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Stuart Dalgleish 28th Sep 2013 - 6:15

Premier League Opta Facts | 28-30 September

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

  • Spurs have won only three of their 42 Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea.
  • Chelsea have not failed to score in three successive Premier League away games since April 2002.
  • The last three competitive meetings between Tottenham and Chelsea have produced a total of 16 goals in total (an average of 5.3 per game).
  • Tottenham have conceded more Barclays Premier League home goals to Chelsea (38) than any other team.
  • Chelsea have only conceded 22 goals in 21 Premier League outings at White Hart Lane.
  • Five of Tottenham's last six Barclays Premier League games have ended 1-0 (W4 L1).
  • No team in Europe's top five leagues has conceded fewer goals than Spurs this season (1).
  • Spurs have fashioned more goal attempts from open play (60) than any other team this season but have scored only three of them.
  • None of Chelsea's strikers have scored a Barclays Premier League goal yet this season.
  • If this game is a draw then Chelsea will have made the same start as they did in 2007-08 when Jose Mourinho departed after six Premier League matches.
  • Chelsea haven't scored more than two goals in any of their last 11 Premier League games.

 

Aston Villa v Manchester City

 

  • The Villans have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 Barclays Premier League home games.
  • Manchester City have won six of their last seven Barclays Premier League encounters with Aston Villa.
  • The last four Barclays Premier League meetings between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park have seen a total of five goals scored.
  • Brad Guzan has had the most touches of any Villa player in two games this season (Arsenal & Norwich), something no other goalkeeper has done for a side even once in 2013-14.
  • Aston Villa have conceded nine goals from penalties since the start of last season; a joint-PL-high with Arsenal.
  • After replacing Christian Benteke against Norwich last week, Libor Kozak was on the field for one minute and 41 seconds before scoring his first ever Barclays Premier League goal - the fastest goal by a substitute this season.
  • Along with bottom club Sunderland, Aston Villa are the only team yet to win a single point at home this season.
  • Man City have kept three clean sheets in their last four Premier League away games.
  • However, the Citizens have won only three of their last 10 top-flight matches away from the Etihad Stadium (D3 L4).
  • Aston Villa have lost their last three Premier League home games and have suffered nine defeats in their last 13 at Villa Park.

 

Fulham v Cardiff City

 

  • Fulham have taken only one point from their last six Barclays Premier League home games (L5 D1).
  • No team has won more points from losing positions than Cardiff (4) this season in the Barclays Premier League.
  • The last league meeting between Fulham and Cardiff came in the fourth tier in 1996-97.
  • Peter Beardsley scored the opening goal for Fulham in their last home game against Cardiff; a 2-1 League Cup win over the Welsh side.
  • Fulham have allowed their opponents to attempt 100 shots (including blocked shots) so far this season; a Premier League high.
  • This is Fulham's worst ever run of results at home in the Premier League (over a six game period).
  • Only one away team has failed to score (Stoke in February 2013) in the last 17 Premier League games at Craven Cottage.
  • Dimitar Berbatov has scored just two goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances, this after netting seven in his previous nine for Fulham in the competition.
  • Two of the four Premier League games to see 15+ corners this season have involved Fulham.
  • Cardiff's match against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend saw a total of 14 corners.
  • If he plays, Brede Hangeland will make his 200th Premier League appearance.

 

Hull City v West Ham United

  • Only Arsenal and Manchester City have been more clinical in front of goal than Hull (15.6% conversion rate) this season.
  • West Ham are the only team to have seen all their goals scored by English players in the Barclays Premier League this season.
  • The last time West Ham scored more than six goals in a league game was in October 1990 when they thrashed Hull City 7-1.
  • West Ham are the only team yet to concede a goal in the opening hour of games this season.
  • Hull's last five Premier League home games have all seen fewer than three goals scored.
  • Three of West Ham's last six Premier League away games have ended 0-0.
  • It is almost a year (October 1, 2012) since West Ham scored more than once in a top-flight away game.
  • Hull have been involved in three of the six Premier League games to see fewer than seven corners this season.
  • Since the start of last season, West Ham have a win percentage of 33% when Mark Noble plays (33 games) and 20% when he's been absent (10 games).
  • Tom Huddlestone could make his 150th Premier League appearance in this match.

 

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion

 

  • Man Utd have conceded 11 goals in their last six Barclays Premier League games, one more than they had in their previous 18 games.
  • Three of WBA's four goals this season have come in the closing 15 minutes of Barclays Premier League games.
  • Manchester United have scored 37 goals in 14 Barclays Premier League games against the Throstles.
  • These sides shared a Barclays Premier League record 5-5 draw on the final day of the 2012-13 season.
  • Only in two previous Barclays Premier League seasons have Man Utd won only two of their opening six games (2002-03 & 2004-05).
  • Stéphane Sessegnon's goal last weekend was only the 3rd time in PL history that a player had scored a debut goal which also happened to be against his previous club.
  • Six of Man Utd's 13 Premier League titles have seen them win only two of their opening five games.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored two of the four longest range goals in the Premier League this season.
  • Michael Carrick has made 26 interceptions this season, eight more than any other top-flight player.
  • Carrick has also made the most passes in the opposition half (233), one more than Tottenham's Kyle Walker and Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey.

 

Southampton v Crystal Palace

 

  • All three of Southampton's league goals this season have come from set pieces. They are the only side yet to net in open play this term.
  • Crystal Palace have now gone three hours without a Barclays Premier League goal.
  • Each of the past three games between Southampton and Crystal Palace have ended as 2-0 wins (two to Southampton, one to Palace).
  • There have only been five goals in Southampton's Premier League games this season, fewer than any other side.
  • No player in the Premier League this season has had more shots at goal (excl. blocked) than Rickie Lambert (15).
  • Despite being second bottom, this is only the second time in five Premier League campaigns that Crystal Palace have won any of their opening five games.
  • Southampton have conceded more fouls than any other side this season in the Premier League (72).
  • The Saints have allowed fewer shots on target from open play than any other side (8).
  • Marouane Chamakh and Dean Moxey have both been booked in each of their last two Premier League appearances.
  • Only Tottenham (6.3%) have a lower shot conversion rate than Southampton (6.5%) this season.
  • Each of Southampton's goals has been worth 2.67 points this season, more than any other club. Palace's are worth a second lowest figure of 0.75.

 

Swansea City v Arsenal

  • Swansea have scored the two fastest BPL goals in 2013-14 so far (Michu vs C. Palace 1:20 & Shelvey v Liverpool 1:27).
  • Arsenal are the only team to score in all five of their Barclays Premier League games this season.
  • Seven of the nine goals scored in the four games between Swansea and Arsenal last season came in the final 10 minutes of matches.
  • Both Barclays Premier League games between Swansea and Arsenal last season ended as 2-0 away wins.
  • Arsenal scored three goals from set-pieces in their last Premier League game, the first time they had scored this many in a single game since May 2010.
  • Midfield ace Mesut Ozil has assisted more Barclays Premier League goals than any other player this season (3).
  • Arsenal have the best shot conversion rate (20.4%) and shooting accuracy (61.1%) in the Premier League this season.
  • Arsenal have won four league games in a row, equalling their best run from last season. Only one team (Man Utd, seven) won more than four successive BPL games in 2012-13.
  • Arsenal will equal their best run of Premier League away wins if they win this match (eight).
  • All 11 of Arsenal's Premier League goals this season have come from inside the penalty area.

 

Stoke City v Norwich City

  • No team has hit the woodwork more often than Stoke this season (four times) in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Norwich have gone 202 minutes without scoring; the longest current run in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Each of the past five games between Stoke and Norwich have seen fewer than three goals scored.
  • Stoke's average possession figure of 48% is the 11th highest in the Barclays Premier League this season. Their previous five seasons have seen them finish 20th, 20th, 20th, 20th and 17th in this category.
  • Stoke have the best long ball accuracy in the Premier League this season (41%)
  • Norwich have seen only two opposing players booked in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other side.
  • Despite their poor form, Norwich have one more point (4) than they did at this stage last season (3) in the Premier League.
  • But this is the first time Norwich have lost more than two of their opening five top-flight games since 1990-91 (have played seven full seasons since then).
  • Stoke have gained seven points from four goals this season (1.75 pts per goal), only three teams have managed a better return.
  • Only two of Ricky van Wolfswinkel's 11 shots (inc. blocked) this season have been on target.

 

Sunderland v Liverpool

  • Sunderland have scored only 12 goals in 24 Barclays Premier League meetings with Liverpool.
  • Seven of Liverpool's last nine Barclays Premier League goals have been scored from Daniel Sturridge.
  • Sunderland have won only three of their 24 Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool but all three victories have come at the Stadium of Light.
  • Sunderland haven't kept a clean sheet in their last nine Premier League games.
  • The Reds are unbeaten in six Premier League games away from Anfield (W4 D2), last losing on the road in March to Southampton.
  • Liverpool are the only team yet to score in the second half in the Premier League this season.
  • Livepool's Simon Mignolet has made more saves than any other goalkeeper this season (25).
  • Former Sunderland glovesman Mignolet has a saves to shots ratio of 89%, the second best rate of regular 'keepers this season.
  • His replacement at Sunderland Keiren Westwood has a saves to shots rate of 54%, the lowest of any keeper to feature in all five games this season.
  • Eight of Sunderland's last 10 Premier League home games have seen three goals or fewer scored.
  • Pacy loanee Victor Moses is set to make his 100th Premier League appearance.

 

Everton v Newcastle United

  • Gareth Barry could become the 10th player to make 500 Barclays Premier League appearances in this game.
  • Newcastle have conceded more headed goals than any other team this season (3) in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Everton have lost just one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League home games against Newcastle (W6 D3).
  • Last weekend Leighton Baines became only the fifth player since 2006-07 to score two direct free-kicks in a Premier League game (after Rooney, Ronaldo, Drogba and Larsson).
  • Baines has now scored 21 Premier League goals. Since he made his PL debut on August 14, 2005, only one defender (John Terry - 22) has scored more.
  • There has only been one goal scored in the 180 minutes of Barclays Premier League action at Goodison Park this season.
  • Ross Barkley has been booked in three of his last four Premier League appearances.
  • Everton have averaged the highest possession figure in the Premier League this season (59.4%).
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances.
  • Only once in the Premier League era have Everton been unbeaten after six games (2006-07, W3 D3). The occasion before that was their last top-flight title season (1986-87, also W3 D3).

 

 

 
 
 

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