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TEAMtalk takes a look at all the key Opta statistics following the latest Premier League action which saw wins for top six Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton and Everton, and Sunderland at the bottom.

Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 2

Arsenal remain the only team to score in each of their Premier League matches this season.

Arsene Wenger's side have scored in their last 14 Premier League games; the best current run in the competition.

Mikel Arteta has scored 16 of the 18 Premier League penalties he has taken - six out of seven for Arsenal.

The Spaniard is the second Arsenal player (after Ian Wright in Dec 1996 v Nottingham Forest) to score and get sent off in the same PL game.

He has also scored on both of his Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace (one for Everton and today for Arsenal).

Arsenal have allowed each of their opponents to attempt 10 shots (incl. blocked) in each of their Premier League games this season. Crystal Palace had 13 shots in total on Sunday.

Crystal Palace have lost six consecutive league matches for the first time since March 2001.

The Eagles have conceded at each two goals in each of their last six Premier League games; 15 goals in total.

Arsenal are unbeaten in 14 competitive away games, winning 12 and drawing twice.

Despite playing with 10 men for 25 minutes, Arsenal attempted 665 passes; more than they have in any of their other PL games in 2013/14.

Aston Villa 0 Everton 2

Christian Benteke has missed two penalties this season. There have only been six penalties missed in total in the top flight this term.

Seamus Coleman became the third player to concede two penalties in the PL this season, after Laurent Koscielny and Dean Moxey.

Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in five league games for Everton this term.

The Belgian has now scored 22 in 40 for West Brom and Everton in the PL, but none in 10 for Chelsea.

Aston Villa have conceded a goal in 16 successive Premier League home games; the longest current run in the competition.

Leon Osman has scored six Premier League goals against Aston Villa; more than any other opponent.

Everton had not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 18 Premier League games against Aston Villa before Saturday's shutout.

No side has conceded the first goal of the game more often than Aston Villa in the Premier League this season (7).

Liverpool 4 West Bromwich Albion 1

Luis Suarez has scored six and assisted one in just four Premier League appearances this season.

Suarez has scored seven goals in his last five league games at Anfield.

Suarez scored his fourth Premier League hat-trick, his first at Anfield, in only his 81st appearance for the club.

The Uruguayan was the first player to net a treble in the top-flight this term.

Suarez's rate of one hat-trick every 20.3 games is the best of all 46 players to have scored more than one Premier League treble.

Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last six Premier League games.

Daniel Sturridge has scored exactly one goal in eight of his nine Premier League appearances this term.

Liverpool ended a run of three Premier League games without a win (or a goal) against West Brom.

Manchester United 3 Stoke City 2

Peter Crouch scored only his second goal in 18 Premier League appearances against Manchester United.

Crouch was the first striker to score a goal in the top flight for the Potters this term.

Crouch's goal was only the ninth Manchester United have conceded before the fifth minute in the PL era at Old Trafford; five of these nine have come since August 2012.

Robin van Persie has scored nine goals in his last seven Premier League appearances against Stoke City.

Marko Arnautovic scored his first Premier League goal.

Arnautovic was the first player to score a free-kick in the PL as an away player at Old Trafford since Charlie Adam for Blackpool in May 2011.

Javier Hernandez has scored five goals in seven PL appearances against Stoke; only against Wigan has he netted more.

Manchester United have won all six of their previous Premier League home games against Stoke City.

Stoke City have lost more Premier League games against Man Utd than versus any other side (10).

Norwich City 0 Cardiff City 0

Norwich have lost just one of their last 11 competitive home games against Cardiff City (W7 D3 L1).

Cardiff kept only their second Premier League clean sheet of the campaign, in their ninth Premier League game.

Norwich had 61% possession in this game; since the start of last season they have had over 50% possession in 11 games but have won none of them.

Norwich have still not scored a Premier League goals earlier than the 34th minute this season; the only side to not do so.

The Canaries had 31 shots (including blocks) in this game; the most by any side in a single game this term.

Cardiff have faced more shots than any other team in the Premier League this term (174).

Southampton 2 Fulham 0

Fulham are the first time this season to fail to have an attempt on goal in the first half of a Premier League game. Their first shot came in the 48th minutes (from Kieran Richardson).

Norwich City (v Arsenal on April 13) were the last team to not have an attempt on goal in the first half of a Premier League match.

Southampton have beaten Fulham for the first time in eight meetings (D5 L2).

The Saints have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League matches (W5 D5 L1).

Thanks to their win, Southampton have now made their best ever start to a top flight season (19 points from nine games).

Fulham are the seventh team to fail to register a shot on target in a Premier League game this season.

They are the second team to fail to do so against Southampton this season (also Crystal Palace).

Rickie Lambert has been involved in three goals in his last two Premier League appearances against Fulham (two goals and one assist).

Lambert's last two Premier League assists have been for Jay Rodriquez to score.

Rickie Lambert had three shots on target against Fulham. The entire Fulham side managed two attempts in the entire game (both off target).

Mauricio Pochettino's side have allowed their opponents just 2.89 shots on target per game in the Premier League so far this season. Only Chelsea (2.88) have allowed fewer.

Sunderland 2 Newcastle United 1

Newcastle have scored in all 12 of their Premier League away games versus Sunderland.

Two of Sunderland's last three Premier League wins have come against Newcastle.

The last two instances of Sunderland scoring more than one goal in a Premier League game have come against Newcastle.

Sunderland have won one of their opening nine league games for the second season in succession.

This game saw a pass completion rate (combined) of only 72%, the second lowest seen in the top-flight this season.

Both of Steven Fletcher's Premier League goals this season have come with his head. None of the 11 he scored for the Black Cats last season came from his head.

Newcastle striker Loic Remy didn't have a single shot in this game.

Davide Santon created six goalscoring chances, twice as many as any other player in the game.

Sunderland have won consecutive league games against Newcastle for the first time since March 1967 (the year that Gus Poyet was born).

Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1

Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in 65 Premier League home games as manager of Chelsea (W51 D14).

Manchester City have lost more away games (6) than they have won (5) in the Premier League in 2013.

City have won just four of their last 13 Premier League away games.

Fernando Torres scored his first goal of the season with his 13th shot.

Torres also registered his 13th Premier League assist for Chelsea, one more than he managed for Liverpool.

Torres only had two shots on target in the Premier League before Sunday but had three versus City.

Chelsea have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season than any other side (6).

Sergio Aguero has scored nine goals in his last seven appearances for City (all comps).

City lost a Premier League game in which Aguero scored for the first time (W29 D2 L1).

82% of the goals City have conceded have come after half-time, a league high.

Swansea City 0 West Ham United 0

There have been just four goals scored in the last five Premier League away games that West Ham have played.

Four of West Ham's five shots on target came in the first half.

Swansea have won only two of their last seven games (all comps)

West Ham have drawn more games 0-0 than any other side in the Premier League this season.

Jussi Jaaskalainen has kept five clean sheets this season, only two PL goalkeepers have more.

Ashley Williams made 94 passes, Mark Noble made the most for West Ham (38).

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Hull City 0

No side has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than Tottenham (6).

Tottenham have won four games 1-0 this season, matching their total from last season.

Tottenham have scored more penalties than any other Premier League team this season (3). They didn't win a single penalty in the Premier League last season.

Hull City have won just one point from their last seven Premier League away trips in London (L6 D1).

The Tigers have collected just one win from their last 29 Premier League matches away from home (L21 D7).

Since the start of last season Roberto Soldado has taken nine league penalties and scored eight of them.

Tottenham are the only side in the top nine to score fewer than 10 goals this season.

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