chester
James Chester was praised by Steve Bruce, per BBC Sport, after Hull's win over QPR and the defender put in more blocks than any other player.
Flying in with your body on the line seems an automatic way of generating acclaim, and it will be interesting to see if leaders in this category are regular standouts at the back.
Judging by the players to appear in this slide, the numbers suggest Hull and Liverpool had to work hardest for their wins in Week 1.
Their goalkeepers and defenders were regularly called into action and had to produce more than anyone else in their position, as both sides hung onto a lead.
Most Dribbled Past: 4—Gylfi Sigurdsson, Morgan Schneiderlin and Dean Marney
Being a statistical leader isn't always a good thing. There are unwanted categories to excel in, such as dribbled past, where a player is comprehensively beaten by an opponent.
In Week 1, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Morgan Schneiderlin and Dean Marney were all bypassed four times, leaving their defence temporarily exposed.