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Michael Taylor 24th Sep 2009 - 14:44

Premier League Opta Facts - 26-28 September

Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.

Portsmouth v Everton

  • Pompey have lost four of their last five Premier League games at Fratton Park and the last three in a row.
  • Everton have lost both league games away from home this season by a one-goal margin.
  • Portsmouth have lost 10 of their last 12 Premier League games and the last seven in a row.
  • Pompey have failed to score in nine of their last 12 Premier League matches.
  • Portsmouth have conceded three penalties - more than any other side in the top flight.
  • Pompey have conceded more first half goals than any other Premier League team in 2009-10, eight.

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Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers

  • Birmingham have won four of their five Premier League home games against Bolton Wanderers.
  • Birmingham's defeat against Aston Villa last time out at St Andrews ended a run of 10 Premier League games at home without a defeat for Alex McLeish's side.
  • Bolton's victory away at Portsmouth last time out ended a run of 12 matches on the road without a win for the Trotters.
  • There have been only seven goals in Birmingham's six league games this season, and only one in the first half.
  • Birmingham also had seven points from their opening six games in 2007-08, when they ended up being relegated.

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Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa

  • Rovers have won none of the last six league meetings with Aston Villa.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored in three of his last five league games against Blackburn.
  • Emile Heskey has scored seven goals against Blackburn - his joint-highest haul against any opponent in the Premier League.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has found the net in his last three league matches.
  • Only in 1998-99 had Villa garnered more points from their opening five games (13) than they have this season (12).
  • Villa have not won five Premier League games in a row since April 1998.

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Liverpool v Hull City

  • There have been 25 goals scored in the last five meetings in all competitions between Hull City and Liverpool.
  • The Reds have won 11 and lost none of the 14 meetings with Hull City in all competitions.
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last 33 Premier League matches at Anfield.
  • All nine goals Liverpool have conceded have come from set plays - more than any other side in the Premier League this season.
  • Hull City have committed 103 fouls - more than any other team in the top division.
  • Liverpool have never conceded more goals in their opening six games of a Premier League season than they have in 2009-10.

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Stoke City v Manchester United

  • Man Utd have won eight of the last 10 league meetings with Stoke without the Potters scoring. In the two games where Stoke scored, they won the match.
  • Stoke's last eight home wins have all been achieved with a clean sheet - the last time they won at the Britannia Stadium when the opposition scored was in November 2008 against Arsenal.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in his last six league matches.
  • The Potters have twice as many points as they did after six games last season but have scored two goals fewer.
  • United have scored more second half goals than any other side, 11.
  • 80% of Stoke's goals have come in the first half this season.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley

  • Spurs and Burnley met in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup last season and both games saw five goals scored.
  • Defeat at White Hart Lane last time out against Man Utd ended a run of eight consecutive home wins for the Lilywhites.
  • Spurs have gone eight league games without a clean sheet.
  • This game marks the fourth anniversary of Tottenham's last Premier League win in the month of September.
  • This is only the sixth time in 18 Premier League seasons that Tottenham have conceded 10 or more goals in their opening six games.
  • Tottenham's record of 12 goals after six games is their best in Premier League history.

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Wigan Athletic v Chelsea

  • Chelsea have won seven and lost none of the eight Premier League meetings with Wigan and all four visits to the rechristened DW Stadium.
  • Frank Lampard has scored in four of his last five league appearances against Wigan.
  • Wigan have won none of their 34 Premier League matches against the Big Four.
  • Wigan have only scored seven goals in their last 12 Premier League games and five of those have been netted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • Wigan have lost 10 of their last 14 Premier League games.
  • Chelsea are the only Premier League team to have won their opening seven games of a season (2005-06), a record they'll match if they win at the DW Stadium.

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Fulham v Arsenal

  • Fulham have won only two and lost 12 of the 16 Premier League matches against Arsenal, but took four points against the Gunners last season without conceding a goal.
  • The Whites have won two of the last three meetings at Craven Cottage, but Arsenal have won away at Fulham more times than any other team.
  • Nicklas Bendtner has scored eight Premier League goals in 2009 - more than any other Arsenal player.
  • The last time Arsenal lost three Premier League away games in succession was in November 2006 and the third of those defeats came at Craven Cottage.
  • Arsenal have scored 17 goals in five games, only in 2004-05 had they started the season scoring at a faster rate (19).
  • The Gunners have never before in the Premier League era conceded eight goals from their opening five matches.

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Sunderland v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Neither side has kept a clean sheet in the last six league meetings between Sunderland and Wolves.
  • Wolves have failed to win any of their last six league trips to Wearside.
  • Darren Bent has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League starts.
  • The Black Cats have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight Premier League matches.
  • Wolves have kept just two clean sheets in their last 17 Premier League matches.
  • Wolves have seven times as many points as they had after six games in their previous experience of the Premier League in 2003-04.

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Manchester City v West Ham United

  • Man City have won 11 of their last 12 Premier League home matches and the last five in a row.
  • City have not drawn a home game since March 2008.
  • The Hammers have scored a total of only two goals in their last six encounters with the Citizens.
  • The London side have never scored more than one goal in a Premier League game at Manchester City.
  • This is City's best ever start to a Premier League season after five games.
  • No away team has kept a clean sheet at Eastlands in the whole of 2009.

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