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Premier League stats: 12 things you might have missed from today’s Premier League action

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 19:45, 5 November 2022

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

This latest matchday is the penultimate round before everything shuts down for the forthcoming World Cup finals. That being said, there’s still everything to play for with teams not letting up despite many of their stars about to leave for Qatar, among those in action today were defending champions Manchester City who entertained Fulham at home.

Elsewhere in England’s top division, there was a seven-goal thriller between Leeds and Bournemouth at Elland Road while Wolves and Brighton also played out an equally high scoring affair. Rounding off the 3 pm games was a meeting between Brentford and struggling Nottingham Forest. The late kick-off, meanwhile, was a showdown between former Chelsea-associated figures Frank Lampard and Brendan Rodgers at Goodison Park.

Despite five matches being played, it’s only natural if you miss an important or memorable event. But don’t worry – Squawka is here, with 12 things you might have missed from this latest round of Saturday fixtures.

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Goals. Lots of goals.

To say the pressure was mounting on Jesse Marsch heading into their meeting against Liverpool at Anfield last time out would be an understatement. Coming into that showdown Leeds had suffered four losses on the bounce and were flirting with certain doom. So, a Peacock’s victory was surprising, but at the very least gave Marsch some breathing room. That unexpected (albeit much-needed) result would count for nothing if Leeds didn’t follow it up with success over Bournemouth this afternoon. Things started well before the wheels came off as the hosts ran out 4-3 winners.

At one stage Bournemouth led 3-1 and was down 2-1 down at half-time before the Yorkshiremen bagged three goals across 24 minutes deep into the second half. It was somewhat of a historic feat as Leeds won after trailing at half-time at home in the Premier League for the first time since 4th November 2000 against Liverpool (31 games without a win after trailing at half-time). Crysencio Summerville, who netted the winner on Merseyside, was Leeds’ match-winner again. As for the Cherries, who snatched defeat from the jaws of certain victory, they’ve now lost four on the bounce, their last longer losing streak was from 7th March 2020 to 4th July 2020, a run of 5 games.

Haaland comes to City’s rescue

A week ago they didn’t need Erling Haaland as Pep Guardiola’s men cruised to a 1-0 success over Leicester, but today it was a different story. Haaland was absent in the East Midlands but started on the bench as Fulham visited. He could have stayed there after Julián Álvarez gave Manchester City an early lead. However, the game turned on its head when João Cancelo committed a reckless challenge on Harry Wilson subsequently handing the Londoners a penalty, which Andreas Pereira converted, and getting himself sent off. With no fewer than 26 minutes remaining Haaland came off, ten minutes onto the pitch the lethal Norwegian marksman had a goal disallowed, but in the fifth minute of stoppage time, he slotted home from 12 yards to maintain City’s pursuit of Arsenal atop the championship table.

Haaland’s effort was his 16th across his last 10 league appearances. It’s the joint-most goals a player has scored across a 10-game period in the competition, alongside Luis Suárez’s 16 goals ending in December 2013. On top of that, at 94 minutes and 33 seconds, Haaland’s penalty was Manchester City’s latest winning goal in the Premier League since November 2017 against Southampton, when Raheem Sterling scored on 95:04. City’s resilience would have made Guardiola proud. They played 64 minutes with 10 men, the earliest red card they have received in a Premier League game they’ve gone on to win since March 2014 against Hull (2-0, Vincent Kompany sent off in the 10th minute).

Party like it’s 1999

It’s been a challenging Premier League return for Nottingham Forest who found themselves rock-bottom heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures. Last time out they were humbled 5-0 at Arsenal, though before that miserable north London outing they’d claim a 1-0 win over Liverpool ending a nine-game winless run (three draws and six losses). Brentford would have fancied themselves returning to successful ways, after picking up two points from the previous nine available, but Forest had other ideas with Morgan Gibbs-White putting the hosts in front though Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa turned it around for the visitors.

Mbeumo’s converted penalty means Brentford have now scored all 10 they’ve taken in the Premier League, the best 100% record in the competition, while the Bees have now scored each of their last 30 spot kicks in all competitions (excluding shootouts) since Ollie Watkins’ failed attempt in October 2019. Staring at yet another loss Forest nevertheless kept going and was rewarded with a 90th-minute equaliser through Brentford defender Zanka inadvertently putting the ball into his own net. This was the latest Forest had levelled a Premier League game since Pierre van Hooijdonk did so against Liverpool in April 1999. Indeed, it was the latest equalising goal by a newly promoted side in the competition (95:13) since Junior Stanislas did so for Bournemouth against Everton in November 2015 (97:13).

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It’s been six years

For a while, it looked as if Adam Lallana would take on a player-coach role for Brighton following the departure of Graham Potter, but that incredible sight never came to fruition. The former England international, though, remains a leader at the Amex and rolled back the years in more ways than one this afternoon. Brighton eventually ran out 3-2 winners at Wolves, who ended the game with ten men after Nélson Semedo was given his marching orders, breaking the deadlock was Lallana netting just his second Premier League goal for Brighton and first since March 2021 against Leicester City – one year and 244 days ago.

Not long after that Lallana teed up for Kaoru Mitoma to score. This was a significant moment as Lallana both scored and assisted in a single Premier League game for the first time since December 2016 versus Middlesbrough. In between these Seagulls’ goals, Gonçalo Guedes scored his first-ever Premier League goal, in what was his 11th appearance. In fact, Guedes became the 10th different Portuguese player to score for Wolves in the competition – twice as many as any other side. Rúben Neves’ converted penalty had given the hosts a 2-1 lead. From a historic perspective, Brighton has won consecutive away league games against Wolves for the first time since winning their first six visits to Molineux between 1979 and 1991.

Are you watching Southgate?

It’s fair to say Leicester City have turned a corner. Having won just one of their opening ten Premier League fixtures they’ve now secured three wins across four outings. The Foxes’ latest success, a 2-0 win at Everton, was masterminded by their creator-in-chief James Maddison, who must still be holding on to the hope of being part of England’s squad at the upcoming World Cup finals. Given the year he’s been enjoying, it should be a no-brainer.

After his two assists today, for Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes to score, Maddison has been directly involved in 22 Premier League goals in 2022 (13 goals and nine assists); only Harry Kane (32), Kevin De Bruyne (29) and Son Heung-min (25) have had a hand in more in the competition this year. He was unlucky not to score at Goodison Park; the one-time capped international attempted six shots in the first half, the most by a midfielder in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League game since Paul Pogba had six against Leicester in August 2017.