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Stats give Fergie festive cheer

Stats give Fergie festive cheer

Premier League leaders Manchester United will be hoping to enter the Christmas week with another three points under their belts as they travel to Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.

The Swans have made a bright start to the campaign under new manager Michael Laudrup, but they’re aiming to bounce back after two consecutive defeats.

PowerTable’s unique match prediction formula gives Sir Alex Ferguson’s team a 46 per cent chance of success. Swansea are given a 30 per cent chance of success, with a 24 per cent likelihood of a draw.

Vital statistics

United average 14.18 shots per game, compared to Swansea’s 13 shots per game.

United have a shots-to-goal ratio of 5.60, the best in the league. Swansea are eighth in this category, with a ratio of 8.50.

Sixty-two per cent of Swansea’s corners are from the left wing, more than any other team.

Both teams are slow starters, conceding the first goal in 10 games this season.

It should be a flowing, passing game – United boast the highest pass success rate in the league, with 87.4 per cent. Swansea are third, with 86.3 per cent.

Swansea’s Ki Sung-Yueng has a pass success rate of 92.5 per cent – the third highest in the league – while his team-mate Chico makes the third most interceptions a game, on 3.2 per cent.

Seven of Michu’s goals for Swansea have been in home games, making him the joint top scorer at home.

United’s Michael Carrick is the second most prolific passer, averaging 85.3 passes per game. Paul Scholes is the best man at picking out his colleagues from distance, making 9.4 accurate long balls a game.

Robin van Persie attempts four shots per away game, which is the second most in the league.

More facts and stats are available at powertablesports.com.

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