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Nic Ladds 12th Aug 2009 - 20:24

English Premier League Opta Facts: 15-16 August

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15 August

Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic

  • Aston Villa have failed to score in half of their eight Premier League games against Wigan Athletic.
  • Wigan are unbeaten in all four of their Premier League trips to Villa Park, keeping clean sheets in three of those matches.
  • Wigan have never avoided defeat on the opening weekend of a Premier League season and the last three seasons have seen the Latics lose 2-1.
  • Villa won just two of their last 13 league games in 2008/09.
  • Villa's last two Premier League home games were 1-0 wins.
  • Wigan have lost their last four top-flight away games, conceding 11 goals in the process.

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Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City

  • Manchester City have failed to score in seven of their 11 Premier League games at Ewood Park but have mustered a total of 10 goals in the other four matches.
  • Rovers have won their last two opening day games.
  • City have mustered just four goals in their last nine Premier League away games.
  • Rovers have gone 330 minutes without conceding a league goal at home.
  • Aston Villa are the only Premier League away side to win a game at Ewood Park in 2009.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor has scored five goals in his last three starts against Blackburn, including a hat-trick at Ewood Park last September.

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Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland

  • Sunderland have failed to score in their last three league trips to the Reebok Stadium.
  • In Premier League history this fixture has averaged just 1.6 goals per game.
  • Sunderland have scored just four goals in eight opening weekend games in the Premier League.
  • Bolton have only lost one of their last eight Premier League home games.
  • Sunderland have failed to score in six of their last seven Premier League away games.
  • The Black Cats have not won away from home in the league in 2009.

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Chelsea v Hull City

  • Hull were just one of four away sides to keep a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in 2008/09.
  • Chelsea have scored 33 opening weekend Premier League goals, more than any other side.
  • The Blues are looking for an eighth successive opening day win in the Premier League, a divisional record.
  • Chelsea won seven and drew one of their last eight games in 2008/09.
  • The Tigers have scored just four goals in their last nine league games.
  • Hull picked up just eight league points in 2009, fewer than any other Premier League team, including the three relegated sides.

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Everton v Arsenal

  • Everton have scored exactly one goal in their last six Premier League home games against Arsenal.
  • Everton have only ever won four of their 17 Premier League games at home to Arsenal.
  • Arsenal have won more opening day Premier League games than any other team, 11.
  • Manchester City are the only away team in 2009 to have won at Goodison Park.
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League away games.
  • Arsenal were the top-scoring away team in the Premier League in 2008/09, with 37 goals.

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Portsmouth v Fulham

  • Portsmouth have scored in 10 of their last 11 Premier League games against Fulham.
  • Three of the six games at Fratton Park have ended 1-1, with two others finishing 1-0. The other was a seven-goal thriller in August 2004.
  • The Whites have not won an opening day game since 2003, and have lost the last three.
  • Pompey have failed to score in five of their last six league games.
  • Roy Hodgson's Fulham have taken 10 points from their last five Premier League away games.
  • Portsmouth suffered the Premier League's biggest defeat in 2008/09, 0-6 against Manchester City.

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Stoke City v Burnley

  • The last six league games between Stoke and Burnley have produced just six goals in total.
  • Stoke's last six Premier League home wins have seen them keep a clean sheet.
  • The Clarets only won seven of their 23 away games in the Championship last season.
  • Burnley only kept two clean sheets away from home in the 2008/09 Championship.
  • 35 of Stoke's 45 points in 2008-09 came from home games.
  • Five of James Beattie's seven crucial goals for the Potters in 2009 came in home games.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United

  • The away team has not won a league fixture between these teams since 1983, nine games ago.
  • West Ham have drawn only one of their 14 Premier League opening weekend games.
  • Wolves conceded five goals on the opening day of their previous Premier League campaign.
  • Wanderers won 15 of their 23 home games in 2008/09.
  • The Hammers have scored exactly one goal in six of their last seven Premier League road trips.
  • Wolves conceded three or more goals in 13 of their Premier League games in 2003/04.

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16 August

Manchester United v Birmingham

  • Birmingham City are yet to score a goal in five Premier League trips to Old Trafford, losing all five matches.
  • Overall, City have failed to score in eight of their 10 Premier League matches against the champions, gaining just two points.
  • The last two top-flight games between these sides have ended 1-0 to United.
  • Manchester United have won only two of their last five opening weekend Premier League games.
  • United have kept only three clean sheets in their last seven league games at Old Trafford.
  • Michael Owen has scored three goals in his last five Premier League games against Birmingham.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

  • Tottenham have won only one of their last 10 Premier League games against Liverpool but that came at White Hart Lane last season.
  • Liverpool have only ever lost two opening day games in the Premier League - once in 1992 (v Nottingham Forest) and again in 2003 (v Chelsea).
  • Spurs have won just two of their last 12 opening weekend matches.
  • There were only 31 goals at White Hart Lane in the Premier League last season (1.63 per game), fewer than at any other top-flight ground.
  • The Reds have won their last five Premier League away games. They have not won six in a row since February-April 2002. That run came to an end at White Hart Lane.
  • Fernando Torres has scored in all three of his Premier League appearances against Tottenham.

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