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Andrew Tibot 12th Aug 2015 - 14:22

Premier League Opta Facts - August 14-17

Aston Villa v Manchester United

Aston Villa have not beaten Manchester United at home in the Premier League since August 1995 (D7 L12).

The Red Devils have won more games against Aston Villa (32) than any side has against a single opponent in Premier League history.

Aston Villa have won just one of the last 39 Premier League games against Manchester United (L28 D10 W1).

United have scored 21 goals in their last seven Premier League games against Villa, averaging three per game.

Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals against Aston Villa than any other side (13).

Since the start of 2013/14, Rudy Gestede has scored 20 headed league goals; more than anyone else in the top four tiers of English football.

Louis van Gaal has used 38 different players for Man Utd in the Premier League since the start of last season; more than any other club in this period.

Excluding Easter and Christmas/New Year fixtures, this is the first Friday night Premier League game since Arsenal 5-0 Leeds United back on April 16th 2004.

Aston Villa have not won their opening two games of a Premier League season since 1999-00.

Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in all three Premier League games that David de Gea has missed since the start of 2013-14.

 

Southampton v Everton

Southampton are unbeaten in six home Premier League games against the Toffees (W3 D3).

Everton have failed to score in each of their last three visits to St Mary's.

Three of the last six goals in this fixture have been own goals (A.Alcaraz, S.Coleman, R.Lukaku).

11 of Graziano Pellè's 13 Premier League goals have come at home.

Italian striker Pellè has scored five goals in his last eight Premier League appearances, after going the previous 14 games without a goal.

Jay Rodriguez has scored three goals in his last two PL games at St Mary's and will be looking to make his first PL appearance there since March 2014.

Romelu Lukaku has scored just four goals in his last 23 Premier League appearances, but three of these have come away from home.

The Toffees have won just two of their eight Premier League games since the start of last season without Leighton Baines (W2 D2 L4).

Everton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League away games.

Saints have won just one of their last seven Premier League games (W1 D2 L4), conceding in every one of these matches.

 

Sunderland v Norwich City

Sunderland have won just one of their previous six Premier League games against the Canaries (D2 L3).

Norwich City have scored just once in their last six visits to the Stadium of Light (D2 L4).

Jermain Defoe could make his 400th Premier League appearance in this game - the 32nd player to reach this landmark and the 23rd Englishman to do so.

Nathan Redmond has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Norwich.

Sunderland have picked up seven points in four Premier League home games under Dick Advocaat (W2 D1 L1) - they had won seven points in their previous 11 home games before the Dutchman came in.

Norwich have won just one point in their last nine Premier League away matches (D1 L8).

The Canaries have failed to score in six of their last nine away games in the top-flight.

No side won more points (44) or games (13) away from home in the Championship last season than Norwich, however.

Just six of Steven Fletcher's 20 Premier League goals for Sunderland (30%) have come at the Stadium of Light.

Lee Cattermole has been cautioned in 14 of his 29 Premier League appearances since the start of last season (48%); more often than any other player.

 

Swansea City v Newcastle United

Since being promoted to the top-flight, Swansea have collected more points against Newcastle than any other side (17 - W5 D2 L1).

Papiss Cisse has netted four times in four Premier League appearances against the Swans.

Newcastle United used fewer English players on MD1 than any other Premier League side (1 - Jack Colback).

Jack Colback has been cautioned in 13 times in the Premier League since the start of 2014-15; only Lee Cattermole (14) has been given more yellows in this period.

Andre Ayew has scored in eight of his last 14 league appearances (France and England), including four goals in his last six games.

Lukasz Fabianski has made more saves that any other goalkeeper since the start of last season in the Premier League (139).

Swansea City lost their final home game of the 2014-15 PL season versus Man City - they have not lost back to back PL home games under Garry Monk.

Newcastle United have lost six successive Premier League away games.

The Magpies have only managed to score one goal in their last six Premier League away games, despite mustering 20 shots on target in these matches.

Bafétimbi Gomis has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League games for Swansea City.

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City

Tottenham lost both of their Premier League games against Stoke last season, this after winning the previous three. They also had a player sent off in both games (Vlad Chiriches and Kyle Naughton).

Charlie Adam has scored three times and been sent off twice in seven Premier League games against Spurs.

Adam has scored five goals in his last nine Premier League games for Stoke.

Spurs ran further than any other team on MD1 (117.8km), while only Burnley (4414km) ran further than the Lilywhites (4336km) in the 2014-15 campaign.

Harry Kane could make his 50th Premier League appearance in this match and has currently scored 24 goals in 49 PL games.

Only 15 players have scored 25+ goals in their first 50 Premier League appearances.
Harry Kane has scored 16 goals in 20 Premier League games in 2015; more than any other PL player.

Mauricio Pochettino has won 19/39 Premier League games in charge of Spurs; the same number of wins that he managed at Southampton in 54 PL matches.

Tottenham fielded the youngest side on MD1; with their average age at 25y 28d old.

Spurs last lost their opening two games of a Premier League season back in 2011-12, when they also lost the first game away at Manchester United.

 

Watford v West Bromwich Albion

The Hornets are winless in 14 league games against West Brom (D6 L8, all in second tier).

West Brom haven't lost away to Watford since November 1994, winning four and drawing three of their visits since then.

This will be the first time Watford and West Brom have met in the top-flight since December 1985.

Odion Ighalo has scored 17 league goals in 2015; more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football this calendar year.

Miguel Layun failed to score in any of his 17 competitive appearances for Watford last season when they were a Championship club, but netted in his first ever PL appearance last weekend.

Rickie Lambert has scored five goals in his last two appearances against Watford, including a hat-trick versus the Hornets at Vicarage Road back in February 2012.

Lambert is one of only two players to have scored a league hat-trick versus Watford since the start of 2007-08.

Only three of Saido Berhaino's 20 competitive goals for West Brom last season came away from the Hawthorns (15%).

In their opening game against Everton, Watford fielded a starting XI that contained 11 different nationalities (58th time this has happened in PL history).

West Brom fielded the oldest side in terms of average age on MD1 of 2015-16 (29y 14d).

 

West Ham United v Leicester City

The Hammers have won seven of their previous eight home Premier League games against Leicester City, losing the other in August 2000.

The Foxes lost all six of their Premier League games last season in London, and have gone 20 Premier League games without a victory in the capital (D3 L17).

Both Leicester City and West Ham are looking to win their opening two games of a Premier League season for the first time since 1997-98.

Leicester City have won 25 Premier League points since April 1st 2015; four more than any other side.

The Foxes have won eight of their last 10 PL matches (D1 L1) - collecting more wins in this period than in their previous 55 Premier League games (seven wins).

Reece Oxford became the second youngest player to start a Premier League game last weekend against Arsenal (16y 236d).

No Premier League player is currently on a longer run of starts for one side than West Ham goalkeeper Adrian (57 consecutive PL starts).

Andy King has scored three goals in four league appearances versus West Ham United.

Claudio Ranieri has lost three of his last four Premier League games as a manager versus West Ham.

West Ham are looking to win back to back Premier League games for the first time in 2015.

 

Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Crystal Palace have been beaten in each of their last five Premier League encounters with the Gunners.

Arsenal's victories last season in this fixture both came by a 2-1 scoreline, with a goal in the 45th minute both times.

Alan Pardew has won 11/19 Premier League matches in charge of Crystal Palace so far - no Eagles' manager has won more in a single spell at the club in the Premier League.

No player has more Premier League assists in 2015 than Santi Cazorla (8).

Mesut Ozil has averaged 3.5 chances created per game in the Premier League in 2015; a higher ratio than any other player.

Yannick Bolasie has hit the woodwork (5) on more occasions than he's scored (4) in the Premier League since the start of 2014-15.

Wilfried Zaha embarked on more dribbles than any other player on MD1 of the 2015-16 Premier League season (10).

Bakary Sako beat his opponent with more dribbles than any other player in the Championship last season (116).

Arsenal have won 16/18 points in their last six Premier League away games (W5 D1).

The Gunners won 20 points from 10 Premier League London derbies last season (W6 D2 L2), while Palace won 11 points (W3 D2 L5).

 

Manchester City v Chelsea

Manchester City have won only two of their last nine against Chelsea in the Premier League (D3 L4).

Chelsea have not lost any of their last 28 Premier League games in the month of August (W23 D5).

Jose Mourinho has won seven and lost just two of the 12 meetings as a coach with Manuel Pellegrini (D3).

Mourinho has lost nine Premier League games in his second spell as Chelsea manager (77 games) - he lost 10 of 120 PL matches in his first spell at the club.

The last time that Chelsea lost a league game in the month of August was back on August 23rd 2006; 1-2 away at Middlesbrough.

Manchester City completed 693 passes in this game - 212 more than any other team on MD1 of the 2015-16 Premier League season.

Both David Silva (90) and Fernandinho (90) completed more passes than any other Premier League player on MD1.

Since his debut in August 2010, David Silva has provided more Premier League assists than any other player (47).

Sergio Aguero has found the net nine times in his last eight Premier League appearances.

 

Liverpool v Bournemouth

Liverpool have never lost to Bournemouth in six previous cup fixtures (W4 D2). This will be their first league meeting.

Bournemouth's two previous trips to Anfield to face the Reds have ended in a 4-1 defeat (FA Cup 3rd round replays in 1927 and 1968).

Liverpool only attempted four shots (excl. blocked) in their first game against Stoke City - fewer than any other side on MD1.

Simon Mignolet has kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League goalkeeper in 2015 (10).

No side won more away games (13) or collected more points away (44) than Bournemouth in the Championship last season.

Liverpool launched 28 long balls on MD1 against Stoke; 12 more than they averaged per game in 2014/15 (16).

Only Man City (693) and Arsenal (481) completed more passes on MD1 of the 2015-16 Premier League season than Bournemouth (464).

Callum Wilson scored 12 goals in 23 games away from home in the Championship last season - only Ipswich's Darryl Murphy (13) scored more on the road.

Matt Ritchie assisted more goals than any other player in the Championship in 2014-15 (17).

Christian Benteke has scored 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances.

 
 
 

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