Could Emmanuel Adebayor mark his 28th birthday with a goal against Arsenal? Ten key stats for this weekend's action

The Togolese striker will spearhead a Tottenham attack looking to capitalise on the Gunners recent woes by downing his former employers

The north London derby looks to be the Premier League game of choice this weekend as in-form Tottenham travel to their neighbours Arsenal looking to inflict further misery on a club that has possibly kissed goodbye to any hopes of silverware this season.

A joint statement from the third and fourth-placed clubs was issued on Thursday to gently remind fans of the repercussions of the over-zealous abuse expected to be slung on Sunday.

Sunday also sees the League Cup conclude with Liverpool expected to have too much for Championship outfit Cardiff at Wembley. The Reds have met - and beaten - lower-tier opponent four times in a competition’s final before.

Beleaguered Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas seems on the brink of dismissal following defeat against Naples and it is possible that only a win over Bolton will save him from Roman Abramovich's notoriously itchy trigger finger.

Elsewhere, Manchester United face a tricky trip to Norwich – they lost 2-0 on their last visit – whilst Wolves begin life under new boss Terry Connor away to Newcastle.

The league leaders Manchester City will not reintroduce Carlos Tevez to the fans just yet but Blackburn have plenty of reasons to fear their trip to the Etihad even without him.

With that, here are's 10 key stats as we look ahead to the weekend's football.


5 - Bolton have the dubious honour of claiming the most red cards in the league this season. Jlloyd Samuel was the last player sent off in this fixture back in October 2009.

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5 - Both clubs conceded five goals in their last Premier League outing. While Alan Pardew could write it off as a bad day at the office, Mick McCarthy was told to leave his office.

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0 - The home side have not scored a goal in this west London derby in the previous five fixtures. The last meeting at Loftus Road ended 2-0 to the Cottagers and their most recent clash was a massive 6-0 win for Martin Jol's inconsistent side.

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West Brom

8 - West Brom have lost eight of their 12 games at the Hawthorns, scoring just nine goals in the process. Sunderland arrive with confidence high, having disposed of Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round last Sunday.

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  Aston Villa

10 - Wigan have gone ten matches without a home league win, more than any other club in the league at this time.

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Manchester City

150 - Should he feature, as expected, for Manchester City on Saturday, Joe Hart will play in his 150th Premier League match. He also carries the most clean sheets in the league this season - currently standing at 11.

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28 - Former Arsenal striker, now plying his trade at Tottenham, Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates his 28th birthday on the day of the north London derby.

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Norwich City
  Manchester United

13 - Both sides are joint second in the Premier League form table with 13 points gained in their last six games. They trail Manchester City who have acquired 15 points.

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Stoke City
   Swansea City

48 - Swansea have gone 48 league games without consecutive losses. This record is under threat at the Brittania Stadium following their last outing, a 3-2 loss at home to Norwich. 

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Cardiff City

15 - Should Liverpool follow the bookmakers' form and claim the League Cup on Sunday, they will equal the record set by Manchester United for English cup wins.

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