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French star Massadio Haidara helps Newcastle to top-six place in Premier League’s passmaster league

Massadio Haidara
Massadio Haidara

Newcastle United’s Massadio Haidara lead the way with 48 passes to help the Magpies clinch sixth place in a chart of completed passes on opening weekend fixtures in the Premier League.

Newcastle completed a total of 396 passes in their 2-2 draw with Southampton on Sunday.

Manchester City topped the poll of opening weekend passing statistics compiled by Sky Sports with 692 pass completions in their 3-0 win over West Brom.

Top passer was David Silva with 90 passes.

Newcastle’s return put them ahead of local rivals Sunderland, who clinched 10th place with 347 passes in their 4-2 defeat at Leicester.

The full list is:

1. Manchester City: 692 passes

Top passer v West Brom: David Silva (90)

Team average last season: 492

2. Arsenal: 481

Top passer v West Ham: Santi Cazorla (71)

Team average last season: 452

3. Bournemouth: 464

Top passer v Aston Villa: Andrew Surman (88)

Team average last season: 403

4. Everton: 451

Top passer v Watford: John Stones (61)

Team average last season: 408

5. Manchester United: 401

Top passer v Spurs: Daley Blind (48)

Team average last season: 477

6. Newcastle United: 396

Top passer v Southampton: Massadio Haidara (48)

Team average last season: 304

7. Tottenham: 391

Top passer v Man Utd: Toby Alderweireld (58)

Team average last season: 413

8. Norwich: 388

Top passer v Crystal Palace: Graham Dorrans (51)

Team average last season: 362

9. Liverpool: 378

Top passer v Stoke: James Milner (54)

Team average last season: 422

10= Sunderland: 347

Top passer v Leicester: Younes Kaboul (51)

Team average last season: 290

10= Chelsea 347

Top passer v Swansea: Nemanja Matic (45)

Team average last season: 444

12. Swansea City: 322

Top passer v Chelsea: Jonjo Shelvey (52)

Team average last season: 386

13. Aston Villa: 310

Top passer v Bournemouth: Idrissa Gueye (42)

Team average last season: 344

14. Southampton: 309

Top passer v Newcastle: Steven Davis (56)

Team average last season: 381

15. Stoke City: 301

Top passer v Liverpool: Glenn Whelan (50)

Team average last season: 314

16. West Brom: 266

Top passer v Man City: Darren Fletcher (44)

Team average last season: 285

17. West Ham: 257

Top passer v Arsenal: Mark Noble (36)

Team average last season: 266

18. Leicester City: 250

Top passer v Sunderland: Danny Drinkwater (42)

Team average last season: 250

19= Watford: 200

Top passer v Everton: Ikechi Anya (26)

Team average last season: 336

19= Crystal Palace: 200

Top passer v Norwich: Jason Puncheon (31)

Team average last season: 221