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TEAMtalk takes a look at all the Opta stats ahead of the action in the Premier League this weekend with Liverpool hosting Cardiff City as Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is in astonishing form.

The Monday Night Football clash between Arsenal and Chelsea already promises to be a thriller, but with Jose Mourinho unbeaten in nine games against opposite manager Arsene Wenger, surely there's only one winner? Goals could also be guaranteed, as Theo Walcott and Juan Mata are prolific in recent games between the two sides.

Manchester United play host to West Ham on Saturday, with David Moyes' men unbeaten in their last nine games against the Londoners, who have failed to find the net in six of their last eight games against the Red Devils.

Man City and Arsenal pits the two most clinical teams in the Barclays Premier League with City scoring with 20.6% of their shots and Arsenal 18.9% - surely there will be goals then?

And discover which team are the only one not to be booked for dissent so far this season, as well as which side are on the brink of becoming the first side to reach 10,000 passes this season.

Liverpool v Cardiff City

The last meeting between these two sides was the Carling Cup final of 2012 when Liverpool won on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Wembley.

These two teams have not met in the league since December 19th 1959 when Cardiff won 4-0 at Anfield.

Luis Suarez has scored 27 goals in 25 Premier League games in 2013.

Last year (2012) the top scorer was Robin van Persie who scored 27 in 39 matches.

Suarez's total of 17 goals is more than 10 of the 20 Premier League clubs have managed this season.

18 of Luis Suarez's 27 Premier League goals in 2013 have come at Anfield.

Suarez has scored both of the hat-tricks seen in the Premier League this season - by this stage last season four players had scored trebles (including Suarez).

Liverpool have scored 39 goals in 16 games this season; the last time they had as many was in the title-winning 1987-88 season.

Liverpool's record number of goals 17 games into a top-flight season is 45 in 1902-03.

Cardiff City haven't won consecutive top-flight games since April 1962.

Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

Crystal Palace have failed to score in their last five meetings with Newcastle in all competitions.

Newcastle United have won their last four league trips to Selhurst Park to play Palace.

The Eagles have lost four of the last five matches against Newcastle in all competitions all by a 2-0 scoreline (W0 D1 L4).

Newcastle's total of 27 points from 16 games is the same as they managed in 2011-12 when they eventually finished fifth.

20 of Newcastle's 21 league goals this season have been scored by Frenchmen.

The only team in Europe's top five leagues to benefit from more French goals this season are Lyon (26).

Despite conceding only two goals more than Newcastle (22), Crystal Palace (24) have 14 points fewer.

Marouane Chamakh has scored in three successive Premier League games for the first time in his career.

Only Fulham have drawn as few games in the Premier League as Crystal Palace this season (1).

Palace have been shown fewer yellow cards than any other Barclays Premier League side this season (16).

Palace have the lowest pass completion in the Premier League this season (73%) and it has been only 66% in the period since Tony Pulis took charge.

Fulham v Manchester City

Fulham have managed just one clean sheet in their 22 Barclays Premier League games against City and none in the last 18 meetings.

Manchester City have won six and lost none of the last nine matches with Fulham in all competitions.

The injured Sergio Aguero has scored four goals in three Premier League starts against Fulham.

The Whites have won just one of their 11 Premier League home games against Man City (W1 D5 L5).

Darren Bent has scored seven Premier League goals against Man City; only against Bolton (11) has he been more prolific in the competition.

Fulham have lost seven of their last eight Premier League games.

If only away games counted this season than Manchester City would only be 11th with eight points.

Man City have averaged 7.6 shots on target per game at home this season but only 5.3 in away games.

53% of Fulham's Premier League goals this season have come from set plays, a higher proportion than any other side.

Alvaro Negredo has scored in only one of his last seven away appearances for Man City (one goal in total) in the Premier League.

There has never been a player sent-off in Premier League clashes between Fulham and Man City (22 meetings). No fixture has been played more in the Premier League without a red card being shown (Coventry v Southampton - 18 times is second).

Manchester United v West Ham United

Manchester United have lost none of the last nine league games against West Ham, winning eight in a row before drawing 2-2 at the Boleyn Ground last season.

The Hammers have failed to score in six of their last eight Barclays Premier League games against Man Utd.

Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last six Barclays Premier League appearances against West Ham.

West Ham United have drawn five games 0-0 this season, the most in the Barclays Premier League.

Manchester United have not lost three successive home league games since Dec 1978 - Feb 1979.

The Hammers have won just one of their eight Premier League away games this season (D3 L4), failing to score five times.

Man Utd have had 39 points after 16 games in each of the past two seasons, 14 more than they do this season (25).

The last time Man Utd had fewer points as this after 16 Premier League games was 2001-02 (24).

West Ham have failed to score in nine of their Premier League games this season - only five sides in the history of the competition have failed to score in more of their opening 16 games of a campaign.

Man Utd have scored only eight goals in eight Premier League home games this season, only four clubs have managed fewer.

Sunderland v Norwich City

Craig Gardner scored in both Barclays Premier League meetings with Norwich City last season.

None of the last 11 league meetings between Norwich and Sunderland has ended as an away win (nine home wins and two draws).

After failing to score in his first five Premier League appearances, Gary Hooper has now scored in four of his last six (four goals in total) games for Norwich.

Norwich have conceded more goals away from home than any other team in the Premier League this season (21).

Sunderland, meanwhile, have conceded more home goals than any other Premier League side (16).

Norwich are the only team yet to pick up a yellow card for dissent in the Premier League this season.

Sunderland's only two wins this season have come against sides currently in the top six (Newcastle and Manchester City).

Sunderland are going to be bottom of the Premier League table at Christmas (four points adrift currently).

Only one team in Premier League history (WBA in 2004-05) have been bottom on Christmas Day and avoided relegation.

Sunderland were bottom at Christmas in 2005-06 and ended that season in 20th place.

Stoke City v Aston Villa

Stoke City have lost just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League matches (W2 D4 L1).

Christian Benteke has now gone 11 hours and 59 minutes without scoring a Barclays Premier League goal.

Six of the 10 Premier League meetings between Stoke and Villa have ended as draws (Two Stoke wins, two for Villa).

Aston Villa have conceded more handballs than any other Premier League team this season (15).

Stoke have lost only one home game in the Premier League this season (W3 D4).

Only four teams (Arsenal, Tottenham, Man Utd and Everton) have won more away points than Aston Villa (12) this season.

No team has been awarded more penalties than Aston Villa (3) this season.

In the week that Rory Delap retired from football, Stoke remain the only team to score from a long throw move this season.

Since they arrived in the Premier League in 2008, Stoke have taken 2507 long throws, 1271 more than any other side.

Both Aston Villa and Stoke have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League games.

West Bromwich Albion v Hull City

West Brom have had a league-high five shots cleared off the line this season in the Barclays Premier League

Hull City have won their last two league trips to the Hawthorns to play West Bromwich Albion.

16 of the 19 league goals Hull have conceded this season have come in away games.

WBA have lost each of their last four Premier League games. They have not lost five in a row since January 2011.

In their current spell in the Premier League, West Brom have changed manager three times. The previous two new managers (Hodgson & Clarke) both avoided defeat in their opening match.

West Brom have now gone three hours without a Premier League goal.

Hull have scored only once in their last 273 minutes of Premier League action.

WBA have played fewer through balls than any other side in the top-flight this season (3).

Hull have made fewer touches in the opposition box than any other Premier League side this season (221).

Hull (19 points) are three points better off than they were at this stage in 2009-10 (16).

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur

Jay Rodriguez has scored Southampton's first goal in three of their last four Barclays Premier League games.

Tottenham have won three of the last four Premier League meetings with the Saints, including both matches last season.

Tottenham have hit more shots on target away from home than any other Premier League team this season (47).

Only Arsenal have picked up as many away points as Tottenham in the 2013-14 Premier League (16).

The Saints have collected only two points from their last five league games (L3 D2).

Tottenham conceded only five goals in their opening 10 Premier League fixtures this season but have leaked 16 in the subsequent six.

Southampton conceded only five goals in their opening 11 Premier League fixtures this season but have conceded 10 in the subsequent five.

Excluding penalties, Roberto Soldado has hit only eight shots on target in 14 Premier League appearances for Tottenham.

Jay Rodriguez (3) and Pablo Osvaldo (2) have scored all of Southampton's Premier League goals in December.

No striker has scored for Tottenham in the Premier League since October 27th.

Swansea City v Everton

The Swans have failed to score in all four Premier League meetings against Everton, losing three and drawing one.

Everton have never lost in any competition to Swansea (W12 D5 L0).

Everton boss Roberto Martinez started his managerial career as boss of Swansea City winning 50% of his 126 games in charge.

Swansea should become the first side to reach 10,000 passes this season (average 597 per match and have made 9549 in total).

Everton have lost fewer games (1) than any other Premier League side this season.

Only Southampton have conceded as few goals as Everton in the Premier League this season (15).

Swansea's sidelined midfielder Nathan Dyer had scored three goals in his last six Premier League appearances.

Everton defenders have supplied seven goals in the Premier League this season, more than at any other club.

Swansea have taken only 38 points from 34 Premier League games in 2013.

Only West Ham have kept as many clean sheets as Everton (8) this season in the Premier League.

Arsenal v Chelsea

Arsenal won nine and lost none of their first 13 Premier League home games against Chelsea but have won just two and lost four of the last eight.

Chelsea have won eight and lost just two of the last 11 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions.

Jose Mourinho has never lost against Arsene Wenger as an opposition manager (W5 D4 L0).

Juan Mata has scored in each of his four starts against Arsenal in all competitions for Chelsea.

Chelsea have taken 11 points away from the Emirates Stadium, the joint-best haul of any team in the Premier League since the Gunners moved from Highbury (along with Aston Villa).

Theo Walcott scored his first ever Arsenal goal against Chelsea in the 2007 Carling Cup final and has since netted in three Premier League games against the Blues.

Chelsea have had 11 different managers since Arsene Wenger was appointed and 12 in total with Mourinho's second spell. Jose Mourinho will be the fifth different manager Arsene Wenger has faced in the last six Chelsea v Arsenal fixtures.

Arsenal have not gone three Premier League fixtures without a win since January 2013; the third of those games was against Chelsea.

The Gunners have conceded as many goals in their last two Premier League games (7) as they had in the previous 13.

Chelsea have scored at least twice in each of their last six Premier League games (16 goals in total).

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