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Premier League Round 8: Did You Know?

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13th Oct 2017, 3:01pm
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Enjoy our collection of fun facts for this week’s fixtures!

 

Leicester vs West Brom 

 

West Brom are unbeaten in their last seven away league matches against Leicester (W5 D2).

 

Liverpool vs Man Utd

 

Since José Mourinho was appointed Man Utd manager, Liverpool and Man Utd have won the exact same number of points in the Premier League (88). However in their last 50 meets post-1992, Manchester United have won 27, drawn 10 and lost just 13 against Liverpool.

 

Brighton vs Everton

 

German midfielder Pascal Gross has covered the third-most distance in the Premier League this season (82.1km) and has scored or assisted four of Brighton's five goals. FYI Burnley’s Jack Cork leads the league with 85.1km covered so far.

 

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

 

Cesc Fabregas is one goal away from becoming only the third Spanish player to score over 50 times in the Premier League. Fernando Torres holds the top spot with 85 goals, followed by Diego Costa on 52.

 

Man City vs Stoke

 

Only Chelsea (+21 in 2010/11) have had a better goal difference after seven matches in a Premier League season than Man City's current +20. 

 

Southampton vs Newcastle

 

Rafael Benitez has failed to collect a single point in his three previous Premier League visits to St. Mary’s Stadium, all with different teams.

 

Spurs vs Bournemouth

 

If Spurs fail to win this match they will become the first team in Premier League history to win each of their opening four away matches in a season without winning any of their opening four at home.

 

Burnley vs West Ham

 

Burnley are currently on their longest ever unbeaten run in the Premier League (W2 D3 L0).

 

Swansea vs Huddersfield

 

This will be the first top-flight meeting between Swansea City and Huddersfield Town. In terms of distance covered between the two sides, Huddersfield Town lie in 12th place (766.4km) whilst Swansea are down in 19th (738.6km).  

 

Watford vs Arsenal

 

In the last meeting between these two teams in January, Watford earned their first Premier League win against Arsenal and ended a run of seven straight league defeats against them.

 

Just for fun

 

David Luiz is the Premier League player with the most number of Instagram followers. The Chelsea centre-back has 17.2 million followers who he regularly delights with shots like this:

 

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Liverpool goalie Simon Mignolet speaks 5 languages and has a degree in politics. Who knew?!

 

Over the past 25 years, ‘David’ has been revealed as the most common name for Premier League players. 87 Davids have graced the top flight, whilst ‘Paul’ lies in second (79) and ‘Steve’ is third (62). This year however, it appears David is in decline, with only three making an appearance in the 2017/18 season so far: David Silva, David Luiz and David de Gea.

 

Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are among the Premier League’s top 5 goal scorers this season. And the talented three remain the only players born after 1992 to score a hattrick in the Premier League.

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played for 6 clubs that have the won the Champions League but has never won the title himself. Ouch.