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Premier League stats: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling & hat-tricks

Harry Kane
Tottenham’s Harry Kane boosted his August scoring record with a couple of goals against Aston Villa on Saturday

Remember when Harry Kane just could not score a goal in August? It seems a long time ago now.

Most Premier League hat-tricks by club
39: Arsenal and Liverpool
32: Manchester United
24: Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham
17: Blackburn
15: Everton
14: Newcastle
10: Aston Villa, Leeds
Burnley
Two goals from Ashley Barnes and another from Johann Berg Gudmundsson (pictured) condemned Southampton to another poor start

Slow-starting Southampton

Southampton made a slow start to their Premier League campaign as they were beaten 3-0 by Burnley at Turf Moor. But it should come as no surprise for Saints fans as they have not won their opening league fixture since 2013-14 when they beat West Brom 1-0.

In fact, Southampton have a miserable opening Premier League weekend record with only two wins in 21 attempts – a winning return of 9.6%.

Norwich, Leicester and Watford also failed to start off with a win, just like normal. Norwich, 4-1 losers at Liverpool, have only started their Premier League campaign with a win once; the Foxes, who drew 0-0 at home with Wolves, have won their opener on two out of 14 occasions; while the Hornets, who slumped to a 3-0 loss at home against Brighton, have one win from seven attempts.

At the other end of the scale, Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea was their 19th opening weekend win in the Premier League era.

Of those sides no longer in the top flight, Blackpool are the only team with a 100% record when they started in style with a 4-0 triumph at Wigan in August 2010 – but that was as good as it got for the Tangerines, who were relegated that season.

QPR were never a good team to bet on early on when they were in the Premier League as they failed to win in seven opening weekends.

Premier League opening weekend records
Name Played Won Drew Lost Win ratio
Arsenal 28 15 6 7 53.6%
Aston Villa 25 9 8 8 36%
Bournemouth 5 1 1 3 20%
Brighton 3 1 0 2 33.3%
Burnley 6 2 1 3 33.3%
Chelsea 28 17 6 5 60.7%
C Palace 11 3 3 5 27.3%
Everton 28 7 12 9 25%
Leicester 14 2 6 6 14.3%
Liverpool 28 16 8 4 57.1%
Man City 23 12 6 5 52.2%
Man United 28 19 4 5 67.9%
Newcastle 25 7 7 11 28%
Norwich 9 1 3 5 11.1%
Sheffield Utd 4 2 2 0 50%
Southampton 21 2 10 9 9.6%
Tottenham 28 11 7 10 39.3%
Watford 7 1 3 3 14.3%
West Ham 24 10 1 13 41.7%
Wolves 6 2 2 2 33.3%
Florin Andone
Florin Andone made his case for a starting spot with a goal just over a minute after coming on

Quick off the mark, but not that quick

Florin Andone netted Brighton’s second goal in their 3-0 win at Watford just 62 seconds after coming on as a substitute. However, he was nowhere near as quick as some players have been. In fact, he does not even make the top 40 since Opta started keeping records of this statistic in 2006.

Newcastle’s Sammy Ameobi comfortably holds the record of best-impact sub as he netted eight seconds after his introduction game at Tottenham in October 2014.

Second on the list is Wigan’s Antoine Sibierski, who only needed 15 seconds before he was celebrating in his side’s home match against Derby in January 2008.

Andrew Johnson (Fulham, 17 seconds), Gerard Deulofeu (Watford, 17), Yakubu (Everton, 18), Apostolos Vellios (Everton, 18), Andre Bikey (Reading, 19) and Stelios Giannakopoulos (Bolton, 19) have also all scored within 20 seconds of coming on.

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