United’s run best of European elite, Wenger eyes rare double

Date published: Friday 3rd February 2017 8:46 - Ian Watson

Mourinho and Wenger: Go head-to-head

Man Utd are currently on the longest unbeaten run of the five big European leagues, while Arsenal are looking for a first league double over Chelsea in 13 years…

Chelsea v Arsenal

Saturday 04 February 2017 (12:30)
Stamford Bridge, London

  • Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in September was their heaviest against them since April 1997 (also 3-0). They were previously unbeaten in nine Premier League games against Arsenal (W6 D3).
  • Arsenal have not done the double over Chelsea in the same season since 2003/04 – the season in which they last won the Premier League.
  • The last Chelsea manager to fail to win either of his first two league games against the Gunners was Jose Mourinho in 2004/05, while the last Chelsea boss to lose both was Glenn Hoddle in 1993/94.
  • Arsene Wenger has lost his last four league games at Stamford Bridge. The only away ground where he’s lost more in succession is Old Trafford (2009-2013).
  • The 3-0 loss to Arsenal in September was Antonio Conte’s heaviest league defeat since October 2010 when he was manager of Siena (0-3 vs Empoli).
  • Arsenal scored more goals in the first half against Chelsea in their last Premier League meeting than they had in their previous nine clashes with the Blues.
  • The Gunners have had three players sent off in their last three Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (Gabriel, Santi Cazorla and Kieran Gibbs).
  • Theo Walcott was the last Arsenal player to score at Stamford Bridge, in January 2013 in a 2-1 loss. He also scored in Arsenal’s last Premier League win there, 5-3 in October 2011.
  • Diego Costa has scored in two of his four league games against Arsenal and has been booked in the other two.
  • The Gunners have won three of their four Premier League London derbies this season (W3 D1 L0) – this after winning just one of their eight in 2015-16 (W1 D4 L3). They are the only team still unbeaten in London derbies this season.
  • Chelsea have won eight successive Premier League home games – their best run in the competition since a sequence of 10 wins that ended in January 2015. The aggregate score in these eight games is 24-3 in Chelsea’s favour.
  • Arsenal have lost as many of their last eight Premier League games as they did in their previous 30 in the competition (3).

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Crystal Palace v Sunderland

Saturday 04 February 2017 (15:00)
Selhurst Park, London

  • After winning three successive home league games against Sunderland, Crystal Palace have lost their last two versus them at Selhurst Park.
  • Only once in their last 14 away league games against Crystal Palace have Sunderland scored more than one goal – a 3-1 win in November 2014.
  • Sam Allardyce won nine of his 30 Premier League games at Sunderland to help the Black Cats avoid relegation in 2015-16 (W9 D9 L12).
  • Allardyce has won just one of his last five games against clubs he’s previously managed in the Premier League (W1 D1 L3).
  • Jermain Defoe became the first Sunderland player to score twice in a Premier League match and lose by netting twice vs the Eagles in September.
  • Defoe has netted four goals in his last five Premier League matches against Crystal Palace, with three of these coming in four appearances for Sunderland.
  • Crystal Palace have won a league-low seven points at home this season (W2 D1 L8).
  • Christian Benteke has scored more goals against Sunderland in the Premier League than versus any other opponent (7).
  • Benteke has netted four goals in his last three Premier League games against the Black Cats, all for different teams (Aston Villa, Liverpool and Crystal Palace).
  • Sam Allardyce has lost his first two home Premier League games as Palace boss – the last time he lost three consecutively was in October 2013 when he was West Ham manager.
  • Sunderland have lost their last five away Premier League games, last losing more consecutively in February 2008 (10 in a row).


Everton v Bournemouth

Saturday 04 February 2017 (15:00)
Goodison Park, Liverpool

  • Junior Stanislas’ goal in September at the Vitality Stadium was the only goal of the game as Bournemouth handed Ronald Koeman his first league defeat in charge of Everton.
  • That 1-0 win is Bournemouth’s only victory in seven previous games with Everton in all competitions (W1 D1 L5).
  • Bournemouth scored with their only shot on target against Everton in September.
  • Everton are only one point shy this season (22) of their total home league points (23) for the whole of the 2015-16 season.
  • The Cherries have either conceded three times or not at all in each of their last six away Premier League games (two clean sheets), going down 3-1 at Hull in their last away trip.
  • In the three Premier League matches Tom Davies has started for Everton at Goodison Park, Everton have won all three while scoring 10 goals and conceding none.
  • Bournemouth have won only one of their last four Premier League games in which they’ve scored the first goal (D1 L2).
  • Joel Robles has conceded just four goals in his eight Premier League appearances for Everton this season, with just one of those coming in his last four games.
  • Ross Barkley has created more goalscoring chances than any other English player in the Premier League this season (48).
  • No side have used more English players in the Premier League this season than Bournemouth (14 – level with Burnley).

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Hull City v Liverpool

Saturday 04 February 2017 (15:00)
KCOM Stadium, Hull

  • Hull City have lost just one of their four previous home Premier League games against Liverpool, winning the last two (W2 D1 L1).
  • Earlier this season, Liverpool beat the Tigers 5-1 at Anfield, with James Milner scoring twice from the spot.
  • James Milner has been directly involved in six goals in his last six Premier League games against Hull City (five goals, one assist).
  • Hull City are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet at home in the Premier League this season, conceding in all 11 games at the KCOM Stadium.
  • Liverpool, without a win in four, are on their longest Premier League winless run since September 2015 under Brendan Rodgers (also a run of four). They last endured a longer run in September 2012, a run of six games without a victory.
  • Jurgen Klopp is on his longest run without a win in league matches since February 2015 when he was manager of Borussia Dortmund (a run of five).
  • James Milner has converted three away penalties for Liverpool in the Premier League this season – only Steven Gerrard (8) in 2013/14 has scored more in a season for the Reds.
  • Hull’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday saw them keep only the second clean sheet of the Premier League season – a joint-league low with Crystal Palace.
  • Only Sunderland (144) have allowed their opponents more shots on target this season than Hull City (138)
  • Liverpool have attempted more shots on target (143) and scored more goals (52) than any other Premier League team this season.
  • Hull City have won more points in their three Premier League games under Marco Silva (4) than they did in their final nine games under Mike Phelan (3).


Southampton v West Ham United

Saturday 04 February 2017 (15:00)
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

  • Southampton have won their last two matches against the Hammers; they last won three consecutively against them in April 1998.
  • West Ham are winless in their last seven away league games against Saints (D4 L3); last winning in Southampton in November 2000 under Harry Redknapp.
  • Southampton have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven home games against West Ham (W3 D4 L0).
  • Fraser Forster hasn’t conceded a Premier League goal against West Ham in 333 minutes of action, keeping three consecutive clean sheet in that time.
  • The Saints have lost two home Premier League games from leading positions this season – no side has lost more (level with Bournemouth).
  • Only Sunderland (0) have kept fewer away Premier League clean sheets than West Ham (1) this season. o The Hammers have conceded 40 Premier League goals this season after 23 games – it took them 32 games to concede this many in 2015-16.
  • Andy Carroll has had a hand in six goals in his last nine away Premier League games (five goals, one assist) after a run of 10 games without scoring or assisting away from home.
  • West Ham have conceded a league-high 82.5% of their goals from open play this season (33/40).
  • Virgil van Dijk has the best aerial duel success rate of any defender to have been involved in 100+ aerial duels (75%).
  • Only Sam Vokes (19.2 per game) has been involved in more aerial duels per 90 minutes on average than Andy Carroll (18.5) this season in the Premier League.

Watford v Burnley

Saturday 04 February 2017 (15:00)
Vicarage Road, Watford

  • This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between Watford and Burnley at Vicarage Road.
  • Burnley have lost only once in their last nine league games against Watford (W3 D5), losing 2-3 in March 2012 at Vicarage Road.
  • The Hornets have bagged exactly three goals in four of their last seven home games against the Clarets, netting one in each of the other three.
  • Troy Deeney has scored in each of his three league appearances against Burnley at Vicarage Road.
  • Burnley have won just one point in their 10 Premier League away games this season (W0 D1 L9) and scored just four goals in these matches.
  • This is the sixth time in Premier League history that a team have won just one point or fewer in their first 10 away games of a season – each of the previous five teams have been relegated at the end of that campaign (incl. Burnley in 09/10).
  • Only one team in Premier League history has been relegated with 29 or more points after 23 games – Norwich in 1994/95. It has therefore never occurred when the Premier League has comprised 20 teams.
  • The Hornets are unbeaten in their last five home Premier League matches against newly-promoted sides (W2 D3) without conceding a single goal.
  • Tom Cleverley has assisted in consecutive Premier League games – he has never done so in three consecutive games. Similarly, no Watford player has ever assisted in three consecutive Premier League games.
  • Since a 3-3 draw at Newcastle in January 2015, Burnley have netted only eight goals in 19 away Premier League games and never more than once in that time.

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West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City

Saturday 04 February 2017 (15:00)
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

  • West Brom are unbeaten in four Premier League contests with Stoke (W3 D1), after failing to win any of the previous five (D2 L3).
  • The Potters won their first five visits to the Hawthorns in the Premier League but have lost their last two – both against Tony Pulis’ WBA side.
  • Tony Pulis has only been on the losing side as a manager once in 12 Premier League matches between West Brom and Stoke (W8 D3), 1-2 to Roy Hodgson’s West Brom in January 2012.
  • All three of Jonathan Walters’ Premier League goals against the Baggies have arrived at the Hawthorns, with the Irishman netting on his last appearance there in January 2016.
  • James Morrison’s goal against Middlesbrough was his 50th goal involvement in the Premier League for the Baggies (27 goals, 23 assists), becoming just the second player to achieve this feat after Chris Brunt.
  • Peter Crouch has scored in four of his last five Premier League appearances; this after a run of 21 apps in the competition without a goal.
  • Marko Arnautovic has had a hand in 40 Premier League goals for Stoke City (19 goals, 21 assists) – 11 more than any other player since his debut for the club.
  • While West Brom are the only Premier League side yet to have an English goalscorer this season, they have seen seven British players score. Not including English scorers, that’s a joint-record in a Premier League season – Everton in 1999/2000 (five Scottish, two Welsh) and Burnley in 2009/10 (six Scottish, one Northern Irish) also had seven.
  • The Baggies have already scored 21 home Premier League goals this season, one more than they managed throughout 2015/16 (20).
  • Only Swansea (14) have picked up fewer yellow cards in away Premier League games this season than the Potters (15).

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Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough

Saturday 04 February 2017 (17:30)
White Hart Lane, London

  • Tottenham have won their last two league games vs Middlesbrough; they last won three consecutive league contests in September 1988.
  • Middlesbrough are winless in eight trips to White Hart Lane in all competitions (D3 L5), although they did win a League Cup quarter final penalty shoot-out in December 2003.
  • Son Heung-Min netted both goals for Spurs in their 2-1 win in the reverse fixture at the Riverside back in September.
  • Tottenham have won 25 of their last 27 Premier League games against newly promoted sides (D2), since losing 1-0 to QPR in April 2012.
  • This could be Harry Kane’s first Premier League appearance versus Middlesbrough – he’s currently scored against 22 of the 24 different opponents he’s played against in the competition.
  • Alvaro Negredo has been directly involved in 10 of Middlesbrough’s 19 goals this season (53%, six goals and four assists).
  • Spurs, who drew 0-0 with Sunderland in their last outing, haven’t failed to score in back to back Premier League games since May 2015.
  • Tottenham have won each of their last six home league games, last achieving a longer run in August 2009 (a run of eight). They last won seven in a row in the same season in December 2006.
  • Middlesbrough have now gone 56 away Premier League games without scoring more than twice (since a 3-1 win at Charlton in January 2007). Only one side is on a longer run without doing so (West Brom, 57). Sunderland hold the record for this (64 games between December 2001 and March 2008).
  • Premier League away games involving Middlesbrough have seen just 20 goals scored this season, five fewer than any other side’s matches. Only the Premier League’s top two Chelsea (10) and Spurs (11) have conceded fewer away Premier League goals than Boro (12).


Manchester City v Swansea City

Sunday 05 February 2017 (13:30)
Etihad Stadium, Manchester

  • Manchester City have lost only one of their 11 Premier League matches against Swansea City (W8 D2) and are unbeaten in the last nine.
  • Swansea have lost all five of their Premier League visits to the Etihad, conceding 12 goals and scoring just two.
  • Indeed, Swansea haven’t won away at Manchester City in the league since March 1951, losing all 10 matches since then.
  • Sergio Aguero bagged a brace in the reverse fixture at Liberty Stadium as the Citizens ran out 3-1 winners. Aguero hadn’t scored against the Swans since his PL debut in August 2011, in which he netted twice off the bench.
  • Gabriel Jesus had a hand in two goals on his first Premier League start in their midweek win over West Ham – one more goal involvement that Sergio Aguero in his last five Premier League appearances (one goal, no assists).
  • In fact, Aguero has got as many red cards (1) as goals (1) in his last five Premier League appearances.
  • Yaya Toure has had a hand in six goals in his last six Premier League apps against Swansea (four goals, two assists).
  • Yaya Toure has now scored all of his 11 penalties in the Premier League following his midweek spot-kick against West Ham. He has scored the most of any player with a 100% record from the spot in the competition.
  • Manchester City have won just two of their last 12 Premier League games played on a Sunday (W2 D5 L5).
  • Paul Clement has won three of his four Premier League matches in charge of Swansea (L1) – as many as the Swans won in their first 19 of this campaign.
  • Swansea have won their last two away Premier League games – they have only won three in a row once before, doing so in August 2014 under Garry Monk.

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Leicester City v Manchester United

Sunday 05 February 2017 (16:00)
King Power Stadium, Leicester

  • Leicester City have won just one of their last 17 games against Man Utd in all competitions (D3 L13) – 5-3 in this exact fixture in September 2014.
  • Manchester United have only lost two of their 21 Premier League meetings with Leicester City (W13 D6). o This match will be Leicester’s 2000th in the top-flight (currently P1999 W642 D526 L831, 32.1 win %)
  • Jamie Vardy has had a hand in four goals in two Premier League appearances against Manchester United at the King Power Stadium (two goals, two assists).
  • Manchester United are currently on the longest unbeaten away run in the Premier League (six games – W4 D2 L0). This is their best away run in the competition since a run of seven games between November 2014 and February 2015.
  • In fact, Manchester United are now unbeaten in 14 Premier League games (W7 D7 L0) – this is the longest current unbeaten run in the ‘big five’ European leagues.
  • Leicester are only the fifth Premier League team to fail to score in their opening four matches of a calendar year, following Newcastle (2008), Swansea (failed to score in their first four Premier League games in August & September 2011), Hull (2014) and Aston Villa (2015) – no team has ever failed to score in their first five.
  • The Foxes have lost their last three Premier League games – they haven’t lost four in a row since February 2015, a run of five under Nigel Pearson.
  • Leicester City haven’t won both of their home league games against the Manchester clubs (United and City) in the same season since 1975-76.

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