Premier League Opta Facts - December 29th – 30th
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham have won just one of their last seven Premier League visits to the Stadium of Light (W1 D3 L3).
The Black Cats have won just one of the last seven Premier League games against Spurs (W1 D3 L3).
Steven Fletcher has scored in his last two Premier League appearances at White Hart Lane.
Andre Villas-Boas' side are the only Premier League team to score in every away game this season.
Tottenham have suffered only two defeats in their last 19 Premier League games in the month of December (W11 D6 L2).
Gareth Bale has equalled his best-ever goals total in a Premier League season (nine; set in 2011-12) in only 16 appearances.
Only Man Utd (16) have taken more points over the past six games than Spurs (13).
Jermain Defoe has scored 10 and assisted two goals in 18 starts this season.
Tottenham have kept clean sheets in their last three Premier League games; no team has kept four in a row this season.
Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Wigan have won just one of the last eight Premier League games against Villa (W1 D3 L4).
Wigan have only lost one of their seven visits to Villa Park in the Premier League (W3 D3 L1).
Villa have conceded 12 goals in their last two Premier League games, equalling a Premier League record.
The record number of goals conceded over three Premier League games is 18, by Wigan (May-Aug 2010).
The Latics have taken just one point from their last six Premier League games.
Villa's goal difference of -21 is the worst in the Premier League currently.
No team has scored fewer home goals than Villa this season (8).
Only West Ham (5) have scored fewer away goals than Wigan (6).
Villa last had fewer points after 19 games back in 1994-95 when they had 16 and finished 18th (in a 22 team division).
Wigan have conceded more penalties than any other team this season (6) but Villa are one of five teams yet to win one.
Fulham v Swansea City
Swansea beat Fulham home and away in the Premier League last season without conceding a goal.
The Swans have kept two clean sheets in their last three Premier League away games.
Swansea's last two away games have produced just one goal in total.
Without Michu's goals this season Swansea would drop from ninth to 16th place.
Dimitar Berbatov's goals have won Fulham only three points this season.
The Whites have won only one of their last 11 Premier League games.
Danny Graham has played 678 minutes without conceding a foul, more than any other Premier League player this season.
Swansea have conceded more goals from indirect free-kicks than any other side this season (6).
93% of Swansea's goals this season have come from open play, the highest proportion in the top-flight.
Eight of Fulham's 29 goals this season have been scored by substitutes (28%), the highest proportion in the Premier League this season.
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United have won 10 and lost none of their 12 Premier League games against West Brom, but the two draws have both been at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney has scored four goals in his last three Premier League appearances against West Brom.
Nani and Javier Hernandez have both scored in two of their three appearances against the Baggies.
West Brom have won none and lost 10 of their last 13 visits to Old Trafford.
Robin van Persie has now scored 61 goals in his last 74 Premier League appearances since January 2011.
No defender has scored more Premier League goals than Patrice Evra this season (4).
Before 2012-13 Man Utd had only scored 7 own goals at Old Trafford in 20 PL campaigns. This season they have 4 already.
United have conceded 13 goals at home this season, the same number as 17th placed Southampton.
65 teams have conceded fewer goals than Man Utd in the top five European leagues (98 teams) this season.
Robin van Persie has scored 26 goals in 38 Premier League appearances in 2012, compared to 35 in 36 games in 2011.
Norwich City v Manchester City
Manchester City have won five and lost none of the last six meetings in all competitions.
Sergio Aguero scored three goals in the two games against Norwich last season.
Norwich have only scored one goal from a corner this season, no side has fewer.
62% of Manchester City's Premier League goals this season have come in the final half hour.
Joe Hart's saves to shots ratio this season is 69%, the first time it has gone under 70% since his loan season with Birmingham.
Manchester City have won just three of their last seven league games.
If the league had started on November 1, Norwich and Man City would be level on 18 points from 10 games.
David Silva has created a goalscoring chance every 25 minutes this season, the best rate in the division.
By this date last season Man City's four strikers had scored a combined total of 31 goals. This season they have provided 20.
David Silva has four assists this season; at this point last season he had eight.
Reading v West Ham United
Reading have won five and lost just one of the last seven league meetings with West Ham.
There have been three red cards in the last three games between the Royals and the Hammers.
Reading have won only one of their opening 19 games - this is only the 21st time this has happened in English top-flight history (QPR also).
Reading have won just one of their last 12 Premier League home matches (W1 D6 L5).
West Ham have scored just five away goals this season, fewer than any other side.
Only Stoke City (140) and Aston Villa (144) have had fewer shots (excl. blocked) than West Ham United (155) this season.
West Ham have made only two errors leading to goals, only Stoke have made fewer in the Premier League this season.
Reading have conceded more goals than any other team in the Premier League this season (37).
11 of those 37 goals conceded have come in the closing 15 minutes, more than any other side.
The last time West Ham conceded 6+ goals in a Premier League game came away at Reading on New Year's Day 2007.
Stoke City v Southampton
Rickie Lambert is the second highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season (seven).
On Boxing Day Stoke scored more than two goals in a Premier League game for the first time in 44 matches.
Jonathan Walters has started each of Stoke's last 72 Premier League games, the longest current run of any outfield player in the league.
Only Man City and Everton (2) have lost fewer games than Stoke (3) this season.
The Potters have the best defence in the Premier League (14 conceded).
Stoke have the fifth best defence in Europe's top five leagues this season.
Stoke are unbeaten in their last nine games. The only teams to have gone on longer unbeaten runs in the Premier League this season are Man City and Norwich.
Southampton conceded two or more goals in nine of their first 10 league games this season but have not conceded more than one in the subsequent eight matches.
56% of Stoke's goals have come from set-pieces this season, the highest proportion in the Premier League.
28 points is Stoke's best top-flight performance after 19 games since 1975-76 (based on the three points for a win rule).
Arsenal v Newcastle United
Newcastle have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games against Arsenal (W1 D5 L4).
The Gunners have had a player sent off in three of their last four Premier League games against Newcastle.
The Gunners haven't won back to back Premier League games at home since April.
Arsenal have won their last three Premier League games, the joint best current run in the division (along with Chelsea).
Mikel Arteta has made an average of 87 passes per game this season, more than any other player.
Newcastle have played the highest proportion of long passes this season (17%), Arsenal the second lowest (8%).
The Gunners have only won four of their last 11 Premier League home games (W4 D4 L3).
Newcastle are 10 points worse off than they were at this point last season.
The last time Newcastle had fewer points after 19 games in the top-flight was 1988-89 (17). They were relegated at the end of that campaign.
Arsenal have made 11 errors leading directly to goals, more than any other side.
Everton v Chelsea
Everton have lost just one of their last eight Premier League games against Chelsea (W3 D4 L1).
Everton have scored in each of their last 16 Premier League games; the longest-such run seen in the competition this season.
But they have conceded in each of their last 14 Premier League games, also the longest run in the Premier League this season.
Only in 2004-05 have Everton had more points after 19 games than they do this season.
Juan Mata has now scored or assisted 14 goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season.
Chelsea have had 44 shots in their last two Premier League games.
Only Manchester City (259) and Liverpool (257) clubs have had more shots (excl. blocked) than Everton in (247)the Premier League this season.
Everton have hit the woodwork (14 times) more than any other team in the Premier League this season
No team has lost fewer Premier League games than Everton this season (2).
Everton are one of only two teams with an unbeaten home record in the Premier League this season (along with Stoke).
Rafa Benitez has won five and drawn one of his last six Premier League meetings with Everton.
Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool
QPR came back from 0-2 down with 15 minutes left to win 3-2 in this fixture last season.
QPR have won only one of their opening 19 games - this is only the 21st time this has happened in English top-flight history (Reading also).
Liverpool have never had fewer points after 19 games since the three points for a win rule was introduced.
Jonjo Shelvey has had 27 shots without scoring in the Premier League this season, no player has had more.
QPR have conceded more goals from corners than any other side this season (10).
No team has scored fewer first half goals than Rangers this season (6).
Luis Suarez is averaging 4.6 shots per game this season, no other player in the Premier League is averaging more than 3.5.
Suarez has had 215 touches in the opposition box this season, 39% of Liverpool's total.
Liverpool have lost nine of their last 16 Premier League games in London.
The Reds have hit more shots off target than any other Premier League team this season (158)