The identity of Newcastle’s fastest player might surprise you


Ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park this evening, here a selection of stats, including Danny Simpson’s need for speed…

• Blackburn’s last Barclays Premier League game was a 1-1 draw with Everton.

• Morten Gamst Pedersen covered the most ground in that game with 6.32 miles.

• David Goodwillie scored a slightly fortuitous goal in that game, deflecting in Tim Cahill’s clearance.

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• Goodwillie’s goal was his second in the league this season from 18 efforts at goal.

• Newcastle’s excellent start to the season continued to slip as they suffered a 5-2 defeat to Fulham in their last Premier League game.

• Jonas Gutierrez covered the most ground for Newcastle in that game with 5.51 miles, while Danny Simpson clocked the fastest top speed with 20.12 mph.

• Hatem Ben Arfa and Danny Guthrie scored for Newcastle but a Clint Dempsey hat trick was the difference between the two sides in the end.

• Hatem Ben Arfa has now contributed two goals and three assists since his return for Newcastle, and has completed exactly 100 passes in his opponent’s half.

Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League.

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