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The 5 Most Surprising Premier League Stats From The Weekend

Gavan Casey
By Gavan Casey
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After another hell-raising Premier League weekend, Liverpool's title credentials have taken a dent, Alexis Sanchez is the best player in the universe and Manchester United are still very much Manchester United.

Here are the five most intriguing stats from the weekend's action:

A 2-0 half-time lead isn't as 'dangerous' as Liverpool made it seem


On 1,061 occasions, a Premier League team has gone into half-time 2-0 ahead. Only 22 times has a team with that same lead at the interval gone on to lose the game.

In other words, only 2.2% of 2-0 half-time leads in Premier League history have ended in disaster for the leading team.

Source: Opta

Man United's season minus the concession of late goals... Still not great.



Mourinho's men have dropped seven points while conceding goals in the final 10 minutes this season. If only they could hold their nerve... They'd be fifth instead of sixth. With an extra seven points, United would be ahead of Tottenham, and still outside the Champions League places.

That's how bad a season it's been to date.

Man City's hometown blues




Man City's 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at the City of Manchester Stadium was the first occasion in seven years where City had led at home and ended up losing a game.

On the 12th of April 2009, a Clint Dempsey-inspired Fulham turned City over in Manchester after an early deflected goal from none other than Stephen Ireland. Robinho sat on the bench for City, while Dickson Ethutu scored in between Dempsey's brace for the Cottagers.

Source: Opta


Hat-tip to Matip


Following Liverpool's spectacular capitulation at Bournemouth, Sky Sports stated that Jurgen Klopp's men have now conceded as many goals - nine - without Joel Matip in the side for three games, as they have during the 11 games he's played this season.

Liverpool have conceded at least two goals in each of those three games but have done so only once in the other 11 - and that was the 4-2 win at Crystal Palace.


Fellaini... Just Fellaini.


Man United have won 60.8% of their games without Marouane Fellaini since the start of last season. Incredibly - or not at all - with Fellaini in the side, they've won just 34.4%.

The big Belgian is clearly the nuclear option at United, but he left his own side in ruins at Everton on Sunday.


Source: Squawka


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