The second half of the 2015-16 Premier League season kicked off over the weekend, with no signs of the competition letting up. Several teams started 2016 on the right foot, while others are still left behind, as matches begin to become even more important. With every team getting set to take on familiar opponents for a second time, we dip into trivial territory. Here are Five Interesting Facts From Premier League Matchday 20.
Jonny Evans Wins Double For WBA
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBAFCofficial) January 3, 2016
Former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans scored a game-winner for current club West Bromwich Albion in injury time to seal a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns vs. Stoke City. This was Evans’ first goal in the EPL since Boxing Day 2012. Albion records their first-ever double over Stoke in the Premier League era. Rooney Records a Double Milestone
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 3, 2016
Wayne Rooney reached two milestones in one with his 77th minute goal for Manchester United, as the Red Devils earned a 2-1 win over Swansea City at Old Trafford. In terms of Premier League marks, Rooney surpasses Andy Cole for second place all-time goal scorers, with only Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer’s whopping 260 goals ahead for the United idol. Of all of Rooney’s 188 goals in the Premier League so far, 15 of those goals were scored when he was in an Everton jersey.
Gil’s Milestone Silver Lining
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 2, 2016
Once more Aston Villa took to the pitch looking to climb out of improbable measures in this season’s Premier League table. And once more, another defeat has led them to a potential reality of a last-place relegation. But, Carles Gil’s wonderstrike in the 63rd minute marked the 500th goal in this season’s Premier League. Sunderland would defeat the visiting Villans 3-1. Willian: Chelsea’s Marksman
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 3, 2016
Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink recorded his first win in charge of the defending champions, as the Blues defeated Crystal Palace 3-0. Willian scored the second goal for Chelsea from 20 yards out. All three of Willian’s goals for Chelsea in the EPL have been from long range, outside the penalty area.
Spurs’ Belgian Connection
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 3, 2016
Honors were shared as Everton and Tottenham Hotspur settled for a 1-1 draw on Matchday 20. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, Spurs’ Belgian duo, are the only central defensive pairing to have played in every minute of their club’s Premier League campaign.