Premier League Stats – 12 August ’17

This is where SPAGames gathers together and summarises stats and interesting tidbits that we’ve noticed in the media from the most recent round of Premier League matches.

Wayne Rooney’s Second Everton Debut

“Rooney’s 199th Premier League goal was also his first for Everton since April 2004… Rooney rose majestically to steer a fine header back across Jack Butland and into the same net that received his first league strike for the club, against Arsenal in 2002.” – Anthony Hunter, Guardian Sport

“The Everton man has set a new Premier League record for the longest gap between goals for the same club – 4,869 days!” –

“To score the winning goal at Goodison is a special moment,” said Rooney. “To play for this football club again is a huge deal for me and to score the winning goal at Goodison in the first Premier League game; it doesn’t get much better.” – Wayne Rooney after his second Premier League debut for Everton

Brighton Return to the Top Flight

“Brighton and Hove Albion’s home match against Manchester City was their first appearance in the English top flight since 1983.” – SPAGames

“The chasm in terms of resources was made plain by the fact City’s new collection of full-backs cost more than the funds raised to construct [Brightons home ground] the Amex Stadium…” – Amy Lawrence, Guardian Sport

Southampton Continue Home Goal Drought

“…[Southampton] had a stupendous total of 28 shots on goal but only two were on target… this was a record sixth successive home league match without scoring in front of their own supporters. It is more than 545 minutes since they last scored here, against Crystal Palace on 5 April.” – Ben Fisher, Guardian Sport

United Hammer West Ham

“United’s hammering of West Ham is their biggest margin of victory in the Premier League since Mourinho took the reins in May 2016.” – SPAGames

“It was a tepid show from West Ham and they have now lost 11 opening-day fixtures in the Premier League era, more than any other club.” – Daniel Taylor, Guardian Sport

“Marcus Rashford, who set up Lukaku’s first, was the previous to do so when they beat Arsenal 3-2 in February 2016. James Wilson and Ruud van Nistelrooy were the others to match that feat. Lukaku continued his record of starting quickly for his new clubs, having also scored on his Premier League debut for West Bromwich Albion and Everton.” –

Other Bits and Bobs

“…the Hornets [Watford] have not lost an opening day league game since 2006, when they were beaten 2-1 by Everton at Goodison Park.” – Sky Sports, after Watford’s 3-3 home draw with Liverpool

“Antonio Conte’s side [Chelsea] became the first team in Premier League history to have two players sent off in their opening game [of the season] as they were beaten 3-2 by Burnley.” – Sky Sports

“Bournemouth had 71% possession away to West Brom, but failed to make that superiority count and lost 1-0.” – SPAGames

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