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Premier League Round 7 Lunch-Time STAT ATTACK!

An absolute peach from Payet, a Belgian battle at Goodison Park and the Swans sack Guidolin. Want to look beyond the headlines? Sport-Matters presents 20 stats from the weekend you may not have heard!

1st Manchester City- Despite capitulating in the first half against Spurs, City still dominate the second half of Premier League football, making a minimum of five shots every game this season.

2nd Tottenham Hotspur- Son Heung-Min really is the start of the show right now with 18 shots and 12 chances created this season to complement his four goals.

3rd Arsenal- Since Burnley’s first Premier League campaign in the 2009/2010 season, Arsenal have played the Clarets six times, won five and drawn one. Another strong record for Wenger!

4th Liverpool- If Roberto Firmino the pin-accurate striker we all think he is? Having made 17 shots so far this season, Firmino has only been on target seven times, making a shot accuracy of 41%.

5th Everton- After the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Friday night, the Toffees remain unbeaten at home since March, a 2-0 loss to Arsenal.

6th Manchester United- There is some improvement for the Red Devils as they have created 30 chances in two games. However, they’ve only scored five goals from those chances- work to be done.

7th Chelsea- The Blues are making a habit of leaving it late in the Premier League with only three first-half goals from seven games to their name.

8th Crystal Palace- Wilfried Zaha clearly loves to take a man on but he still needs practice, having only won 20 out of 39 attempted take-ons (51% success rate).

9th West Bromwich Albion- Tony Pulis must be doing a good job at the Hawthornes as this is the highest position they’ve been in after seven games since the 2012/2013 season (7th).

10th Southampton- Gareth Southgate may have been looking for an English player to dominate proceedings but that honour went to Oriol Romeu- 6/6 tackles and 90% pass accuracy speaks for itself.

11th Watford- Hornets faithful may have been celebrating the influence of their bench this season but they only account for three goals out of 12 scored so far in the Premier League.

12th Leicester City- Riyad Mahrez is struggling to make an impact this season. With only one shot, which was off target, 33 attempted passes and a 40% take-on success rate against Southampton, Mahrez has been quiet.

13th AFC Bournemouth- Star striker Callum Wilson has scored two goals from seven games this season. Last year, he had five goals from seven games before his injury. Star striker?

14th Burnley- The losses to Swansea and Arsenal this season are the third and fourth at Turf Moor in in 28 games since the 2015/2016 Championship. Turf Moor? More like Turf Fort!

15th Hull City- The Tigers’ record against Chelsea makes for unpleasant reading. From nine games, Hull are yet to win with two draws and seven losses, five of those consecutive to this point.

16th Middlesbrough- It’s probably no surprise to you that Middlesbrough’s goal against West Ham was the first goal-line technology confirmed goal of the season.

17th Swansea City- The Swans find themselves in their worst position after seven games since they started Premier League life in the 2011/2012 season.

18th West Ham United- We all know how badly the Hammers are playing but consider this: West Ham have only managed five shots in the first half of Premier League matches this season and three of those were against Watford.

19th Stoke City- The Potters have faced 112 shots on their goal so far this season. They probably need an army of plumbers in to fix that leaky defence!

20th Sunderland- Just to confirm Sunderland’s lack of goal-scoring nous, their top-scorer is Jermain Defoe with four and second is Patrick van Aarnholt with two… that’s it!

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