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Stuart Dalgleish 20th Sep 2013 - 9:24

Premier League Opta Facts | 21-22 September

Norwich City v Aston Villa

  • Norwich City have won just one of the last 11 meetings in all competitions with Aston Villa (W1 D5 L5).
  • Christian Benteke scored in two of his three meetings in all competitions with Norwich last season.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored three goals in four Barclays Premier League appearances against Norwich, including a brace in his last appearance versus them in May.
  • Benteke has scored 18 Premier League goals this calendar year, more than any other player.
  • Aston Villa have gone 26 Barclays Premier League games without a clean sheet; a longer run than any other side currently in the division.
  • Villa have collected the most yellow cards (13) in the Premier League this season, but have also seen their opponents receive the most too (12).
  • Norwich have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League home games (W4 D6), however, that sole defeat was against Aston Villa in May.
  • These are the two sides to have recorded the lowest average possession in the Premier League this season (both 42%).
  • Aston Villa have won four of their last seven Premier League away games (L2 D1).
  • Villa are the only side to have conceded an own goal this season in the Premier League.
  • Paul Lambert's Aston Villa have scored the same number of Premier League goals as his Norwich City side did (52) but have taken four more games to do so.

 

Cardiff City v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Cardiff City have played the highest proportion of long passes in the Premier League this season (15.4%).
  • Christian Eriksen has created four goals in his five league appearances in 2013-14 (Premier League and Eredivisie combined).
  • Tottenham Hotspur have only been caught offside once in total in their opening four games.
  • Tottenham have scored exactly two goals in five of their last seven Premier League away games.
  • Andre Villas-Boas' outfit have hit more shots than any other side this season (59 excl. blocked) but have scored only four times.
  • Jordon Mutch has made four appearances this season, but all of them as a sub coming on in the closing minute.
  • Three of Tottenham's four goals this season have come in the 15 minute spell after half-time.
  • Cardiff City are one of five Barclays Premier League sides yet to score a first half goal this season.
  • No player has assisted more Premier League goals than Cardiff's Don Cowie this season (2).
  • Tottenham won all six of their Premier League games against newly-promoted sides in 2012-13.

 

Crystal Palace v Swansea City

  • Crystal Palace have failed to score in each of their last four league games against Swansea City, losing the last three in a row.
  • Swansea have conceded a BPL-high four goals before half-time this season (level with Aston Villa).
  • Palace have fashioned more chances from counter attacks than any other side in the Barclays Premier League this season (4).
  • The Eagles have only delivered four crosses successfully to team-mates this season; fewer than any other side.
  • Swansea won only one of their six games against newly-promoted sides last season in the Premier League (D4 L1).
  • There have been 22 penalties (14 won, eight conceded) in Crystal Palace's last 41 games in the Premier League.
  • Last season there were a total of 19 penalties in Palace's 46 Championship games.
  • Swansea did not win a penalty in 2012-13 and are yet to win one this season either.
  • Jonjo Shelvey has made two errors leading to goal this season, more than any other player in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Swansea's average possession figure this season is only sixth best in the Premier League (55.8%).

 

Liverpool v Southampton

  • Daniel Sturridge is the first player in Liverpool's Premier League history to score in the team's opening four games of the season.
  • Southampton have won four of the last six Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool, but the Reds have won the last two at Anfield by a 1-0 scoreline.
  • In the last five Premier League meetings between the Saints and Liverpool, the Merseysiders have scored three goals, all between the 43rd and 45th minutes.
  • Southampton have scored just four goals in their last nine Barclays Premier League matches.
  • The Saints have played three teenagers in two of their Premier League fixtures this season, something Liverpool did six times last season (a divisional high).
  • Lucas has been booked in each of his last three Premier League appearances. He has never been booked in four successive PL games.
  • Southampton have averaged the second highest possession figure this season (59.1%), Liverpool are only ninth (48.1%).
  • Southampton have allowed only nine shots on target this season - fewer than any other side, while Liverpool have conceded the second most (22).
  • Sturridge has scored the third and fourth fastest goals of the season so far (versus Man Utd and Swansea respectively).
  • Rickie Lambert has had eight headed shots in the Premier League this season; three more than Liverpool have in total (5).
  • All five of Liverpool's goals in the Barclays Premier League this season have come before half-time.

 

Newcastle United v Hull City

  • Hatem Ben Arfa has mustered more attempts from open play than any other Premier League player this season (13).
  • Hull City have won on three of their last four visits to St James Park in all competitions (one defeat).
  • Reformed badboy Cheik Tiote has picked up only one yellow card in his last nine Barclays Premier League appearances (after collecting 31 yellows and one red in his previous 67 apps).
  • Hull have won only one of their last 11 games in the Barclays Premier League, drawing four and losing six.
  • St James' Park has only seen one league goal this season, only Goodison Park has seen as few.
  • The Ameobi brothers (Shola and Sammy) are yet to record a shot on target this season in 206 minutes of play.
  • Danny Graham has now gone 20 Premier League appearances without scoring, with his last Premier League goal coming on January 1st.
  • Newcastle haven't won three Premier League games in succession since a spell of six on the spin in March-April 2012.
  • The Magpies have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League home games, but have also scored just one goal in their last five PL games at St James Park.
  • Since the start of last season, just two of the 46 Premier League goals scored by Newcastle players (excl. own goals) have been netted by Englishmen (Perch & Bigirimana).

 

West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland

  • Nicolas Anelka has scored seven goals in 10 Barclays Premier League appearances against Sunderland.
  • Steven Fletcher has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against West Brom.
  • The Baggies have won six and lost none of the last seven Premier League meetings with Sunderland.
  • WBA are the only side to started in a 4-4-2 formation in all of their PL fixtures this season. It has brought them a total of only one goal.
  • Sunderland have conceded more second half goals than any other side this season (6).
  • Jonas Olsson has made more clearances than any other Premier League player this season (53).
  • The Baggies have won none of their last eight Premier League games; they last went on a longer Premier League winless run in April 2009 (11 games).
  • West Bromwich Albion have conceded a total of 14 goals in their last six Barclays Premier League games at the Hawthorns.
  • Sunderland have won only two of their last 19 games (L11 D6) - equivalent to half a Premier League season.
  • The Black Cats have scored a total of seven goals in their last nine league games with six of those matches seeing fewer than three goals netted overall.

 

West Ham United v Everton

  • West Ham have managed just six shots on target so far this season, fewer than any other side in the league.
  • Everton have won six and lost none of the last 10 Barclays Premier League meetings with West Ham.
  • There have been three red cards in the last three Premier League meetings between the Hammers and the Toffees.
  • The Hammers also have the worst shooting accuracy in the league so far, finding the target with just 20% of their shots.
  • West Ham have not scored a Premier League goal in 284 minutes. The last time that they failed to score in four successive PL games was back in October 2006 (five games).
  • West Ham's four games this season are in the bottom seven for total ball in play time.
  • Ross Barkley has had more shots blocked by the opposition than any other player in the Premier League this season (7).
  • The Hammers' four Premier League games this season have produced a total of only three goals.
  • Everton have attempted (681) and completed (517) more passes in the final third than any other side this season.
  • Everton are in the top six for final third passes per game in Europe this season (behind Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Roma, Napoli & PSG) with 170 per game.

 

Chelsea v Fulham

  • Chelsea have won seven and lost none of the last 14 Barclays Premier League derbies with Fulham.
  • Fulham have conceded more corners than any other Barclays Premier League side so far this season (32).
  • If goals from strikers were excluded this season then Chelsea would be top of the table.
  • Jose Mourinho has never lost a Premier League home game (W48 D14).
  • The last non-British manager Mourinho faced in a Premier League home game was Martin Jol back in April 2007 (Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham).
  • Jol lost both of his Premier League games at Stamford Bridge as Tottenham manager but has drawn both as Fulham supremo.
  • Fulham have managed only 11 shots from inside the penalty area this season, a divisional low.
  • Fernando Torres is yet to record a shot on target in the Premier League this season (126 minutes of action).
  • Fulham won only one of their five London derbies away from home in the 2012-13 Premier League (L2 D2).
  • Samuel Eto'o could become the ninth African to score a Premier League goal for Chelsea (after Drogba, Kalou, Essien, Babayaro, Geremi, Weah, Ba and Moses).

 

Arsenal v Stoke City

  • The Gunners have won all five Premier League matches against Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Peter Crouch has scored seven Barclays Premier League goals against Arsenal; only against Blackburn (8) has he been more prolific.
  • Stoke will be the fifth team Mark Hughes has coached in an away game against Arsenal in the Premier League, but he has lost all six previous visits to north London to play the Gunners.
  • Mathieu Flamini has been booked in both of his appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League this season.
  • Arsenal have scored all eight of their 2013-14 Premier League goals from open play, whereas two of Stoke's three goals have come from set-plays.
  • Stoke have completed 79% of their passes in the Premier League this season; more than in any of the five Premier League seasons under Tony Pulis.
  • The Potters have also averaged more passes per game this season (397) than in any of the previous five Premier League seasons under Pulis.
  • Olivier Giroud is one of only nine players to score in his team's opening four games of a Premier League season and the second Arsenal player after Jose Reyes in 2004-05.
  • All four of Giroud's goals this season have come before half-time and all before the 24th minute.
  • Without Giroud's goals this season Arsenal would still be seventh, only two points worse off than they are in reality.

 

Manchester City v Manchester United

  • Manchester City have scored four of the 14 Premier League goals from outside the penalty area this season; more than any other side.
  • Since his Premier League debut in August 2006, Ashley Young has won a joint-league-high 12 penalties (level with former teammate Gabriel Agbonlahor).
  • Manchester City have scored in each of their last 52 Barclays Premier League home games. The all-time record for the competition is 66 set by Man Utd last season.
  • Six of the last seven meetings between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium have seen fewer than two goals scored.
  • Wayne Rooney has now either scored or assisted 40 goals in his last 44 Premier League games.
  • Marouane Fellaini has won five times against Man City in the Premier League (only against Sunderland - six wins - has he won more often).
  • Since the start of 2012-13, no side has kept more clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League than Manchester City (21).
  • Six of these clean sheets have come in Manchester City's last eight Premier League games.
  • Robin van Persie has hit more shots off target than any other Premier League player this season (10).
  • Yaya Toure has made 347 passes this season, 30 more than any other player in the division and 65 more than Utd's leading passer Michael Carrick (282).

 

 

 
 
 

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