PL stats: Lallana flying, Giroud on fire, Alli and Spurs lethal

Ian Watson

Liverpool have lost more games at Old Trafford than any other Premier League venue – but Jurgen Klopp has an impressive record against Jose Mourinho….

Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

Saturday 14 January 2017 (12:30)
White Hart Lane, London

  • Tottenham have won only one of their last seven Premier League games against West Brom, drawing five times (L1).
  • However, the Baggies have collected only one Premier League win at White Hart Lane before, courtesy of James Morrison’s winner in September 2014 (W1 D5 L4).
  • In this exact fixture last April, Craig Dawson scored for West Brom and scored an own goal in the same match. He was the last player to do this in the Premier League and the only person to do it for West Brom in the competition.
  • Dele Alli has scored in two of his three Premier League appearances against the Baggies, the last three contests between the sides which have all ended 1-1.
  • Alli has equalled his Premier League goal tally (10) from 2015-16. He has managed to score this in 19 appearances this season, compared to 33 last season.
  • Alli has reached 20 Premier League goals in 52 apps; faster than midfielders such as Paul Scholes (74), David Beckham (90), Frank Lampard (140) and Steven Gerrard (169).
  • Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten at White Hart Lane this season (W8 D2 L0); their longest unbeaten start to a Premier League season at home since 2000/01 (13 games), when their run was ended in a 2-1 defeat to Leeds in February.
  • Matt Phillips has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last 10 Premier League games (four goals, seven assists).
  • Indeed, only Kevin De Bruyne (9) has provided more Premier League assists this term than Phillips (8) – Phillips assisted five goals in 44 Championship apps in 2015-16.
  • Only in 2012-13 have West Brom won more points from their first 20 games of a Premier League season than in 2016-17 (29).
  • After failing to score away to Manchester United in December, Spurs have netted two or more goals in each of their last five games (W5), scoring 15 in the process.


Burnley v Southampton

Andre Gray: Celebrates his hat-trick goal

Saturday 14 January 2017 (15:00)
Turf Moor, Burnley

  • Burnley have lost two of their previous three Premier League games against Southampton, but did win the other at Turf Moor in December 2014 thanks to a goal from Ashley Barnes.
  • Southampton haven’t won any of their last three league visits to Burnley, last beating them there in the Championship in October 2007.
  • The Clarets last failed to score at home in the league against Southampton in March 1971, a run of nine games.
  • Charlie Austin scored two of Southampton’s three goals against Burnley in October, but will miss this game due to injury.
  • Southampton have lost the most points when leading in the Premier League this season (14) but Burnley are the only side yet to gain a point when trailing.
  • Saints have lost three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2014 when managed by Ronald Koeman (run of four defeats).
  • Burnley have won 22 of their 23 points in the Premier League this season at Turf Moor (96%).
  • In fact, this is a higher percentage of points won at home than any other team in the Premier League or Football League, ahead of Rotherham (Championship) – 92%.
  • Andre Gray (five goals) is the second lowest scoring player, after Fredi Bobic (four goals), to have scored a hat-trick in the Premier League.
  • Despite their defeat to Manchester City last time out, this remains Burnley’s best ever start to a Premier League season after 20 games (23 points).


Hull City v Bournemouth

Robert Snodgrass: Hammers target

Saturday 14 January 2017 (15:00)
KCOM Stadium, Hull

  • Bournemouth inflicted Hull’s joint-heaviest defeat in Premier League history in October, winning 6-1 at the Vitality Stadium.
  • The Cherries had scored six goals in their previous seven league games against the Tigers prior to that 6-1 victory.
  • Hull haven’t lost back-to-back league games against Bournemouth since the 1989/90 season when both were in the second tier.
  • Bournemouth had five different scorers in the reverse fixture in October, with Junior Stanislas scoring twice. He hasn’t scored in his seven Premier League appearances since.
  • Artur Boruc’s next appearance will be his 100th Premier League apps. Only three Polish players have previously reached the century in the competition (all goalkeepers) – Wojciech Szczesny, Jerzy Dudek and Lukasz Fabianski.
  • Robert Snodgrass has been directly involved in nine of Hull’s 17 Premier League goals this season (7 goals, 2 assists).
  • Snodgrass has scored more goals this season than in any other Premier League campaign (7).
  • Hull have shipped more set-piece goals (inc. pens) in 2016-17 than any other Premier League side (20).
  • Bournemouth have won just two of their last 12 Premier League games (D2 L8), although both wins came against sides with City in their title (Stoke and Swansea).
  • Charlie Daniels provided more assists than any other Premier League defender since the start of last season (8).
  • Hull City have lost the services of Ahmed Elmohamady as he will be at AFCON 2017 with Egypt. The full back has appeared in 95 of Hull City’s 96 Premier League games since 2013-14.


Sunderland v Stoke City

Jermain Defoe: At the double for Sunderland

Saturday 14 January 2017 (15:00)
Stadium of Light, Sunderland

  • Sunderland haven’t lost twice to Stoke in the same season since 1993/94, when both sides were in the second tier.
  • Joe Allen scored twice for the Potters in October against Sunderland, his only Premier League brace to date in his career.
  • The Black Cats are unbeaten in their last 14 home league games against Stoke (W9 D5).
  • Only once in their last 20 league visits to Wearside have Stoke managed to score more than one goal in a match (2 in March 2007).
  • Peter Crouch is two goals away from netting his 100th in the Premier League and would become the 26th player to reach triple figures for Premier League goals.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored 20 Premier League goals in January. Only Alan Shearer (23) and Frank Lampard (21) have more in PL history during this month.
  • Since his Sunderland debut in January 2015, Jermain Defoe has scored a higher share of his team’s goals than any other Premier League player in this period (30/80 – 37.5%).
  • Sunderland have faced more shots on target than any other Premier League team this season (130).
  • After losing four of their first five Premier League home games under David Moyes (D1), the Black Cats have lost just once in the last five (W3 D1).
  • The Potters have lost three consecutive away Premier League games, shipping 11 goals in the process (3.7 per match). They last suffered four defeats in a row in January 2014 – a run which saw Sunderland win 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.


Swansea City v Arsenal

Saturday 14 January 2017 (15:00)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea

  • Swansea have lost three of their last four home matches against Arsenal in the Premier League (W1).
  • The Gunners have never failed to score in five previous Premier League games at the Liberty Stadium (10 goals, two per game on average).
  • Swansea have won just 15 points from their 20 games this season; their worst return at this stage of a Premier League season. 71% of the teams with 15 points of fewer after 20 PL games were relegated (25/35).
  • After a run of 12 away games without a defeat, Arsenal are winless in their last three on the road in the top-flight (D1 L2).
  • The Gunners have conceded in each of their last six Premier League away matches; their longest run without a clean sheet since May 2011 (7 games).
  • Olivier Giroud has scored 12 goals from his last 17 shots on target in all competitions.
  • French striker Giroud has scored in each of his last eight starts for Arsenal in all competitions, netting 10 goals in total.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored or assisted 30 goals in his last 31 Premier League appearances (20 goals, 10 assists).
  • Swansea have lost 12 of the 14 Premier League games this season in which they conceded the first goal (W1 D1).
  • No side has netted the opening goal in more PL matches this season than Arsenal (14), although they’ve lost three of those games – only Southampton (4) have more defeats.
  • No Premier League team has scored more headed goals this season than Arsenal (11 – level with WBA).


Watford v Middlesbrough

Saturday 14 January 2017 (15:00)
Vicarage Road, Watford

  • Watford haven’t lost any of their last six league contests with Boro (W4 D2), last losing to them in October 2012.
  • Middlesbrough have won only one of their last seven trips to Watford, losing on five occasions (D1).
  • Troy Deeney has scored in six of his last eight league games against Middlesbrough (6 goals). The only side he’s scored more league goals against for Watford is Leeds United (7).
  • Watford have lost four of their last five Premier League matches (W0 D1 L4), scoring just two goals.
  • No Premier League team has scored fewer goals (17) or fired in fewer shots on target (50) this season than Middlesbrough.
  • Middlesbrough have won just one of their last 23 away games in the top-flight (2-1 v Sunderland in August 2016), losing 16 (D6).
  • Watford have conceded a joint-high 10 headed goals in the PL this season (along with Stoke); two more than they shipped in the entire 2015-16 campaign.
  • Only Spurs (14), Chelsea (15) and Man Utd (19) have conceded fewer goals in the Premier League this season than Middlesbrough (22).
  • Alvaro Negredo has had a hand in five of Middlesbrough’s last seven goals in the Premier League (four goals, one assist).
  • Watford have conceded more Premier League goals from crosses this season than any other team (17).
  • The Hornets handed appearances to only two English players in the Premier League in 2015-16 (Deeney and Watson), but have already used five different Englishmen in the competition this season (Deeney, Watson, Sinclair, Mason and Folivi).
  • Middlesbrough will be looking to win two competitive matches in a row for the first time since April 2016, following their 3-0 FA Cup win against Sheffield Wednesday last Sunday.


West Ham United v Crystal Palace

Yohan Cabaye: Crystal Palace midfielder

Saturday 14 January 2017 (15:00)
London Stadium, London

  • West Ham haven’t won any of their last four home league games against the Eagles, last beating them in October 2003 at home (D2 L2).
  • However, Crystal Palace have been victorious in just one of their last five league contests against the Hammers (D1 L3).
  • West Ham’s only win in a London derby this season came at Selhurst Park (L3) while Palace have lost all four of their London derbies this season.
  • Sam Allardyce has been beaten just once in his last 10 Premier League games against former side West Ham, though this was with Sunderland in February 2016 (W5 D4 L1).
  • Manuel Lanzini has scored in all three of his Premier League games against the Eagles.
  • Overall, Lanzini has scored six of his nine Premier League goals in London derbies (six goals in 10 apps).
  • Yohan Cabaye has scored three goals in his last three Premier League matches against the Hammers.
  • Crystal Palace had won 15 points more at this stage last season (31) than they currently have after 20 games in 2016-17 (16).
  • West Ham had won 32 points after 20 Premier League games this season; 10 more than they have after 20 matches this season (22).
  • Since he arrived in the Premier League, Dimitri Payet has created the most goalscoring chances (193) – a category he also leads in 2016-17 alone (74).
  • In his three Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace, Dimitri Payet has scored two goals, had 10 shots and created 13 goalscoring chances.
  • Palace will be missing Wilfried Zaha for this game due to his participation in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The Ivory Coast winger has had a hand in more Premier League goals than any other Eagles player this season (10 – four goals, six assists).


Leicester City v Chelsea

Diego Costa: Scored in 4-2 win over Stoke

Saturday 14 January 2017 (17:30)
King Power Stadium, Leicester

  • Leicester have won just one of their last nine Premier League games against Chelsea, though it was this exact fixture last season (D1 L7).
  • Indeed, Chelsea have won three of their last four visits in the Premier League to Leicester (L1), with two of those wins masterminded by Claudio Ranieri in 2002 and 2004.
  • Despite winning the league last season, Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League win percentage was better at Chelsea (52%) than it currently is at Leicester City (48%).
  • Chelsea have not beaten the reigning Premier League champion twice in the same season since 2009/10, a season in which they ended up lifting the trophy.
  • Diego Costa has scored in two of his three Premier League games against the Foxes, though both goals have been at Stamford Bridge.
  • Costa has had a hand in 11 goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances away from home (nine goals, two assists).
  • Chelsea have the best points differential from this season to last after 20 games (+26), while Leicester City have the worst (-19).
  • Chelsea’s 49-point tally from 20 Premier League games this season is nine more than Leicester City had at this stage last season in their title winning campaign (40).
  • Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have made the fewest changes to their starting XI overall this season (19), although 10 of these have come in the last five matches.
  • Conte has not lost two successive league matches away from home as a manager since May 2011 while boss of Serie A side Siena.
  • Chelsea won more Premier League games in December (6) than Leicester City have done all season (5).
  • 18 of the 21 Premier League points that Leicester City have won this season in the Premier League have come at home (86%).
  • The Foxes will be missing three players for this game due to their involvement in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations: Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey, who have provided nine goals and six assists between them in the Premier League this season.

Everton v Manchester City

Raheem Sterling: Disappointed on Anfield return

Sunday 15 January 2017 (13:30)
Goodison Park, Liverpool

  • Everton are winless in their last seven Premier League games against Manchester City (D3 L4). Prior to this run, they had won six of the previous eight (D1 L1).
  • The Citizens have won two of their last three games at Goodison Park, having lost the previous four to David Moyes’ Everton between 2010 and 2013.
  • Three of Everton’s last five goals against Manchester City in the Premier League have been scored by Romelu Lukaku.
  • Since Lukaku’s debut for Everton in September 2013, only Sergio Aguero (77) and Harry Kane (59) have scored more Premier League goals than the Belgian (54).
  • Yaya Toure has been directly involved in six goals in nine previous Premier League appearances against the Toffees (three goals and three assists).
  • Manchester City missed two penalties against Everton in October, with both spot kicks conceded by Phil Jagielka and saved by Maarten Stekelenburg.
  • Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in nine Premier League goals for Man City this season (five goals, four assists), compared to eight in his first season at the club.
  • The Citizens have lost as many Premier League games in their last seven (3) as they did in their previous 24.
  • Sergio Aguero has had a hand in 139 goals in 164 Premier League appearances for Manchester City (113 goals, 26 assists).
  • Leighton Baines’ next assist will be his 50th in the Premier League. He’s currently on 49 assists, five more than any other defender in the competition’s history.
  • Idrissa Gueye will be missing for this game as he is away representing Senegal at AFCON 2017. Gueye has made the most tackles in the Premier League this season (93).


Manchester United v Liverpool

Sunday 15 January 2017 (16:00)
Old Trafford, Manchester

  • This will be the 50th Premier League meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool – United have won 27 of the previous 49 (D9 L13).
  • Liverpool have lost 11 of their last 14 visits to Old Trafford in the Premier League, winning the other three.
  • Liverpool have lost more Premier League matches (27) and also the most overall league matches (67) against Manchester United than versus any other opponent.
  • This clash has seen 16 red cards shown in the Premier League – only Everton v Liverpool (21) has produced more dismissals.
  • Only Steven Gerrard (8) has scored more goals in this Premier League fixture than Wayne Rooney (6 – level with Robbie Fowler).
  • This could be Wayne Rooney’s 450th Premier League game, becoming the 21st player in Premier League history to reach this landmark.
  • Manchester United had just 35% possession vs Liverpool at Anfield in October, their lowest total in a Premier League match since Opta began recording this data in 2003-04.
  • Jurgen Klopp has lost just one of his six meetings with Jose Mourinho (W3 D2 L1), with that defeat coming in 2013 via a 2-0 away loss for Dortmund v Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
  • Juan Mata has had a hand in five goals in his last four appearances against Liverpool in the Premier League, scoring three and assisting two.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 13 goals in his first 19 Premier League appearances for Manchester United – the same record as Dwight Yorke and Robin van Persie. The only player to score more in their first 19 PL apps for the Red Devils was Ruud van Nistelrooy (15).
  • Adam Lallana has been involved in 14 Premier League goals this season (seven goals, seven assists); more than any other English player.
  • Liverpool will be missing Sadio Mané for this game due to his involvement in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The Senegal forward has been involved in 13 Premier League goals this season for the Reds (nine goals, four assists).