Friday 13 December 2013

Matchweek 16 stats: Norwich's Hooper finding his feet

We take a look at the key stats for this weekend, including Man City v Arsenal

Norwich's Gary Hooper (left) takes on Cardiff's specialist shot-blocker Steven Caulker

Ahead of this weekend's action here are some intriguing statistics to whet the appetite, including how the opening match of the weekend pits the Barclays Premier League's two most clinical sides against each other, how Martin Olsson is the king of the goal-line clearance and why Tottenham Hotspur have cause to look forward to the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.

Saturday 14 December

12.45pm Manchester City v Arsenal  |  #MCIARS  |  Matchday Live >>

  • This match pits the two most clinical teams in the Barclays Premier League with Manchester City scoring with 20.6% of their shots and Arsenal 18.9%.
  • Arsenal have scored more goals than any other team away at City in the Barclays Premier League era (28).
  • No team has won more Barclays Premier League fixtures against City than Arsenal (21, along with Chelsea) or won more often on City's own ground (10, along with Chelsea).
  • There have been six red cards in the last six Barclays Premier League meetings between City (four) and Arsenal (two).
  • The last time Arsenal won at the Etihad Stadium, Samir Nasri was playing for the visitors and netted the opening goal (October 2010).
  • City have the best home attack (29 goals) and the best home defence (two conceded), while Arsenal have the joint-best away attack (14 scored) and the best away defence (five conceded).
  • Manchester City have scored in 57 consecutive home games in the Barclays Premier League. This run started after three games at the Etihad without scoring, the first of which was a 0-3 defeat by Arsenal.

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3pm Cardiff City v West Bromwich Albion  |  #CARWBA  |  Matchday Live >>

  • West Bromwich Albion have lost none of their last seven away games against Cardiff City (W2 D5 L0),  their last defeat coming at Ninian Park in December 1960.
  • Cardiff's David Marshall has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the top flight this season (61).
  • Malky Mackay's tam have won just one of their last six Barclays Premier League home matches (W1 D2 L3).
  • Cardiff defender Steven Caulker (26) has blocked more shots than any other player in the Barclays Premier League this season.
  • Only Crystal Palace (8.1%) and Spurs (7.5%) have a lower conversion rate of shots into goals than Cardiff (9.5%) this season in the Barclays Premier League.
  • West Brom have won just one of their last nine Barclays Premier League matches (W1 D4 L4) and lost their last three in a row.
  • The Bluebirds have committed fewer fouls than any other team in the top flight (135) this season.

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3pm Chelsea v Crystal Palace  |  #CHECRY  |  Matchday Live >>

  • Chelsea have gained more points from losing positions than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season (11).
  • Crystal Palace have kept four clean sheets in their last five Barclays Premier League matches.
  • The Blues inflicted Tony Pulis's heaviest defeat as a Barclays Premier League manager, 0-7 versus Stoke City in April 2010 at Stamford Bridge.
  • Jose Mourinho's men have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Barclays Premier League matches.
  • Chelsea have conceded more Barclays Premier League goals (17) than they did in the whole of Jose Mourinho's debut season in 2004-05 (15).
  • Mile Jedinak has made more interceptions than any other Barclays Premier League player this season (50).
  • Marouane Chamakh has scored in back-to-back Barclays Premier League appearances for the first time since November 2010. He has never scored in three successive Barclays Premier League appearances.

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3pm Everton v Fulham  |  #EVEFUL  |  Matchday Live >>

  • Everton have won more home matches against Fulham (12) than versus any other Barclays Premier League opponent.
  • Fulham have lost five of their last six Barclays Premier League away matches and have failed to score in all those defeats.
  • Fulham have never won away against Everton in the league (L21 D4). They drew four of their first five visits to Goodison Park but have lost the last 20 in a row.
  • Everton have won five and lost none of the last seven Barclays Premier League matches against Fulham.
  • The Toffees have lost just one of their 15 Barclays Premier League matches this season (W7 D7 L1) and are unbeaten in the last eight (W4 D4).
  • Everton have lost just two of their last 35 Barclays Premier League home matches (W23 D10 L2), but both defeats came against London sides (Arsenal & Chelsea). The Toffees are unbeaten in the last 16 at Goodison Park (W11 D5).
  • Everton have kept nine clean sheets in their last 12 Barclays Premier League matches on home soil.
  • A 2-0 victory against Aston Villa last weekend ended a run of six consecutive Barclays Premier League defeats for Fulham.

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3pm Newcastle United v Southampton  |  #NEWSOU  |  Matchday Live >>

  • Newcastle United have won nine and lost none of their last 10 home matches in all competitions against Southampton.
  • Only Liverpool v Tottenham (eight) has had more own goals than Newcastle v Southampton (seven) in Barclays Premier League history.
  • Southampton have scored the joint-most own goals at St James' Park (four) of any team on any away ground in Barclays Premier League history (along with Liverpool at White Hart Lane and West Ham at Anfield).
  • Southampton have scored more headed goals than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season (eight).
  • The Saints have scored just six goals in their last 10 Premier League away games.
  • The Saints have conceded more goals (nine) in their last four Barclays Premier League fixtures than they shipped in the previous 14 (eight).
  • Newcastle have won five of their last six Barclays Premier League matches (W5 L1).
  • Alan Pardew's side have not scored more than two goals in a Barclays Premier League encounter since February – in a 4-2 win against Southampton. They have netted 27 in their last 26 Barclays Premier League sorties.
  • Southampton have won 52 penalties in Barclays Premier League history, scoring 50 of them. It is the best conversion rate of any team who have taken 10 or more (96%).

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3pm West Ham United v Sunderland  |  #WHUSUN  |  Matchday Live >>

  • West Ham United have won six of their last eight Barclays Premier League home matches against Sunderland.
  • Sunderland have won three and lost none of their last four Barclays Premier League fixtures against West Ham.
  • The Black Cats have dropped the most points from winning positions in the Barclays Premier League this season (11).
  • Sunderland have fired in fewer shots on target than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season (37).
  • Gus Poyet's side have now scored five own goals this season; at least three more than any other Barclays Premier League side.
  • West Ham have won just two of their last 14 Barclays Premier League matches (W2 D4 L8).
  • Only Everton (eight) have kept more clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League than West Ham (seven) this season.
  • Sunderland (two) have kept the fewest clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season.

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5.30pm Hull City v Stoke City |  #HULSTK  |  Matchday Live >>

  • Hull City have lost just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League home matches (W4 D3 L1)
  • Stoke City have lost just one of their last six Barclays Premier League matches (W2 D3 L1).
  • Stoke have fewer points after 15 fixtures than in any of their previous five Barclays Premier League campaigns (17).
  • Mark Hughes's side have committed more fouls than any other team in the Barclays Premier League (202) this season.
  • However, Hughes' side have taken one point from the last 15 available on the road (W0 D1 L4) in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Only Manchester City (two) have conceded fewer goals in home matches than Hull this season (three), but only Aston Villa (six) have scored fewer at home than the Tigers (seven).
  • Hull City have had more opponents sent off than any other team in the top flight this season (three).
  • On the last occasion that Danny Graham scored in a Barclays Premier League away game (Dec 2012), he went on to score in his next appearance at home in the competition.
  • This will be the 13th Barclays Premier League meeting as coaches between the two former Manchester United team-mates with Steve Bruce winning four and Mark Hughes six so far.

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Sunday 15 December

1.30pm Aston Villa v Manchester United   |  #AVLMUN  |  Matchday Live >>

  • Aston Villa are the only team in the Barclays Premier League this season not to have dropped any points from a match in which they have been leading.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored eight goals in his last 10 Barclays Premier League matches against Villa, but they have all come in braces.
  • Aston Villa have won just one of their last 35 Barclays Premier League encounters with Manchester United (W1 D9 L25).
  • The Villans have won none of the last 17 Barclays Premier League matches against United at Villa Park since their win on the opening day of the 1995-96 season (L11 D6).
  • No team has ever come back from 13 or more points adrift, having played the same number of matches (15), to win the Barclays Premier League title.
  • Villa have failed to score in three of their last four Barclays Premier League home matches and six of their last nine overall in the competition.
  • United have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Barclays Premier League meetings.

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1.30pm Norwich City v Swansea City  |  #NORSWA  |  Matchday Live >>

  • There have been 20 goals scored in just four Barclays Premier League meetings between Norwich City and Swansea City.
  • Swansea forward Michu scored three goals in two matches against Norwich last season.
  • Robert Snodgrass scored in both Barclays Premier League matches for Norwich against Swansea last season and also assisted two goals.
  • Martin Olsson has cleared more shots off the line than any other player in the Barclays Premier League this season (three), while Norwich have made more clearances off the line than any other side (seven).
  • Norwich have allowed their opponents more shots on target than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season (91).
  • Gary Hooper has scored in each of Norwich's last two Barclays Premier League home fixtures.
  • Last weekend John Ruddy became only the fourth different goalkeeper to record 10+ saves in a Barclays Premier League match this season (after Newcastle's Tim Krul, Stoke's Asmir Begovic and Cardiff's David Marshall (twice)).
  • Norwich are looking to win three successive Barclays Premier League home fixtures for the first time since they managed five in a row last season, a run that ended on 15 December (exactly one year ago).
  • Geographically this is the widest east-west fixture ever to feature in the English top flight.

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4pm Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool | #TOTLIV | Matchday live >>

  • Tottenham Hotspur have won the last six matches in all competitions when Liverpool have visited White Hart Lane.
  • Liverpool have fired in more shots on target than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season (97).
  • The Reds have scored a higher percentage of first-half goals (68%) than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season.
  • Spurs have only once had more points than their present total of 27 after 15 matches of a Barclays Premier League season than they have this campaign (the most was 34 in 2011-12).
  • Spurs v Liverpool has had the joint-most penalties in Barclays Premier League history (17 along with Everton v Newcastle), although 11 of them have been at Anfield.
  • Liverpool have only managed one clean sheet in their last 12 Barclays Premier League fixtures, this after keeping four in their previous four Barclays Premier League matches.
  • Only Aston Villa (six) have scored fewer home goals than Spurs (seven) this season in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Liverpool have hit the woodwork more often than any other team in the Barclays Premier League (10).
  • Luis Suarez has scored 15 goals in his last 11 Barclays Premier League matches.

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Key Points

  • Here are some stats to whet your appetite for this weekend's Barclays Premier League matches
  • Arsenal travel to Manchester City, Chelsea host Crystal Palace while Liverpool visit Spurs on Sunday
  • Check out all the facts and stats ahead of a full programme of fixtures