The Weekend In Numbers: No longer a case of "Lads, it's Tottenham" and Carroll's back at Anfield

Plus Arsenal and Stoke meet

Tottenham, Manchester United, Christian Eriksen, Daley Blind

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen, left, laughs with his former Ajax teammate Manchester United's Daley Blind after winning 3-0 in the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, April 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Another Premier League weekend beckons and we're going to focus on the numbers and trends from three of the fixtures.  

 A tale of two stadiums

Arsenal face Stoke City on Saturday and it's no secret that the Gunners struggle against the Potters.

However, that's only half the story. Arsenal really struggle at the Britannia Stadium where their record reads one win from their last eight away visits. The gap is padded out by four defeats and three draws since Stoke's first Premier League season in 2008-09.

However, Arsenal will be glad that Stoke are the visitors this weekend as Arsene Wenger's side tend to have a better time of it head-to-head at the Emirates.

It's eight wins from eight for Arsenal at home to Stoke and just three matches conceded in that time.

Wenger will be hopeful of nine from nine as Arsenal continue their Premier League title hunt. 

Not a case of "Lads, it's Tottenham" anymore

"He came in and said: 'Lads, it’s Tottenham', and that was it. Brilliant."

That was Roy Keane's recollection of a pre-match team-talk from then-Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson before a game against Spurs.

Tottenham were viewed as a team with little backbone at the time, which is a contrast to these days when they look down on Man United from above.

Ahead of Sunday's meeting at Old Trafford, Tottenham are six points clear. Last season, Mauricio Pochettino's team finished four points clear of United.

In 2013-14, Tottenham finished six points clear, although the following season saw United finish above by that same points margin.

The parity between the clubs is also evident in the way their head to head results have shifted in Spurs' favour.

Since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, Tottenham have won three times, drawn thrice and lost twice. It's not a one-sided record by any means - and two of the wins have come away from home.

But let's not forget how one-sided things were in United's favour, so much so that it prompted Ferguson's quip.

In the entire Premier League era up to August 2012, Tottenham had enjoyed just three league wins against Man United in a space of almost 20 years.

The losses go into the double figures. So it's fair to say that in just three seasons since Ferguson retired, Spurs have matched their wins tally between 1992 and 2012.

It's no longer a case of "Lads, it's Tottenham".

Andy Carroll returns to Anfield 

Andy Carroll got himself on the scoresheet for West Ham at home to Arsenal last Saturday - albeit in a 5-1 humiliation.

But he will be eager to score again when he comes up against Liverpool, where he became something of a transfer scapegoat after his £35 million move from Newcastle.

He has scored two goals against Liverpool - once with Newcastle.

But his last goal against the Reds was in his last match against them for West Ham on January 2nd when he headed in the second in a 2-0 win at the old Boleyn Ground.