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Eden Jon 19th Sep 2014 - 10:37

Premier League Opta Facts: Sept 20 - 21

Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City

  • QPR have won eight and lost just two of their last 13 home league games against the Potters (D3).
  • Stoke have won their last two league games against the R's, though; they have not won three in a row against them since 1974.
  • QPR have scored only three goals in their last 11 Premier League games.
  • Only Everton (10) have conceded more goals than QPR (9) this season in the Premier League.
  • Only Burnley have scored as few goals as QPR (1) this season.
  • Stoke are unbeaten in their last four Premier League away games; they have not gone five in a row without defeat since a run of six in April 2010.
  • Peter Crouch has now gone 10 Premier League appearances without scoring.
  • Charlie Austin has scored 11 goals in his last 13 appearances at Loftus Road (inc. playoffs)
  • Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has made only three saves in four appearances this season.
  • Stoke have lost their last five Premier League games in London, failing to score in the last four of those games.

Aston Villa v Arsenal

  • Darren Bent has scored eight goals in his last 11 appearances against the Gunners in all competitions including five in his last five.
  • Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in his last two Premier League starts against Aston Villa.
  • Both Arsenal (W1 D3) and Aston Villa (W3 D1) remain unbeaten after four Premier League matchdays in 2014-15.
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League visits to Villa Park, winning eight and drawing seven.
  • Villa have had only six shots on target this season - a league low - but have gained 10 points (W3 D1).
  • Arsenal have conceded 15 shots on target in their four PL games so far this season, five more than Villa (10).
  • Arsenal have played a higher proportion of their passes in the final third (37%) than any other side.
  • Aston Villa have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League side this season (3), while Arsenal are one of only three teams yet to record one.
  • Arsenal have conceded a headed goal in each of their four Premier League games this season.
  • Danny Welbeck has scored three times in the Premier League against Aston Villa, only against Everton and Swansea has he scored as often.

Burnley v Sunderland

  • Burnley have won just one of the last 12 matches in all competitions against Sunderland (W1 D5 L6).
  • Steven Fletcher represented Burnley on the last occasion these sides met (2009/10); he remains Burnley's leading Premier League scorer (8 goals).
  • No team has scored fewer goals than Burnley so far (1) in the Premier League this season.
  • The Clarets have drawn their last two games 0-0. The last team to draw three games 0-0 in a row were their rivals Blackburn in December 2009.
  • Three of Sunderland's four PL games this season have been 1-1 at half-time.
  • After his flurry of five goals in three games to help Sunderland stay up last season, Connor Wickham has now gone seven Premier League games without one.
  • Sunderland are yet to win (three points from four games) in 2014-15 - last season they took only one point from their opening eight PL games.
  • Sunderland are one of three teams yet to keep a clean sheet this season (along with Arsenal and West Ham).
  • Jack Rodwell is the only Premier League player to have been subbed off in all four games this season.
  • Sunderland have lost only one of their last five Premier League away games (W2 D2 L1).

Newcastle United v Hull City

  • None of the last six competitive meetings between Hull and Newcastle have ended as a home win (four away wins and two draws).
  • Indeed, the Tigers have won on four of their last five trips to St James' Park in all competitions (L1).
  • Newcastle have scored only 17 goals in the Premier League in 2014, fewer than any other ever-present side this year.
  • Hull are just one of five teams to score in all four of their games this season (along with Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton & Swansea).
  • Newcastle have lost eight of their last 12 Premier League games at St James Park (W3 D1).
  • Hull have scored at least once in eight of their last nine Premier League away games.
  • Hull have made more clearances than any other side in the PL this season (186).
  • Alan Pardew now has the same Premier League win percentage at Newcastle (36%) as he did at West Ham.
  • Steven Taylor is the only player to feature in the Premier League this season and not make a single pass.
  • No Newcastle player has been caught offside yet this season in the Premier League, despite playing four games.

Swansea City v Southampton

  • Swansea City have gone 287 minutes of football without a goal against Southampton.
  • Saints did the double over Swansea last season and are unbeaten in five overall against them (W2 D3).
  • There have been just five goals scored in the four Barclays Premier League meetings between Southampton and Swansea City.
  • Swansea's average possession figure of 49% is lower than Stoke's (51%) this season.
  • Swansea are one of only two teams to have won both of their home games in the Premier League this season (alongside Chelsea).
  • Southampton are looking to win three games in a row for only the third time since returning to the Premier League in August 2012.
  • Graziano Pelle has scored three goals from just six shots on target in the Premier League for Southampton.
  • Nathan Dyer has scored with all three of his shots on target for Swansea this season.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has assisted four goals in four appearances this season.
  • Swansea have used 16 players this season, fewer than any other side.

West Ham United v Liverpool

  • There have been four own goals scored in the last seven Premier League meetings between Liverpool and West Ham.
  • Steven Gerrard has scored seven Barclays Premier League goals against West Ham and six of them have been netted at the Boleyn Ground.
  • Liverpool have won eight and lost just one of the last 11 Premier League meetings with the Hammers (D2).
  • There have been five goals in the five minutes leading up to half time of the last five Premier League matches between Liverpool and West Ham.
  • West Ham's starting XI versus Hull City in their last match had an average age of 26y 355d - their youngest in the Premier League since May 2011.
  • Since the start of last season, the only English player to create more goalscoring chances in the Premier League than Stewart Downing (75) is Steven Gerrard (78).
  • If Liverpool score in this game they will set a new club top-flight record of scoring in 17 consecutive away games.
  • Liverpool have scored 33 goals in their last 11 Premier League away games.
  • Mario Balotelli has scored just one goal in his last 18 Premier League appearances.
  • West Ham have scored four goals from outside the box this season, matching their total from 2013-14.

Leicester City v Manchester United

  • The Foxes have netted just one goal in their last eight Premier League matches against Manchester United.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored in both of his Barclays Premier League appearances against Leicester City.
  • The Red Devils have won the last nine successive Premier League games against Leicester City.
  • Angel Di Maria has scored the only direct free-kick goal in the Premier League this season.
  • Wayne Rooney's 175 Premier League goals came in 378 games, compared to 258 for Thierry Henry, who also scored 175.
  • Juan Mata has eight goals and four assists in 19 Premier League games for Manchester United.
  • United have gone four Premier League away games without a win (D3 L1); they last went five without a victory in September 2001.
  • Manchester United have used a league-high 26 players already this season, at least three more than any other club.
  • Manchester United have won only four of their last 17 Premier League games on a Sunday (D7 L6).
  • Before this run, United were unbeaten in 22 Premier League games on a Sunday (W18 D4).

Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

  • Christian Eriksen scored in both Barclays Premier League games against West Brom last season.
  • West Brom are without a win in nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Spurs (D5 L4).
  • Tottenham have conceded almost as many handballs (6) as they have scored goals (7) in the Premier League this season.
  • Tottenham have given away two of the five penalties awarded in the Premier League this season.
  • Craig Gardner has been booked in four of his last five Premier League appearances, including in each of his last three.
  • Saido Berahino remains the only West Brom player to score in the Premier League this season (2).
  • Last season, Tottenham played a Premier League record 22 games on a Sunday.
  • WBA have made four errors leading to goal this season, equalling their total from last season.
  • The Baggies have won none of their last 13 Premier League games on a Sunday (D6 L7), last tasting victory when Roy Hodgson guided them to a win against Liverpool in April 2012.
  • Etienne Capoue has made the most successful passes in the Premier League this season (342).

Manchester City v Chelsea

  • Manchester City have only failed to score in two of their last 71 home league games; against Stoke last time out and against Chelsea last season.
  • Chelsea have won away from home at Manchester City more often than any other team in Barclays Premier League history (11 times).
  • The Londoners took 16 from a maximum 18 possible points in head to head matches with the other teams in the top four last season (W5 D1), including two wins over Man City.
  • Yaya Toure has not scored or assisted a single Premier League goal in his three appearances so far this season. The last time that he failed to score or assist a goal in four successive PL apps was back in between Nov-Dec 2012.
  • Joe Hart should make his 200th Premier League appearance for Man City in this game.
  • Diego Costa has scored seven goals in the first four games of the season; the PL record five games into the campaign is nine by Wayne Rooney in 2011-12.
  • City's Sergio Aguero scored eight goals in his first five games for the club in 2011-12.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances at the Etihad Stadium. He has also assisted four more goals in this period.
  • Cesc Fabregas will be looking to assist a goal for a seventh Premier League game in a row.
  • Chelsea have won all of their games by a two goal margin this season, only three sides have won by 2+ goals in their opening five games (Newcastle 94-95, Arsenal 04-05 & Chelsea 10-11 - none of them went onto win the title).
  • Eden Hazard has created the most chances (14) without recording a single assist in the Premier League this season.

Everton v Crystal Palace

  • Everton have lost three of their five previous Barclays Premier League home meetings with Crystal Palace, winning the other two.
  • Jason Puncheon has played twice at Goodison Park in the Premier League and scored on both occasions.
  • Everton are the second top scorers with nine goals, but they have conceded the most (10).
  • Leighton Baines has assisted two goals this season; he only assisted four in the whole of 2013-14.
  • Everton have delivered fewer crosses than any other team in the Premier League this season (47).
  • After winning seven home games in a row between December and April, Everton have won only one of five (L3 D1), a run that started with a 3-2 reversal to Crystal Palace.
  • Palace have scored a total of 13 goals in their last six Premier League away games, after bagging only six in their previous 15 on the road.
  • Everton have only played London teams at home so far this season (2-2 vs Arsenal, 3-6 vs Chelsea).
  • Everton have won their last four Premier League games on a Sunday, keeping a clean sheet in the last three.
  • Palace took just two points (L4 D2) from six games played on a Sunday last season.




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