Pogba/Zlatan a lethal combo; Tottenham’s Liverpool hoodoo

Date published: Friday 10th February 2017 8:18

Tottenham will be hoping to end a pretty miserable record at Liverpool, with Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are combining well for United.

OPTA pick out the best stats ahead of this weekend’s Premier League action…

Arsenal v Hull City

  • Arsenal have won seven of their last eight Premier League meetings with Hull (D1) since losing their first game against the Tigers in the competition, back in September 2008 (1-2 at the Emirates).
  • Since that 2-1 victory, Hull are winless in 13 games against the Gunners in all competitions, losing 11 (D2) including the 2014 FA Cup Final.
  • Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in six goals in three league games against Hull (five goals, one assist).
  • Sanchez is one of three Arsenal players to average 2+ goal involvements per game in the Premier League against a particular opponent (minimum of three appearances against them) – Ian Wright against Ipswich (eight goals and three assists in five games) and Lukas Podolski against West Ham (four goals and four assists in four games).
  • This will be Marco Silva’s fourth meeting with one of the top six in the Premier League (Chelsea, Man Utd and Liverpool previously) in his first five league games as Hull boss. Of those previous three games, he’s lost only one (0-2 at Chelsea), drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford and beating Liverpool at home on MD24.
  • Marco Silva won on his only previous visit to the Emirates – 3-2 with Olympiakos in the Champions League last season. He’s the only manager to lead a Greek side to victory away on English soil in the Champions League/European Cup.
  • Hull have kept two clean sheets in as many games in February, as many as they’d kept in their previous 26 Premier League games combined – they haven’t kept three in a row in the PL since October 2008.
  • Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score in Arsenal’s last game against Chelsea, taking his substitute goal tally to four in the Premier League this season (level with Man City’s Nolito). No Arsenal player has ever scored more than four substitute goals in a Premier League season (Kanu in 1999-2000 and Emmanuel Adebayor in 2007-08 also scored four).
  • Arsenal have won 15 of their last 17 Premier League games at the Emirates against newly promoted clubs (D2) since losing 1-0 to Newcastle in November 2010 – indeed, one of only three clubs to beat the Gunners at the Emirates were Hull City in September 2008.
  • Arsenal have won 41% of the games Francis Coquelin has started in all competitions this season (9/22) – without him in the starting XI, they have won all 13 (100%).
  • Hull have failed to score in 11 of their 24 league games this season – more often than any other Premier League side.

Manchester United v Watford

  • Manchester United have never lost a home league game against the Hornets (W7 D2 L0), winning all three against them in the Premier League.
  • The Hornets’ only win at Old Trafford against the Red Devils came in October 1978 in the League Cup, with both goals scored by Luther Blissett in a 2-1 victory.
  • Watford could become just the ninth team in Premier League history to record a double over Man Utd in a season, following Arsenal (three times), Blackburn, Chelsea (three times), Everton, Liverpool (four times), Man City (three times), Swansea and West Ham.
  • Troy Deeney has scored two Premier League goals against the Red Devils, both penalties in the last five minutes of matches. However, he also scored a 90th minute own-goal to gift Manchester United victory in November 2015.
  • Deeney has scored in each of his last three Premier League games (three goals). He last scored in four in a row in December 2015.
    Wayne Rooney’s three previous appearances against Watford in all competitions have yielded three goals and two assists, with United’s record goalscorer registering a goal and an assist in his only previous appearance against them at Old Trafford in January 2007.
  • Manchester United are on their longest Premier League unbeaten run since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 (15 games – W8 D7 L0).
  • Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have created 27 chances for one another in the Premier League this season, with Pogba supplying three assists for the Swede – the most of any duo.
  • The Hornets have won their last two Premier League games and they last won three in a row in December 2015 (a run of four).
  • Since Manchester United lost 0-4 to Chelsea on October 23rd 2016, only Chelsea themselves (40) have won more Premier League points than the Red Devils (31).

Middlesbrough v Everton

  • Middlesbrough have managed just one win in their last 12 Premier League games against Everton (D4 L7), with goals from Yakubu and Mark Viduka securing a 2-1 victory in October 2006.
  • The Toffees have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League visits to the Riverside Stadium (L1), winning all three of those games.
  • In all competitions, Everton are on their best winning run against Boro since December 1931 (four wins in a row) – they have never won five consecutively against them.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in both of his previous appearances against Boro for Everton, scoring once in both a 2-0 win in the League Cup last season and a 3-1 Premier League victory earlier this campaign.
  • Lukaku is now the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 16 goals, with 25% of those goals coming in the last match against Bournemouth where he scored four.
  • The Belgian forward has scored 59 Premier League goals for Everton – just one shy of the club’s record goalscorer in the competition (Duncan Ferguson, 60).
  • Everton have used the most teenagers in the Premier League this season (4), with Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mason Holgate and Ademola Lookman all playing for the Toffees.
  • Boro have scored the fewest home Premier League goals this season (11).
  • Alvaro Negredo has been involved in six of Middlesbrough’s last nine league goals (five goals, one assist).
  • Middlesbrough have attempted the fewest shots on target in the Premier League this season (56) and are the only side to have failed to post a shot on target in more than one PL game in 2016-17 (2).

Stoke v Crystal Palace

  • Stoke have lost five of their last six Premier League matches against Palace (D1), losing each of the last four.
  • In all competitions, the Eagles are on a run of five consecutive victories against the Potters and haven’t lost against them since August 2013.
  • Stoke have lost just one of their last 10 home Premier League games (W4 D5).
  • Sam Allardyce has won only one of his seven Premier League visits as a manager to the Bet365 Stadium (D2 L4) – a 1-0 win while West Ham manager in March 2013. This will be his eighth visit with his fourth different club (Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland previously).
  • Allardyce has collected just four points in his first seven Premier League games as Palace boss, his worst start as manager of a Premier
  • League club (previous worst after seven games was nine points with Sunderland last season).
  • The Eagles have received the second most yellow cards in the Premier League this season (54) but are yet to receive a red card.
  • Christian Benteke has scored nine goals for the Eagles this season – only two Palace players have ever reached double figures in a Premier League season (Chris Armstrong, 15 in 1992-93 and Andy Johnson, 21 in 2004-05).
  • Stoke forward Saido Berahino has hit three goals in seven Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace – against no side has he scored more (also scored three against Sunderland and West Ham).
  • Peter Crouch has been involved in five of Stoke’s last eight Premier League goals (four goals, one assist).
  • Since his Premier League debut in September 2012, only Olivier Giroud (24) has scored more headed goals than Christian Benteke (20), with four of those coming this season.

Sunderland v Southampton

  • Sunderland haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last eight Premier League games against the Saints (W1 D5 L2), conceding 16 goals – although half of those came in an 8-0 defeat in October 2014.
  • There hasn’t been a goalless draw between these sides in any competition since March 1978 – each of the last 37 games has seen at least one goal scored.
  • David Moyes has lost only once in 11 previous Premier League meetings with Southampton (0-1 in September 2002 at Everton), though six matches have been draws (W4).
  • Jermain Defoe has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances against Southampton for Sunderland. Both goals came away from home – giving Sunderland the lead in the 80th and 85th minute respectively, only for Southampton to equalise five minutes later both times.
  • Defoe’s two goals against Crystal Palace took him into second place in Sunderland’s all-time leading Premier League goalscorers with 33 goals, one ahead of Niall Quinn on 32 – although he is 28 goals behind Kevin Phillips (61 goals).
  • Three of Sunderland’s last four Premier League goals against the Saints have been penalties (two from Jordi Gomez and one from Defoe).
  • Southampton are one of three Premier League sides yet to collect a point away from home in 2017, along with Burnley and Bournemouth.
  • Only Hull (77) have faced more shots on target in home Premier League games this season than the Black Cats (76).
  • Manolo Gabbiadini became the 100th Premier League scorer for Southampton when he scored against West Ham – only one Saints player has ever scored in their first two Premier League appearances for the club, with Henri Camara doing so in February 2005.
  • Sunderland have kept as many clean sheets in their last two league outings (2) as they did in the 22 games under David Moyes prior to that.

West Ham United v West Brom

  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last seven home Premier League meetings against the Baggies, though five have been draws (W2).
  • West Brom’s last top-flight win over the Hammers came in September 2002, with Jason Roberts scoring the only goal to give the Baggies their first ever Premier League away victory.
  • However, the Baggies’ last away win at West Ham came in the second tier in November 2003; when they came from 3-0 down to win 4-3.
  • Mark Noble has scored three Premier League goals against West Brom – only against Southampton (4) has he scored more.
  • Andy Carroll needs one goal to become only the fifth West Ham player to score 30 Premier League goals for the club after Paolo Di Canio (47), Carlton Cole (41), Trevor Sinclair (37) and Mark Noble (33).
  • Carroll has hit four goals in five Premier League appearances in 2017; no other Hammers player has more than one.
  • West Brom’s last two league goals have both been scored by James Morrison and both were scored in the sixth minute of the game.
  • Only Kevin De Bruyne (9) has assisted more Premier League goals than Matt Phillips this season (8).
  • Phillips has both scored and assisted in three different Premier League games this season – no player has done so in more.
  • The Hammers have conceded four or more goals in three of their 12 Premier League games at London Stadium – they did so in just three of their last 106 games at Upton Park.
  • The Baggies are averaging the lowest possession in the Premier League this season (37%) – they’re the only side yet to have more possession than their opponents in a single Premier League game this season.

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Liverpool are on an eight game unbeaten run against Spurs in the Premier League (W5 D3 L0); they last went nine without defeat against them in March 1998.
  • Spurs have lost 15 of their 24 visits to Anfield in the Premier League (W2 D7) – they have only lost more often at Old Trafford (20) and Stamford Bridge (16).
  • Mauricio Pochettino has never beaten the Reds as Spurs manager (D3 L3), including losing a League Cup fourth round tie earlier this season. However, when he was manager of Southampton he won two of three games (L1) against them.
  • Only against Newcastle (88) have Liverpool scored more Premier League goals than against Spurs (83).
  • There have been nine own goals in Premier League meetings between these sides – more than in any other Premier League fixture.
  • Liverpool have scored 12 penalties against Spurs in the Premier League – the most by a team against an opponent in the history of the competition.
  • The Reds have scored more penalties than any other Premier League side this season (6), with all six converted by James Milner.
  • Liverpool have won just one of their 10 games in all competitions in 2017; this is their worst start to a calendar year since 1993, when they mustered just one win in their opening 11 matches.
  • Spurs have conceded the fewest goals from open play in the Premier League this season (7). Indeed, Liverpool have shipped more goals from open play (18) than Spurs have in total this season (16).
  • Harry Kane has been involved in all three of Spurs’ goals in their last two Premier League games at Anfield, scoring twice and assisting once.
  • No player has more Premier League goals in 2017 than Harry Kane (6 – level with Romelu Lukaku). He is the only player to score 20+
  • Premier League goals in the last two calendar years (27 in 2015, 22 in 2016).
  • Four of Spurs’ last five away Premier League wins have seen them score four goals, most recently a 4-1 win at Watford on New Years’ Day. However, they’ve never scored more than three goals in a game at Anfield.
  • Jürgen Klopp has an identical record to Brendan Rodgers in his opening 54 Premier League games as Liverpool boss (W26 D16 L12).

Burnley v Chelsea

  • Burnley have never won a Premier League encounter against Chelsea, losing four of five previous attempts (D1).
  • Chelsea have won their last three top-flight trips to Turf Moor, last losing there in a top-flight encounter in August 1973 when they were beaten 1-0 by a Frank Casper goal.
  • The Clarets have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11 games against the Blues in all competitions, doing so in a 3-0 win in the second tier in April 1983.
  • Burnley have lost all four of their Premier League matches played on a Sunday this season, while Chelsea have won five and drawn one – the Blues haven’t lost a league game on a Sunday since August 2015 against Man City.
  • Diego Costa’s first Premier League goal came against Burnley in August 2014 – since then, only Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero (both 60) have scored more Premier League goals than he has (47).
  • The Blues have kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (13), four more than they managed in the entirety of the 2015-16 season.
  • Only Spurs (32) and Chelsea (33) have more home Premier League points than Burnley (28) this season, while the Blues have the best away record with 26 points.
  • The record for the most home points collected by a newly promoted team in a 38-game Premier League season is 38, set by Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic in 2000-01.
  • Chelsea are 30 points better off after 24 Premier League games this season (59) than they were last season (29) and already have nine points more than they did at the end of last season (50).
  • Cesc Fabregas has created a goalscoring chance for a teammate on average every 22 minutes in the Premier League this season (24 in 526 minutes of game time).
  • The Clarets have won their last five home Premier League games – they haven’t won six consecutively in the top-flight since November 1961 (eight in a row).


Swansea City v Leicester City

  • Since beating Leicester in their first Premier League meeting in October 2014, the Swans have lost each of their last four, scoring once and conceding 11.
  • However, the Foxes’ 3-0 victory at Liberty Stadium last season ended a run of three consecutive league defeats there, two of which were in the Championship.
  • None of the last 12 meetings in all competitions between these sides has ended as a draw, with Leicester winning nine and Swansea three.
  • Riyad Mahrez scored a hat-trick in this exact fixture last season, the first scored by a Leicester player in an away Premier League game.
  • Leicester are the only Premier League side yet to score a goal in 2017 and have gone five games without one. The last top-flight side to fail to score in their opening six games of a calendar year were Stoke City in 1985.
  • Swansea have already conceded 54 Premier League goals this season – the joint-most they have ever done in a Premier League season (also 54 in 2013-14).
  • The Foxes remain without an away win in the Premier League since a 2-0 victory at Sunderland last April – they are on a run of 14 games without a win (D5 L9). Only once before in the Premier League have they had a longer winless away run, going 16 games without a win between December 2001 and October 2003.
  • Last season, Jamie Vardy (10) and Riyad Mahrez (12) scored a combined 22 goals away from home in the Premier League – this season they have scored three (Vardy on one, Mahrez with two).
  • Seven of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s last 11 home Premier League goals for Swansea City have been scored from set pieces (four from free-kicks, three penalties).
  • Sigurdsson has scored in his last three Premier League games – the only player to score in four consecutive PL matches for Swansea is Danny Graham in October 2011.

Bournemouth v Manchester City

  • Manchester City have never lost to Bournemouth in a league game, winning seven and drawing two.
  • Bournemouth have lost all three of their Premier League games against Man City, scoring once and conceding 13 goals.
  • The Premier League record for goals scored by a club against an opponent in the first four games against them is Manchester United against Bradford City, who scored 17 goals against the Bantams between 1999 and 2001.
  • Bournemouth have conceded four or more goals in their last three top-flight games against the Citizens. The last team to do so in four consecutive top-flight games against an opponent was Watford against Everton between 1984 and 1985.
  • Bournemouth have lost all three of their Premier League games on a Monday without scoring a goal, while Man City have won 10 of their last 13 (L3) played on a Monday.
  • Raheem Sterling’s first Premier League hat-trick came against the Cherries in October 2015, helping City to a 5-1 victory at the Etihad.
  • Indeed, Sterling has notched four goals in two Premier League games against them, averaging a goal every 42 minutes.
  • Gabriel Jesus has scored in both of his first two Premier League starts for Man City. The only players to score on their first three
  • Premier League starts for the club are Emmanuel Adebayor (4 in 2009) and Kevin de Bruyne (3 in 2015).
  • Jesus is averaging a goal or assist every 47 minutes in his Premier League career so far, scoring three goals and assisting once in 188 minutes of action.
  • Bournemouth have conceded the most Premier League goals in 2017 (16), four more than any other side.
  • Although Man City have received the most red cards in the Premier League this season (4), all four have come in home games. Their last away dismissal in the top-flight came in November 2014 against Southampton, with Eliaqium Mangala sent off.


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