United are January points kings

Man United have averaged more points per game in January than any other side in history & Man City are yet to concede in the first 15 minutes.

Last Updated: 10/01/14 at 21:46 Post Comment   

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TEAMtalk takes a look at all the key Opta statistics ahead of the weekend's Premier League action with United averaging 2.28 points per game in January fixtures.

Liverpool travel to Stoke without a league win there in five attempts, while title rivals Chelsea face a Hull side, who have only conceded six home goals.

And read on to find out which player has created a massive 36 chances this season; more than any other player yet to provide an assist in the Premier League.

Hull City v Chelsea (12.45pm)

Hull City last defeated Chelsea in October 1988 and have gone nine meetings since without a win against the Blues (L7 D2).

Chelsea have won three and lost none of their previous five Barclays Premier League meetings with Hull City (D2).

Fernando Torres scored his third and final Premier League hat-trick for Liverpool against Hull City at Anfield in September 2009.

If he plays this game, Fernando Torres will make his 200th appearance in the Premier League.

The Blues had 18 shots (six on target) in the first-half of the reverse fixture against Hull on the opening weekend, but only managed five (none on target) after the break.

Chelsea have conceded exactly 799 Premier League goals.

Jose Mourinho's side have gained more points from losing positions this season than any other team in the Premier League (14).

No team has kept more home clean sheets (6) or conceded fewer home league goals (6) than the Tigers so far this season.

Steve Bruce has won just one of his previous 18 clashes with Chelsea in the Premier League as a manager (D5 L12).

Only in August (2.15) do Chelsea average more points per game in the Premier League than they manage in January (1.91).

The Blues have kept consecutive clean sheets away from home in the Premier League for the first time since August-September 2012. They last managed three in a row in December 2008 (part of a seven game run of clean sheets).

Petr Cech has kept 149 clean sheets in the Premier League; one more than team-mate Mark Schwarzer.

Cardiff City v West Ham United

Cardiff have only won one of their last 10 home meetings with West Ham in all competitions (D3 L6).

West Ham have won their last five meetings with Cardiff City in all competitions, keeping four clean sheets in the process.

The Hammers have dropped 14 points from winning positions this season; more than any other team in the Premier League.

West Ham have lost their last five Premier League games on the road. The last time they lost six in a row on the road was in 2006 when they lost eight in a row under Alan Pardew (who was sacked at the end of this run)

Cardiff have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six at home in the league.

The Welsh side are the only team in the Premier League yet to win a penalty this season. They are yet to concede one as well.

Seven different players have scored for Cardiff in the league this season; fewer scorers than any other team in the division.

Of West Ham managers to take control of 5+ Premier League games, only Avram Grant (18.9%) has a lower win percentage than Sam Allardyce (25.9%).

New Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored 91 goals in 235 Premier League appearances for Manchester United. His last league game for Manchester United came against West Ham United.

Solskjaer scored seven times against West Ham United in the Premier League; making then his joint-favourite opponents (along with Everton, Tottenham and Charlton).

Everton v Norwich City

Everton are without a win in five Barclays Premier League meetings with Norwich (D4 L1).

Norwich City scored two goals from two shots on target in their reverse fixture with Everton in August; the Toffees bagged two from seven.

The Toffees have hit the target with 50.0% of their shots so far this season; 114 of 228. Only Arsenal (52.3%) have hit the target with more.

Everton have scored inside the last 20 minutes in nine of their last 12 Premier League games.

Chris Hughton is unbeaten in five clashes against Everton in the Premier League, winning twice.

Gary Hooper has scored five and assisted one in his last 10 Premier League appearances; Norwich have only scored 11 times in total in this run.

The Canaries are unbeaten in three away from home (W1 D2); having lost the previous four.

Everton have won eight points thanks to goals scored in the 80th minute or later this season; the most in the Premier League.

Robert Snodgrass has created 36 chances this season; more than any other player yet to provide an assist in the Premier League.

Leighton Baines is the only player in Premier League history to have taken 10+ penalties and score every one (11 in total).

Without goals by defenders, Everton would be 10 points worse off and sit in eighth position in the Premier League.

Fulham v Sunderland

Fulham have kept six clean sheets in their last nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (W4 D4 L1).

Sunderland have won only two of their nine previous Barclays Premier League trips to Fulham (D2 L5), though both victories ended 3-1.

Darren Bent has scored a goal every 360 minutes on average for Fulham; his worst record at any of his six PL clubs. His best minutes/goal ratio came at opponents in this game Sunderland (161).

Fulham have conceded a league-high 18 Premier League goals at home this term.

Sunderland remain 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.

Dimitar Berbatov has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances for Fulham.

In fact the mercurial Bulgarian has scored nine goals in his last nine Premier League appearances in January.

This is Sunderland's second lowest points total after 20 games of a Premier League season (14). In 2005/06, they had managed just six points at this stage.

The Black Cats are unbeaten in four league games away from home (W1 D3).

Only once in Premier League (2 in 2007/08) have Fulham had fewer clean sheets to show for themselves after 20 games of a Premier League this season than they do this season (3).

Southampton v West Bromwich Albion

Southampton's Adam Lallana scored his first ever professional goal against West Brom in the Championship in April 2008.

West Brom have kept three clean sheets in their last four Barclays Premier League meetings with Southampton, conceding just once in the other game.

There were three red cards shown in 12 second-half minutes of this fixture last season (two for Southampton, one for West Brom).

Southampton are without a clean sheet in five home league matches, having kept four in a row in September and October.

Saints have lost six of their last nine in the Premier League; winning just once (D2).

West Bromwich Albion are unbeaten since Steve Clarke was sacked (W1 D3). They lost their last four under his management.

Shane Long, set for a return from injury, has scored just twice in his last 13 Premier League appearances away from the Hawthorns.

Saints have scored just once in their last four top-flight clashes with West Brom.

In all competitions, West Brom have won just once away from home this season (D6 L3). That victory came at Old Trafford.

Since the beginning of last season, no Englishman has scored more Premier League goals than Rickie Lambert (21 - level with Wayne Rooney).

Lambert has scored in three of his last five appearances for Saints (all competitions).

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace

This game will see Tottenham become the first team in Barclays Premier League history to play 200 London derbies (P199 W62 D63 L74).

The Whites have claimed 249 points in the previous 199 games against London sides.

Crystal Palace are unbeaten in four previous Barclays Premier League games at White Hart Lane (W1 D3).

Indeed, Palace are the only side to have played more than once at White Hart Lane in the Premier League and remained unbeaten.

Only two Tottenham managers have taken 10+ points from their opening four Premier League games: Tim Sherwood and Harry Redknapp.

Since Tony Pulis has taken over, Palace have conceded just eight goals in eight league games (three clean sheets). They conceded 21 in the first 12 of the season (two clean sheets).

Eight of Crystal Palace's 13 goals this season have been scored by their strikers.

In Premier League history, only five teams have scored fewer than 13 goals through their first 20 games of the season.

Tottenham have scored nine goals in four league games under Tim Sherwood; the same number that they scored in the last 10 games under Andre Villas-Boas.

Christian Eriksen has been involved in three goals in his last three PL games (two goals, one assist).

Tottenham have hit more shots off target than any other Premier League team (139).

Manchester United v Swansea City (5.30pm)

The Red Devils have won four and lost none of their five previous Barclays Premier League meetings with Swansea City (D1).

Swansea City have only won one of their last seven Barclays Premier League away games (D2 L4).

Man Utd defender Nemanja Vidic could make his 200th Premier League appearance in this match.

Michu has found the net in two of his three previous Premier League appearances against Manchester United.

Swansea's victory in the Third Round of the FA Cup last weekend was their first ever at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

In all competitions, David Moyes' side have lost four of their last six at Old Trafford (W2).

The last time this happened was the end of the 1985-86 season crossing over into the start of 1986-87 (final four home games in 85-86 were W1 D1 L2 and then they lost the opening two home games in 86-87). Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed Man Utd manager two months later.

Danny Welbeck, who scored a brace against Swansea on the opening day of the season, has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances.

Wilfried Bony has scored in both of his appearances against Manchester United this season.

However, all six of the Ivorian's league goals this season have been scored at the Liberty Stadium.

United have averaged more points per game in January (2.28) than any other team in Premier League history.

Newcastle United v Manchester City (Sun, 2.05pm)

Newcastle United have lost 12 and won none of their last 14 Barclays Premier League meetings with Man City, losing the last eight in a row.

Man City managed 11 shots on target in the reverse meeting with Newcastle this season; still the most they have mustered in a Barclays Premier League game this term.

The Citizens have scored at least twice in each of their last 11 league meetings with Newcastle (30 in total, 2.7 per game).

Yaya Toure has netted five goals in his last four Premier League games against Newcastle.

Overall, the Ivorian colossus has scored more goals against the Magpies than versus any other side (five).

Manuel Pellegrini's side are the only team yet to concede in the first 15 minutes of a Premier League game this season.

Only Wayne Rooney (9) and Mesut Ozil (7) have provided more assists this season than Jesus Navas (6).

13 of Manchester City's goals have been scored in the first 15 minutes of the second half this season; more than any other team in the Premier League.

Newcastle's Loic Remy is the only player to be caught offside more than 20 times this season (23).

If City win this game they'll be the first team to win six in a row in the Premier League this season (Arsenal have also won five in a row).

Stoke City v Liverpool (Sun, 4.10pm)

Stoke have won three and lost none of their five previous Barclays Premier League home meetings with Liverpool (D2), winning the last three in a row.

Liverpool have only lost four consecutive Barclays Premier League away games at four different clubs before: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd (twice) and Spurs (twice).

Indeed, only at Nottingham Forest have Liverpool played as many Premier League games without a victory than they have at Stoke (5).

Just five of Luis Suarez's 20 league goals this season have been scored away from Anfield.

The Uruguayan's first Premier League goal for Liverpool came in his debut against Stoke City. He has failed to score in the three league appearances against the Potters since.

Loanee Oussama Assaidi, who will miss the game against his parent club, has scored three of Stoke's last five goals in the league.

Mark Hughes' side are unbeaten in their last seven home league games, winning three.

The Potters are one of two teams yet to score a headed goal in the Premier League this season (along with West Ham).

In fact, no team has conceded more headed goals than Stoke this season (7; along with Newcastle United & Fulham).

Liverpool have scored 31 goals in the first half of games this season, 12 more than Stoke have managed in total.

Aston Villa v Arsenal (Mon, 8pm)

Victory in this game would be Aston Villa's 300th in Barclays Premier League history.

Arsenal are unbeaten in 14 Barclays Premier League trips to Villa Park, winning seven and drawing seven.

The Gunners' 14 game unbeaten run at Villa is their longest away run without defeat against a single side in Premier League history.

Arsenal conceded two penalties in the reverse fixture against Aston Villa this season for the first time in the PL since Feb 5 2011 v Newcastle.

No team has scored the first goal in more Premier League games this season than Arsenal (15). Conversely, no side has scored the first goal on fewer occasions this season than Aston Villa (5).

The Villains have kept just two clean sheets in their last 21 home league matches.

Arsene Wenger's side have won just two of their last nine Premier League matches in January (D2 L5).

Aston Villa have used fewer players in the Premier League this season (21) than any other club.

The Gunners have scored more headed goals than any other team in the league this season (9).

Aston Villa have won only one of their last nine Premier League home games in January (W1 D4 L4).

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