Football Features

Premier League stats: Five things you might have missed on Saturday

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 19:40, 15 October 2022

It was business as usual in the Premier League with four matches played across Saturday.

The day began with struggling Leicester City hosting Crystal Palace before two 3 pm games featuring newly-promoted Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest.

All of this was a precursor to a contest between former Chelsea managers when Tottenham hosted Everton in the late kick-off.

Despite only four fixtures being played, it’s only natural if you miss an important or memorable event. But don’t worry – Squawka is here, with five things you might have missed from this latest round of international games.

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1. Drawing blanks (Leicester City 0-0 Crystal Palace)

Goals aren’t exactly hard to come by at the King Power Stadium with Leicester, already in store for a long season, having netted four past fellow strugglers Forest last time out. How they could have done with a solitary strike this lunchtime as Brendan Rodger’s side blanked for the second time this season. Considering who their visitors were this was the first goalless draw between the Foxes and Eagles in a top-flight match since their first-ever meeting at the top level, back in October 1971.

However, there’s a small crumb of comfort for Leicester’s hapless defence as they’ve now kept a consecutive league clean sheets at the King Power Stadium for the first time in 2022. But you can’t blame supporters for being concerned. Leicester have only won five points across their opening ten matches in the Premier League this season – accounting for 3pts per win all-time, only in 1983/84 have they had fewer points at this stage of a league campaign (2).

2. Solanke’s new groove (Fulham 2-2 Bournemouth)

It wasn’t that long ago when many observers were tipping Chelsea academy graduate Dominic Solanke for big things. Back then chances of breaking into the Blues’ starting eleven were slim hence an opportunistic move to fellow big-six rival Liverpool but he faced the same problems albeit netting once across 21 league outings. Bournemouth soon became his new home and Dean Court remains Solanke’s stomping ground with this campaign set to become the 25-year-old’s most prolific.

His effort against Fulham this afternoon was Solanke’s second of 2022/23 as well as his 50th league goal in English football. He’d soon create another leaving him with five-goal involvements across his last five Premier League appearances. To put this in some perspective this represents his best tally for goal involvement in competition history, after just eight appearances this season.

3. Equalling an unwanted 117-year-old record (Wolves 1-0 Nottingham Forest)

Still too early for any relegation talk but as we’ve seen down the years in the Premier League a terrible start is hard to overcome. After ending a 23-year absence from England’s top division Nottingham Forest dipped into the market subsequently acquiring no fewer than 19 players. Having made this huge overlay it became paramount that they’d stay up this season.

After their opening 10 matches, Steve Cooper’s side is bottom albeit they’re not too far away from escaping the bottom three. That being said, their defence is seemingly made of Swiss Cheese. Following another disappointing loss, 1-0 at Wolves, they’ve now conceded 23 goals which is only the second time Forest has let in that many across their first 10 top-flight games in a season, also shipping 23 at this stage in 1905/06.

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4. Following in Pearce’s footsteps

Things could have ended differently when Forest earned a penalty inside the final 15 minutes giving them a chance to equalise. Brennan Johnson, who’s netted twice before this season, was tasked with the responsibility but couldn’t beat a rejuvenated Jose Sa with the Portuguese shot-stopper now saving each of the last two penalties he’s faced in the Premier League, after conceding nine of the 10 previous spot-kicks (one hit the post).

As for Johnson, he becomes the Forest player to unsucceeded from 12 yards in the Premier League since Stuart Pearce against Coventry City in December 1994.

5. Newfound momentum (Tottenham 2-0 Everton)

Harry Kane is no stranger to scoring runs. On five previous occasions, before this season, he’s registered at least one goal in four straight games. Last time out against Brighton & Hove Albion the England international managed to do so for a sixth time meaning today’s game with Everton presented him the opportunity to set a new milestone which Kane naturally did. It came from the spot on the stroke of the hour mark (his 14th strike across 15 top-flight meetings against the Toffees).

His effort this evening leaves Kane on nine goals making him Erling Haaland’s number-one challenger for this season’s golden boot. Manchester City’s ruthless Norwegian marksman will be seeking to extend his tally of 15 when visiting Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Despite his prolific nature it’s hard to see Kane eclipsing Jamie Vardy’s record of scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games. Next up for Spurs — who have accumulated their most points after ten Premier League matches (23) — is a trip up north to visit Manchester United before hosting Newcastle.