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The stats you need to know ahead of your club's 2015/16 season opener

Arsenal vs West Ham

  • Arsenal have lost just 1 of their last 14 Premier League fixtures on the opening weekend, winning 9 (D4).
  • West Ham won on their last trip to Highbury in 2005/06 and on their first trip to the Emirates in 2006/07 but have not won at Arsenal in the league since (D1 L6).
  • Petr Cech has posted the best saves to shots ratio (minimum 50 saves) of any goalkeeper in the Premier League over the last three seasons (78%).
  • Dimitri Payet created the most chances in the top five European leagues in 2014/15 (135).
  • West Ham scored 15 headed goals in 2014/15, second only to West Brom (16), while Arsenal conceded the highest proportion of goals to headers (36%).
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Bournemouth vs Aston Villa

  • The last two teams to gain promotion to the top flight for the first time (Reading and Hull) have both opened with a home win.
  • Aston Villa have never beaten a newly promoted Premier League side on opening day (D1 L2).
  • Only 14 players have made more Premier League appearances than Bournemouth new boy Sylvain Distin (457).
  • Bournemouth had more shots (573) and shots on target (268) than any other Championship side last season.
  • Callum Wilson was awarded 11 penalties in 2014/15; 6 more than any other player for an English league side.
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Chelsea vs Swansea

  • In 23 Premier League seasons, the defending champion has never lost their opening game (winning 20 and drawing 3).
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in 12 opening-day matches at Stamford Bridge, last losing to Blackburn in 1993 (W10 D2).
  • Diego Costa has scored more Premier League goals against Swansea than any other player (5) despite only playing twice against the Welsh side.
  • 18% of the goals conceded by Garry Monk’s side in the top-flight last term came against the Blues (9/49).
  • John Terry has never been substituted off in the Premier League by Jose Mourinho (175 starts, completed 90 minutes 174 times and been sent off once).
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Everton vs Watford

  • Everton have conceded more goals on the opening weekend than any other Premier League side (35).
  • Watford’s last defeat on the opening weekend of a season was back in 2006/07 vs Everton.
  • Watford were one of only two teams (along with Blackburn) in the top four tiers to see two players reach 20 goals last season (Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney).
  • Ighalo scored with 20 of his 36 shots on target in the Championship last term.
  • Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes made 62 punches in the second tier last season; 12 more than any other stopper.
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Leicester vs Sunderland

  • The Foxes have scored exactly 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches on the opening day, including in the Premier League last term vs Everton.
  • The last Sunderland manager to win a Premier League game on the opening weekend was Steve Bruce vs Bolton in 2009/10 (D4 L1 since).
  • Leicester haven't beaten Sunderland since November 2001, when Ade Akinbiyi scored the game’s only goal.
  • From the start of April until the end of last season, Leicester won more points than any other Premier League side (22).
  • Dick Advocaat currently has the best win percentage of anyone to manage Sunderland in the Premier League (33.3%).
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Man United vs Tottenham

  • Harry Kane won his team 24 points with his goals last season, more than any other player.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored more goals on the opening weekend than any other current Premier League player (6).
  • Manchester United are the only team to lose on the opening weekend but go on to win the title (did so in 1992/93, 1995/96 and 2012/13).
  • Memphis Depay scored 7 direct free-kick goals last season; more than any other player in the top five European leagues or the Eredivisie.
  • New Tottenham signing Kieran Trippier made more open play crosses than any other Premier League player last season (234).
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Newcastle vs Southampton

  • Saints have been drawn away from home in each of their last 6 season openers in the Premier League, winning just 1 of the previous 5 (D1 L3).
  • Southampton have won their last 3 league games against Newcastle, scoring 10 and conceding just 1.
  • A Southampton player has scored a brace in each of these 3 wins (Eljaro Elia and Graziano Pelle last season, Jay Rodriguez in 2014).
  • The Magpies have only managed 1 clean sheet in their last 16 top-flight clashes against the side from Hampshire.
  • On the other hand, Newcastle have scored in 14 of their 15 Premier League home games against Saints, drawing a blank in a 0-1 defeat in 1997.
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Norwich vs Crystal Palace

  • Norwich are winless in their last 12 opening day matches in league competition (D6 L6).
  • Crystal Palace have lost their last 4 season openers.
  • No Championship midfielder scored more goals last term than Bradley Johnson (15) – level with Matt Ritchie and Bakary Sako.
  • Norwich faced fewer opposition shots than any other team in the regular Championship season last term (439).
  • Palace had the fewest direct free-kick attempts in the Premier League last season (13) but scored the joint-most (4, level with Tottenham).
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Stoke vs Liverpool

  • Stoke vs Liverpool will be the first fixture in Premier League history to be played in consecutive games at the same venue.
  • Liverpool have only drawn a blank 3 times on the opening weekend of a Premier League campaign (1992/93, 2005/06, 2012/13).
  • Liverpool have been shown more yellow cards on the opening weekend than any other team in Premier League history (44).
  • Roberto Firmino has recorded 21 assists over the last 2 seasons, more than any other Brazilian in the top 5 European leagues.
  • The Potters have scored in their last 11 home league games; only Chelsea (19) can boast a longer current run.
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West Brom vs Man City

  • West Brom have kept 10 clean sheets in 18 league games under Tony Pulis.
  • Both of Fernando’s 2 Premier League goals and 1 of his 2 assists have come against West Brom.
  • David Silva has scored in 3 of his last 4 appearances against the Baggies.
  • West Brom scored the most headed goals in the Premier League last season (16).
  • The eventual Premier League title-winning team has started their season on Monday night in each of the past 5 seasons.
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