PL stats: Zlatan eyes Man Utd record, 600 up for Barry

Date published: Thursday 15th September 2016 2:45 - Ian Watson

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is chasing a Manchester United club record at Watford, while Gareth Barry will become only the third player to reach a special landmark.

Hull v Arsenal

Saturday, 3pm, KC Stadium

Santi Cazorla

  • Since beating Arsenal in their opening Premier League meeting with them in September 2008, Hull City have lost six of the last seven meetings with the Gunners (D1).
  • Arsenal have won five of their previous six visits to Hull City in the league, losing only once to them in April 1915.
  • The two sides have also played each other four times in the FA Cup in the last three seasons – Hull have won none of these games, including the 2014 FA Cup Final (D1).
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored four times and assisted two goals in four previous games against the Tigers in all competitions.
  • Should Arsenal defeat Hull, they will have won the most games at the KCOM Stadium as an away side in all competitions (currently five – level with Burnley).
  • Hull City’s last three Premier League matches have seen a goal scored in the 90th minute or later – the last two of which have changed the outcome of the game.
  • Santi Cazorla has scored two goals and assisted two more in his four Premier League appearances so far in 2016-17.
  • Cazorla’s last seven Premier League goals have been from the penalty spot – one more will create a new record in the division for the most (currently tied with Danny Murphy, Jan Molby and Mikel Arteta).
  • The Gunners are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2015.
  • Arsene Wenger’s side are unbeaten in their last 25 Premier League games against newly-promoted sides (W21 D4), since a 1-2 defeat at QPR in March 2012.
  • This is Hull’s best start to a Premier League campaign after four games – they also had seven points in 2008-09, but had a negative goal difference.


Leicester v Burnley 

Saturday, 3pm, King Power Stadium

Jamie Vardy: Snubbed a move to Arsenal

  • The Foxes haven’t lost any of their last nine league matches against Burnley (W6 D3).
  • Burnley twice pegged Leicester back the last time they played them at the King Power Stadium, drawing 2-2 in October 2014.
  • The Clarets haven’t won away at Leicester since November 2007, in which a goal from Andy Gray was enough for the win.
  • Leicester City haven’t lost a home Premier League game against a newly promoted side since losing 5-0 to Bolton Wanderers in August 2001 at Filbert Street.
  • The Clarets have won two of their last three Premier League away games (L1); they had won two of their previous 36 beforehand.
  • Burnley have won two of their four previous Premier League games against reigning champions (1-0 v Man Utd in August 2009 and 1-0 v Man City in March 2015).
  • Leicester’s record of four points from four games is the joint-second lowest return for a reigning Premier League champion (Blackburn 3 in 1995-96 and Chelsea 4 in 2015-16).
  • Jamie Vardy has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League games for Leicester, as well as four in his last four at the King Power Stadium.
  • Sean Dyche’s side have scored just four goals in their last 10 Premier League away games, and never more than once in a match in that time.
  • Three of the five goals Burnley have conceded this season have arrived in the last 10 minutes of games, with two of those changing the outcome of the match (vs Swansea and Hull).
  • Burnley have attempted the fewest shots in the Premier League over the opening four matchdays in 2016-17 (33).


Man City v Bournemouth

Saturday, 3pm, Etihad Stadium

Kelechi Iheanacho: Scored the second

  • Manchester City won both of their Premier League meetings with Bournemouth last season by a four goal margin (5-1 at home in October 2015, 4-0 away in April 2016).
  • These defeats were the Cherries’ joint-heaviest in the Premier League in their inaugural season, also losing 5-1 to Spurs in October 2015.
  • Raheem Sterling’s first Premier League hat-trick came against Bournemouth in October 2015.
  • Bournemouth have never beaten Manchester City in league competition (D2 L6).
  • This is Manchester City’s 250th Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium, winning 61.5% of their league fixtures there since August 2003 (W153 D45 L51).
  • Kelechi Iheanacho has scored nine goals from just 13 shots on target in the Premier League for Manchester City.
  • Pep Guardiola has won his first four Premier League matches – the only manager to win their opening five games was Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea (won his opening six).
  • Man City could become the second different team in top-flight history to win their opening five league games in consecutive seasons – Chelsea in 2009-10 and 2010-11 are the other.
  • Bournemouth’s last seven Premier League goals have all been scored by different players (Elphick, Pugh, Ritchie, Smith, King, Wilson and a Smalling own-goal).
  • The Cherries have scored exactly one goal in eight of their last nine top-flight games, failing to score in the other fixture.
  • The Citizens are the only side yet to have been behind at any point in a Premier League match this season.


West Brom v West Ham

Saturday, 3pm, The Hawthorns

Michail Antonio: Called into the England squad

  • West Brom have picked up one win in their last 11 Premier League meetings with the Hammers (D7 L3).
  • West Ham have won their last two away league games against the Baggies – they’ve never won three in succession there.
  • In fact, the only team West Ham have beaten in three successive Premier League away games are Fulham (2002-2005).
  • Mark Noble scored twice in this exact fixture last April for the Hammers, as West Ham won 3-0.
  • Since Tony Pulis took charge, West Brom have failed to score in 21 Premier League games – the joint-highest number among current clubs in the division (level with Crystal Palace and Sunderland).
  • The Baggies have won only one of their last 13 Premier League games (D5 L7), netting just six goals in that run.
  • West Ham have scored in their last 17 league games – they last enjoyed a longer scoring run in the top-flight back in December 1966, netting in 24 (they also scored in 17 in a row, ending in August 1986).
  • Michail Antonio has scored four of West Ham’s five league goals this season.
  • Since the start of last season Antonio has scored 10 headed goals in the Premier League – more than any other player.
  • Three of West Brom’s last four Premier League goals have been scored by Salomon Rondon.


Everton v Middlesbrough

Saturday, 5:30pm, Goodison Park

Gareth Barry: Strikes to seal points for Toffees

  • Everton have been beaten only once in their last 11 Premier League meetings with Middlesbrough (W6 D4).
  • Boro haven’t won at Goodison Park in the Premier League since May 2000, with goals from Brian Deane and Juninho.
  • Everton have conceded just once in their last five home games against Middlesbrough in the Premier League.
  • After going 1139 minutes without a goal in competitive action for Everton, Romelu Lukaku has now scored three times in his last 29 minutes on the pitch for the club.
  • Lukaku has scored against 20 different teams in the Premier League and this will be his first appearance in the competition versus Middlesbrough.
  • Should Everton win this match, it’ll be the first time in Premier League history that they have won four of their first five games and collected as many as 13 points at this stage.
  • The last time that Everton won four of their opening five games in a league season was back in 1978-79 and they eventually finished 4th in that campaign.
  • Gareth Barry could make his 600th Premier League appearance in this match, becoming the third player to reach this landmark in the competition after Frank Lampard (609) and Ryan Giggs (632).
  • Barry has made an appearance in every single Premier League season since 1997-98 following his debut for Aston Villa in May 1998.
  • Idrissa Gueye has made the most tackles in the Premier League so far this season (22) and only two players (Henderson and Fernandinho) have completed more passes (239).


Watford v Manchester United

Sunday, 3pm, Vicarage Road

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Has defied the years

  • Watford have lost each of their last nine league meetings with Manchester United, including the last six in the Premier League.
  • Each of Manchester United’s three Premier League wins at Vicarage Road have been by a single goal margin.
  • Troy Deeney scored from the penalty spot and a 90th minute own goal in this exact fixture last season, as United won 2-1.
  • Manchester United’s last league defeat against Watford came in September 1986, two months before Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed manager of the club.
  • Watford have seen five different players score for them in the opening four matches of 2016-17 – it took until 17 games in last season (December 20th 2015) for them to achieve this.
  • The Hornets have already handed Premier League appearances to 22 different players this season, spanning 18 different nationalities.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored four goals in his first four Premier League games for Manchester United – the club record in a player’s first five games for the club in the competition is five goals, set by both Louis Saha and Robin van Persie.
  • Odion Ighalo has scored four goals in four Premier League games in the month of September.
  • The Red Devils haven’t won three consecutive Premier League away games since a run of four ending in April 2014, under David Moyes’ management.
  • Manchester United have won all four of their previous Premier League games following a home Manchester derby defeat.
  • Watford have never lost three consecutive home Premier League games before.


Crystal Palace v Stoke

Sunday, 2:15pm, Selhurst Park

Christian Benteke Crystal Palace

  • Crystal Palace have won four of their previous six Premier League games against Stoke City (D1 L1).
  • Stoke’s only victory in the Premier League over the Eagles came in August 2013, in which Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross both scored for the Potters.
  • Shawcross also scored in Stoke’s last away league win at Crystal Palace in October 2007, with Richard Cresswell adding a brace in a 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park.
  • Palace’s 6-3 win over Stoke in February 2004 is the last time they hit six in a league game, doing so on their way to promotion to the Premier League.
  • This is Stoke City’s lowest points tally after four games of a Premier League season (1).
  • Stoke have conceded 10 goals in their opening four Premier League games of the season – they conceded 10 in their opening nine matches of 2015-16.
  • The Potters are the only Premier League side this season yet to lead a game.
  • Crystal Palace will be aiming to secure back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since December 19th 2015.
  • Stoke have lost their last three Premier League matches – they haven’t lost four in a row in the competition since February 2012.
  • Christian Benteke has scored four goals and assisted one more in his last eight Premier League appearances, despite playing just 444 minutes in these games overall.


Southampton v Swansea

Sunday, 2:15pm, St Mary’s

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Says he is very happy at Swansea

  • Southampton have lost just one of their previous eight Premier League games against the Swans (W5 D2).
  • Swansea have failed to score in five of their last seven league games against Southampton.
  • All of Swansea’s three Premier League goals against Southampton have been scored in the 73rd minute or later.
  • The last time Southampton failed to win any of their first five games in a Premier League season was in 2000-01.
  • Three of Swansea’s four league goals this season have been scored by Leroy Fer.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty against Chelsea last weekend made him Swansea’s all-time top scorer in the Premier League (26 goals).
  • Only Chelsea (7) have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than Southampton (10) in the opening four matchdays, but Saints have conceded from six of these.
  • Southampton are currently on the longest run in the Premier League without keeping a clean sheet (16 games).
  • The last Southampton manager to fail to win any of their first five Premier League games at the club was Harry Redknapp, who didn’t win any of his first seven games in Dec 2004-Jan 2005.
  • There has been a goal scored in the final 11 minutes of each Premier League game involving Swansea City this season; three of which have changed the outcome of the game.


Tottenham v Sunderland

Sunday, 4:30pm, White Hart Lane

Jermain Defoe: Misses good chance for Sunderland

  • Spurs are unbeaten in 12 league games against Sunderland, last losing to them in April 2010 (W9 D3).
  • Sunderland have lost 13 of their previous 15 away games at White Hart Lane in the Premier League (W1 D1).
  • The only team Tottenham have beaten more often at home in the Premier League than the Black Cats (13) are Everton (14).
  • The last Sunderland goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at White Hart Lane in any competition was Chris Turner in September 1980 – they have conceded 49 goals in 22 games since.
  • Jordan Pickford has conceded 10 goals in his four Premier League appearances so far – the record number of goals conceded by a goalkeeper in their first five Premier League games is 14 set by Fraser Digby.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored in six successive Premier League away appearances – the only player to manage a better run in PL history is Robin van Persie, who scored in nine successive away appearances for Arsenal in 2010-11.
  • Sunderland striker Defoe scored 91 Premier League goals for opponents Tottenham Hotspur during two spells at the club – only Teddy Sheringham has more for the club (97).
  • Sunderland have taken five Premier League penalties against Tottenham, but scored just one – the lowest conversion rate (20%) for one team against another (minimum three penalties).
  • Indeed, four missed penalties is a joint Premier League high for one team against another (also Aston Villa, Liverpool and Manchester United against Arsenal, and Aston Villa against Newcastle).
  • Sunderland haven’t won any of their last 23 Premier League matches contested in either August or September (D9 L14).
  • Sunderland have averaged the lowest possession figure of all Premier League sides in the opening four matchdays of 2016-17 (34.8%).

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