10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 15

0 – Rafa Benitez is the first Chelsea manager in the Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge to fail to win any of his first 3 Premier League games. Avram Grant previously took the longest to put a W on the board when he done it in his 3rd game in charge. Andre Villas-Boas was the only other manager not to win his first game, but the current Tottenham manager did win his next 2.

1 – Liverpool have won back-to-back home games in the Premier League for the first time since 1 May 2011. Brendan Rodgers’s side recorded a 1-0 victory over Southampton at the weekend, following a 3-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic a fortnight ago. Liverpool have now won 3 of their last 4 at home, upping the tally to 5 home Premier League wins in 2012.

2 – Manchester City’s 1-1 draw at home to Everton means Roberto Mancini’s side have now dropped points in two of their eight games at the Etihad this season. Last season, Sunderland’s 3-3 draw at Manchester City was the only time the 2011/12 champions dropped points at home.

6 – Chelsea’s 3-1 loss at West Ham means all 6 Premier League teams from the capital have all lost at least 1 London derby games this season.

7 – The 7 goals in the first half of Reading 3-4 Manchester United on Saturday equalled the Premier League record for 7 goals scored in the first half. This has only happened twice previously; Blackburn Rovers 3-4 Leeds United on 14 September 1997 and Bradford City 4-4 Derby County on 21 April 2000. That latter game saw Dean Windass score his only Premier League hat trick, and Craig Burley become the first player to take 3 penalties in a Premier League game. Only Darren Bent has matched that feat since.

7 – Manchester United have now fallen behind in 10 of their 15 Premier League games this season. Their victory at Reading on Saturday was the 7th time they have won from behind in the league this season. Only QPR have conceded the first goal as many times this season. Manchester United have won all 5 games they have scored first in this season.

9 – West Bromwich Albion became the ninth team in Premier League history to field a starting XI that failed to contain a single Englishman.

15 – Queens Park Rangers have tied Swindon Town’s record of failing to win any of their opening 15 Premier League games to start a season. Swindon recorded this feat during their only season in England’s top flight in 1993/94. The 6 points QPR have accumulated after 15 games is the same number as Swindon gathered during that season in which John Gorman’s side were relegated with with just 30 points from 42 games. Their first victory of the season in game number 16 was a 1-0 win versus Queens Park Rangers.

24 – Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland have now gone 24 Premier League games since they last beat 11 men. Their last 3 victories in the league have come against sides who have been reduced to 10 men. Sunderland end the weekend just 1 point above the relegation zone and with games against Chelsea and Manchester United in the next fortnight.

737 – Fernando Torres has now gone 737 minutes since he last scored in the Premier League.  The striker played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday, hitting a season-high 3 shots on target despite failing to score.  The Spaniard scored 4 goals with his first 16 shots of the season but hasn’t scored a single goal with his 16 attempts since.  Coincidentally, Chelsea have won just 1 of those 8 Premier League games since Torres last scored.

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