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Premier League in numbers - round eight

Sports Mole's numbers geek reviews the weekend's Premier League action with a swarm of shiny statistics.

29 goals were scored and 32 cards were issued during nine Premier League fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.

Sports Mole's resident maths geek has analysed the weekend's footballing facts and figures to compile a swarm of statistics for your numeric pleasure.


Newcastle United 2-2 Liverpool

Steven Gerrard's first-half penalty in Liverpool's 2-2 draw at Newcastle provided the England skipper with his 100th Premier League goal.

Gerrard, who has now made 449 top-flight appearances, is the 24th player to reach the landmark.

In other news, there have now been 126 goals in Premier League matches between Newcastle and Liverpool, which is more than in any other fixture.

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool scores his 100th goal and Liverpool's first from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James' Park on October 19, 2013© Getty Images


Arsenal 4-1 Norwich City

Jack Wilshere's 18th-minute opener during Arsenal's 4-1 win over Norwich was the midfielder's first Premier League goal at the Emirates Stadium.

It came during the 21-year-old's 36th league appearance at the Gunners' North London home.

Wilshere's strike also means that he has found the net in back-to-back club games for the first time in his senior career.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere celebrates after scoring against Norwich during the English Premier League football match on October 19, 2013© Getty Images


Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City

Petr Cech made his 300th Premier League appearance for Chelsea as his side thrashed Cardiff 4-1.

Cech is the third player at Stamford Bridge to reach the milestone, following in the footsteps of Frank Lampard and John Terry.

He is the 14th goalkeeper to play 300 Premier League games, after David James, Mark Schwarzer, Brad Friedel, Shay Given, Jussi Jaskelainen, Paul Robinson, Nigel Martyn, Thomas Sorensen, David Seaman, Edwin van der Sar, Ian Walker, Peter Schmeichel and Tim Howard.

Jordon Mutch of Cardiff beats Petr Cech to score the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2013© Getty Images


Everton 2-1 Hull City

It took Steven Pienaar just 27 seconds to find the net after entering the field of play as a substitute in Everton's 2-1 win over Hull.

His strike, which came 10 seconds after play resumed, is not the quickest Premier League goal by a substitute.

Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner still holds the overall league record, having taken just six seconds (1.8 seconds after play resumed) to make an impact in a 2-1 win over Spurs in 2007.

Steven Pienaar of Everton scores his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Hull City at Goodison Park on October 19, 2013© Getty Images


Manchester United 1-1 Southampton

Southampton had gone 498 minutes (eight hours and 18 minutes) without conceding a goal in all competitions prior to Robin van Persie's first-half opener in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Despite the Dutchman's strike, the Saints still boast the Premier League's tightest defence, having conceded just three goals in eight games.

The South Coast club had shipped 24 league goals at this stage last season.

Jose Fonte of Southampton acknowledges the fans at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on October 19, 2013© Getty Images


Swansea City 4-0 Sunderland

When Craig Gardner brought down Leon Britton in the 64th minute of Swansea City's 4-0 win over Sunderland, referee Craig Pawson quite rightly awarded a penalty.

However, the decision was met with mild surprise by many of the 20,245 fans at the Liberty Stadium, as it was the Swans' first spot-kick in 56 league games.

Another defeat for Sunderland meant that the Black Cats have now lost six consecutive league matches for the first time since 2006.

Wilfried Bony of Swansea City scores a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Sunderland at Liberty Stadium on October 19, 2013© Getty Images


Stoke City 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

A drab stalemate in Staffordshire maintained the Britannia Stadium's reputation as one of the Premier League's most goal-shy grounds.

The net has bulged just four times in four league matches at the Potters' noisy home this season, making it the Premier League's joint-lowest-scoring venue alongside Hull's KC Stadium.

Only Sunderland's Stadium of Light (2.05 per game) and QPR's Loftus Road (2.16) witnessed fewer top-flight goals than the Britannia (2.26) last season.

Andy Wilkinson of Stoke City and Saido Berahino of West Brom battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and West Brom on October 19, 2013© Getty Images


West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City

Sergio Aguero found the back of the net with a header for the first time in his English league career as City won 3-1 at West Ham.

The 5ft 8in striker's feet had already scored 40 league goals by the time his head got in on the act.

City are now the division's top scorers, having netted 20 goals in eight league games this season.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City on October 19, 2013© Getty Images


Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

The Villans' 2-0 loss to Spurs was their 15th home league game in a row without a clean sheet.

Meanwhile, the match saw Tottenham record their fourth straight away victory in all competitions.

Prior to Sunday's clash, Spurs had not won four consecutive games on the road since 2007, when they earned victories at Fulham, Everton, West Ham and Braga within the space of just 19 days.

Roberto Soldado of Spurs celebrates scoring their second goal with Paulinho of Spurs during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on October 20, 2013 © Getty Images

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea55001441015
2Liverpool5500112915
3Manchester CityMan City54101431113
4Watford6411116513
5Bournemouth5311107310
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs530210649
7Arsenal530210919
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd53028809
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves52215508
10Everton513189-16
11Leicester CityLeicester520389-16
12Crystal Palace520346-26
13Southampton51226605
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton512279-25
15Fulham6123813-55
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham5104511-63
17Cardiff CityCardiff502339-62
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield5023211-92
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle501448-41
20Burnley5014310-71

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