10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 27

1 – Queens Park Rangers became the first Premier League team to prevent Robin van Persie from scoring in either fixture against them this season. Swansea City, Norwich City and Aston Villa are the only other 3 sides the Manchester United has yet to score against this season, all of whom the league leaders have to play for a second time.

1 – Norwich City became the last team to win a Premier League game in 2013. Grant Holt scored a dramatic late winner for the Canaries against Everton that left David Moyes fuming and sounding bitter in his post-match interview. Chris Hughton’s side last recorded a victory on 15 December, against Wigan and have since been dragged back into the relegation battle.

3 – Jos Hooiveld scored his third own goal of the season. A freak and unfortunate goal in his behalf. The Southampton defender is now equalled the record for the most own goals in a single Premier League season. The other players to achieve this feat are Andreas Jakobsson (Southampton 2004/05), John Pantsil (Fulham 2010/11) and Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers 2011/12).

9 – Romelu Lukaku has scored 9 goals in 12 Premier League starts for West Brom. The on-loan Chelsea striker scored a brace in the Baggies’ 2-1 victory over Sunderland.

11 – Jussi Jaaskelainen recorded the most saves in a single game this season on Monday night but was unable to prevent Gareth Bale’s screamer at the end that earned Tottenham a 3-2 victory at Upton Park.

12 – Manchester United have a 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League with 11 games remaining. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have dropped just 13 points from their opening 27 fixtures. Elsewhere in Europe’s top 4 leagues, Barcelona are 12 points clear in La Liga, Bayern Munich are 17 points clear in the Bundesliga and Juventus are 6 points clear in Serie A.

12 – Rickie Lambert’s goal against Newcastle on Sunday means the Southampton striker has scored 12 goals in his debut Premier League season – the most amongst Englishmen.

15 – Gareth Bale has scored 15 Premier League goals from midfield this season. His brace including his wonder strike winner at Upton Park on Monday night means 11 of these have come away from White Hart Lane.

15 – Wigan Athletic have lost the most games in the Premier League this season. Roberto Martinez’s side are however outside the relegation zone, by virtue of a better goal difference than Aston Villa.

400 – Sylvain Distin made his 400th Premier League appearance on Saturday and became the first non-British outfield player to do so in the process.

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