We pick out five standout stats from Saturday’s Premier League fixtures.
Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 in the big game of the day at Old Trafford, but there was plenty of intrigue elsewhere too.
From Willian’s Chelsea hot streak to West Brom’s bad habit, here are the best facts and figures from the action.
Willian key for Chelsea
Chelsea got back to winning ways as they claimed a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, with Willian opening the scoring with a deflected strike from outside the box at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s side have endured a difficult run of form lately, but the Brazilian has been consistently impressive, having a hand in 17 goals in his last 18 starts in all competitions. The Blues will be hoping for more of the same against Barcelona on Wednesday.
Lukaku the provider
Romelu Lukaku did not get his name on the scoresheet in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool but he was still integral to the victory. His flicked header for Marcus Rashford’s opening goal was his seventh assist of the Premier League season. It’s more than he has managed in any previous campaign. Lukaku won another important header in the build-up to Rashford’s second. The big Belgian is bringing more to the table than goals.
Brighton shoot themselves in the foot
Brighton’s seven-game unbeaten run ended at Goodison Park as they were beaten 2-0 by Everton. The opener came from Gaeten Bong as the defender inadvertently turned Yannick Bolasie’s cross into his own net under pressure from Theo Walcott. Brighton have now conceded five own goals in the Premier League this season – two more than any other side.
Ayew’s red mist
Swansea manged to escape the John Smith’s Stadium with a goalless draw despite Jordan Ayew’s early red card. The striker was given his marching orders after just 11 minutes following a high boot on Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg. It was the earliest Premier League red card since Jeff Hendrick was sent off after six minutes of Burnley’s meeting with Watford in February 2017.
More misery for West Brom
West Brom’s dismal campaign continued as they succumbed to a 4-1 defeat to Leicester City at The Hawthorns. Alan Pardew’s men are eight points adrift of safety and the latest loss was made all the more frustrating by the fact that they started it so well – with Salomon Rondon giving them an eighth-minute lead. They have now surrendered a whopping total of 21 points from winning positions this season – more than any other Premier League side. Their tendency to capitulate looks likely to send them down.