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PL pre-match stats: City dominating derby

We have stats ahead of every Premier League game this weekend, including details of Man City's recent derby dominance and Arsenal's fightbacks.

Chelsea could move further ahead at the top of the Premier League this weekend, with Jose Mourinho's side entertaining second-bottom QPR on Saturday while second-placed Southampton visit Hull City.

Third-placed Manchester City have a derby to contend with the following day, while fourth-placed West Ham United also face a tricky game at Stoke.

Arsenal will hope to take advantage of any slip ups when they host rock-bottom Burnley, while sixth-placed Swansea and seventh-placed Liverpool are both away, at Everton and Newcastle respectively.

We take a look at the key Opta statistics ahead of the 10th round of games.

Newcastle United v Liverpool

Newcastle have had five players sent off in their last four Premier League games against Liverpool.

Only Everton (13 v Liverpool) have picked up more red cards against one single opponent than Newcastle against Liverpool (11).

Liverpool have scored more goals against Newcastle in the Premier League (84) than versus any other opponent.

The Reds have scored 598 goals away from home in Premier League history.

No fixture in Premier League history has produced more goals than clashes between Liverpool and Newcastle (129).

Against no side have Liverpool won more often than they have against Newcastle in the Premier League (23 wins - level with their record v Aston Villa).

Daniel Sturridge has scored six goals in eight Premier League games against Newcastle, including four in three for Liverpool. He is likely to miss this game, however, through injury.

Fabio Borini has scored three goals in three Premier League games against the Magpies - he's not scored more than once against any other opponent.

Liverpool have won four and lost just one of their last seven Premier League games against the Magpies (D2).

However, Newcastle United have won two and lost just one of the last four home games against the Reds in the Premier League.

Papiss Cisse has scored a goal every 61 minutes so far this season, the best record in the Premier League of all players to have scored more than once.

Arsenal v Burnley

Arsenal have been behind at some point in each of their four Premier League home games this season.

Burnley were the first lower-league team ever to beat an Arsene Wenger Arsenal team in a cup competition when they won 2-0 in the 2008-09 League Cup.

Arsenal have won their last three home matches in all competitions against the Clarets.

Burnley have conceded 12 goals in their last four games in the Premier League - this after previously keeping three clean sheets in a row.

Arsene Wenger's side are unbeaten in their last 22 home Premier League matches, winning 14 and drawing eight.

However, they have kept just two clean sheets in their last 10 PL games at The Emirates.

Theo Walcott is the only player to score in the two 2009-10 Premier League meetings between these sides to still be at either club.

Just 16.5% of Burnley's attempts on goal this season have been fashioned from set piece situations, a Premier League low.

Burnley are the 12th side to fail to win any of their opening nine Premier League matches of a single season - seven of the previous 11 sides were relegated.

Just nine teams have previously failed to win any of their opening 10 games in a Premier League season, the last being Reading and QPR in 2012-13.

Jason Shackell is the first Premier League player to make over 100 clearances this season (101).

Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers

Chelsea have failed to score in three of the last four Premier League games against west London rivals QPR.

QPR's last visit to Stamford Bridge saw QPR win 1-0 thanks to former Blues player Shaun Wright-Phillips (January 2013).

Cesc Fabregas has been involved in nine goals (one goal, eight assists) in nine league games for Chelsea.

QPR have won just one of their last 18 away trips to rival London clubs in the Premier League (D3 L14).

Harry Redknapp has lost just one of his last six Premier League clashes with Chelsea (W2 D3).

However, he has seen his teams lose all five league clashes with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

In their last 12 league matches at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have kept 10 clean sheets and conceded just four goals in total.

The last time a side in the Premier League relegation zone went to the home of the league leaders and won was September 2001 (Southampton beating Sam Allardyce's Bolton 1-0). Since then, the league leaders have won 24 of their 26 home matches against a side in the relegation zone (D2).

Charlie Austin has scored 23 league goals for QPR since the beginning of last season (incl. play-offs), 17 more than any other player (Ravel Morrison - 6).

Steven Caulker is the only QPR player to have started every league game so far this season. By contrast, seven of Chelsea's players have started each and every PL game so far, a joint-league high with Southampton.

Everton v Swansea City

Romelu Lukaku has scored in three of his five Premier League appearances against Swansea City.

Swansea beat Everton 3-0 earlier this season in the League Cup, which was their first win against the Toffees in any competition after 15 defeats and five draws.

Everton have never lost to Swansea City in the league (18 games). This is the most league games between two teams without any defeat ever by one team against another in the top four tiers of English league football.

Ross Barkley scored the winning goal in each of last season's two league games between Everton and Swansea.

Wilfried Bony has now scored 20 Premier League goals for Swansea, the joint most for the Swans in the competition alongside Michu.

The Toffees have won 199 home games in Premier League history.

Swansea City have used just 18 players this season, fewer than any other team in the Premier League.

Roberto Martinez's men are so far the most accurate shooters in the top flight this season, hitting the target with 54% of efforts.

The Toffees have scored a joint league-high four goals from outside the area (alongside West Ham).

Conversely, Swansea are one of four sides yet to concede a goal from outside the box in the Premier League this season.

The Swans have seen four of their efforts cleared off the line, more than any other in the Premier League this season.

Hull City v Southampton

Hull City have drawn five of their nine Premier League games this season - they only drew seven in the whole of 2013-14.

Southampton have won their last four league games against Hull and lost just one of the last 16 in all comps (W10 D5 L1), including a meeting in the Full Members Cup in 1986-87.

Southampton have won six of their opening nine games in a top-flight season for the first time in their history.

Ronald Koeman's side have conceded just five league goals this season, fewer than any other team in England's top four divisions.

Four of those five goals have been conceded on the road, with the Saints managing just one clean sheet in four games away from St Mary's in the PL this term.

Southampton have won every game that they have scored first in this season in the Premier League (5/5).

No-one has dropped more points from leading positions this season than Hull City (8 - level with Swansea City).

Hull (11 points, 10th position) are exactly where they were after nine games of the season in 2013-14, although they have lost only two games this season (W2 D5) compared to four at this stage last season (W3 D2).

The Tigers have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three home league games (W1 D1 L1).

No side have caught their opponents offside on fewer occasions this season than Hull City (6; level with Stoke).

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion

Leicester City have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League games.

West Brom have won seven and lost just one of their last nine matches in all competitions against Leicester.

Despite this being both West Brom and Leicester's ninth different season as a Premier League club, this will be their first meeting in the competition.

No side has conceded the first goal in more games this season than Leicester (7; level with Newcastle and QPR).

Leonardo Ulloa has attempted 10 of Leicester's 59 shots (excl. blocked) so far this season. However, the striker hasn't managed a single one in his last four league appearances.

The Baggies have won just one of their last seven away trips in the Premier League (D1 L5), with that win coming in September against Tottenham (1-0).

WBA have scored just four goals in their last nine away games in the league, firing blanks in five of these games.

This is the fourth time in their nine Premier League seasons that Leicester have failed to reach 10 points from their opening nine games. In the previous three, they have been relegated.

Saido Berahino is the top-scoring English player in the Premier League this season (seven goals).

Berahino has scored in West Brom's last four Premier League matches. The last WBA player to score in five successive PL games was Peter Odemwingie in May 2011.

Stoke City v West Ham United

Stoke City have won eight of their last 12 Premier League home games (L3 D1).

West Ham have now scored in eight successive Premier League games, their best run in the competition since Nov 2009 (10 games).

Diafra Sakho became only the second player in Premier League history to score in his first six starts in the competition thanks to his goal versus Man City (after Mick Quinn). No-one has ever scored in their first seven.

Stoke have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than any other side in the Premier League (22).

West Ham are seven points better off compared to their equivalent matches against the same opposition from last season, the best such record in the Premier League.

Just six goals have been scored at the Britannia Stadium so far this season, fewer than any other Premier League ground.

Mark Arnautovic is yet to hit the target with any of his 11 shots in the Premier League this season (including blocked).

If he features, Carlton Cole will play his 200th Premier League game for West Ham. Only two players Steve Potts (204) and Mark Noble (201 currently) have featured more.

Only Paolo Di Canio (47) has scored more Premier League goals for West Ham than Cole (41).

The Hammers squad have had 35 headed shots in the Premier League so far this season, 17 more than any other team (Sunderland, Chelsea and QPR all on 18). They have scored seven headed goals, a league high.

Manchester City v Manchester United

Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero have both scored four goals in five Premier League appearances against Manchester United.

Manchester City have won five and lost just one of the last six Premier League Manchester derbies.

Yaya Toure has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances against United.

Wayne Rooney has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances at the Etihad Stadium, including three in his last two games there.

Rooney is the top scorer in Manchester derbies, both overall and in the Premier League - 11 in all comps, and eight in the Premier League.

Man City have won the last three Manchester derbies in the Premier League. They have not won four in a row in the league since December 1970.

Since he made his Premier League debut in August 2010, no player has assisted as many goals (41) or created as many goalscoring chances (389) as David Silva.

Despite being only nine games in to the Premier League season, David De Gea is the only United player to have appeared in every game so far.

Since the beginning of last season, Edin Dzeko is the only Premier League player to have scored at least four goals with his head, his left foot and his right foot.

Manchester United have made their worst start to a Premier League season, gaining just 13 points from their opening nine games. Last season under David Moyes, they had 14 points.

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

Aston Villa have scored just one goal in their last six Premier League matches against Tottenham, including failing to score in the last four meetings in a row.

Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more goals against Aston Villa (7) than versus any other opponent in the Premier League.

Adebayor has netted four in four Premier League starts for Spurs against the Villans.

Tottenham have won eight and lost none of the last 11 Premier League matches against Aston Villa (D3).

Andros Townsend has scored on his last two Premier League visits to Villa Park.

Aston Villa have become the ninth different side to lose five successive Premier League games without scoring a single goal. The PL record is seven (Ipswich Town in 1995).

The last time that Aston Villa went five league games without scoring was March 1992. They have never failed to score in six consecutive league games.

Andreas Weimann has played a hand in 75% of Aston Villa's league goals so far this season, scoring two and assisting another.

Tottenham have not drawn any of their last 37 Premier League games 0-0 - the longest run of its kind among the 20 current PL clubs.

Spurs have scored more goals in the opening 30 minutes of their matches (5) than Aston Villa have managed all season (4).

Crystal Palace v Sunderland

Crystal Palace have won their last four home games in all competitions against Sunderland.

The Eagles' last three Premier League games on a Monday have produced 17 goals in total, including last season's 3-3 draw with Liverpool. Palace failed to win any of those games (D1 L2).

Sunderland haven't won any of their last 20 Premier League matches on a Monday (D8 L12). Their last win on a Monday in the Premier League was against Leicester City in April 2002 (2-1 at home).

Of current Premier League sides Liverpool are on the second longest 'Monday drought', having failed to win any of their last seven (D4 L3).

The Black Cats have won two of their last five league trips to London (L3), including a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in April.

Since the beginning of last season, nine of Crystal Palace's 15 Premier League wins (60%) have come at Selhurst Park.

Only Robert Green (32) has been forced to make more saves this season than Sunderland's Vito Mannone (30).

However, the Sunderland goalkeeper has made three errors leading to a goal (all coming in his last two games), more than any other player in the Premier League this season.

No side has conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes of PL matches this season than Crystal Palace (5 - level with Everton and Chelsea).

Mile Jedinak didn't score or assist a single goal in any of his first 34 Premier League appearances, but he has scored four and assisted two in his last 13.

Jedinak has conceded more fouls than any other player in the Premier League this season (23).

Headlines for Newcastle this week

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  • Rumours in the Press: Reds want Gerrard to stay

  • Brendan Rodgers wants Steven Gerrard to remain with Liverpool and Real Madrid are ready to launch a £20m January move for Hugo Lloris.

  • Newcastle v Liverpool preview

  • Team news ahead of Saturday lunchtime's Premier League clash between Newcastle and Liverpool at St James' Park (kick-off: 12:45pm).

  • PL pre-match stats: City dominating derby

  • We have stats ahead of every Premier League game this weekend, including details of Man City's recent derby dominance and Arsenal's fightbacks.

  • PL Predictions: Liverpool & Spurs to lose

  • Mark Holmes faces Manchester United fan Olly Murs in this week's prediction challenge, with both men expecting defeats for Liverpool and Spurs.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Pep may replace AW

  • Arsenal could move for Pep Guardiola at the end of next season, while Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday may make signings in the short term.

  • Merson tips Liverpool win but derby draw

  • Paul Merson expects weekend wins for Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace but a Manchester derby draw.

  • Rumours in the Press: United eye Trabzonspor ace

  • Manchester United are tracking Trabzonspor striker Abdul Majeed Waris and police fear the prospect of drones flying at the Manchester derby.

  • Premier League: Ayoze Perez happy with life at Newcastle

  • Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez believes he is settling into life in England well and admits he would recommend playing in the Premier League to anyone.

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