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Jon Riley 6th Dec 2012 - 20:25

Premier League Opta Facts | December 8th - 10th

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

  • Peter Odemwingie has scored in two of his three Premier League appearances against Arsenal.
  • The Baggies have never kept a clean sheet in their 12 Premier League games against Arsenal, conceding 28 goals in total.
  • In the last six league meetings between the Gunners and West Brom, there have been five goals scored in the opening 10 minutes.
  • 63% (10 of 16) of the goals Arsenal have conceded this season have been down to unforced errors, a higher proportion than any other side.
  • Arsenal have won just three of their last 10 Premier League home games (W3 D4 L3).
  • WBA have not lost three league games in a row since January, 33 games ago.
  • The Baggies have kept only one clean sheet in their last 24 Premier League away games.
  • Arsenal have scored 5+ goals in four Premier League home games in 2012, more than any other side.
  • Santi Cazorla has provided only one assist in his last 11 Premier League appearances.
  • If games lasted 80 minutes in the Premier League, West Brom would be second.

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Aston Villa v Stoke City

  • Five of the last seven Premier League meetings between Aston Villa and Stoke have ended as draws, including three of the four played at Villa Park.
  • There have been just eight goals scored in the last six matches between Villa and Stoke.
  • Stoke City have kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (7).
  • Villa have the most effective offside trap in the Premier League, catching their opponents offside 50 times.
  • Stoke have allowed the opposition just 10 shots on target from set-pieces, fewer than any other side.
  • Six of Stoke's last seven Premier League games have gone under 2.5 goals.
  • Eight of Aston Villa's last 10 Premier League games have gone under 2.5 goals.
  • No team has scored fewer goals in the opening 15 minutes than Villa this season (1).
  • Stoke have scored the highest proportion of goals in the opening 15 minutes in the Premier League this season (29%).
  • All three of Christian Benteke's Premier League goals have come at Villa Park.

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Southampton v Reading

  • Southampton have won just one of their last six home league games against Reading (W1 D3 L2).
  • Only one of the last six league meetings between the two sides has ended as a home win, with two away victories and three draws.
  • Reading have scored three or more goals in seven different PL games since May 2007, but have lost three of these and won just twice.
  • Reading have allowed more shots than any other team this season (197).
  • Southampton have conceded more first half goals than any other Premier League team this season (15).
  • No team has conceded more second half goals than Reading this season (18).
  • Reading have thrown away more points from winning positions on the road than any other side this season (10) and the most overall (17).
  • Southampton have thrown away more points from winning positions in home games than any other Premier League team this season (9).
  • Southampton have conceded more goals than any other Premier League team this season (32)
  • There have only been 11 occasions in Premier League history where a team has conceded more than 32 goals in the first 15 games, the record being 40 by Barnsley in 1997-98.

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Sunderland v Chelsea

  • Chelsea have won 14 and lost one of the last 15 Premier League games against Sunderland.
  • Louis Saha has scored more goals against Chelsea than against any other opponent in his Premier League career (7).
  • There have been five goals scored in the 87th minute or later in the last five games between the Blues and the Black Cats.
  • The Black Cats have won just two of their last 22 Premier League matches (W2 D12 L8).
  • Fernando Torres is currently on a run of 12 hours and 19 minutes without a goal in the Premier League.
  • Chelsea are without a win seven Premier League games (L3 D4) - their longest run without a win in the top-flight since February 1995 (10 without a win).
  • Chelsea have picked up four bookings for simulation this season, more than any other side in the Premier League.
  • Chelsea have won only five of their last 19 Premier League away games.
  • Rafa Benitez's last match as manager at the Stadium of Light saw Sunderland score vs Liverpool via a deflection off a beach ball that had been thrown onto the pitch.
  • Sunderland have failed to score in two of their last three home games.

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Swansea City v Norwich City

  • Danny Graham has netted six goals in his last four league games against Norwich City.
  • Swansea had won six and lost none of their previous eight home matches in all competitions against the Canaries prior to Norwich's 3-2 comeback victory at the Liberty Stadium in February 2012.
  • Norwich are unbeaten in eight league games, their joint best run in the Premier League.
  • They last went on a longer top-flight unbeaten run in October 1989.
  • If the season had started on October 1, Norwich would be fourth.
  • Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong has scored two in his past three Premier League appearances.
  • Gerhard Tremmel (88%) has the best saves to shots ratio this season in the Premier League; conceding just four of the 32 shots that have been fired on target at him.
  • Michu has scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances.
  • Michu's 10 Premier League goals this season have come from 18 shots on target.
  • The Swans have conceded 62 shots on target from inside the area, more than other side.

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Wigan Athletic v Queens Park Rangers

  • Only Southampton (32) have conceded more goals in the Premier League this season than Wigan (28).
  • Since the start of last season Wigan have conceded 13 penalties, more than any other side in the Premier League.
  • QPR will set a new Premier League record of failing to win any of their opening 16 games if they fail to win at Wigan.
  • Only three teams have failed to win any of their opening 16 top-flight games before (Burnley 1889-90, Bolton 1902-03 & Sheffield United 1990-91).
  • Wigan are two points better off than they were at this stage last season.
  • QPR have seen their woodwork hit more than any other side in the Premier League this season (12 times).
  • QPR are the lowest scorers in the Premier League this season with 11 goals, their joint-worst ever return after 15 games of a top-flight season.
  • Liverpool (57%) are the only side in the bottom half of the table to average more possession this season than Wigan (54%)
  • All four of Wigan's Premier League wins this season have come against teams from the south.
  • Wigan's record defeat came at the hands of Harry Redknapp (1-9 v Tottenham in November 2009).

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Manchester City v Manchester United

  • There have been just five goals scored in the last six league meetings between City and United at the Etihad Stadium and no more than one in any of those games.
  • City (15) and United (21) have come from behind to win a combined 36 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season.
  • United are just three games short of equalling Bolton's Premier League record of no draws in their opening 18 games (set last season).
  • Wayne Rooney has created more goals than any other player in the Premier League this season, seven.
  • Man City and Man Utd (21) have been awarded more penalties than any other side in the Premier League since the start of 2010-11.
  • Man Utd have been awarded the most penalties in the Premier League this season (5 but have scored only two of them).
  • United have scored the most headed goals this season (10) and the most from corners (9).
  • The only two players to score at a rate of less than 100 mins per goal this season are Utd's Javier Hernandez (78.2) and City's Edin Dzeko (92.8).
  • Edin Dzeko has scored five goals from the bench this season, only one short of the record for a single Premier League season (held by Tore Andre Flo and Jermain Defoe).
  • Only in one previous Premier League season (2000-01) have United scored more after 15 games (39) than they have this season (37).

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Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Everton had only won two of their first 18 Premier League meetings with Tottenham at Goodison Park (W2 D9 L7) before winning in each of the last two seasons.
  • Each of Everton's last three league games have ended 1-1.
  • Tottenham have gone 12 games without a draw in the Premier League.
  • Gareth Bale is the only player to be booked more than twice for simulation since the start of last season (four times).
  • Everton have scored a league high proportion of 68% of their goals in the first half of games this season.
  • Everton have hit the woodwork 13 times this season, more than any other side.
  • Everton have fired in more shots on target than any other team in the Premier League this season (96).
  • If Premier League games had ended at 80 minutes this season, Spurs would be top.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored three braces this season, only Demba Ba can match this.
  • Everton have conceded the most goals in the opening 15 mins (6), Tottenham the fewest (0).

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West Ham United v Liverpool

  • Former Hammer Glen Johnson scored in his last two appearances against West Ham.
  • Johnson has had 10 more shots than any other defender in the Premier League this season (24).
  • West Ham have won just two and lost 13 of the last 18 Premier League meetings with Liverpool.
  • Liverpool have lost only one of their last 10 Premier League games (W4 D5 L1).
  • Liverpool have won more corners than any other side in the Premier League this season (111).
  • Glen Johnson has had more shots without scoring than any other Premier League player this season (24).
  • The last time West Ham had more points from their opening 15 top-flight games was 1999-2000 (24).
  • The last time Liverpool had fewer points from their opening 15 games was 1964-65 (based on three points for a win).
  • Liverpool have won four of the eight Premier League games Luis Suarez has missed since joining the club.
  • West Ham are the only team to have used three substitutions in every Premier League game so far this term.

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Fulham v Newcastle United

  • Fulham have lost just one of the last six Premier League games against Newcastle and won the last three in a row at Craven Cottage.
  • Demba Ba is the first Newcastle player to score 10+ goals in consecutive Premier League seasons since Alan Shearer did so in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04.
  • Fulham have won just one of the last five Premier League games at Craven Cottage (W1 D1 L3).
  • Fulham have scored more penalties than any other team this season (4).
  • Newcastle are the only team not to score from a corner in the Premier League this season.
  • Fulham substitutes have contributed seven goals this season, only Man City's have been as productive.
  • Papiss Cisse has conceded more fouls without collecting a booking than any other player in the top-flight this season (24).
  • Cheik Tioté has hit more shots without a single one on target than any other player in the division this season (10).
  • Demba Ba has scored three braces this season, only Jermain Defoe can match this.
  • Fulham have gone seven games without a Premier League win - their worst spell within a single season since November-December 2010.

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