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Eden Jon 17th Oct 2012 - 12:28

Premier League Opta Facts - Oct 20-21

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

  • Clint Dempsey scored in both games against Chelsea for Fulham last season.
  • Spurs have won just three of the 40 Premier League meetings with Chelsea and just one of the last six (W1 D3 L2).
  • Chelsea have won none of their last six Premier League away visits to White Hart Lane (W0 D3 L3).
  • The last meeting between Tottenham and Chelsea came in the FA Cup semi-final where the Blues trounced Spurs 5-1.
  • Fernando Torres has now scored against 26 of the 29 opposition teams he has faced in the Premier League era.
  • Juan Mata has the joint-most assists in the Premier League along with Eden Hazard & Adam Lallana (4).
  • Chelsea are the only team in the Premier League yet to concede a goal in the second half.
  • Eden Hazard has been fouled more often than any other player in the top flight this season (21), including two penalties.
  • Only in 2009-10 (15) have Spurs had more points after seven Premier League games than they have this season.
  • Tottenham haven't lost a London derby at White Hart Lane in the Premier League since September 2007 (W13 D7 L0) when they lost 1-3 to Arsenal.

Fulham v Aston Villa

  • Fulham have won none of the last six Premier League meetings with Aston Villa (W0 D3 L3).
  • Fulham have conceded the joint-most headed goals in the Premier League this season (4).
  • Five points from seven games is Aston Villa's worst ever start to a Premier League campaign.
  • Fulham have conceded six goals from set pieces this season including four from corners - both are league-highs.
  • The Whites have scored with 20% of their shots at goal, the best chance conversion rate in the top flight.
  • Villa have won just one of their last seven Premier League visits to London (W1 D2 L4), including losing twice in the capital already this season.
  • Villa have failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League away games and have netted just five times in their last 12 Premier League road trips.
  • Fulham have won nine and lost just two of their last 13 Premier League games at Craven Cottage.
  • Only Norwich (6.8%) have a worse chance conversion rate than Paul Lambert's Villa side this season (9.8%).
  • All seven of Fulham's league games this season have gone over 2.5 goals.

Liverpool v Reading

  • Reading won their last visit to Anfield in an FA Cup replay in January 2010 (2-1), which was Brian McDermott's first ever win as coach of Reading.
  • Brian McDermott took over as caretaker manager when Brendan Rodgers left Reading to take charge at Swansea in December 2009. His first home game in charge of Reading was against Rodgers' Swansea.
  • The last time the two met was the 2010-11 Championship play-off final which saw Rodgers' Swansea promoted at McDermott's Reading's expense.
  • Liverpool have won just two of 13 Premier League games at home in the year 2012, drawing five and losing six.
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored eight goals from just 11 shots on target in the Premier League.
  • Reading have won just two of their last 23 Premier League away games (W2 D6 L15).
  • Liverpool have hit the target with a lower percentage of their shots than any other team in the top flight (32%).
  • Pepe Reina has saved just 35% of shots on target from inside his area faced this season, the lowest rate of any current first-choice 'keeper.
  • Six points after seven games is Liverpool's joint-worst points tally after seven games (along with 2011-12).
  • The Reds have scored more goals than any other team from outside the penalty area this season (5).

Manchester United v Stoke City

  • Javier Hernandez has scored four goals in four Premier League appearances against Stoke.
  • Robin van Persie has scored six goals in five Premier League appearances against the Potters.
  • United have won eight and lost none of the last nine league meetings against Stoke.
  • Man Utd have won 11 and lost none of the last 12 matches in all competitions at home to Stoke.
  • Manchester United have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight home games in all competitions against Stoke, with the Potters netting just one goal in the other game.
  • Michael Owen made just six Premier League starts in three seasons at Old Trafford, and just 31 league appearances overall.
  • Manchester United have recovered more points from losing positions than any other team this season (9).
  • Manchester United have now scored a league-high five goals from corners this season.
  • Stoke have scored a league-high proportion of goals from set pieces this season (67%) after heading this category last season (58%).
  • Tony Pulis' side have won none of their last 13 Premier League away games (W0 D6 L7), scoring just six goals.

 

Swansea City v Wigan Athletic

  • Swansea ended a run of four games without a goal against Wigan when they won 2-0 at the DW Stadium last season.
  • There have been red cards in three of the last four league meetings between Swansea and Wigan.
  • The Swans have won three and lost none of their last five home matches against Wigan, though the last two have ended 0-0.
  • Roberto Martinez has played for and managed both of these teams.
  • Michu has scored five goals from just seven shots on target this season.
  • All 12 of Swansea's goals this season have come from open play.
  • Wigan have conceded more penalties than any other top flight club this season (4).
  • Swansea (8) and Wigan (5) both have exactly the same number of points after seven games this season as they did at the same point last season.
  • Swansea have lost just one of their last seven home Premier League games (W3 D3 L1).
  • Wigan have kept just two clean sheets in their last 21 Premier League matches on the road.

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City

  • West Brom have failed to score in their last four Premier League games against Manchester City.
  • Carlos Tevez has scored five goals in four Premier League appearances against West Brom.
  • Samir Nasri scored on his Premier League debut for Arsenal against West Brom
  • The Baggies have won three and lost just one of their last five home matches against City.
  • Alexander Kolarov has scored three goals in his last four appearances for Man City in all competitions.
  • West Brom have won their first four home games of a top-flight league season for the first time since 1919 (that season they won their first six).
  • The Baggies have won six and lost just one of their last eight Premier League games at the Hawthorns.
  • Manchester City have fired in more shots on target than any other team in the top flight (48).
  • West Brom have been caught offside more often than any other club in the Premier League (18).
  • City have allowed the opposition the join-fewest shots on target against them this season (22). Just 11 of those have been from inside the box, a divisional-low.

West Ham United v Southampton

  • Jos Hooiveld scored in both league games against West Ham last season.
  • Southampton have trailed in all seven Premier League games at some point, the only team to be behind in all of their league games.
  • Saints have dropped the most points from winning positions in the Premier League (11). With those points, Southampton would be second in the table.
  • Adam Lallana has now made four assists in the Premier League, a joint-high with Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.
  • Southampton have now scored three own goals this season, the same number as the rest of the 19 Premier League teams combined.
  • Saints have allowed their opponents the joint-most shots on target against them of Premier League teams this season (41).
  • Morgan Schneiderlin has made more interceptions than any other player in the top flight this season (27).
  • Jussi Jääskeläinen has made more saves (32) than any other goalkeeper in the top division this season.
  • West Ham have scored a divisional high 88% of their goals in the first half this season.
  • West Ham have committed more fouls (109) and earned more cards (18) than any other side in the Premier League.

Norwich City v Arsenal

  • There has been a total of 25 goals scored in the last five Premier League meetings between Norwich and Arsenal.
  • Steve Morison scored in both games against the Gunners last season.
  • Arsenal have won five and lost none of their last 11 games against Norwich in all competitions.
  • The Gunners have won five and lost none of their last 12 trips to Carrow Road in all competitions.
  • Norwich have won just one of their last 12 Premier League games (W1 D4 L7).
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League away games (W7 D4 L1).
  • The Canaries have conceded the most goals from outside the box this season (5).
  • Santi Cazorla has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the top 5 European leagues since Aug 2011 (9).
  • Norwich have averaged 15 attempts for every goal they has scored this season (excluding blocked shots), the least efficient conversion rate in the top flight.
  • Chris Hughton's side have allowed their opponents the joint-most shots on target against them of Premier League teams this season (41).

Sunderland v Newcastle United

  • Sunderland have earned four red cards in the last four Premier League meetings with Newcastle and there have been 25 yellows shared between the teams in those matches.
  • There has been a 90th minute goal scored in three of the last four league meetings between these north east rivals.
  • Shola Ameobi has scored seven Premier League goals against Sunderland, by far his favourite opponent.
  • Ameobi has netted those seven goals in his last seven appearances against the Black Cats, while Sunderland have only netted eight among the whole team in those games.
  • Newcastle have conceded the joint-most headed goals in the Premier League this season (4).
  • Sunderland have fired in fewer shots on target than any other team in the top flight this season (11).
  • Of Sunderland's 11 shots on target, only one has been a header and none has been an attempt with a right-footed shot.
  • Newcastle have scored a divisional-high 88% of their goals in the second half of league games this season.
  • Since the start of 2010-11, Cheik Tiote has been booked 27 times in 54 Premier League appearances. He has the worst disciplinary record in that period ahead of 2nd-placed Lee Cattermole with 18 yellows and three red cards.
  • In the 13 games these two sides have played between them in the Premier League this season, just three players have been on the scoresheet, Fletcher 5, Ba 6 and Ben Arfa 2.

Queens Park Rangers v Everton

  • The opening goals in both Premier League fixtures last season were scored in the 31st minute.
  • Everton have scored the most headed goals in the Premier League this season (6).
  • QPR have conceded the joint-most headed goals in the Premier League this season (4).
  • Everton have lost just one of their last nine Premier League away games (W3 D5 L1).
  • Everton have hit the woodwork more than any other side this season (eight times).
  • QPR have seen their uprights struck the joint-most times in the Premier League (6).
  • Leighton Baines has created more goalscoring chances than any other player in the top five European leagues so far this season (30).
  • QPR have conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of games than any other team this season (4).
  • Mark Hughes has only enjoyed two victories in 13 Premier League meetings with David Moyes (W2 D6 L5).
  • QPR have scored just three goals in their last five Premier league games at Loftus Road.

 

 

 
 
 

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