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Stuart Dalgleish 26th Mar 2013 - 20:00

Premier League Opta Facts: 30 March - 1 April

 

Sunderland v Manchester United

  • Sunderland have won just one of their previous 23 Premier League games against Manchester United, losing 17.
  • Manchester United are Sunderland's least favourite opponents in the Premier League, with the Black Cats' win percentage (4.4%) their lowest against any side in the competition.
  • Sunderland have won only two points (D2 L7) from a possible 27 in their last nine Premier League home games against the Red Devils.
  • Manchester United have conceded only one goal in their last 572 minutes of Premier League football against Sunderland.
  • Of the 28 sides to have played at least 25 Premier League games in the month of March, Sunderland (0.90) have the worst points per game ratio.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored (12) or assisted (9) 21 goals in 21 Premier League appearances this season for Manchester United.
  • Sunderland have collected only three points (D3 L4) in their last seven Premier League matches.
  • Manchester United have not picked up a single card in any of their last four Premier League games. They've never gone five successive PL games without being given a card.
  • On average, Manchester United score their first goal of the game after 26 minutes - earlier than any other side in the Premier League this season.
  • Manchester United have won 47 of a possible 51 points in their last 17 Premier League games (W15 D2).

 

 

Arsenal v Reading

  • Arsenal have won all 11 of their previous competitive meetings with Reading, including two wins already this season.
  • The two meetings between Arsenal and Reading in 2012-13 already have seen 19 goals scored; with Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla each scoring hat-tricks for Arsenal over these meetings.
  • Reading have conceded more Premier League goals against Arsenal (16) than versus any other opponent in the competition.
  • No side have faced more shots at goal in the top five European Leagues this season than Reading (531).
  • Arsenal have averaged the highest possession figure in the Premier League this season (57.9%), while Reading have the lowest (39.4%).
  • Reading have lost five successive Premier League games; two away from the worst run seen this season in the Premier League, set by the Royals (seven games).
  • The Gunners are yet to lose a Premier League game that they have taken the lead in this season (W14 D2).
  • If only the second half of Premier League games counted this season, Arsenal would be top of the league by four points. If games ended at half-time, they'd be 12th in the table.
  • The Gunners have won 36% of Premier League games this season without Jack Wilshere in the side, compared to 56% with him.
  • Arsenal have conceded only two goals after the 75th minute of Premier League games this season; a league-low.

 

 

Manchester City v Newcastle United

  • Manchester City have won 10 and drawn two of their last 12 Premier League matches against the Magpies and will be looking for their seventh successive PL victory over them in this game.
  • Only against Aston Villa (18) have Manchester City won more Premier League games than versus Newcastle (14).
  • Yaya Touré has scored three of City's last five Premier League goals against Newcastle - against no other side has the Ivorian netted as many goals (3) in the competition.
  • Carlos Tevez has scored four goals in his last six Premier League appearances against Newcastle United.
  • Newcastle United have already used 31 players in the Premier League this season; more than any other side.
  • Only Reading (5) have won fewer points away from home in the Premier League this term than Newcastle United (8).
  • 15 of Reading's 35 Premier League goals this season (43%) have been scored after the 75th minute of the match; a league-high.
  • Newcastle have conceded a league-high 15 goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season.
  • The Magpies have only ever won one Premier League match in the city of Manchester (P32 W1 D11 L20); this coming back in September 2000 at Maine Road v Man City (1-0).
  • After dropping only six points in their previous 36 home matches in the Premier League, Manchester City have dropped seven points in their last seven games at the Etihad.

 

 

Southampton v Chelsea

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against Southampton (W4 D3).
  • Frank Lampard has scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Southampton.
  • After netting his 200th Chelsea goal in his last match for the Blues, Lampard is only two away from Bobby Tambling's all-time Chelsea goal record (202).
  • Demba Ba has scored three goals from four shots on target for Chelsea against Southampton in all competitions this season.
  • Only three players have created the most goalscoring chances from open play in the top five European Leagues than Rickie Lambert (62).
  • Morgan Schneiderlin has made more tackles (121) and interceptions (112) than any other player in the Premier League this term.
  • Juan Mata is the only Premier League player to have reach double figures for goals (10) and assists (10) this season.
  • Chelsea have scored the first goal of the game on 19 occasions this season; a Premier League high.
  • Eden Hazard has had a hand in six goals (four goals, two assists) in his last seven Premier League appearances for Chelsea.
  • Chelsea have conceded a league-high proportion (70%) of their goals in the second half of matches this season. Their tally of goals conceded in the first half (9) is a Premier League low.

 

 

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Tottenham have won three and drawn one of their last four competitive meetings with Swansea. The last time that Swansea defeated Spurs was back in September 1991 in the League Cup.
  • Swansea failed to attempt a single shot on target in their last game (versus Arsenal) - only the third time that they have not managed one in a Premier League match.
  • No player has scored more goals from outside the area in the top five European Leagues this season than Gareth Bale (six - level with Lionel Messi).
  • The Swans have not won any of the 16 Premier League games that they have fallen behind in this season (D6 L10).
  • No player has scored more Premier League goals in home games this season than Michu (10), although he has netted just twice in his last five games at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Only Manchester United (32) have won more points away from home in the Premier League this season than Tottenham Hotspur (26).
  • Spurs have netted 69% of their goals in the second half of Premier League matches this season; a league-high proportion.
  • Swansea City have scored just four goals from set-piece situations in the Premier League this season; a league-low.
  • The Swans have, however, conceded the highest number of goals from set-piece situations this season (18).
  • Tottenham have conceded more goals in the 90th minute or later than any other Premier League side this season (6).

 

 

West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion

  • The last four Premier League meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • West Bromwich Albion have won only four of their 38 Premier League trips to London (D9 L25), with only one of these victories coming in the last 13 (D5 L7).
  • The Hammers have suffered five defeats in their last seven Premier League games (W2).
  • Should West Brom win this match, they'll equal their best-ever points tally in the Premier League (47 points; set in 2010-11 and 2011-12).
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored seven and assisted one of West Brom's last 12 Premier League goals.
  • West Ham's last 15 Premier League goals have been scored by 11 different players (inc. own goals).
  • Andy Carroll has scored just nine goals in 60 Premier League appearances since leaving Newcastle United in January 2011. He had netted more for Newcastle (11) in his 19 appearances for them in the first half of the 2010-11 season.
  • Jussi Jääskeläinen has been forced in to making 121 saves in the Premier League this season; more than any other goalkeeper.
  • West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has a save percentage of 74.8% in the Premier League this season; higher than any other English goalkeeper, including Joe Hart (64.4%).
  • West Ham have scored in 13 of their last 14 Premier League games at Upton Park.

 

 

Wigan Athletic v Norwich City

  • Norwich City are one of only three clubs (alongside Watford and Swansea) that Wigan have never defeated in the Premier League.
  • Both sides have scored in each of the previous three meetings between Norwich City and Wigan Athletic.
  • Wes Hoolahan has scored in all three of Norwich City's Premier League games against Wigan Athletic. These three goals have earned Norwich City four points in these matches.
  • No side has drawn more games 0-0 in the Premier League in 2012-13 than Norwich City (6).
  • No player has committed more fouls in the Premier League this season than Grant Holt (67), this after he committed the most in the league last season (89).
  • Wigan have conceded the first goal of the game on 18 occasions this season (a joint league-high) and have won just one of these matches (D2 L15).
  • No side has won fewer points at home in the Premier League this season than Wigan Athletic (13).
  • Norwich City have won just one of their last 17 Premier League away games (W1 D8 L8).
  • The Canaries have scored just one goal in their last four Premier League away games; Wes Hoolahan's goal at Sunderland in their last match.
  • Wigan's nine Premier League games in 2013 have seen 34 goals scored (3.8 a game on average).

 

 

Everton v Stoke City

  • Everton have won just one (D4 L2) of their last seven Premier League games against Stoke City, with the Toffees netting just four goals in these matches.
  • Everton (12) and Stoke City (13) have drawn 25 Premier League games between them this season.
  • On the day of this game, Everton will have suffered only one Premier League home defeat in the last year (W12 D6 L1).
  • Stoke City (5) have picked up fewer points in 2013 so far than any other team in the Premier League.
  • The Potters have failed to score in more Premier League games than any other side this season (13).
  • Everton have used fewer players than any other Premier League team this season (23).
  • Everton have scored the highest proportion of goals in the first half of matches in the Premier League this season (57%).
  • Stoke City have scored the most goals (3) and mustered the most goalscoring chances (17) following throw-ins in the Premier League this season.
  • Tony Pulis' side have scored just one goal from outside the box this season in the Premier League; fewer than any other side.
  • Stoke City have won only one of their last 24 Premier League games away from home (W1 D9 L14) and have lost their last five successive away trips in the competition.

 

 

Aston Villa v Liverpool

  • Aston Villa have lost just one of their last four Premier League games against Liverpool and won 3-1 away at Anfield earlier this season.
  • Paul Lambert has won all three of his Premier League games against Brendan Rodgers; against no other manager has he secured as many wins.
  • Steven Gerrard has scored 10 Premier League goals against Aston Villa; more than against any other opponent.
  • Gerrard has played every single minute (2700) of Liverpool's Premier League season so far - Matt Lowton (Aston Villa) and Leighton Baines (Everton) are the only other outfield players to have achieved this in 2012-13.
  • Christian Benteke has scored eight goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances, and he netted twice against Liverpool earlier this season.
  • Benteke has scored 11 and assisted three of Aston Villa's last 21 Premier League goals.
  • Luis Suárez has scored 11 goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances.
  • Andreas Weimann has scored two and assisted two in his last four Premier League appearances.
  • Aston Villa have not won three successive Premier League matches since April 2010.
  • Aston Villa have seen their opposition hit the woodwork on five occasions in total in their last four Premier League games.
  • Luis Suárez has embarked on 249 dribbles in the Premier League this season; 105 more than any other player.

 

 

Fulham v Queens Park Rangers

  • QPR have won just one of their last seven competitive meetings with Fulham (L5 D1), but this victory came earlier this season (2-1) at Loftus Road.
  • Fulham defeated Queens Park Rangers 6-0 at Craven Cottage in their last meeting there; both QPR's record defeat and Fulham's joint-record win in the Premier League.
  • Adel Taraabt scored both of QPR's goals in the 2-1 win over Fulham earlier this season; the only side that the Moroccan has scored more than once against in the Premier League.
  • Queens Park Rangers have converted just 9.2% of their shots into goals this season; the lowest proportion in the Premier League.
  • The Whites have come from behind to win only four points in the Premier League this season; fewer than any other side.
  • Dimitar Berbatov has scored in three successive Premier League appearances for the first time since December 2011. He has never netted in four successive PL apps.
  • Jermaine Jenas has scored in two successive appearances in the Premier League. On the last occasion that he did this (February 2007), he went on to net in three successive games.
  • Fulham have won fewer points (8) than any other side in Premier League London derbies this season, but defeated Spurs in their last match.
  • There have been just 13 goals scored in QPR's eight Premier League London derbies this season; an average of 1.63 per game.
  • QPR have lost just three of their eight Premier League away games under Harry Redknapp (W2 D3).

 

 

 
 
 

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