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Robert Alexander 28th Aug 2013 - 16:17

Premier League Opta Facts | Aug 31 - Sept 1

Manchester City v Hull City

  • Manchester City have not lost successive Barclays Premier League games since October 30 2010.
  • Hull have won just seven points from a possible 75 in their last 25 Barclays Premier League away games (W0 D7 L18).
  • Hull City won the last meeting between these two teams in the Premier League (2-1 in Feb 2010).This remains their only victory over Man City in the Premier League (W1 D2 L1).
  • Hull City have not won back to back Premier League games since October 2008 (69 matches since) - the longest such run in the competition currently.
  • Edin Dzeko has attempted more shots than any other player in the Barclays Premier League so far this season (10).
  • Man City have scored in each of their last 51 home league matches - the longest current run of its kind.
  • Former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce has won just four of the 17 clashes he has had with Manchester City in the Premier League as a manager. None of those wins have come away from home.
  • Watford (39) were the only team to win more points on the road in the Championship last season than Hull City (36).
  • In each of the last two seasons, Manchester City lost just once after taking the lead in the Premier League. They matched those figures with defeat to Cardiff last weekend - 2-3, after leading 1-0.
  • Hull striker Danny Graham has failed to score in 1,056 minutes of Premier League football.

Cardiff City v Everton

  • Cardiff City have the chance to win back-to-back top-flight matches for the first time since April 1962.
  • Roberto Martinez has won just one of his last 10 games as a manager in the Barclays Premier League (W1 D5 L4).
  • This will be the first competitive meeting between the two teams since September 1979, when they met over two legs in the League Cup. Everton advanced by a score line of 2-1 on aggregate, but Cardiff won the home leg 1-0.
  • Only Manchester City (66.5%) have averaged more possession in the Premier League so far this season than Everton (64.7%).
  • Cardiff won 51 points at home in the Championship last season, losing just two of 23 games (W15 D6).
  • No team has used more English players than Cardiff City so far this season in the Premier League (8).
  • Former Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy has scored three times in the Premier League against Everton. However, he has failed to net in his last seven appearances against the Toffees in the competition.
  • Should he score, Craig Bellamy will become the first player in the history of the Barclays Premier League to score for seven different clubs in the competition.
  • Frazier Campbell is already halfway towards equalling his best ever goal return from a single Premier League season (four in 2009/10 for Sunderland).
  • Only once under David Moyes did Everton fail to win any of their opening three games in a Premier League season (2010/11; D1 L2).

Newcastle United v Fulham

  • Newcastle have had only one shot on target so far this season; fewer than any other Barclays Premier League side.
  • Fulham have won two successive away games in the Barclays Premier League - they haven't won three in a row since May 2008.
  • Newcastle United have failed to score in three successive Premier League games - they haven't failed to score in four in a row since January 2008.
  • The home side have won each of the last five Premier League meetings between Newcastle and Fulham.
  • Fulham have won 11 of their 22 Premier League meetings with Newcastle. Only against Bolton Wanderers (12 of 22) have they won more often in the competition.
  • Since the start of 2012, Newcastle have lost just two of their eight Premier League home games against sides from London (W5 D1).
  • Newcastle have used only two English players (12%; 2 of 17) so far in the Premier League this season; fewer than any other side.
  • Hatem Ben Arfa has scored in both of his two Premier League appearances against Fulham. The Whites are one of two teams (along with Bolton) that Ben Arfa has netted more than once against in the competition.
  • Darren Bent is now one of eight players to have scored for six different clubs in the Premier League.
  • The full list is Nick Barmby, Darren Bent, Marcus Bent, Craig Bellamy, Andy Cole, Peter Crouch, Les Ferdinand and Robbie Keane.

Norwich City v Southampton

  • Since the start of 2012/13, Norwich have won 32 of their 45 (71%) Barclays Premier League points at Carrow Road.
  • Southampton have conceded just two goals in their last six away games in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Four of the last six Premier League meetings between Norwich and Southampton have ended as draws.
  • Pablo Osvaldo netted more goals away (14) than at home (13) in his two seasons at Roma in Serie A.
  • Southampton have used 16 players in the PL so far this season; eight of which have been English. No side have used a higher proportion of English players than the Saints so far (50%).
  • No English player has scored more Premier League goals since the start of 2012/13 than Rickie Lambert (16).
  • Morgan Schneiderlin made more tackles (146) and interceptions (139) than any other player in the Premier League last season.
  • No player has committed more fouls so far this season than Ricky van Wolfswinkel (8). Last season, his predecessor Grant Holt (82) made more fouls than any other player in the Premier League.
  • Norwich's last five home games in the Premier League have produced 18 goals in total (3.6 per game).
  • Southampton's last six Premier League goals have been scored in the second half of matches. They haven't scored in the first half since April 6th 2013 (versus Reading).

West Ham United v Stoke City

  • West Ham have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four Barclays Premier League games at home.
  • Stoke City have won just one of their last 12 Barclays Premier League away games (W1 D4 L7).
  • West Ham have opened the season with consecutive clean sheets. The Hammers last started a Premier League season with three clean sheets in a row back in 1998/99.
  • The Hammers have won two and lost none of their last four Premier League clashes with Stoke City.
  • Last season's 2-1 win for West Ham over QPR was the first time in seven clashes that Sam Allardyce has enjoyed a Premier League victory over Mark Hughes. Allardyce had lost four of the previous six (D2).
  • The last five Premier League games between these two have produced just nine goals in total.
  • West Ham have attempted fewer passes (617) than any other side in the Premier League so far this season.
  • Last season, 16.2% of the passes Stoke attempted in the Premier League were long passes. This season, that figure has dropped to 10.3%.
  • Since the beginning of last season, West Ham and Stoke have both been involved in six 0-0 draws; joint highs in the Premier League.
  • However, there has never been a 0-0 draw between these two teams in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace v Sunderland

  • Crystal Palace have won just two of their 20 Barclays Premier League games in the month of August (W2 D7 L11).
  • Sunderland have picked up just three points in their last six Barclays Premier League games (D3 L3).
  • Despite both teams playing in the Premier League for numerous seasons, this will be the first meeting of the pair in this competition.
  • Excluding play-offs, Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last three league clashes with Sunderland (W2 D1) and have kept a clean sheet in each match.
  • The Black Cats have lost six of their last eight league matches away from home in the Premier League (D1 W1).
  • Sunderland have won just two of their last 11 Premier League trips to London (D2 L7).
  • The Eagles have lost just three of their last 25 home matches in league competition (W13 D9 L3 - including playoffs).
  • Only Newcastle (5.9%) and West Brom (23.1%) have poorer shooting accuracy so far this season than Sunderland (28.6%) in the Premier League.
  • On the day of this match, it'll be 3052 days since Palace last won a home match in the Premier League. That victory came on 23rd April 2005, when they defeated Liverpool 1-0.
  • Marouane Chamakh has scored just one goal in his last six hours and 23 minutes of Premier League football, but this came last weekend against Stoke City.

Liverpool v Manchester United

  • Liverpool have won four successive Barclays Premier League games - they last won five in a row back in May 2009.
  • Manchester United have been given eight red cards versus Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League; more than against any other team.
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored 10 goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions for Liverpool.
  • Liverpool last started a Premier League season with three consecutive wins in 1994/95 when Roy Evans was in charge.
  • Last season's 2-1 win was the first time in five seasons that Manchester United won at Anfield in the Premier League (D1 L3).
  • Steven Gerrard has scored four goals in his last six Premier League appearances against Manchester United; including a goal in each of the last two encounters at Anfield.
  • Manchester United have not lost any of their last 13 Premier League away games - the longest current run in the competition.
  • David Moyes masterminded just three wins in 22 Premier League clashes with Liverpool when he was Everton manager (D7 L12). None of those wins came at Anfield (D6 L5).
  • If Manchester United win this match, it will equal David Moyes' best start to a Premier League season (2006/07; seven points from three games).
  • Only fixtures between Everton and Liverpool (20) have seen more red cards handed out than the Premier League clashes between Manchester United and Liverpool (14).
  • Robin van Persie has scored four times in his last three Premier League appearances against Liverpool (twice for Arsenal and twice in two games for Manchester United).

West Bromwich Albion v Swansea

  • West Brom have failed to score in four of their last five Barclays Premier League matches.
  • Swansea have lost four successive Barclays Premier League games. They have never lost five in a row.
  • The Baggies have lost three and won none of their last five home games in the Premier League. This poor run started after a 2-1 win over Swansea in March.
  • Steve Clarke's side have conceded a goal in each of their last 11 league matches at home, of current Premier League sides only Aston Villa (12) are on a worse such run.
  • Swansea have won three of their four Premier League clashes with West Brom (D1).
  • Of teams to have played more than one Premier League season, only Wolves (0.33) average fewer points per game in September than Swansea City (0.57, W1, D1, L5).
  • Last season West Brom scored just eight goals in the opening 30 minutes of their league games, a divisional low figure.
  • Only against Wigan (10 points) have Swansea City won more points since they joined the Premier League than against West Brom (9).
  • Hull City (10) are the only side to attempt fewer shots (excluding blocked) than West Bromwich Albion (13) so far this season.
  • Only five teams have had more shots on target than Swansea City (11) so far this season. However, the Swans have only scored once.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Arsenal have failed to score in just one of their last 29 Barclays Premier League meetings with Tottenham.
  • Spurs have not kept four clean sheets in a row in the Barclays Premier League since January 2010.
  • There has been a Tottenham player sent off on each of their last two Premier League visits to The Emirates.
  • Tottenham have failed to hold on to a lead on each of their last two trips across North London, losing 5-2 on both occasions.
  • 13 of the last 14 league matches between Tottenham and Arsenal have gone over 2.5 goals.
  • There have been 124 goals scored in Premier League meetings between Tottenham and Arsenal; more than any other fixture.
  • Olivier Giroud has scored in both of Arsenal's league games so far this season and has bagged three goals in his last four Premier League appearances at the Emirates.
  • All 13 of Giroud's Premier League goals have come in London, 11 at The Emirates, one at West Ham and one at Fulham.
  • Gareth Bale has scored more goals against Arsenal in the Premier League than any other opposition, five in 10 appearances.
  • The Welshman scored in both meetings between the teams last season.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored twice in 18 Premier League appearances against Arsenal. Only against Liverpool (two in 19) does Defoe have a worse record (10+ appearances).
  • Lukas Podolski has played a hand in eight goals (scoring five and assisting three) in his last seven Premier League starts for Arsenal.
  • Only Eden Hazard (10) has created more chances in the Premier League this season than Nacer Chadli (9).




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