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Nic Ladds 30th Apr 2009 - 20:58

Premier League Opta Facts: 2-4 May

Football facts to aid your betting from all the major leagues in Europe.

Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading supplier of sports performance data, bring you Opta Facts, the key statistics you'll need to make an informed choice with your football betting.

Premier League Opta Facts – May 2-4

Middlesbrough v Manchester United

  • Only two of Cristiano Ronaldo's 17 league goals this season have come away from home.
  • United have scored exactly two goals in their last three trips to the Riverside (all comps).
  • Ronaldo has scored in three of his last four visits to the Riverside stadium.
  • Wayne Rooney has only scored three of his 12 Premier League goals this season away from home.
  • Boro are unbeaten in seven in the league at the Riverside, though four of these have been draws.
  • Excluding their 5-0 drubbing of West Brom, United have averaged just one goal per game on the road in the Premier League this season.

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Chelsea v Fulham

  • The Blues have bagged just four first-half goals in their last 15 league fixtures.
  • Fulham have escaped Stamford Bridge with a draw in the last two seasons.
  • The Whites have not won at their rivals' ground since October 1979.
  • Chelsea have let in only seven first half goals this season, fewer than any other side.
  • Fulham have averaged 1.87 points in May in Premier League history, the second best rate of any club currently in the top-flight.

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Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers

  • City have not drawn a Premier League home game this season.
  • Only Manchester United (15) have won more home games than Manchester City (11) this season.
  • City have not won a home game against Blackburn this century – the last one came in the Championship almost 10 years ago in October 1999.
  • Six of the last seven games between them in the PL in Manchester have ended as draws.
  • Rovers have scored at least two goals in five of their last six Premier League games against City.
  • Benni McCarthy has scored the opening goal in Blackburn's last two wins.

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Portsmouth v Arsenal

  • Portsmouth have never defeated Arsenal in a Premier League game.
  • Four of the last six league games between the clubs, however, have ended as draws, including the last three at Fratton Park.
  • This fixture has ended 0-0 for the last two seasons.
  • Portsmouth have won only one of their 11 Premier League games in May.
  • Pompey have won two of their last three at home in the league, drawing the other.
  • The Gunners have not lost a league match since November last year, and have averaged 3.14 goals in their last seven top-flight matches.

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Stoke City v West Ham United

  • Only the Big Four teams have lost fewer home games than Stoke (three) this season.
  • West Ham have won four of their last five trips to Stoke, keeping a clean sheet in the last two games.
  • The Potters have scored only eight first half goals all season, fewer than any other team.
  • Stoke have conceded only two goals in their last five Premier League games.
  • The Hammers have conceded exactly one goal in their last three league games.
  • Only Manchester United (nine) have won more Premier League games 1-0 this season than Stoke (five).

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Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

  • Tottenham have conceded only nine goals at home this season, fewer than any other Premier League team.
  • WBA have managed to score in all seven of their Premier League encounters with Spurs.
  • Robbie Keane has scored a brace of goals in each of his last two appearances against WBA.
  • Spurs have scored in their last nine league games, the best current run in the division.
  • Tottenham's last three Premier League home games have ended as 1-0 home wins.
  • WBA have conceded at least two goals in 12 of their last 14 Premier League away games.

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Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

  • Wigan have scored exactly one goal in their last six Premier League games against Bolton.
  • Since-departed Emile Heskey scored Wigan's last two home goals against Wanderers.
  • The Trotters have taken just five points from 10 local derby games this season – the worst record in the region.
  • Wigan have scored 10 goals in 10 local derby games this season, only three fewer than heavy-hitting rivals Manchester United from the same number of games.
  • Bolton striker Johan Elmander has gone 1098 minutes without a Premier League goal.

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Liverpool v Newcastle United

  • Liverpool have won six of their last seven Premier League games against Newcastle.
  • Xabi Alonso's four goals this season for the Reds have all come away from Anfield.
  • Newcastle won their first Premier League game at Anfield (2-0 in April 1994) but have not won any of the subsequent 14, losing 12 of them.
  • The Reds have scored 63 goals against Newcastle, more than they have against any other team in the Premier League history.
  • Liverpool's 12 home wins against Newcastle is more than the Reds have managed against any other side in the Premier League.
  • Fernando Torres has scored a Premier League goal every 85 minutes on average at Anfield in his Liverpool career.

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Sunderland v Everton

  • There has never been a Premier League draw between these sides in the north east.
  • Everton have won their last three league games at the Stadium of Light by one goal to nil.
  • The Black Cats scored 12 goals in their first six Premier League games against the Toffeemen but have managed only five in the subsequent nine matches.
  • Sunderland have managed only four goals in their last nine league games.
  • Bolton and Manchester City are the only away sides to have scored more than two goals at the Stadium of Light this season.
  • Everton have gone seven Premier League away games without a win but five of those matches have ended as draws.

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Aston Villa v Hull City

  • Aston Villa are without a win in their last nine Premier League games.
  • Villa have racked up 14 goals in their last three home games against Hull City.
  • Villa have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine games at Villa Park.
  • Villa have not won at home without scoring more than once since October 2007.
  • If only away games counted this season then Villa would be fourth and Hull seventh.
  • Hull have scored the same number of away goals as Manchester United this season (20).

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