1 – Dean Moxey’s handball on Aaron Lennon’s cross saw Tottenham awarded a penalty for the first time since May 2012. Spurs were not awarded a single penalty throughout last season. Roberto Soldado converted to help his side to start the season with 3 points.
2 – Danny Welbeck’s brace in Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Swansea City means the young England striker has now scored twice as many Premier League goals as he did throughout the whole of last season.
2 – Laurent Koscielny has now been sent off twice on opening Premier League weekends. The Arsenal centre-back also saw red on the opening game of the 2010-11 season for a second yellow card deep in stoppage time during a 1-1 draw at Liverpool.
3 – Of the 6 penalties awarded on the opening weekend, 3 of them were saved. Simon Mignolet started the goalkeeping show by denying Jonathan Walters’ late penalty to help Liverpool beat Stoke City 1-0 in the opening match of the 2013-14 Premier League season. Christian Benteke saw his first spot kick saved by Wojciech Szczęsny before scoring the rebound. Aston Villa were awarded a second penalty which the Belgian scored first time. Rickie Lambert scored his late penalty for Southampton as the Saints won 1-0 at West Brom. Roberto Soldado scored the only goal of the game between Crystal Palace and Tottenham on Sunday, which too came from the penalty spot. Allan McGregor conceded an early penalty versus Chelsea but was able to save Frank Lampard’s effort.
4 – Newcastle United opened their defeat with a 4-0 loss at Manchester City on Monday night. Alan Pardew’s side are used to conceding 4 goals in Manchester as they were beaten 4-0 at the Etihad last season and 4-3 at Old Trafford.
17% – Swansea City have won just 2 of their 12 Premier League games since they won the Capital One Cup with a 5-0 win over Bradford City back in February. They were beaten handsomely 4-1 by Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium to start this campaign.
18 – Frank Lampard has played on the opening weekend of the season 18 times – more than any other player. The England international also joined Alan Shearer to have scored 8 goals in the first game.
45 – Chelsea have scored more goals on the opening weekend of Premier League action than any other side. Oscar and Frank Lampard took the tally up to 45 in the 22nd season of the rebranded English top flight.
51 – Manchester City have now scored in their last 51 Premier League games at the Etihad, dating back to 4 December 2010 in a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers. The game before they were held 0-0 by Alex McLeish’s Birmingham City.
61 – José Mourinho returned to the Premier League to see his Chelsea side beat Hull City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese manager is now unbeaten in all 61 home Premier League matches as Chelsea manager. In all, his record in home Premier League games is: played 61, won 47, drawn 14, lost 0, scored 125, conceded 28.