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Arsenal, who have the best shooting accuracy in the top flight, face Cardiff with the worst, while Liverpool have hit the woodwork 16 times.

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TEAMtalk takes a look at all the key statistics ahead of the New Year's Day Premier League fixtures with Arsenal travelling to Cardiff looking to build on their impressive 54.5% shooting accuracy.

Liverpool, who take on Hull, have hit the woodwork twice as often as any other side, while Wayne Rooney has scored seven Premier League goals against Spurs in his last six starts against them.

Man City have scored a league-high 29 second-half goals in the Premier League this season and discover which high-flying side have conceded a league-high 37% of their goals from set-pieces.

Swansea City v Manchester City (12.45pm)

Swansea conceded 15 shots on target in their first ever Barclays Premier League game (against Man City in August 2011), a game they lost 4-0.

The Citizens have kept five clean sheets in their last six league meetings with Swansea City.

Manchester City have won four Barclays Premier League games in a row, they have not won 5+ in a row within a single season since a spell of six wins won them the title in 2011-12.

Arsenal are the only team to record Premier League five wins in a row so far in 2013-14 (Aug-Sept).

Swansea took only 39 points from 37 Premier League games in 2013. They won 55 from 39 games in 2012.

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

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

Swansea City have scored only four goals in their last five Premier League games.

Manchester City need two goals in this game to match the best goal total recorded by a Premier League team after 20 games (56 by Man City in 2011-12)

Nine teams have won more away points in the Premier League than Manchester City (11) this season.

Arsenal v Cardiff City

Arsenal are unbeaten in the last 12 matches in all competitions against Cardiff City, winning seven and drawing five.

Cardiff are unbeaten in three league trips to Arsenal (W1 D2), though the most recent of these came back in 1962.

Arsenal have only scored 16 times in nine Premier League home games this season.

Only Everton have conceded as few goals as Arsenal (18) this season in the top-flight.

Only 18 different players have started a Premier League game for Cardiff this season, fewer than at any other Premier League club.

Arsenal have the best shooting accuracy (54.5%) and Cardiff the worst (35.7%) in the Premier League this season.

Cardiff have fashioned more attempts from indirect free-kick moves than any other side this season (20 - almost three times as many as Arsenal (7)

Arsenal's substitutes have provided four assists this season, more than any other team.

The Gunners have conceded fewer fouls than any other Premier League team this season (184) but seven clubs have received fewer yellow cards.

Of the seven players to have picked up a league-high six yellow cards in the Premier League this season, Mathieu Flamini has committed the fewest fouls (13).

Crystal Palace v Norwich City

Crystal Palace are unbeaten in 13 home league meetings with Norwich City (W9 D4).

Canaries ace Gary Hooper completed all 32 passes in the reverse fixture with Crystal Palace this season.

Crystal Palace are the only team yet to win a point from a losing position in the Premier League this season; losing all 13 games that they,ve been behind in.

Despite Palace being outside the relegation zone, no team has lost more games than the Eagles (13).

Norwich have lost their last two games in a row. It's the third time this has happened this season but they are yet to lose three in a row.

Palace have lost three of their last four games but have taken nine points from their last six (W3 L3).

Norwich have made more goalline clearances than any other side (8) in the Premier League this season.

Only four teams in Premier League history have recorded fewer goals in their opening 19 games than Crystal Palace have this season (12).

Norwich have won only two of their last 23 Premier League away games in London (D6 L15).

Palace (9) only gained two points fewer than league leaders Arsenal (11) in December.

Fulham v West Ham United

Fulham didn't manage a single shot on target against West Ham United in the reverse fixture in November.

Carlton Cole has scored seven goals in his last nine Premier League games against Fulham.

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

Fulham have leaked 15 goals in their last four Premier League games.

West Ham have conceded nine goals in their last three Premier League games (exactly three in each match).

Fulham have conceded 11 goals in London derbies this season - more than any other side.

Fulham (16 points) are two points better off than they were at this point in 2007-08 (14 points), when they eventually recovered to finish 17th.

West Ham have one point fewer (15) than they did at this point in 2010-11 (16) when they were last relegated from the Premier League.

Fulham are looking for their 25th victory in Premier League London derbies (W24 D31 L58).

Since the start of last season, Fulham have won just 18% of games that Dimitar Berbatov has not started (2 of 11), compared to 30% when he has (14 of 46).

Liverpool v Hull City

Liverpool have won seven and lost none of eight previous home games against the Tigers in all competitions, scoring at least twice on every occasion.

Hull City's victory over Liverpool in December was their first victory over the Reds in any competition, ever (D4 L12).

Hull City have scored as many goals in their past two Premier League games (8) as they had in the previous 10.

Liverpool have scored at least three goals in each of their last six Premier League home games.

Luis Suarez has scored 13 goals in his last five Premier League home games.

13 different players have scored for Hull this season, no team has seen a wider spread.

Only four teams have scored 5+ goals in a Premier League game this season, Liverpool and Hull are two of them (along with Man City and Newcastle).

Liverpool have made fewer substitutions than any other Premier League side in 2013-14 (44).

Hull have hit fewer shots than any other side in the Premier League this season (147), while Liverpool's total of 124 shots on target is almost double that of Hull (65).

Liverpool have hit the woodwork 16 times this season, twice as often as any other side.

Hull have played seven Premier League games in January and not won any of them (D3 L4).

Southampton v Chelsea

The Saints have only won one of their last nine Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea (D3 L5), but that was in this fixture last season.

Chelsea are likely to be missing Frank Lampard, who has scored four goals in his last five Barclays Premier League starts against Southampton.

Southampton only had one shot on target in the reverse fixture last month (the Rodriguez goal after 13 seconds).

37% of the goals Chelsea have conceded this season have come from set-pieces, the highest proportion in the Premier League (excl. penalties).

The Saints have lost only one of their last six Premier League home games against sides from London (W3 D2).

Jose Mourinho has made more substitutions than any other Premier League manager this season (57).

Chelsea have conceded 799 Premier League goals.

No Chelsea striker has scored a Premier League away goal since December 2012.

Jay Rodriguez has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances for Southampton, with one of those coming against Chelsea.

Chelsea have lost as many away games as they have won this season (W3 D3 L3).

Stoke City v Everton

Stoke have only won two of their last 16 league games against Everton (D5 L9).

In the reverse fixture in November, Everton scored more goals (four) than they had in their last five meetings with Stoke City in the Premier League combined (three).

Stoke have won seven points in 11 Premier League games this season against sides currently in the top 12 places of the table (W1 D4 L6).

Everton full back Seamus Coleman has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances.

Tottenham's Kyle Walker (27) is the only Premier League defender to have created more chances than Coleman this season (22).

Everton's defenders have scored nine goals this season, five more than Stoke's strikers have mustered (4).

Stoke's total of four goals from strikers is the fewest of any Premier League club this season.

16 of Stoke's 21 Premier League points this season have come at the Britannia Stadium (76%).

Everton (9) are the only Premier League team to have conceded fewer than 10 goals away from home this season.

Everton have scored inside the last 20 minutes in eight of their last 11 Premier League games.

Sunderland v Aston Villa

Sunderland have scored 16 goals in the last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Villa, and only more than once in a game on one occasion.

There have been four red cards in the last four league meetings between Sunderland and Villa at Villa Park.

Sunderland are the only team in the bottom eight not to have won a game against a fellow side currently in that section of the Premier League table.

Cardiff (4) were the only Premier League team to score fewer goals than Aston Villa (5) in December.

Sunderland are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games (W1 D3) - they last went five undefeated in the opening five matches of the 2012-13 season.

No Aston Villa manager has overseen a Premier League clean sheet in January since Gerard Houllier in 2011.

Sunderland have won eight and lost only two (D2) of their last 12 Premier League games in January.

Sunderland lead the Premier League this season in both own goals (5) and red cards (5).

Aston Villa have conceded the most fouls this season (253) and have the most yellow cards (43).

27% of Sunderland's goals have been scored in the opening 15 minutes, the highest proportion in the Premier League this season.

West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United

In the last 11 league meetings between Newcastle and West Brom, neither side has kept a clean sheet.

Papiss Demba Cisse has scored three goals in four Barclays Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion.

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

WBA have conceded in each of their last nine league games, only two sides (Palace and Sunderland) have recorded runs of 10 games this season.

Newcastle are yet to draw a Premier League away match this season (W5 L4).

The Magpies have gained 15 points from the 12 away goals they've scored in 2013-14.

West Bromwich Albion have drawn their last three games in a row; no team has recorded four in a row in the Premier League in 2013-14.

Shola Ameobi has made 131 Premier League appearances as a substitute, more than any other player in the competition's history.

Nicolas Anelka has scored six times against Newcastle in the Premier League; only against four clubs has he managed more goals (Blackburn, Everton, Sunderland & Arsenal)

If the Premier League season had started in November then Newcastle would be second, behind Manchester City.

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur (5.30pm)

Wayne Rooney has scored nine Premier League goals against Tottenham, including seven in his last six starts versus them.

Tottenham Hotspur have won just one of the last 25 Premier League matches against Manchester United (W1 D7 L17).

Manchester United scored two goals from three shots on target in their reverse fixture against Spurs this season.

Tottenham's victory at Old Trafford last season was their first in 21 Premier League attempts (D3 L17).

Spurs have failed to score in 13 of their last 19 league trips to Old Trafford.

Manchester United have won their last four Premier League games; they have not won 5+ in a row since a spell of seven in a row in March 2013.

Wayne Rooney needs one goal to become only the second player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals in 10 consecutive seasons (Lampard achieved this last season).

Rooney has two assists more (9) than any other Premier League player this season.

Tottenham have won more penalties than any other Premier League team this season (4 - all scored by Roberto Soldado).

However, Manchester United have now gone 76 Premier League games without conceding a penalty (equivalent to two whole seasons).

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