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MW23 stats: Ward-Prowse eyeing free-kick record

8 Feb 2021
James Ward-Prowse

Southampton midfielder has a chance of emulating David Beckham, plus other key stats from the weekend

James Ward-Prowse may have been on the losing side in Saturday's 3-2 thriller at Newcastle United, but the Southampton captain took another step towards a place in the Premier League record books.

Indeed, he moved within range of the record for the most free-kick goals scored in a single season.

For more on this and all the must-know facts from the 23rd round of fixtures, read below. To see the reports and key data for the matches, click on the results.

AVL 1-0 ARS
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Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal

Aston Villa have won 10 of their 11 Premier League matches this season when they have scored the first goal.

BUR 1-1 BHA
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Burnley 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion are unbeaten in five PL matches (W3 D2), their joint-longest run in the competition alongside their undefeated sequence in March 2018.

NEW 3-2 SOU
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Newcastle United 3-2 Southampton

James Ward-Prowse has scored four direct free-kick PL goals this season, only one behind the record in a single campaign jointly held by David Beckham (2000/01) and Laurent Robert (2001/02).

FUL 0-0 WHU
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Fulham 0-0 West Ham

West Ham United's total of 39 points after 23 matches has already equalled their tally from the whole of last season. 

MUN 3-3 EVE
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Manchester United 3-3 Everton

This was just the fourth time Manchester United had led a PL home match by at least two goals and not won, with Everton responsible for the last two occasions, after also fighting back to draw 4-4 in April 2012.

TOT 2-0 WBA
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Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

Harry Kane has scored 208 goals in 317 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur, making him the joint-second highest scorer in the club’s history alongside Bobby Smith, who reached the same tally in the same number of matches.

WOL 0-0 LEI
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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Leicester City

No PL team have earned more away points this season than Leicester City, with 27, level with Man Utd.

LIV 1-4 MCI
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Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is only the third player to score 100 goals in all competitions under Pep Guardiola, after Lionel Messi (211) and Sergio Aguero (120).

SHU 1-2 CHE
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Sheffield United 1-2 Chelsea

Aged 22 years and 28 days, Mason Mount is the second-youngest player to score 10 PL goals for Chelsea, after Arjen Robben (21 years 342 days).

LEE 2-0 CRY
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Leeds United 2-0 Crystal Palace

Patrick Bamford became the first player to score in three PL matches in a season against teams he previously played for in the competition (two times v Crystal Palace and once v Burnley) since Romelu Lukaku in 2017/18 (v Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea for Man Utd).

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