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Wayne Rooney: Scored 10 times v Villa

Wayne Rooney: Scored 10 times v Villa

Liverpool have fired in more shots on target than any other team and hit the woodwork more than anyone, while Wayne Rooney loves facing Villa.

TEAMtalk takes a look at all the Opta stats ahead of the action in the Premier League this weekend with Liverpool travelling to Tottenham looking to add to their impressive tally of 97 shots on target.

Saturday's lunchtime clash between Man City and Arsenal pits the two most clinical teams in the Barclays Premier League with City scoring with 20.6% of their shots and Arsenal 18.9% - surely there will be goals then?

And on Sunday Rooney and Manchester United travel to Aston Villa with the England man looking to improve on his 10 goals against Villa - his joint-highest tally against any opponent in Premier League history.

And discover which team have committed over 200 fouls - more than any other team in the top flight this season.

Manchester City v Arsenal (Sat, 12.45pm)

This match pits the two most clinical teams in the Barclays Premier League with Man City scoring with 20.6% of their shots and Arsenal 18.9%.

Arsenal have scored more goals than any other team away at Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League era (28).

No team has won more Barclays Premier League games against Manchester City than Arsenal (21 along with Chelsea) or won more often on City's own ground (10 along with Chelsea).

There have been six red cards in the last six Premier League meetings between Man City (4) and Arsenal (2).

There have been just seven goals scored in the last six meetings in all competitions between Arsenal and Man City.

Only two of the last eight meetings between City and Arsenal in all competitions have ended as home wins (HW2, D3, AW3).

The last time Arsenal won at the Etihad Stadium, Samir Nasri was playing for Arsenal and netted the opening goal (October 2010).

Manchester City have conceded the highest percentage of second half goals in this season's Premier League (73%).

Man City have the best home attack (29 goals) and the best home defence (2 conceded), while Arsenal have the joint-best away attack (14 scored) and the best away defence (5 shipped).

Manchester City have scored in 57 consecutive home games in the Premier League. This run started after three games at the Etihad without scoring for the Citizens, the first of which was a 0-3 defeat to Arsenal.

Cardiff City v West Bromwich Albion

Peter Whittingham scored in his last two league appearances against West Brom for Cardiff.

West Brom have lost none of their last seven away games against Cardiff (W2 D5 L0) - their last defeat coming at Ninian Park in Dec 1960.

David Marshall has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the top flight this season (61).

Cardiff have won just one of their last six Premier League home matches (W1 D2 L3).

The Welsh side have failed to net in their last three Premier League games since their last-gasp equaliser against Manchester United last month.

Cardiff defender Steven Caulker (26) has blocked more shots than any other player in the Premier League this season.

Only Crystal Palace (8.1%) and Spurs (7.5%) have a lower conversion rate of shots into goals than Cardiff (9.5%) this season in the Premier League.

West Brom have the fourth worst shooting accuracy (36.3%) while Cardiff have the third worst rate (36.2%) in the Premier League so far in 2013-14.

West Brom have won just one of their last nine Premier League games (W1 D4 L4) and lost their last three in a row.

The Welsh side have committed fewer fouls than any other team in the top flight (135) this season.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Chelsea have gained more points from losing positions than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season (11).

Crystal Palace have kept four clean sheets in their last five Barclays Premier League matches.

Chelsea inflicted Tony Pulis' heaviest ever defeat as a Barclays Premier League coach - 0-7 versus Stoke City in April 2010 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have won seven and lost none of their last 11 league meetings with Crystal Palace (D4).

Crystal Palace have averaged just 0.93 points per game in Premier League London derbies, only Fulham (0.91) have a lower return of clubs from the capital.

The Blues have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League matches.

Chelsea have already conceded more Premier League goals (17) than they did in the whole of Jose Mourinho's debut season in 2004-05 (15).

The Eagles have scored just six goals in their last 12 Premier League games.

Mile Jedinak has made more interceptions than any other Premier League player this season (50).

Marouane Chamakh has scored in back to back Premier League appearances for the first time since November 2010. He has never scored in three successive PL apps.

Everton v Fulham

Everton have won more home games against Fulham (12) than versus any other Barclays Premier League opponent.

Fulham have lost five of their last six Barclays Premier League away games and have failed to score in all those defeats.

Fulham have never won away against Everton in the league (L21 D4). They drew four of their first five visits to Goodison Park but have lost the last 20 in a row.

The Whites have scored just 10 goals in their last 21 away league games against the Toffees.

Everton have won five and lost none of the last seven Barclay Premier League games against Fulham.

The Toffees have lost just one of their 15 Premier League matches this season (W7 D7 L1) and are unbeaten in the last eight (W4 D4).

Everton have lost just two of their last 35 Premier League home games (W23 D10 L2), but both defeats came to London sides (Arsenal & Chelsea). The Toffees are unbeaten in the last 16 at Goodison Park (W11 D5).

The last time that Everton went unbeaten a home in the league for a whole calendar year was back in 1962. They have only managed this three times previously (1894, 1939, 1962).

Everton have kept nine clean sheets in their last 12 league games on home soil.

A 2-0 victory against Aston Villa last weekend ended a run of six consecutive Premier League defeats for Fulham.

Newcastle United v Southampton

Newcastle have won nine and lost none of their last 10 home matches in all competitions against Southampton.

Only Liverpool v Tottenham (8) has seen more own goals than Newcastle v Southampton (7) in Barclays Premier League history.

Southampton have scored the joint-most own goals at St James Park (4) of any team on any away ground in Premier League history (along with Liverpool at White Hart Lane and West Ham at Anfield).

Southampton have scored more headed goals than any other team in the top flight this season (8).

Southampton have scored just six goals in their last 10 Premier League away games.

The Saints have conceded more goals (9) in their last four Premier League games than they shipped in the previous 14 (8).

Newcastle United have won five of their last six Premier League matches (W5 L1).

Alan Pardew's side haven't scored more than two goals in a Premier League game since February - in a 4-2 win against Southampton. They have netted 27 in their last 26 PL games.

Alan Pardew was manager of Southampton before he joined Newcastle, winning 34 of the 64 games where he was in charge of the Saints.

Southampton have won 52 penalties in Premier League history, scoring 50 of them, giving them the best conversion rate of any team who have taken 10 or more (96%).

West Ham United v Sunderland

West Ham have won six of their last eight Barclays Premier League home games against Sunderland.

Sunderland have won three and lost none of their last four Barclays Premier League games against West Ham.

The suspended Kevin Nolan has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games against Sunderland.

Sunderland have dropped the most points from winning positions in the Premier League this season (11).

Sunderland have fired in fewer shots on target than any other team in the top flight this season (37).

Sunderland have now scored five own goals this season; at least three more than any other Premier League side.

West Ham have won just two of their last 14 Premier League matches (W2 D4 L8).

Only Everton (8) have kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than West Ham (7) this season.

Sunderland (2) have kept the fewest clean sheets in the top flight this season.

The Black Cats have picked up more red cards (4) than any other team in the top tier in 2013-14. No other side has been given more than two.

Hull City v Stoke City (Sat, 5.30pm)

Hull have lost just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League home games (W4 D3 L1)

Stoke City have lost just one of their last six Barclays Premier League matches (W2 D3 L1).

Hull have won just one of their last eight league matches against Stoke (W1 D4 L3) and just one of the last five on home soil (W1 D1 L3).

Stoke have fewer points after 15 games than in any of their previous five Premier League campaigns (17).

Stoke have committed more fouls than any other team in the top flight (202) this season.

However, Mark Hughes' side have taken just one point from the last 15 available on the road (W0 D1 L4) in the Premier League.

Only Manchester City (2) have conceded fewer goals in home games than Hull have this season (3), but only Aston Villa (6) have scored fewer on home soil than the Tigers (7).

Hull City have seen more opponents sent off than any other team in the top flight this season (3).

On the last occasion that Danny Graham scored in a Premier League away game (Dec 2012), he went on to score in his following appearance at home in the competition.

This will be the 13th Premier League meeting as coaches between these two former Manchester United team-mates with Steve Bruce winning four and Mark Hughes six of the dozen encounters. This will also be the sixth different fixture in which they have met.

Aston Villa v Manchester United (Sun. 1.30pm)

Aston Villa are the only team in the league this season to have not dropped any points from a match in which they have been leading.

Wayne Rooney has scored eight goals in his last 10 Barclays Premier League games against Villa, but they have all come in braces.

Aston Villa have won just one of their last 35 Barclays Premier League games against Manchester United (W1 D9 L25).

The Villans have won none of the last 17 Premier League games against United at Villa Park since their infamous win on the opening day of the 1995-96 season (L11 D6).

Wayne Rooney has netted 10 goals against Aston Villa, his joint-highest tally against any opponent in Premier League history.

No team has ever come back from 13 or more points adrift, having played the same number of games, to win the Premier League title.

Christian Benteke has now gone 10 hours and 40 minutes without scoring a Premier League goal.

Aston Villa have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League home games and six of their last nine overall in the competition.

Manchester United have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games.

If Man Utd lose this match it would be just the fourth time in the Premier League where have lost three in a row (Nov 1996, May 2001 & Dec 2001).

Norwich City v Swansea City (Sun, 1.30pm)

There have been 20 goals scored in just four Barclays Premier League meetings between Norwich and Swansea.

Swansea forward Michu scored three goals in two games against Norwich City last season.

Robert Snodgrass scored in both Premier League games for Norwich against Swansea last season and also assisted two goals for the Canaries.

Martin Olsson has cleared more shots off the line that any other player in the Premier League this season (3), while Norwich have made more clearances off the line than any other side (7).

Norwich have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League this season (91).

The Canaries have been caught offside just 17 times this season, fewer than any other side in the league.

Gary Hooper has scored in each of Norwich's last two Premier League home games.

Last weekend John Ruddy became only the fourth different goalkeeper to record 10+ saves in a Premier League game this season (plus Krul, Begovic & Marshall twice).

Norwich are looking to win three successive Premier League home games for the first time since five in a row last season, a run that ended on December 15 (exactly one year ago).

Geographically this is the widest east-west fixture ever to feature in the English top-flight.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool (Sun, 4pm)

Tottenham have won the last six matches in all competitions when Liverpool have visited White Hart Lane.

Liverpool have fired in more shots on target than any other team in the top flight this season (97).

Liverpool have scored a higher percentage of first half goals (68%) than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season.

Spurs have only once had more points after 15 games of a Premier League season than they have this season (27 - most was 34 in 2011-12).

Liverpool have scored four own goals at White Hart Lane, the joint-highest figure of any team on any ground in Premier League history (along with Southampton at St James Park & West Ham at Anfield).

Tottenham against Liverpool has seen the joint-most penalties in Premier League history (17 along with Everton v Newcastle), though 11 of them have been at Anfield.

Liverpool have only managed one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League games, this after keeping four in their previous four PL games.

Only Aston Villa (6) have scored fewer home goals than Spurs (7) this season in the Premier League.

Liverpool have hit the woodwork more often than any other team in the Premier League (10).

Luis Suarez has scored 15 goals in his last 11 Premier League matches.

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