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PREMIER LEAGUE STATS SPECIAL: Liverpool defence rebooted and Swansea clinch Man Utd double

Liverpool's defence away from home has found an extra sturdiness while Swansea City grabbed a rare double over Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend.

Stats compiled by Opta

GUZAN MAKES IT 100 IN A ROW

- Brad Guzan's appearance in Aston Villa's 2-1 loss to Stoke City was his 100th consecutive BPL outing making him the first player to achieve the feat since Jon Walters did so for the Potters in October 2013.

CAZORLA THE PENALTY MASTER

- Santi Cazorla's penalty in the 8th minute of Arsenal's 2-1 win at Crystal Palace was his sixth of the season meaning he has scored more times from the spot than each of the other 19 BPL clubs.

SINCLAIR FINALLY BREAKS DROUGHT

- Scott Sinclair's 20th-minute goal in Villa's 2-1 home defeat to Stoke was his first in the BPL since August 2012 when he scored for Swansea City against QPR.

BAD BOY BARTON BACK AT IT

- Joey Barton's sending off in the 32nd minute of QPR's 2-1 loss at Hull City was the eighth time in his past eight BPL matches where he has been shown a card - seven yellows and one red.

GIROUD GIVES ARSENAL EXTRA PRONG

- Olivier Giroud's goal just before half-time of Arsenal's win over the Eagles was the eighth goal he has contributed to in his past seven appearances in all competitions. During that time he has scored five and assisted three.

SWANSEA DO MAN UTD DOUBLE

- Swansea City's 2-1 win over Manchester United was the first time they have completed a winning double over the Red Devils in their history. They also saluted 2-1 at Old Trafford in August.

VLAAR TURNS VILLA FACES RED

- Ron Vlaar's red card in injury-time of Villa's loss to Stoke was the sixth for the club this season which is more than any other BPL side.

AGUERO LOVES THE TOON

- Sergio Aguero's 2nd-minute penalty in Manchester City's 5-0 win over Newcastle United was the fifth time he has scored in seven BPL appearances against the Toon.

WEST HAM USING THEIR HEADS

- Cheikhou Kouyate's 22nd-minute header in West Ham United's 2-2 draw at Tottenham was the west London side's 15th headed effort this season, beating Liverpool's 14 of last term, with 12 matches remaining.

SPURS ENJOY LATE FLOURISH

- Tottenham's two late goals to force their 2-2 draw with the Hammers has taken their tally of recovered points from losing positions to 15 this season, equaling Crystal Palace at the top of this particular statistic list.

2-2 IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY IN THE PREM

- Everton and Leicester City's 2-2 draw was the 21st scoreline of its kind this season, four more than the entire 2013/14 BPL season.

CLEAN SHEETS ON THE ROAD FOR THE REDS

- Liverpool's 2-0 win at Southampton was their fifth BPL clean sheet in a row away from home. They have not achieved this feat since 1985.

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