EPL data diary: Salah first to 20 as more Manchester City records tumble

This week's Premier League Data Diary takes a look at Romelu Lukaku's return to West Brom and yet more records for Manchester City.

Published : Dec 18, 2017 09:48 IST

Pep Guardiola oversaw another rampant Manchester City performance.
Pep Guardiola oversaw another rampant Manchester City performance.

Pep Guardiola oversaw another rampant Manchester City performance.

Manchester City maintained its sensational winning streak with a 4-1 demolition of Tottenham, but it is as you were at the top of the Premier League.

Although City made it 16 victories on the spin by battering Mauricio Pochettino's men at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, Manchester United reduced its massive lead at the top of the table back down to 11 points by winning 2-1 at West Brom.

Elsewhere, there was a big win for Liverpool at Bournemouth to move Jurgen Klopp's side up to fourth in the table, while 1-0 home wins for Arsenal and Chelsea ensured it was Spurs - and surprise package Burnley, who drew 0-0 at Brighton - which lost ground in the race for Champions League qualification.

At the bottom of the table, Crystal Palace and West Ham were the big movers after recording away wins at Leicester City and Stoke City respectively, dropping Newcastle United into the relegation zone.

Here, we look at the key Opta stats from the weekend's Premier League action.


Another Premier League game, another win for Manchester City, with Tottenham taken apart at the Etihad. City's 16-match winning streak extends its Premier League record and takes it closer to the 19 consecutive wins Pep Guardiola managed with Bayern Munich between October 2013 and March 2014.

Ilkay Gundogan’s opener was the 200th Premier League goal to have been conceded by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who must hate facing City. Of the 203 Premier League goals the France international has let in, 25 have come against City.

Read: De Bruyne runs the show in Man City's 16th consecutive league win

Kevin De Bruyne continues to shine and the Belgian has now been directly involved in 14 goals in 15 Premier League appearances since the start of September - six goals and eight assists - but it is Raheem Sterling who tops the club's goal-scoring charts after helping himself to a brace.

Raheem Sterling scored a brace as Manchester City beat Tottenham.

Sterling has contributed 15 goals in all competitions for City this season, with seven of his 11 league strikes coming in the 80th minute or later. Leroy Sane, meanwhile, has been directly involved in 11 goals in eight Premier League home games this season - more than any other player - with five goals and six assists.


Liverpool's huge win at Bournemouth saw it become the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive away games by a margin of at least three goals.

Mohamed Salah's superb third goal in that win means the Egyptian is the first Premier League player to reach 20 goals in all competitions this season. The forward has also ensured that he is the first Liverpool player since Luis Suarez (31) and Daniel Sturridge (24) in 2013-14 to score at least 20 goals in a single campaign.

Mohamed Salah slotted his 20th goal of the season before half-time.

But it was Philippe Coutinho who opened the scoring with a stunning solo effort, the Brazilian now having been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 10 away games for Liverpool in all competitions (eight goals and seven assists).

Read: Coutinho sparkes in Liverpool's 4-0 Bournemouth rout

No Premier League team has scored more away goals this season than Liverpool (24, level with leader Manchester City), while it has hit 19 first-half goals already.


Manchester United made it three consecutive Premier League away victories with a 2-1 win at West Brom on Sunday, with Romelu Lukaku putting a recent dry spell behind him with his third goal in four appearances.

The Belgian striker did not celebrate his opener at old stomping ground The Hawthorns, a flicked header from a Marcus Rashford cross, as he returned to haunt West Brom again - Lukaku now has contributed to eight goals in his last eight Premier League games against the Baggies.

Read: Lukaku on target against old club

West Brom's goal was its first under Alan Pardew, with Gareth Barry opening his account for the club. The former Manchester City midfielder last scored as a substitute in the Premier League in April 1999 - an incredible 6,812 days ago.

Pardew's side remains winless four matches into his time in charge and the former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace boss has taken just 28 points out of a possible 120 from his last 40 Premier League games (W6 D10 L24).


At the bottom end of the Premier League, West Ham's resurgence under David Moyes continued with a massive 3-0 win at Stoke City, with Marko Arnautovic particularly influential on his return to his former club.

Arnautovic became the third player to score against Stoke in the Premier League having previously played for it in the competition, following in the footsteps of Wilfried Bony and Seyi Olofinjana to condemn Stoke to its 50th home Premier League loss.

It was Mark Noble's 300th appearance for West Ham - the first player to reach the milestone for the club in the Premier League - and he marked the occasion with a goal from the penalty spot.

After stepping up to convert from 12 yards again, 19 of Noble's 34 Premier League goals have now come from the penalty spot (56 per cent), with the stumbling Potters having lost five of its last six matches in the Premier League.

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