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Magic Numbers: Wigan Athletic

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Everton head to the DW Stadium on Saturday looking to extend a seven-match unbeaten run against hosts Wigan Athletic.

Here we preview the trip to Greater Manchester with the aid of stats, facts and numbers.

2 Everton’s league position going into Saturday’s game, their highest at the beginning of October since occupying the same spot in 1978/79.  The last time the Blues were top at the start of October was the 1969/70 title-winning campaign. 

3 Victories enjoyed by David Moyes in his six previous meetings with Roberto Martinez, with the other three contests ending in draws. At the DW Stadium the Everton boss has won one and drawn two against the Spaniard.

Leighton Baines nets a penalty against former employers Wigan in August 2009.

6 Everton players who have scored a Club record two goals for the Toffees against Wigan: Andy Johnson, Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman, Victor Anichebe, Jo and Leighton Baines. 

8 Assists by Steven Pienaar in 2012 – the most of any player in the Premier League.

12 League goals scored by David Moyes’ men in the six games so far this season, a tally exceeded at this stage only once in the past 47 years, when 14 were netted at the start of the 1985/86 season.  

Steven Pienaar - no Premier League player has more assists than the South African in 2012.

14 Premier League meetings between the two sides. Everton have been victorious on seven of those occasions while suffering just two defeats. Last season the Blues took four points off Wigan, winning 3-1 at Goodison before a 1-1 draw at the DW.  A 1-0 away defeat in November 2008 was our last against the Latics.

16 Everton’s potential number of points if they win their seventh league game of the campaign on Saturday. The tally would match our best total after seven Premier League games, a haul last achieved in 2004/05.

21Average attempts on goal per game in our three away matches in the Premier League so far this season. In 2011/12, the average over the campaign was 11 chances per game. 

28 Years since Everton last played a league fixture on this date - a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal in 1984. 

99 Premier League appearances made for Everton by Sylvain Distin. The French defender was handed his Toffees debut in a 2-1 home win over Wigan at Goodison in August 2009.

Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin share a joke - both players could reach signficant appearance landmarks this weekend

149 Premier League appearances made for Everton by Distin’s defensive cohort Phil Jagielka. The England international made his Blues bow in a 3-1 win at Spurs in August 2007.

2,499Away games played by Everton in their history in all competitions. Our first was at Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup in October 1887, while our first away fixture in the Football League was at Aston Villa in September 1888. 

All stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1).

 

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