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Rupert Wyman 15th Oct 2009 - 8:37

Premier League Opta Facts - 17-19 October

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Aston Villa v Chelsea

  • Chelsea's victory at Villa Park last season ended a run of nine visits without a win for Chelsea to the West Midlands side.
  • The Blues have scored in 13 consecutive league matches for a total of 31 goals.
  • The Villans have won just one of their last 21 league matches at home to the "big four".
  • Nicolas Anelka has scored in his last three Premier League matches against Aston Villa.
  • Anelka has never been on the losing side for Chelsea in 25 games where he has scored.
  • Aston Villa are the only team in the Premier League yet to concede a headed goal in the Premier League this season.

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Arsenal v Birmingham City

  • There have been three red cards in the last four Premier League meetings between Arsenal and Birmingham City.
  • The last time the Blues were in the top flight, both league games ended in draws.
  • Birmingham have won only one of 10 Premier League meetings with the Gunners and none away from home.
  • Arsenal have scored more goals (24) after seven league games than any other side in Premier League history.
  • The Gunners have only ever scored more in one previous season - 1958-59 - when they had the same record two defeats and five wins, including a 6-1 away win against Everton.
  • All seven of Birmingham's goals in all competitions have been scored from the 75th minute onwards.

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Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • The last five meetings between Everton and Wolves in all competitions have been home wins.
  • Everton have only twice conceded more than one goal in their last 15 league clashes at Goodison Park.
  • Wolves have kept just one clean sheet in the Premier League this season.
  • Mick McCarthy's men have managed only one win in 23 games on the road in the Premier League.
  • Seven of the last eight league goals that Everton have conceded have come in the second half.
  • Wolves have won both matches in which they have scored in the first half this season.

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Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers

  • Man Utd have won eight of the last nine Premier League meetings against Bolton.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Wanderers.
  • Since winning at Old Trafford in 2001-02 and 2003-03, Bolton have lost six straight league visits to the Theatre of Dreams.
  • Man Utd have only taken one point from the last four games officiated by Mark Clattenburg.
  • Bolton have kept just three clean sheets in their last 33 Premier League outings.

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Portsmouth v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Jermain Defoe scored in both games last season - once as a Portsmouth player and once in a Spurs shirt.
  • Portsmouth have failed to score in 10 of their last 14 Premier League matches.
  • Defoe has scored six goals in his last 10 appearances in this fixture 5 for Spurs, one for Pompey.
  • Spurs have kept only one clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League away trips.
  • Three of the four goals Pompey have scored have been headers.
  • 69% of the goals Portsmouth have conceded have come before half-time - the highest proportion in the top division.

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Stoke City v West Ham United

  • West Ham have won seven of the last eight meetings in all competitions with Stoke City and the last five in a row.
  • The only other time Stoke lost two straight home matches in the Premier League, they went on to win their next four.
  • 50% of the goals Stoke have conceded have come in the last 15 minutes of games - the highest proportion in the Premier League.
  • West Ham have never picked up fewer points from the first seven games of a Premier League season than they have in the current campaign - five.
  • Stoke City have lost seven points from winning positions this season - more than any other side in the English top flight.
  • All but one of Stoke's five goals this season have come within 15 minutes of half time.

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Sunderland v Liverpool

  • Sunderland have won only one of the 16 Premier League meetings with Liverpool.
  • Rafael Benitez's side have won the last six league meetings in a row without conceding a goal.
  • Sunderland have failed to score in nine of the last 10 league meetings with Liverpool.
  • Liverpool have scored five Premier League goals from corners - a division high.
  • Sunderland have conceded the joint-highest number of goals from corners (4) in the league this season along with Bolton.
  • Darren Bent has scored in four consecutive Premier League matches, scoring five times.

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Blackburn Rovers v Burnley

  • Rovers have won five and lost none of the last six meetings in all competitions with local rivals Burnley.
  • Blackburn have lost just one of their last 10 league matches at Ewood Park.
  • The Clarets are yet to score on the road in the Premier League.
  • David Dunn has scored in three of his last four Premier League outings.
  • Owen Coyle's men have been behind by half time in all four away matches in the league this season.
  • All of the Premier League goals Rovers have conceded at Ewood Park this season have come within three minutes of kick-off or within three minutes of full time.

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Wigan Athletic v Manchester City

  • Man City have lost three and won none of their four visits to Wigan in the Premier League.
  • Mark Hughes' side won the last game at the City of Manchester Stadium with this their only victory over the Latics in eight Premier League encounters.
  • Only one of Wigan's last 20 league matches has ended in a draw.
  • Both sides involved have scored in the Citizens' last four league matches.
  • 87% of the goals Wigan have conceded have come in the second half - the highest proportion in the top flight.
  • Wigan have won their last three home matches on a Sunday in the Premier League by a score of 1-0.

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Fulham v Hull City

  • Hull won both league meetings with Fulham last season by one-goal margins.
  • The Tigers' only away win in the league since October 2008 was the 1-0 win at Craven Cottage.
  • Phil Brown's men have scored exactly once in their last five Premier League away matches.
  • Fulham have not drawn a Premier League match at home in 12 games.
  • The Cottagers have failed to scored in three of their last four matches at home in the league.
  • Fulham have lost all four of their evening Premier League matches so far in 2009 (including at home to Hull in March), scoring just one goal.

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