10 interesting stats before the Premier League weekend
0 – No Chelsea striker has scored in any of their opening 7 matches to start the season. Fernando Torres has played 233 minutes, Samuel Eto'o 171 minutes, Demba Ba 138 minutes and André Schürrle started up front in the 0-0 draw at Manchester United. Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku has scored 4 goals in 217 minutes on loan at Everton.
1 – Sunderland's 1 point from their opening 7 Premier League games this season is 3 fewer when they picked up a then record-low 15 points in the 2005-06 season. Sunderland were beat 2-1 at home to Manchester United two weeks ago and this weekend travel to Swansea City with new manager Gus Poyet taking charge of his first game.
4 – Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini has collected 4 yellow cards in his 5 Premier League appearances since returning to the Emirates Stadium this season. Norwich City opponents have only picked up 5 yellow cards combined this season.
5 – Newcastle's Loïc Rémy has scored 5 goals in his last 3 Premier League games. The French striker faces a Liverpool side who have conceded in each of their last four games having started the season with three straight clean sheets.
12 – Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge have scored 12 goals combined in 9 Premier League appearances together for Liverpool. Only Sunderland (16) and Crystal Palace (13) have conceded more goals than Newcastle (12) this season.
17 – Manchester United have received the most yellow cards this season as we head into the 8th game of the season this weekend.
21 – Arsenal lead the league with 16 points from 7 games, but the Gunners picked up 21 points from their corresponding fixtures last season. Arsène Wenger's side host Norwich City on Saturday; they won this fixture 3-1 in April last season.
26 – Newcastle have gone 26 Premier League games since an Englishman last scored for the Magpies. That was James Perch's opener at Manchester United on Boxing Day – Alan Pardew's side have scored 33 goals since.
63 – José Mourinho is unbeaten in all 63 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager. The 'Happy One' has won all three home games this season and welcomes Cardiff City on Saturday.
382 – Southampton have not conceded a goal in the last 6 hours and 22 minutes of Premier League action. Right-back Nathanial Clyne has not conceded a single goal in all 405 minutes he has played this season.
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