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Nic Ladds 14th Mar 2012 - 15:32

Premier League Opta Facts - 17th & 18th March

Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.

17th & 18th March

Fulham v Swansea City

  • The last time Fulham met Swansea in the league at Craven Cottage, both sides were in the fourth tier of English football; Fulham won 2-1.
  • Fulham have lost just one and won six of their last eight Premier League games at Craven Cottage.
  • Swansea's last six away league games have seen them alternate between wins and losses.
  • Fulham are the only team in the Premier League who have not earned a red card this season.
  • Swansea have committed the fewest fouls in the top flight this season (233).
  • Fulham have recovered the most points (8) from losing positions in home matches this season.
  • Fulham have conceded the highest proportion of goals in the last 15 minutes of games of any team in the top flight (41%).
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored five goals from just five shots on target in the Premier League for Fulham.
  • Clint Dempsey has scored 12 goals in his last 10 appearances at Craven Cottage in all competitions and nine in the last five.
  • Ashley Williams has blocked 35 opposition shots this season, more than any other player.

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Wigan Athletic v West Bromwich Albion

  • West Brom have lost just two of their last eight Premier League away matches.
  • Roy Hodgson has already won as many away games (8) with West Brom in 13 months as he did with Liverpool (1) and Fulham (7) combined in three years.
  • Wigan have won just one of their last 13 Premier League games (W1 D6 L6).
  • Wigan have won three and lost just one of their last five Premier League games against West Brom.
  • The Baggies have scored first in six of the seven Premier League meetings between the two sides.
  • Three of Wigan's four Premier League wins against West Brom and the one draw have seen the Latics come from behind to earn points.
  • West Brom have won 49 games in the Premier League era.
  • No team with fewer than 12 points after 14 Premier League home games has ever survived in the Premier League (Wigan have 9).
  • Only QPR (15) have dropped more points from winning positions than West Brom (14) this season.
  • Wigan have committed a joint-league-high 357 fouls in the Premier League this season (with Everton).

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United

  • Wolves have won just one of their last 14 Premier League games (W1 D5 L8), a run which started with a 1-4 defeat to Manchester United.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last four Premier League matches.
  • United have won seven and lost none of their last eight Premier League games.
  • Wolves have won two of the seven Premier League meetings with Man Utd, including the last match at Molineux last February (2-1).
  • Manchester United have only ever had more points after 28 games once before in Premier League history (69 in 2006-07).
  • No team with fewer than 12 points after 14 Premier League home games has ever survived in the Premier League (Wolves have 11).
  • Only Arsenal (19) have recouped more points from losing positions than Wolves (14) this season, while Man Utd have recovered fewer (2) than any other team.
  • Manchester United have the best chance conversion rate in the Premier League, scoring with 20% of their shots and hitting the target with 53% of their attempts.
  • Wolves have conceded more goals from outside the box (15) than any other team.
  • Wolves have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League this season (208).

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Newcastle United v Norwich City

  • Norwich scored four goals from just five shots on target when they beat the Magpies 4-2 at Carrow Road back in December.
  • The Canaries are the only team to score three headed goals in a Premier League game this season, when they beat Newcastle 4-2. The last team to score three headers in the same game were Tottenham v West Ham in 2007-08.
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games at St James Park, but have drawn the last two.
  • Norwich have only lost two of their last seven Premier League away games but those defeats have come in their last three road trips.
  • The Canaries have gone 28 games away from home without a Premier league clean sheet in the Premier League dating back to October 2004.
  • Only QPR (15) have dropped more points from winning positions than Norwich (14) this season.
  • Newcastle have conceded the most penalties (9) in the Premier League, while Norwich have won the fewest (1).
  • 74% of the shots on target Newcastle have allowed have been from inside the penalty area, the highest proportion of any team in the top flight.
  • Danny Simpson has cleared more shots off the line than any other Premier League player (6).
  • Newcastle have conceded the joint-most goals from set pieces this season (17).

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