Premier League preview: A look at all the vital statistics ahead of this week's games, including Arsenal v Manchester United
Every team is in action this week with Fulham hosting Liverpool and Tottenham travelling to Newcastle. Providers of the largest online database for detailed football statistics WhoScored.com preview all of the matches
Tuesday 11 February 2014
Cardiff host Aston Villa on Tuesday night as both sides hope to bounce back from disappointing results at the weekend. The visitors have won 7 of the last 8 encounters between the two and will look to Christian Benteke, who has scored the most headed goals this season (4), to test a Cardiff back line that have conceded the most headed goals (9).
Southampton have scored 16
goals in their last 6 matches against Hull but only Arsenal have conceded fewer
at home than the Tigers this season (9). If they do dent Steve Bruce's side's
defensive record Jay Rodriguez may be the man to do it, having scored 7 goals
in his last 8 appearances away from home.
West Ham have kept clean sheets in three successive matches now that their injury problems have diminished and taken their tally to a league high of 12 for the season. Norwich, meanwhile, have scored just twice in their last 6 matches in all competitions so the Hammers will be confident of making it 10 points from a possible 12.
The last two matches between West Brom and Chelsea at the Hawthorns have resulted in the Blues boss at the time being sacked following defeats. With his side sitting top of the league Mourinho faces no such threat but the Baggies have taken points off of 7 of the top 8 sides in the division thus far and were unlucky not to win at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.
Manchester City may have lost their last 4 matches at the Stadium of Light by a 1-0 scoreline but they've been free scoring when the two have met at the Etihad. The Citizens have netted 15 goals in their last 4 home matches against Sunderland and will be desperate to return to winning ways having failed to score in consecutive matches.
Wayne Rooney will be hoping to help his side continue their good form against the Gunners
Manchester United are unbeaten in 5 matches against Arsenal, winning 4 of
those, with both sides keen to bounce back from disappointing results last time
out. The Gunners have conceded just once in their last 8 home matches in the
league but United have netted in all but one of their away games this season.
Newcastle's form has dipped in the absence of key players of late but they boast an impressive record against Tottenham at home. The Magpies are unbeaten in their last 7 league encounters with Spurs at St James Park, winning 5 of those, though Tim Sherwood's side have won more points per game away from home this season than any other side (2.2).
Everton host a resurgent Crystal Palace outfit under Tony Pulis on Wednesday but will be confident of bouncing back from defeat against Spurs. The Toffees have notched at least twice in 6 of their last 7 home league matches while the Eagles have scored a league low of 5 goals away from home this season, and none in their last 3 on the road.
The 3-3 draw between Stoke and Swansea earlier this season was the first time that the two had shared the spoils in the top-flight. No team has picked up a higher proportion of their points at home this season than the Potters (77%) while their Welsh visitors have not picked up a win away from home in 6 attempts.
Liverpool travel to bottom club Fulham possessing a man in incredible goalscoring form on Wednesday, and it isn't Luis Suarez. Daniel Sturridge has scored in 7 successive appearances following injury problems over the New Year and bagged a hat-trick on his last visit to Craven Cottage, with the Reds netting 11 goals in their last 3 meetings with the Londoners.
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