Stats: Kane on fire; Arsenal look to maintain Palace curse

Ian Watson
Arsenal: Tipped to challenge by Nicholas

Check out all the relevant stats ahead of the Premier League weekend and find out who is the only player to have gone on a longer winning run than Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso…

Burnley v Sunderland

Jermain Defoe: Club have 'gone backwards'

Saturday 31 December 2016 (15:00)
Turf Moor, Burnley

  • Burnley’s only Premier League win against Sunderland came in their first game against them in September 2009. David Nugent scored twice for the Clarets from the bench in a 3-1 win at Turf Moor.
  • That defeat in 2009 is Sunderland’s only defeat in their last 18 league meetings with Burnley (W10 D7 L1).
  • Sunderland kept clean sheets in both league games against Burnley in 2014/15 – the last time they managed three successively against them was in 1895.
  • Burnley haven’t ended a calendar year with a defeat since 2012 – they drew their final league game in both 2013 and 2014 before ending 2015 with a 4-0 win over Bristol City.
  • Sunderland have not ended a calendar year with a league victory since 2007. In the eight years since, they have picked up four draws and four defeats in their final league game of the year.
  • Only Sunderland’s opponents Burnley (2) have scored fewer away Premier League goals than the Black Cats (5) this season.
  • The Clarets have earned 19 points in their opening 10 home Premier League games – they were the last newly promoted team to earn as many points in their first 10 games, doing so in 2009/10.
  • Jermain Defoe has had a hand in four of Sunderland’s five away Premier League goals this season (three goals, one assist).
  • Only Tottenham (7) and Chelsea (8) have won more Premier League home games than Burnley this season (6).
  •  The Black Cats have won only one of their last 10 away visits to newly promoted sides (D4 L5), winning 3-2 at Norwich last season.


Chelsea v Stoke City

Eden Hazard: Arsenal, Spurs not a threat

Saturday 31 December 2016 (15:00)
Stamford Bridge, London

  • Chelsea didn’t win either game against Stoke City last season (D1 L1), the first time they had failed to beat them either home or away in a league campaign since 1974/75.
  • The Potters are winless in 11 league visits to Chelsea, last winning there in April 1974 (1-0).
  • Stoke have scored just three times in eight visits to Stamford Bridge, with goals from Rory Delap, Charlie Adam and Mame Biram Diouf.
  • Eden Hazard scored and assisted in Chelsea’s last Premier League win over Stoke (2-1 in April 2015).
  • Chelsea haven’t lost their final league game of a calendar year since 2011 (1-3 at home to Aston Villa).
  • Stoke City have ended the last two calendar years with a league victory – 2-0 v West Brom in 2014 and 4-3 at Everton in 2015.
  • Chelsea are on a Premier League winning run of 12 games – only one team has won more games consecutively in the history of the competition (Arsenal – 14 between February and August 2002).
  • With a win over Stoke, the Blues would join Arsenal in winning the most games consecutively in a single season, with 13 of those 14 wins for Arsenal coming in the 2001/02 season.
  • Mark Hughes has never won at Stamford Bridge as a manager in the Premier League, drawing two and losing eight times in 10 previous visits.
  • Marcos Alonso has now ended on the winning side in each of his last 16 Premier League starts (four for Sunderland, 12 for Chelsea) – only one player has gone on a longer run in Premier League history, with Arjen Robben winning 20 games in a row between December 2004 and January 2006.
  • This is the first time Stoke have played a side top of the Premier League since December 2015, when they faced Manchester City and won 2-0.


Leicester City v West Ham United

Saturday 31 December 2016 (15:00)
King Power Stadium, Leicester

  • Leicester are unbeaten in their last three in the Premier League against West Ham (W2 D1) – they’ve never gone four without defeat against the Hammers in the Premier League.
  • West Ham last failed to score against Leicester in a league match in August 2004 (in the Championship).
  • West Ham have only beaten the reigning Premier League champions once in an away match (D1 L18), beating Manchester United 1-0 in December 2001.
  • Leicester City haven’t lost their final league match of a calendar year since 2010, winning three and drawing two in the five years since.
  • The Foxes have lost two of their last four home Premier League games – as many as they’d lost in their previous 31 top-flight matches at the King Power Stadium.
  • West Ham have won their last three Premier League games – they last won four consecutively in February 2014.
  • Leicester are without a clean sheet in any of their last 11 Premier League games, their worst run since August 2014 (also 11 games). They last went on a longer run in April 2002, when they went 14 top-flight games without a shutout.
  • Since the start of last season, Michail Antonio has scored 16 Premier League goals for West Ham – five more than any other Hammers player (Payet and Carroll on 11).
  • Foxes midfielder Andy King’s last league brace came against West Ham in a Championship encounter in October 2011.
  • Leicester have made the second worst start by a top-flight reigning champion after 18 games (17 points), since Ipswich Town in 1962/63 (15 points, assuming three for a win).


Manchester United v Middlesbrough

Saturday 31 December 2016 (15:00)
Old Trafford, Manchester

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in seven Premier League matches against Boro (W4 D3), last losing to them 4-1 in October 2005.
  • Middlesbrough have scored three goals at Old Trafford on three occasions in the Premier League (May 1997, December 1998 and February 2004). No visiting team has done this more often (Chelsea and Manchester City).
  • Middlesbrough’s last visit to Old Trafford was in the League Cup last season, beating United on penalties 3-1 after a 0-0 draw.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored twice and assisted three goals in his last four Premier League games against Middlesbrough, but the most recent of these came in May 2009.
  • Manchester United kept a clean sheet in their final league game of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • Middlesbrough haven’t lost their final league game of a calendar year since 2009 (W4 D2 since).
  • The Red Devils have won their last four Premier League games, last achieving a run of five in April 2015 when they won six in a row.
  • Middlesbrough have now won only one of their last 22 away Premier League games (D6 L15), failing to score in 12 of those games.
  • After six Premier League games without having a hand in a single goal, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been involved in 10 goals in his last seven games (eight goals, two assists).
  • Only one of Middlesbrough’s last 19 Premier League goals against Man United has been scored by an Englishman – Stewart Downing scoring in October 2004.


Southampton v West Bromwich Albion

Hal Robson-Kanu: New Baggies striker

Saturday 31 December 2016 (15:00)
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

  • Southampton have lost just once in their last six Premier League contests against the Baggies at home (W3 D2).
  • West Brom have scored just once in their last six Premier League games against Southampton but this was enough for victory in February 2015 (D2 L3).
  • Only once in 12 previous Premier League games between these two have both teams scored – a 2-2 draw contested by Steve Wigley’s Saints and Frank Burrows’ West Brom.
  • Southampton have failed to win their final league game of a calendar year since 2010 (D2 L3 since).
  • In the Baggies’ last Premier League game against Arsenal, goalkeeper Ben Foster made 10 saves – the most by a West Brom goalkeeper since Boaz Myhill made 13 against Man City in March 2015.
  • West Brom have managed one clean sheet in their last 13 away Premier League games, a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in August.
  • West Brom winger Hal Robson-Kanu has been substituted on 13 times this season – more than any other Premier League player. He is yet to start a game and his collective appearances have yielded just 96 minutes of football.
  • Claude Puel will be the 83rd different manager that Tony Pulis has faced in the Premier League. The WBA boss has been victorious against 50 of the previous 82 in the competition.
  • Southampton conceded four goals in their last Premier League home game (1-4 v Spurs) – this after they have conceded only five in their first eight at St Mary’s this season in the Premier League.
  • Saints have not lost successive Premier League home games in over two years (December 8th 2014, the last time).


Swansea City v Bournemouth

Saturday 31 December 2016 (15:00)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea

  • Swansea scored twice in both league games against Bournemouth last season, but won neither match (2-2 at home, 3-2 away).
  • Bournemouth took the lead three times in their last meeting with Swansea in March, with Steve Cook’s goal 12 minutes from time enough to seal three points.
  • The last six league games between these two sides have seen 27 goals scored (4.5 per game).
  • Josh King scored in both Premier League games against the Swans in 2015/16.
  • Fernando Llorente has scored all six of his Premier League goals for Swansea at the Liberty Stadium – three of them as a substitute.
  • Indeed, no Swansea player has scored more substitute goals in a single Premier League season than Llorente has managed this campaign.
  • Bournemouth have lost eight of their last 11 away Premier League matches (W1 D2), including each of their last three.
  • During Bob Bradley’s reign as Swansea boss the Swans conceded at least three goals in eight of their 11 Premier League games, including three of their last four home games, conceding 29 goals in total.
  • Bradley lasted just 84 days in charge of Swansea city before his dismissal on December 27th and the Swans picked up only eight points in 11 league games with the American as boss.
  • Each of the Swans’ last nine Premier League goals have been scored in the second half.
  • The Cherries have conceded exactly three goals in five of their last six Premier League games (15 in total) – only opponents Swansea have conceded more goals in their last six Premier League games (19).


Liverpool v Manchester City

Daniel Sturridge: Bit-part role this season

Saturday 31 December 2016 (17:30)
Anfield, Liverpool

  • Liverpool have won their last three Premier League games in a row. The last time they won four consecutively against the Citizens was in 1981 (a run of seven).
  • Manchester City’s last and only Premier League win at Anfield (D5 L13) came in May 2003, as Nicolas Anelka scored twice against his former club in a 2-1 victory.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored four times against Liverpool in the Premier League but none of those goals have been at Anfield.
  • Liverpool have never failed to score in their previous 19 home Premier League games against City.
  • Liverpool ended both 2014 (4-1 v Swansea City) and 2015 (1-0 v Sunderland) with a league win.
  • Since failing to score in consecutive Premier League games at the end of March 2016, Man City have only failed to find the net in one of their last 26 matches and scored 58 goals in that time.
  • Claudio Bravo has kept as many clean sheets in his last three Premier League appearances (2) as he did in his first 12.
  • Kelechi Iheanacho (20y 84d) is the third youngest Premier League player to score five goals from the subs bench – the two younger than him are Wayne Rooney (18y 64d) and Jermain Defoe (19y 160d).
  • Daniel Sturridge scored his first Premier League goal of the season in Liverpool’s win over Stoke City on December 27th – it was his 21st shot of 2016-17 overall in the competition.
  • Adam Lallana has been involved in more goals than any other midfielder in the Premier League this season (13 – seven goals, six assists).
  • Liverpool have scored 86 league goals in 2016 so far; their best tally in a calendar year since the 87 goals that they scored in 1985.


Watford v Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane: Mixed night for the Spurs man at St Mary's

Sunday 01 January 2017 (13:30)
Vicarage Road, Watford

  • Watford have never beaten Tottenham in a Premier League match, drawing twice and losing four.
  • Spurs’ win in this exact fixture in December 2015 is their only victory in their last six league trips to Vicarage Road (D3 L2).
  • Watford’s last game on New Year’s Day in the league ended in a 4-3 loss to Charlton, which they led 3-2 going into the final 20 minutes.
  • Tottenham have won each of their last four Premier League games on New Year’s Day, most recently beating Chelsea 5-3 in 2015.
  • In fact, Spurs haven’t lost their first Premier League game of a calendar year since 2009 (0-1 at Wigan).
  • Watford have lost their opening league game of a calendar year for five successive years now (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016).
  • Harry Kane has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances in January.
  • Watford’s only three Premier League clean sheets in their last 23 games came consecutively at the end of October – they have conceded in each of their last eight matches.
  • The Hornets have conceded 12 more goals this season (30) than they had after 18 Premier League games last season (18).
  • Troy Deeney has scored against 38 different opposition sides during his Watford career in all competitions, but he’s never scored against Spurs (three apps).
  • Harry Kane could make his 100th Premier League appearance in this match. Kane has 57 goals in 99 PL apps so far – only eight players have scored more than this in their opening 100 Premier League appearances.


Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal's 'Plan B' this season

Sunday 01 January 2017 (16:00)
Emirates Stadium, London

  • Arsenal have won eight of their last 11 Premier League games against Crystal Palace, drawing the other three.
  • Crystal Palace’s only Premier League win against Arsenal came in October 1994 at Highbury, as John Salako scored twice in a 2-1 victory.
  • This will be the 200th Premier League game contested at the Emirates – Arsenal have won 129, drawn 47 and lost 23 of the 199 currently played there.
  • The only player to have scored more Premier League goals at the Emirates Stadium than both Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott (35 each) is Robin van Persie (46 overall, 45 for Arsenal).
  • Crystal Palace have won just one of their last seven league games away from home on New Year’s Day, beating Portsmouth in 1996 (D1 L5).
  • By contrast, Arsenal haven’t lost a home league game on New Year’s Day since 1985 against Tottenham (W6 D2)
  • Olivier Giroud has three Premier League goals against the Eagles, but all of those have been scored at Selhurst Park.
  • Giroud is averaging a goal every 65 minutes in the Premier League this season (four goals in 259 minutes) and has scored five goals in his last three Premier League starts.
  • Sam Allardyce has never won an away Premier League game at Arsenal, drawing three and losing nine of 12 games – he has lost each of his last seven, all played at the Emirates.
  • Indeed, Allardyce’s sides at Emirates have conceded 26 goals – the most by an opposing manager there in the Premier League.
  • Only Chelsea (24) and Spurs (23) have earned more home Premier League points than Arsenal (20 – level with Liverpool) this season.