Bad luck Fellaini? 10 interesting stats ahead of the Premier League weekend

Manchester United, Fulham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Cardiff City, Swansea City, Tottenham, Everton, Stoke City, Southampton and Manchester City feature.

0 – Arsenal and Liverpool are the only two teams not to lose an away game this season. The two meet at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday evenings televised game. Liverpool would overtake league leaders Arsenal with a victory whilst the Gunners would guarantee themselves top spot after 10 games with all 3 points.

1 – When Cardiff City host Swansea City on Sunday it will be the first time two teams from Wales have faced each other in the Premier League. This is the Swans’ third successive season in the English Premier League and they were the first Welsh team to play in England’s rebranded top flight following their promotion in 2011. Cardiff City became the 46th team to play after they won the Championship last season.

4 – Tottenham have won four Premier League games by the scoreline of 1-0 this season – exactly the same as they did throughout the entirety of last season. Two of those have come away from home. André Villas-Boas’ side travel to Everton on Sunday.

5 – Gareth Barry has won all 5 Premier League matches he has started this season. The England international is currently on loan at Everton from Manchester City. The Toffees failed to win any of their first 3 games of the season, but following his arrival on transfer deadline day, the Toffees have won 5 out of 6 in the league. The one game they failed to win was a 3-1 loss at Manchester City in which Barry was ineligible to play against his parent club. Everton host Tottenham on Sunday looking to extend that run of victories with Barry in the team.

5 – Marouane Fellaini has yet to win in all 5 of his Premier League starts this season. The Belgian international started his season at Everton, drawing their first 3 games before a transfer deadline day switch to Manchester United. In his two starts for the Red Devils, Fellaini has suffered a 4-1 defeat at Manchester City and a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton. He did make a second half substitute appearance in a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in which United were leading 1-0 at the time of his arrival. He also started their 4-2 Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen in September. Manchester United travel to Fulham on Saturday; a team Fellaini has experienced 5 victories in 8 previous meetings.

6 – Fulham have lost 6 of their last 8 Premier League matches at Craven Cottage, winning just 1. That sole victory came last time out at home when they defeated Stoke City 1-0. Martin Jol’s side welcome Manchester United on Saturday. David Moyes’ side have won 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions.

6 – No team has scored fewer goals than Stoke City this season (6). The Potters host Southampton on Saturday – the Saints have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League heading into the weekend (3). To make things worse, Stoke City’s tally of 2 goals at the Britannia Stadium is a league low. Southampton have conceded just 2 on their travels.

13 – Manchester City have scored a league-high 13 goals at home in the Premier League this season. Manuel Pelligrini’s side host Norwich City have scored at least 2 goals in each of their 4 home games this season. Meanwhile the Canaries have conceded 7 goals in their 4 away fixtures.

27 – Southampton’s Victor Wanyama has committed the most fouls in the Premier League this season. The Kenyan arrival from Celtic in the summer has been shown the yellow card for 3 of his 27 fouls this season.

127 – Robin van Persie has scored 127 Premier League goals – making him both the joint-highest Dutch goalscorer in Premier League history with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and the 10th highest scorer in the history of the league following its rebranding in 1992. Robin van Persie has scored 6 goals in 13 previous matches against Fulham.

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