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Simon Gott 27th Nov 2013 - 13:31

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – November 30 – December 1

 

Aston Villa v Sunderland

  • The clean sheet Aston Villa earned last time out at Villa Park versus Cardiff ended a run of 16 Barclays Premier League home games without one.
  • Sunderland have won just one and lost 11 of their last 13 Barclays Premier League away games (D1).
  • Sunderland have scored 16 goals in the last 21 league games against Villa, but only more than once in a game on one occasion.
  • There have been four red cards in the last three league meetings between Sunderland and Villa at Villa Park, with the Black Cats being given one in each game.
  • Christian Benteke scored a second half hat-trick in this fixture at Villa Park last season, as Paul Lambert's side racked up their biggest win and inflicted the Black Cats' heaviest defeat of 2012-13.
  • The Black Cats have lost their last five Premier League away games in a row and failed to score in the last four. The last time they went five away matches without scoring was in May 2009 (six games).
  • In the previous 12 Premier League campaigns that Sunderland have played in, they have only had a worse points-haul after 12 games than they currently have (7) on one occasion - in 2005-06 they had five points.
  • Sunderland have fired in just 29 shots on target this season, fewer than any other team in the top flight.
  • The Black Cats have picked up more red cards than any other team in the Premier League this season (4), but only Palace (12) have picked up fewer yellows than Sunderland (13).
  • Sunderland have kept just one clean sheet in the Barclays Premier League this season, fewer than any other side.

 

Cardiff City v Arsenal

  • Cardiff have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the top flight this season (75).
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in the last 11 matches in all competitions against Cardiff City, winning six and drawing five.
  • Aaron Ramsey made 16 league appearances for Cardiff City before being signed from the Welsh side by Arsenal in 2008. He also made six league appearances on loan in 2011.
  • Aaron Ramsey has made more tackles than any other player in the Premier League this season (57).
  • Peter Odemwingie has scored in two of his three Barclays Premier League starts against Arsenal.
  • Defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Arsenal's last away game ended a 10-match unbeaten away run in the Premier League (W9 D1).
  • Cardiff City have won just one of their last six Premier League matches (W1 D2 L3).
  • Only in 2007-08 and 2003-04 (30) have Arsenal had more points after 12 matches of a Premier League season than they have mustered so far this campaign (28).
  • Only one of Olivier Giroud's 18 Premier League goals has been scored outside London.
  • Only one of Arsenal's last 22 Premier League opponents has managed to score more than one goal in a game against the Gunners (Aston Villa, 3-1 in August).

 

Everton v Stoke City

  • Romelu Lukaku has the best minutes per goal ratio in Premier League history (minimum 20 goals), scoring every 118 minutes.
  • Stoke City's win in their last match against Sunderland ended a run of eight league games without a victory (W0 D4 L4).
  • Everton have only picked up six yellow cards in 10 Barclays Premier League meetings with Stoke City and never more than one in a game.
  • The last three league meetings between these two sides at Goodison Park have ended in a 1-0 scoreline with Everton winning twice and Stoke once.
  • Everton have only netted three goals in their last five league games against Stoke and two of those were own goals by the Potters.
  • Phil Jagielka has scored two own goals when playing against Stoke City in the Premier League.
  • Everton have only ever had more points after 12 games in one previous Premier League season; 2004-05 (23) when they finished in the top four. They have 21 points so far in 2013-14.
  • Everton have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League matches (W5 D6 L1) and lost just one of the last 29 at Goodison Park (W19 D9 L1).
  • Excluding blocked shots, 15 of the 19 shots that Romelu Lukaku has attempted this season have been on target.
  • Stoke are one of three Premier League sides yet to register a headed goal this season and have mustered the joint-fewest headers on target in the top flight (4).

 

Norwich City v Crystal Palace

  • Norwich have scored fewer goals in the first half than any other team in the Barclays Premier League so far this season (1).
  • Crystal Palace have conceded more goals from the penalty spot than any other team in the Premier League this season (4).
  • Crystal Palace are unbeaten in the last five league meetings with Norwich City (W3 D2 L0), including 2-1 victories in their last two visits to Carrow Road.
  • The Eagles beat Hull City 1-0 last weekend; their first away victory in the Barclays Premier League in 19 attempts (D5 L13).
  • The last time that Crystal Palace won back to back Premier League away games was in November 1997. The second game in this run was away at Tottenham and current Norwich boss Chris Hughton was Spurs' caretaker manager.
  • This is Crystal Palace's worst points tally (7) after 12 games of a Premier League season and they have been relegated in all of the previous four top flight campaigns.
  • Norwich City have not won back to back Premier League home games since December 15th 2012.
  • Only Keiren Westwood (55%) has a lower saves to shots ratio than Julian Speroni in the Premier League this season (59%).
  • Only Crystal Palace (12) have picked up fewer yellow cards than Norwich City (13) in the Premier League this season, but the Eagles have had two players dismissed.
  • Crystal Palace have seen their woodwork struck nine times by the opposition this season, which is more often than any other team.

 

West Ham United v Fulham

  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last eight Barclays Premier League games against Fulham at Upton Park (W4 D4).
  • Fulham have conceded 99 goals away from home in Barclays Premier League London derbies.
  • The Whites have only won six out of 56 Premier League London derbies away from home, with the first of those six coming in November 2001 at Upton Park.
  • Carlton Cole has scored six goals in his last five Premier League starts against Fulham. Against no side has Cole netted as many Premier League goals than versus the Whites (6).
  • Kevin Nolan has netted five goals in his Premier League career against Fulham, including in both of his two appearances against the Whites for the Hammers.
  • 10 points after 12 matches is Fulham's worst ever start to a Barclays Premier League campaign. They had 16 points at this stage last season.
  • In West Ham's previous 17 Premier League campaigns, they have only once had fewer points than they have at this point in 2013-14 (8 points in 2010-11 and they were relegated).
  • West Ham have won just one of their last 11 Premier League matches (W1 D4 L6) and none of the last five on home soil (W0 D1 L4).
  • Fulham have attempted the fewest shots in total in the Premier League so far this season (96, inc. blocked).
  • The Hammers have hit the target with just 32.4% of their shots this season, the lowest percentage in the top flight.

 

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion

  • Papiss Demba Cisse has scored three goals in three league games against West Bromwich Albion; against no side has he scored more.
  • West Brom have won just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League away games (W1 D4 L3).
  • In the last eight Barclays Premier League meetings between Newcastle and West Brom, neither side has kept a clean sheet.
  • Victor Anichebe has scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle United than versus any other team (4).
  • Newcastle have lost just one of their last six Premier League games (W4 D1 L1) and lost just one of the last six at St James Park (W3 D2 L1).
  • Magpies' striker Loic Remy has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League games.
  • Shane Long has scored three goals in his last two Premier League appearances, this after failing to score in his previous 10 in the competition.
  • WBA have drawn four of their last six Premier League games.
  • WBA have drawn their last two games 2-2. The only team to draw three Premier League games in a row 2-2 are Liverpool in Aug-Sept 2002.
  • In the top five European leagues this season, only Lyon (20) have more goals from French players than Newcastle (16, level with Marseille).

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United

  • Spurs have kept seven clean sheets this season, more than any other team in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Ryan Giggs has scored more Barclays Premier League goals against Tottenham than he has against any other opponent (10).
  • Tottenham Hotspur have won just one of the last 24 Barclays Premier League matches against Manchester United (W1 D6 L17) and none of the last 12 at White Hart Lane (W0 D4 L8).
  • Spurs have scored just six goals in the last 11 Premier League home games against Manchester United.
  • Robin van Persie has scored six goals and assisted five more in his last eight Premier League starts against Spurs.
  • United striker Robin van Persie has scored 14 goals in his last 16 Premier League starts.
  • Manchester United have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Premier League away games and have kept just one shut out in their last eight overall in the competition.
  • If Tottenham fail to score, they will equal their worst ever run of games without scoring in Premier League history (four games in Feb 2001 & Sep 2006).
  • Excluding a penalty, Tottenham Hotspur have failed to score with any of their last 78 shots in the Premier League.
  • Andre Villas-Boas' men have averaged 24 shots (inc. blocked) for every goal scored this season, a higher average than any other team.

 

Hull City v Liverpool

  • Hull City and Liverpool have met 16 times in all competitions and the Tigers have never won (W0 D4 L12).
  • Liverpool inflicted Hull City's biggest ever Barclays Premier League defeat when they beat them 6-1 in September 2009.
  • Steven Gerrard has scored three goals in three Premier League appearances against Hull City.
  • Hull City have lost four of their last five Premier League games (W1 D0 L4).
  • Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine Premier League matches; this after keeping six in their previous seven.
  • Brendan Rodgers' side have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League away games (W5 D4 L1), but have won just one of the last five (W1 D3 L1).
  • Luis Suarez has scored 10 goals in his last eight Premier League appearances for the Reds.
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored 15 goals in his last 17 Premier League appearances.
  • 75% (18/24) of the goals Liverpool have scored have been netted in the first half of games this season, the highest proportion in the English top flight.
  • Four of Steven Gerrard's five assists this season for Liverpool in the Premier League have come from set-pieces.

 

Chelsea v Southampton

  • Frank Lampard has scored four goals in his last five Barclays Premier League appearances against Southampton.
  • Rickie Lambert scored in both Barclays Premier League appearances against Chelsea last season.
  • This is Southampton's best ever start to a Premier League campaign, surpassing the 17 points they had earned after 12 games in 2003-04.
  • Chelsea have an identical Premier League record this season to the one they had in the opening 12 games under Roberto di Matteo last season (W7 D3 L2) who was sacked after 12 games.
  • Southampton have scored just five goals in their last nine Premier League away games, and not more than once in a single match in that run.
  • Saints have conceded just seven goals in their last 11 Premier League away matches.
  • Mauricio Pochettino's side have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the top division (35).
  • Chelsea have lost none of their last 15 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (W12 D3 L0).
  • Chelsea have scored eight goals in the final 15 minutes of matches, more than any other team in the top flight this season.
  • Southampton have scored six headed goals in the Premier League, the joint-most in the top flight along with Liverpool.

 

Manchester City v Swansea City

  • Man City have won 14 and lost just one of their last 16 Barclays Premier League games at home (D1 L1).
  • Swansea City have not won back to back Barclays Premier League matches since December 1st 2012.
  • Swansea have scored just one goal in four Barclays Premier League games against Man City and none in their two meetings at the Etihad Stadium.
  • All six of the goals in games between Man City and Swansea in the Premier League have been netted in the second half.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored nine goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.
  • Manchester City are the first side to score 26 goals in their opening six top-flight home games of a season since Sunderland (26) in 1935-36.
  • Man City have conceded fewer goals in the first half of matches than any other team in the top flight this season (3).
  • Man City have scored with 22% of their shots this season, the best conversion rate in the Premier League and also fired in the most shots on target (81).
  • Man City mustered 15 shots on target in Swansea's first ever Premier League match in August 2011 which still remains the most shots on target the Swans have given up in a single game.
  • Only Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) & Keiren Westwood (Sunderland) of regular goalkeepers have a lower saves to shots ratio than Joe Hart (62%) this season.

 

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