Casemiro rescues wasteful Man Utd but lack of ruthlessness signals Ronaldo lifeline

Manchester United drew level with Chelsea without Cristiano Ronaldo, with Casemiro’s late heroism saving Erik ten Hag’s day.

That was the climax of a four-game Premier League program on Saturday, and it was one that saw Liverpool slip into their awkward terrain, Manchester City go past 600 Premier League goals in the Pep Guardiola era and Everton finally find some form. to score. in Goodison Park.

City closed their gap to leaders Arsenal by one point ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Southampton on Sunday.

Here, Stats Perform curates the best facts from the day’s Premier League action.

Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United: Casemiro saves the day for the Red Devils

Jorginho’s 87th-minute penalty looked set to be the winner, but Casemiro had other ideas, heading home to earn a point for United in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Only Arsenal (12) and Chelsea (9) have had more different Brazilians scoring a Premier League goal for them than United after Casemiro became eighth on the list. The goal, scored at 93:28, was United’s latest league draw since Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on death in April 2017 against Everton (93:41).

Jorginho has already scored 19 of his 22 Premier League penalties for Chelsea, with only Frank Lampard having scored more penalties for the Blues in the competition (41).

Late drama aside, the result should come as no surprise. No Premier League game has been drawn as often as Chelsea against United (26 draws). Seven of the last nine of those meetings have now ended in a tie, including each of the last five.

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Chelsea are now without a win in their last 10 Premier League games against United (7D L3) – only against Blackburn Rovers (12 games between 1992 and 1998) and Arsenal (19 between 1995 and 2005) have they ever had a longer streak without competition victories.

Raheem Sterling lasted 79 minutes before being substituted. He has faced United 24 times in all competitions in his professional career, more than any other opponent, but has never scored, despite taking 38 shots in those games (15 on target).

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool: Klopp shaken by City Ground slip

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been critical of his team’s finishing after this painful defeat, pointing to shortcomings by Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk, but this was just the latest in a string of disappointments in Nottingham for the Anfield giants.

Liverpool have never won in six Premier League away games against Forest (3D 3D), making City Ground the only stadium where the Reds have played more than once in the competition and never won.

Taking into account pre-Premier League era results, Liverpool have failed to win in any of their last 13 league trips to Forest (L7L6).

This was their first visit to the league since 1999, with a once fierce rivalry having been broken off during Forest’s time out of the top flight. The result gave Forest their first home success in the competition over Liverpool since their 1-0 win in March 1996.

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Liverpool have cause for concern: they have failed to win any of their first five away games in a Premier League season for the first time since 2006-07 under Rafael Benitez, and they already have three league defeats in 2022-23, one more than in the entire 2021-22 campaign.

Match winner Taiwo Awoniyi became the first Forest player to score in each of their first three Premier League matches at the City Ground, lifting Steve Cooper’s team off the foot of the table.

Manchester City 3-1 Brighton and Hove Albion: Haaland draws with Aguero, De Bruyne draws with Silva

Erling Haaland scored hat-tricks, but the doubles will work fine for now. With two goals against Brighton, he became the first City player to score in seven consecutive home games in all competitions since Sergio Aguero in February 2018. The Norwegian has 15 goals in those seven matches. His second goal was City’s 600th in the Premier League since Guardiola took charge of the 2016-17 season.

Kevin De Bruyne was not left out of this victory, sealing the success with a beautiful goal in the second half, after Leandro Trossard closed the gap. De Bruyne has been directly involved in 153 Premier League goals for City (59 goals, 94 assists), with Saturday’s effort putting him on par with David Silva’s involvement count for the club (60 goals, 93 assists) and second only to Aguero (231 – 184 goals, 47 assists).

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City have won 10 consecutive Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium, including all six this season. This is the fifth time they have started a Premier League campaign by winning their first six home games (also 2007-08, 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2018-19).

While City are thriving, Brighton is fading. Roberto De Zerbi became the fourth manager/coach not to win any of his first five league games with the club, after Barry Lloyd (top 12), Don Welsh (top 8) and George Curtis (top 5).

The Seagulls remain winless away from City in all 13 league visits in their history (D2 L11), losing their last nine.

Everton 3-0 Crystal Palace: Toffees finish slide and score goals

After back-to-back defeats to Manchester United, Tottenham and Newcastle United, Everton got back on track thanks to goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Anthony Gordon and substitute Dwight McNeil.

Calvert-Lewin’s goal was Everton’s 1,500th Premier League goal, making the Toffees the seventh team to reach that total and the first since Manchester City in January 2021.

It was raining goals by Everton’s recent standards, with Frank Lampard’s team having managed just three goals in total in their previous five Premier League games this season.


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