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Eden Jon 8th Nov 2013 - 10:21

Premier League Opta Facts | November 9-10


Barclays Premier League Opta Facts - November 9-10


Aston Villa v Cardiff City

  • Aston Villa have gone six hours and 15 minutes without scoring a goal in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Cardiff have only conceded eight goals in five away games, the same amount as Man Utd (8) and fewer than Man City (9).
  • The only recent meeting between Aston Villa and Cardiff came in the League Cup in September 2009. Villa scored the only goal after three minutes through Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • There have been only four goals in Aston Villa's last four Premier League games.
  • Paul Lambert and Aston Villa have made only 22 substitutions this season, fewer than any other side.
  • Villa have hit a higher proportion of long passes than any other side this season (16%).
  • Villa have had fewer touches in the opposition box than any other Premier League side this season (135).
  • Cardiff have conceded fewer fouls than any other top-flight team this season (87)
  • Villa have opened the scoring in a league-low one game this season.
  • But the Villans have claimed six points from games where they've conceded first, a total only Manchester United can match.


Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion

  • Chelsea have won 12 of their 14 Barclays Premier League games with West Brom (W12 L2) including all seven at Stamford Bridge.
  • West Brom have won two of their last three league games against Chelsea, but both have been at the Hawthorns.
  • The 14 previous Premier League meetings between Chelsea and West Brom have seen a total of 13 managers take part.
  • Chelsea have hit more shots off target than any other Premier League side this season (77).
  • Chelsea have scored 76 goals in their last 26 Saturday 3pm Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, an average of 2.9 per game.
  • Chelsea (along with Man City) are the only teams with maximum points from their home games this season.
  • Chelsea have made fewer interceptions than any other side this season (80).
  • WBA veteran Nicolas Anelka has only scored one goal in 12 Premier League appearances against Chelsea.
  • This compares to Anelka's rate of 38 goals in 125 Premier League appearances for Chelsea.
  • Chelsea have won 12 of their last 13 Premier League home games.


Crystal Palace v Everton

  • Nine of Crystal Palace's last 10 Barclays Premier League victories have come at Selhurst Park.
  • Everton have gone four hours without conceding a goal in the Barclays Premier League.
  • There have been five goals from penalties in the last five meetings between Crystal Palace and Everton.
  • Selhurst Park has seen three goals scored from penalties already this season, more than any other ground this season.
  • Everton have averaged a possession figure of 58% away from home this season, only Manchester City (62%) have a higher figure.
  • Only one side has ever won fewer points from their first 10 games of a PL season than Palace (3) have this term: Man City (2) in 1995/96.
  • Everton have lost only one of their opening 10 top-flight games in successive seasons for the first time ever. It's only the 10th time overall that they've lost so few of their opening 10 top-flight league matches.
  • The average finishing position of teams losing only one of their opening 10 Premier League games is fourth.
  • Crystal Palace have been relegated from the Premier League four times, already more than any other side.
  • Everton have only won two of their last 20 Premier League trips to the nation's capital, although their most recent trip (to West Ham in September) ended in victory.


Liverpool v Fulham

  • Liverpool have only conceded three goals in 12 Barclays Premier League home matches against Fulham.
  • Fulham have kept three clean sheets in their last five Barclays Premier League visits to Anfield.
  • Liverpool have made more errors leading to a goal/attempt than any other side this season (12).
  • Daniel Sturridge has hit the frame of the goal three times this season, more than any other Premier League player.
  • Anfield has seen the highest number of headed goals in the Premier League this season (5).
  • No ground has seen more goals in the opening 15 minutes (3) than Anfield this season.
  • This will be the fourth time Liverpool have played at Anfield at 3pm on a Saturday this season, only one short of their total from the whole of 2012-13.
  • Liverpool have won only three of their last seven Premier League games played at 3pm on a Saturday.
  • In the two previous Premier League seasons that Liverpool have recorded a 6-2-2 record after 10 games, they have finished third and fourth (1994-95 and 1995-96 respectively).
  • Fulham have won only 15.5% of their Premier League away games. Of teams to play 100+ away games, only Derby (15.0%) have an inferior figure.


Southampton v Hull City

  • Southampton have won four of their last five league games against Hull City.
  • Only four newly promoted sides have conceded fewer goals after 10 games than Hull have this season (10) in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Southampton and Hull have conceded a combined 14 goals in 20 games this season.
  • Southampton have conceded a league low 29 shots on target this season.
  • Last weekend Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc joined Ben Foster, Dean Kiely, Paul Gerrard and Adam Bogdan in conceding a goal to a fellow glovesman in the Premier League.
  • There have only eight goals at St Mary's this season, although this is three more than there have been at Hull's home.
  • Southampton are unbeaten in their last seven games; only Arsenal have been on a longer run this season (nine).
  • Southampton have won 40 corners at home this season, only Man City (41) have a higher figure.
  • Hull supremo Steve Bruce has only tasted victory once in nine Premier League trips to the Solent (Portsmouth & Southampton combined).
  • Hull's record of 14 points from 10 games this season is halfway between their first season in the Premier League (20 points) and their second (eight points).


Norwich City v West Ham United

  • Norwich have lost only one of their six Barclays Premier League games versus West Ham (W1 D4) and are unbeaten in home meetings (W1 D2).
  • West Ham have conceded only one goal in five Premier League away games this season.
  • Based on goals conceded, West Ham (8) have the joint-eighth best defence in Europe's top five leagues.
  • West Ham could become the first team to draw three Premier League games in a row 0-0 since 2009.
  • The Hammers have won only one of their last nine Premier League games (D4 L4).
  • Last weekend at Manchester City was only the 13th time a team (Norwich) had lost a Premier League game by a margin of 7+ goals.
  • Norwich have not scored more than once in a league game since the opening day 2-2 draw with Everton.
  • Since then the Canaries have scored only four goals in nine league games - none of those by a striker.
  • But Norwich have lost only three of their last 14 Premier League home games (W4 D7).
  • Only one of the last 12 teams to concede seven or more goals in a Premier League game has been relegated in that season (Blackburn in 2011-12).


Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

  • Tottenham have lost only one of their last seven Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle, after losing each of the previous six.
  • Newcastle have won six away games at White Hart Lane in the Barclays Premier League, they have only won more at Villa Park (8).
  • Spurs have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games, the only team to record four in a row this season are Southampton.
  • Newcastle are the only team outside of the bottom three to have conceded more than 10 goals away from home this season (11).
  • None of the 33 Premier League goals Newcastle have scored in 2013 have been by an Englishman.
  • Tottenham have scored only 34 goals in 24 Premier League home games under the tutelage of Andre Villas-Boas.
  • But Spurs have taken three points in six of their last eight league games at White Hart Lane (D1 L1).
  • This is the third time in four seasons that Newcastle have taken 14 points from their opening 10 Premier League games.
  • Tottenham's record in Premier League games played after Europa League ties this season is W3 D0 L2.
  • Newcastle have picked up two of the three yellow cards for shirt removal in the Premier League this season.


Sunderland v Manchester City

  • Sunderland have won each of their last three Barclays Premier League home games against Manchester City by one goal to nil.
  • Man City have scored at least six goals more than any other Barclays Premier league team this season.
  • Two of the goals in the three recent 1-0 Sunderland home wins against Man City have come in the 90th minute.
  • Sunderland have hit only 24 shots on target all season; in contrast Man City have 28 goals (from 68 shots on target).
  • City have the best conversion rate in the Premier League this season (22%) while Sunderland have the lowest shooting accuracy (31%).
  • Sergio Aguero has seven goals and three assists in his last five Premier League games.
  • Edin Dzeko (8) needs one more goal as a substitute away from home in the Premier League to equal the record (9; held by Hernandez and Defoe).
  • Sunderland have conceded three of the six own goals in the Premier League this season.
  • No team has benefited from more own goals than Manchester City this season (2).
  • Sunderland have collected three of the 12 red cards shown in the Premier League this season.


Manchester United v Arsenal

  • Manchester United have lost only one of their last nine encounters with Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League (W6 D2).
  • Arsenal have won at Old Trafford three times in the Barclays Premier League era and have won the title in two of those seasons (97-98 & 01-02).
  • Robin van Persie has scored in the last four Barclays Premier League encounters between these two sides (two for each club).
  • Arsenal are the only side to have scored in all 10 of their Barclays Premier League games this season.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored 10 Barclays Premier League goals versus Arsenal; against no side has he netted more.
  • Rooney's first Premier League goal, his first Premier League goal for Man Utd and his 100th Premier League goal all came against the Gunners.
  • Aaron Ramsey has scored six goals and provided three assists in his last seven Premier League appearances.
  • Arsenal failed to register a shot on target in their last PL game at Old Trafford until the 92nd minute (Nov 2012, ended game with two).
  • The last time that Arsenal failed to have a shot on target in a PL game was on 21st September 2003, also against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
  • No side has won more points from losing positions than Manchester United in the Premier League this season (6). In 2012-13, United won 29 points from losing positions - a league-high
  • Arsenal have won only two of their last 16 Premier League games played in the late slot on Sundays (excludes final day games).


Swansea City v Stoke City

  • Three of the last four league games between Swansea and Stoke have ended as 2-0 home wins.
  • Stoke's away wins in 2013 have coincided with their clean sheets on the road (two games).
  • Swansea have gone 208 minutes without conceding a Barclays Premier League goal at home.
  • No Stoke player has more Premier League goals than goalkeeper Asmir Begovic this season (1).
  • Angel Rangel is one of only two outfield players in Europe's top five leagues to make a save this season.
  • This game pits together two of the four Premier League teams yet to score a headed goal this season.
  • Swansea's Álex Pozuelo is the most used substitute in the Premier League this season (eight times).
  • The Liberty Stadium is the only Premier League ground yet to see a headed goal this season.
  • Stoke have not won any of their last seven Premier League games; the joint-longest winless run in the Premier League with Crystal Palace.
  • Stoke have lost 10 of their last 14 Premier League away games.



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