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Antony Heath 21st Dec 2012 - 22:19

Premier League Opta Facts - December 22nd – 23rd

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal

Thomas Vermaelen has scored in each of his three Premier League appearances against Wigan, netting four in total across those matches.

The Gunners have won four and lost just one of their seven Premier League visits to the DW Stadium and overall they have won 10 and lost just two of the 14 meetings with Wigan.

There have been 18 goals netted in the last four Premier League meetings between these two sides at the DW Stadium, with at least four in each encounter.

Wigan have won only two of their last 18 Premier League games played in the month of December (W2 D9 L7).

The Latics have conceded seven goals to defenders in the Premier League this season; more than any other side.

No defender has scored more goals in the Premier League since the start of 2009-10 than Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen (13).

Theo Walcott has scored (11) or assisted (7) 18 goals for Arsenal in all competitions this season, more than any other Gunners' player.

Wigan have lost five and won just one of their last seven Premier League matches.

Arsenal have averaged 60% possession in matches this season; higher than any other side.

Wigan have conceded more goals from the penalty spot than any other side this season (4).

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Manchester City v Reading

Reading have won two and lost just one of the last four away league games against Manchester City.

The Royals have won three and lost one of the four Premier League meetings between the two sides, but the last encounter saw City win 1-0 in the 2010-11 FA Cup.

Of the 36 sides to have played at least 15 Premier League games in the month of December, Reading (0.82) have the worst points per game average.

The Royals have conceded more goals from crosses than any other side in the Premier League this season (11), including three in their last game against Arsenal.

Reading have faced more shots than any other side in the top five European league this season (313).

Manchester City have attempted more shots than any other side this season in the Premier League (231, excl. blocked).

No player has managed a better mins per goal ratio in the Premier League since the start of last season than Edin Dzeko (104 mins; minimum 5 goals)

Man City have won all 13 of the Premier League matches that Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez have started together.

Reading have averaged just 40% possession in the Premier League this season; lower than every other side.

Reading have fired in 401 crosses from open play in Premier League matches this season; more than any other side.

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Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers

Newcastle have won four and lost none of the last six league matches against QPR, with Rangers failing to score in the last three.

In the last 11 league meetings, there have been two draws and eight of the victories have been by a one-goal margin.

Djibril Cisse has scored in three of his four Premier League appearances against Newcastle.

Newcastle have lost 11 of their last 15 Premier League games in the month of December (W3 D1 L11).

Newcastle have seen just five of their players net a Premier League goal for them this season; fewer than any other side.

The Magpies have won just two of their 12 Premier League games (W2 D3 L7) since Alan Pardew was rewarded with a new eight-year contract at the club.

Demba Ba has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances at St James Park.

No side have lost more Premier League games in the month of December than Newcastle (42).

No side have scored more goals from outside the box in open play than QPR (5).

QPR have scored only one goal in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season; fewer than any other side.

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Southampton v Sunderland

These two sides haven't met since April 2007 in the Championship when Sunderland won 2-1 away at St Mary's.

The last Premier League meeting was in January 2003 when Saints won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light to complete a win double over the Black Cats.

Only bottom of the league side Reading (6) have won fewer points from their last 10 Premier League games than Sunderland (8).

Southampton have been given the fewest cards in the Premier League this season (15 yellows, 0 reds).

The Saints have been given just five yellow cards in their last eight Premier League matches.

Sunderland have blocked more opposition shots than any other side this season (78).

No player has been given more yellow cards this season than Sunderland's Craig Gardner (7).

Morgan Schneiderlin has made more tackles than any other player in the Premier League this season (67).

Only Reading (17) have lost more points from losing positions this season than Southampton (15).

No side have won fewer points from losing positions than Sunderland (1) this season in the Premier League.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City

Matt Etherington has scored four goals in six Premier League appearances for Stoke against Tottenham.

Spurs have failed to keep a clean sheet in eight previous Premier League meetings with Stoke City.

Tottenham have suffered only two defeats in their last 17 Premier League games in the month of December (W10 D5 L2).

Spurs have scored the first goal of the game on more occasions than any other side in the Premier League this season (13 matches).

Spurs have not conceded a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League game this season; the only side yet to do so.

Stoke have scored a higher proportion of their goals from set pieces this season than any other side (53%).

Spurs have used more players than any other side in the Premier League this season (27).

Stoke have averaged a shot on target every 29 minutes in the Premier League this term; less frequently than any other side.

No side have drawn 0-0 more often in the top five European Leagues this season than Stoke City (4).

Just three of Stoke's 17 Premier League games this season have gone over 2.5 goals.

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West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City

Six of the last seven meetings between West Brom and Norwich in all competitions have ended as away wins, including the last four in a row.

Of the 36 sides to have played 15 or more Premier League matches in the month of December, West Brom have lost the largest proportion of games (58% - 19 of 33).

West Brom have opened the scoring in more home games than any other Premier League side this season (seven games).

Norwich are unbeaten in their last 10 league games. They last went on a longer run within a single top-flight season in March 1987 (15 games).

West Brom have kept eight clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League home matches.

Only Manchester United (27) have won more points from their last 10 Premier League games than Norwich City (22).

The Baggies have not scored a Premier League goal in five hours and 15 minutes.

West Brom have only won one point from a losing position in the Premier League this season; a joint-league low.

Norwich have scored five goals following in-direct free kicks this season; more than any other team in the Premier League.

Norwich have conceded only two goals following crosses in the Premier League this season; a joint-low with West Brom.

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West Ham United v Everton

West Ham have won none of the last eight Premier League games against Everton (W0 D4 L4), drawing the last three in a row.

Everton are unbeaten in their last four Premier League trips to West Ham; winning three and drawing one.

Everton have lost more points from conceding last minute goals than any other side (6).

Only Real Madrid (17) have hit the woodwork more often in the top five European leagues this season than Everton (13).

Since the start of last season, Everton have won only one of their six Premier League games without Marouane Fellaini (17%), compared to a 41% win percentage with him in the side.

Should West Ham lose this game, it'll be their 100th Premier League defeat at Upton Park.

Everton have scored in each of their last 14 Premier League games; the longest-such run seen in the competition this season.

However, Everton have also conceded in their last 12 Premier League games - no side are currently on such a long run.

The Hammers have picked up more cards than any other Premier League side this season (36 yellows, 0 reds).

West Ham have won just one of their last six Premier League games (W1 D2 L3).

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Liverpool v Fulham

Martin Jol is unbeaten in his last three encounters with Liverpool as a Premier League manager (W2 D1), including two 1-0 wins over them with Fulham last season.

Fulham have won only one of their 11 Premier League trips to Anfield (L6 D4), but this victory came in their last visit there in May.

The Whites have scored just three goals in their 11 Premier League trips to Anfield.

Of the 24 goalkeepers to have made at least 20 saves in the Premier League this season, Liverpool 'keeper Pepe Reina has the lowest saves to shots ratio (59.6%).

Luis Suarez has averaged a shot at goal every 20 minutes in the Premier League this season; more frequently than any other player.

Mark Clattenburg has handed out more cards per game on average than any other Premier League referee this season (4.6).

Clattenburg also have the lowest fouls per card average in the PL this term (5.5).

Fulham have hit the target with 53% of their shots this season in the Premier League; a higher proportion than any other side.

Liverpool have the lowest shooting accuracy in the Premier League this term (38%).

14 of the 17 games involving Fulham this season have gone over 2.5 goals.

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Swansea City v Manchester United

Swansea have won just one of their last nine league meetings with Manchester United; this coming back in January 1982 at home, thanks to goals from Alan Curtis and Robbie James.

Manchester United were the only side to have 50% or more possession against Swansea both home and away last season in the Premier League.

On average, Manchester United score their first goal of a game the earliest (26 mins), while Swansea score their first goal the latest (52 mins).

Manchester United have scored more headed goals (10) and more goals from crosses (14) than any other Premier League side this season.

25 of the 26 goals (96%) that Swansea have scored in the Premier League this season have come from open play.

Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel has the best saves to shots ratio of all PL 'keepers this season so far (81%).

15 different players have found the net for Manchester United in the Premier League this season; more than any other side.

Both Manchester United (87.4%) and Swansea (86.3%) feature in the top six sides with the best passing accuracy in the top five European league so far this season.

Michu has scored six goals in Swansea's last six Premier League matches.

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Chelsea v Aston Villa

Rafael Benitez has suffered just one defeat in 12 meetings with Aston Villa as a Premier League manager (W7 D4).

Villa have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (L6 D3), but this victory came in their last trip there - 3-1 in December 2011.

Aston Villa's biggest ever Premier League defeat came at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea won 7-1 there in March 2010.

Chelsea have conceded the first goal of the game on only three occasions in the Premier League this season; a league-low.

73% of Aston Villa's Premier League goals this season (11 of 15) have come from strikers; a higher proportion of any other side.

Chelsea have used just 20 players in the Premier League this season; fewer than any other side.

Phil Dowd has awarded more penalties this season than any other referee (5).

Juan Mata has scored in four of his last five games in all comps for Chelsea.

Andreas Weimann has scored five goals in his last six appearances for Aston Villa in all comps.

No player has assisted more goals in the top five European leagues since the start of last season than Eden Hazard (22).

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