Premier League preview: A statistical look at all this weekend's games, including Chelsea v Everton, Arsenal v Sunderland, Mancheter City v Stoke City, Crystal Palace v Manchester United and Liverpool v Swansea City
Providers of the largest online database for detailed football statistics WhoScored.com preview all of the matches in matchround 27 of the Premier League
Friday 21 February 2014
Chelsea face a tough task in the weekend's early kick off as they continue their pursuit of Premier League glory, hosting an Everton side against whom they have won only 3 of their last 11 league meetings.
Arsenal face Sunderland at the Emirates, still boasting by some distance the best home defensive record in the top flight, having conceded only 6 goals all season, but they won't have it easy, up against a Sunderland side who are on a 6 match unbeaten streak on the road.
Cardiff against Hull was a Championship fixture last season, and it is always a competitive clash right from the off, with a goal scored within 6 minutes in three of the last four meetings.
Manchester City hope to return to winning ways after being beaten by Barcelona in midweek, and should be confident of doing so against a Stoke team who have won just 3 of their last 41 away Premier League games.
Fulham have their third manager of the season in charge for the weekend trip to West Brom, with Felix Magath beginning life in English football hoping to improve his current record of 4 wins from 9 games against English sides.
West Ham will be aiming to extend their run of 4 consecutive clean sheets against Southampton this weekend. No team has gone longer than that without conceding in the Premier League this season, and the only team to have gone as long are West Ham's upcoming opponents, who did so back in September/October.
Wayne Rooney hopes to end a streak of 5 successive Premier League games without a goal as Manchester United play host to Crystal Palace this weekend. This is his longest dry spell since December 2011.
Swansea are hardly the most goal-shy team in the Premier League; with 33 goals they rank 9th in that regard, but they are no match for Liverpool, who they play this weekend and have scored twice as many goals (66).
Aston Villa have a great chance to end a run of 7 league games without a win at St James' Park this weekend as they face a Newcastle side who have not scored since Yohan Cabaye departed for PSG, though they will have Loïc Remy back from suspension.
Gareth Bale is the only player to have scored for Tottenham in their last 3 trips to Carrow Road (4 goals) in all competitions, so Norwich will be glad that the Welshman is longer around to haunt them. The Canaries have lost only 1 of their last 5 games against Tottenham, though, so could be confident of a positive result.
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