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Daniel Sturridge has had a hand in more Premier League goals than any other player, while Norwich have yet to score before the 34th minute.

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Daniel Sturridge: In goalscoring form

Daniel Sturridge: In goalscoring form

TEAMtalk takes a look at all the key Opta statistics ahead of this weekend's Premier League action as Liverpool ace Sturridge bids to continue his fine form with seven goals and two assists so far this season.

Norwich face Cardiff knowing they are the only side in the Premier League not to score before the 34th minute.

Stoke City travel to Manchester United with the record of losing more Premier League games against Man Utd (9) than against any other side.

And find out which Premier League ground has seen the most goals scored this season.

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (12.45pm)

Crystal Palace have won just five points and scored five goals in their previous eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Arsenal.

Since their opening day defeat to Aston Villa, Arsenal have won 19 of a possible 21 points in the Barclays Premier League (W6 D1).

Crystal Palace have now lost five successive Premier League games. They haven't lost six in a row in league competition since March 2001.

Arsenal are unbeaten in 13 competitive away games, winning 11 and drawing twice.

Palace have won just 40 points in their 44 Premier League London derbies.

As well as scoring four goals in the Premier League this season, Olivier Giroud has four assists - a Premier League high. He only managed three Premier League assists in 2012-13.

Two of Arsenal's three Premier League title winning campaigns (1997/98 and 2001/02) have seen them pick up fewer points from their opening eight games of the season than they have this term (19).

Despite having been relegated in each of their previous four Premier League seasons, Palace have made their worst start to a PL campaign; picking up just three points.

No team has used more different players in the Premier League this season than both Arsenal and Crystal Palace (24).

Eight different Arsenal players have netted a goal in the Premier League this season; no side have had more individual goalscorers (Chelsea also have eight).

Aston Villa v Everton

Aston Villa have scored 63 goals in the Barclays Premier League against Everton; 13 more than they have against any other side.

Everton have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 18 Barclays Premier League games against Aston Villa.

Aston Villa have conceded a goal in 15 successive Premier League home games; the longest current run in the competition.

The Toffees have won just one of their last 12 Premier League away matches (W1 D6 L5).

Paul Lambert's side have won twice as many points from their opening eight games this season (10) than they did last term (5).

No side has conceded the first goal of the game more often than Aston Villa in the Premier League this season (6).

However, Villa have won the most points from losing positions in the 2013-14 Premier League season so far (6).

Everton have won more points from losing positions away from home than any other side (4).

Fabian Delph has been the most fouled player in the Premier League so far this season (25).

15.9% of Aston Villa's passes have been hit long this season; a higher proportion than any other team.

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in over half (13) of their 23 Barclays Premier League home games under Brendan Rodgers.

West Brom have won and kept a clean sheet in each of their last three Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool.

Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in their last five PL games. The only other time that Liverpool have gone this long without a clean sheet under Brendan Rodgers was in his first six league games at the club (Aug-Sept 2012).

West Brom are unbeaten in five Premier League games (W2 D3); the longest unbeaten run in the competition since April 2011 (seven games).

In-form Daniel Sturridge has had a hand in more Premier League goals than any other player this season (nine - seven goals, two assists).

Sturridge has scored in all but one of his eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool in 2013-14.

Goalscoring centurion Steven Gerrard has created more goalscoring chances than any other Premier League player this season (21).

No referee has awarded more penalties since the start of last season in the Premier League than Jon Moss; with three of those coming this season.

11 of the 13 goals that Liverpool have scored this season have arrived in the first half.

Jonas Olsson has been forced in to making more clearances than any other player in the Premier League this season (86).

Manchester United v Stoke City

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

Stoke City have lost more Barclays Premier League games against Man Utd than versus any other side (9).

Manchester United's 11 point tally is their worst return from a top-flight season since 1989-90 (eight points).

Stoke have failed to score in three successive Barclays Premier League games - they have never failed to score in four in a row.

Robin van Persie has scored eight goals in seven Premier League games against Stoke - only versus Blackburn (11) has he scored more.

Mark Hughes' next victory will be his 100th as a manager in the Barclays Premier League.

Man Utd have not won either of their last two league games at Old Trafford - the last time that they failed to win three in a row there within a single season was back in October 2005.

Stoke have only collected fewer points from their opening eight games to a Premier League season on one previous occasion - their first PL campaign in 2008-09 (7).

The Potters have the worst shots to goals ratio in the Premier League this season (5.1%).

24 different players have started a Premier League game for Manchester United this season; more than any other side. They only started 24 different players in the whole of 2012-13.

Norwich City v Cardiff City

Norwich have lost just one of their last 10 competitive home games against Cardiff City (W7 D2 L1).

Cardiff have kept a clean sheet in just one of their eight Barclays Premier League games so far.

Norwich City have lost four of their last five Premier League games (W1) and have netted just three times during this run.

Norwich City have lost two successive home games in the league - they have not lost three in a row at home in league competition since February 2006.

Cardiff City come in to this game off the back of two successive defeats in the league - they have not lost three successive league games since November 2009.

Steven Caulker has blocked more opposition shots in the Premier League this season than any other player (14).

Cardiff City have allowed their opponents more shots on target than any other side in the Premier League this season (51).

Cardiff have conceded a league-high tally of five goals from outside the box this season.

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

The Canaries are also the only side yet to score a goal following a set-piece situation in the Premier League in 2013-14.

Southampton v Fulham (5.30pm)

Southampton have the tightest defence in the Barclays Premier League so far in 2013-14; conceding only three goals in their eight games.

Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Southampton, although five have ended as a draw.

Southampton's 15 point tally from their opening eight games is their best return in a top-flight season since 1983-84 (17 points). They ended that season in 2nd place behind Liverpool.

The Saints have lost only one of their last 10 Premier League matches (W4 D5 L1).

Fulham will be looking for their third successive Premier League win; something that they haven't achieved in the top-flight since March 2012.

Only six sides in the history of the Barclays Premier League have conceded fewer goals from their opening eight games of a season than the Saints have this term (3).

In their last game against Crystal Palace, Dimitar Berbatov scored his first Premier League goal of the season; ending a run of six league appearances without a goal for Fulham.

Southampton have kept three successive clean sheets at St Mary's in the Premier League; the same number that they had kept in their previous 24 games there in the competition.

There have been just six goals scored in the four Premier League games at St Mary's this season.

Southampton have netted three goals in the final five minutes of Premier League games this season, more than any other side.

Sunderland v Newcastle United (Sun, 1.30pm)

Sunderland have won just one of their previous 11 Tyne-Wear home derbies against Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League (D5 L5).

Newcastle have scored in all 11 of their previous Barclays Premier League away games versus Sunderland.

There have been five red cards given in the last six Premier League derbies between these two sides.

The Black Cats have not won any of their last 12 Premier League games (L9 D3). Prior to their 3-0 victory over Newcastle in April, Sunderland had gone nine PL games without a win.

Sunderland have not scored more than one goal in a single Premier League games since their 3-0 victory over Newcastle on April 14th - 14 games ago.

Newcastle have won four Premier League games away from home in 2013; all by a 2-1 scoreline.

Sunderland are only the fourth team in the history of the Premier League to have won as few as one point from their opening eight games of the season. The only team to survive were Southampton in 1998-99.

Lee Probert has given out just two yellow cards and one red card in his five Premier League matches as a referee in 2013-14 so far.

Newcastle have scored more goals from outside the box than any other side this season (5).

Shola Ameobi has scored seven goals in the Premier League against Sunderland - four more than he has netted against any other side in the competition.

Chelsea v Man City (Sun, 4pm)

Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in 64 Barclays Premier League home games as manager of Chelsea (W50 D14).

Manchester City have lost as many away games (5) as they have won (5) in the Barclays Premier League in 2013.

Since losing their first Premier League home game of 2013 (0-1 v QPR), Chelsea have won 11 and drawn two of the PL matches at Stamford Bridge.

Man City have won just two of their previous 16 Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge (L10 D4), with both victories ending 4-2 (Jan 1993 and Feb 2010).

The Citizens have the best shot conversion rate in the Barclays Premier League so far this season (20.2%).

This is Chelsea's lowest points tally (17) after eight Premier League games in a season since 2007/08 (12).

Manchester City's 16 point tally after eight games is lower than in each of their last four Premier League totals at this stage of the season.

Man City have scored a league-high tally of five headed goals this season, with two of those coming from Spanish frontman Alvaro Negredo.

Since the start of 2012-13, only Stefan Kiessling (12) has scored more headed goals than Negredo (7) in the top five European leagues.

Chelsea have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season than any other side (5).

Swansea City v West Ham United (Sun, 4pm)

Swansea City will be looking to win successive Barclays Premier League games for the first time since December 1st 2012.

West Ham have not won back-to-back Barclays Premier League away games since December 2007.

The last three competitive meetings between Swansea and West Ham have seen the home side win whilst keeping a clean sheet.

There have been just four goals scored in the last four Premier League away games that West Ham have played, with three of those goals coming for the Hammers at Tottenham.

The Hammers have the worst shooting accuracy in the Premier League this season (29.6%).

West Ham have won six points fewer after eight games this season (8) than they had in 2012-13 (14).

Five of the eight goals that West Ham have conceded this season have been from set-piece situations - a league-high 63%.

There have been more goals scored at the Liberty Stadium this season (16) than at any other Premier League ground.

Swansea's victory over Sunderland last weekend was their first home win in nine attempts (L5 D3).

The Hammers have failed to score in six of their last nine Barclays Premier League away matches.

Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City (Sun, 4pm)

No side have kept more clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season than Tottenham (5).

Hull City have won just one point from their last six Barclays Premier League away trips in London (L5 D1).

Spurs have not won their last two Premier League home games (D1 L1) - they haven't gone three home league games without a win since May 2011.

The Tigers have collected just one win from their last 28 Premier League matches away from home (L20 D7).

Tottenham have never won more points from their opening eight games of a Premier League season than they have this term (16).

Hull City have used fewer players than any other Premier League side in 2013-14 so far (17).

Hull are the only side yet to score the first goal of the game away from home in the Premier League this season.

Tottenham have taken 81 long throws in the Premier League this season; 24 more than any other side.

Andre Villas-Boas - a staunch advocate of a high defensive line - has seen his Tottenham side catch their opponents offside more often than any other Premier League side this season (33).

Spurs have also recovered a loose ball in the opposition half more often than any other side in the Premier League this season (108).

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