Barclays Premier League Opta Facts | Aug 24-26
Fulham v Arsenal
Arsenal won the most points from Barclays Premier League London derbies in 2012-13 (19).
Only against Manchester United (17) have Fulham lost more Barclays Premier League games than versus Arsenal (16).
Fulham have won just three of their previous 24 Premier League games against the Gunners, but all three of these victories have come at Craven Cottage.
There have been four red cards given in the last three Premier League meetings between Fulham and Arsenal (two each) at Craven Cottage.
The Gunners have been given more red cards in the Premier League since the start of 2012/13 than any other side (6), including Laurent Koscielny's dismissal in the opening game of this term.
The Whites attempted just one shot at goal (excluding blocked) in their opening day win over Sunderland, but this shot from Pajtim Kasami decided the game.
Darren Bent has scored six goals in his last eight Premier League games against Arsenal.
Arsenal have not lost their opening two matches of a Premier League season since 1992/93. In 2012/13, Arsenal did not win in the league until their third game, after drawing the first two 0-0.
Fulham have never won their opening two matches of a Premier League season. The last time that they won their first two league games of a season was in 2000/01 in the second tier.
Following his goal against Aston Villa, Olivier Giroud has now scored 12 goals in the Premier League for Arsenal. However, just one of these has come away from home.
Everton v West Bromwich Albion
Everton have dropped just four points from a possible 21 from their seven Barclays Premier League home meetings with WBA.
West Brom have failed to score a goal in four of their last six Barclays Premier League games away from home.
Just one of the previous 14 Barclays Premier League meetings between these two sides has ended in a draw.
Everton averaged the highest possession figure of all Premier League sides on the opening weekend (67%), as well as the second best passing accuracy (88%).
Shane Long scored a goal in each of the two Premier League meetings between Everton and West Brom last season, with both arriving in the 65th minute.
Roberto Martinez has won just one of his last nine matches as a manager in the Premier League (W1 D4 L4).
The Baggies have won only one of their last 10 Premier League games (W1 D3 L6).
Matej Vydra averaged a goal every 126 minutes and 15 seconds in the 2012-13 Championship for his former club Watford; a better ratio than any other player with 10+ goals.
Nicolas Anelka has currently scored for five different Premier League clubs. Should he score for West Brom, he'll join the list of seven players to have scored for six different clubs in the competition.
Nikita Jelavic has scored just one goal in his last 20 hours and 36 minutes of Barclays Premier League football for Everton.
Hull City v Norwich City
Hull City have not scored a Barclays Premier League goal at home for 357 minutes.
Norwich City have won just five points (W1 D2 L7) from their last 10 away games in the Barclays Premier League.
Norwich enjoyed just 33% of possession in their opening game against Everton. Only in five of their 38 Premier League games in 2012/13 did they have lower than this in a match.
The Canaries have won just one of their last seven competitive games against Hull City (L2), but four of these meetings have ended in 1-1 draws.
Hull City won just one of their final five Championship home games in 2012/13 (W1 D2 L2).
Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored on his Premier League debut for Norwich City versus Everton last weekend, despite having just 17 touches of the ball in his 90 minute appearance.
Norwich City have not won back to back away games in the Barclays Premier League since January 2012.
Chris Hughton's side have kept a clean sheet in just two of their last 52 Premier League away trips.
No side kept more clean sheets at home in the Championship last season than Hull City (10).
No Championship player made more assists in 2012/13 than Hull's Robbie Brady (11).
Newcastle United v West Ham United
Newcastle have lost three Barclays Premier League games in a row. They've never lost four in a row in the competition.
West Ham have won just one of their last 14 away games in the Barclays Premier League (W1 D3 L10).
The Hammers were the only side that managed to keep a clean sheet both home and away against Newcastle United in the Premier League last season.
Newcastle have suffered just one defeat in their last 10 Premier League home games against West Ham (W5 D4), but this defeat came last season; 0-1 at St James Park.
Kevin Nolan has scored in three of the last four Premier League encounters between these two sides, although two of those goals came for Newcastle United.
West Ham were the only team not to win consecutive Barclays Premier League games last season. They have a chance to do this at the first opportunity in 2013/14.
After creating the most chances without an assist in the Premier League last term (46), Matt Jarvis assisted Joe Cole's goal with his first chance created in 2013/14.
Newcastle have been given five Premier League red cards since the start of last season, only Arsenal (6) have more in this period.
The Magpies have been given three red cards in their last five Premier League matches
Since the start of 2012, Newcastle have won five of their seven Premier League home games against sides from London (L2).
Southampton v Sunderland
Southampton have scored just three goals in their last six Barclays Premier League matches.
Sunderland have lost six of their last seven Barclays Premier League matches away from home (W1 L6).
The Saints have averaged just 0.74 points per game in the month of August in the Premier League; only Crystal Palace and Swindon Town have lower averages.
The last three Premier League meetings between these two sides have seen just four goals scored in total.
No English player has scored more Premier League goals than Rickie Lambert since the start of 2012/13 (16).
Following his winning goal against West Brom last weekend, Rickie Lambert has now scored 29 out of 29 league penalties he has taken for Southampton.
Sunderland have won four of their last six trips to Southampton in league competition (L2).
The Black Cats have failed to score in two successive Premier League games. They haven't failed to score in three in a row since April 2012 (four games).
There have only been six goals scored in the last four Premier League games involving Southampton (F3 A3).
Pablo Osvaldo scored 16 goals in Serie A for Roma last season; only Edinson Cavani (29) and Antonio Di Natale (23) netted more.
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
Stoke City have scored just three goals in their last six home games in the Barclays Premier League.
Crystal Palace picked up just 35% (25 of 72) of their Championship points last season away from home.
Asmir Begovic was forced in to making the most saves in the Barclays Premier League on the opening weekend (10); also equalling his record tally in a PL appearance.
Stoke allowed Liverpool 11 shots on target in their game last weekend. The Potters have not allowed their opponents more than this in a single Premier League game since April 2010.
Crystal Palace have won just two of their previous 19 Premier League games in the month of August (W2 D7 L10).
Jonathan Walters has started 92 consecutive Premier League games for Stoke City, the current record for outfield players in the competition.
Walters netted two goals in Stoke's 4-1 win over Crystal Palace in their FA Cup replay match back in January.
Stoke City have won four and lost just one of their last six competitive meetings with Crystal Palace (D1).
Crystal Palace have not won a Barclays Premier League away game since October 30th 2004, losing eight and drawing five of their road trips since.
Mark Hughes has not won a game in the Premier League as a manager since May 6th 2012, losing 10 and drawing four of his 14 games in the competition since.
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Aston Villa have conceded a goal in each of their last 11 Barclays Premier League matches at Villa Park.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has scored seven goals in his last six Barclays Premier League appearances.
Liverpool attempted more shots at goal than any other side on the opening weekend (20), to follow up their league-high tally of 528 shots in 2012/13.
Aston Villa have won just one of their last 15 Premier League home games against Liverpool (D5 L9).
Overall, only Manchester United (13) have won more Premier League games against Aston Villa at Villa Park than Liverpool (10).
The Reds have conceded only five goals in their last 14 trips to Villa Park in the Barclays Premier League.
Christian Benteke scored three goals against Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League last season; more than any other player against the Reds.
Benteke has scored eight goals in his last eight Barclays Premier League appearances at Villa Park.
Since he made his Premier League debut, Liverpool have had a higher win percentage without Luis Suarez in their side (64%) than they have with him (39%) in the competition.
Steven Gerrard has scored more Premier League goals against Aston Villa than versus any other side (11), including one in each of their two PL meetings in 2012/13.
Cardiff City v Manchester City
Cardiff City won more points at home than any other Championship side in 2012/13 (51).
Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in 12 of their 19 Barclays Premier League games so far in 2013.
This will be the first league meeting between these two clubs since they met in the second tier back in March 1985.
Should he score, Craig Bellamy will become the first player in the history of the Barclays Premier League to score for seven different clubs in the competition.
Despite not scoring, Edin Dzeko's total of eight shots versus Newcastle in their opening game was more than he managed in any Premier League game last season.
Just 12 (33%) of Sergio Aguero's 36 Premier League goals for Manchester City have come away from home.
Agüero has scored six goals in his 14 Barclays Premier League appearances in 2013 so far, but has not netted in consecutive appearances in the competition this calendar year.
Cardiff City have lost just one of their last 12 home matches in league competition (W5 D6 L1).
The Bluebirds attempted just one shot on target in their opening Premier League game against West Ham.
Manchester City won just one of their three Premier League away games at newly promoted sides in 2012/13; losing at Southampton (1-3) and drawing at West Ham (0-0).
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City
Tottenham have won nine and lost just one of their last 13 Barclays Premier League home games.
Swansea have won just one of their last nine Barclays Premier League away games (L5 D3), failing to score in five of these matches.
Spurs are unbeaten in nine Premier League games (W6 D3) and have lost just three of their last 27 matches in the competition (W17 D7 L3).
The Swans have won just one point from their four previous Barclays Premier League meetings with Tottenham (D1 L3).
Swansea City have won just two of their 12 Premier League games since winning the Capital One Cup in February 2013 (D3 L7).
Roberto Soldado opened his goal scoring account for Spurs at Crystal Palace and has now scored 11 goals in his last nine in league competition.
Wilfried Bony scored with his first shot on target in the Premier League last weekend against Man Utd. He was the top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie in 2012/13, with 31 goals.
Jan Vertonghen scored in both of the Premier League games between Spurs and Swansea last season.
Swansea have lost three Premier League games in a row. They haven't lost four in a row in the competition since April 2012.
The Swans have lost, and failed to score, in three of their last four Premier League games away in London.
Manchester United v Chelsea
Robin van Persie has now scored nine goals in his last eight Barclays Premier League appearances.
Chelsea could become the first team ever to win two Barclays Premier League games at Old Trafford versus Man Utd in a calendar year.
Manchester United have suffered 14 Premier League defeats against Chelsea; more than against any other side.
The Red Devils' win percentage against Chelsea in the Premier League is just 31%; their lowest figure against an opponent in the competition.
These two sides met five times in 2012/13 in all competitions, with Chelsea prevailing three times and losing just once.
Javier Hernandez has scored in six of his last nine appearances against Chelsea in all competitions.
Jose Mourinho has lost just two of his seven competitive games as a manager at Old Trafford (W3 D2 L2).
Wayne Rooney provided two assists as a substitute versus Swansea. This only happened in the Premier League only twice in the whole of 2012-13 (Oscar & Hope Akpan).
A win in this game will ensure Chelsea have won their opening three league games in four of the last five seasons.
Juan Mata has scored in each of the last three Barclays Premier League games between Chelsea and Manchester United.