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Eden Jon 5th Feb 2014 - 12:58

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – February 8-9

 

Liverpool v Arsenal

  • Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have played 11 Barclays Premier League games together this season and the only team to stop them both scoring is Arsenal.
  • Santi Cazorla has scored in two of his three Barclays Premier League appearances against Liverpool.
  • Arsenal v Liverpool has seen five hat-tricks scored; the most trebles of any fixture in Premier League history.
  • Liverpool have won just one of their last 13 Premier League games against Arsenal (W1 D7 L5) and none of the last six at Anfield (W0 D3 L3).
  • Arsenal have trailed in five of the last six Premier League games against Liverpool at Anfield and come back to win two and draw three of those five where they fell behind.
  • Arsenal have won six and lost none of their last seven Premier League games and netted exactly two goals in each of the last five.
  • The Gunners were the last team to stop Liverpool from scoring in the Premier League (Nov 2nd 2013), with the Reds netting 41 goals in their 14 games since.
  • There have been four 90th minute or later goals in the last five Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.
  • Only Arsenal (6) have conceded fewer goals on home soil than Liverpool (8) this season in the Premier League.
  • Wojciech Szczesny has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season (11).
  • If PL games ended at half-time, Liverpool would be top by one point. However, if PL games only included the second half, Liverpool would be 8th and 19 points off the top.

 

Aston Villa v West Ham United

  • Villa have won three and lost just one of their last six Barclays Premier League games against the Hammers.
  • Kevin Nolan has scored five Barclays Premier League goals against Aston Villa, more than against any other opponent apart from Sunderland (6).
  • Christian Benteke has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances for Villa.
  • Aston Villa have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games, conceding at least two goals in eight games during this run.
  • West Ham have kept the joint-most clean sheets in the Premier League along with Arsenal (11).
  • Aston Villa have won four and lost none (D2) of their last six Premier League home games against West Ham United.
  • Kevin Nolan has scored three goals and assisted two more in his last four Premier League appearances.
  • Nolan has also picked up two red cards and one yellow in his last three Premier League appearances away from home.
  • West Ham have hit the target with just 36% of their shots this season, the lowest accuracy in the top flight.
  • Only Fulham (10) have picked up fewer points at home than Aston Villa (11) this season.

Chelsea v Newcastle United

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in 72 Barclays Premier League home games with Jose Mourinho as boss (W56 D16 L0).
  • Newcastle have won three of their last four Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea (W3 D0 L1).
  • The Magpies have lost just one of their last four Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge (W1 D2 L1).
  • Alan Pardew's side have failed to score in five of their last six Premier League games, losing four and winning just one in this run.
  • Samuel Eto'o has scored seven goals in his last seven games in all competitions at Stamford Bridge.
  • Newcastle have won three and lost just one of their last five Premier League games away from home.
  • Chelsea have won six of their last seven Premier League games.
  • Eden Hazard has embarked on 162 dribbles in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.
  • Since losing 3-2 at Stoke, Chelsea have conceded only three goals in nine games.
  • Newcastle have lost four of their six Premier League games since beating Stoke 5-1 on Boxing Day.

 

Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

  • Crystal Palace have won three and lost just one of the last seven meetings with West Brom in all competitions.
  • West Brom have lost just one of their last 10 league visits to Selhurst Park to play Palace (W3 D6 L1), but that was the only Barclays Premier League meeting (2004-05).
  • West Brom and Crystal Palace have already met twice this season, with the Baggies winning 2-0 in the Barclays Premier League and Palace 2-0 in the FA Cup, both games at the Hawthorns.
  • Palace have only scored three goals in their last six Premier League games, all by Jason Puncheon.
  • The Londoners have scored the fewest goals in the Premier League (15) and have failed to score in 12 games, the joint-most along with Cardiff City.
  • The Eagles have kept five clean sheets in their last seven Premier League games at Selhurst Park.
  • The Baggies have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League matches since beating the Londoners 2-0 back at the start of November.
  • The opening goal in the last two league games between Palace and West Brom at Selhurst Park has been an own goal.
  • Since Tony Pulis has been in charge of Crystal Palace, they have won 16 points in 12 PL games - more than double the seven points from 12 PL games under Ian Holloway/Keith Millen.
  • West Brom have drawn 11 of their 24 Premier League games this season, more than any other side.

 

Norwich City v Manchester City

  • There have been 37 goals scored in the last six Barclays Premier League meetings between Norwich and Man City.
  • Edin Dzeko has scored three goals in four Barclays Premier League games against Norwich.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in five Barclays Premier League games against the Canaries.
  • Manchester City have won their last three Premier League trips to Carrow Road, scoring 13 and conceding six times.
  • Chris Hughton's side have alternated between scoring one goal or not scoring at all in their last nine Premier League matches.
  • There have been red cards in two of the last three Premier League meetings between Norwich and Man City at Carrow Road.
  • Manchester City have not lost successive Premier League games since October 2010.
  • Only two of Alvaro Negredo's nine Premier League goals have come away from home.
  • Leroy Fer has picked up three yellow cards and a red in his last six Premier League starts.
  • Joe Hart's saves to shots rate this season is 70%. In City's title winning season (2011-12) it was 77%.

 

Southampton v Stoke City

  • Southampton have taken eight points from their last four Barclays Premier League games.
  • All three meetings between Southampton and Stoke in the Barclays Premier League have ended as draws.
  • Charlie Adam has scored three of Stoke's last four Premier League goals.
  • Southampton have collected 1.8 points per game when goalkeeper Artur Boruc has played this season, compared to 0.7 when he has been absent.
  • Stoke City have not won successive Premier League games since August 2013.
  • The Potters have gone eight games without a clean sheet in the Premier League.
  • Three different English players scored for Southampton last weekend. Only Liverpool have also done this in the Premier League this season.
  • Stoke have failed to score in five of their last six Premier League away games and have gone 331 minutes without a goal.
  • Southampton are yet to win a game after trailing this season in the Premier League, Stoke have done so twice.
  • Jay Rodriguez has scored seven goals and assisted two more in his last 12 Premier League appearances.

 

Sunderland v Hull City

  • Sunderland have won six of their last seven encounters with Hull City.
  • Hull have scored only one Barclays Premier League goal in 2014, fewer than other side.
  • There have been five red cards in five Premier League meetings between these two sides, including two for Sunderland in the reverse fixture earlier this season (Cattermole and Dossena).
  • The Tigers are the only Premier League team not to win a game in 2014 (D1 L4).
  • Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has the best saves to shots rate in the Premier League this season (83%).
  • Four different players (Ki, Johnson, Borini, Gardner) have taken a penalty for the Black Cats in the PL this season, a bigger spread than any other club.
  • 14 players have scored for Hull in the Premier League this season but none of them have more than three goals.
  • If only the second halves of games counted this season, Hull would be adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table by five points.
  • Sunderland have taken 10 points in 2014 (W3 D1 L1), only the top four sides have collected more.
  • Nikica Jelavic has played 10 hours and 40 minutes of Premier League football without a goal this season and 15 hours and 56 mins since his last one in March.

 

Swansea City v Cardiff City

  • Swansea's only red card in the Barclays Premier League this season came in the reverse fixture against Cardiff (Michel Vorm).
  • The last time this fixture was played at Liberty Stadium, Craig Bellamy scored the winner for Cardiff City.
  • Indeed, the last three South Wales derbies have ended 1-0 (two wins for Cardiff, one for Swansea).
  • Craig Bellamy's goal against Norwich last weekend saw him become the first player to score for seven different clubs in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Cardiff City are the only Premier League team not to win a penalty this season.
  • Former Swans defender Steven Caulker has made more blocks (36) than any other Premier League player this season.
  • If Premier League games ended at half-time so far this season, Cardiff would be bottom by seven points, Swansea would be 19th.
  • Swansea have the lowest saves to shots ratio in the division (63%) this season.
  • All seven of Wilfried Bony's Premier League goals have come in Wales.
  • If Swansea lose this match it will be the first time they've ever lost three consecutive league games to their arch-rivals.

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

  • Tottenham (288) and Everton (292) have lost more Barclays Premier League games than any other side.
  • Everton have lost only two of their last 13 Barclays Premier League encounters with Tottenham.
  • Everton have won only one of their last five Barclays Premier League away games (D3 L1).
  • The Lilywhites have won 12 times in the Premier League against Everton at White Hart Lane - only against Newcastle (also 12) have they won as many times at home in the competition.
  • Only two players have made more Premier League assists for Tottenham than Aaron Lennon (41) - Teddy Sheringham (44) and Darren Anderton (67).
  • Everton are the most fouled side in the Premier League this season (315 times).
  • The Toffees have conceded the most penalties in the Premier League this season (6).
  • Tottenham have won four penalties this season in the Premier League, only Liverpool (5) have been awarded more.
  • Leighton Baines (0) has fewer Premier League assists than team-mate Tim Howard (1) this season.
  • 12 of Tottenham's 19 assists this season have been supplied by players signed last summer.

 

Manchester United v Fulham

  • Manchester United have won each of their last nine Barclays Premier League home games against Fulham and 11 of 12 since the Whites reached the division in 2001.
  • Fulham have drawn only once this season, fewer than any other side. The record low in a Barclays Premier League season is three (by Chelsea in 1997-98).
  • Manchester United have gone 11 Premier League games without a draw currently (W6 L5).
  • United have kept five clean sheets in their last six home league games against Fulham.
  • Fulham have seven goals from corners this season, only Manchester City have scored more.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored in five of Man Utd's last six games against Fulham (all comps).
  • Steve Sidwell is the only current Fulham player to have scored a Premier League goal in 2014.
  • Juan Mata has delivered 13 crosses (inc. corners) for Manchester United but only one of those has found a team-mate.
  • Fulham's last three Premier League games have been 0-0 at half-time but they have lost all three, conceding seven goals in the process.
  • Robin van Persie has six goals and two assists in his last seven Premier League appearances.
  • Should Fulham win or lose they will have gone 21 Premier League games without a draw. Only one side (Bolton - 28 games in Mar-Dec 2011) have gone on a longer run in PL history without a draw.

 

 
 

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