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Arsenal
* Arsenal scored seven goals v Blackburn from just eight shots on target.

* Theo Walcott has now notched up the same number of assists (7) as Nani, Gareth Bale and Samir Nasri this season.

* Mikel Arteta found a teammate with all 14 of his attempted long passes v Rovers and notched a 94% pass completion rate throughout the game.


Aston Villa
* Villa are now in their lowest position (13th) since Alex McLeish took over the club.

* Villa made a grand total of 39 tackles at Newcastle on Sunday but Charles N'Zogbia did not make a single one.

* Robbie Keane's pass completion rate v Newcastle was impressive 83%.


Blackburn Rovers
* Blackburn are still the only Premier League side to score in every away game this season.

* Paul Robinson has conceded 60 goals against Arsenal during his career. He was credited with just one save at the Emirates on Saturday.

* Blackburn's form over the last eight PL games is still better than four other teams - Wolves, Stoke, QPR and Wigan.


Bolton Wanderers
* Bolton have picked up just four points against teams currently in the top half of the table.

* Martin Petrov attempted a massive 15 crosses v Norwich but only two found a teammate.

* Zat Knight recorded a woeful 55% pass completion rate at Carrow Road on Saturday.


Chelsea
* Juan Mata has created more chances for teammates this season than any other player (71 to David Silva's 68) and has been credited with eight assists.

* All three of his shots were on target v Manchester United on Sunday.

* Fenando Torres has not managed a shot on target in any of his last three games for Chelsea.


Everton
* Everton have gone 12 PL games without scoring more than a single goal.

* They have scored 18 of their 24 goals in the second halves of games this season.

* Steven Pienaar made four chances for teammates in 90 minutes at Wigan on Saturday.


Fulham
* Fulham actually bossed possession during their 3-0 defeat at Man City with 53%.

* Moussa Dembele made five chances for teammates in that game but none were taken.

* No team has picked up fewer points away from home this season that the Cottagers' eight points from 12 games.

Liverpool
* Roy Hodgson's Liverpool averaged two points per game in the Premier League at Anfield. Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool side have averaged 1.85 points per game at Anfield since he took over.

* Liverpool have the lowest chance conversion rate at the Premier League at 8.5%.

* Charlie Adam made six chances for teammates v Tottenham but none were converted.


Manchester City
* City had less possession and a lower pass completion rate than Fulham on Saturday.

* Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero were the only two City players to manage a shot on target in that match.

* City have not dropped a PL point at the Etihad since February 2011 v Fulham.


Manchester United
* Six of United's 12 'key passes' on Sunday v Chelsea were played by Ryan Giggs.

* Wayne Rooney has not created a single chance for teammates in his last two Premier League games but had eight shots v Chelsea on Sunday.

* That point gained at Stamford Bridge was only their second from a losing position this season - the other came v Liverpool in October. Both equalisers came from Javier Hernandez.


* Newcastle United
* Demba Ba has contributed exactly 50% of Newcastle's PL goals this season (16 of 32).

* Ba and Papiss Cisse combined to have ten of Newcastle's 18 shots v Aston Villa and all three of their on-target attempts.

* Danny Guthrie created six chances for teammates v Villa.


Norwich City
* Norwich have scored more goals (34) than any PL team barring the top six so far this season.

* They had a massive 24 shots in their 2-0 win over Bolton on Saturday at Carrow Road.

* Norwich play more long balls per game than any other Premier League club.


QPR
* QPR have thrown away more points from winning opsitions (15) than any other PL side this season.

* If games ended at half-time, QPR would be in ninth position in the Premier League.

* Shaun Wright-Phillips and Adel Taarabt have taken a total of 97 shots for QPR this season without scoring.


* Stoke City
* Only QPR and Wigan have worse records than Stoke over the last eight PL games.

* In those eight games, they have managed only 14 shots on target.

* Glenn Whelan played five of Stoke's 'key passes' v Sunderland on Saturday.


Sunderland
* Sunderland have picked up 22 points from ten games under Martin O'Neill. In Steve Bruce's final ten games in charge, they picked up nine points.

* They beat Stoke on Saturday with their only shot on target.

* Stephane Sessegnon is the only Sunderland player to start every PL game this season.


Swansea City
* Swansea beat West Brom 2-1 with their only two shots on target at the Hawthorns.

* No outfield player dropped below an 80% pass completion rate in that game.

* Gylfi Sigurdsson's all-acion performance saw him take five shots (one goal) and create four chances (one assist).


Tottenham Hotspur
* Tottenham have picked up just nine points from eight games against other members of the top seven this season.

* Scott Parker was credited with three blocked shots and five interceptions v Liverpool on Monday night.

* Emmanuel Adebayor has not scored for Tottenham in almost 13 hours of football.


West Brom
* For the fourth time this season, Ben Foster did not make a single save v Swansea on Saturday.

* They have picked up just one point from a possible 18 in their last six games at home.

* The Baggies have exactly the same points as the same stage last season (26) but have scored seven fewer goals.


Wigan
* Wigan have thrown away 11 points from winning positions this season.

* Jean Beausejour fired in ten crosses v Everton on Saturday but only two reached a teammate.

* Wigan have scored only 21 goals from 317 shots this season, giving them a goal every 15.1 shots.


Wolves
* Wolves have picked up more points from a losing position (13) than any other PL team this season.

* Kevin Doyle's winner v QPR was his first strike since October v Swansea. All three of his PL goals this season have come against bottom-half sides.

* Roger Johnson was the only outfield starter for Wolves v QPR who did not make a successful tackle.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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