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Eden Jon 24th Dec 2012 - 11:30

Opta Premier League Facts - Boxing Day

Everton v Wigan Athletic

  • Everton are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games against Wigan (W4 D4 L0).
  • Leighton Baines has scored more Premier League goals (3) against former club Wigan than he has mustered versus any other opponent.
  • Wigan have opened the scoring in each of the last four Premier League games against the Toffees, but been pegged back on each occasion to one defeat and three draws.
  • Everton are unbeaten in their last five matches on Boxing Day (W2 D3 L0).
  • Everton are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League home matches (W8 D4 L0).
  • The Toffees have gone seven home games without a clean sheet.
  • Wigan have drawn none of their last 13 Premier League away games (W5 D0 L8), but have lost six of the last seven.
  • Wigan have won none of their four north-west derbies this season (W0 D1 L3), while Everton have lost none of the four they have played (W1 D3 L0).
  • Wigan are the only team in the Premier League who haven't scored a first half goal this season away from home.
  • The Latics are the only team yet to score a headed goal away from home in the Premier League this season.
  • No side have given more penalty kicks away in the Premier League since the start of 2011-12 than Wigan (14).
  • Everton have scored in each of their last 15 Premier League games; the longest-such run seen in the competition this season.

Fulham v Southampton

  • Fulham have won none of their last seven Boxing Day fixtures (W0 D3 L4).
  • Southampton have only won three of their last 18 Boxing Day fixtures (W3 D8 L7), but have enjoyed victories in the last two.
  • In each of the last six seasons of league football between these two sides, one of the matches has ended as a draw and the other has been a home win.
  • Saints & Fulham drew 2-2 at St Mary's earlier in the season.
  • Southampton haven't won away at Fulham since October 1947 in any competition, a run of 14 visits without success (W0 D6 L8).
  • A 3-1 victory over QPR in November ended a run of 12 trips to the capital in the Premier League without a win for Southampton (W0 D3 L9).
  • Southampton have won just two of their last 28 Premier League away games (W2 D5 L21).
  • Southampton have lost six of their seven Premier League away games this season, but their only win did come in west London when they beat QPR 3-1.
  • Fulham have only won two of their last six Premier League home matches (W2 D1 L3).
  • Tottenham are the only team to prevent Fulham from scoring in their last 12 league games at Craven Cottage.
  • Southampton have conceded a league-high eight goals in the 15 minutes before half-time on their travels this season.
  • 15 of the 18 Premier League games involving Fulham this season have gone over 2.5 goals.
  • Southampton have been given the fewest cards in the Premier League this season (15 yellows, 0 reds).
  • The Saints have been given just five yellow cards in their last nine Premier League matches.

Manchester United v Newcastle United

  • Newcastle have won just one of their last 20 Premier League meetings with Manchester United (W1 D5 L14), but have lost just one of the last four (W1 D2 L1).
  • Wayne Rooney has scored 10 Premier League goals against Newcastle, his joint-highest tally against any opponent.
  • Robin van Persie has scored five and assisted three goals in his last seven Premier League games against the Magpies.
  • The Red Devils have won 17 and lost just one of their last 20 Boxing Day fixtures and they have won the last eight in a row.
  • Newcastle's win over Bolton last season ended a run of nine Boxing Day games without a win for the Magpies (W1 D3 L6), thought this game will mean 10 of their last 11 games on this date have been away from home.
  • Newcastle haven't won away at Old Trafford in any competition since February 1972, a run of 30 games without a win (W0 D8 L22).
  • Half of Newcastle's Premier League goals scored away from home have been netted in the 15 minutes after half-time.
  • Manchester United have won 15 and lost just one of their last 17 Premier League games at Old Trafford.
  • The Magpies have gone nine games without a win away from home in the Premier League (W0 D4 L5).
  • All five of the goals Robin van Persie has scored at Old Trafford have been netted in the first half, four of them in the first 16 minutes of games.
  • Robin van Persie now been involved in 82 goals (60 goals, 22 assists) in 81 PL appearances since the start of 2010-11.
  • Man Utd have scored 10 goals from corners in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
  • Papiss Demba Cisse has scored just two goals in 1215 minutes of Premier League football this season (a goal every 607.5 mins), compared to 13 goals in 1113 mins (85.6 mins per goal).

Norwich City v Chelsea

  • Chelsea have won six and lost none of their last eight matches in all competitions against Norwich.
  • Grant Holt has scored in two of this three Premier League appearances against the Blues.
  • Norwich have lost just one of their last five Boxing Day fixtures (W2 D2 L1).
  • Chelsea have lost none of their last seven Boxing Day games (W3 D4 L0), but have drawn four of the last five.
  • The away side has failed to score in seven of the last 10 meetings in all competitions between Chelsea and Norwich.
  • Chelsea have gone six Premier League games on the road without a clean sheet.
  • In Chelsea's last 44 Premier League away games, the Blues have only won back to back matches on three occasions.
  • Norwich have won their last five Premier League matches at Carrow Road and all by a one-goal margin.
  • The Blues have won just one of their five Premier League away trips to Carrow Road (W1 D2 L2).
  • Carrow Road is the only ground in the Premier League that has not seen a goal from a corner this season.
  • Chelsea have been awarded six penalties this season; more than any other Premier League team, and have scored five penalties; also more than any other side.
  • Robert Snodgrass has scored (3) and assisted (2) five goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Norwich City.
  • Snodgrass has scored more goals from direct free-kicks than any other Premier League player this term (3).

Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion

  • QPR have won just one of their last four home games against the Baggies (W1 D1 L2).
  • Rangers have won their last two Boxing Day fixtures after a run of just one win in the last 10 prior to that (W1 D3 L6).
  • West Brom have failed to score in three of their last four matches on Boxing Day.
  • The Baggies have won five and lost just one of the last nine league games against Rangers.
  • Chris Brunt has scored in his three of his last four games against QPR at Loftus Road (two for WBA, one for Sheffield Wednesday).
  • Loftus Road has seen nine goals from outside the box this season, more than any other ground in the Premier League.
  • Victory over Fulham in their last home game ended a run of seven without a win at Loftus Road for the Rs (W0 D4 L3).
  • Harry Redknapp has a record of won four, drawn three and lost one against West Brom as a coach in the Premier League.
  • West Brom have won just three of their last 14 Premier League away matches (W3 D4 L7).
  • The Baggies have kept just two clean sheets in their last 46 Premier League away games.
  • Four of Romelu Lukaku's six Premier League goals this season have arrived in the final 20 minutes of the game.
  • Lukaku has averaged a goal every 110 minutes in the Premier League this season. Of the 18 players to have scored six or more this season in the PL, this is the second best rate (after E.Dzeko - 97 mins per goal).
  • QPR have won just one of their 18 Premier League games so far this season - of the five previous sides to have done thise, four have been relegated at the end of that campaign.

Reading v Swansea City

  • Reading are unbeaten in their last eight Boxing Day matches, wining four and drawing four.
  • Swansea have won four and lost none of the last seven meetings in all competitions with Reading.
  • Swansea's last six Premier League away defeats have come when they have failed to score.
  • The Swans have only kept two clean sheets in their last 12 Premier League away games.
  • Reading have won just one of their last 11 Premier League home matches (W1 D5 L5).
  • There have been 50 goals scored in 10 matches in all competitions played at the Madejski this season.
  • Adam Le Fondre has scored four goals in his last three Premier League appearances at the Madejski Stadium.
  • Since Michu's 8th-minute opener against QPR on the opening day, Swansea have scored nine more goals on the road and all in the second half of matches.
  • Reading have conceded just 68 fouls on home soil this season, fewer than any other team.
  • The Royals have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League home games.
  • Michu has now equalled Sergio Aguero's record of 13 PL goals before Xmas by a foreigner in their debut PL season.
  • Reading have conceded the most goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season in the Premier League (11).
  • Of the 36 sides to have played at least 15 Premier League games in the month of December, Reading (0.78) have the worst points per game average.

Sunderland v Manchester City

  • Sunderland have won just one of their last eight Boxing Day fixtures (W1 D4 L3).
  • City have won four and lost none of their last five games played on Boxing Day.
  • James Milner has scored five goals against Sunderland, a higher haul than against any other opponent in the Premier League.
  • After a run of nine consecutive Premier League defeats against City, Sunderland have won two and lost two of the last six.
  • Sunderland are the only Premier League side who have not scored a headed goal at home this season.
  • Manchester City have won seven and lost none of their last 11 Premier League away games.
  • Sunderland have won just two of their last 12 Premier League games at the Stadium of Light (W2 D6 L4).
  • Roberto Mancini has not won a Premier League game at the Stadium of Light, drawing the first and losing the last two 0-1.
  • Sunderland have only scored six goals in eight Premier League games against Manchester City at the Stadium of Light.
  • There has been a goal scored in the final five minutes of five of the last six meetings between City and Sunderland and in the last two at the Stadium of Light it has been an injury time winner for Sunderland.
  • Man City have scored the most goals in the final 30 minutes of games (21) and the final 15 minutes of matches (11).
  • No player has scored the first goal in as many matches this season as Steven Fletcher (6).
  • Steven Fletcher has scored eight goals in the Premier League this season, this despite attempting only 15 shots on target.

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Emmanuel Adebayor has scored six goals in eight Premier League starts against Aston Villa including four in his last three.
  • The six goals netted by Adebayor against Aston Villa is his joint-highest haul against any opponent in the Premier League, along with Blackburn, Derby and Tottenham.
  • Spurs have lost none of their last eight Premier League games against Aston Villa (W5 D3 L0).
  • Aston Villa have won just one of their last 11 Boxing Day fixtures (W1 D4 L6).
  • Tottenham have won five and lost none of their last seven Boxing Day games.
  • Andre Villas-Boas' side are the only Premier League team to score in every away game this season.
  • Spurs have scored first in their last seven away Premier League games in a row, but have lost three of the last four.
  • If Aston Villa keep a clean sheet, they will equal their longest ever run of four shutouts in a row on home soil. (April 1993 & October 2001)
  • Villa have lost just one of their last seven Premier league games at Villa Park, but have only won two in that run.
  • Tottenham have earned a red card in each of their last two visits to Villa Park.
  • Tottenham have suffered only two defeats in their last 18 Premier League games in the month of December (W10 D6 L2).
  • Aston Villa come in to this game off the back of an 8-0 defeat to Chelsea. This defeat was the first time in top flight history (3936 games) that Aston Villa have conceded 8+ goals in a game.

Stoke City v Liverpool

  • In nine Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Stoke, both sides have failed to score on six occasions each.
  • There have been just 11 goals scored in the nine Premier League games between Liverpool and Stoke.
  • Peter Crouch scored 22 goals in 85 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, but has netted just one in 11 appearances against the Reds playing for other clubs.
  • Stoke have won just one of their last 11 games played on Boxing Day (W1 D5 L5).
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last 10 Boxing Day matches (W7 D2 L1).
  • There have been just 11 goals scored at the Britannia Stadium this season, fewer than at any other stadium in the top flight.
  • The Britannia Stadium is the only ground that has yet to see a goal scored from outside the penalty area this season.
  • Stoke are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier league games at the Britannia Stadium (W7 D8), a run that started with a 2-0 win over Brendan Rodgers' Swansea team..
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last seven Premier League away games (W2 D4 L1).
  • Liverpool have benefited from an own goal in four of their last six Premier League away matches.
  • No side have drawn 0-0 more often in the top five European Leagues this season than Stoke City (5).
  • Just three of Stoke's 18 Premier League games this season have gone over 2.5 goals.
  • Luis Suarez has converted 14.1% of his shots in the Premier League this season, much higher than in his previous two PL campaigns - 10.2% in 2011-12 and 8.5% in 2010-11.

 

 
 
 

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