Will Manchester United score against the Premier League's second best defence? Ten key stats for this weekend's action

Kenny Dalglish's men have conceded only 21 goals in the top-flight this season, with league leaders Manchester City being the only team that has shipped in fewer

The game of the week is undoubtedly the clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra are both expected to feature in this match, following the race row that saw the Uruguayan being banned for eight games. He has since returned and is expected to receive a fair amount of stick from home fans.

Elsewhere, Chelsea travel to take on Everton at Goodison Park, with the hosts having recently beaten Manchester City when they made the same trip to Merseyside.

Arsenal also have an away day at Sunderland, while Tottenham Hotspur, who have been in the limelight of late - take on Newcastle United in a fight to finish in the top four.

Current Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been widely regarded as Fabio Capello's successor, but the sudden departure of the Italian has brought about heavy speculation surrounding his immediate future.

So with all the matches going on, Goal.com brings you the 10 key stats for this weekend's set of games.


Manchester United

21 - Liverpool have conceded only 21 goals so far in the league this season. Barring Manchester City, they have the best defence in the top-flight.

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Blackburn Rovers

4 - Blackburn have won just four times in the Premier League this season. But two of those victories came against Arsenal and Manchester United.

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49 - Both teams hold the joint-second worst defence in the Premier League, conceding 49 goals apiece. Fellow relegation candidates Blackburn Rovers currently hold the record, having shipped 54.

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45 - At least one goal can be expected as the home side have not been involved in a scoreless draw in the League in their last 45 games since a 0-0 with Wigan back in December 2010.

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22 - Fulham have treated their home fans to 22 goals at Craven Cottage this season, more than any other side outside the top six.

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22 - Robin van Persie leads the goal scoring charts in the top-flight, having hit the back of the net 22 times this season. He also managed to score the Gunners' fastest-ever goal in the Premier League when they met Sunderland earlier in the season, managing to put the ball past the goalkeeper after just 29 seconds.

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7 - Brendan Rodgers' side have conceded only seven goals at the Liberty Stadium this term, a record bettered only by league leaders Manchester City, with six.

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147 - This will be the 147th meeting, in all competitions, between the two sides, with Tottenham edging it marginally with 61 wins to Newcastle's 53. There have been 32 draws.

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   West Brom

0 - Wolverhampton Wanderers are on a dubious run at home, having gone five games without a victory. Moreover, four of those matches ended in defeat.

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Aston Villa
  Manchester City

4 - Aston Villa are undefeated in their last four matches at home against Manchester City.

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