We are now eight rounds into the Premier League season. Some players and teams are already hitting their stride at this point, while others are left having to press the reset button. With an International Break to come this weekend, we take another look back at the stats and trivia of Matchday 8 of the Premier League. This is Five Interesting Facts from Premier League Matchday 8.
Brendan Rodgers, Our Dearly Departed
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 4, 2015
Brendan Rodgers has been relieved of his duties as Liverpool FC manager after the Reds dealt a draw with Merseyside Derby foe Everton 1-1. Rodgers, who took over at Liverpool at the start of the 2012-13 season, had the second-highest winning percentage among Liverpool managers in the Premier League era at 51.6%, only behind Rafa Benitez, who led Liverpool from 2004 to 2010. Rodgers recorded 63 Premier League wins with Liverpool in 122 matches managed. Arsenal’s Great Eight
When you’ve just beaten Man United 3-0… https://t.co/8PGldRlzZ9
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 5, 2015
Arsenal have every reason to celebrate after their 3-0 home thumping of rival Manchester United on Matchday 8. The Gunners’ leap to second on the table at United’s expense came after eight consecutive failed attempts to defeat them (drew three times, lost five). May 1, 2011 was the last time Arsenal tasted a home victory against Manchester United in Premier League play, a 1-0 victory.
Villa Unprepared Against Stoke
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 3, 2015
Aston Villa fell to Stoke City at Villa Park in perhaps the last ever meeting between the sides at the stadium on Matchday 8. Since the formation of the Premier League, the Villans have only won once at Villa Park against the Potters in Premier League matches. December 19, 2009 is the only time Aston Villa defeated Stoke at home in nine games. Christian Eriksen, Danish Marksman
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 4, 2015
The last four Premier League goals scored by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen have been from direct free-kicks. Spurs needed his masterful set-piece play twice in a 2-2 draw away to Swansea in Wales. Eriksen would score in the 27th and 65th minutes for Spurs.
Third Time’s The Charm For Heavenly Saints
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 3, 2015
Southampton are the latest team to frustrate Chelsea’s Premier League title defense, as they dealt a 1-3 victory over the champions at Stamford Bridge. This is the third consecutive match without defeat for Southampton against Chelsea, as the clubs tied 1-1 in both meetings in the 2014-15 Premier League season.