Interesting numbers

Shamelessly stolen from this very entertaining F365 article by the always brilliant Sarah Winterburn:

Arsenal

The Gunners are scoring an incredible average of 3.37 goals per Premier League game this season.

If games ended after 45 minutes, Arsenal would be top of the table with 19 points.

All Arsenal’s points have been won against bottom-half opposition. They have lost both games – against Manchesters United and City – against top-half clubs.

Cesc Fabregas has been credited with a massive nine assists in seven games.

Aston Villa

Just three of their 12 goals this season have been scored from open play.

Villa have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season.

James Collins’ last Premier League goal came in April 2006 for West Ham…against Chelsea.

Birmingham City

Lee Bowyer’s 38th-minute goal was the first Birmingham have scored before the 70th minute this season.

Bowyer is the only player to score more than one goal for the Blues this season.

The 3-1 defeat to Arsenal was their first of the season by more than a single goal.

Birmingham have got the same points after nine games (7) as Stoke at the same stage last season.

Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn have lost only one of their last eight Premier League games at Ewood Park – on the opening day of the season against Manchester City.

With four goals, David Dunn has already scored more times this season than in any campaign since 2002/03.

Rovers have come from behind to win twice this season – against Villa and now Burnley.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton have exactly the same record after eight games (W2, D2, L4) as last season.

The Trotters have not kept a clean sheet this season.

Didier Drogba is the only striker to be credited with more assists than Kevin Davies.

Bolton have not beaten a team currently in the top half of the Premier League table since January.

Burnley

Burnley and Blackburn are the only two teams in the 92-strong league without a single point away from home.

Only Hull have conceded more goals than the Clarets this season.

Chelsea

Chelsea have not lost two consecutive away games in the Premier League since September 2007.

Didier Drogba has been directly involved in 13 of 19 Chelsea goals this season.

They have not failed to score in any Premier League game since April 22 v Everton.

Six of the eight goals they have conceded this season have come from set-pieces.

Everton

The draw against Wolves was the first time they have failed to beat them at Goodison Park in seven attempts.

The Toffees have conceded only six goals in their last seven games after that opening-day drubbing by Arsenal.

Everton have three points more than at the same juncture last season.

Fulham

Bobby Zamora’s opener against Hull was their first first-half goal since his strike on the opening day of the season against Portsmouth.

Zamora has either scored or assisted four of Fulham’s eight goals.

The Cottagers are two points better off than at the same stage last season.

Fulham have had the same back four (Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky) for all but 20 minutes this season.

Hull City

Hull have won three games in the whole of 2009.

They managed no shots on target in 90 minutes against Fulham.

The Tigers’ last away win was at Craven Cottage in March.

Liverpool

The last time Liverpool failed to score in consecutive Premier League games was September 2007.

Jamie Carragher is the only outfield player to play every minute for Liverpool in the league this season.

Liverpool were credited with 69% of the possession against Sunderland.

Manchester City

For all their attacking talents, City have actually scored fewer goals in their first eight games that at this stage last season.

City have drawn both games (v Villa and Wigan) they were losing at half-time.

They have yet to win at Wigan in the Premier League.

Manchester United

Despite their supposedly poor form, United have four more points from nine games (22) than they had amassed at the same stage last season

They have not lost a single point from a winning position this season.

They have benefited from three own goals at Old Trafford this campaign.

Portsmouth

No striker has scored for Portsmouth in the Premier League since April 18.

Six of Pompey’s eight defeats this season have been by a single-goal margin.

Nine of the 15 goals conceded by Pompey this season have come from set-pieces.

Stoke City

Stoke were credited with just 38% of possession at home to West Ham and had the worst pass completion rate in the division at 63%.

No midfielder has scored for Stoke this season.

Sunderland

Victory over Liverpool marked Sunderland’s first victory over Big Four opposition in seven years.

Darren Bent has scored the first goal in six of Sunderland’s nine games.

Sunderland are joint bottom of the disciplinary table with Tottenham. Captain Lorik Cana has picked up four of their 18 bookings.

Tottenham Hotspur

Ledley King became Spurs’ 11th league scorer at Portsmouth.

Four of Tottenham’s nine games have ended in a 2-1 win for Spurs.

Jermaine Jenas has been booked four times in five games since his return from injury.

West Ham

Carlton Cole has committed more fouls than any other player in the Premier League this season.

West Ham have not started a season this badly since they were last relegated in 2002-03.

The Hammers enjoyed 65% of the possession against Fulham last week and then 62% against Stoke.

Wigan

No Wigan game has featured more than one first-half goal this season.

The Latics have garnered two more points under Roberto Martinez than at the same stage under Stsve Bruce last season.

Wigan’s record against top-half opposition is the fifth best in the Premier League.

Wolves

No Wolves game has featured more than one first-half goal this season.

Middlesbrough and West Brom both had more points than this Wolves side at the same stage last season.

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