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Jon Riley 31st Oct 2012 - 17:46

Premier League Opta Facts - 3rd - 5th November

Premier League Opta Facts - November 3rd - 5th

Manchester United v Arsenal

  • Manchester United have won seven and lost none of the last eight matches against Arsenal at Old Trafford in all competitions.
  • Last season, Manchester United inflicted Arsenal's biggest ever defeat in the Premier League when they won 8-2 at Old Trafford.
  • Robin van Persie scored in both league meetings last season while playing for Arsenal. He scored 96 Premier League goals for the Gunners before moving north to Man Utd this summer.
  • Wayne Rooney scored his first Premier League goal, his first in the PL for Man Utd and his 100th Premier League goal against Arsenal.
  • Rooney's 10 goal haul is the highest by a Premier League player against the Gunners (along with Robbie Fowler) and also his joint-highest versus any opponent in the history of the competition.
  • There have been nine penalties in the Premier League meetings between Arsenal and Manchester United in the Wenger era (seven for United, two for Arsenal); all at Old Trafford and five have been missed.
  • Eight of those penalties have come in the last nine meetings between United and Arsenal at Old Trafford.
  • The Gunners have scored just 10 goals in 20 Premier League visits to Old Trafford, with last season (2-8 defeat) being the only time they have netted two in one game.
  • Manchester United have won eight and lost just one of their last 10 games against Arsenal in all competitions.
  • Robin van Persie has seven goals and three assists in nine Premier League appearances for Man Utd.
  • United have scored in their last 53 Premier League home games, an all-time PL record.


Fulham v Everton

  • After losing the first seven Premier League meetings with Fulham in London, Everton have won two and lost just one of their last four visits there.
  • The Toffees have won seven and lost just one of the last nine games against the Whites in all competitions.
  • Fulham have won six and lost just one of their last eight Premier League home games.
  • The Whites have kept three clean sheets in their last four league outings at Craven Cottage.
  • Everton have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League road trips (W3 D6 L1).
  • Everton have scored two goals before half-time on four separate occasions this season, only Manchester United can match this.
  • Manchester United are also the only team that can match Everton's total of six headed goals this season.
  • Fulham are the most accurate shooters in the Premier League, hitting the target with 56.3% of shots.
  • Everton have hit 99 shots (inc. blocked) in league games away from home this season, at least 17 more than any other side in Europe's big five leagues.
  • Everton are the side most reliant on first half goals this season, 76% of their strikes have come before the break.
  • Fulham's goal difference of +8 at home is the best in the league.


Norwich City v Stoke City

  • Stoke have won three and lost none of the last four league meetings with Norwich.
  • There have been red cards shown in two of the last three meetings between Stoke and Norwich at Carrow Road.
  • Norwich have lost just one of their last five Premier League matches at Carrow Road (W2 D2 L1) keeping three clean sheets in that run.
  • Stoke City have won none of their last 14 Premier League away matches (W0 D6 L8) and they have scored just eight goals in that run.
  • Six of Norwich's nine games this season have gone under 2.5 goals but the other three matches have totalled 17 goals.
  • Stoke have kept three clean sheets in their last four league games, but conceded four goals in the other match during this run.
  • Stoke have been involved in three of the six goalless draws in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
  • Dean Whitehead has picked up two yellow cards and a red card in his four Premier League starts this season.
  • Grant Holt has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances.
  • Only one of Peter Crouch's last eight Premier League goals has come away from home.


Sunderland v Aston Villa

  • There have been five red cards in the last seven Premier League meetings between Sunderland and Aston Villa.
  • Martin O'Neill was manager of Aston Villa for four seasons, winning 61 of 152 Premier League matches, a win percentage of 40%. His current win % for Sunderland is 31% which is the second best by any Black Cats' boss in the Premier League era after Peter Reid.
  • Sunderland have won just one of their last six home Premier League games against Aston Villa (W1 D2 L3).
  • The Black Cats have lost just one of their last nine Premier League home games (W3 D5 L1), but have scored just five goals in their last seven league matches at the Stadium of Light.
  • Aston Villa have won none of their last 13 Premier League away matches (W0 D5 L8).
  • Seven of Aston Villa's nine league games this season have gone under 2.5 goals.
  • Six of Sunderland's games have gone under 2.5 goals this season.
  • Sunderland have won only 26 corners in eight games this season; fewer than any other side in the Premier League.
  • Conversely, the Black Cats have conceded the most corners in the Premier League this term (59).
  • Sunderland's Craig Gardner is the only player to hit 10 or more shots (inc. blocked) this season and see none of them hit the target.

Swansea City v Chelsea

  • Chelsea had a player sent off in both league meetings with Swansea last season, but still earned four points from the two encounters.
  • Swansea have lost just one of the last eight Premier League games at the Liberty Stadium (W4 D3 L1).
  • Chelsea have won four and lost just one of their last eight Premier League away games.
  • Every time Swansea have scored this season in the Premier League they have avoided defeat (W3 D2), but all four of the matches that they have lost have seen them fail to score.
  • Danny Graham has played more minutes without conceding a foul than any other player (572 mins).
  • Juan Mata has scored four goals and assisted five more in his last five Premier League appearances.
  • Chelsea have only conceded nine goals in nine games this season but five of those have come in the last two matches.
  • Only Tottenham have scored as many goals on the counter attack as Chelsea this season (3).
  • Despite their defeat to Man Utd last week, Chelsea still have one more point than they did at this stage in 2009-10; the last season they were champions, and two more than they did in 2004-05.
  • Swansea have never won a Premier League game in November (D2 L1) or even scored a goal. They are the only team to play in the Premier League and not score in November.


Tottenham Hotspur v Wigan Athletic

  • Tottenham recorded their biggest ever Premier League win in this fixture with a 9-1 victory at White Hart Lane in November 2009.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored 11 goals in 10 Premier League games against Wigan.
  • Clint Dempsey has scored six goals against Wigan, more than versus any other opponent in his Premier League career.
  • Spurs have won four and lost just one of the last six league meetings with Wigan.
  • Tottenham have lost just three of their last 23 Premier League home games, though they were defeated by Chelsea last time on home soil (W15 D5 L3).
  • Tottenham have scored at least two goals in their last six Premier League games. Their best such run last season was 11 games.
  • No team has conceded more headed goals than Wigan this season (5).
  • The Latics have also conceded the most goals from penalties - three.
  • Since the 2008-09 season Tottenham have been the strongest Premier League team in November, winning 35 points from 16 games (2.19 a game).
  • Of current Premier League players, Jermain Defoe has scored more goals in November than any other player (16).


West Ham United v Manchester City

  • Man City have won seven and lost just one of the last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham.
  • Andy Carroll has scored four goals against Manchester City, more than he has netted against any other opponent in the Premier League.
  • The Hammers have scored just nine goals in their last 15 Premier League games against Man City and never more than once in a game in that run.
  • The Hammers have won three and lost one of their five Premier League home games this season.
  • Manchester City have won five and lost none of their last seven Premier League away games.
  • Man City have conceded only 32 corners this season, fewer than any other Premier League side.
  • Mario Balotelli has hit more shots without scoring than any other player in the Premier League this season (21, inc. blocked).
  • Edin Dzeko has the best mins per goal rate in the Premier League this season, one every 55 mins and 36 seconds on average.
  • No player has scored more goals in Premier League home games than Kevin Nolan this season (4).
  • James Milner has only had three shots in the Premier League in 2012, but has scored with two of them.


Queens Park Rangers v Reading

  • The two sides have already met once this season at Loftus Road, with Reading winning 3-2 against Rangers in the Capital One Cup.
  • There have been five red cards in the last four league meetings between Reading and QPR, with Rangers having one player dismissed in each of those games.
  • QPR have mustered just four goals in their last six Premier League games at Loftus Road.
  • Since Mark Hughes was appointed, QPR have earned eight red cards - twice as many as the next worst record (Liverpool, 4).
  • Jobi McAnuff has provided 36% of Reading's assists this season, the highest proportion of any player in the division.
  • Julio Cesar has been called into a save every 20 minutes on average, making him the busiest glovesman in the top-flight.
  • Two of the three players to have won the most fouls per game play for QPR (Adel Taarabt 2.8 and Esteban Granero 2.7).
  • Reading have never drawn a Premier League game in November (W3 L4).
  • QPR have only drawn two of their 18 Premier League games in November.
  • Both of the occasions that QPR have conceded six goals in a Premier League game have happened on a Sunday.

Liverpool v Newcastle United

  • Liverpool have won 15 and lost none of the last 17 Premier League games at Anfield against Newcastle.
  • The only goal that Newcastle have scored at Anfield in their last six Premier League visits was an own goal by Daniel Agger netted in this fixture last season.
  • The last five Premier League games between Newcastle and Liverpool have all ended as home wins.
  • Liverpool have only won three of their last 14 Premier League matches at Anfield (W3 D5 L6).
  • Newcastle have won none of their last five Premier League away games, but have drawn the last three in a row.
  • Only one of Luis Suarez's last nine Premier League goals has come at Anfield.
  • Suarez has been involved in 80% of Liverpool's Premier League goals this season (excluding own goals).
  • Newcastle's match against West Brom last weekend was only the second time that Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse have scored in the same Premier League match.
  • Hatem Ben Arfa (84) has embarked on more dribbles than two entire Premier League clubs this season (Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion - both 82).
  • Liverpool's total of only three home wins in the league this year is their joint-lowest along with 1939, a year when the league was curtailed by war. Their lowest total of home wins in a full year of games is six in 1897.


West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

  • West Brom have won none of the last seven league meetings with Southampton, though five of those have ended as draws.
  • The Saints have won none of their last six league games at the Hawthorns, scoring just two goals in those games, though four of the matches have been draws.
  • West Brom's substitutes have provided five assists this season, more than any other club's replacements.
  • The Baggies have lost their last two Premier League games to goals scored in the 90th minute, only the fourth time this has happened within eight days in Premier League history.
  • Southampton's total of 26 goals conceded in their first nine matches is the worst ever defensive performance at this stage of a Premier League season and equates to 110 goals conceded over the season, 10 more than the divisional record (Swindon 1993-94)
  • Chris Brunt has the highest rate of crosses per 90 mins this season (10.9 per 90 mins).
  • Southampton have thrown away more points from winning positions than any other Premier League team this season, 11.
  • The Saints are the only team to have trailed in all of their Premier League games this season.
  • Shane Long has scored the opening goal in three games this season, only Sunderland's Steven Fletcher (4) has done so more often.
  • WBA have lost their only two previous Premier League games on November 5, without scoring a single goal.
  • Southampton's only previous Premier League game on November 5 was an entertaining 3-3 draw with Manchester City in 1994.



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