Super City's record streak, Rooney's revenge and Conte's conundrum - the Premier League Data Diary

Manchester United failed to deny local rival Manchester City a slice of Premier League history, with Pep Guardiola's side sailing to a win.

Otamendi scored the winner in the headline fixture of the past weekend.   -  Getty Images

Manchester City's record Premier League winning run claimed its biggest scalp yet as it broke 11 points clear with Sunday's derby triumph over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola's side has now won 14 on the bounce in 2017-18, the most by any team in a single English top-flight season.

Wayne Rooney salvaged a point for Everton in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool with a late penalty, while Antonio Conte fell to another defeat in an all-London match-up.

Here, we look at the key stats from the weekend's Opta data.


In stretching its cushion at the summit to an imposing 11 points, City matched Arsenal's record run between February and August 2002 of 14 consecutive Premier League victories - a sequence the Gunners needed to stretch over two seasons.

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United was, in part, undone by their own defensive errors in the 2-1 loss, but it also commanded no more than 35 per cent of possession against the runaway league leader.

And while that statistic might not concern Jose Mourinho, his ego will have taken a hit by a ninth defeat in all competitions to Guardiola - more than he has suffered against any other manager.

It might be time the chasing pack turned to the Championship for inspiration. Wolverhampton Wanderers, currently top of the second tier, remains the only team to have prevented City from scoring in any competition this term, having held it scoreless over 120 minutes in the EFL Cup.


Unlike Mourinho's men, plucky Everton proved what is possible when starved of the ball as it overcame a measly 21 per cent of possession to snatch a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Read: Rooney's spot-kick earns Everton a point at Anfield

Rooney smashed home a 77th-minute spot-kick in front of the Toffees faithful for his fifth goal in his last six Premier League starts against the Reds.

Instead of leapfrogging Chelsea into third, the home fans were forced to be content with a 15th successive unbeaten derby in all competitions, equalling the record their club had set between March 1972 and April 1978.

They can also take some satisfaction from the long-awaited return of the fit-again Danny Ings, who came off the bench for his first Premier League appearance in 574 days.


Chelsea fell to a costly ninth Premier League defeat under Conte on Saturday and, while slipping further off the title pace will have hurt, West Ham's win at the London Stadium rubbed salt into the wounds for another reason.

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Five of Conte's league defeats as Blues boss have come in London derbies, including two to Crystal Palace and one apiece against Arsenal and Tottenham.

The match will be remembered more fondly by David Moyes, who was made to wait until the final month of 2017 for his first top-flight home victory of the year. He last enjoyed such an occasion with Sunderland on December 17, 2016.

Marko Arnautovic's first-half strike proved the difference in the Hammers' 1-0 upset, the Austrian becoming the 140th different player to net a Premier League goal for the club - only Tottenham has a higher number of goalscorers.


Stoke City suffered yet another resounding defeat at the hands of Tottenham, which recorded some top-flight history in the process.

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Spurs' 5-1 victory at Wembley made it the first team in the division to win four consecutive games against the same opponent by four or more goals.

Harry Kane also enjoys an impressive scoring record against the Potters. He scored two for the host to take his Premier League tally against Stoke to eight, with Leicester City the only side he has put to the sword on more occasions (9).

Stoke slid closer to the relegation zone as a result of its 1000th top-flight defeat, making it the 15th side to reach that figure.

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