Returning from the International Break, the Premier League resumed play this past weekend. And, after Monday’s match, every team has been settled in after nine matches. Manchester City still remain the strongest on the table as the first team over twenty points, but of course the coverage here will be all about statistics and trivia. Here are Five Interesting Facts from Premier League Matchday 9.
Wijnaldum – The Latest Dutch Master
What a afternoon and what a support from the fans !! Proud of the team and really happy with my 4 goals ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️. pic.twitter.com/sChkaqR5c9
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) October 18, 2015
Georginio “Gini” Wijnaldum provided a magical performance for Newcastle United in their 6-2 romp over Norwich City. Wijnaldum’s four-goal tally is the latest in an elite list of Dutch players who have scored a hat-trick in a single Premier League game. He joins Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt as the seventh player from the Netherlands to accomplish the feat. Watford’s Haunted October; Untimely Nines
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) October 17, 2015
Many people can associate October with Halloween, as the holiday that’s meant for spooky and scary imagery. For knowledgeable supporters of Watford FC, the month of October has been nightmarish whenever their club is in the top flight. The Hornets were crushed 3-0 to a strong Arsenal side on Matchday 9. For a team that’s returned to the Premier League for the first time in nine seasons, they’ve never won a game in Premier League play in nine matches in the month of October (four losses, five draws). Watford’s next two opponents, Stoke (whom they have never played before in the Premier League) and a Halloween fixture vs. West Ham United (whom they’ve beaten once in four EPL games), could change the bad fortunes of the Hertfordshire outfit.
Jamie Vardy Fueling The Foxes’ Fire
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 17, 2015
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy’s brace propelled the Foxes to a 2-2 draw with still-winless Sunderland over the weekend. The Englishman scored his tenth goal in his last ten games in the Premier League. He also currently leads the league in goals scored with nine, three more than the next three players on that list. Klopp Era At The Kop Starts In Stalemate
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2015
Jürgen Klopp began his stint as manager at Liverpool in a 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Matchday 9. The last four managers at Liverpool (Brendan Rodgers, Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson and Rafa Benitez) never won their first EPL match managing the club. Rodgers lost his first EPL match with the Reds, while the others drew.
Sterling The Standard For City
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 17, 2015
Raheem Sterling, the wonderkid for Manchester City, smashed AFC Bournemouth with a hat-trick in the first half alone, as City were victorious 5-1. Sterling is the eleventh player aged 21 or younger to record a hat-trick in Premier League history.