Here’s the game day 5 preview in numbers:
There are 7 teams that have not yet missed a season of the Premier League as it was installed in 1992. 4 of them face each other in this 5th round of the 2015/16 season: Man United vs Liverpool & Everton vs Chelsea
Manchester United – Liverpool
Man U have only won 1 of their last 4 Premier League home games, but managed to keep a clean sheet in the opening 2 games at Old Trafford this season. The last time they made it 3 in a row? In March 2013, before lifting the trophy at the end of that season.
Manchester United spent a fortune on 19-year old striker Martial, who did not score in any of his last 7 Ligue 1 games, last week. Is it doubtful whether he will play this weekend, but he could become the second teenager to score this Premier League season. The other one was Bamidele Alli for Leicester
Everton – Chelsea
With 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses, Chelsea do not have their best start in history. The last time they had a negative goal difference (-1) after 4 games was in the opening season of the Premier League in 1992. That was also the last time they managed to get less points from their opening 4 fixtures (3).They ended 11th that season.
Chelsea conceded 5 goals in their opening 2 away games of this season. It does not seem to be their biggest of problem though. Last season, they received a goal in each of their first 6 away games and, as we know, eventually won the league. Everton scored 10 goals, at least 1 per game, in their last 6 confrontations with Chelsea at Goodison Park.
Last season’s fixture was the game with most goals in the 2014/15 season: 3-6. The balance between the two in the Premier League:
Sunderland – Tottenham
Tottenham is the team with the second most shots on target this season (33), only behind Arsenal (44). Sunderland on the other hand is the team that has received more goals than any other Premier League team this season: 10 in 4 games. And 13 in 5 if we count the league cup game against Exeter (6-3 win).
The last Premier League games against Tottenham do no give too much hope for the home side. Sunderland did not win any of the last 10 game with the Spurs, holding a clean sheet only once. Also, none of their last 7 Premier League games resulted in a win, and only 2 of their last 19.
Crystal Palace – Manchester City
Crystal Palace had their best ever start of the Premier League (after the rebranding in 1992) and in the last 18 seasons Manchester City only had a better opening 4 games in 2011/12. City have won their last 10 PL games, their best ever streak in English topflight.
Crystal Palace won this fixture last season: 2-1, the same result as their last 3 games (2 wins, 1 defeat).
Arsenal – Stoke City
Stoke did not win any of their games so far, but drew both their away games. Arsenal also did no have the start they hoped for but did manage to get 7 points, par with Man U and Liverpool. Their current home record is quite abismal though, scoring only 1 goal in their last 6 games at the Emirates:
Their run against Stoke is a bit more hopeful. They won all 7 home games against them in the Premier League. There is no other opponent they have played more often at home winning 100% of the games: