Everton are aiming to continue their perfect start to 2013 when they entertain Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.
Here we preview the Swans' trip to Merseyside with the aid of stats, facts and numbers…
0 Victories by Swansea in the 16 matches played against Everton in all competitions. The Welsh side are statistically our favourite opponents, with 12 games won by Everton and four drawn.
4 Everton’s all-time goal difference in the Premier League. The Blues have scored 1,009 and conceded 1,005. If the Toffees win on Saturday it will be our highest positive goal difference in the Premier League, having also reached +4 in the opening weeks of the inaugural season of 1992/93.
5 League defeats for Everton in the 12 months to the date of Saturday’s game, equalling the Club record for fewest league losses over the period of a year. This was first set between March 1962 and March 1963, then equalled in September 1968 to September 1969.
9 Times Everton have won their first three matches of the calendar year. This was most recently in 1991 and it will happen again should we beat Swansea on Saturday. The other years in question are 1897, 1912, 1931, 1939, 1947, 1949, 1985 and 1987.
10 Years on Saturday to Leon Osman’s Everton debut, which was against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 12 January 2003. The midfielder has scored 48 goals for Everton in all competitions, one of which was the winner against Swansea at Goodison Park last season. Osman is the only player to have scored for the Toffees in all three domestic competitions this season.
17 Times Everton have struck the woodwork in the Premier League this season – more than any other team.
20 Consecutive matches in which Everton have scored. If the Blues find the net again on Saturday it will equal the sequences of 21 successive scoring games, the others being December 1961 to April 1962, December 1984 to April 1985 and October 1985 to February 1986. The only longer run of scoring in successive matches in the post-War era is 24, which was from October 1946 to March 1947.
25 Minutes that separated the first and last goals scored at Goodison Park by legendary strikers Graeme Sharp and Bob Latchford. In our 3-1 win over Swansea in December 1981, the young Scot found the net with a header after 50 minutes. Later, the Latch, who had left Everton the previous summer, scored a consolation 15 minutes before full-time.
52 Goals scored in matches between the two clubs, with 40 by Everton and just 12 by Swansea.
399 Goals scored by Everton at Goodison Park under David Moyes in all competitions.
All stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1 on Twitter).