The English Premier League Is Back: Weekend Match Facts

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Liverpool v Stoke City

Liverpool have secured only two points and scored just one goal in their last four Barclays Premier League meetings with Stoke City (D2 L2).
Stoke have never scored a Premier League goal at Anfield, despite playing there five times.
Liverpool are without a win in the last four on the opening day of the season, drawing two home games 1-1 and losing twice away.
Stoke, meanwhile, have only won one of their five previous opening Premier League fixtures (D2 L2).
Liverpool managed more shots than any other side last season (528) but also managed more shots off target than any other team (296).
The Potters also mustered a league-low of just 114 shots on target last season.
Liverpool won four and lost none of their five league games without Luis Suarez playing in 2012/13.

Arsenal v Aston Villa

Arsenal have lost only one of their last nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Aston Villa (W5 D3).
Villa have won just one point from their last seven Premier League away trips to London.
Arsenal have not lost any of their last 12 opening Premier League games (W8 D4), though they have drawn their last three.
Villa have played their opening fixture away from Villa Park 12 times in the Premier League era and have only won once (1-0 at Newcastle in 1999), drawing seven and losing four.
Arsenal finished last season with a 10-game unbeaten run (W8 D2) and lost just one of their last 16 fixtures to secure a top-four berth yet again.
The Emirates Stadium saw more goals than any other stadium in the Premier League last season (70).

Norwich city v Everton

The Toffees have lost seven of their last 10 opening Barclays Premier League games, winning the other three.
Everton have gone eight Premier League away games without a win.
Norwich have not won their opening league game in any of the last 10 seasons (D5 L5) and have not won their opening game in the top-flight since the first ever Premier League season (1992/93), when they won 4-2 at Arsenal.
Three of the last four meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw.
Leighton Baines is currently the only player in Premier League history to have taken 10 (or more) penalties and maintained a 100% success rate.

Sunderland v Fulham

Fulham are unbeaten in their last four Barclays Premier League away trips to Sunderland (W1 D3).
Fulham have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Premier League games on the opening day of the season.
The Whites have only won one of their seven previous top-flight away games on the opening day (D2 L4), winning 1-0 at Portsmouth back in 2009/10.
Sunderland are unbeaten in their last four games on the opening day of the season, though they have drawn their last three.
Dimitar Berbatov scored the first goal of the game more often than any other player in 2012/13 (nine times)

West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

West Brom have only won two of their last 15 opening league games (D5 L8).
The Saints lost a league-high 29 points from winning positions last term.
The Saints have won just one of their previous 14 games on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Of all teams to have played 10 or more Barclays Premier League seasons, Southampton have the worst opening day record (an average of just 0.64 points per game).
Mauricio Pochettino’s side failed to win any of their last six league games last season (D4 L2), avoiding relegation by just five points.
The Baggies also won just one of their last nine league games last term, drawing three and losing five.

West Ham United v Cardiff City

West Ham lost 1-0 at home to Cardiff on the opening day of the Championship season two years ago.
Only Watford (39) claimed more Championship away points than Cardiff (36) in 2012-13.
Cardiff have won four and lost none of their last five opening fixtures.
The Hammers shipped a joint-league-high 12 goals in the opening 15 minutes of their games last season.
West Ham were the only team not to win consecutive Barclays Premier League games last season.

Swansea City v Manchester United

Swansea ended a run of six successive opening day defeats with a 5-0 win at Queens Park Rangers last season.
Man Utd have taken 10 points from their four Barclays Premier League encounters against Swansea.
Michu has scored in both of his two previous appearances against Manchester United.
Manchester United have lost just two of their last 17 opening league fixtures, though one of those was last year at Everton.
Only Chelsea (44) have won more points from their opening games than Man Utd (43) in the Premier League era.

Chelsea v Hull City

Chelsea are unbeaten in their four previous Barclays Premier League games against Hull City (W2 D2).
The Tigers have won just one point from their last five Barclays Premier League away games in London.
Chelsea have won 44 points on the opening day fixtures in the Premier League era; more than any other side.
The Blues have won 12 and lost none of their last 14 opening day league games (D2), scoring 36 goals and conceding just 14 in this run.
The last time Hull City won away from home on the opening day was back in 2002, when they won 3-1 at Exeter in the fourth tier.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

Palace have found the net in all but one of their previous eight Premier League fixtures against Spurs.
Tottenham have only won two of their last 12 opening Barclays Premier League games (D4 L6).
Both Palace and their opponents have scored in all four of the Eagle’s previous opening day fixtures in the Premier League.
The last time Crystal Palace opened up a Premier League campaign on home soil, they were beaten 1-6 by Liverpool.

Manchester City v Newcastle United

Manchester City had the best defensive record in 2012/13, conceding just 34 goals and keeping 18 clean sheets.
Newcastle have never won a Barclays Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium (D2 L7).
Newcastle have only won two of their 10 previous away games on the opening day of a Premier League season (D4 L4).
Jesus Navas created more chances from open play than any other player  in La Liga in 2012/13 (71).
City were the only team to score in every home game last season.

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