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Callum Jones 16th Sep 2015 - 13:13

Premier League Opta Facts - 19th & 20th September



Chelsea v Arsenal



Saturday 19 September 2015 (12:45)

Stamford Bridge, London



  • Chelsea are unbeaten against Arsenal in their last seven Barclays Premier League encounters (W4 D3).
  • The Gunners have failed to score in their last four Premier League matches against the Blues and have managed just two goals in their last seven league games against them.
  • Arsene Wenger secured his first win over Jose Mourinho in the Community Shield on his 14th attempt in all competitions (D6 L7).
  • Eden Hazard has scored in the Blues' last two PL clashes with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, with both goals coming in the first half from the penalty spot.
  • Jose Mourinho has never lost successive league home games as a manager - he lost his last home league game against Crystal Palace (1-2).
  • Theo Walcott has scored 11 goals in his last 11 Premier League starts for Arsenal.
  • The Gunners have won seven and lost none of their last eight Premier League away matches.
  • Chelsea have kept five clean sheets in their last seven Premier League games against Arsenal, including the last four in a row.
  • Arsenal have fired in the most shots on target in the Premier League (39), while Chelsea have allowed their opponents the most in the top flight (38).
  • Only David James (169) has kept more clean sheets than Petr Cech (165) in Premier League history and the Czech has not been beaten in his last three league outings.





Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion



Saturday 19 September 2015 (15:00)

Villa Park, Birmingham


  • Aston Villa have won two of their last three Barclays Premier League games with WBA and have lost just one of their last seven against them (W2 D4 L1).
  • The Baggies have lost just one of their last six Premier League matches on the road (W3 D2 L1) keeping four clean sheets in that run.
  • At Villa Park, both sides have scored in all but one of their nine Premier League meetings (0-0 in April 2006).
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored more goals in this Premier League fixture than other any player (four goals).
  • Three red cards were shown in the three meetings between the two sides last season - Jack Grealish and Claudio Yacob in the FA Cup at Villa Park and Kieran Richardson in the PL at the Hawthorns.
  • Only Coventry (1.02) and Wolves (0.96) have accrued fewer points per game on average in PL Midlands' derbies than the Baggies (1.11). Villa are top with 1.63 per derby game.
  • Rickie Lambert has scored four goals in six Premier League appearances against the Villans.
  • Aston Villa have won just one and lost five of their last seven Premier League matches.
  • West Brom have the lowest shooting accuracy in the Premier League this season, hitting the target with just 34% of their attempts.
  • West Brom have had the oldest starting XI on average this season in the Premier League (29y 206d).


Bournemouth v Sunderland

Saturday 19 September 2015 (15:00)

Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

  • These two have met six times before in all competitions, with Bournemouth yet to taste victory against the Black Cats (D2 L4).
  • Sunderland have won all three of their previous away games against Bournemouth by a 1-0 scoreline.
  • The Cherries have failed to score in their last two clashes with the Black Cats in all competitions (both 0-1 home defeats), although the last of those games came in the second-tier back in March 1990.
  • Bournemouth have covered more ground than every one of their five opponents so far this season, while only Man Utd and Spurs have run further overall than the Cherries (570km).
  • Callum Wilson has scored four goals this season, despite only attempting seven shots (excl. blocked).
  • Jermain Defoe has scored against 34 different teams in the Premier League and this will be the first time that he's faced Bournemouth in the competition.
  • Just four players have scored against 35+ different clubs in the Premier League - Lampard (39), A.Cole (38), Shearer (37) & Sheringham (35).
  • Defoe spent some time on loan at Bournemouth in 2000-01 and netted 18 goals in 29 league appearances for the club.
  • Sunderland are now on an eight-game winless streak in the Premier League (D4 L4); the longest current run in the competition.
  • Bournemouth have conceded a league-high five goals from set-pieces this season so far.




Newcastle United v Watford



Saturday 19 September 2015 (15:00)

St. James' Park, Newcastle



  • Newcastle United have lost just one of their last 16 league meetings with Watford (W9 D6 L1).
  • Watford have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four Premier League games.
  • Two of Etienne Capoue's three previous meetings in all competitions with Newcastle ended in 4-0 wins for the Frenchman's team (all with Tottenham, L1)
  • In the four PL meetings between these sides, only once has either side scored more than one goal (2-1 win for the Magpies in December 2006).
  • Newcastle have put exactly two goals past Watford in four out of the last five meetings in all competitions.
  • Watford striker Odion Ighalo has scored 18 goals in 23 league appearances in 2015 - more than any other player in the top four tiers this year.
  • Newcastle have now failed to score in four successive Premier League games - their worst run since April 2014 (also four).
  • Only once in the top-flight have the Magpies failed to score in more than four consecutive games - six in December 1988.
  • Just three of Watford's 12 Premier League victories have come away from Vicarage Road (25%).
  • Newcastle have made fewer touches in the opposition box than any other Premier League side after the opening five matchdays (61).






Stoke City v Leicester City



Saturday 19 September 2015 (15:00)

Britannia Stadium, Stoke



  • Stoke have suffered just one defeat in their last six meetings in all competitions with Leicester, winning three and drawing two.
  • These two sides have only met twice in the Premier League, with both results ending in a 1-0 win for the team playing away.
  • One home soil, Stoke have won four of their last six clashes with the Foxes in all competitions, drawing one and losing one.
  • Leicester City have scored four headed goals from just five headers on target in the Premier League this season.
  • Stoke's total of two points from five games is their worst ever start in the Premier League.
  • Riyad Mahrez has had a hand in eight Leicester goals in his last eight Premier League games (six goals, two assists).
  • So far this season, Mahrez has been directly involved in more goals than any other PL player (six - four goals, two assists) and has beaten his opponent with a dribble on a league-high 22 occasions.
  • 22.3% of Leicester City's passes this season have been played long; a higher proportion than any other side.
  • The Foxes have been given four yellow cards for dissent this season, more than any other side.
  • Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has made a league-high 27 saves so far in 2015-16.





Swansea City v Everton



Saturday 19 September 2015 (15:00)

Liberty Stadium, Swansea



  • Swansea have won just one of their 23 meetings with Everton in all comps (D7 L15), although that win did come last season in the League Cup (3-0 at home).
  • Everton have conceded just four goals in their eight Premier League clashes with the Swans (W5 D3).
  • The Welsh side have lost three of their four PL meetings with Everton at the Liberty Stadium (D1), netting just two goals in the process.
  • In last season's Premier League, Jonjo Shelvey saw red against Everton at Goodison but then scored against the Toffees at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has scored nine goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances.
  • Swansea City have won just three of their 15 Premier League games played in September (W3 D3 L9).
  • Everton have scored a league-high three goals from outside the box in the 2015-16 Premier League so far.
  • Ross Barkley has assisted more goals in his last four Premier League games (3) than he had in his previous 77 appearances in the competition (2).
  • Roberto Martinez managed 126 games for Swansea City in all competitions and played for them between January 2003 and May 2006.
  • Martinez has overseen two wins and two draws in his four Premier League games as Everton boss against the Swans.





Manchester City v West Ham United



Saturday 19 September 2015 (17:30)

Etihad Stadium, Manchester


  • Man City have won their last 11 Premier League games in a row. The English top-flight record is held by Arsenal with 14 straight wins.
  • The Hammers are looking to win three successive Premier League away games for the first time since September 2007.
  • Overall, Man City have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League clashes with the Hammers (W7 D2).
  • Manchester City are unbeaten in their last nine PL home games against West Ham, winning the last six in a row. Only against Newcastle (12) and Sunderland (11) are the Citizens currently enjoying longer home PL unbeaten streaks.
  • In the 16 Premier League matches that the Citizens have been leading against West Ham, they have only failed to win on one occasion (W15 L1).
  • Sergio Aguero has scored seven goals in his last six Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium and four in his last five games (home or away) against West Ham.
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side have gone nine hours and 26 minutes of Premier League football since they last conceded a goal.
  • Manchester City have kept six successive clean sheets in league competition for the first time.
  • Man City have won their opening five games of a top-flight season for only the second time (after 1912-13).
  • Dimitri Payet has had a hand in 11 goals (four goals, seven assists) in his last 13 league appearances (PL & Ligue 1 combined).



Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace



Sunday 20 September 2015 (13:30)

White Hart Lane, London


  • Spurs have lost just one of their last seven Premier League matches (W3 D3 L1).
  • Palace have won only three of their last 19 Premier League London derbies away from home (D5 L11), but two of these have come under Alan Pardew.
  • Spurs have won just one of their six home PL clashes with Crystal Palace (D4 L1).
  • Tottenham have failed to score a first half goal in any of their last ten games against the Eagles in the Premier League.
  • Kyle Walker has covered 2.07kms of ground high speed sprinting in the Premier League this season; more than any other player.
  • Crystal Palace have won just four of their 22 Premier League games in the month of September (W4 D7 L11).
  • The average age of Spurs' starting XI in the Premier League this season is 24y 355d - younger than any other team.
  • Harry Kane has scored just two goals in his last 13 Premier League appearances; this after netting 17 in 15 PL apps prior to this run.
  • Bakary Sako has had a hand in nine goals in his last 10 league games (five goals and four assists for Wolves/Crystal Palace combined).
  • Since Alan Pardew took charge of Palace in January 2015, Palace have scored more goals from set-pieces than any other side in the Premier League (16).




Liverpool v Norwich City



Sunday 20 September 2015 (16:00)

Anfield, Liverpool


  • Liverpool are on a 10 match unbeaten streak against the Canaries in the Premier League, winning nine of the last 10 matches.
  • The last four Premier League meetings between these two sides have seen five goals or more scored.
  • No side has scored as many Premier League goals against Norwich City as Liverpool (39).
  • In the 11 Premier League matches that the Reds have been leading against Norwich, they have only failed to win on one occasion (W10 D1).
  • Wes Hoolahan has been involved in five of Norwich's eight Premier League goals so far this season (four assists, one goal).
  • James Milner has run 62 kilometres in the Premier League so far this season; further than any other player.
  • Norwich have run 514kms overall so far in 2015-16, less than any other Premier League side.
  • Lucas could make his 200th Premier League appearance in this match - only three South Americans have made more PL apps (C.Tevez - 202, A.Valencia - 248 and N.Solano - 302).
  • Liverpool have lost their last two Premier League games - they have only lost three in a row in the PL under Brendan Rodgers on one previous occasion (November 2014).
  • Norwich City are looking to win consecutive Premier League games for the first time since May 2013.




Southampton v Manchester United



Sunday 20 September 2015 (16:00)

St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton


  • Southampton have been solid at home; winning five and losing just one of their last seven PL games at St Mary's Stadium.
  • Manchester United have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven league games against the Saints.
  • When Southampton have conceded first against Manchester United in the Premier League they have go on to lose all but one of those matches (D1 L15).
  • All four of the league meetings between Ronald Koeman and Louis van Gaal have ended as away wins (2006-07 PSV v AZ in Eredivisie and 2014-15 Southampton v Man Utd).
  • Ronald Koeman replaced Louis van Gaal as manager of AZ in 2009 after the latter moved to Bayern Munich, but was replaced himself after losing seven of his first 16 games in charge.
  • The Red Devils have covered more ground than any other Premier League side after five matchdays (578.5km).
  • Manchester United have won just seven of their 21 Premier League away matches under Louis van Gaal (W7 D8 L6)
  • There has been just one red card in the 32 Premier League meetings between Saints and Man Utd; that came in the 6-3 victory for the Saints in October 1996.
  • Southampton have won just two of their last 11 Premier League matches (W2 D4 L5).
  • Manchester United scored with all three of their shots on target against Liverpool.




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