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Eden Jon 26th Jan 2014 - 17:15

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – January 28-29th

Manchester United v Cardiff City

  • Manchester United have earned 998 points at Old Trafford in Barclays Premier League history, more than any other team has managed on home soil.
  • Cardiff City have won none and lost six of their last eight Barclays Premier League away games (W0 D2 L6).
  • 37 points after 22 matches is the fewest Manchester United have mustered in any single Premier League campaign at this stage.
  • Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored 91 goals in 235 Premier League appearances for Manchester United between 1996-97 and 2006-07.
  • The Red Devils have won two and lost three of their last five Premier League home games.
  • Cardiff have the best disciplinary record in the top flight this season with just 27 yellow cards and no dismissals.
  • Cardiff's last victory away at Manchester United came in April 1954 when they ran out 3-2 winners.
  • 35% of Cardiff's goals have been headers; the highest proportion of any team in the Premier League this season.
  • Danny Welbeck has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances for Manchester United.
  • Cardiff City have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six Premier League games, conceding 16 goals in this run (2.7 per game).

 

Norwich City v Newcastle United

  • Norwich have won three and lost none of the last four Barclays Premier League home matches against Newcastle (W3 D1 L0).
  • Newcastle United have drawn none of their 11 Barclays Premier League away games this season (W6 L5).
  • There have been just five goals scored in the last four Premier League meetings between the Canaries and the Magpies.
  • Yohan Cabaye has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances, four of which have come away from home.
  • Newcastle have benefited from 29 goals from Frenchmen this season. The Premier League record is 53 by Arsenal in 2002-03.
  • Norwich have not won successive Premier League games since the final two games of 2012-13.
  • Norwich goals have been worth an average of 1.28 points per game this season, the third highest rate in the division.
  • The Canaries have scored fewer goals from inside the box than any other Premier League team this season (11).
  • Meanwhile Newcastle have taken the lowest proportion of shots from inside the box this season (45%).
  • Newcastle United have currently won 299 Barclays Premier League games.

 

Southampton v Arsenal

  • Southampton have four players to have played in every league game this season, more than any other team in the league (Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez and Ward-Prowse).
  • Arsenal have hit the target with 53% of their shots this season, the best accuracy rate in the Barclays Premier League.
  • The Gunners have scored more headed goals (9) than any other team in the top division; these goals have come from seven different players.
  • 68% of the goals Arsenal have conceded this season have been shipped in the second half of games; the highest proportion in the top flight.
  • Arsenal have won five and lost none of their last eight Premier League games against Southampton, but have won just one of the last four trips to St Mary's (W1 D2 L1).
  • Since their return to the top flight, Saints have played Arsenal three times and the Gunners have not picked up a single card in those matches.
  • Jack Wilshere has scored (one) or assisted (three) four of Arsenal's last five Premier League goals.
  • Only one team has managed to score more than one goal against Arsenal in their last 21 Premier League matches (Man City 6-3 Arsenal).
  • Southampton conceded just five goals in their opening 11 Premier League games, but have shipped 20 in the last 11 with that run starting with a 0-2 defeat against Arsenal in November.
  • The last time Southampton beat Arsenal was in November 2002, with a James Beattie brace helping them to a 3-2 win at St Mary's.

 

Swansea City v Fulham

  • Swansea have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight Barclays Premier League games, the worst such run in the division.
  • Fulham have gone 18 Barclays Premier League games without a draw, winning five and losing 13 of those matches.
  • The Londoners have averaged one point per game under Rene Meulensteen this season compared to 0.77 per match under Martin Jol.
  • Fulham have allowed 141 shots on target against them this season, more than any other team in the top flight.
  • 74% of the goals Swansea have scored have been netted in the second half of games this season; the highest proportion in the top flight.
  • The last four Premier League meetings between Swansea and Fulham have ended as away wins.
  • There have been five Premier League meetings between Fulham and Swansea and the Welsh side have won four and lost just one.
  • Fulham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League outings.
  • The Swans have benefitted from five own goals so far this season, more than any other team in the top flight.
  • Swansea's goals this season have been worth an average of 0.78 points, lower than any other side.

 

Crystal Palace v Hull City

  • Crystal Palace have averaged 1.30 points per game since Tony Pulis took over compared to 0.58 per match prior to his arrival.
  • Hull City have fired in the fewest shots on target of any team in the Barclays Premier League this season (67).
  • Crystal Palace are the division's lowest scorers with just 14 goals this season.
  • Crystal Palace have recouped just one point from a match where they have been trailing at some stage this season; fewer than any other team in the top flight.
  • Hull City have failed to score in their last three Barclays Premier League games.
  • Only one team (Aston Villa) have failed to score in four successive Premier League games this season.
  • Each of Crystal Palace's 14 Premier League goals this season has been worth an average of 1.43 points. Only Tottenham (1.48) have proven more efficient.
  • Crystal Palace have contested more aerial duels than any other team this season (950).
  • This will be Hull's 50th Premier League away games, they've won only six of the previous 49 (D14 L29).
  • Three of Hull's six Premier League away wins have come in London (once at Arsenal, Tottenham and Fulham).

 

Liverpool v Everton

  • Luis Suarez has scored in three of his four Barclays Premier League Merseyside derby appearances.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in four Barclays Premier League appearances against Liverpool.
  • There have been more red cards in the Merseyside derby than in any other fixture in Barclays Premier League history (20).
  • Liverpool have won seven and lost just one of their last 14 Premier League Merseyside derbies.
  • Everton have won none of the last 13 Premier League visits to Anfield, drawing seven and losing six in that run.
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored in 11 of his 14 Premier League appearances this season. He hasn't scored more than once in any match.
  • 64% of the goals Liverpool have scored this season have been netted in the first half; the highest proportion of any team in the Premier League.
  • 29% of the goals Liverpool have conceded have been headers; the highest proportion of any team in the top flight this season.
  • No player has made more clearances than Martin Skrtel this season (222, the same as West Brom's Jonas Olsson).
  • Steven Gerrard has netted seven Premier League goals against Everton (all from open play), only against Aston Villa (12) and Newcastle (8) has he netted more. No player has netted more in Merseyside derbies.

 

Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion

  • Aston Villa have committed more fouls than any other team in the Barclays Premier League (294).
  • West Brom have conceded a higher proportion of long range goals (28%) than any other side this season in the Barclays Premier League.
  • 55% of the goals Aston Villa have conceded this season have been shipped in the first half; the highest proportion in the league this season.
  • Villa have scored just eight goals at Villa Park this season, fewer than any other team on home soil in the top flight.
  • Despite thrashing Sunderland 6-1 last season, Aston Villa have only scored 31 goals in 30 Premier League home games under Paul Lambert.
  • WBA have won only eight of 36 midlands derby games in Premier League history (D14 L14).
  • Villa have only lost six of 29 second city derbies (Villa, WBA, Birmingham) in the Premier League.
  • Aston Villa have currently won 299 Barclays Premier League games.
  • Christian Benteke has scored in consecutive PL appearances after going 11 Premier League game without one.
  • 15 different players have been given 6+ yellow cards in the Premier League this season - three play for Aston Villa (Agbonlahor, Delph, Clark) and two for WBA (Mulumbu & Olsson).

 

Chelsea v West Ham United

  • Chelsea have allowed just 68 shots on target against them this season, fewer than any other team in the Barclays Premier League.
  • West Ham have hit the target with just 35% of their shots this season, the lowest accuracy of any team in the Barclays Premier League.
  • The Hammers are the only team in the Premier League who have not scored a headed goal this season.
  • Chelsea have recovered more points from losing positions than any other side in the Premier League this season (14).
  • West Ham have dropped more points from winning positions than any other side in the Premier League this season (14).
  • Frank Lampard has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games against West Ham.
  • Chelsea have won 12 and lost just one of the last 15 Premier League meetings with the Hammers.
  • Fernando Torres has scored six goals in seven Premier League appearances against West Ham.
  • The Hammers have made the second most crosses from open play this season (418, behind Man Utd - 423) and have the best completion rate of any side (22.5%).
  • Chelsea have won six of their last seven Premier League home games against West Ham (D1), with the Hammers' last victory at Stamford Bridge coming in 2002 thanks to a Paolo Di Canio brace (3-2).

 

Sunderland v Stoke City

  • Sunderland have conceded five own goals this season, more than any other side in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Stoke have the worst away record in the Barclays Premier League this season with just five points from 11 games and a goal difference of -16.
  • There have been red cards in three of the last four Barclays Premier League meetings between Sunderland and Stoke.
  • There have been just five goals scored in the last four Premier League games between Stoke and Sunderland.
  • Adam Johnson has scored four goals in his last two Premier League appearances.
  • Johnson has scored or assisted each of Sunderland's last six Premier League goals.
  • 27 different players have started a Premier League game for the Black Cats this season; no side has given more players a start in 2013/14.
  • Stoke have won 61% of their aerial duels this season, by some way the highest proportion in the top-flight.
  • Half of the 20 Scottish goals scored in the Premier League have come from Sunderland and Stoke (five each).
  • Sunderland have picked up 1.1 points per game in the matches (12 games) Lee Cattermole has started this season but only 0.5 in those he hasn't (10 games).

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

  • Tottenham have won seven and lost just one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League home games against Man City.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 13 goals in his last 12 Barclays Premier League apps and has four in four against Spurs.
  • In the reverse fixture back in November, Spurs fired in 13 shots to Man City's 15, but lost 0-6 at the Etihad Stadium.
  • Manchester City have scored with 21.2% of their shots this season, the best chance conversion rate in the Barclays Premier League this season.
  • If the league had started after Tim Sherwood took charge of Spurs, Manchester City would be top with 18 points and the Londoners would be second with 16.
  • Spurs have conceded just one headed goal this season, fewer than any other team in the top flight.
  • Edin Dzeko has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances and has five in five against Tottenham - more than against any other club.
  • Man City have won five and lost just one of the last seven Premier League games against Tottenham Hotspur.
  • 19 different Spurs players have been shown a yellow card this season, more than any other club in the top flight.
  • With five goals, Emmanuel Adebayor has matched his Premier League goals total from last season (in seven games this season compared to 25 in 2012-13).

 

 

 
 
 

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