The Premier League returned this past weekend after the international break, and with it, more trivia and facts to share from an action-packed weekend. Here’s five interesting facts from Matchday 5.
Martial’s Dream Derby Start
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2015
Anthony Martial, the nineteen-year-old French forward acquired in the end of the summer transfer window for nearly $54 million, made headlines once more with a goal on his debut with Manchester United. Coming off the bench, Martial clinched the game for the Red Devils in the 86th minute over Liverpool in their derby clash win 3-1. Martial’s first shot as a Manchester United player was a goal, and was Liverpool’s 900th goal conceded in Premier League play all-time.
Mourinho’s Chelsea Blues
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 12, 2015
José Mourinho and his Chelsea side haven’t had the best of starts. The defending champions were dumped in Goodison Park by Everton over the weekend 3-1. For the first time since May 2006, a Mourinho-managed Chelsea side lost back-to-back games in the Premier League. Chelsea were already the champions when they tasted defeat in the last two games of that 2005/06 season, away to Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. Everton’s Steven Naismith is also the first player to record a hat-trick on a Mourinho-led Chelsea side.
Manchester City Keeps It Clean
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 12, 2015
After five rounds of play in this Premier League season, Manchester City are sailing on clear blue skies. They’ve yet to concede a goal in the last six Premier League games, dating back from last season’s finale, a 2-0 win over Southampton. Only three other teams in the history of the Premier League started with five consecutive clean sheets: 1997/98 Manchester United, 2005/06 Chelsea and 2006/07 Portsmouth. However, only Chelsea ended their season with the title. As a bonus, substitute scorer 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho, #72, is the highest-numbered player to score in Premier League history.
Monday Night Football Woes for Newcastle
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 14, 2015
Newcastle United fell to West Ham United on Monday 2-0. The Toon have lost their seventh consecutive Monday night fixture. The last time Newcastle won on a Monday was on December 3, 2012, with a resounding 3-0 win over Wigan. Steve McClaren’s men are in last place currently, with Stoke and Sunderland, both also winless, sitting in the relegation zone.
Foxes on Fire
— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 13, 2015
Leicester City completed a comeback victory over Aston Villa from 0-2 down. Goals from Richie de Laet, Jamie Vardy and Nathan Dyer in the last twenty minutes completed a resounding 3-2 win to take second place on the Premier League table. The duo of Riyad Mahrez (4 goals) and Dyer (3 goals) are the joint-best goalscoring duo in the league with Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew. Mahrez has had a hand in the club’s last eight goals in his last eight games for the Foxes (six goals and two assists). The Foxes have also tallied their ninth consecutive win without defeat in Premier League play (6 wins, 3 ties), the club’s best ever run.