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I was at Anfield on Sunday to see Liverpool go unbeaten in eight Premier League games and 10 in all competitions - and that became 11 when they beat Chelsea in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.

City extended their unbeaten start to 13, but only marginally improved their record at Anfield. Their Premier League record there reads: P15 W1 D4 L10. Their only win was in May 2003 when they won 2-1 with two goals from Nicolas Anelka. They have now won only one of their last 21 league visits to Anfield and two of the last 39.

They have only gone 1-0 down once in the league this season - when Jay Bothroyd scored for QPR - and the match ended their run of scoring at least two goals in each of their last 14 Premier League games - and three goals in each of the last six. They were striving to win a fourth consecutive away game in the same Premier League season for the first time ever, but fell short.

The match was Glen Johnson's 200th Premier League game plus Joe Hart's 200th career league game - and one of his best! I also noticed that Joleon Lescott has now scored for both Everton and Liverpool at Anfield. He scored in an FA Cup tie for Everton in January 2009 and then produced that unfortunate own goal on Sunday.

Hi Martin, I was looking at the league table the other day and the goals for and against columns really caught my eye. City have scored by far the most goals so far this season, but they also have the joint best defence along with Newcastle and Liverpool. So my question is; how many times has the team that has scored the most goals in a season also won the league? And how many times has the team that has conceded the least amount of goals in a season won the league? Thanks, Josh Sutton.

MARTIN SAYS: As you can see from the table below, in the 19 seasons since the Premier League began the team that has scored the most goals has won the title on 12 occasions, while the side that has conceded the fewest has won the league eight times. This has been the same team four times (Man Utd in 2007/08, Chelsea in 2005/06, Arsenal in 2003/04, Man Utd in 2000/01).

There have been only two seasons when the league wasn't won by the team with the most goals scored or the fewest conceded - and on both occasions Arsenal won the title. In 2001/02 they won the league, even though Man Utd had scored the most and Liverpool had conceded the fewest. Then in 1997/98 Man Utd statistically had the best attack and the best defence - but still lost out on the title to Arsenal.

Teams with most goals scored / fewest goals conceded in each Premier League season:

SeasonTeam scoring mostFinal positionTeam conceding leastFinal position
2010/11Man Utd (78)1stChelsea / Man City (33)2nd / 3rd
2009/10Chelsea (103)1stMan Utd (28)2nd
2008/09Liverpool (77)2ndMan Utd / Chelsea (24)1st / 3rd
2007/08Man Utd (80)1stMan Utd (22)1st
2006/07Man Utd (83)1stChelsea (24)2nd
2005/06Chelsea / Man Utd (72)1st / 2ndChelsea (22)1st
2004/05Arsenal (87)2ndChelsea (15)1st
2003/04Arsenal (73)1stArsenal (26)1st
2002/03Arsenal (85)2ndMan Utd (34)1st
2001/02Man Utd (87)3rdLiverpool (30)2nd
2000/01Man Utd (79)1stMan Utd (31)1st
1999/00Man Utd (97)1stLiverpool (30)4th
1998/99Man Utd (80)1stArsenal (17)2nd
1997/98Man Utd (73)2ndMan Utd (26)2nd
1996/97Man Utd (76)1stArsenal (32)3rd
1995/96Man Utd (73)1stArsenal (32)5th
1994/95Blackburn (78)1stMan Utd (24)2nd
1993/94Newcastle (75)3rdArsenal (23)4th
1992/93Blackburn (64)4thMan Utd (29)1st

THE FIRST TO LEAVE... Hi Martin. It's nearly December and still no manager has been sacked or resigned from a Premier League club. Is this a record for the Premier League where chairmen are usually quite trigger-happy? Gaz (Luton fan)

MARTIN SAYS: Since you sent this question, Steve Bruce was sacked by Sunderland - but that's not a record. In fact, there have been two seasons when the season has gone into the New Year before the first managerial casualty. In 1995/96 Roy McFarland left his job as joint manager of Bolton at the start of January with Colin Todd continuing in the job.

However, in the very first Premier League season, the first and only managerial departure did not come until February when Chelsea's Ian Porterfield lost his job. In fact, the first departure of last season didn't come until December 6 when Chris Hughton was axed by Newcastle. Martin O'Neill left Aston Villa a few days before that season started, but we are only counting departures AFTER the season has begun.

The earliest date for a Premier League managerial departure came in the 2004/05 season when Paul Sturrock left Southampton on August 23, just two games into the season. His side had even beaten Blackburn Rovers on the day of his departure!

The first managerial departure of every Premier League season:

1992/93: Ian Porterfield, Chelsea (15-02-1993)
1993/94: Peter Reid, Man City, (26-08-1993)
1994/95: Ossie Ardiles, Tottenham, (01-11-1994)
1995/96: Roy McFarland, Bolton, (02-01-1996)
1996/97: Howard Wilkinson, Leeds, (10-09-1996)
1997/98: David Pleat, Sheff Wed (03-11-1997)
1998/99: Kenny Dalglish, Newcastle (27-08-1998)
1999/2000: Ruud Gullit, Newcastle (28-08-1999)
2000/01: Gianluca Vialli, Chelsea (12-09-2000)
2001/02: Peter Taylor, Leicester (30-09-2001)
2002/03: Peter Reid, Sunderland (07-10-2002)
2003/04: Glenn Hoddle, Tottenham (21-09-2003)
2004/05: Paul Sturrock, Southampton (23-08-2004)
2005/06: Alain Perrin, Portsmouth (24-11-2005)
2006/07: Iain Dowie, Charlton (13-11-2006)
2007/08: Jose Mourinho, Chelsea (20-09-2007)
2008/09: Alan Curbishley, West Ham (03-09-2008)
2009/10: Paul Hart, Portsmouth (24-11-2009)
2010/11: Chris Hughton, Newcastle (06-12-2010)
2011/12: Steve Bruce, Sunderland (30-11-2011)

Hi. Having watched Spurs light up the league recently and rack up an impressive 10 games unbeaten with 9 wins, I read somewhere that their longest unbeaten league run is 22 games. But what is their longest unbeaten Premier League run? Thanks, Bradley Glee

MARTIN SAYS: You're correct. Tottenham are unbeaten in 10 Premier League games, winning nine and drawing just one against Newcastle - when they were only denied the win by an 86th-minute Shola Ameobi goal.

Their longest unbeaten league run was in Division Two way back in 1949 when they played 22 games without defeat. Their longest top-flight unbeaten run was 20 games across the 1966/67 and 1967/68 seasons.

As for the Premier League, their longest unbeaten run came in the 1995/96 season when they went 11 games unbeaten before losing 2-1 at Blackburn on December 30. They can match that record by avoiding defeat at home to Bolton on Saturday and they can break it at Stoke the following weekend.

Tottenham's longest unbeaten league runs:

SeasonDivisionDate of last winGames unbeaten

Spurs have now won five league games in a row against West Brom, Aston Villa, Tottenham, QPR and Blackburn and that's matched their longest winning streak in Premier League history. They have won five in a row on four previous occasions

1992/93: Ended with 6-0 defeat at Sheffield United on March 2
2004/05: Ended with a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace on December 28
2006/07: Ended with a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on April 7
2009/10: Ended with a 3-1 defeat at Sunderland on April 3

If they win against Bolton it will be the first time they have won six league games in a row since April 1990. Their longest ever top-flight winning streak was 13 games stretched over the 1959/60 and 1960/61 seasons - ended by a 1-1 draw at home to Man City on October 10.

After seeing another great game between Blackburn and Wigan, it got me thinking do these two teams have the highest goals to games record between two teams in the Premier League? As they drew 3-3 this season played a 4-3 last season and there was the match where Roque Santa Cruz and Marcus Bent both got hat tricks. There can't be many more teams that have had so many goals in every game they play? Jonny Gammon

MARTIN SAYS: In the 13 Premier League fixtures between Blackburn and Wigan we have seen 49 goals scored, an average of 3.77 goals per game. There has been at least two goals scored each time these two sides have met.

We asked Opta to look into the highest goals-per-game ratio in Premier League history and if you look at fixtures that have taken place at least 10 times, Blackburn against Wigan would come out fourth on the all-time list.

In fact, Blackburn come out on top of this list anyway - but for their clashes with Nottingham Forest. In the 10 games they have played against Forest in the Premier League a remarkable 40 goals were scored (largely thanks to the 1995/96 season when Blackburn beat Forest 7-0 and 5-1). That ratio of four goals per game is the highest in Premier League history.

The next highest-scoring fixture, in terms of goals per game, is Chelsea and Sunderland. In 21 Premier League meetings, we have seen 80 goals scored (3.81 goals per game). Chelsea have enjoyed scorelines of 6-2 (1996/97), 5-0 (2008/09) and 7-2 (2009/10), although there was a 0-0 draw between the sides in 2001/02. The Blues won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in September, so expect goals when they meet again on January 14.

Fixtures with the most goals-per-game in Premier League history:

FixtureGamesGoalsGoals per game
Blackburn Rovers-Nottingham Forest10404.00
Chelsea-Derby 14523.71
Man Utd-Nottingham Forest10373.70
Man Utd-Southampton26923.54

Dear Martin. I was impressed to see Swansea keep another clean sheet against Aston Villa. That's now six for the season. What's the record number of clean sheets for a newly-promoted side in their first season up? Ray Davids.

MARTIN SAYS: Six clean sheets in 13 games is an impressive tally for Brendan Rodgers' men - and it's a tribute to both his coaching skills and to the signing of Michel Vorm. But they have some way to go to break the record for a newly-promoted side. That record is currently held by Blackburn Rovers, who secured 19 clean sheets in the very first Premier League season in 1992/93.

That was, of course, achieved over 42 games. The record for a 38-game season is held by the Fulham team that came up and kept 15 clean sheets in the 2001/02 campaign.

Most clean sheets for a newly-promoted Premier League side (thanks to Opta):

1992/93: Blackburn (19)*
1994/95: Crystal Palace (15)*
2001/02: Fulham (15)
1993/94: Newcastle (15)*
2000/01: Charlton (14)
1993/94: West Ham (14)*
2000/01: Ipswich (13)
1998/99: Middlesbrough (13)
1994/95: Nottingham Forest (13)*
2006/07: Reading (13)
2008/09: Stoke City (12)

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