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Lewis Constable 22nd Oct 2014 - 13:06

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts 25-27 October

West Ham United v Manchester City

West Ham have taken just one point from their last six Barclays Premier League encounters with Manchester City (L5 D1).

Sergio Aguero (108 mins) has the best mins-per-goal rate of any player in Barclays Premier League history (excluding players with fewer than 20 goals).

The Hammers lost four times to City last season (twice in the league and both legs of the League Cup semi-final).

City secured the league title against West Ham on the final day of last season with a 2-0 win at the Etihad. The Hammers did not muster a single shot on target.

West Ham have won four league games this season. In 2013-14 they didn't reach this tally until January.

City have gone five Premier League games without defeat, the second longest current run in the division.

Sergio Aguero's record of nine goals in his team's opening eight games has never been bettered in Premier League history.

Aguero has scored four away goals in the Premier League this season. He has never scored more than seven on the road in a single campaign.

Diafra Sakho is only the second player in Premier League history (after Mick Quinn) to score in each of his first five starts in the competition.

West Ham have allowed the opposition fewer clear cut chances (7) than any other Premier League team this season.

 

Liverpool v Hull City

Liverpool have scored 10 goals in three Barclays Premier League home games against Hull City.

The Tigers have only won one of their 18 meetings with the Reds in all competitions (D4 L13), with that win coming on home soil last season.

Neither of Liverpool's scorers in this fixture last season (Agger, Suarez) remain at the club.

Steven Gerrard has three goals in two starts against Hull at Anfield.

Hull (along with Chelsea and Everton) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

Mario Balotelli has put more clear cut chances off target than any other Premier League player this season (3).

After winning 11 Premier League games in a row between February and April, Liverpool have won just five of the subsequent 11 matches.

The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League matches.

Liverpool have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last five Premier League games at Anfield.

Hull's last two away games have ended 2-2. Only two teams in Premier League history have recorded three successive 2-2s away from home (Man Utd in 1994 and Newcastle in 2003).

Liverpool have both taken (129) and scored (98 - level with Chelsea) the most penalties in Premier League history.

 

Southampton v Stoke

Each of the last four meetings between Southampton and Stoke have ended as a draw.

Both teams have scored in the last seven games between the Saints and the Potters.

No team with a striped home shirt has finished in the top four of the Barclays Premier League since Newcastle in 2002-03.

Southampton's record of W5 D1 L2 is their best at this stage of a top-flight season since W5 D2 L1 in 1983-84 (the season in which they went onto finish second).

Southampton have made fewer substitutions than any other Premier League side this season (19).

Southampton's style under Koeman is illustrated by their total of 199 tackles, more than any other side.

Southampton have hit the most shots on target in the Premier League this season (50) while Stoke have allowed the least on their own goal (20).

Southampton have the best penalty record of any regular team in the Premier League (53 taken, 51 scored).

Fraser Forster has the best saves to shots rate of any regular goalkeeper in the Premier League this season (75%).

Conversely, Stoke's Asmir Begovic has the lowest saves to shots rate of any regular glovesman (53%).

Southampton have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League home games.


Sunderland v Arsenal

Sunderland have scored 16 own goals since the start of the 2010-11 season, more than any other Barclays Premier League side.

Arsenal are looking to win four Barclays Premier League away games in a row against Sunderland for the first time.

The Black Cats have won just one of their last 21 Premier League games against Arsenal.

Arsenal need two more goals to become the second team (after Man Utd) to score 1500 Premier League goals.

Arsenal's two league wins this season have come via a 90th minute winner against Crystal Palace in their opening game and 3-0 win at struggling Aston Villa.

Only two Premier League teams have kept a clean sheet after conceding 8+ goals in the preceding match (Arsenal in 2011 after losing 8-2 to Man Utd and Wigan in 2009 after losing 9-1 to Spurs).

Despite conceding eight to Southampton last time out, Sunderland (2) have kept twice as many Premier League clean sheets as Arsenal this season.

If Arsenal fail to win it will be their worst performance after nine games in the Arsene Wenger era (previously 13 in 2011-12).

If Arsenal lose they will have half the number of points they had at this stage last season.

Lee Cattermole has been booked in two of his last three Premier League appearances. His overall record is 65 in 212 games (plus seven red cards).

 

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

The previous two Barclays Premier League games between these sides at the Hawthorns have seen four goals in the last 10 minutes, including two in the 90th.

Palace have lost only one of their last eight encounters with WBA in all competitions.

Palace are averaging less possession in the Premier League than any other team this season (34%).

Saido Berahino has scored seven goals in 10 competitive appearances for WBA this season, with six of these coming at the Hawthorns.

No English player has scored as many goals in the Premier League so far this season as Berahino (6).

The Baggies have conceded more long range goals than any other side in the league. Five of the 11 goals they have shipped have come from outside the area.

Palace are five points down based on results in the equivalent fixtures last season. Only Manchester United (nine points) have seen a bigger drop.

WBA have lost only lost two of their last 13 Premier League games against London sides.

Palace have committed more fouls than any other Premier League side this season (118).

Mile Jedinak leads the division in tackles (40) and interceptions (29).

 

Swansea City v Leicester City

The last six meetings between Swansea and Leicester have been home wins.

Leonardo Ulloa scored five goals in his first five Barclays Premier League appearances but has not had a shot in the subsequent three matches.

Wilfried Bony has scored in his last two Premier League appearances for Swansea City - he's never scored in three successive PL apps for the club.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a hand in seven goals (six assists, one goal) in eight PL appearances for Swansea City this season.

Swansea have taken just 17 corners in eight league games this season.

Swansea have scored 10 of the 11 penalties they've been awarded in the Premier League.

No team has thrown away more points from leading positions than Swansea (8 - level with Hull) this season.

Leicester have conceded more shots on target (46) than any other Premier League side this season.

Swansea are one of four teams yet to score a header this season in the Premier League (along with Liverpool, Burnley and Aston Villa).

After opening the season with three wins, Swansea have taken just two points from five games.

 

Burnley v Everton

Burnley lost only one of their opening 10 home games in the Barclays Premier League but have won only two of the 13 since then.

Only the top three have scored more goals than Everton (16) this season.

Only Aston Villa have scored as few goals as Burnley so far this season (4).

Everton (along with Chelsea and Hull) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

The average length of Everton's goals this season has been 16.2 yards. Only Manchester United (16.5) have averaged longer.

Everton have made more errors leading directly to a goal than any other Premier League side this season (5).

No player has been booked for dissent more times than Tim Howard (2) in the Premier League this season.

Romelu Lukaku has now scored 18 Premier League goals for Everton, one more than he notched in a single season at West Brom.

Danny Ings has mustered just one shot on target in five appearances in the Premier League.

Leighton Baines now has 42 Premier League assists. The only defender with more in Premier League history is Graeme Le Saux with 44 (and he often played as a midfielder).

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Tottenham have scored at least once in 18 of their last 19 Premier League games against Newcastle.

None of the last 17 league meetings between these sides at White Hart Lane has ended as a draw.

After winning four successive Premier League games in London between May 2013 and January 2014, Newcastle have lost their last three in a row, failing to score in each match.

Christian Eriksen has scored in his last two Premier League appearances but it yet to assist a goal in the top-flight this season (last year he provided eight assists).

Roberto Soldado has assisted as many Premier League goals as he has scored (6).

Tottenham have conceded nine Premier League penalties in 2014, more than any other team.

Papiss Demba Cissé has scored four goals and assisted one more in four Premier League appearances in 2014-15.

Six of Tottenham's 10 goals this season have come before half-time, while Newcastle have the highest proportion of second half goals in the division in 2014-15 (75%; 6 of 8).

The average length of Newcastle's goals this season has been 9.02 yards, the shortest distance of any of the 20 teams in the division.

Newcastle have displayed the most effective offside trap in the Premier League this season (22 opponents snared).

 

Manchester United v Chelsea

Manchester United have won only six of their last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea.

Chelsea have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League games at Old Trafford. They have not kept 3+ clean sheets in a row there since a spell of five between 1968 and 1972.

United have had a man sent off in two of their last three Premier League encounters with Chelsea.

The last man to score a goal in this fixture (at Old Trafford) was Juan Mata, playing for the Blues.

Angel Di Maria has assisted a goal in four of his last five Premier League games for Manchester United.

Cesc Fabregas has been involved in eight goals (one goal, seven assists) in eight league games for Chelsea.

Robin van Persie has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea but all of them have come at Stamford Bridge.

Only 14 players have started for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, a smaller spread than any other team, while Manchester United have used 30 players in the Premier League this season, more than any other club.

Chelsea are the only Premier League opponents that Man Utd have lost more games (15) against than won (13) against.

John Terry should make his 430th Premier League appearance in this game; he will overtake Frank Lampard as the player with the most appearances for Chelsea in the competition.


Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

In the meeting between QPR & Villa in September 2011, Richard Dunne scored an own goal - last weekend he became the first player in Premier League history to reach a tally of 10 own goals.

Three of the last four meetings between QPR and Aston Villa in the Premier League have been drawn (with both games at Loftus Road ending 1-1).

QPR have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five Premier League games (13 goals in total).

QPR have scored four goals in their last two Premier League home games but have only one point to show for it.

Andreas Weimann has scored two goals from two shots on target this season and they have both been winners.

Villa have lost nine of their last 10 Premier League games against London sides.

QPR have four points from eight games, one more than they did at this stage two seasons ago.

Villa have failed to score in each of their last five Premier League games in London.

Villa's total of 12 shots on target is fewer than three players after eight matchweeks (Aguero, Costa and Pelle).

Aston Villa are the only team not to score in the closing 15 minutes of games this season.

 

 
 
 

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