1 – Following Everton’s defeat by Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday, Stoke City are the only remaining team not to have lost at home so far this season.
3 – Gareth Bale received his third yellow card of the season for simulation in Tottenham’s 3-1 victory at Sunderland to start the weekend. The Welsh winger has gained a reputation for diving but on this occasion replays showed he was knocked off his feet.
4 – Arsenal & Chelsea will go into 2013 on the longest active winning streaks in the Premier League. Arsenal were convincing 7-3 winners over Newcastle and Chelsea have found their form under Rafa Benitez, coming from behind to win 2-1 at Everton on Sunday.
6 – Newcastle United have now scored 6 goals in their last two games combined, but lost both of them. The Magpies lost 4-3 at Manchester United on Boxing Day before losing 7-3 at Arsenal on Saturday.
7 – Manchester United will start the second half of the Premier League season 7 points clear at the top of the table to begin New Year’s Day as the top 5 teams all won their final game of 2012.
8 – Luis Suarez has scored the same number of goals away from home as Queens Park Rangers this season and more than Aston Villa, Villa Reading, Stoke City and West Ham.
16 – Aston Villa have conceded 16 goals since they last scored one themselves. Paul Lambert’s side have lost their last 3 games to nil which included a 3-0 thrashing at home to Wigan Athletic this weekend, and sit just 1 point above the drop zone heading into 2013 with the worst goal difference in the league.
16 – Frank Lampard has scored 5 or more goals in 16 consecutive Premier League seasons. The England international scored both goals as Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at Goodison Park on Sunday.
22 – Tottenham’s 2-1 victory at Sunderland on Saturday means that no team has scored more goals on their travels than Andre Villas-Boas side has in their first 10 away games to start the season. Manchester United have the same amount.
39 – Aston Villa have conceded the most goals in the Premier League. Another 3 were shipped on Saturday, making it 15 in their last 3 since winning 3-1 at Anfield. Paul Lambert’s inexperienced squad is calling out for some experience and players who will take the games by the scruff of the neck.