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Eight amazing stats from matchday 8 of the Premier League

Tuesday 18th October 2016
The Premier League finally returned to our screens after an absolutely boring international break. It was definitely an outstanding weekend for the London clubs with Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham all securing vital wins. However, the same cannot be said of the Manchester sides who managed to snatch a point against Merseyside rivals, Liverpool and Everton. 

An incredible 27 goals were scored with all 10 games producing a little below an average of three each. But it was Bournemouth who impressed the most with their quality attacking football to defeat Hull City 6-1 at home on Saturday. Aside from these obvious stats, here are eight others you should know with the assistance of Opta stats.

1 -  Hazard's remarkable goal record

Chelsea thrashed defending Champions, Leicester City, 3-0 on Saturday with Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, and Victor Moses all on target. Hazard's strike in the game was his third of the season and 44th since moving to Stamford Bridge – making him the highest scoring midfielder in the league.

2 - Stuttering Foxes

Leicester City's title defence is certainly not going as planned for Claudio Ranieri's side. The Foxes have only won twice this season and have failed to win all four away games – a far cry from last campaign where they only lost once by this time.

3 - Charlie Daniels' killer instinct

Charlie Daniels' goal for Bournemouth in the 6-1 thumping of Hull might have been his first of the season. However, the 30-year-old Englishman has been involved in more goals than any other defender since last season.

4 - Rejuvenated Walcott

Theo Walcott continued his remarkable goalscoring streak for Arsenal at the weekend in the Premier League. His strike brought his season's tally to seven and five in the league – the same number that he notched all through last term.

5 - Allen's goalscoring streak

Stoke City recorded their first victory of the season defeating Sunderland 2-0 thanks to a Joe Allen brace. Both goals were his fourth in a row – meaning he has already equalled his personal best after just eight games.

6 - Brutal Xhaka

Arsenal midfielder, Granit Xhaka, was sent off for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday. However the Swiss international has the record of most red cards in all Europe's top five leagues since last season.

7 - No-nonsense Mike Dean

Mike Dean has awarded 19 penalties - the most by any referee since the start of last season.

8 - Boring Man Utd

Manchester United managed just 35 % ball possession against Liverpool on Monday. This is the worst the club has had in a football match in over 12 years.
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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