PL stats: Man Utd running less than rivals, Guardiola on a roll

Date published: Friday 23rd September 2016 8:32

Guardiola and Pogba: Different starts to PL life

Guardiola and Pogba: Different starts to PL life

Manchester United have run the least furthest of any Premier League side, while Pep Guardiola is chasing Carlo Ancelotti’s record.

Opta stats: Premier League matchday six: 

Manchester United v Leicester

Saturday, 12:30pm, Old Trafford

Manchester United Wayne Rooney

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in seven home Premier League games against the Foxes (W5 D2), conceding just four goals in that time.
  • Leicester have won one of their last 18 league trips to Old Trafford (D5 L12), claiming victory in January 1998 courtesy of a Tony Cottee winner.
  • The Red Devils have scored in each of their last 14 Premier League games against Leicester, netting 33 goals.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored in three of his four games against Manchester United for Leicester in all competitions.
  • Jose Mourinho has suffered 12 defeats in his last 23 league games as a manager. His previous 12 league defeats as a boss came over a period of 110 games.
  • The Portuguese boss has suffered three consecutive league defeats just once before in his 16-year managerial career; at Chelsea between October-November 2015.
  • Jose Mourinho has not won any of his last four league meetings against a team led by Claudio Ranieri, including defeats in the last two games (W0 D2 L2).
  • Islam Slimani has scored 22 goals in 23 league appearances so far in 2016, after adding to his 20 Portuguese Liga goals with two more on his Premier League debut last weekend.
  • Slimani has scored nine headed goals in league competition in 2016 – seven for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Liga and two for Leicester City in the Premier League.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored in six successive home appearances in league competition (four for PSG, two for Man Utd), netting 12 times in these six games.
  • Manchester United have covered 526.6km in the Premier League so far this season; lower than any other side.
  • Against Watford on MD5, Man Utd ran just 98.9km; their second lowest distance in a single Premier League match since the start of 2013-14 (when tracking data first became available).

 

 

Ronald Koeman: Has Everton upwardly mobile

 Bournemouth v Everton

Saturday, 3pm, Vitality Stadium

  • Bournemouth have never beaten Everton in six previous attempts in all competitions (D1 L5), with their only draw coming in this exact Premier League fixture last season.
  • Everton have hit at least two goals in all of their six previous meetings with the Cherries in all competitions, including seven in three games last season.
  • Bournemouth netted three times in the last 10 minutes of their home Premier League game with the Toffees last season to secure a 3-3 draw; Junior Stanislas’ equaliser was timed at 97:13, the second latest goal in the PL last season after John Terry (97:53), also vs Everton.
  • After going 11 appearances and 1028 minutes without a Premier League goal, Romelu Lukaku has now scored four times in his last two PL apps.
  • The Cherries have won just two of their last 13 Premier League matches (W2 D2 L9) and during this run they have only scored more than a single goal on one occasion.
  • Ronald Koeman lost his only previous Premier League trip to the Vitality Stadium as manager of Southampton last season, going down 2-0 in March.
  • Koeman has won 13 points from his first five Premier League games in charge of Everton – previous manager Roberto Martinez won 12 points from his final 13 PL games at the club.
  • Everton have won four of their first five Premier League games in 2016-17 – on the last two occasions they won five of their opening six top-flight games in a season, they went on to win the title (1969-70 and 1962-63).
  • Bournemouth have only won consecutive Premier League home games once before – versus Southampton and Swansea back in March.
  • Meanwhile, Everton haven’t won three consecutive Premier League away games since April 2014.

 

 Sadio Mane: Moved to Liverpool this summer

Liverpool v Hull

Saturday, 3pm, Anfield

  • Liverpool have never lost a home game against Hull in all competitions (W8 D2) and drew 0-0 in the most recent meeting in October 2014.
  • The Tigers’ joint-heaviest Premier League defeat (along with 0-5 v Wigan) came at Anfield in September 2009, losing 6-1.
  • Hull have visited Anfield seven times in league competition without winning; the only three teams they have visited more often without winning are Chelsea (17), Man United (12) and Man City (10).
  • All of Hull’s three Premier League clean sheets against the Reds have been kept by different goalkeepers – Matt Duke, Eldin Jakupovic and Steve Harper.
  • It is Mike Phelan’s 54th birthday on the day of this game. There have been 18 occasions of a manager winning a Premier League game on their birthday, with 25 instances of a manager losing a match in the competition on their birthday.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League games at Anfield (W7 D6) – it was 0-1 vs Manchester United in January and is the only home league match in which Liverpool have failed to score under the German manager.
  • Hull City have named an unchanged starting XI in each of their five Premier League games this season. The last time a side did this for longer from the start of a season was Aston Villa in 2008-09 (a run of seven games).
  • The Reds have lost just one of their last 39 Premier League home games against a newly promoted side (1-2 vs Blackpool in October 2010); winning 29 and drawing nine of these matches.
  • Sadio Mane has scored seven goals in his last five Premier League home games (six for Southampton and one for Liverpool).
  • Robert Snodgrass has scored in his last two league games for Hull City – he’s never scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances before.

 

 

Harry Kane: Gifted the winner at White Hart Lane

Middlesbrough v Tottenham

Saturday, 3pm, Riverside Stadium

  • Middlesbrough have lost only once in their last 11 home Premier League games against Spurs (1-2 in April 2007).
  • Tottenham have won 22 of their last 24 Premier League games (D2) against newly promoted sides since losing 1-0 to QPR in April 2012.
  • Middlesbrough have scored more Premier League goals against Tottenham than they have against any other side (37 in 28 meetings).
  • Indeed, Middlesbrough have beaten Tottenham nine times in the Premier League – only against Man City have they picked up more victories (11, also nine against West Ham).
  • This will be Middlesbrough’s 250th Premier League game at the Riverside Stadium (W98 D74 L77 so far).
  • Since the start of 2014-15, Harry Kane has missed just four Premier League games for Tottenham Hotspur, with Spurs failing to win any of them and scoring just twice (D1 L3).
  • Middlesbrough haven’t failed to win any of their opening three home Premier League fixtures of a season since 2000-01, when they were winless in their first eight at the Riverside.
  • Spurs have only remained unbeaten in their opening six Premier League games of a season on one previous occasion – in 2004-05
  • All five of Middlesbrough’s Premier League goals this season have come before half time in matches, while both the goals that Spurs have conceded have also come in the first half.
  • Tottenham have fielded the youngest average starting XI over the opening five matchdays of the 2016-17 Premier League season (25y 208d).

 

 

Nacer Chadli: Two goals and two assists

Stoke v West Brom

Saturday, 3pm, Bet365 Stadium

  • Stoke City had three players sent off across their two Premier League meetings with the Baggies last season, including two in the first-half of this exact fixture.
  • West Brom have won their last three Premier League meetings with Stoke – a win here will equal their best run against another opponent in the competition (4 straight wins against Sunderland between Feb 2012 and Sep 2013).
  • The Potters have kept more Premier League clean sheets against the Baggies than they have against any other side (8), shipping just eight goals in 14 meetings against them.
  • Tony Pulis has won all four of his Premier League meetings against his former side, once with Crystal Palace and three with West Brom.
  • Stoke have never lost their opening three home fixtures of a league season in their history.
  • Indeed, the Potters haven’t lost five consecutive league games since January 2005, while Mark Hughes has never lost five league games in a row as a manager.
  • The Baggies scored four goals in their last league match against West Ham – as many as they’d mustered in their seven previous Premier League games combined.
  • Indeed, Nacer Chadli was involved in four of their goals against West Ham (2 goals, 2 assists), as many as he’d been involved in in his previous 28 in the competition.
  • Four of West Brom’s last seven away goals in the Premier League have been scored by Jose Salomon Rondon.
  • Stoke’s last five Premier League goals have all come in the second half of games, including all three this season.

 

 Christian Benteke Crystal Palace

Sunderland v Crystal Palace

Saturday, 3pm,Stadium of Light

  • Sunderland have failed to win any of their three Premier League home games against Crystal Palace, drawing two and losing one.
  • There has been a goal in the 80th minute or later in five of the six Premier League meetings between these sides, including four strikes in the 90th minute.
  • Connor Wickham has scored three goals in this exact fixture across the last two seasons – once for Sunderland in 2014-15 and twice for the Eagles last season.
  • Christian Benteke has scored six goals in seven Premier League meetings with Sunderland (including his first Premier League hat-trick in April 2013), more than he has against any other opponent.
  • Sunderland have made 14 changes to their starting XI in their opening five Premier League games of the season – more than any other side.
  • Alan Pardew’s side have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time in 2016 – they’ve not won three in a row since August 2015.
  • The Black Cats’ first league win in each of the last three campaigns has come in October.
  • David Moyes has not lost three consecutive home Premier League games as manager since September 2008, while in charge of Everton.
  • Since the start of last season, Scott Dann has scored seven Premier League goals – two more than any other Crystal Palace player and two more than any other defender in the division.
  • Meanwhile, Sunderland’s last four league goals at the Stadium of Light have all been scored by defenders (2 each of Lamina Kone and Patrick van Aanholt).

 

 

Kelechi Iheanacho: Scored the second

Swansea v Manchester City

Saturday, 3pm, Liberty Stadium

  • The Swans have won just one of their last 12 league meetings with Manchester City (D2 L9), 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium back in March 2012.
  • Man City have scored 15 goals in their last six Premier League meetings with Swansea (W5 D1), an average of 2.5 per game.
  • After scoring in just one of their opening five Premier League meetings with Man City, Swansea have found the net in each of their last five against them. However, they’ve also conceded in each of those games.
  • Kelechi Iheanacho scored in both fixtures against Swansea last season, including City’s opener in this exact fixture.
  • Indeed, Iheanacho has scored 10 Premier League goals from just 14 shots on target.
  • Pep Guardiola has won his first five Premier League games – the only manager to win more was Carlo Ancelotti, who won his first six as manager of Chelsea in 2009.
  • The Citizens also won their opening five league games last season – they’ve never won their first six games in a top-flight campaign before.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored nine goals in five games for Manchester City in all competitions this season.
  • Man City have scored 2+ goals in each of their opening five Premier League games this season; a run only six teams can better from the start of a campaign (6 – Newcastle 94-95, Arsenal 04-05, Chelsea 09-10, and Man United 10-11, 7 – Chelsea 97-98 and 12 – Man City 11-12).
  • The Swans are winless in their last four Premier League games, their joint-worst such run under Francesco Guidolin (also four in February 2016).

 

 Arsene Wenger: Will address penalty problem

Arsenal v Chelsea

Saturday, 3pm, 5:30pm

  • The Gunners are winless in their last nine Premier League meetings with Chelsea since a 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge in October 2011 – only against Liverpool have they had a longer such run in the competition (12 between 1994 and 2000).
  • Indeed, Arsenal have failed to score in their last six Premier League games against Chelsea – their joint-longest such run in the competition (also against Liverpool between 1997 and 2000).
  • Chelsea haven’t lost any of their last five league visits to the Emirates (W2 D3) since a 1-3 loss in December 2010. They’ve conceded just one goal in that run.
  • Chelsea have won more league games at the Emirates Stadium than any other away side (4).
  • This will be Arsene Wenger’s 55th meeting against Chelsea as Arsenal manager in all competitions – he’s only faced Man United more with the Gunners (56).
  • Antonio Conte will be the 12th Chelsea manager Wenger has faced in the Premier League, more than any other club.
  • Conte hasn’t gone three league games without a win since a run of four draws with Juventus in March 2012. He’s not lost consecutive league games since December 2009 while at Atalanta.
  • The Gunners are looking to record four successive Premier League wins for the first time since October 2015 (a run of five).
  • Diego Costa has scored five goals in five Premier League games this season, scoring each of Chelsea’s last three in the competition.
  • The Gunners are winless in five London derbies in the league played at home – they last went six without a win on home soil in October 1974.
  • Arsenal are winless in their last eight Premier League games in which Michael Oliver was referee (D5 L3), while Chelsea are unbeaten in 13 with Oliver officiating (W7 D6).
  • Arsenal have had four players sent off in their last five Premier League meetings with Chelsea and have been given more red cards against the Blues than versus any other opponent (7).

 

 Michail Antonio: Called into the England squad

West Ham v Southampton

Sunday, 4pm, London Stadium

  • The team scoring first has gone on to lose this exact fixture in each of the last three seasons, with West Ham coming from behind twice (L1).
  • The Saints have won just one of their last five league visits to face West Ham (D1 L3), with both teams scoring in each match.
  • The Hammers have only failed to score in one of their 14 home Premier League meetings with Southampton (0-1 in December 2002).
  • Michail Antonio scored his first ever Premier League goal in this exact fixture last season as West Ham came from behind to win 2-1.
  • Antonio has scored 10 headed Premier League goals in 2016 – twice as many as any other player.
  • Indeed, West Ham have had five headed shots on target in the Premier League this season, all of which have been converted by Antonio.
  • West Ham have conceded four goals in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since March 2008, when they conceded four goals in three straight games.
  • Indeed, the Hammers have lost three consecutive Premier League games for the first time under Slaven Bilic – they’ve not lost four in a row since April 2014.
  • Saints have scored just four goals in their five Premier League games this season and never more than once in a match.
  • West Ham have scored in each of their last 13 home league games, netting at least twice on nine occasions.

 

 Troy Deeney Watford

Burnley v Watford

Monday, 8pm, Turf Moor

  • This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between Burnley and Watford.
  • Five of the last six league meetings between these sides have ended level (Watford winning the other), including each of the last four.
  • The Clarets are unbeaten in their last eight home league meetings with Watford (W4 D4), since a 2-3 defeat in April 2004.
  • Troy Deeney has scored in three of his last five games against Burnley, though all of these goals came at Vicarage Road.
  • Deeney currently has 98 goals in all competitions for Watford. Only Luther Blissett, Tommy Barnett, Ross Jenkins and Cliff Holton have previously reached the century for the club.
  • Watford have had the oldest starting XI on average in the opening five matchdays of the 2016-17 Premier League season (29y 281d).
  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche managed Watford between June 2011 and July 2012, taking charge of 49 games in all competitions, winning 17 of these (34.7%).
  • Watford have scored 3+ goals in consecutive Premier League games for the first time. The Hornets not done this in three successive league games since January 2011 (a run of four).
  • Sean Dyche’s side have conceded just five goals in their last 16 home league games, and never more than once in a match in that time.
  • Burnley have lost both of their Premier League games played on a Monday (vs Everton in December 2009 and Chelsea in August 2014), while Watford lost both of their Monday games 0-1 last season (vs Tottenham in December and Swansea in January).

 

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