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Eden Jon 9th May 2013 - 12:06

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – May 11-12


Aston Villa v Chelsea

  • Chelsea have won two of their last four Barclays Premier League trips to Villa Park (D1 L1).
  • Aston Villa have won just three of their last 11 home matches in the Premier League, losing six (D2).
  • Chelsea inflicted Aston Villa's biggest ever Premier League defeat when the two teams met just before Christmas (8-0).
  • Fernando Torres last scored in the Premier League in that 8-0 romp when he opened the scoring in the third minute.
  • A win in this game will seal a top four finish for Chelsea.
  • A win in this game for the home team will ensure Villa are safe from relegation.
  • Oscar has now scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances after bagging only one in his opening 29.
  • Aston Villa have conceded 13 times in the 15 minutes immediately after half-time this season; the most in the Premier League.
  • Christian Benteke has scored 13 Premier League goals in 2013, more than any other player.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League games.


Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Stoke are unbeaten in their last three Barclays Premier League clashes with Tottenham Hotspur (W1 D2).
  • All four Premier League clashes between these two teams at the Britannia Stadium have ended 2-1 (two wins apiece).
  • Andre Villas-Boas' two previous meetings with Stoke in the English top flight (one with Chelsea and one with Tottenham) have both ended goalless.
  • Tottenham are Matthew Etherington's favourite Premier League opponents. The former Spurs player has scored four times against his former club, including three in his last three.
  • Stoke need a point from their last two games to be certain of survival.
  • If Tottenham score 2+ goals in this game they will equal their club record of scoring 2+ goals in six successive Premier League away matches.
  • Stoke have hit fewer shots on target than any other side this season (110).
  • Only Aston Villa (13) have scored more Premier League goals over the past six games than Spurs (12).
  • Stoke have collected 41 points from only 32 goals scored in the Premier League this season.
  • Gareth Bale has scored in 10 of Tottenham's 18 Premier League away games this season.


Everton v West Ham United

  • Four players have been sent off in the last six Barclays Premier League meetings between Everton and West Ham United.
  • Everton are unbeaten in four Premier League meetings with West Ham United, although three of those matches have ended as draws.
  • The Toffees have been involved in more draws this season than any other Premier League side (15).
  • West Ham have drawn four of their last six Premier League games.
  • The Toffees have kept clean sheets in four of their last five league games.
  • Each of Everton's last five Premier League games have gone under 2.5 goals.
  • Everton have failed to score in their last three penultimate games of the season (2010-2012).
  • The Blues' last win in their 37th game of the season was a 3-1 win vs West Ham in 2009.
  • West Ham have lost their last Premier League away game of the season ever since winning at Man Utd in 2007 to stay up (four successive defeats).
  • No side has conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of games than Everton and West Ham United (both 11) this season.


Fulham v Liverpool

  • Liverpool have won three of their last five Barclays Premier League meetings with Fulham; including a 4-0 win earlier in the season.
  • There have been three players sent off in the last three clashes between the two sides at Craven Cottage.
  • Martin Skrtel has scored in the last two meetings between the two sides (once for both teams).
  • Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has netted three times against Liverpool in the Premier League. All three came in September 2010 when Man Utd won 3-2 at Old Trafford.
  • Fulham have won none of the eight games they have played this season without Steve Sidwell in the Premier League (D2 L6). In the 28, Sidwell has played Fulham have won 10 (D8 L10).
  • Steven Gerrard has featured in all 36 of Liverpool's Premier League games so far this season. The England captain has never played in more in a single season (equal with 2006/07).
  • The Reds have won three and lost just one of their last seven away Premier League games.
  • The Whites have lost all seven matches this season when they have conceded the first goal at home in the Premier League. In total, Fulham have won none of the 18 matches they have conceded first in this season (D4 L14).
  • Fulham are one of three teams (along with Arsenal and Reading) yet to score an own goal this season.
  • Brendan Rodgers' side have struck 19 times in the 15 minutes immediately after half-time; more than any other team in the Premier League.


Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion

  • Both teams have won two of their previous five Barclays Premier League clashes against each other.
  • Only against Bolton Wanderers (3) has Zoltan Gera scored more goals in the top four divisions of English football than against Norwich City (2).
  • West Brom have already secured successive top-flight top half finishes for the first time since 1980 and 1981.
  • Norwich have collected only 13 points in 2013, only Stoke (12) have fewer.
  • The Canaries' total of two wins this year is a Premier League low.
  • 38% of Norwich's goals this season have been headed, a higher proportion than any other Premier League club.
  • 29% of the goals WBA have conceded have come in the closing 15 minutes this season, a higher proportion than any other Premier League club.
  • Norwich have won fewer corners than any other Premier League team this season (average 4.4 per game).
  • The Baggies have been shown more yellow cards for time wasting than any other side.
  • Romelu Lukaku is the youngest player to score 10+ goals in Europe's big five leagues this season. This game comes the day before his 20th birthday.


Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United

  • Just two goals have been scored in the last three Barclays Premier League matches between these two sides.
  • Queens Park Rangers have lost four and won none of their last five Premier League clashes with Newcastle United.
  • Newcastle have won three of their last four league clashes with QPR by a single goal to nil (one 0-0 draw).
  • Newcastle have gone 262 minutes without a Premier League goal.
  • QPR have gone 365 minutes without a Premier League goal.
  • Newcastle haven't won any of their penultimate Premier League games since a 1-0 win at Birmingham in 2003 (D3 L5 since then).
  • QPR have failed to score in seven of their last nine Premier League home games.
  • Newcastle have scored the fewest goals from corners this season (1) while QPR have conceded the most from corners (13).
  • Both assists from goalkeepers in the Premier League season have come from Newcastle glovesmen (one each for Krul and Elliot).
  • But no goalkeeper has a lower saves to shots ratio than Elliot this season (56%).


Sunderland v Southampton

  • Sunderland's 1-0 win earlier in the season ended a run of four Barclays Premier League games against Southampton without a win (D1 L3).
  • The Black Cats have won none of their last three home games against Southampton in the Premier League (D2 L1).
  • Danny Graham has now gone 944 minutes in all competitions without finding the back of the net.
  • Rickie Lambert has created 78 goalscoring chances from open play this season, only Luis Suarez has more.
  • Sunderland's last two goals have come from defenders.
  • Sunderland have scored a divisional low two headed goals this season.
  • If Southampton lose this game it will be the first time they've lost three in a row under Mauricio Pochettino.
  • The Saints have gone 301 minutes without a Premier League goal.
  • Four of Southampton's last five games have gone under 2.5 goals.
  • Simon Mignolet has made 132 saves this season, only Jussi Jääskeläinen has made more (157).


Manchester United v Swansea City

  • Manchester United have won two and lost none of their three Barclays Premier League clashes with Swansea City.
  • All four of Manchester United's Premier League goals against the Swans have been netted in the first half.
  • These two teams met in the 37th game of their seasons last year as well. Manchester United won 2-0.
  • Victories in their final two games of the season will help Manchester United equal their best ever points haul from a Premier League season (91 - 1999/00).
  • Man Utd have won 304 of 404 Premier League home matches under Sir Alex Ferguson, a win rate of 75%.
  • This will be Alex Ferguson's 1499th and penultimate match as Manchester United manager.
  • Robin van Persie has scored six times in his last five appearances.
  • Manchester United have lost two of their last three home league games in the Premier League.
  • Wayne Rooney is the top scoring player at Manchester United in the Premier League era (ie under Ferguson) with 141 goals.
  • However, the England international hasn't scored in any of his last six Premier League appearances. His last league goal came on March 16th against Reading.


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