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Premier League Matchweek 7: What the stats say

Manchester United v Everton
2 October 2021

Manchester United have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League meetings with Everton (W6 D5), going down 4-0 at Goodison Park in April 2019.

Having won their first-ever Premier League away game against Manchester United in August 1992, Everton have emerged victorious in just one of their subsequent 28 trips to Old Trafford (D7 L20).

Manchester United have conceded at least once in each of their last eight Premier League home games, with the Red Devils last having a longer run without a home clean sheet in the top-flight between September 1970 and February 1971 (10 games).

Each of Manchester United’s last eight Premier League defeats have come in home games – it’s the longest run of defeats without suffering an away loss in top-flight history.

Everton have conceded 10 goals in their last four Premier League away games, as many as they had in their previous 14 on the road. The Toffees lost 3-0 at Aston Villa in their last away league game, but haven’t lost consecutive games away from Goodison Park since November 2020.

Everton manager Rafael Benítez has lost seven of his nine Premier League away games against Man Utd, winning the other two. His victories came with Liverpool in March 2009 (4-1) and Chelsea in May 2013 (1-0), and he could become the first-ever manager to win a top-flight away match against the Red Devils with three different clubs.

If he plays, this will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s 200th Premier League appearance (87 goals). He would be the 24th different player to reach this milestone with the Red Devils, at least eight more than any other side in the competition.

Andros Townsend has been involved in seven goals in eight games in all competitions this season (4 goals, 3 assists), more than any other Everton player. Townsend opened the scoring for Crystal Palace in their 3-1 league win against Manchester United at Old Trafford last season.

No player has created more chances in the Premier League this season than Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes (21), with 10 of these coming in the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last time out.

Man Utd’s Paul Pogba has had more shots without scoring than any other player in the Premier League this season (15). However, the Frenchman has provided seven assists so far this term, more than double that of any other player.

Burnley v Norwich City
2 October 2021

Burnley have only lost one of their last 11 league meetings with Norwich (W8 D2), winning both of their Premier League games against the Canaries.

In their league history, Norwich have won just one of their 18 away games against Burnley (D3 L14), losing each of the last six in a row at Turf Moor since a 5-3 victory in April 2004.

Burnley have never failed to score in their 18 home league games against Norwich, while their win rate of 77.8 per cent in home league games against the Canaries is their highest among any opponent they’ve faced 15+ times at Turf Moor.

None of the 43 meetings between Burnley and Norwich City in all competitions has finished 0-0 – it’s the most either side has ever faced an opponent without having a single goalless draw in their respective histories.

Burnley are winless in their last nine league games (D2 L7), their longest such streak since a run of 10 between April and September 2018.

Burnley are without a win in their last 13 home league games (D6 L7). Even against promoted sides, Burnley are winless in their last five league games at Turf Moor (D3 L2), since beating Norwich 2-0 in September 2019.

Norwich have made the worst start to a Premier League campaign at this stage, with zero points and a goal difference of -14. In top-flight history, just five teams have lost each of their first seven games to a season – Liverpool in 1899-00, Bolton in 1902-03, Manchester United in 1930-31, Portsmouth in 2009-10 and Crystal Palace in 2017-18.

Burnley have dropped more points from winning positions than any other side in the Premier League this season (10). However, Norwich are the only side yet to take the lead in any of their six Premier League games so far in 2021-22.

Norwich have the lowest expected goals total (5.3) and the lowest shot conversion rate (3.3 per cent) of any side in the Premier League this season.

Burnley striker Chris Wood has scored five goals in his four league starts against Norwich, including three in two Premier League meetings with the Canaries.

Chelsea v Southampton
2 October 2021

Chelsea are winless in their last three league games against Southampton (D2 L1), last having a longer winless run against them between October 1990 and December 1993 (seven games).

Southampton have taken 19 points from 22 Premier League away games against Chelsea (W4 D7 L11) – only at Aston Villa (27) and Crystal Palace (21) have Saints earned more away points in the competition.

Three of Chelsea’s four Premier League defeats under Thomas Tuchel have come in home games. The Blues haven’t lost consecutive league games at Stamford Bridge since December 2019, the second game of which came against Southampton.

Southampton have failed to score in five of their last eight league games, including each of the last three in a row. Saints have had seven separate runs of failing to score in 4+ consecutive Premier League games, most recently a run of five in October 2018.

Southampton are one of five teams without a win so far in the Premier League this season – only twice in their top-flight history have they failed to win any of their first seven games in a campaign, doing so in 1996-97 and 1998-99.

Chelsea are over-performing their expected goals total more than any other Premier League side this season, with the Blues scoring 12 goals compared to an xG of 8.4 (3.6 difference). Southampton, meanwhile, are one of the more under-performing sides in this regard (-3.1 – 4 goals, 7.1 xG).

No side has scored more first-half goals than Chelsea in the Premier League this season (6, level with Liverpool). However, Southampton are one of just two sides (along with Man City) yet to concede before half-time in the competition this term, with all seven goals against them coming in the second half.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has scored nine goals in his 12 Premier League games against Southampton, against no side has he netted more in the competition (also 9 vs West Ham).

Of all keepers to play more than once in the Premier League this season, Chelsea’s Édouard Mendy has the best save percentage (90 per cent). He’s conceded a goal on average once every 225 minutes this season, with those strikes coming against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Adam Armstrong has had more shots than any other Southampton player in the Premier League this season (19). With six chances created on top of this, he’s been involved in 33 per cent of Saints’ total attempts so far this term (25/75).

Leeds United v Watford
2 October 2021

Leeds have won both of their previous top-flight meetings with Watford, winning 2-1 away and 3-1 at home in the 1999-00 Premier League campaign.

Watford have won their last three league games against Leeds, just one fewer than they had in their first 17 against them (W4 D6 L7, excl. playoffs). This is the first league meeting between the sides since February 2015 (Leeds 2-3 Watford).

Watford are unbeaten in their last five away league games against Leeds (W3 D2), netting 16 goals in these five matches since a 2-1 loss in February 2006.

Leeds have never kept a clean sheet in their 10 home league meetings with Watford – the Hornets are the only side to have played at least four away league games against Leeds while finding the net every time.

Leeds remain without a win so far in the Premier League this season (D3 L3) – they’ve never failed to win any of their first seven league games in any of their previous 94 campaigns in their history.

Leeds have already dropped five points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, drawing at Newcastle before losing at home to West Ham. The Whites only dropped six points when leading in the whole of 2020-21.

Watford’s 3-1 win at Norwich in their last away game ended a run of eight consecutive away defeats in the Premier League. The Hornets last won consecutive top-flight games on the road back in September 2017 (3).

Since the start of last season, Leeds have scored more Premier League goals from outside the box than any other side (17), including three of their six strikes this season. Meanwhile, only Crystal Palace (4) have shipped more goals from distance so far this term than Watford (3).

No player has had more shots from outside the box in the Premier League this season than Leeds’ Raphinha (14), with 74 per cent of the Brazilian’s total attempts this term coming from distance (14/19).

Only Mohamed Salah (15) has had more shots on target than Watford’s Ismaila Sarr so far in the Premier League this season, with 11 of the Senegalese’s 16 total attempts being on target so far (incl. 4 goals).

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
2 October 2021

Tottenham have won 10 of their last 12 Premier League games against Aston Villa (L2), though those two defeats in that run have come in home games (0-1 in April 2015, 1-2 in May 2021).

Aston Villa are looking to win consecutive league games against Spurs for the first time since September 2008, while they last won consecutive away games against the London side back in August 1995.

Since the start of last season, Aston Villa have won three of their seven Premier League away games in London (D1 L3), including a 2-1 victory at Spurs. The Villans had won just three of their previous 29 top-flight visits to the capital before this (D4 L22).

Tottenham have lost their last three Premier League games by an aggregate score of 9-1. They last lost four in a row in the competition in November 2004 (a run of 6).

Aston Villa are looking for three consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since winning their first four games in the competition last season. Meanwhile, the last time the Villans won three consecutive top-flight games without conceding was in December 2009 (a run of four, of which the second was a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford).

Tottenham have had fewer shots than any other Premier League side this season (56), and have the second-lowest xG total in the competition this term (5.4).

Son Heung-min has been involved in 10 goals in his last 11 Premier League games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (6 goals, 4 assists). The Korean has also netted three of Spurs’ four league goals so far this season, including both at home.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane hasn’t scored in any of his last five Premier League appearances, with the striker last having a longer drought in the competition in his first six games of the 2015-16 campaign.

Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz has provided an assist in his last two Premier League appearances, already matching his total from both 2020-21 (2 in 33 games) and 2019-20 (2 in 36 games) this term.

Aston Villa’s Danny Ings has scored six goals in his last six appearances against Tottenham in all competitions, including four in his last three against them. However, he’s been on the losing in four of the five games in which he’s scored against Spurs, including the last three in a row.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United
2 October 2021

Wolves haven’t won any of their last seven home league games against Newcastle (D5 L2), since a 1-0 victory in the second tier in April 1993.

Newcastle have won just one of their last nine league games against Wolves (D6 L2), winning 1-0 at Molineux in February 2017 in the Championship.

Both teams have scored in all 12 Premier League meetings between Wolves and Newcastle, making it the most played fixture in the competition not to see a clean sheet. Eight of those 12 matches have finished 1-1, including each of the last five in a row.

Wolves have lost each of their last four Premier League home games, last losing more consecutively at Molineux between January and April 2012 (9).

Wolves are the only side without a home goal in the Premier League so far this season. Only four teams have ever failed to score in any of their first four home games in a top-flight campaign – West Bromwich Albion in 1921-22, Everton in 1998-99 and both Crystal Palace and Huddersfield in 2018-19.

After winning five of their last eight league games in the 2020-21 campaign, Newcastle are without a win in their six games so far this season (D3 L3).

Wolves are yet to score a goal in the first half of a game in the Premier League this season. Indeed, over their last 25 Premier League matches, Wolves have scored in the first half on just four occasions.

Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez scored his first Premier League goal in almost a year in their 1-0 win against Southampton last time out. His last goal at Molineux in the competition came against today’s opponents Newcastle, back in October 2020.

Allan Saint-Maximin has either scored (2) or assisted (3) five of Newcastle’s seven Premier League goals so far this season (71 per cent), registering a goal involvement in each of his last four appearances in the competition.

Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock scored in each of his last seven Premier League appearances in 2020-21, playing 389 minutes in these games and averaging a goal every 56 minutes. So far this season he’s played 431 minutes across five games, but has yet to find the net for the Magpies this term.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal
2 October 2021

After a five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League against Arsenal (W3 D2), Brighton lost home and away against the Gunners last term.

Arsenal are looking to win back-to-back away league games against Brighton for the first time since April 1981, following their 1-0 victory at the Amex Stadium last term.

This is just the second time Arsenal are facing Brighton in the top-flight while below them in the table, with the previous match being a 0-0 draw at Highbury in January 1982 (Arsenal 10th, Brighton 9th).

Brighton have won three of their last four Premier League home games (L1), as many as they had in their previous 22 at the Amex Stadium (W3 D10 L9). The Seagulls have kept seven home clean sheets so far in 2021, with only Manchester City and Chelsea (9 each) keeping more at home this calendar year.

Arsenal are just the third side in Premier League history to lose their opening three games of a campaign and then win their next three, after Wimbledon in 1996-97 and West Bromwich Albion 2002-03. The Dons won their seventh game in that campaign, while the Baggies lost theirs.

Starting with a 1-0 victory at Brighton in December 2020, Arsenal have won nine of their last 15 away league games (D2 L4), with only Manchester City (13) and Liverpool (10) winning more Premier League games on the road in that time.

Arsenal’s last eight Premier League goals against Brighton have been netted by just three different players – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (3), Alexandre Lacazette (2) and Nicolas Pépé (3).

Brighton forward Danny Welbeck has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances against Arsenal, with these strikes coming between 2011-12 (twice with Manchester United) and 2019-20 (with Watford).

Neal Maupay has scored half of Brighton’s Premier League goals this season (4/8), and is looking to score in three consecutive league games for the first time since October 2020. Maupay has also scored the winning goal in two of his three Premier League appearances against Arsenal.

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored five goals in his last five appearances in all competitions, more than he had in his previous 17 for the Gunners (4).

Crystal Palace v Leicester City
3 October 2021

After a four-game winning run against Leicester, Crystal Palace have failed to win any of their last four against the Foxes in the Premier League (D1 L3).

Leicester have won just one of their last five away league games against Crystal Palace (D2 L2), winning 2-0 in November 2019.

Leicester have lost each of their three Premier League away games against London sides, as many as they had in their previous 14 trips to the capital (W6 D5 L3).

Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their three home league games this season (W1 D2), conceding just one goal at Selhurst Park so far. They’ve only remained unbeaten in their first four home league games in one of the last 24 campaigns (2019-20).

Since keeping back-to-back away clean sheets in February, Leicester have conceded in each of their last 10 away Premier League games. However, they’ve also scored in each of these 10 games, with Blackburn being the last side to have a longer run of both scoring and conceding in top-flight away games (14 beween May 2011 and February 2012).

Crystal Palace have had fewer shots on target than any other Premier League side this season (14). However, they’ve scored six goals, with only Brentford (50 per cent) having a better shots on target to goals ratio than the Eagles this term (43%).

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been involved in eight goals in 12 Premier League games against Leicester (6 goals, 2 assists), more than he has against any other side in the competition.

Jamie Vardy has been involved in 86 per cent of Leicester’s seven Premier League goals so far this season (5 goals, 1 assist). With 89 goals since turning 30, Vardy is also closing in on Ian Wright’s record of 93 Premier League goals scored after their 30th birthday.

Wilfried Zaha has scored 49 Premier League goals, and could become the first player in Crystal Palace’s history to reach 50 goals in the top-flight.

As a player, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira lost none of his 11 Premier League games against Leicester (W8 D3), the most he ever faced a side without tasting defeat in the competition.

West Ham United v Brentford
3 October 2021

This is the first league meeting between West Ham and Brentford since April 1993, with the Hammers winning 4-0 at Upton Park in a campaign that saw West Ham promoted and the Bees relegated from the second tier.

This is the first-ever top-flight meeting between West Ham and Brentford, with each of the previous 20 league games between the sides taking place in the second tier. Brentford’s last win against West Ham was in the 1953-54 season (though they’ve only since met in 1992-93 since then).

West Ham have lost their last four games when facing an opponent in the top-flight for the first time, going down against Bournemouth in 2015-16, Hull in 2008-09, Reading in 2006-07 and Wigan in 2005-06.

Brentford have lost just one of their last nine league London derbies (W5 D3), going down 2-1 at QPR in February. The Bees are the only side yet to lose a Premier League London derby, by virtue of the fact that they’ve played two of them in the competition so far (W1 D1).

Only Manchester City (34) and Tottenham (28) have earned more points in home Premier League games in 2021 so far than West Ham (26). The Hammers did lose their last home league match against Man Utd, but have only lost back-to-back games at the London Stadium once since David Moyes’ return in January 2020.

Brentford are unbeaten away from home in the Premier League so far (W1 D2) – only four teams have ever remained unbeaten in their first four on the road in the competition, with Blackburn, Coventry and Ipswich doing so in 1992-93, and Hull City in 2008-09 the other.

Both West Ham and Brentford have made just three changes to their starting XIs in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other side so far.

Brentford have had seven different players score for them in the Premier League so far this season – excluding own goals, only Chelsea (10) and Manchester City (9) have had more players find the net for them than the Bees.

West Ham forward Michail Antonio has been involved in more goals than any other player in the Premier League so far this season (8), scoring five and assisting three goals in his five appearances so far. These eight goal involvements have been worth seven points to the Hammers so far, more than any other player across the league.

Coming into this weekend’s games, Saïd Benrahma has created seven chances for Michail Antonio at West Ham this season, more than any player has created for another in the competition this term.

Liverpool v Manchester City
3 October 2021

Liverpool haven’t lost consecutive league games against Manchester City since a run of four between 1935 and 1937, going down 4-1 the last time the sides met in February.

Manchester City won this exact fixture 4-1 last season, ending a run of 17 away league games without a win at Liverpool (D5 L12). The Citizens haven’t won consecutive league games at Anfield since January 1953.

Liverpool have won just one of their last seven Premier League games against reigning champions (D2 L4), beating Manchester City 3-1 at home in their own title-winning campaign of 2019-20.

Liverpool are the only side still unbeaten in the Premier League this season (W4 D2), while the Reds have also netted more goals than any other side this term (15). However, Man City have conceded the fewest goals so far in 2021-22 (1), keeping a clean sheet in each of their last five games.

Liverpool are unbeaten in 16 league games (W12 D4), the longest current run without defeat in the top four tiers of English football. However, the Reds conceded more goals in their 3-3 draw at Brentford last time out than they had in their previous eight league games combined (2).

Manchester City haven’t faced a shot on target in three of their six Premier League games so far this season (vs Norwich, Arsenal and Chelsea), the same number of games they didn’t face a single attempt on target in 38 league games last season.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has lost more games against Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp in all competitions than he has against any opposing manager in his career (8). Meanwhile, of sides he’s faced at least 10 times in all competitions, Guardiola’s lowest win rate is against Liverpool (30.8 per cent – W4 D4 L5).

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in six goals in his five appearances against Manchester City at Anfield in all competitions, scoring four and assisting two.

Man City’s Raheem Sterling has scored in two of his last three Premier League games against Liverpool, having failed to find the net in his first eight against his former side. Sterling could become just the second player to score in consecutive Premier League games at Anfield having previously played for the Reds in the competition, after Nicolas Anelka in 2003 and 2004.

Five of Diogo Jota’s 12 Premier League goals for Liverpool have been headers (42 per cent) – it’s the highest ratio of headed goals of any non-defender for the Reds in the competition’s history (min. 10 goals scored).

Source: Supersport

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