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Eden Jon 1st May 2013 - 21:28

Premier League Opta Facts - May 4-6

Fulham v Reading

  • Fulham have lost their last three Barclays Premier League games without scoring a single goal. They have never lost four in a row in the Premier League without netting.
  • In the last three league meetings between the Whites and the Royals, there have been five goals scored and a player dismissed within the final five minutes of the matches.
  • Reading had eight shots on target against Fulham earlier in the season; the most they have had in a single game this campaign.
  • Dimitar Berbatov has scored five goals in four league clashes with the Royals.
  • In Fulham's 11 league games since the start of February, only Berbatov (five) and Sascha Riether (one) have found the net for the Whites (excluding own goals).
  • After scoring three first-half goals in one game against Manchester United on December 1, Reading have scored just four goals in total before the break in the ensuing 21 league games.
  • The Royals have lost 11 of their last 12 away league games, including their last five on the bounce.
  • Reading's first goal has come, on average, in the 50th minute this season; the latest figure of all 20 PL teams.
  • Fulham have accrued a joint-high five own goals this season, and are one of only three teams yet to concede one (with Arsenal and Reading).
  • Reading players have been forced to make a league-high 11 clearances off the line this term.

Norwich City v Aston Villa

  • Norwich have won just one of their last nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Aston Villa, drawing five and losing three.
  • Despite that, the Villans have only won one of their five Premier League trips to Carrow Road (D2 L2), with that win coming back in December 1993.
  • Following his goal against Sunderland last week, Gabriel Agbonlahor is now the top scoring Aston Villa player in Premier League history (61).
  • Christian Benteke has already scored more Premier League goals this season than any other Aston Villa player has managed in a single campaign (18).
  • The Belgian has scored 13 goals in 15 league appearances in 2013.
  • Norwich have won fewer games in 2013 than any other Premier League team (two).
  • Villa have gone 19 league games without a clean sheet, the longest run of the season.
  • Norwich have conceded more goals from outside the area than any other team in the Premier League this term (12).
  • Aston Villa substitutes have contributed just two goals this season, a joint-league-low.
  • Christian Benteke has won more aerial duels than any other player in the top five European leagues (261).

Swansea City v Manchester City

  • All three Barclays Premier League meetings between Swansea and Man City have seen the home side win whilst keeping a clean sheet.
  • Swansea have won four and lost just one of their last six home league meetings with the Citizens.
  • Samir Nasri has made four assists in his last five league games while he has either scored or assisted four goals in his last four games (in all competitions).
  • Swansea have won only one of their seven league games since winning the Capital One Cup (D2 L4).
  • Excluding penalties, Swansea have scored the lowest percentage of set piece goals (11.6%) and conceded the highest (40%).
  • The Swans are the only team in the Premier League this season yet to lose a single point with a goal conceded in the final 10 minutes.
  • Manchester City are one of only two teams (with Arsenal) to have three players in double figures for PL goals this season (Aguero, Dzeko, Tevez).
  • Michu has scored a higher percentage of his team's goals than any other player in the top-flight this term (39%).
  • Ashley Williams has made the most clearances (362) and the most blocks (47) in the Premier League this term.
  • Man City have played the highest percentage of short passes in the top-flight this season (92%).

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

  • Tottenham have won nine and lost just two of their 11 previous Barclays Premier League home meetings with Southampton.
  • Both teams have scored in 25 of Tottenham's league games this season, more than any other club.
  • Gareth Bale has scored in three successive Premier League games.
  • Southampton have gone 281 minutes of away football in the top-flight without conceding a goal.
  • Spurs have now gone nine Premier League games without a clean sheet, on the other hand.
  • Saints have only lost one of their last seven league games (W3 D3) but that came in their last game against WBA.
  • Gareth Bale has scored more goals from outside the box (seven) than any other player in the Premier League this season.
  • Tottenham players have blocked fewer shots than those of any other PL team this term (74).
  • Saints have made just nine attempts following fast breaks this season, a joint-low.
  • No team has scored more PL goals from outside the area this season than Spurs (12).

West Bromwich Albion v Wigan Athletic

  • Both teams have found the net in all four previous Barclays Premier League meetings between West Brom and Wigan at the Hawthorns.
  • Marc-Antoine Fortuné has scored more goals against Wigan than any other side in the English top-flight (three in three games).
  • Steve Clarke's side have already won more points this season (48) than they have ever managed before in a Premier League campaign.
  • Always assuming three points for a win, the last time the Baggies had more than 48 points after 34 games of a top-flight season was back in 1980/81 (59).
  • Wigan had exactly 32 points after 34 games in 2009/10 and finished the season safely in 16th place.
  • The Latics have scored a higher percentage of goals from corners than any other team in the top-flight this season (26%).
  • After a run of one defeat in six away league games, Wigan have lost their last two in a row without troubling the scorers.
  • Maynor Figueroa has conceded league-high three penalties this season.
  • Just 7% of West Brom's goals this season (three of 46) have come in the opening 15 minutes; a league-low proportion.
  • Wigan have attempted more short corners than any other team in the Premier League this season (47).

West Ham United v Newcastle United

  • West Ham have only managed two clean sheets in their last 14 Barclays Premier League meetings with Newcastle combined, conceding 32 goals in total in this run.
  • The Hammers have won just two of these 14 top-flight meetings with the Magpies, drawing five and losing seven.
  • Only against Fulham (six) has Carlton Cole scored more Premier League goals than he has against Newcastle (four).
  • Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has been booked in four consecutive Premier League appearances.
  • Carroll has scored four goals and assisted two more in his last five Premier League appearances.
  • Only Manchester United and Manchester City (both 17) have scored in more consecutive home league games than West Ham (11).
  • West Ham have only conceded four headed goals all season, a league-low figure.
  • Newcastle have used more players than any other Premier League side this season (32).
  • Jussi Jaaskelainen has made a league-high 87 saves from inside the area this season.
  • Newcastle have won possession of the ball with just 72% of their attempted tackles this season, a league-low.

Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal

  • Arsenal have scored exactly one goal in seven of their last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Queens Park Rangers.
  • The Gunners have never won at Loftus Road in the Premier League era (D3 L2). They have played more away games against QPR without a win than any other side in the history of
    the competition.
  • Overall, only against Manchester United (26%) do the Gunners have a lower Premier League win rate than they do against the R's (27%).
  • Arsenal had 22 shots (including blocked shots) in the reverse meeting with QPR, but only found the net once; in the 84th minute.
  • Only Manchester United (2.09) have a better points per game average in May than QPR (1.83) in Premier League history.
  • QPR have now gone 275 minutes (four hours and 35 minutes) without scoring in the Premier League.
  • The R's have the worst record in Premier League London derbies this season (nine points), while only Chelsea (17) have won more points from them than Arsenal (16).
  • Arsenal have won their last three away league games. They have not won four in a row on the road since November 2010.
  • QPR are the only team in the Premier League this season yet to win a point with a goal in the final 10 minutes.
  • Aaron Ramsey has had more shots without scoring than any other player in the Premier League (39, including blocked shots).

Liverpool v Everton

  • Liverpool v Everton has seen more red cards than any other fixture in Barclays Premier League history (20).
  • Everton have only won one of their last 12 Premier League Merseyside derbies (D4 L7).
  • At Anfield, the Toffees are without a win in 12 Premier League games, losing six including five of the last eight.
  • Under David Moyes, Everton have played 44 away games against the traditional "big four" and are yet to win. They have taken just 17 points from 132 on offer.
  • Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored only his second Premier League hat-trick in this fixture last season.
  • Six of Everton's last seven games have gone under 2.5 goals.
  • Liverpool have scored nine goals in the two Premier League games Luis Suarez has missed this season.
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored seven goals and made three assists in 11 Premier League appearances for Liverpool.
  • Lucas Leiva has made a tackle more frequently than any other player in the PL this season (every 14.9 minutes on average).
  • Everton have won 56% of games with Johnny Heitinga playing this season, and just 10% without him. Of all players to have both played and missed at least 10 of their team's
    games this season, Heitinga has the biggest impact on his team's win rate.

Manchester United v Chelsea

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in four Barclays Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W3 D1), their best run against them since December 1998 (five).
  • The last six clashes between the Red Devils and the Blues in all competitions have seen 29 goals scored at an average of 4.8 goals per game.
  • Javier Hernandez has scored in six of his last eight meetings with Chelsea in all competitions.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's side have lost more games (13) and conceded more goals (55) against Chelsea than versus any other side in the Premier League.
  • The Blues have only managed one clean sheet in their last 17 league trips to Old Trafford (3-0 in December 2001).
  • After a run of 10 competitive games without a goal for Manchester United, Premier League top scorer Robin van Persie has netted six in his last four.
  • Always assuming three points for a win, no team in English top-flight history has ever finished outside the top four having won 65 or more points after 34 games (as Chelsea do now).
  • Man Utd have scored in 66 successive home games, a Premier League record.
  • David De Gea is the only regular Premier League keeper to have made more punches (23) than catches (21) this season.
  • Manchester United have hit the woodwork a league-high 22 times this season, while no team has struck the bar/post fewer times than Chelsea (five).

Sunderland v Stoke City

  • Sunderland have won three and lost none of their four previous Barclays Premier League home meetings with Stoke, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Only in three other fixtures in Premier League history has the away team played more than four games without scoring, and two of those also involve Stoke (at Liverpool and Man City (both five), other is Birmingham at Man Utd (seven)).
  • The Black Cats failed to muster a single shot on target in the 0-0 draw at the Britannia back in October.
  • Sunderland average just 0.84 points per game in May, the worst record of all teams to have played 20+ games in the month.
  • Stoke City are now on the longest current winning run in the Premier League (two games).
  • Just 5% of Sunderland's league goals this season have been headers; a league-low.
  • Stoke City have hit the target with only 38% of their total shots this season, the worst record in the top-flight.
  • Sunderland have won 38% of games David Vaughan has played in this season (8/21) and just 7% without him (1/14).
  • Asmir Begovic has caught 77 crosses in the league this season, but made just five punches.
  • Sunderland have conceded more fouls in their defensive third than any other top-flight team this campaign (125).



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