Martin Tyler’s stats: Are Manchester City Europe’s highest scorers?

Martin Tyler’s stats: Are Manchester City Europe’s highest scorers?

Can anyone in Europe challenge Manchester City for goals so far this season? And which Manchester United player has been in contact with his own question for Martin?

The Sky Sports commentator has the answers to those questions and more in his weekly stats column, and don’t forget to try his tricky teaser in the video above.

Got a question for Martin? Tweet @SkySportsPL with the hashtag #TylersTeasers and the voice of football could be answering your question next week!

Martin’s Starting Stats

Claudio Ranieri lost a Premier League game for the first time against Tottenham – he had had this amazing record of being unbeaten in 11 Premier League games prior to Sunday’s 2-1 home loss to Spurs. That was his first defeat in 12 and he had won seven of those games and drew four.

Spurs has now won five games in a row against Fulham in all competitions, while Fulham have failed to score more than once in any of their last 13 Premier League matches against Spurs.

It was the 50th top-flight fixture between the clubs – 29 Spurs wins, 13 draws and eight Fulham wins.

Meanwhile, Fulham drew level with Queens Park Rangers in losing a seventh consecutive London derby – QPR lost seven in a row in the 1995/96 season. Spurs reached 51 points after 23 matches, which is the quickest – by one game – they have ever taken to reach a half century of points in the Premier League.

Dele Alli scored and remains unbeaten in now the 37 Premier League matches he has scored in and Eric Dier, who had been out for six weeks with an appendicitis, had been stuck on 199 Tottenham appearances when he needed his operation and he came on to finally make his 200th Spurs appearance after a bit of a wait.

It was Denis Odoi’s 100th Fulham appearance and there were two Fulham birthdays on the day – Calum Chambers was 24 and played, while Tom Cairney was 28, but sat on the bench and watched, meaning the midfielder is stuck on 149 Fulham appearances.

De Gea’s Golden Boot

After Martin said on commentary during Man Utd’s 1-0 win over Spurs at Wembley on January 13: “They get Golden Gloves goalkeepers, so David de Gea should get a Golden Boot,” in reference to the numerous stops the Spaniard made with his feet that day, the United No 1 has been in contact with his own question for Mr Tyler!

I see I made four saves with my feet against Tottenham the week before last, but is that the most in a Premier League game this season? David de Gea, Manchester

Now, as for the question itself, the four stops David made with his feet to help United beat Spurs 1-0 is indeed a record in the Premier League this season, beating the three that Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic made in a 2-1 loss at Newcastle in November.

In fact, you and Asmir are the only ‘keepers to have made more than two saves with their feet in a Premier League match this campaign.

Scoring a hat full…

With Man City becoming the first team in the top five European leagues to score 100 goals in all competitions this season, how are their challengers shaping up? Is there much chance of them being caught? Matthew, Plymouth

MARTIN SAYS: By close of play on Sunday January 20, Manchester City had smashed through the 100-goal mark in their 3-0 win at Huddersfield on Sunday, reaching 102 in their 35th game of the season, 12 in front of their nearest challengers Paris Saint-Germain (29 games).

PSG are still fighting on three fronts having recently been eliminated from the French League Cup (the Coupe de la Ligue) at the quarter-final stage, while City’s first two goals of the season came in the Community Shield and they are still in four competitions.

Barcelona trail behind both teams with 81 goals (31 games), and further back still are Tottenham, the fourth-highest scorers in Europe’s top five leagues, with 72 (34 games).

… And leaking goals

Fulham are the first club in Europe’s top five leagues to have conceded 50 league goals this season, how far are they ahead of the chasing pack? Caldo, Bristol

MARTIN SAYS: Fulham have the unenviable record of conceding a half-century of goals quicker than anyone else in the Premier League, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga.

But while eight other teams have conceded 40 or more goals, the second-leakiest defence in Europe, belonging to French side Guingamp, has shipped 45 over the course of the season – six fewer than Fulham, albeit in two fewer matches.

Behind them are Premier League trio Cardiff City (44), Burnley (43) and Bournemouth (42), with Southampton (40) also included in the top 10.

London calling

With Alexandre Lacazette catching up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s six goals in London derbies this season, which Arsenal player has the most in a single Premier League campaign? And what about since the Premier League’s inception? Emma, Norwich

MARTIN SAYS: Thierry Henry leads the way in the London charts, scoring nine times against other teams in the capital in 2004/05, as Arsenal finished second in the Premier League.

Henry is also the all-time top scorer in Premier League London derbies with 43 goals, well ahead of Teddy Sheringham and Frank Lampard in joint-second place with 32. Harry Kane has been eating into Henry’s tally for some while though, and already has 26 goals in 40 London derby appearances.

Leaving it late

Wolves’ winner against Leicester on Saturday was amazing, and they seem to be making a bit of a habit of this. Which team has scored the most 90th-minute winners in a single season? Rob, Lincoln

MARTIN SAYS: Wolves might have had their fans biting their nails this season – but leaving it late has generally worked in their favour, with three injury-time winners so far.

Wolves’ last-minute winners Date Opponent Score 1/9/18 West Ham (A) 1-0 – Traore (90+3) 9/12/18 Newcastle (A) 2-1 – Doherty (90+4) 19/1/19 Leicester (H) 4-3 – Jota (90+3)

One more will equal the all-time Premier League record of four in a single season, matching Sunderland (2007/08), Liverpool (2008/09), Everton (2009/10) and Newcastle (2012/13).

Source: skysports.com

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