Premier League preview: A statistical look at this weekend's games, including Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham; Chelsea v Sunderland; Hull City v Arsenal; Norwich City v Liverpool; Everton v Manchester United

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Tottenham host Fulham in the weekend's early kick off as Fulham look to escape relegation and improve on their record in London derbies this season. No team has averaged fewer points per game in capital city clashes this season than the Cottagers (0.75), though Spurs haven't fared that much better (1.3).

West Ham face Crystal Palace in another London derby this weekend, with the Eagles boasting the joint-worst record in such games along with Fulham (0.75 points per game). However, with the team 8th in the table based on results since Tony Pulis took charge, they could be in for an even better season next term.

Newcastle's abysmal record of late continued with another failure to net against Stoke last week. They have now fired blanks in 4 successive matches and have only scored twice in 12 Premier League matches without Loïc Remy this season, who remains injured this weekend.

Aston Villa have lost 4 matches in a row for the second time this season and need to stop the rot if they are to avoid a desperate end to the season. The last time they lost 5 consecutive games in the Premier League was across the new year in 2000/01, in a season where Ipswich came 5th.

Only Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City have a better record over their past 6 Premier League matches than Stoke, who have won 4 of their last 5 games and are climbing the table. However, on the road they have only won twice all season and may still struggle at Cardiff on Saturday.

Chelsea host rock-bottom Sunderland still in with a chance of winning the title this season and hoping to heap the misery on the Black Cats. Drama could be on the cards, with the winning team in each of the sides' last 3 meetings having to come from behind to get all three points.

Sunday could be a day to watch out, once again, for Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan is the top scorer in the Premier League this season, with most of his goals coming against the so-called 'lesser' teams. Norwich have suffered most at his hands, with Suarez netting an incredible 11 goals in his last 4 appearances against the Canaries, including a stunning 4-goal haul at Anfield earlier this season.

Nicklas Bendtner is highly unlikely to feature for Arsenal in their FA Cup Final dress rehearsal against Hull, but he does have a fantastic record against the Tigers, having scored 3 times in his 4 Premier League appearances against them.

Marouane Fellaini could be playing for Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday having scored the only goal in an Everton win in this fixture last season. United do, however, have the best away record in the Premier League this season (33 points from 17 games) and have won their last 4 in a row on the road.

Manchester City's draw with Sunderland in midweek was their first at home in the Premier League since a 2-2 stalemate with Liverpool in February 2013. Monday's opponents West Brom have drawn 5 more games (15) than any other team in the top flight this season so maybe another is on the cards.


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