Premier League Opta Facts – January 12th – 13th
Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham have led at some point in 18 of their 21 Premier League games this season, the joint-most of any team along with Manchester United going into this weekend.
QPR have been ahead in just six Premier League games, fewer than any other Premier League side.
Rangers have scored a higher percentage of their goals from outside the box than any other team in the top flight (35%).
Tottenham have scored the highest percentage of second half goals in the Premier League this season (72%).
Spurs have also conceded the highest proportion of second half goals with 74% of goals shipped coming after the break.
QPR have the division's worst chance conversion rate, scoring with just 8% of their shots this season.
Sandro has made more interceptions than any other player in the Premier League this season (79)
Harry Redknapp left Tottenham last season after a record of W71 D37 L36 as manager of Spurs in the Premier League.
Only Manchester City (135) had fired in more shots on target than Tottenham (133) leading into this weekend.
Tottenham have won seven and lost just one of their last nine Premier League matches.
Aston Villa v Southampton
Rickie Lambert has scored in three of Southampton's last four Premier League away games.
Only Reading (20) have dropped more points from winning positions than Southampton (19) so far this season.
Aston Villa have failed to score in six of their last 10 Premier League matches.
19 points is Aston Villa's lowest ever points haul in the Premier League after 21 matches.
Aston Villa have won just five of their last 37 Premier League games (W5 D15 L17).
The Villa fans have seen their team win just three of their last 23 Premier League matches on home soil (W3 D9 L11).
Southampton have lost just two of their last 10 Premier League matches (W3 D5 L2).
Villa have scored the joint-fewest headed goals in the Premier League (two, along with Sunderland).
Just 6% of Villa's goals have been scored in the opening 15 minutes this season, the joint-lowest proportion in the top division.
Saints have shipped 13 goals in the 15 minutes leading up to half-time, the most in the top flight this season.
Everton v Swansea City
Both sides have conceded the joint-higher proportion of headed goals of any team in the Premier League this season (35% each).
Everton have scored the highest percentage of first half goals in the Premier League this season (57%).
Swansea have scored just two goals from set pieces this season, fewer than any other side.
Everton have come from behind to claim 20 points in the Premier League this season, only Man Utd (24) have more.
Everton are the first team in Premier League history to both score and concede in 16 consecutive games.
Leon Britton has made more clearances off the line (4) than any other player in the Premier League this season.
12 of Leighton Baines' 14 Premier League goals for Everton have come from dead ball situations (8 pens, 4 Free Kicks).
Everton have won 12, drawn four and lost none of the 16 matches against Swansea City in all competitions and Swansea have failed to score in all three Premier League meetings with the Toffees.
Only in 2004-05 (40) when they finished fourth and made the Champions League qualifiers spot did Everton have more points than they have this season after 21 games (36).
Gerhard Tremmel has the best saves to shots ratio of any Premier League goalkeeper this season (81%).
Fulham v Wigan Athletic
Wigan have conceded more penalties than any other Premier League side this season (6).
Dimitar Berbatov has scored eight goals in 11 Premier League appearances against Wigan.
Hugo Rodallega has only scored two Premier League goals since moving from Wigan to Fulham last summer, but one of those came in the reverse fixture against his former employers at the DW Stadium.
Fulham have won six, drawn six and lost none of their last 12 Premier League meetings with the Latics.
Wigan have scored just nine goals in 15 Premier League meetings with Fulham and never more than once in any of those matches.
There has been an 85th minute or later goal scored in each of the last four Premier League meetings between Wigan and Fulham.
Fulham have hit the target with a higher percentage of their shots than any other team in the top flight this season (50%).
Fulham substitutes have netted eight goals this season, more than any other team.
Ali Al-Habsi has been debited with more errors leading to goal than any other Premier League player this season (5).
Wigan have scored the lowest proportion of goals in the 15 minutes leading up to half-time (5%) and the highest proportion in the 15 minutes after the break (36%) of any team in the league.
Norwich City v Newcastle United
Norwich City have scored the highest percentage of goals from headers of any team in the top flight (38%).
Newcastle have conceded more headed goals than any other team in the Premier League (11).
20 points after 21 matches is Newcastle's lowest ever points haul in the Premier League era.
Eight of the last nine meetings between Norwich and Newcastle in all competitions have ended as home wins and none as away victories.
After an unbeaten run of 10 Premier League matches, Norwich have lost their last four in a row.
The Canaries have scored more direct free kick goals than any other team in the league this season (4) and more from free kicks not struck straight at goal (5).
Newcastle have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League matches, winning the other two.
Chris Hughton returns to the club where he was a coach and manager. He won just six of 25 Premier League games in charge of the Magpies (W6 D6 L13). After leading Newcastle back to the Premier League, Hughton was replaced by current boss Alan Pardew in December 2010.
Norwich have conceded a joint-high seven goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season.
Mike Williamson has made more defensive clearances than any other Premier League player this season (221).
Reading v West Bromwich Albion
Reading have allowed the opposition 125 shots on target against them this season, the most in the division.
33 points after 21 matches is 11 points better than their next highest tally in West Brom's previous six Premier League campaigns.
Romelu Lukaku has scored in five of his seven Premier League starts for West Brom.
40% of Reading's attempts this season have come from set pieces, the highest proportion in the top flight.
Reading have won one and lost eight of their last 10 Premier League matches.
West Brom have lost five and won just two of their last eight Premier League games.
The Royals have shipped more goals than any other team in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season (12).
Reading have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the top echelon (20).
West Brom have kept just one clean sheet in their last 27 Premier League away games and none in the last 11. For that one clean sheet, Steve Clarke was in the opposition dugout as assistant to Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool.
Only Liverpool (40.1%) have a lower shooting accuracy than Reading in this season's Premier League (40.2%).
Stoke City v Chelsea
Stoke City are the only team in the Premier League not to have conceded a goal from outside the box this season.
57% of the goals Stoke have scored have come from set pieces, a Premier League high.
Stoke have managed fewer shots on target this season than any other team in the Premier League (64).
Stoke have failed to score in six of the nine Premier League games against Chelsea and only once in each of the other three.
Chelsea have won seven and lost none of the nine Premier League meetings with the Potters and had two FA Cup wins since Stoke last tasted victory over the Blues in the League Cup in October 1995.
The last four Premier League games between Chelsea and Stoke have seen just four goals scored in total.
Stoke have committed more fouls (277) and earned more cards than any other team (44 yellows, three reds).
Asmir Begovic has kept nine clean sheets this season, more than any other goalkeeper.
29% of Stoke's goals have been netted in the opening 15 minutes of matches, the highest proportion of any team in the top flight.
Demba Ba has scored four goals in four Premier League appearances against Stoke City.
Sunderland v West Ham United
Sunderland have scored the lowest percentage of goals from headers in the Premier League this season (10%).
The Black Cats have also conceded the lowest percentage of headed goals (3%).
West Ham have conceded just three goals from set plays this season, fewer than any other team.
Sunderland (105) have blocked more shots than any other team in the top flight this season.
Only Gerhard Tremmel (81%) has a better saves to shots ratio in the Premier League than Jussi Jaaskelainen this season (77%).
West Ham have won just two of their last 15 Premier League away matches (W2 D4 L9).
Sunderland have won just three of their last 14 Premier League games at the Stadium of Light (W3 D6 L5).
Martin O'Neill's Premier League record against Sam Allardyce as opposition coaches is W1 D2 L3). Those six matchups have seen four different fixtures (Aston Villa v Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton and Sunderland v West Ham).
Kevin Nolan has scored more goals against Sunderland than he has managed against any other opponent in his Premier League career (6).
Sunderland have seen the joint-most opposition players sent off this season (four along with Manchester United).
Manchester United v Liverpool
Steven Gerrard has a divisional high eight goal assists this season, a tally which is just one fewer than his own personal record for a single campaign.
Manchester United have recovered more points from losing positions than any other team in the Premier League this season (24).
Only Liverpool v Everton (20) has seen more red cards than Liverpool v Man Utd of all fixtures in Premier League history (14).
The Red Devils are the only team in the Premier League not to drop any points from a winning position on home soil this season.
Luis Suarez has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games for Liverpool.
Robin van Persie has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League games.
Robin Van Persie has scored five goals in his last six Premier League appearances against Liverpool.
Liverpool have mustered 412 shots this season compared to Man Utd's 333, but have scored 20 goals fewer.
Only two teams have ever had more points after 21 games of a Premier League campaign than Manchester United (52) this season (Chelsea 58 in 2005-06 and Man Utd 53 in 2006-07).
Luis Suarez has almost matched his tally of 128 Premier League shots in 2011-12 with this season's total of 123.
Arsenal v Manchester City
There have been four red cards in the last five Premier League meetings between Arsenal and Manchester City.
Manchester City have failed to score in each of their last five Premier League visits to the Emirates Stadium.
There have been just five goals scored in the last five meetings in all competitions between Arsenal and City.
There have been just five goals in the last six meetings in all competitions between Arsenal and City at the Emirates Stadium.
City have conceded a higher proportion of goals from outside the box than any other team in the Premier League (26%).
Roberto Mancini's side have conceded 58% of their goals from set plays, a divisional high.
Man City have allowed the opposition just 56 shots on target against them this season, the fewest in the top flight.
Arsenal players have made 12 individual errors leading directly to goals this season, more than any other team.
The Gunners have earned just 17 yellow cards and one red in 20 league games this season, the fewest cards in the top flight.
Arsenal have missed their last three penalties taken against Manchester City, starting with the infamous Pires/Henry mix up at Highbury.