10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 30

1 – Stoke City kept their first Premier League clean sheet of 2013 in a 0-0 draw at home to West Brom, ending 12-game sequence without shutting their opponents out, dating back to 22 December and a 0-0 draw at Tottenham.

2 – Steven Pienaar became the first player to have been sent off twice in the Premier League this season. The South African midfielder received two yellow cards for lunging at Manchester City players during their 2-0 victory to start the weekend. He was previously sent off in a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers in October.

2 – Aston Villa won successive Premier League games for the first time since May 2011 by beating Queens Park Rangers 3-2 on Saturday. The Villans previous match saw them beat Reading 2-1, meaning they have taken maximum points from the bottom two over the past two weekends.

5 – Liverpool have won only 1 of 9 Premier League games when Luis Suarez has received a yellow card this season, losing 5. Brendan Rodgers’ side were comfortably beaten 3-1 at Southampton on Saturday. It was a 1-0 victory over the Saints to start December where Liverpool took all 3 points from a game that their Uruguayan forward was booked in.

5 – Reading suffered their fifth successive Premier League defeat by losing 1-0 at Manchester United. The Royals are now 7 points from safety.

9 – Massadio Haidara became the ninth player to be brought on and subbed off in the same game this season. The French full back fell victim to a nasty challenge from Callum McManaman in Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at Wigan.

13 – Nikica Jelavic scored his first Premier League goal in 13 games dating back to 9 December and a 2-1 victory over Tottenham. The Croatian now has 7 league goals this season.

13 – Rickie Lambert is the highest-scoring Englishman in the Premier League so far this season. The Southampton striker netted his 13th of the season in a 3-1 win over Liverpool but has been overlooked by Roy Hodgson for the next two England internationals next week.

15 – Manchester United opened the gap at the top to 15 points between them and Manchester City in second place with a 1-0 win over Reading. Roberto Mancini’s side had been beaten 2-0 at Everton earlier in the day. No side has ever lost the Premier League with this advantage. Both teams have just 9 games to play.

80% – Arsenal have kept 4 clean sheets in the 5 (80%) Premier League games they have played without Thomas Vermaelen compared to 6 in the 24 (25%) games he has started.