1 – Manchester City are top of the Premier League for the first time this season having played the same number of games as their fellow title contenders. The league leaders host Chelsea on Monday night.
2 – Only Manchester City (8) head into this weekend on a longer winning streak than Crystal Palace. The Eagles have won back-to-back matches under Tony Pulis but face a daunting trip to Arsenal on Sunday.
6 – West Ham have been involved in six 0-0 draws in the Premier League this season – the most in the league. The Hammers represent 29% of all the goalless draws in England's top flight so far in 2013-14.
23 – Luis Suárez has matched his Premier League goal tally from last season with 15 games to play. The Uruguayan has scored 23 goals in 18 appearances this season, compared to 23 goals in 33 appearances last term.
24 – This weekend with be the 24th Tyne-Wear derby in the Premier League. Sunderland have won the last two meetings between these two sides; the only time they have recorded back-to-back victories over Newcastle in the Premier League. The Magpies lead the overall series 9-5 with 9 draws since the league rebranded in 1992.
30 – The goal difference between Liverpool in fourth and Tottenham in fifth is 30, with the Reds having a goal difference of +29 and Spurs -1.
31 – Manchester United have collected 31 points from a possible 36 against current bottom half opponents. The Red Devils travel to Stoke City on Saturday with the Potters sitting in 16th position and only 3 points outside the relegation zone.
68 – Manchester City have scored more goals after 23 matches this season under Manuel Pellegrini than they did in 38 under Roberto Mancini last season (66 goals).
100% – Manchester City have a 100% win record at home in the Premier League so far this season, taking 3 points from each of their 11 fixtures at the Etihad. No team in Premier League history has won all of their home games in a single campaign. On Monday night, Chelsea become the twelfth opponent to face Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad in 2013-14.
300 – Aston Villa became the sixth team in Premier League history to record 300 wins with a 4-3 victory over local rivals West Brom. The Villans will look to increase that number by one when they travel to Everton on Saturday.
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