10 stats that matter ahead of this weekend's Premier League matches


The weekend has come where Leicester can win the Premier League title, but it's not all about the Foxes, so here are some stats from around the league to keep you fully briefed on what's ahead.

1. Everton strikers key to reversing form slump

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This is a good time for Bournemouth to be facing Everton, with the Toffees winless in seven and limping towards the end of a disappointing season. However, if the hosts can motivate their strikers, then they should be capable of reviving the home crowd's enthusiasm here: they have the division's second most clinical attack, needing an average of just 8.3 shots to score each goal this season, while the 6.5 soaked up by the Cherries for each goal conceded is the top-flight's worst.

2. Palace likely to allow Newcastle plenty of shots on goal

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Newcastle are in desperate need of points and will surely be optimistic of taking them from a Crystal Palace side that hasn't won away in nine attempts. The Magpies have been far better at finishing in front of their own fans - taking just 7.7 shots for each goal scored at St James' Park compared to 13.4 on the road - and should get plenty of opportunities here. The visiting Eagles have allowed more shots at their goal per away match than anyone else in the top flight: an average of 17.7.

3. Sunderland's forgiving defence a boost for Stoke

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Stoke have now suffered three consecutive heavy defeats, albeit all against tough opponents, but have a good chance to arrest their slide here. Visitors Sunderland have conceded more readily than any other away side in the Premier League this season - facing an average of seven shots for each time their defence has been breached - so the Potters have an excellent opportunity to prove that their minds aren't already on the beach.

4. Signs good for Watford to end bad run

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Watford are without a home win in five attempts and haven't scored more than once in any of their last eight Premier League matches, but they won't get a better chance than this to end those sorry runs. Aston Villa have lost 10 matches in a row and haven't won away since the opening day of the season, so if the Hornets can't raise their game, then the odds of this being a classic are slim.

5. West Brom will need a Plan B against Hammers

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They may have rescued an impressive point at Tottenham last weekend but West Brom remain winless in six and are up against a West Ham side unbeaten in nine and pushing for European football. The Baggies' primary route to goal is via the air, with headers accounting for over a third of their goals, but their visitors look wise to that strategy. The Hammers have conceded just three headers all season - the lowest in the division - and will therefore require Tony Pulis's side to come up with a Plan B.

6. Norwich will need to make their move before half-time

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Whatever happens before half-time here, the home side are far likelier to prevail in the second half. Arsenal have been one of the toughest teams to score against after half-time, with just 6.2% of their opponents' shots finding the net, while the 17.9% of efforts netted against the Canaries is the highest in the division. The Gunners' ability to work the ball into the box gives them another advantage: the 73.0% of the shots they take from inside the penalty area is the highest share in the top flight, while the 65.2% allowed by Norwich from this range is also the largest proportion in the division.

7. Expect a tight affair at Swansea

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Swansea have been involved in some big scorelines lately, but they've all been in their away matches. Their recent home games have offered little in the way of goals with five 1-0s - four in their favour - and a 1-1 in the past six league games at the Liberty Stadium. Villarreal demonstrated in midweek that Liverpool can be contained and Daniel Sturridge's surprise omission from that match raises further questions about the soundness of Jurgen Klopp's striking options.

8. Leicester like beating the top-six away from home

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Leicester coped fine without the suspended Jamie Vardy at home to Swansea last week, but a trip to Old Trafford will be far trickier. Manchester United have won their past six home matches and have faced an average of 19.6 shots for each goal they've conceded there this season: the most in the division and far higher than the average of 10.5. However, Leicester have demonstrated repeatedly this season that they aren't fazed by away trips: the 40.1% of time they've spent leading in away games is the highest in the Premier League. Also, all three of their victories against the rest of the current top six have been secured away from the King Power Stadium, so home advantage may not count for much here.

9. Aguero in town as Saints wait for a clean sheet

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When Fraser Forster returned from injury, many expected Southampton's defence to recover the impressive resilience it displayed in the first half of last season. However the Saints are now without a clean sheet in nine: the longest of any club except doomed Aston Villa and not the sort of sequence you want to take into a game featuring the likes of Sergio Aguero.

10. Chelsea keep conceding at home

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Stamford Bridge is no longer the fortress it once was, which will give Tottenham hope of securing the win should they still be in the title race by the time this fixture is played. Chelsea have gone longer without a home clean sheet than any other top-flight side, with each of their past 10 visitors able to find the net.