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Rupert Wyman 28th Oct 2009 - 16:55

Premier League Opta Facts - 31 October - 1 November

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Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Arsenal are undefeated in their last 19 meetings with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. Spurs' last victory over their north London rivals in the top-flight came in November 1999.
  • The Gunners have dropped only four points from a possible 30 in their last ten Premier League home meetings with the Lilywhites.
  • Robin Van Persie has scored in five of his last six Premier League appearances.
  • Arsenal have taken only 14 points from a possible 33 in their last 11 Premier League London derbies.
  • Jermaine Jenas has netted in three of the last four meetings (in all competitions) between the two sides.
  • The Gunners have shipped 13 league goals so far this season, their worst-ever defensive record in the Premier League after nine games.

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Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea

  • Bolton have only been able to collect three points from their last 11 Premier League meetings with Chelsea.
  • Chelsea have won each of their last six league visits to Bolton, keeping a clean sheet on every occasion.
  • Only Manchester United have collected as many away victories as Chelsea (6) against Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League.
  • The Blues have clawed back a league-high total of nine points from losing positions in the Premier League this season.
  • Matthew Taylor has scored on each of the Trotters' last two visits to Stamford Bridge.
  • Bolton have won on just one of their last 19 Premier League away trips to the capital.

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Burnley v Hull City

  • Hull have won their last three league meetings with Burnley, keeping a clean sheet in each.
  • Burnley have been victorious in five of their last six matches against the Tigers at Turf Moor.
  • A total of five players have been sent of in the last two meetings between the two sides, including four the last time the sides met (two per side), when Hull won 2-0 at home in the Championship in March 2008.
  • Only Chelsea (15) and Manchester United (13) have picked up more points at home in the league this season than the Clarets (12).
  • Only Blackburn Rovers and Burnley (0) have picked up fewer league points on the road this season than the Tigers (1).
  • Burnley have conceded a league-low 107 fouls so far this season, while Hull have conceded a joint-league-high 157.

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Everton v Aston Villa

  • Everton have only been able to win once in their last five league meetings with Aston Villa at Goodison Park.
  • Villa are unbeaten in six Premier League games against the Toffees and have found the net in 10 consecutive games against them in the top-flight.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored six goals in his last eight Aston Villa appearances in all competitions.
  • Louis Saha has netted six goals in eight league appearances so far in this campaign, his best-ever start to a Premier League season.
  • The Villains have lost a joint-league-high seven points from leading positions this season, alongside Stoke City.
  • Everton's Tim Cahill has conceded 26 fouls so far this season but has yet to receive a card, a league-high figure.

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Fulham v Liverpool

  • Fulham have scored only one goal in their last six Premier League meetings with Liverpool, failing to score in any of the last four.
  • Only Arsenal (7) have won more matches against Fulham away from home in the Premier League than Liverpool (5).
  • Fernando Torres has only scored 13 of his 47 Premier League goals away from Anfield (28%).
  • The Anfield giants have netted a league-high 12 of their goals in the final half-hour of their games, which equates to 50% of their total haul.
  • The west Londoners have shipped 42% (five) of their goals against in the 15 minute period directly after the break - a league-high.
  • Fulham's American forward Clint Dempsey has fired in a joint-league-high 22 shots off-target, while netting just one league goal so far.

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Portsmouth v Wigan Athletic

  • None of the previous eight Premier League matches played between Portsmouth and Wigan have ended level.
  • Wigan's Jordi Gomez has mustered 20 shots without scoring a goal, a league-high.
  • Portsmouth's haul of four points after 10 games is the joint-fourth worst-ever start to a Premier League season (Man City in 95/96 with two points from 10 games remains the worst).
  • This is Wigan's worst-ever start to a Premier League season (after 10 games) in terms of defensive performance, with 17 goals conceded already.
  • The Latics have enjoyed just three victories in their last 15 Premier League games on the road.
  • Paul Hart's charges have shipped a league-high 73% of their goals against in the first-half.
  • Roberto Martinez' men have conceded a league-high 82% of their goals against in the second-half.

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Stoke City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Stoke have won only once in their last seven meetings with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • Stoke have shipped a league-high 45% of their goals against) in the final 15 minutes of their games (five conceded in this period).
  • Only one of the last seven meetings between these two sides (all Championship games) has ended in a victory for the home side.
  • Mick McCarthy's men have netted just two first-half goals in the league this season, a joint-league-low.
  • Wolves have only managed one away victory in the Premier League in 24 fixtures on the road (1-0 against Wigan in August 2009).
  • The Potters have picked up a league-high 21 yellow cards this season.

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Sunderland v West Ham United

  • Sunderland have only been able to win once in their last nine Premier League matches against the Hammers.
  • West Ham have scored just five goals in their previous eight visits to Sunderland in the Premier League - never scoring more than once in any of these games.
  • This is the Hammers' second-worst start to a Premier League season (after nine games), with their six points accrued this term just one better than 2006/07's haul of five.
  • Gianfranco Zola's men have now gone eight league games without a victory, collecting only three points in this period.
  • Sunderland have won their last four home league games in a row, netting a total of 12 goals in the process.
  • Darren Bent has bagged six goals in the last six Premier League appearances.

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Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers

  • United have taken 16 of a possible 18 points from their last six meetings with Blackburn Rovers in the league, conceding only three goals in the process.
  • Blackburn have lost 11 of their 15 Premier League trips to Old Trafford, winning only once; in September 2005 (2-1).
  • United have shipped 11 goals in their 10 league games so far, their joint-third-worst defensive performance ever at this stage of a Premier League season.
  • United have bagged a joint-league-high seven goals in the final quarter-hour of their games this season.
  • Phil Dowd has given more red cards against United than any other side in the Premier League (5).
  • No current Premier League referee has given United players more red cards than Dowd (5); including two red cards in their defeat at Fulham last season - Rooney and Scholes.

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Birmingham City v Manchester City

  • Birmingham City have lost four of their last five Premier League meetings with Manchester City.
  • Manchester City have lost three of their last four trips to St Andrews in the Premier League.
  • Birmingham are the only side in the Premier League yet to score before the half-hour mark.
  • City have managed just two wins in their last seven Premier League away trips.
  • Martin Petrov has bagged three goals in his last three league appearances for the Citizens.
  • The Blues' 2-1 win last weekend against Sunderland was the first time they had scored more than one goal in a league game this season.

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