10 Football Stats You Probably Haven't Read Anywhere Else
Under David Moyes, have Everton ever beaten QPR? What is Liverpool's wining pct this season when Luis Suarez receives a yellow card? And what is Bayern Munich's greatest ever losing margin in a Champions League fixture? Today on the blog Barrie delivers 10 statistics for football fans and punters, that you probably haven't heard anywhere else.
Of the 35 sides David Moyes has faced during his 11-year tenure with Everton, Queens Park Rangers are the only club he has failed to beat. Following their promotion back to the Premier League, Moyes has drawn 2 and lost 1 of his 3 meetings against the Super Hoops.
The two sides meet at Goodison Park on 13 April where Moyes has a chance to complete the full set. Everton are currently odds of 1.35 to win.
Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich saw Arsene Wenger's side become the first team to keep a clean sheet against Jupp Heynckes' team this season. Bayern Munich had scored a goal in all 37 competitive matches this season prior to hosting Arsenal in their Champions League second leg.
They had also scored 2 or more goals in 28 of those matches but the Gunners proved to be stern resistance.
Arsenal's 2-0 second leg victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena saw the Gunners equal the biggest home defeat suffered by the German club in their Champions League History. Only AC Milan (2-0 in April 2007) and Girondins de Bordeaux (2-0 in November 2009) had beaten Bayern Munich by more than a one-goal margin.
England's 8-0 thrashing of San Marino on Friday 22 March was the country's biggest victory in over 25 years, since beating the minnows of Turkey by the same scoreline in a Euro 88 qualifier at Wembley in October 1987. Gary Lineker scored a hat-trick that day, but Jermain Defoe was the only player to get as many as 2 for Roy Hodgson's side in their latest qualifier. England are currently best priced at odds of 1.40 to win their qualifying group.
Liverpool have won just 1 of 9 Premier League games this season when Luis Suarez has received a yellow card. 5 of those matches have resulted in defeat for Brendan Rodgers' side. The solo victory came against Southampton at the start of December, 1-0.
Liverpool's last game saw them lose 3-1 to the same opponent and Suarez received a yellow card.
Stoke City's 0-0 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion on 16 March was their first Premier League clean sheet in 2013, ending a run of 11 games without shutting an opponent out since their 0-0 draw at Tottenham before Christmas. Stoke City are at odds of 5.50 to keep a clean sheet in their next game, at Everton.
An Englishman has not won the Premier League Golden Boot for the past 12 seasons, since Kevin Phillips netted 30 goals for Sunderland during the 1999/2000 season. It looks unlikely that an Englishman is going to top score in 2012/13 either, with Wayne Rooney the closest candidate being 10 goals short of Luis Suarez who is out in front with 22. Suarez is at odds of 1.44 to finish the season as the Premier League's leading goalscorer, with RvP at 2.88 and Gareth Bale at 21.00.
Following the exits of Manchester United and Arsenal in the second round, plus Chelsea and Manchester City in the group stage, the Premier League will have no representatives in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 17 years.
The last time this happened was when Blackburn Rovers were England's only entrants and they finished bottom of their group consisting of Spartak Moscow, Legia Warsaw and Rosenborg BK (Graeme Le Saux and David Batty fighting et al).
Manchester United are 1 point away from matching their lowest-ever points haul of 75 with 9 games still to play. Sir Alex Ferguson's side have opened up a 15-point gap at the top between themselves and Manchester City, having dropped just 13 points from their opening 29 games.
No side has ever failed to win the Premier League with such a commanding lead at any point during a previous season.
Arsenal have kept 4 clean sheets in the 5 (80%) Premier League games they have played without Thomas Vermaelen so far this season, compared to 6 in the 24 (25%) games the Belgian defender has started. Arsenal host Reading on Saturday where they are currently odds of 2.20 to win to nil.
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