10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 18

1 – Swansea City became the first team in the Premier League this season to take points from Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have scored first. Patrice Evra gave the visitors the lead, heading home a Robin van Persie corner, but Manchester United failed to score in open play throughout the game as Michu’s equaliser saw both sides share the points.

2 – Only two points separate the teams between 3rd and 7th place. Chelsea occupy that third spot in the Premier League, 2 points ahead of Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion heading into Boxing Day.

3 – Robert Snodgrass scored his third direct free kick of the season on Saturday – more than any other player to date. The Norwich City set piece taker has had some help from Ben Foster and Paulo Gazzaniga along the way, both goalkeepers at fault on 2 of his dead ball strikes.

7 – On Sunday, Chelsea became the first team in Premier League history to have 7 different players score a goal in a single game. Ramires was the only player to score 2 goals as Rafa Benitez’s side ran out 8-0 winners over Aston Villa. Fernando Torres, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Frank Lampard, Oscar and Eden Hazard added their names to the scoresheet.

10 – Patrice Evra’s headed goal for Manchester United means that the league leaders have now scored a league-high 10 headed goals this season.

13 – Swansea City’s £2 million signing from Rayo Vallecano scored his 13th Premier League goal of the season at the weekend and now leads the Premier League. The Spaniard also became the joint-highest foreign player to score 13 goals before Christmas, along with Sergio Aguero who achieved this feat last season.

28 – Nikica Jelavic has been caught offside more times than any other player this season.

83 – Stewart Downing’s 1st Premier League goal for Liverpool came with the England international’s 83rd shot for the club.

100 – Frank Lampard scored his 100th Premier League goal in London. Only Thierry Henry (133) has scored more goals in a single city, also London.

500 – Frank Lampard made his 500th Premier League start this weekend. Only David James (571), Gary Speed (521) and Ryan Giggs (508) have started more than the Chelsea legend.