Costa keeps firing, Burnley stifles Man Utd and Diouf stuns City - Premier League weekend in numbers

Jose Mourinho's men preserved their perfect record by exploiting Everton's worst defensive start to a season since 1956 while Louis van Gaal's men remain toothless.
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After the first few minutes of the Everton vs. Chelsea game, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be a standard game. Largely because Chelsea was already 2-0 up.

Records and notables fell like dominoes as the Toffees and the Blues fought out a nine-goal special. Firstly, Diego Costa reached four Premier League goals in three games, a total that his now-departed predecessor Fernando Torres took 39 games to achieve. Secondly, Costa became the first Premier League player to score in his opening three games since Michu for Swansea two years ago, and the first Chelsea player to do so since Adrian Mutu more than a decade ago.

Tottenham produced one shot on target against Liverpool. The only game in which it managed fewer than two last season was in the 5-0 home defeat to … Liverpool. 
Alexis Sanchez became the 100th different player to score a Premier League goal for Arsenal (not including own goals).
Newcastle’s Rolando Aarons became alphabetically the first name of any player to score in Premier League history, displacing Gary Ablett. 
In three games back at Swansea this season, Gylfi Sigurdsson has already equaled his assist tally in 58 Premier League games for Tottenham (four). Sometimes it just works at specific clubs. 
The gap between Mame Biram Diouf’s last two Premier League goals is a fairly hefty 1,341 days. Expect another one sometime in May 2018. 
No more Loic Remy, but QPR’s Charlie Austin has scored nine goals in his last nine league games at Loftus Road (including playoffs). 
Once very briefly hailed as the finest one touch finisher in the game, Nikica Jelavic scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since October 2012. 
Southampton came from behind to win a Premier League away game for the first time since New Year’s Day 2002, as Ronald Koeman does something that Mauricio Pochettino could not. 
Thirdly, Cesc Fabregas assisted a goal for the fifth Premier League game in a row. Fourthly, Chelsea became the first away team since Arsenal in 2009 to score six goals in a Premier League game at Goodison Park. Fifthly, Everton has equalled an unwanted club record by conceding 10 goals in its opening three top-flight games, something that hasn’t happened since 1956. Sixthly, Everton did at least score in the 45th minute for the third game in a row this season. Seventhly … well, even Chelsea stopped at six.

Turfed Out

The wait for Manchester United to hit its stride goes on. At Burnley on Saturday, Louis van Gaal’s side fielded costly recruit Angel di Maria for the first time, yet it ended the match with a paltry total of just seven shots.

To put that into perspective, only Arsenal has restricted United to fewer efforts in a Premier League game since the start of last season. Burnley’s defense is well-drilled, but it surely expected more from its illustrious visitors.

Two points from three games sees United trail its rivals already (last season it took Chelsea until December to pull seven points clear of the Red Devils), with only memories of the glory days of 2007-08 providing comfort.

That season they had two points from three games and went on to win the title and the Champions League. That season they had Cristiano Ronaldo.

Potters Bar

The club will not admit it, but Stoke surely felt despondent on the way to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Potters had lost all 12 of its Premier League trips to Manchester, be it Old Trafford or City’s manor and, with Manuel Pellegrini’s team fresh from a 3-1 win against Liverpool on Monday and a record of having scored at least two goals in each of its past 10 Premier League games, this was as predictable as a Premier League encounter gets.

And yet Stoke kept a clean sheet, its first away from home since December, and followed that up with a goal and three points to kickstart its campaign.

Crystal Precise

Like someone working a shift pattern, Crystal Palace went early, early, late Saturday. First, it scored the quickest goal of the new Premier League season (31 seconds), followed by the earliest second half goal (47:41), and finally the latest goal of the season so far (94:50) in an entertaining 3-3 draw with Newcastle.

All of which means the Eagles have scored 13 goals in their last six Premier League away games, after scoring only eight times in their previous 19. Neil Warnock has something to work with.

Boss Century

Brendan Rodgers reached 100 games as Liverpool manager Sunday, and in claiming his 56th win, he matched Bill Shankly. The only Reds manager to win more of his opening 100 matches was Kenny Dalglish, who inherited arguably the most complete team in Europe in 1985, something Rodgers definitely did not.

And by scoring at Tottenham, Liverpool equaled a club record set in Dalglish’s first spell as manager, namely a run of 16 top-flight away games in a row in which the Reds have scored, something previously achieved by the squad of Barnes, Beardsley and Aldridge in 1988.