1 – Liverpool have picked up just 1 point in the 5 Premier League games Luis Suárez has been shut out. The Uruguayan striker has failed to score in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this season following Liverpool's 2-1 loss at Chelsea and losing by the same scoreline on Boxing Day at Manchester City. Brendan Rodgers' side have won 8 of the 9 league matches where Suárez has scored. Liverpool host Hull City on New Years Day – one of the sides who prevented Suárez from scoring earlier this season as the Tigers won 3-1.
2.79 – Liverpool are averaging 2.79 goals a game since Luis Suárez returned from suspension in matchday 6. The Reds started the season averaging just 1 goal a game in their opening five matches in which their Uruguayan talisman was banned.
4 – Tottenham have been awarded more penalties (4) this season than any other side. Spurs were one of two teams who failed to win a single penalty throughout the whole of last season (the other was Swansea City). Roberto Soldado has converted all of these spot kicks including the opening goal of last weekend's 3-0 victory over Stoke City. Penalty kicks represent 80% of the Spaniard's Premier League goals in Tottenham's opening 19 matches.
4 – Bottom of the league Sunderland are on a four-game unbeaten run, picking up 6 points in the process. Only Manchester City (8 games) are on a longer unbeaten run heading in New Year's Day. The Citizens last defeat was at Sunderland. The Black Cats will be hopeful of extending their unbeaten run on New Year's Day when they host an Aston Villa side who are winless in five, ending their four-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw at home to Swansea City last weekend.
5 – 5 points separate the top 4 Premier League sides heading into 2014. By comparison, the top 4 in La Liga are separated by 13 points, the Bundesliga's top 4 are separated by 12 points, Serie A by 13 points and 13 points separate the top 4 in Ligue 1.
7 – Tottenham have scored 7 goals in their 3 league games under Tim Sherwood, picking up 7 points in the process. This is the same goal tally as Spurs recorded in their final 8 league matches under André Villas-Boas, picking up 11 points. Sherwood's fourth game in charge of Tottenham is a trip to Old Trafford on New Year's Day.
16 – Everton's Tim Howard kept a league-high 16 clean sheets in the calendar year of 2013. The American goalkeeper returns from suspension to travel to Stoke on New Years Day after he missed the Toffees' 2-1 win over Southampton following his dismissal on Boxing Day.
33% – Manchester City have won just 33% of their away games this season (3 of 9), compared to 10 out of 10 at the Etihad Stadium. The Citizen have scored 16 and conceded 15 on their travels, compared to 38 goals for and 6 against at home. Manuel Pellegrini's side travel to Swansea City for the lunchtime kickoff on New Years' Day.
41 – Fulham have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season – 9 goals more than any other side. The Cottagers may be hopeful of limiting the number of goals against on Wednesday when they host a West Ham side who are averaging less than 1 goal a game this season and have scored only 6 on their travels this season. The Hammers did however net 3 last time out, at home to West Brom.
77 – Cardiff City's David Marshall has made the most saves this season. The Bluebirds goalkeeper is expected to be busy on New Year's Day when his side travel to Arsenal, a side they conceded 3 goals against at home on 30 November.
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