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Stuart Dalgleish 10th Apr 2013 - 19:05

Premier League Opta Facts: 13-14 April

Arsenal v Norwich City


  • Arsenal are unbeaten in four Barclays Premier League home meetings with the Canaries (W2 D2), averaging four goals per game over the last three.
  • Norwich won 4-2 at Highbury in their first ever Premier League game in August 1992; since then, only four other away teams have netted four times in a league game against the Gunners and no side has netted more.
  • Grant Holt has scored in both of his last two meetings with Arsenal.
  • The Emirates has seen more goals (59) than any other Premier League ground this term.
  • Only league leaders Manchester United have taken as many points from their last six Premier League games as Arsenal (both 15).
  • Norwich City are without a win in seven away league games (D2 L5).
  • Overall, Chris Hughton's side have won only one of their last 15 league games (D7 L7).
  • If only second-halves counted, Arsenal would be top of the Premier League with 61 points this season (Man Utd third on 53).
  • The Gunners have scored a league-high seven fast break goals this season.
  • Grant Holt has conceded a league-high 70 fouls this season.



Aston Villa v Fulham


  • Fulham have never won a Barclays Premier League game at Villa Park, mustering just four points from 33 available at the West Midlands venue.
  • The Whites have netted just five times in these 11 league games at Villa Park, failing to score in three of their last four trips there.
  • Indeed, Fulham last won a top-flight away game against Aston Villa in March 1966, when they trounced the Villans 5-2.
  • There have only been two goals scored in the last three clashes between Villa and Fulham combined.
  • Fulham have recouped just four points from losing positions this season, a league-low.
  • Aston Villa have not managed a single clean sheet in any of their last 16 league games, including their last eight at Villa Park.
  • Christian Benteke has scored in four successive Premier League games and in eight of his last 10 (nine goals in total).
  • Dimitar Berbatov has scored five goals in his last five league games combined.
  • No Premier League team has conceded more goals from penalties than Aston Villa this season (6).
  • The Whites have seen their woodwork struck a league-high 18 times this season.



Everton v Queens Park Rangers


  • Everton have only won two of their 11 previous Barclays Premier League meetings with Queens Park Rangers (D3 L6).
  • The R's have scored 24 times in these 11 games against Everton; against no other side have they scored more than 17 in the Premier League.
  • The Londoners have won three of their five previous Premier League trips to Goodison Park (D1 L1); they have never won four away games v one opponent in the Premier League.
  • Kevin Mirallas has netted in three of his last four league games.
  • Queens Park Rangers have lead at half-time just twice all season and failed to win both of them (1D 1L).
  • Loic Remy has scored in four of his last five Premier League appearances.
  • Everton are the only Premier League team to have reached 100 headed shots this season.
  • Since the start of last season, QPR have been shown 12 red cards; at least four more than any other side (Arsenal and Man City eight).
  • No top-flight side has scored more goals from outside the area than QPR this season (12).
  • No side, meanwhile, has scored more headed goals this term than Everton (13).



Reading v Liverpool


  • Liverpool have won four of their previous five league meetings with the Royals, all played in the Barclays Premier League, though they did lose their last trip to the Madejski in December 2007.
  • In nine previous clashes with the Reds in all competitions, Reading have never managed a clean sheet.
  • Reading have lost seven successive Premier League games, just one short of their top-flight record of eight straight defeats.
  • The Reds have scored in their last 10 away league games, the longest current run of its kind in the top-flight.
  • Reading have lost eight games in a row in all competitions; a club record.
  • Hal Robson-Kanu is the only Reading player to have scored in any of the Royals' last six Premier League games (also one own goal).
  • Liverpool have won four of their last 13 away league games (D5 L4).
  • The Reds have won 61% of games that Jamie Carragher has played in this season, and just 14% without him.
  • Reading have conceded the first goal on 20 occasions this season; more than any other team.
  • Liverpool have attempted 435 shots this season, a league-high, but 249 of them have been off target, another league-high.



Southampton v West Ham United


  • Mark Noble has scored three goals in his last two league games against Southampton, with two coming from the penalty spot.
  • After three draws in the first five Barclays Premier League meetings between Southampton and West Ham, only one of the last 16 has ended level.
  • The Hammers have only won one of their last 10 away league games against the Saints (D3 L6.)
  • West Ham are the only Premier League team to have lost every game they have fallen behind in (10 matches) away from home in 2012-13.
  • The Saints have lost a league-high 22 points in games that they have scored the first goal in this season.
  • Southampton have benefited from more goals from English players (32) than any other team in the top-flight this term.
  • Mauricio Pochettino's side have won their last three Premier League games; they have not won four in a row in the top-flight since March 2001 under Glenn Hoddle (five wins).
  • Jay Rodriguez has scored in three successive top-flight appearances for the first time in his career.
  • If only second-halves counted, West Ham would be second-bottom on 30 points, four adrift of safety (Reading bottom on 27).
  • Jussi Jääskeläinen has made 134 saves this season, at least 14 more than any other goalkeeper.


Newcastle v Sunderland


  • Shola Ameobi has scored seven goals in 13 Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland; against no other side has he netted more than three.
  • With seven goals in this fixture, Ameobi is by some way the top scoring player in the Tyne-Wear derby in the Premier League era (Kevin Nolan and Kevin Phillips next on four).
  • There have been five red cards in the last five league meetings between Newcastle and Sunderland; with four of these being given to the Black Cats.
  • Sunderland are without a win in seven league trips to St James Park (D3 L4) and have never kept a clean sheet there in the Premier League era (10 matches).
  • Overall, the Black Cats have won only one the last 16 Premier League Tyne-Wear derbies, drawing seven and losing eight.
  • The away side has netted exactly once in eight of the last nine meetings between Newcastle and Sunderland, including the last seven in a row.
  • Sunderland are without a win in nine league games (D3 L6).
  • The Magpies have scored a 90th minute winner in three of their last four home league games.
  • Sunderland have scored just two headed goals all season, a league-low.
  • Sunderland have averaged just 0.87 points per game on a Sunday in the Premier League era; the worst record of any of the 18 teams to have played 50+ games on this day.



Stoke City v Manchester United


  • Robin van Persie has netted seven goals in six Barclays Premier League games against Stoke City, including one on his only appearance against them for the Red Devils.
  • Robin van Persie has now failed to score in 685 minutes of football for Manchester United in all competitions.
  • Javier Hernandez has scored four goals in just four Premier League starts against the Potters.
  • Manchester United have won eight and lost none of nine previous Premier League games against Stoke and have not lost to them in the league since December 1984.
  • Antonio Valencia has ended up on the winning side in all 16 Premier League games he has scored in so far - no player has scored in more games and maintained a 100% win rate.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's side have scored 27 goals in the opening 30 minutes of games this season, just one fewer than Stoke have managed in total (28) in the 2012-13 PL campaign.
  • The Red Devils have scored a league-high 13 goals from corner situations in 2012/13, while Stoke have scored a league-high proportion of their goals this way (25% - 7/28).
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in eight away league games (W6 D2); if they avoid defeat here, they will set the longest unbeaten run on the road this season.
  • Stoke have only mustered two goals in their last six league games combined, and one of those came from the penalty spot.
  • Manchester United have had 17 different goalscorers and 17 different players with assists this term; both league-highs.




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