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Theo Walcott's top form, Liverpool's woodwork woe and the lack of penalties awarded against Manchester United make our latest stats round-up.

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Theo Walcott: In superb form for Arsenal

Theo Walcott: In superb form for Arsenal

Here, we take a look at all the key Opta statistics following the latest Premier League action which saw Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea create the first slight gap at the top, with Everton moving into fourth and both Manchester United and Tottenham moving to within two points of Liverpool in fifth

West Ham United 3 West Bromwich Albion 3

Joe Cole's last six Premier League goals have all come at Upton Park (five for West Ham United, one for Liverpool).

Nicolas Anelka became the ninth player to score for six different Premier League clubs by grabbing his first West Brom strike.

The other eight players to score for six different teams in the PL are Craig Bellamy, Marcus Bent, Darren Bent, Nick Barmby, Peter Crouch, Andrew Cole, Les Ferdinand and Robbie Keane.

Nicolas Anelka has been involved in eight goals (four goals, four assists) in his last nine league games against West Ham.

Kevin Nolan scored one and set up two for West Ham.

West Bromwich Albion have only won one of their last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham United (D5 L4).

West Brom are on a run of nine Premier League games without a victory (D5 L4) - the longest such run in the competition currently.

The Hammers have either conceded no goals (three times) or exactly three times (five times) in their last eight home league games.

Aston Villa 1 Swansea City 1

Gabriel Agbonlahor scored his first PL goal against Swansea; he has now scored against 33 of the 34 PL teams he has faced, only failing to net against Crystal Palace (one game, Boxing Day).

Agbonlahor has scored just three times in his last 30 Premier League appearances at Villa Park.

Agbonlahor's strike was Villa's first home goal of the season to come before the half-time interval.

Aston Villa have won only eight points in their 10 Premier League home games this season (W2 D2 L6).

Swansea have won only three points in their last five Premier League matches (D3 L2).

Swansea have taken only 39 points from 37 Premier League games in 2013.

Hull City 6 Fulham 0

Fulham have conceded the first goal of the game more often than any other Premier League side (14).

Robert Koren netted his first PL goal since 17th Jan 2009 (for West Brom v Boro).

George Boyd and Matty Fryatt both netted their first ever Premier League goals.

Tom Huddlestone scored his first Premier League goal of the season, with his 39th shot (including blocked).

Hull City have scored four goals in a single Premier League game for the first time in their history (and then went on to score six).

The Tigers had not won a league game by six or more goals since October 1994 (7-1 v Crewe).

Fulham conceded six goals in a Premier League game for the first time in their history and for the first time in the league since November 1993 (6-4 v Exeter in the third tier).

It was also the first time a Steve Bruce side has scored six times in the Premier League.

Fulham are the only team that Hull City have faced more than once at home in the Premier League and maintained a 100% win rate (P3 W3).

The last team to score six goals in a single half of a Premier League game was Arsenal on 29 December 2012 (7-3 v Newcastle).

Manchester City 1 Crystal Palace 0

Tony Pulis has managed a PL side at the Etihad six times and has lost each time, with his teams conceding 15 and scoring none.

The only two teams to stop Manchester City scoring in the first half at home this season were in the Championship last season (Crystal Palace on Saturday, Hull back in August).

Edin Dzeko ended a run of six Premier League games without a goal with the opener.

Manchester City have scored 54 times this season; more than any side in Premier League history has managed in their opening 19 games.

Edin Dzeko scored his 50th Premier League goal for Man City in all competitions, with 34 coming in the Premier League.

The Citizens have scored in 60 consecutive Premier League home games, the second-longest run in PL history. Manchester United's run of 66, which ended in May 2013, is the longest.

Jesus Navas has made three assists and scored one goal in his last four Premier League appearances.

Manchester City are the only team in the Premier League this season yet to drop a point at home (P10 W10 D0 L0).

City are unbeaten in their final game of the year since returning to the Premier League in 2002-03 (W6 D6).

Man City have scored 29 second half goals in the Premier League this season; a league-high.

Norwich City 0 Manchester United 1

Danny Welbeck has scored four goals and assisted one in his last four Premier League appearances.

Norwich have lost 14 and won just two of their last 17 league meetings with Manchester United (W2 D1).

Norwich have scored a total of only eight goals in 13 Premier League games against Man Utd.

Manchester United have won their last four Premier League games; the joint-longest current run with neighbours Man City.

The Red Devils kept only their second clean sheet in eight league games, with both coming on the road.

Man Utd have not conceded a penalty in any of their last 76 Premier League games.

Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 2

Sunderland are unbeaten in four away league games (W1 D3).

All four of Fraizer Campbell's Premier League goals for Cardiff City have been scored at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Campbell laid on his first assist of the season. His last assist came in February 2012 (for Sunderland v Norwich).

The Bluebirds had seven shots on target against Sunderland; more than they have managed in a single league game this season.

Sunderland have scored just five times in their last 11 away league matches; with today being the only occasion in that run that they have scored twice.

The last time Sunderland scored more than once in an away league fixture was against Newcastle in April (12 games ago).

Steven Fletcher ended a run of nine league appearances without a goal by scoring Sunderland's first goal.

The Black Cats battled back to claim a point from a losing position; the first time they have done so this season. Crystal Palace are now the only team yet to do so.

Cardiff have only been in the lead on six occasions in the Premier League this season. No side has led less frequently (Villa also six).

Everton v Southampton

Everton have won four and lost none of their last eight Premier League meetings with Southampton (D4).

The Saints have only won one of 15 Premier League trips to Goodison Park (D3 L11).

Romelu Lukaku ended his Premier League goal drought at 524 minutes.

Seamus Coleman has now scored more goals this season (5) than he did in the previous four PL seasons combined.

Coleman has scored three goals in his last four appearances.

Everton defenders have contributed nine Premier League goals this season, only one fewer than their strikers have.

Everton only had two shots before half-time.

Everton's pass completion of 73% is the lowest they've recorded under Roberto Martinez.

Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 1

Arsenal have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games at St James Park (D7 W5).

Olivier Giroud ended a run of 499 minutes without a Premier League goal. Indeed, Giroud had gone 679 minutes in all competitions without a goal for the Gunners.

Olivier Giroud has only scored two of his 19 Premier League goals outside of London, with both strikes outside the capital arriving in the north-east (Sunderland & Newcastle).

Theo Walcott now has four goals and two assists in his last five Premier League appearances.

Since the start of last season, only Rooney (19) and Gerrard & Hazard (15) have more PL goal assists than Theo Walcott (14)

Newcastle have failed to score in three consecutive Premier League home games against Arsenal for the first time.

Arsenal have failed to score a first half goal in four of their last five PL games.

Arsenal have won the most Premier League points in 2013, and their current 82 point tally is at least five better than any other side managed this year.

Arsenal have recorded 18 away wins in all comps in 2013 (from 27 games), a record in a calendar year under Wenger.

Chelsea v Liverpool

Six of Chelsea's last eight Premier League wins against Liverpool have come under Jose Mourinho.

Martin Skrtel's goal was the 1000th scored in the Premier League in 2013.

Liverpool have now hit the woodwork 16 times this season, more than any other Premier League side.

Samuel Eto'o's goal vs Liverpool came from only his seventh touch of the game.

Chelsea have conceded a higher proportion of goals from set-pieces than any other PL club this season.

Luis Suarez had only two shots, his joint-lowest figure of the season.

Eden Hazard has eight Premier League goals this season, only one fewer than he managed last season.

Oscar's assist for Eto'o's goal was his first of the season.

Liverpool have not started the New Year in the top four since 2008-09 (first place).

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Stoke City 0

Stoke have won just five points away from home in the Premier League this season; a joint league low along with Hull (W1 D2 L7).

Spurs ended a run of eight Premier League matches without a clean sheet, which was the longest current run in the league before the game.

Tottenham have only lost two of their 39 previous home league meetings with Stoke City (W29 D8).

Stoke have now conceded a league-high nine goals in the fifteen minutes leading up to half time.

Tottenham have netted four goals from the penalty spot this season; more than any other Premier League side. Indeed, Soldado has netted all four; more than any other PL player.

Roberto Soldado scored his first Premier League goal in eight games. It was Soldado's first PL goal in 624 minutes.

Mousa Dembele's 65th minute strike was his first PL goal since scoring on his Tottenham debut back in September 2012 against Norwich.

Roberto Soldado has assisted twice as many PL goals as any other Tottenham player this season (4).

Tottenham had 20 shots in this game, Stoke only two.

Stoke's only shot on target came in the 83rd minute.

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