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Nic Ladds 12th Apr 2012 - 10:51

Premier League Opta Facts - April 14th - 16th

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Premier League Opta Facts - April 14th - 16th

 

Norwich City v Manchester City

  • Manchester City came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in their last visit to Carrow Road, the game made famous by Delia Smith's half-time on-pitch speech. This was the last time the Citizens came from two down to win a PL match.
  • Man City have scored a total of 12 goals in their last four league encounters with the Canaries.
  • The Citizens are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Norwich in all competitions, winning four.
  • The Canaries have kept just two clean sheets so far this season: only one team (West Brom last season) has ever had fewer after 33 PL games.
  • Norwich have only lost one of their last seven at home in the PL (W2 D4).
  • Man City have won just two of their last 10 league matches on the road (D3 L5).
  • Roberto Mancini's men's last eight Premier League games away from home have produced just eight goals in total, with neither side scoring more than once in a match in this run.
  • Only four of Sergio Aguero's 19 league goals this season have come away from home.
  • Carlos Tevez has not scored in consecutive Premier League appearances since February 2011.
  • City are the top scoring team in the Premier League this season with 79 goals and only three sides in Premier League history have scored more after 33 games.

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Sunderland v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Wolves have won their last four meetings with Sunderland; three of which have been by a one goal margin.
  • Sunderland are the only team that Wolves have beaten more than twice (four times) since their return to the Premier League in 2009.
  • Both sides have scored in each of the last 11 meetings between Wanderers and the Black Cats.
  • Steven Fletcher has scored three goals in his last two meetings with Sunderland and hasn't scored more than three against any opponent in the Premier League.
  • Sunderland have won six of their nine PL games at home under Martin O'Neill, losing just one (1-2 vs Arsenal).
  • Terry Connor is one of just four managers to take one point or fewer in his first eight PL games at a club, after P Jewell (Derby), A Ball (Man City), M McCarthy (Sunderland).
  • Wolves have won only one of their last 16 league games on the road (D5 L10).
  • Five of Wolves' last six league goals on the road have been scored (two) or assisted (three) by Kevin Doyle.
  • Just one of Sunderland's last 18 league goals has come from a set piece: Bendtner's penalty vs Newcastle.
  • Wolves have conceded at least two goals in their last nine league games.

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Swansea City v Blackburn Rovers

  • Blackburn have won their last three meetings with Swansea.
  • Yakubu became the first Blackburn player to hit four goals in a Premier League match when his side won 4-2 at home to the Swans earlier this season.
  • This is Blackburn's lowest-ever points total after 33 Premier League games (28): they had 32 in 1998/99.
  • After losing just one of their first 12, Swansea have lost three of their last four at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League.
  • Blackburn have lost four Premier League games in a row for the first time since December 2008 under Paul Ince.
  • Rovers have only won four of 26 PL matches on the road under Steve Kean (D8 L14).
  • Gylfi Sigurddson is yet to score at the Liberty Stadium for Swansea, though has scored six on the road.
  • Eight of Blackburn's last 10 league goals on the road have come from set pieces.
  • Swansea have lost four games in a row in a single season for the first time since they were in the fourth tier (2003/04).
  • Only WBA (4) and Wolves (0) have taken fewer points over the past six games than Swansea (6).

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West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers

  • The last three meetings between West Brom and QPR at the Hawthorns have produced 16 goals in total.
  • The Hoops have scored on seven of their last eight visits to the Hawthorns, but have won only one (D3 L4).
  • Mark Hughes has won none of his four Premier League meetings with Roy Hodgson as a manager (D3 L1).
  • The Baggies have won three of their last four PL games at home, having won just two of their previous 12 at the Hawthorns this season.
  • QPR have taken just two points from the last 30 available on the road in the league.
  • Djbril Cisse, Jamie Mackie and Luke Young are the only three QPR players to score in more than one away match in the PL this season (two each).
  • The Baggies have lost four of their last six league games, winning just once in this period.
  • QPR have alternated a defeat and a win in their last six games. If this run continues they'd lose this match.
  • QPR are the most fouled team in the Premier League, 396 times.
  • No team has taken fewer points away from home than QPR this season (11).

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Manchester United v Aston Villa

  • United have failed to win four times against Villa in the last four seasons in the PL: only against Chelsea and Liverpool (five each) have they been less successful.
  • Villa have only won on one of their last 26 league visits to Old Trafford (1-0 in December 2009).
  • The Red Devils have scored three or more in six of their last eight PL games at home to the Villans.
  • Defeat in this match would mean that Villa have their lowest-ever points total after 33 games in the Premier League (35).
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's men have won their last six Premier League games at home, conceding just one goal in this run.
  • Villa have taken maximum points in just one of their last 10 league matches (D5 L4).
  • Aston Villa have already picked up more points on the road this season (18) than last season (17).
  • Manchester United have not failed to score in consecutive Premier League games since May-Aug 2007.
  • Man Utd have won all nine Premier League games that Paul Scholes has started this season.
  • Despite defeat at Wigan, United have the fifth best points total after 33 games of a Premier League season.

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Arsenal v Wigan Athletic

  • Arsenal have scored 19 goals in their last six league meetings with Wigan (3.16 per game).
  • The Gunners have won 10 of their 13 PL meetings with the Latics (D2 L1).
  • Arsenal have won all nine matches at home to Wigan in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last six.
  • The Latics are the only Premier League side to have played at least five times at Arsenal but never taken a point there (W0 D0 L6).
  • Arsene Wenger's men have won their last five league games at home, and have lost only one of their last 15 (W12 D2).
  • Arsenal have not won six in a row at home in the league since the start of October 2009.
  • Wigan have only lost one of their last four league matches on the road (W2 D1): 1-2 at Chelsea.
  • To date, Manchester United are the only side against whom Robin van Persie has scored in two different league matches this season.
  • All but three of Arsenal's 35 league goals at home this season have come from open play (two direct free kicks and one goal from a corner).
  • Robin van Persie has scored or assisted 59 goals in his last 50 Premier League appearances.

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