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Stuart Dalgleish 8th Mar 2012 - 9:11

Premier League Opta Facts - 10-12 March

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Bolton Wanderers v Queen Park Rangers

  • Bolton scored four goals from just five shots on target when they beat QPR at Loftus Road on the opening day.
  • Bolton have won five and lost none of their last six league meetings with QPR.
  • The Trotters have won the last four matches against Rangers on home soil.
  • Bolton have taken 10 points against the other teams in the current bottom five, the joint-best record along with Wolves.
  • The Trotters have won just two of their last 15 league matches at the Reebok Stadium, losing 11.
  • Bolton have kept just two clean sheets in their last 16 Premier League games on home soil.
  • QPR have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 10 Premier League games away from home.
  • Rangers have taken just two points from their last seven away games in the top flight.
  • QPR have dropped the most points from winning positions in the Premier League this season (15).
  • Bolton have dropped fewer points than any other team from winning positions this season (2).

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Aston Villa v Fulham

  • Nine of the last 14 Premier League games between Fulham and Villa have ended as draws including the last three.
  • Victory over QPR last time out on the road ended a run of seven away matches without a win for the Whites.
  • Aston Villa have won none of their last seven league matches at Villa Park, losing five. If they don't win this match they will equal their worst ever run without a win at home in the top flight set in 1921
  • Fulham have won none of their last 12 visits to Villa Park in the league, drawing six and losing six.
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored five goals from just five shots on target since joining Fulham.
  • Stilian Petrov has intercepted more passes (91) than any other player in the Premier League this season.
  • Villa have won just one of their last eight Premier League matches (W1 D4 L3).
  • Aston Villa have drawn more games (235) than any other team in Premier League history.
  • Since Fulham were promoted to the Premier League only Villa (134) have drawn more games than Fulham (120).
  • Only Villa (12) have drawn more games than Fulham (9) this season.

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Chelsea v Stoke City

  • Chelsea have won seven and lost none of the last nine games against Stoke in all competitions.
  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last seven Premier League home games (W4 D2 L1).
  • No Premier League side has stopped Chelsea from scoring at home since Liverpool in February 2011.
  • Stoke have won just four of their last 23 Premier League away games.
  • The Potters have never drawn an away game in London in the Premier League (W3 L14).
  • Stoke have scored 37% of their goals from headers, a higher proportion than any other team in the top flight.
  • Chelsea have only conceded one goal from outside the area, fewer than any other team this season.
  • Stoke have mustered just 19 shots on target from outside the box this season, fewer than any other side.
  • Chelsea's total of 19 goals conceded in their first 13 home league games is the most since the 1991-92 season (also 19).
  • Chelsea have won only three of their last 12 Premier League games (W3 D6 L3).

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Sunderland v Liverpool

  • Sunderland's last win in this fixture came courtesy of a deflection from a beach ball thrown on to the pitch back in October 2009.
  • That is Sunderland's only win in the last 11 meetings in the league between these two sides, with the Reds winning eight of the other 10.
  • Luis Suarez has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Sunderland.
  • Liverpool have won four and lost one of their last five visits to the Stadium of Light, with the Black Cats netting just one goal in total in those five matches.
  • Liverpool have won just one and lost three of their last five away matches in the league.
  • Defeat in their last league game at the Stadium of Light against Arsenal ended a run of four wins and no defeats for Martin O'Neill on home soil with Sunderland.
  • Sunderland have conceded the highest proportion of headed goals in the Premier League.
  • Luis Suarez has won more penalties than any other player in the Premier League this season.
  • Liverpool have the worst conversion rate in the Premier League this season, scoring with just 8.6% of their shots.
  • Liverpool have won just two of their last 10 Premier League games (W2 D4 L4).

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers

  • Blackburn have scored first in all seven Premier League meetings against Wolves.
  • Wolves have lost five and won none of their last six Premier League games at Molineux.
  • Wolves have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 home games in the top flight.
  • Wolves win at Ewood Park this season was their first in the Premier League against Blackburn.
  • Eight of the nine goals Wolves have scored in this fixture in the Premier League have been netted in the second half.
  • Blackburn have won just two of their last 22 Premier League away games.
  • Rovers have kept just one clean sheet in their last 32 Premier League away trips.
  • Blackburn have taken the fewest points in the head to head games between the bottom five teams (5) while Wolves have earned the joint-most (10).
  • Blackburn Rovers have now gone 30 league games without a clean sheet and are just four short of West Brom's PL record (34).
  • Blackburn have scored nine goals from free kicks this season, more than any other Premier League side.
  • Rovers have drawn 99 Premier League away games.

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Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Louis Saha has scored in each of the last two meetings between these two sides at Goodison Park, while an Everton player.
  • Tottenham have beaten Everton 19 times in Premier League history, more often than any other team apart from Man City (also 19).
  • Spurs have only lost on three of 19 visits to Goodison Park in the Premier League era.
  • However, the Londoners have not won on any of their last four visits (W0 D3 L1).
  • Louis Saha scored two goals in his last Premier League start against Everton at Goodison Park in a 4-3 win for Man Utd.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored more goals as a substitute than any other player in Premier League history, 19.
  • Defoe has scored the joint-most goals from outside the box of any player in the top flight since the start of last season (7 along with Wayne Rooney).
  • Everton have scored the highest percentage of second half goals in the Premier League (70%).
  • Tottenham have netted more goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches of any team in the top flight.
  • Everton have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the top flight this season (93).

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Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion

  • Manchester United beat West Brom 2-1 on the opening weekend despite only having one shot on target in the game to the Baggies' three.
  • Man Utd have won nine and lost none of the 11 Premier League meetings with West Brom.
  • Paul Scholes has scored four goals in six Premier League appearances against West Brom.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored in three of his last four games against West Brom.
  • Javier Hernandez has scored in both of his games against West Brom.
  • Roy Hodgson has already won as many away games (8) with West Brom in 12 months as he did with Liverpool (1) and Fulham (7) combined in three years.
  • The Baggies have lost just one of the last seven Premier League games away from home (W4 D2 L1) and came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Man Utd last season at Old Trafford.
  • Man Utd have won 38 and lost just three of their last 43 Premier League home games, but one of the games they didn't win was at home to West Brom last season.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored five goals in his last three Premier League appearances.
  • Manchester United have the best chance conversion in the Premier League scoring with 21% of their shots.

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Swansea City v Manchester City

  • Manchester City fired in 15 shots on target against Swansea in their opening round game, more than any team has managed in any match this season.
  • Swansea have won two and lost two of their last eight Premier League home games.
  • After keeping six clean sheets in their first eight home games, they have failed to shut any of their last five opponents at the Liberty Stadium out.
  • City have won only two of their last seven Premier League away games.
  • There have been just four goals scored in the last five away games Man City have played, with the last four all ending with a 1-0 scoreline.
  • Roberto Mancini's side have fired in more shots on target (177) than any other team this season.
  • Man City have conceded the highest percentage of goals in the second half of games this season (79%).
  • Ashley Williams has blocked more shots than any other player in the top flight (35).
  • David Silva leads the Premier League in assists (12).
  • Mario Balotelli has scored eight goals in nine Premier League starts this season.

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Norwich City v Wigan Athletic

  • The two sides have only met three times in the league with two 1-1 draws in Wigan and a 2-0 win for Norwich at Carrow Road.
  • Wigan have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League away games
  • Norwich have won just one of their last five home matches.
  • Wigan have committed more fouls (349) than any other team in the top flight.
  • Grant Holt has committed more fouls than any other Premier League player.
  • Wigan have won just one of their last 12 Premier League matches (W1 D5 L6).
  • The Latics have scored 35% of their goals from shots outside the box this season, a division-high.
  • Neither Wigan nor Norwich have scored prior to the 42nd minute since 20th December.
  • Norwich have mustered more headers on target than any other team (32) and scored the most headed goals (14).
  • Only Spurs (6) have managed fewer headers on target than Wigan (9).

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Arsenal v Newcastle United

  • The Gunners have had a player sent off in their last three meetings with Newcastle.
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three league meetings with Arsenal.
  • Newcastle have won just two of their last 18 Premier League games against Arsenal, but have won one and drawn two of the last three.
  • Robin van Persie has scored four goals in his last five games against Newcastle and 43 in his last 44 Premier League matches.
  • The Dutchman has scored 21 goals in his last 20 Premier League games at the Emirates, including 14 in the last 11.
  • Arsenal have won nine of their last 12 Premier League home games and lost just one.
  • The Magpies have conceded 21 goals in their last eight Premier League away matches, including five on their last trip to north London to play Spurs.
  • Newcastle had scored in 10 consecutive away games before failing to find the net against Spurs.
  • Arsene Wenger and Alan Pardew famously had a touchline falling out when the latter was boss at West Ham and raucously celebrated a last-minute winner. The Frenchman has only enjoyed one victory over Pardew as a Premier League coach, with the Newcastle boss enjoying two and three games ending drawn.
  • Last season, Arsenal were 4-0 up at half-time away to Pardew's Newcastle and drew 4-4 becoming the first team ever to throw away a four-goal lead in the Premier League.

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