Weekend stats: Walters the Liverpool slayer; Costa’s barren run

Date published: Friday 7th April 2017 8:22

A look at the very latest Opta stats going into a crucial weekend of action in the Premier League.

Tottenham v Watford (Saturday, 12.30pm)

  • Tottenham Hotspur have never lost in the Premier League against Watford, winning five of seven encounters (D2).
  • Watford have lost their last six league visits to White Hart Lane since beating them 5-1 in May 1985.
  • Dele Alli scored twice against Watford at Vicarage Road in January in a 4-1 win and assisted the winner in this exact fixture last season for Kieran Trippier.
  • Watford have never managed to score more than once in any of their previous seven Premier League games against Spurs (four goals in seven meetings).
  • Spurs are unbeaten in 15 successive league home games (W13 D2 L0); their best run in league competition since May 2011 (17 games).
  • Tottenham Hotspur have four home games remaining in the Premier League this season (including this game). Only 13 teams have previously gone a whole Premier League season unbeaten at home, with Chelsea in 2014-15 being the last.
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored in every one of their last 23 Premier League matches at White Hart Lane – a run that stretches back to January 16th 2016.
  • Watford have failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League away games and haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine on the road in the competition.
  • Troy Deeney has scored against 41 different teams during his Watford career, but has never scored in four appearances against Spurs for the Hornets.
  • Deeney has now scored in six of his last eight Premier League appearances for Watford (six goals) and has reached double figures for the second successive PL campaign (10 goals in 2016-17, 13 goals in 2015-16).
  • Since Mauricio Pochettino took charge of the club on the eve of 2014-15, Tottenham have won 53 points from losing positions in the league – 13 more than any other Premier League side in that time.


Manchester City v Hull

Manchester City: Were too good for Middlesbrough

  • Manchester City have been beaten just once in nine previous Premier League games against Hull City, a 1-2
    loss in February 2010 (W5 D3).
  • Hull City’s last win in any competition away at Manchester City was in the FA Cup in February 1930, drawing
    three and losing seven since then.
  • Since picking up three points in their first away game of the season (2-0 at Swansea City), Hull City have won
    just two points in 14 Premier League away games since (W0 D2 L12).
  • The Tigers have scored just two goals in their last 11 Premier League away games, despite attempting 114
    shots (41 on target).
  • Manchester City have lost only one of their last 17 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (W9 D7 L1),
    with that defeat coming at the hands of league leaders Chelsea in December.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 25 goals in his last 30 Premier League appearances at the Etihad Stadium. The
    Argentine averages a goal every 99 minutes on home soil in the Premier League.
  • Aguero has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances for Manchester City in all competitions.
  • Man City could draw three consecutive Premier League home games for the second time this season under
    Pep Guardiola. They never drew three in a row under Manuel Pellegrini or Roberto Mancini.
  • Since Marco Silva was appointed Hull manager on January 5th, the Tigers have won 17 points in the Premier
    League – only Chelsea (23), Spurs (23) and Everton (21) have won more in this period. This is one more than
    Man City (16) since then, but they have played one more game.
  • Pep Guardiola has suffered six league defeats as Manchester City boss this season – his highest tally in a
    single league season as a manager.


Middlesbrough v Burnley

  • After going five unbeaten against Burnley in all competitions, Middlesbrough haven’t won any of their last
    three against the Clarets (D1 L2).
  • Burnley are looking to do the double over Middlesbrough in the league for the first time since the 1953/54
  • The last six league games between these two sides have contained just six goals (four for Boro, two for
  • Middlesbrough are winless in their last five Premier League games at the Riverside, drawing three and losing
  • Middlesbrough have won nine of their last 11 home games against promoted sides in the Premier League (D1
  • Burnley are one of just two sides in the top four tiers of English league football this season yet to win an away
    league game (also Rotherham United).
  • The Clarets have failed to win any of their 15 away games in the Premier League this term (D3 L12); they last
    went 16 away games in the top-flight without a win between August 2009 and March 2010.
  • Middlesbrough have scored the fewest goals (22), attempted the fewest shots on target (73) and had the
    fewest overall shots (273) in the Premier League this season.
  • Burnley have allowed their opponents to take more shots than any other team in the Premier League this
    season (560).
  • Álvaro Negredo has been involved in 11 Premier League goals for Middlesbrough this season (seven goals,
    four assists) – no other Boro player has been involved in more than five.


Stoke v Liverpool

  • Stoke have lost six of their last seven Premier League games against Liverpool, but did win the other clash, 6-
    1 at home in May 2015.
  • Liverpool have won two of their last three trips to the Bet365 Stadium, this after failing to win any of their first
    five Premier League games there (D2 L3).
  • The Reds have won 4-1 in Jurgen Klopp’s two previous Premier League games against Stoke. The last
    manager to see his side net 4+ goals in his first three games against an opponent was Manuel Pellegrini
    (Manchester City v Tottenham).
  • Jonathan Walters has scored six times against Liverpool in the Premier League, his favourite opponent to
    score against.
  • Liverpool are winless in five Premier League games on the road (D3 L2); they’ve not gone six without a win
    since January 2011.
  • The Reds have kept just six clean sheets in Jurgen Klopp’s 30 Premier League away games so far; the same
    total they’d recorded in Brendan Rodgers’ last 12 away matches with the club.
  • Stoke have lost just once in their last nine Premier League games on home soil (W4 D4), although it came last
    time out versus Chelsea on March 18th.
  • The Potters have won 23 points from their first 15 home games of a Premier League season for the third
    consecutive campaign.
  • Liverpool have won just half of their 16 Premier League games against sides currently in the bottom 10
    positions in the table (W8 D3 L5) this season.
  • The Reds have already scored more Premier League goals in 2016-17 (66) than they did last season (63) and
    in 2014-15 (52). 2013-14 saw them hit their record 101 goals in a Premier League campaign.
  • Liverpool games have seen a league-high 105 goals scored in them this season in the Premier League.

West Brom v Southampton

  • West Brom have failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League games against Southampton.
  • Southampton have only once before lost both Premier League games against the Baggies in the same season
  • Saint have only lost once in the Premier League at the Hawthorns – a 90th-minute penalty converted by
    Rickie Lambert in August 2013 to win 1-0.
  • West Brom have won 29 points from their 15 home games this season; their joint-best return at this stage of a
    Premier League season alongside 2012/13.
  • Indeed, the Baggies have won eight and lost two of their last 10 Premier League matches at the Hawthorns.
  • Saints have won two of their last three away games in the Premier League (L1), the same total they’d won in
    the previous 12 combined.
  • Tony Pulis’ side have scored 27 goals at home so far this campaign; only in 2012/13 (32) and 2010/11 (30)
    have West Brom netted more at the Hawthorns in a Premier League season.
  • West Brom have lost three of their last five Premier League matches (W1 D1 L3), this after previously going
    on a run of eight league games with just one defeat (W5 D2 L1).
  • The Baggies’ next home defeat will be their 600th in league football. Only one side has lost 600+ home games
    within the top four tiers of English league football since 1888 and that’s Notts County (633).
  • James Ward-Prowse has scored more Premier League goals in 2016-17 (4) than in his previous four seasons
    combined (3).
  • Nathan Redmond has scored six Premier League goals this season; his joint-best return in a top-flight season
    (also 2015/16).


West Ham v Swansea

  • West Ham have been beaten just once in their last eight Premier League games against Swansea, though it
    was at home to the Swans last season (W4 D3).
  • Swansea’s 4-1 win in May 2016 over the Hammers ended a run of 12 away games in all competitions without
    a victory against them (D2 L10).
  • In his last six Premier League games against the Swans, Andy Carroll has scored five times and assisted
    another three goals.
  • West Ham United have lost their last five Premier League games – they haven’t lost six in a row in the
    competition since March 2010.
  • West Ham have won just one of their last six home Premier League games (D1 L4) and have lost three of the
    last four.
  • The Hammers have already lost seven times at the London Stadium in the Premier League; four more defeats
    than they suffered in their final season at the Boleyn Ground (3). The most home defeats they’ve registered in
    a PL season is nine (2006/07, 2010/11 and 2013/14).
  • Swansea have lost four consecutive away games in the Premier League, conceding two or more goals on
    each occasion. They’ve never lost five in a row on the road in the PL.
  • Swansea City (66 goals conceded) are the 12th different team to concede 64 or more goals after 31 Premier
    League games in a season. The previous 11 teams have all been relegated.
  • The Swans have conceded 33+ goals from their first 15 away games of a season for the first time since
    shipping 34 in 2000/01 in the third tier.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a hand in 53% of Swansea’s away goals in the Premier League this season (8 of


Bournemouth v Chelsea (Sat, 5.30pm)

Diego Costa: Has not been at his best since January

  • Bournemouth have lost six of their eight games against Chelsea in all competitions (W2). Their only win at
    home came in their first game against them in September 1988.
  • After losing 1-0 to the Cherries in December 2015, Chelsea have won their last two against Bournemouth
    netting seven goals.
  • Eden Hazard has scored three times in three previous Premier League appearances against Bournemouth.
  • Antonio Conte’s side have won 33 points from their 15 away games so far in 2016-17; only twice in Chelsea’s
    history have they picked up more points at this stage of the season (35 in 2003/04 and 38 in 2004/05).
  • The Blues have lost only once in their last 12 Premier League away matches, winning nine (D2).
  • Bournemouth have won consecutive Premier League fixtures at the Vitality Stadium, netting five goals in the
    process. They could win three in a row for just the second time in the competition (also in October 2016).
  • Josh King has doubled his Premier League goal tally from last season (6) with 12 goals, scoring nine goals in
    his last 10 Premier League appearances for the Cherries
  • King has been directly involved in five goals in his last five Premier League appearances at the Vitality
    Stadium (four goals, one assist).
  • Diego Costa has netted just one goal in his last five away appearances in the Premier League, this after
    scoring eight in his previous nine this season.
  • Costa hasn’t scored in any of his last three Premier League appearances and he’s never gone four in a row in
    the competition without scoring. The last time he did this in league competition was in La Liga with Atletico
    Madrid in January 2014.


Sunderland v Manchester United (Sunday, 1.30pm)

David Moyes: Given bad news

  • Sunderland have lost 22 times against Manchester United in the Premier League – against no side have they
    suffered more Premier League defeats (also 22 against Chelsea).
  • Manchester United haven’t won any of their last three games at the Stadium of Light in all competitions (D1
    L2), this after an unbeaten run of 11 matches there.
  • David Moyes will be the fifth different Sunderland manager to host Manchester United across the last five
    seasons (Martin O’Neill, Kevin Ball as caretaker, Gus Poyet and Sam Allardyce).
  • Jermain Defoe has failed to score in his last six Premier League games against Manchester United, since
    netting against them for Spurs in March 2012.
  • Sunderland are winless in their last six Premier League games on home soil, failing to score in the last four.
    They last went seven in a row without victory at home in January 2015.
  • The Black Cats haven’t failed to score in five consecutive home league games since a run of six in May 1985
    in the top-flight, where they were eventually relegated.
  • Manchester United have won six and lost none of their last eight Premier League matches away from home;
    their longest unbeaten away run since August 2013 (13 games).
  • The Red Devils have scored exactly three goals in each of their last two PL away games; they last scored
    three or more goals in three consecutive matches in November 2012.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored eight goals in his last seven Premier League matches away from home for
    Manchester United.
  • Eight of Sunderland’s 14 Premier League goals at the Stadium of Light this season have been scored by
    Jermain Defoe (57%).
  • Manchester United are currently on a 20-game unbeaten run in the Premier League (W10 D10 L0). Of the 16
    occasions a team has gone on a 20+ unbeaten run in the competition, this is the run with the lowest points per
    game average (2.0) and win ratio (50%).


Everton v Leicester (Sunday, 4pm)

  • Everton beat Leicester 2-0 in December, but haven’t done the league double over the Foxes since 1986/87.
  • Leicester’s only Premier League win at Goodison Park came last season in December 2015, but they’ve only
    lost twice there too (D7).
  • 13 of the previous 21 Premier League contests between these two sides have ended level, the greatest draw
    ratio for a Premier League fixture played over 20 times (62%).
  • Kevin Mirallas has scored in each of his last three Premier League games against Leicester City.
  • Leicester haven’t won back-to-back Premier League games away from home in nearly a year – a run of three
    wins in April 2016.
  • Everton have won their last six Premier League matches at Goodison Park, scoring 22 goals and keeping five
    clean sheets. They haven’t won seven in a row since April 2014.
  • Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in 18 goals in 14 Premier League home appearances this season (13 goals,
    five assists). The Belgian striker has hit 10 goals in his last six league games at Goodison Park.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored twice and assisted another two goals in three previous Premier League games
    against the Toffees.
  • Vardy has scored five goals in six competitive matches since Craig Shakespeare first took charge of the
    Foxes – this compared to seven goals in 32 games under Claudio Ranieri in 2016-17.
  • Craig Shakespeare (five wins) could equal the Premier League record for consecutive wins from the start of
    his managerial career in the competition with a victory in this game. The record is currently held by both Pep
    Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti (six wins from first six games).
  • Leicester City’s record in the months of April and May (combined) in the last three Premier League seasons is
    played 18, won 13, drawn 4, lost 1 – winning 43 points from a possible 54 (80%).


Crystal Palace v Arsenal (Monday, 8pm)

Olivier Giroud: Claims bragging rights

  • Crystal Palace have won only one of their 15 Premier League games against Arsenal (D3 L11) and are
    winless in 12 against them.
  • Arsenal haven’t lost away to the Eagles in the top-flight since November 1979 (W6 D5).
  • Since beating Arsenal 2-1 in October 1994, Palace have netted just six times in 12 league games against the
  • Arsene Wenger has never lost a Premier League game against Crystal Palace (W8 D3 L0). The only teams
    he’s faced more in the Premier League without losing are Leicester (18) and Portsmouth (14).
  • Sam Allardyce has lost 15 times to Arsene Wenger in the Premier League, the most defeats he has against
    any manager in the competition (W4 D7).
  • Allardyce’s last league win over Wenger in the Premier League was in May 2010 with Blackburn Rovers – he’s
    lost nine of the last 10 meetings since (D1).
  • Olivier Giroud has found the net in each of his previous three Premier League games at Selhurst Park.
  • Giroud has scored a league-high five goals as a substitute this season in the Premier League, including one
    against West Ham United in midweek.
  • Arsenal have now scored 101 goals in all competitions this season – the only Premier League club to reach
    the century of goals coming in to this matchday.
  • Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has kept a clean sheet in three of the four Premier League games he’s started
    for Arsenal.

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