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Craig Porter 15th Jan 2009 - 9:25

Premier League Opta Facts: 17-19 January

Every week we bring you the facts on every Premier League match from Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading sports performance data providers, to help you with your football betting.

Here's another fantastic weekend of Premier League football action to bet on. It's the Liverpool derby as Everton cross the park to Anfield to face the league's leaders - but that's not until Monday night and there's plenty going on before that.

Manchester Utd could top the Premier League table with a win at the Reebok, until Monday at least, in one of the six three o'clock kick-offs on Saturday, which will surely give Rafa Benitez something else to moan about.

The live Premier League action starts at 17:30 on Saturday. Arsenal travel to Hull and will hope to reverse the 2-1 defeat they suffered at the Emirates earlier this season.

On Sunday it's east versus west London as Fulham get on the District Line and head for Upton Park. Still in London, Jermain Defoe will welcome the fans of his former club to his former-former and current club for the Sunday afternoon's Tottenham v Portsmouth game.

Saturday 15:00 Bolton v Man Utd
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Saturday 15:00 Chelsea v Stoke
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Saturday 15:00 Man City v Wigan
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Saturday 15:00 Blackburn v Newcastle
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Saturday 15:00 Sunderland v Aston Villa
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Saturday 15:00 West Brom v Middlesbrough
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Saturday 17:30 Hull v Arsenal
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Sunday 13:30 West Ham v Fulham
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Sunday 16:00 Tottenham v Portsmouth
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Monday 20:00
Liverpool v Everton
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Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United

  • Blackburn have won their last four league games against Newcastle.
  • Michael Owen has scored nine goals in 13 Premier League games against Rovers.
  • Allardyce won his last five home games as coach of Bolton against Newcastle and also won his only match as Newcastle boss against his former club Wanderers.
  • Only Blackburn (4) have won fewer games than Newcastle (5) this season.
  • The Magpies have only won one of their last 13 Premier League away games.

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Bolton Wanderers v Manchester United

  • Bolton won this fixture 1-0 last season courtesy of a Nicolas Anelka strike – the only time they have beaten United at home in a Premier League fixture.
  • Man Utd have won seven and lost one of the last eight league meetings with Bolton.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six goals in his last six games against Bolton, whilst Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in his last four league appearances against the Trotters.
  • It is six hours and 42 minutes since United last conceded on the road when Samir Nasri scored for Arsenal. In comparison, Gary Megson’s side have gone five hours and 57 minutes since their last goal in the league.
  • Bolton have lost all seven games against this season’s current top five.

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Chelsea v Stoke City

  • Chelsea have won only four out of 10 league games this season at Stamford Bridge – dropping 14 points – as many as in the whole of 2007-08.
  • Stoke have the worst away record in the top flight with just three points.
  • Stoke have failed to score in six of the last seven meetings with the Blues in all competitions.
  • 78% of goals scored by Stoke have been netted in the second half – the highest percentage in the Premier League.
  • New Potter James Beattie has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea – only Middlesbrough and Fulham (7 each) have been on the receiving end of his goals more often.

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Hull City v Arsenal

  • Paul McShane has played twice against Arsenal earning a red card in his first appearance (for Sunderland) and scoring an own goal in the other.
  • The Gunners have dropped four points from leading positions in their last two away games.
  • Hull have won only one and lost four of their last six home matches.
  • Hull have conceded seven goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches – more than any other side.
  • Three of the first four goals Arsenal conceded this season came from corners, the last of which was Daniel Cousin’s strike for Hull at the Emirates.
  • Since then the Gunners have not conceded via this route.

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Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

  • Wigan are unbeaten in their seven Premier League games with City; who have failed to score in four and have lost five.
  • City have drawn none of their last 14 Premier League home games – the last time they shared the points at Eastlands was against Wigan in March last year.
  • Last season’s game at Eastlands finished 0-0, but the previous five in all competitions ended with a 1-0 scoreline (two Wigan wins and three for City).
  • Man City haven’t won a Premier League game in which they have scored fewer than three goals this season.
  • Robinho has scored eight goals in nine home Premier League outings this season.
  • The last seven meetings between clubs coached by Mark Hughes and Steve Bruce have ended as wins for the home team.

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Sunderland v Aston Villa

  • Djibril Cisse has scored three goals in four Premier League games against Villa.
  • Sunderland have scored exactly one goal in six of the last seven games against Villa, failing to score in the other.
  • Villa have won seven of the last nine away games and the last four in a row.
  • Villa are the only team who have not dropped any points from winning positions this season.
  • Referee Mike Dean has shown the most red cards (6) and awarded the most penalties (8).

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West Bromwich Albion v Middlesbrough

  • West Brom have won two games against Boro in the Premier League in seven attempts – both 1-0.
  • Middlesbrough have lost only one and won five of the last eight away trips to play clubs in the Midlands.
  • None of the last five meetings in all competitions have ended as home wins.
  • Boro have gone nine Premier League games without a win.
  • Gareth Southgate’s side have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11 league outings.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Portsmouth

  • It is five hours and 51 minutes since Spurs last scored a league goal at White Hart Lane.
  • Tottenham have scored fewer home goals than any other side (7) and there have been just 14 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane all season – the fewest at any ground.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored five goals in this fixture – four of them coming for Spurs and one for Pompey earlier this season.
  • Spurs have won all five Premier League home games against Pompey scoring at least two goals on each occasion.
  • Portsmouth have lost their last four league games in a row and have only kept one clean sheet in 11 games with Tony Adams at the helm.
  • Tottenham have failed to score in five of their last seven league matches.

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West Ham United v Fulham

  • There have been six red cards in 11 Premier League meetings between these two sides.
  • Fulham won the first Premier League meeting with West Ham, but have not tasted victory in 10 since.
  • West Ham have won the last three league meetings with the west London side and have averaged more points against Fulham than any other side they have played more than two seasons in the Premier League.
  • Fulham’s last four away games have all ended as 0-0 draws – a Premier League record.
  • The Whites have lost only one of their last 13 games and are unbeaten in their last nine.
  • Carlton Cole has scored four goals in his last four matches in all competitions.

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Liverpool v Everton

  • The Merseyside derby has seen more red cards than any other fixture in Premier League history - 17.
  • There has been more than one player dismissed in six separate meetings.
  • Fernando Torres has scored in both of his appearances against Everton – three goals in two games.
  • Everton haven’t won at Anfield since September 1999 – since then the Reds have won three and four of the games have ended even.
  • The Toffees have kept five clean sheets in a row – their second best run in Premier League history.

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