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Arsenal
* Robin van Persie has scored his 31 goals at a rate of 1.07 goals per game in the Premier League in 2011.

* Van Persie has scored 52% of Arsenal's league goals this season. Demba Ba is the next 'most valuable' striker with 47% of his club's goals.

* Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey top the PL chart for the average number of passes per game this season at 70-plus.


Aston Villa
* Villa had a pass accuracy rate of just 67% against Spurs. Only Stoke were worse this weekend.

* Villa haven't won a single game against a top-half opponent this season.

* They average just 11.1 shots per game, three shots on target, this season. Again, only Stoke are worse.


Blackburn Rovers
* Blackburn's three goals at Wigan came from just three shots on target.

* Rovers have committed more fouls per game (14.3) than any other PL side this season.

* They have thrown away a massive nine points from winning positions so far.


Bolton Wanderers
* Bolton are allowing the opposition a league-high average of 17.9 shots per game this season.

* Bolton have not been involved in a PL draw since February 26 v Newcastle.

* Ivan Klasnic has either scored or assisted ten of Bolton's 19 goals this season.


Chelsea
* Chelsea have now lost two consecutive home games for the first time since 2002.

* They had 19 shots v Liverpool on Sunday but only three were on target.

* Chelsea have the highest average possession and pass completion rates in the Premier League.


Everton
* Only three of Everton's 13 goals this season have been scored by strikers.

* Louis Saha has taken 17 shots in his last three games but only three were on target.

* 12 of their 13 points have come against sides in the bottom half of the table.


Fulham
* Fulham have averaged more points per game against top-half sides than bottom-half teams this season.

* They have averaged more shots per game (15.6) than Manchester United.

* Fulham will need to beat Arsenal next week for Martin Jol's side to catch up with Mark Hughes' start to last season.

Liverpool
* Liverpool now have an equal defensive record (11 goals conceded in 12 games) to Manchester City and Newcastle.

* Only Scott Parker attempts more tackles per game in the PL than Lucas Leiva.

* Charlie Adam has reached a teammate with eight of his 11 attempted through balls this season. For comparison, David Silva's eight successful through balls have come from 19 attempts.


Manchester City
* Manchester City's 34 points from 12 games marks the best start in Premier League history.

* Their 42 goals from the first 12 games makes them the most prolific side since the Tottenham team of 1963/64.

* Sergio Aguero has averaged a goal every 72 minutes in the Premier League this season.


Manchester United
* Javier Hernandez has scored 18 PL goals for Manchester United from just 33 on-target shots.

* Wayne Rooney has not scored from 15 shots in his last five games in all competitions.

* United have conceded just one goal in six competitive matches featuring Nemanja Vidic this season.


* Newcastle United
* Only Aston Villa, Blackburn and Stoke have taken fewer shots than third-placed Newcastle this season.

* Steven Taylor has bloked more shots (22) than any other PL player this season.

* Yohan Cabaye actually averages more tackles per game than midfield partner Cheik Tiote.


Norwich City
* No other PL team averages more long balls per game (73) than Norwich.

* Norwich have lost eight points from winning positions already this season.

* Steve Morison has scored three goals from just five shots on target in his last three matches.


QPR
* Heidar Helguson has scored five goals from just seven shots on target this season for QPR.

* QPR have a better away record this season than Arsenal with nine points from six games.

* Alejandro Faurlin is the only outfield player to have started all 12 games for QPR this season.


* Stoke City
* Stoke completed only 118 passes v QPR on Saturday - a Premier League season low.

* On current form (four points from last eight games), only Wigan are worse.

* Only three of their 10 goals this season have been scored from open play.


Sunderland
* Sunderland have won only three league games at the Stadium of Light in 2011.

* Stephane Sessegnon has scored just twice for Sunderland from 34 shots.

* Sunderland have the fifth-best defensive record in the Premier League this season.


Swansea City
* Swansea's Leon Britton has the highest pass completion rate in the Premier League this season with 94%.

* Short-arsed Swansea win only 5.3 aerial duels per game. Stoke's record is 16.5 average duels won.

* Ashley Williams has played more accurate long balls this season than any other oufield player in the top flight.


Tottenham Hotspur
* Spurs had 70% of possession against Aston Villa - the most dominant in the division this weekend.

* Spurs average 17 shots per game this season. Only Manchester City (19) average more.

* Spurs have not gained a single point this season from a losing position, meaning, quite obviously, they have taken the lead in every game since their defeat to Manchester City in August.


West Brom
* Shane Long has scored four goals from just 13 shots this season. Luis Suarez has taken 54 shots for his four goals.

* Youssuf Mulumbu tops the Baggies' charts this season for tackles, interceptions and pass completion.

* Only Manchester City and Arsenal play fewer long balls per game than West Brom.


Wigan
* Wigan have scored the least number of goals in the Premier League (10) but have attempted more shots per match than ten other PL sides.

* Victor Moses has now taken a massive 39 shots this season without scoring.

* Wigan have recorded more dribbles per game this season (9.5) than any other club.


Wolves
* Wolves' goal at Goodison Park came from their only shot on target.

* Kevin Doyle has only had one shot of any description in their last three games.

* Stephen Hunt committed six punishable fouls on Everton players on Saturday. He's probably not that kind of player though.


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