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The 5 Most Surprising Premier League Stats From The Weekend

The 5 Most Surprising Premier League Stats From The Weekend

It was a fine weekend for Manchester United, as they crept closer to the Top Four with victory over Spurs - their first in 278 home league games.

Arsenal and Chelsea keep winning, but Liverpool again slipped up - this time at home to West Ham. Bournemeouth, who seven years ago on Saturday lost to Morecambe, now sit 12th in the Premier League, and Leicester walloped Man City to remind us all how why became champions.

Here are the oddest stats from a decent weekend of Premier League action:

Chelsea love a nine-game run

As per Opta, Chelsea have won nine-plus games on the bounce for the fifth time in the Premier League, which is once more than Manchester United have achieved in the same period.

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In other Chelsea news, Victor Moses has won all nine of his Premier League starts this season.

Mahrez and Vardy rekindle the old flame

 

Last season, Riyad Mahrez assisted Jamie Vardy alone six times in the Premier League. As recently as two weeks ago, he had completed just one pass to Vardy since September, as Leicester's shocking form saw them looking over their shoulders.

But Leicester's thumping of Man City saw Mahrez produce a deft assist for his former partner-in-crime. Incredibly, it was Mahrez's first assist for Vardy since February.

[via Opta]

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Is diving taking a tumble?

It would certainly seem it's being curtailed, based on the below recordings.

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The highest number of yellow cards dished out for diving was 33 in 2012/2013, making up 2.64% of the total yellows for the campaign. The second-highest was 27 (2.13%) in '08/09.

This season, there have been eight bookings for diving - 1.28% of the total of 623 yellow cards. Judging by that ratio, we're headed for the second lowest tally of yellow cards for diving since 2007/2008.

[Stat via BBC]

And finally... What the?

How the bloody heck did this happen? 20 minutes without completing a pass in the opposition's half, and on either side of half time too... Bizarre.

Kieran Greene

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