3 – Southampton have recorded three successive Premier League victories for the first time since December 2003. Back then, Gordon Strachan led the Saints to victories over Charlton Athletic, Liverpool and rivals Portsmouth in a season where they finished 12th. In 2013, Mauricio Pochettino has guided Southampton to victories over Liverpool, Chelsea and Reading in their last three games – moving his side up to 11th with six games to play.
3 – Shane Long won his third penalty of the season for West Bromwich Albion after the striker was brought down in the penalty area by Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker. Only Luis Suarez (5) has won more penalties this season.
4 – Arsenal have received the most red cards in the Premier League this season. Before Per Mertesacker this weekend, Jack Wilshere Laurent Koscielny and Carl Jenkinson have all been sent off previously this season.
5 – Stoke City have picked up the fewest points in 2013. The Potters are now just 3 points above the dropzone going into their final six games of the season. Tony Pulis’ side beat Reading in February but their only other points have come in home draws against Wigan and West Brom – they have lost 9 games since the turn of the year.
7 – Reading have now lost 7 games in a row in the Premier League; the longest losing run of the 2013/14 season. If the Royals lose at home to Liverpool next weekend they will match Wigan’s 8-game losing streak from last season. After that, no team has lost 9 games straight since Sunderland in 2005-06 (not even Derby County of 2007-08). Reading are also 8 points adrift of safety not and Hal Robson-Kanu is the only Reading player to score in their last six games.
10 – Christian Benteke has scored 10 goals in 2013, in 12 Premier League matches. The Belgian striker has scored more Preimer League goals than any other player in this calendar year. Aston Villa have only won 1 match and collected only 8 points in games that Benteke has not scored in this season.
10 – Craig Gardner became the first player to receive 10 yellow cards this season. The Sunderland midfielder was booked for a nasty challenge on Demba Ba 25 minutes into their 2-1 loss at Chelsea on Sunday. Gardner will now miss the Black Cats’ next two games – at Newcastle and at home to Everton.
16 – Arsenal have won 16 of the 18 Premier League matches they have taken the lead in this season. The Gunners were 2-0 up at West Brom on Saturday before Per Mertesacker’s red card that led to the home side halving the deficit from the penalty spot. Arsene Wenger’s side on for the remaining 19 minutes to close the gap on Tottenham for a place in next season’s Champions League.
33 – Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal on 33 seconds for Tottenham vs Everton on Sunday was the second-fastest goal scored in the Premier League this season. Only Robin van Persie (Manchester United vs West Ham) has scored earlier in a game (31 seconds) this season.
134 – Jussi Jääskeläinen has made the most saves in the Premier League this season. The West Ham United goalkeeper added a further 7 to his name on Sunday to deny Liverpool from scoring in their 0-0 draw.