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Premier League Stats Review: Joy for City frontmen, ton up for Kane, woes for Palace

Sergio Aguero is forming a formidable partnership with Gabriel Jesus
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This weekend's review stats threw out some interesting numbers regarding some of the Premier League's best goalscorers, but for Crystal Palace fans it's a case of look away now...


"Aguero and Jesus have the potential to be a potent strike force if played together regularly this season, and they can currently be backed at [8.0] (Jesus) and [11.0] (Aguero) in the Premier League Top Goalscorer market."

Room for both Aguero and Jesus


Key Opta Stat 1: Sergio Aguero is now the top scoring non-European player in Premier League history (124), overtaking Dwight Yorke (123)

Key Opta Stat 2: Indeed, Aguero is the 4th player in Premier League history to score in six consecutive home apps vs a single side (also Alan Shearer against Everton, Thierry Henry against Aston Villa and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink against West Ham)

Key Opta Stat 3: Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 14 goals in his 12 Premier League starts for Man City (10 goals, four assists)


When Pep Guardiola first gave Gabriel Jesus his chance in the Manchester City starting XI it looked to be at the expense of Sergio Aguero as the Brazilian was played in a front three alongside Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. He looked a brilliant prospect and many wondered if Aguero's time in Manchester was up.

But judging by Saturday's 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool Aguero looks as happy as any City player right now. Playing alongside Jesus in a two-man attack the Argentinian opened the scoring and then saw his strike partner double City's lead just before the interval.

But it was Aguero's part in City's third goal that caught the eye. Clean through on goal few would have blamed him for taking a shot himself, but he unselfishly squared the ball to Jesus who tucked home his second of the game.

Aguero and Jesus have the potential to be a potent strike force if played together regularly this season, and they can currently be backed at [8.0] (Jesus) and [11.0] (Aguero) in the Premier League Top Goalscorer market.


Harry better than Henry?


Key Opta Stat 1: Harry Kane has now scored 101 goals in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur in 169 appearances

Key Opta Stat 2: It took Kane 169 games to score 100 goals for Spurs; 12 games fewer than Thierry Henry to score 100 for Arsenal (181)

Key Opta Stat 3: Tottenham have won four successive away games in the Premier League for the first time since January 2014 (five in a row)


Staying on the theme of top goalscorers it was a landmark day for Harry Kane - as he notched his 100th goal for Tottenham, then swiftly followed it with his 101st as the Lilywhites beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park.

Arsenal fans won't want to be reminded that stats-wise, Kane has the potential to be even better than Gunners legend Thiery Henry. Kane, who is [4.5] to be this season's leading goalscorer, required just 169 games to get the ton up, Henry achieved the feat in his 181st game for Arsenal.

Saturday's victory also continued Spurs' excellent form on the road. Mauricio Pochettino's men ended last season with two straight away victories and they've started this campaign by winning 2-0 at Newcastle and 3-0 at Everton. Tottenham next play away from home in the league on 23 September, at West Ham where the lost 1-0 last season.


No positives to take from poor Palace start


Key Opta Stat 1: Crystal Palace are the first top-flight team since Preston North End in 1924/25 to lose their opening four matches without scoring a single goal

Key Opta Stat 2: Palace have lost their last six Premier League games in which they've registered at least 60% possession

Key Opta Stat 3: Palace have now lost their last eight Premier League games when they've conceded the first goal, failing to score in all eight of those games


It doesn't matter what Crystal Palace do at the moment, it all ends in defeat. As the stats above show, whether it be try and come from behind or have more possession than their opponents, they just can't score a goal.

The Eagles played well at Burnley but they rarely threatened other than at a few set pieces when Scott Dan was guilty of missing one clear cut chance. But from the moment the Clarets took a third minute lead you felt they'd shut up shop knowing Palace wouldn't be able to hurt them. They were right, Burnley won 1-0.

Four straight defeats and not a single goal scored is not what new boss Frank de Boer had in mind when he took over and the Dutchman is now as short as short as 1/7 in the Sportsbook's Next EPL Manager To Leave Post market. Palace are [2.3] to be Relegated.


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