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TEAMtalk takes a look at all the key Opta statistics ahead of this weekend's Premier League fixtures with Chelsea hoping to stop Liverpool's march towards the title.

A Liverpool win would see the Reds equal their best ever run of wins set in the top-flight, with Brendan Rodgers' side especially strong at Anfield having the only team yet to lose any points from a winning position at home this season.

Mourinho, though, has a fine record in the Premier League against Liverpool, and Chelsea have been strong previously in games which have fallen between Champions League semi-final first and second legs.

Elsewhere, Ryan Giggs takes charge of Manchester United against a Norwich side who have collected the fewest points on the road of any team in the Premier League, while Manchester City go to Crystal Palace, where they have won only two of their last 11 league games.

Southampton v Everton (Saturday, 12:45pm)

Southampton have only lost one of their last 12 home league clashes with the Toffees (W6 D5).

Overall, Everton are unbeaten in eight Barclays Premier League meetings with the Saints, winning four and drawing four.

Southampton have failed to score in the two games Jay Rodriguez has missed since his knee injury.

Luke Shaw has made more appearances (32) than any other current teenager in the Premier League this season.

Of players with a 100% record, Leighton Baines has taken more Premier League penalties than any other player in the competition's history (13).

Everton have won eight of their last nine Barclays Premier League games (losing once - 2-3 v Crystal Palace)

Roberto Martinez's side have kept three clean sheets in their last four Premier League games.

Everton have not won four league away games in a row since December 1985.

Southampton have scored four goals in two of their last three home games (unsurprisingly winning both matches).

Rickie Lambert has 10 assists for Southampton this season. Only one player has provided more for the Saints in a single Premier League campaign (Le Tissier twice: 11 in 1992-93 and 15 in 1994-95).

Fulham v Hull City

Fulham's 6-0 hammering at the KC Stadium in December remains their biggest ever Barclays Premier League defeat.

Hull have won four of their five previous Barclays Premier League meetings with Fulham; their best win rate against any side in the competition (80%).

Fulham have kept a clean sheet in only two of their last nine Premier League home games but both of those matches have ended as 1-0 wins.

Fulham have taken nine points from their last six Premier League games after collecting two from their previous nine.

Hull's last five Premier League clean sheets have coincided with their last five wins.

Hull City have had fewer touches in the opposition box than any other Premier League team this season (495).

Fulham have conceded more corners than any other team this season (241).

Steve Sidwell's total of seven goals this season is the most he has ever scored in a Premier League campaign (beating a previous best of four goals, twice).

Sidwell has scored or assisted three of Fulham's last five Premier League goals.

If Fulham do not draw any of their last three games they will equal the Premier League record for fewest draws in a single season (3, set by Chelsea in 1997-98). The last team to record fewer were Sunderland in 1908-09 (2).

Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur

All five Barclays Premier League meetings between these sides in Stoke have ended 2-1, with the Potters winning two and losing three.

Tottenham have won five and lost just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with the Potters (D2).

Tim Sherwood has the best win percentage of any Tottenham manager in the Premier League (58%).

Mark Hughes' Stoke have picked up four red cards this season; Hughes has seen his various teams collect 40 red cards in Premier League history (in 305 games).

Tottenham have the fourth highest points total (30) away from home this season despite having a goal difference of -2 on the road.

Spurs have conceded a total of 11 goals in their last three Premier League away games.

Tottenham Hotspur have failed to score in three of their last four away games.

Stoke have won their last four Premier League home games, three of them ending 1-0 to the Potters. They have never won five home games in a row in the Premier League.

Only two teams (Liverpool and Palace) are on longer current unbeaten runs than Tottenham (three games).

Tottenham have come from behind to win a league-high 17 points from losing positions this season while Stoke have the second best total (15).

Swansea City v Aston Villa

Wilfried Bony has now netted 13 Barclays Premier League goals this season, eight more than any other Swansea player.

Grant Holt has scored three goals in four Barclays Premier League games against Swansea; against no side has he scored more in the competition.

Aston Villa have conceded only 21 goals away from home this season, eight fewer than league leaders Liverpool (29) have.

Villa have gone three hours and 20 minutes without scoring a Premier League goal.

Last weekend Wilfried Bony scored in the 45th minute and the 90th minute for the second time this season.

Aston Villa have won just one of the eight Premier League games that Christian Benteke has missed this season, netting only six goals in the process.

Swansea have benefited from eight own goals this season, more than any Villa player has scored (other than the injured Christian Benteke - 10).

All three Villa trips to Wales in the Premier League have ended as draws; with two of those finishing 0-0.

Seven of Aston Villa's last 10 Premier League games have been 0-0 at half-time.

Michu has scored two goals this season, a decline of 16 from his debut season. This equals the Premier League record for goal falloff from debut season set by Kevin Phillips (30 goals to 14).

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

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

West Ham have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine league games; the longest current run in the division.

West Ham have lost six of their last eight Barclays Premier League games (W2).

Seven of the Baggies' last eight goals in the Premier League have come before half-time.

West Ham have lost a league high 20 points from winning positions this season, while the Baggies have thrown away 15.

West Ham have hit fewer shots on target than any other Premier League side this season (111).

WBA have hit the woodwork less often than any other side this season (four times).

Andy Carroll has hit only 10 shots on target in 12 Premier League appearances this season.

Carroll has three goals against West Brom, only against Man City (5) has he scored more often in the Premier League.

WBA have won fewer games than any other Premier League side this season but are three points clear of the relegation zone.

Manchester United v Norwich City - Saturday Night Football - 5:30pm

The Red Devils have won five and lost none of their six previous Barclays Premier League home games against Norwich (D1).

Norwich City have taken fewer points away from home than any other Barclays Premier League side this season (eight).

Shinji Kagawa scored three of his six Premier League goals to date in this fixture last season, which Man Utd won 4-0.

The Canaries have lost their last seven away league games and are winless in nine (D2 L7) - they have never lost eight in a row away from home.

This is Manchester United's lowest points total (57) through 34 league fixtures since 1990/91 (56).

Norwich have the lowest shot conversion rate in the Premier League this season (8.7%).

Interim manager Ryan Giggs was born in the same year as Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers (1973).

Manchester United (19) have conceded three more goals at home than Norwich have at Carrow Road (16).

If only home games counted this season in the Premier League, Man Utd would be in 11th place; below Hull (10th) and Crystal Palace (9th).

The Canaries have only won four of their last 38 Premier League away matches (L24 D10).

Sunderland v Cardiff City - Super Sunday, 12pm.

Connor Wickham has scored three goals in his last two PL appearances after netting just one in his first 37.

Only Norwich City (eight) have taken fewer away points this season than Cardiff City (10).

Cardiff are the only team yet to concede an own goal in the Premier League this season.

Sunderland, in contrast, have conceded more than any other side in 2013-14 (6).

Sunderland have scored as many goals in the past two Premier League games (4) as in their previous eight outings.

Sunderland are the only team to have played fewer than 500 Premier League games but have more than 50 red cards (53 in total). They lead the division this season with seven.

Cardiff City are the only team in Premier League history (46 teams in total) never to receive a red card.

The Red Dragons have conceded more goals from counter-attacks than any other side this season (8).

Sunderland have failed to score in five of their last eight Premier League home games.

Sunderland have taken only eight points from 15 games against teams currently in the bottom half of the table, 10 fewer than any other side. They have scored just one goal in six home games against the teams currently in the bottom half.

Liverpool v Chelsea - Super Sunday, 2:05pm

Liverpool have now scored 3+ goals in 20 league games this season, matching Manchester City's Barclays Premier League record set two seasons ago.

Jose Mourinho has won six and lost just one of his eight previous Barclays Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D1).

Liverpool are the only team yet to lose any points from a winning position at home this season.

Luis Suarez needs five goals in Liverpool's last three games to set a new record for a player in a single Premier League campaign.

Liverpool need four more goals to become the 30th instance of a top-flight team scoring 100 goals in a single season (and only the second since the 1960s).

Only four of the last 14 teams to score 100+ goals in a top-flight campaign have won the title.

A win in this game will see the Reds equal their best ever run of wins set in the top-flight (12 in 1990).

Fernando Torres is yet to score in 337 Premier League minutes against former club Liverpool in the Premier League.

Torres has scored 45 Premier League goals at Anfield, 10 more than Luis Suarez (35).

Chelsea have lost only one of six Premier League games played in between Champions League semi-final matches (and that was back in 2004); winning three and drawing two.

Crystal Palace v Manchester City - Super Sunday 4:10pm.

The Eagles have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 11 league meetings with Manchester City.

Manchester City have only won two of their last 11 league games against Palace at Selhurst Park (D5 L4).

Only Liverpool (11) are on a longer current winning streak in the Premier League than Crystal Palace (5).

Palace have only claimed two points from losing positions this season, fewer than any other side.

The Eagles have conceded only 20 goals in 23 games under Tony Pulis. The only team to have conceded fewer in this period are Chelsea (16).

Crystal Palace have claimed 27 points from just 16 goals scored in 2014.

Palace's rate of 1.54 points per goal in the Premier League is bettered by only one team in Premier League history (Leeds 1.64 in 1996-97).

Manchester City have claimed just eight points from their last five Premier League away games after gathering 12 from the previous four.

Four of Man City's last five Premier League goals have come before half-time.

Man City's last six Premier League games in London have produced 25 goals.

Arsenal v Newcastle United - Monday Night Football, 8pm.

Arsenal have won their last four Barclays Premier League meetings with the Magpies; their best ever run against them in the competition.

The Magpies have lost eight of their last 10 Barclays Premier League games at Arsenal (W1 D1); losing 7-3 there last season.

Only against Liverpool (15) have Newcastle lost more Premier League away games than at Arsenal (13).

The Gunners have won their last two Premier League games, after winning only two of the previous nine.

All four of Mesut Ozil's Premier League goals have come at the Emirates Stadium but only three of his eight assists have.

Lukas Podolski, with 19 goals and 11 assists in the Premier League has the third best mins per goal involvement in the competition's history (97 mins), behind Thierry Henry and Sergio Aguero.

Podolski has scored a brace in each of his last two Premier League appearances and has netted five in his last five in the top-flight.

Newcastle remain in the top-half of the table despite losing nine of their last 12 Premier League matches.

The Magpies have scored just 10 Premier League goals in 2014, fewer than any other side.

Arsenal cannot top the table again this season but will send the season having spent the most days at the summit (128).

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