Premier League Opta Facts - January 2nd - 4th
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Premier League Opta Facts -January 2nd - 4th
Aston Villa v Swansea City
Swansea have visited Villa Park on seven occasions and suffered seven defeats without netting a single goal.
Aston Villa have won just four of their last 12 Premier League home games (W4 D4 L4), losing four of their last five and the last three in a row.
Swansea have the worst away record in the Premier League with just three points from nine games.
Villa have conceded as many goals (9) in their last five home matches as they had in the previous 13 combined.
Swansea have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League away games.
Villa are unbeaten in their first league game of the New Year since 2001 (W6 D4).
The Swans are unbeaten in their first game of the New Year in the last six seasons (W4 D2), conceding just one goal in the process.
Marc Albrighton's goal against Arsenal was the first time in the PL this season that Villa had scored a goal at home that wasn't scored or assisted by Bent or Agbonlahor.
Blackburn Rovers v Stoke City
Stoke scored three goals from just three shots on target in their 3-1 win over Rovers at the Britannia back in November.
Peter Crouch has scored six Premier League goals against Blackburn, making Rovers his joint favourite opponent along with Arsenal.
Crouch has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games against Blackburn combined.
Stoke have won five and lost none of the last six Premier League matches against Rovers and Blackburn have failed to score in five of the matches in that run.
Prior to this run, Blackburn had won the previous five in a row against Stoke.
Stoke have scored just nine goals in their last 18 Premier League away matches, failing to score in 11 of those matches.
The Potters have lost 13 of their last 19 league away games (W3 D3).
Rovers have won just three of their last 16 Premier League home matches (W3 D4 L9) and lost seven of the last nine (W2 D0 L7).
It is 30 years since Blackburn were at home for their first league game of the New Year and lost (0-2 v Charlton in 1982).
Yakubu has scored seven of Rovers' 12 PL goals at home this season.
Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City
Norwich have won three and lost none of the last four meetings with QPR, including a 2-1 win over the Londoners in November.
Rangers have failed to score five of the last eight games against Norwich.
Norwich have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 23 top flight matches away from home.
QPR have won just one of their nine Premier League home matches (W1 D4 L4) this season.
QPR and Norwich faced each over on New Year's Day last year, with the Canaries winning 1-0 at Carrow Road thanks to a Russell Martin goal after 10 minutes.
Since the start of October, six of QPR's seven league goals at home have been either scored (5) or assisted (1) by Heidar Helguson.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea
Wolves have failed to score in five of their seven Premier League matches against Chelsea.
Chelsea have won six and lost one of the seven Premier League games against Wolves, with the one defeat coming at Molineux last season.
Wolves have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League games at Molineux.
Daniel Sturridge has scored in Chelsea's last three league away games.
Only Manchester United have scored more than once at home to Chelsea in the Premier League this season.
Wolves have lost their opening league game of the New Year in each of the last three seasons.
Fulham v Arsenal
Thomas Vermaelen became the 31st player in Premier League history to score a goal and an own goal in the same game when he netted at both ends in the reverse fixture at the Emirates in November.
Fulham have won just one of the last 10 Premier League games against Arsenal.
The Whites have only scored 13 goals in 21 Premier League games against Arsenal and only more than once on two occasions.
The last five matches between Arsenal and Fulham at Craven Cottage have been evenly split with two wins each and a draw when they met in the final game of 2010-11.
Robin van Persie has scored in three of his four appearances at Craven Cottage.
After going eight games without an away win, Arsenal have won four of their last five Premier League matches on the road.
The Gunners have kept just two clean sheets in their last 16 Premier League away games, conceding 37 goals in that run.
Robin van Persie has scored 19 goals in his last 18 Premier League away appearances.
Fulham have won just three of their last 11 Premier League home games (W3 D4 L4).
The Whites have lost their opening league game of the New Year in each of the last four seasons.
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
West Brom have only won two of the 11 Premier League matches against Spurs (W2 D4 L5),
Spurs have won five and lost none of their last seven home games against West Brom in all competitions.
West Brom have lost just one of the last six Premier League away games (W3 D2 L1) their only defeat coming in north London at Arsenal.
The Baggies have kept just one clean sheet in their last 28 Premier League away games.
Tottenham have lost just one of their last 25 PL home games (W15 D9 L1).
Spurs have conceded just three goals in their last seven league games at home combined.
All 25 of the Premier League goals at White Hart Lane this season have come from either open play (20) or corners (five).
Tottenham have conceded 999 goals in Premier League history. If they concede in this game they will the first side to ship 1000 in the competition.
Tottenham are one of two teams in the Premier League who have not conceded a penalty in the Premier League this season.
Spurs have mustered just four headers on target in the Premier League all season, a league-low figure.
Tottenham have won nine and lost none of the 11 league games Ledley King has started and lost three and drawn one of the seven he has missed.
Wigan Athletic v Sunderland
Sunderland have only won two of their 11 Premier League games against Wigan, with the Latics winning six.
The scorer of the first goal in the last four meetings between Sunderland and Wigan has not gone on to win the match.
Wigan have won three and drawn two of their five Premier League home games against Sunderland.
Wigan have won none of their last seven Premier League games at the DW Stadium (D3 L4).
The Black Cats have lost five of their last seven PL games on the road, but won the other two.
Six of Wigan's nine Premier League goals at home this season have come from outside the box.
Wigan have won the most penalties in the Premier League this season (6).
Roberto Martinez's side have also conceded the joint-most penalties (6) along with West Brom.
Only Liverpool (8.9%) have converted a lower percentage of shots into goals in this season's Premier League (9.0%).
Wigan have been debited with nine errors leading directly to goals, more than any other Premier League side.
Manchester City v Liverpool
Manchester City have only won one of their last 13 Premier League games against Liverpool (W1 D6 L6).
Andy Carroll has scored four goals in three Premier League starts against Manchester City, and has bagged more against the Citizens than any other side.
Liverpool have failed to score in four of their last five away games against City.
The last four goals in this fixture have been netted between the 31st and 35th minute.
Four of the last six games between City and Liverpool have ended as draws with one win apiece.
Manchester City have won all nine of their Premier League home games in 2011-12, as well as the last five of last season (14 in total).
Only once in top-flight history have City won more consecutive home games (16 in a row in a run that ended in August 1921).
A win today would mean only Man Utd (19 games over this season and last) have won more consecutive home games than City (currently 14) in the history of the Premier League.
Liverpool have kept four clean sheets in their last six Premier League away games.
The Reds have hit the woodwork more often than any other team (18) and had their own posts struck the fewest times (1).
Everton v Bolton Wanderers
There have been exactly two goals scored in each of the last four Premier League meetings between Bolton and Everton.
There have been red cards in three of the last four matches between Bolton and Everton.
Bolton have failed to score in five of their last eight Premier League meetings with the Toffees.
Bolton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 35 Premier League away games.
The Trotters have drawn just one of their last 22 Premier League away matches (W4 D1 L17).
A shut out last time out ended a run of eight matches at Goodison Park without a clean sheet for Everton.
Bolton have won more away matches than home matches in the PL this season.
Since returning to the PL in 2001, Bolton have only once managed to win their opening league game of the new year (W1 D3 L6).
Four of Everton's last six league goals at home have come in the final 10 minutes.
Everton have failed to score a first half goal in each of their last seven Premier League games.
Newcastle United v Manchester United
Man Utd mustered 29 shots to Newcastle's eight in their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in November.
Wayne Rooney has scored nine goals in 13 Premier League games against Newcastle for Manchester United.
Man Utd have won 13 and lost none of the last 18 matches against Newcastle in the Premier League.
Newcastle have won just two of the last 13 Premier League home games against Man Utd (W2 D3 L8) and in both wins the Red Devils picked up a red card.
Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in his last six appearances against Newcastle on Tyneside.
Man Utd are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League away games and won the last five in a row.
The Red Devils have kept five clean sheets in a row away from home; they jointly hold the Premier League record with seven set in February 2009. (Chelsea did it in December 2008).
After losing just 1 of 15 at St James' Park in 2011, Newcastle have lost 2 of 3 (one draw) since changing the name to Sports Direct Arena.
Manchester United are the only team to have scored in every Premier League match so far this season.