Magic Numbers: Man Utd
A statistical preview of Everton's match at Old Trafford.
Everton make the short trip to Old Trafford on Sunday, aiming to extend their unbeaten start in 2013 to eight games.
Here we preview the fixture with the aid of stats, facts and numbers…
0 Defeats for the Blues from four games against the two Manchester clubs in 2012. Of those matches, David Moyes’ team played United twice, drawing 4-4 at Old Trafford last April and winning 1-0 at Goodison in August.
4 Goals for Leighton Baines in seven matches during 2013, making the full-back Everton’s leading scorer this year. The England international notched against Newcastle United and Cheltenham Town, before hitting a brace in last week’s home win over West Bromwich Albion.
7 Everton’s current unbeaten run on the road in all competitions. The Toffees have not lost away from home since Reading last November when, on the same day, United were beaten at Norwich City – their last Premier League defeat.
16 Times the Toffees have struck the woodwork in the Premier League this season – three more than any other side.
43 Years since the Toffees last completed a home and away league double over Manchester United. This occurred in the title-winning season of 1969/70 – the Blues won 2-0 Old Trafford and 3-0 at Goodison.
50 Years since an Everton player last scored against Manchester United in three successive league matches. Roy Vernon achieved this feat between 1962/63 and 1963/64. Marouane Fellaini will match the Welsh legend should the Belgian score at Old Trafford on Sunday. Curiously, in 2012 the midfielder became the first Everton player to score in away league matches at both Manchester clubs in the same calendar year.
250 Premier League appearances in Everton colours for Tim Howard, should the American goalkeeper appear against his former club.
300 Phil Neville requires one more appearance to reach this total for the Blues.
400 Premier League matches for Sylvain Distin, if the defender appears on Sunday. In a notable achievement, the Frenchman will become the first overseas outfield player to reach that landmark.
599 Away league wins for the Toffees. Fifteen have been at Old Trafford with the most recent a 3-0 victory in August 1992. Robert Warzycha was a scorer that night and the winger still remains the only Polish player to score a Premier League goal.
All stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1).