Liverpool ended the yr with a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal, whereas Manchester United continued their spectacular begin underneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, brushing apart Bournemouth four-1. Over in Italy, Juventus entered the winter after a VAR-controversy fueled 2-1 win over Sampdoria thanks to a brace from… who else, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Right here, then, are the most effective of the numbers from the final little bit of footballing motion in 2018.
Roberto Firmino’s hat trick is the sixth in fixtures between Arsenal and Liverpool within the Premier League – essentially the most hat tips in a single fixture in PL historical past. The six objectives at Anfield additionally made it 155 objectives for the fixture – the best scoring in PL historical past.
Mohamed Salah has each scored and assisted in the identical Premier League recreation for the 10th time for the reason that begin of final season; solely Neymar (11) has performed so on extra events within the massive-5 European leagues in that point.
Additionally, 54 – Liverpool have accrued 54 factors from their opening 20 Premier League video games this season; when assuming three factors for a win, solely Chelsea (55 in 2005-06) and Manchester Metropolis (58 in 2017-18) have ever had extra at this stage in English high-flight historical past..
Cristiano Ronaldo ended the 2018 calendar yr with 49 objectives for membership and nation, making this the primary time since 2010 that he’ll finish a yr with fewer than 50 objectives. The 53 video games Ronaldo performed in 2018 mark his fewest in a yr since 2009 (49).
In case you had been questioning, Messi had 51 in 54 in 2018. The degrees these two have normalised…
Juventus’ 53 factors are greater than any group in Serie A by the midway level of the season for the reason that league returned to a 38-game schedule in 2004-05. (it was beforehand 52, additionally by Juventus – in 2013-14 and 2005-06).
Solely three United managers have won every of their first three league video games in cost: Sir Matt Busby, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Additionally, 12 – Manchester United have scored 12 objectives over the house of three Premier League matches for the primary time since December 21-31, 2011. Guess who was in cost again then. These 12 objectives in three video games additionally imply that 29.2% of United’s PL objectives this season have come underneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
With 4 objectives and three assists, December 2018 has been Paul Pogba’s greatest ever month for league aim involvements in his high-flight profession.
Wolves inflicted Mauricio Pochettino’s first ever Premier League defeat in opposition to a newly promoted facet whereas accountable for Spurs. He was unbeaten in 27 such conferences earlier than this one (Wins 25 Attracts 2).
Huddersfield City are the primary group to lose seven Premier League video games in a single calendar month since Leicester Metropolis in April 2001 (additionally seven). The Terriers misplaced 1-zero to fellow relegation contenders Fulham thanks to a late Aleksander Mitrovic aim on Saturday. They’re backside with 10 factors from 20 video games.
(Statistics courtesy ESPN Stats & Info)