10 Eye-catching stats ahead of the Premier League this weekend

Southampton, Norwich City, Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur feature.

0.93 – Southampton are averaging less than 1 goal against per game in 27 games under Mauricio Pochettino compared to 1.82 in their 22 Premier League games under Nigel Adkins. The Saints have conceded a league-low 5 goals in their opening 11 games this season ahead of their trip to Arsenal on Saturday.

1 – Norwich City have scored just once in the opening 45 minutes of games this season. That was Jonny Howson's goal in a 1-0 win at Stoke City back in September. All 3 goals against West Ham in their last match came in the second half.

2 – Crystal Palace have scored 2 goals in their last 8 Premier League matches. The Eagles have failed to score in their last 3 Premier League matches since Ian Holloway departed but they did manage to pick up their fourth point of the season last time out when they held Everton to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park. Still without a full-time manager, Crystal Palace travel to a Hull City side who have conceded just one in their five home games.

3 – Arsenal have fallen behind three times this season and have rescued just 1 point from those games. The Gunners were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford two weeks ago following Robin van Persie's first half goal. Arsène Wenger's side were beaten by Aston Villa on the opening day after falling behind. They managed to rescue a point at the Hawthorns after falling a goal down to West Brom earlier this season.

3 – Everton have mustered up just 3 shots on target in their last two games combined. Gerard Deulofeu forced the only save from Hugo Lloris in a 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur before Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman tested Julian Speroni in their fourth goalless draw of the season at Crystal Palace last time they played.

7 – Tottenham Hotspur have kept the most clean sheets this season. André Villas-Boas' side have shut out opponents in 7 of their 11 league matches to start the season. A tough encounter awaits on Sunday as Spurs travel to freescoring Manchester City who have netted 20 goals in their 5 matches at the Etihad heading into the weekend.

14 – Norwich City have conceded the most goals away from home this season. The Canaries travel to Newcastle on Saturday having lost 4 out of 5 on the road.

21 – Chelsea recorded 21 points from their first 11 games under Rafa Benítez who officially took charge on 21 November last season. Chelsea have the same number of points from their first 11 games this season under José Mourinho.

93% – 14 of Newcastle's 15 Premier League goals this season have been scored by French players. No Englishman has scored for the Magpies in 2013.

148 – Petr Čech is one clean sheet behind tying teammate Mark Schwarzer on 149 in Premier League history. The Australian is currently second on the all-time list, behind David James (170).

image: © Ben Sutherland

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