PL stats: Sturridge and Rooney itching to extend impressive records

Date published: Friday 30th September 2016 8:40

Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney have impressive records against their Premier League opponents this weekend – but will they play?

Opta stats ahead of Premier League matchday seven:

Everton v Crystal Palace

Friday, 8pm, Goodison Park

Yannick Bolasie: Watched by Jordon Ibe

  • Everton have won just one of their last six Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (D3 L2) – winning 1-0 in January 2015 courtesy of a goal from Romelu Lukaku.
  • Christian Benteke has scored four and assisted one more in five Premier League appearances against Everton.
  • The Eagles are unbeaten in their last three Premier League visits to Goodison Park (W2 D1), scoring seven and conceding five goals in the process.
  • Romelu Lukaku has netted three goals in his last four top-flight appearances against Crystal Palace.
  • Ronaldo Koeman has seen his team(s) keep only two clean sheets in his last 18 Premier League games as a manager.
  • Palace have collected just one point fewer in their last four Premier League games (10) than their other 21 Premier League games in 2016.
  • Palace have not won four Premier League games in a row since April 2015.
  • The Eagles have gone 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet.
  • Yannick Bolasie has made two assists for Everton this season, only one fewer than he managed in the Premier League in the whole of 2015-16 for Palace.
  • Everton have conceded fewer shots on target than any other Premier League team this season (12).


Swansea v Liverpool

Saturday, 12:30pm, Liberty Stadium

Daniel Sturridge: Lasted less than an hour at Chelsea

  • Swansea’s 3-1 victory in May 2016 ended a run of eight games in all competitions without a win against Liverpool (D2 L6).
  • Liverpool have won only one of their five visits to Liberty Stadium in the Premier League (D2 L2) – 1- 0 in March 2015.
  • Daniel Sturridge has been directly involved in six goals in his six PL appearances against Swansea for Liverpool (four goals, two assists).
  • Liverpool have found the back of the net in each of their last seven Premier League clashes with Swansea, netting 18 goals; although only four have arrived away from home.
  • Liverpool have scored 16 goals in six Premier League games this season, last campaign it took them until their 13th match to reach this total.
  • James Milner has scored three penalties this season, more than 17 of the 20 Premier League teams.
  • Liverpool’s goal tally after eight competitive games this season (24) is their highest in 121 years, since 1895-96 (34 goals).
  • Liverpool have scored more goals than any other team in the Premier League since Jurgen Klopp’s first game in Oct 2015
  • No team has scored more away goals in the Premier League in 2016 than Liverpool (26, level with Tottenham).
  • Fernando Llorente is the 61st Spaniard to score in the Premier League and is currently one of 17 to have a single goal, alongside the likes of Fran Merida, Xisco and Kepa.


Hull v Chelsea

KC Stadium, Saturday, 3pm

Eden Hazard: On target for Chelsea

  • Hull have never beaten Chelsea in the Premier League, losing six and drawing twice.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 12 matches in all competitions against Hull City, winning 10 (D2).
  • Diego Costa and Eden Hazard scored in both Premier League fixtures against Hull in 2014/15. Indeed, five of Chelsea’s last seven PL goals against the Tigers have been scored or assisted by Costa and Hazard.
  • Hazard has scored in each of his last three Premier League clashes with Hull; he’s never scored in four consecutive PL matches against a single opponent (also three in a row vs Spurs).
  • Courtesy of his red card v Liverpool last weekend, this will be the first Premier League game that Ahmed Elmohamady has ever missed for Hull (38 games in 13/14, 38 in 14/15 and six in 16/17).
  • Hull have conceded 40 shots on target this season, more than any other Premier League team.
  • If Chelsea lose this game they will have lost as many games under Antonio Conte (3) in seven matches as they did in 21 outings under Guus Hiddink last season.
  • Chelsea have used a league-low 17 players this season, with Hull next lowest on 18.
  • Diego Costa has been booked in four of his six Premier League appearances this season.
  • Hull have had a red card in their last two games, there have only been eight instances in Premier League history of teams getting men sent off in three successive matches, most recently by West Ham in August 2015.


Sunderland v West Brom

Stadium of Light, Saturday, 3pm

Jermain Defoe: Slots past Steve Mandanda

  • Sunderland have won once in their last 13 Premier League contests with West Brom (D4 L8) – winning 2-0 in May 2014.
  • Tony Pulis has avoided defeat in his last six Premier League matches against Sunderland (W1 D5), keeping five clean sheets.
  • However, Pulis’ teams have failed to score in six of their last eight top-flight meetings with Sunderland (two scored in total).
  • The last two instances of Sunderland at home to WBA have finished 0-0; only twice before has an exact PL fixture ended 0-0 in three consecutive occasions (Aston Villa at home to Coventry & Middlesbrough at home to Leeds).
  • Jermain Defoe has scored 23 goals for Sunderland in the Premier League, but only eight have come at the Stadium of Light for the club (35%).
  • Sunderland are winless in their last 25 Premier League games in August/September but in October they have surged to three wins in their last seven.
  • West Brom have won only three of their last 14 Premier League games in October.
  • Tony Pulis’s men have scored five goals in their last two Premier League games, as many as they had managed in their previous 10 outings.
  • David Moyes has not seen his team(s) keep a clean sheet in the last seven Premier League games he’s managed. His record is 16 games without one at Everton in 2012-13.
  • WBA have the lowest passing accuracy in the Premier League this season (67.3%), lower than all but three of the 24 teams in the Championship in 2016-17.


Watford v Bournemouth

Vicarage Road, Saturday, 3pm

Troy Deeney: Striker celebrates equaliser

  • Watford have won four and drawn two of their last six games in all competitions versus the Cherries at Vicarage Road.
  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last five league matches against Watford, although four have ended level (W1).
  • In league competition, Bournemouth have only won once in their last 14 trips to Watford (D6 L7).
  • Troy Deeney scored a hat-trick on his first appearance vs Bournemouth for Watford in August 2013, but hasn’t netted in any of the four meetings since.
  • Eddie Howe’s joint-heaviest defeat as a manager came against Watford in August 2013, losing 6-1 at Vicarage Road (joint with losing 5-0 to Morecambe in December 2009).
  • The Hornets have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League games.
  • Bournemouth have gone 11 Premier League games without scoring more than once in a match (scoring once nine times and failing to score twice in that run).
  • Watford have conceded five headed goals in the top-flight this season, more than any other side. This equates to 45% of their total goals shipped (11).
  • Jack Wilshere has now gone 19 Premier League appearances without playing the full 90 minutes; last making it to the final whistle on September 13th 2014 against Manchester City.
  • At 29 years and 275 days, the average age of Watford’s starting 11 this season is the highest in the Premier League.


West Ham v Middlesbrough

London Stadium, Saturday, 3pm

Alvaro Negredo: Celebrates his first goal for Middlesbrough

  • West Ham United have won their last seven Premier League home games against Middlesbrough; only versus Blackburn (9) have they recorded a longer winning streak at home.
  • Alvaro Negredo has scored five goals in four appearances (all comps) against the Hammers, although all five goals arrived in the EFL Cup (0 in 2 apps in the PL).
  • West Ham have lost five of their opening six top-flight games in a season for the first time in their history.
  • Boro have lost their last five Premier League away games in London and have won only two of their last 22 trips to the nation’s capital (D3 L17).
  • Since the start of April, West Ham have conceded 19 home goals, more than any other Premier League team in that period.
  • Middlesbrough’s haven’t scored more than once in an away league game at West Ham since a 2-1 win in April 1989, netting four goals in 14 games since.
  • The Hammers have allowed their opposition 32 shots on target from inside the penalty area in the Premier League this season, more than 14 teams have allowed in total.
  • Alvaro Negredo has scored in only one of his last 18 Premier League appearances.
  • West Ham have lost all four Premier League games Dimitri Payet has appeared in this season – he only lost six games in the whole of 2015-16.
  • Víctor Valdés has played six Premier League games (two for Man Utd, four for Middlesbrough) and has never been on the winning side.


Manchester United v Stoke

Old Trafford, Sunday, 12pm

Wayne Rooney: All smiles on the United bench

  • Manchester United have won all eight previous Premier League matches against Stoke at Old Trafford; against no other side have they played more games with a 100% record (also Wigan, 8).
  • After winning none of their first 11 Premier League clashes with the Red Devils, Stoke have since won two of their last five (D1 L2).
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 16 home games in all competitions against the Potters (W15 D1), winning the last 13 in a row.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored four and assisted two more in his last three PL appearances against Stoke at Old Trafford.
  • Stoke’s last clean sheet at Old Trafford coincided with their last win there in any competition – they won 1-0 in April 1976 in the league.
  • Juan Mata has been involved in 82 goals in the Premier League since moving to England ahead of the 2011/12 season (scored 41, assisted 41), a joint-high for a midfield player (level with David Silva).
  • United have won five of the last seven Premier League games that Wayne Rooney hasn’t started.
  • Jose Mourinho has lost three of his last four matches in the Premier League in October.
  • Four of the last six Premier League teams to take two points from their opening six games (as Stoke have) have been relegated.
  • Manchester United’s most recent title (2012-13) saw them start the season with four wins and two defeats (as they have this season).


Leicester v Southampton

King Power Stadium, Sunday, 2:15pm

Charlie Austin: Striker celebrates goal

  • Leicester have lost only one of their 10 home Premier League games against the Saints, winning seven (D2).
  • The Saints have only kept one clean sheet in their last 15 top-flight trips to Leicester, doing so in a 4- 0 win in December 2001.
  • The Foxes’ haul of seven home Premier League wins against Southampton is their most against an opponent in the competition.
  • Southampton have only won one of their seven league trips to the King Power Stadium, claiming a 2-1 victory in December 2007 – they have lost two and drawn one of three Premier League visits.
  • Leicester have lost three of their six Premier League games this season (W2 D1), as many as they lost in their previous 42 in the competition (W26 D13).
  • This is the third time in the last four seasons that the defending champions have had seven points after six games (also Man Utd 13-14 and Chelsea 15-16). Only Blackburn in 1995/96 have collected fewer points from six games as a reigning Premier League champions (4).
  • The average finishing position in the Premier League era for a team with Leicester’s total of seven points from six games is 12th.
  • Southampton have gone three hours without conceding in the Premier League.
  • Since scoring in a Premier League record 11 consecutive games, Jamie Vardy has scored in only nine of 28 appearances (12 goals).
  • Charlie Austin will be trying to score in three successive Premier League appearances for the first time since Boxing Day 2014.


Tottenham v Manchester City

White Hart Lane, Sunday, 2:15pm

Heung-Min Son: Scores brace for Tottenham

  • Spurs have won 22 of their 38 Premier League games against City; should they win this game, they will have beaten them more often than they’ve defeated any other side (currently tied with 22 wins v Everton).
  • Manchester City have lost both of their last two Premier League meetings with Tottenham, the same number they lost in their previous 11 top-flight clashes with the Lilywhites (W8 D1).
  • There have been 22 goals scored in the last five Premier League meetings between these sides at White Hart Lane (9 for Spurs, 13 for Man City).
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 28 goals in his last 27 Premier League appearances for Man City.
  • Pep Guardiola needs a win from this game to break the record for best winning starts to a managerial career in the Premier League (currently tied with Carlo Ancelotti on six).
  • This game pitches together the only two unbeaten teams left in the Premier League this season.
  • Pep Guardiola has already seen his team score as many penalties (three) in six games as a Premier League manager as Gary Megson did in 137.
  • Four of Son Heung-Min’s eight Premier League goals have come in his last 229 minutes of action for Spurs.
  • Sergio Aguero’s mins-per-goal rate of one every 106 minutes is the best rate in Premier League history, 15 minutes quicker than Thierry Henry in second place.
  • Aguero now has as many Premier League goals as Paul Scholes (107), but in 345 fewer games.


Burnley v Arsenal

Turf Moor, Sunday, 4:30pm

Defour Burnley

  • Burnley are winless in seven league games against the Gunners (D3 L4), losing each of the last three in the Premier League.
  • The Clarets have netted just two goals in total in their last six league clashes with Arsenal, failing to score in four of those games.
  • The last three league meetings between the two sides at Turf Moor have produced a total of just three goals (0-0, 1-1 and most recently, 0-1).
  • Alexis Sanchez has been involved in four goals in three appearances against the Clarets in all competitions, scoring three and assisting one.
  • Hector Bellerin has provided more assists than any other Premier League defender since the start of last season (6).
  • Arsenal will attempt to win five successive league games for the first time since last October.
  • Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have the Premier League record for consecutive wins (14 in a row in 2002, the first 13 of which secured Wenger’s second league title with the club)
  • Arsenal have won 22 and drawn three of their last 25 Premier League games against newly promoted teams.
  • The Clarets have conceded just five goals in their last 17 home league games, and never more than once in a match in that period.
  • Steven Defour has been directly involved in four of Burnley’s five Premier League goals this season, scoring one and assisting three.

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