Stats: Who were the Premier League's best players over the weekend?

Yaya Toure

QPR, West Brom, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Sunderland, Southampton, Manchester City and Manchester United stars all feature.

The Premier League provided no shortage of talking points over the weekend ahead of Christmas and the Boxing Day schedule with Martin Skrtel’s late header against Arsenal and Manchester United losing their winning streak.

Here are the best performers across five different areas of the stats.

Goals

  PositionTeamGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Charlie Austin FW QPR 3 1 90
David Silva MF Man City 2 1 69
Ashley Barnes FW Burnley 1 1 89
Christian Benteke FW Aston Villa 1 1 90
Andy Carroll FW West Ham 1 1 90

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin was the star in terms of scoring goals over the weekend, with an important hat-trick against West Brom. He’s going to be a huge player for the team over the second half of the season.

Assists

  PositionTeamGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Stéphane Sessegnon MF West Brom 2 1 90
Joey Barton MF QPR 1 1 90
George Boyd MF Burnley 1 1 79
William Buckley MF Sunderland 1 1 9
Santiago Cazorla MF Arsenal 1 1 90

Stephane Sessegnon was the man in terms of assists for the Baggies. He kept his composure against QPR but it was a shame his efforts weren’t rewarded with anything from the game.

Saves

  PositionTeamSavesAppearancesMins Played
Brad Guzan GK Aston Villa 8 1 90
Wojciech Szczesny GK Arsenal 8 1 90
Costel Pantilimon GK Sunderland 7 1 90
Adrián GK West Ham 4 1 90
Fraser Forster GK Southampton 4 1 90

It was a case of two goalkeepers with Brad Guzan and Wojciech Szczesny sharing the honours for Aston Villa and Arsenal respectively. In both instances, the goalkeepers were rewarded though Szczesny will be disappointed that the Gunners couldn’t hold on for a win.

Tackles

  PositionTeamWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Harrison Reed MF Southampton 12 1 90
Jose Fonte DF Southampton 6 1 90
Liam Bridcutt MF Sunderland 4 1 20
Lee Cattermole MF Sunderland 4 1 70
Santiago Cazorla MF Arsenal 4 1 90

Sunderland and Southampton were the best teams in terms of tackling over the weekend. They both secured wins and both made it very difficult for Newcastle and Everton to get any time and momentum on the ball.

Accurate Passes

  PositionTeamAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Fernandinho MF Man City 107 1 90
Yaya Touré MF Man City 107 1 90
Samir Nasri MF Man City 98 1 89
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 88 1 90
Michael Carrick MF Man Utd 79 1 90

Manchester City and Manchester United players dominated in terms of accurate passing, with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho both securing exactly the same number of successful passes over the weekend.

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