#WeekendPreview: Matchday 2

SOUTHAMPTON VS EVERTON

LAST TIME OUT

April 4th, 2015 (Goodison Park): Everton 1-0 Southampton

KEY STATS

  • Southampton are unbeaten in six home Premier League games against the Toffees (W3D3)
  • Everton have failed to score in each of their last three visits to St. Mary’s
  • 11 of Graziano Pelle’s 13 Premier League goals have come at home
  • Jay Rodriguez has scored three goals in his last two PL games at St. Mary’s and will be looking to make his first PL appearance there since March 2014
  • Everton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League away games

TEAM TALK

Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert and Aiden McGeady are all out for Roberto Martinez’ side through injury. Kevin Mirallas is also a doubt after picking up a knock. Southampton will be without the services of Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand and their new signing Jordy Clasie.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Southampton XI: Stekelenburg, Targett, Yoshida, Fonte, Cedric, Tadic, Wanyama, Davis, Rodriguez, Mane, Pelle

EVERTON XI: Howard, Galloway, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Mirallas, Barry, McCarthy, Cleverley, Barkley, Lukaku

Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Everton

WEST HAM VS LEICESTER

LAST TIME OUT

April 4th, 2015 (King Power Stadium): Leicester 2- 1 West Ham

KEY STATS

  • Both Leicester and West Ham are looking to win their opening two games of a Premier League season for the first time since 1997-98
  • The Foxes have won eight of their last 10 PL matches (D1L1)- collecting more wins in this period than in their previous 55 Premier League games (seven wins).
  • West Ham are looking to win back to back Premier League games for the first time in 2015
  • Andy King has scored three goals in four league appearances versus West Ham.
  • Reece Oxford became the second youngest player to start a Premier League game last weekend against Arsenal (16y 263d)

TEAM TALK

Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia are still sidelined with knee injuries and won’t be available. Matthew James is the only absentee for the Foxes, also with a knee injury

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

WEST HAM XI:Adrian, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Reid, Tomkins, Oxford, Noble, Kouyate, Payet, Sakho, Zarate

LEICESTER XI: Schmeichel, Schlupp, Morgan, Huth, de Laet, Mahrez, Drinkwater, King, Albrighton, Vardy,Okazaki

Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Leicester

SWANSEA VS NEWCASTLE

LAST TIME OUT:

25th April 2015 (St James’ Park): Newcastle 2-3 Swansea

KEY STATS

  • Since being promoted to the top flight, Swansea have collected more points against Newcastle than any other side
  • Papiss Cisse has netted four times in four Premier League appearances against the Swans
  • Andre Ayew has scored in eight of his last 14 league appearances (France and England), including four goals in his last six games
  • Newcastle have lost six successive Premier League away games.
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has scored six goals in his last seven games for Swansea

TEAM TALK

Ki Sung-yung is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury while Jordi Amat hasn’t yet recovered from his ankle problem.

Paul Dummet and Remy Cabella will be unavailable for The Toons

PREDICTED LINEUPS

SWANSEA XI: Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Naughton, Ayew, KI.S.Y, Shelvey, Montero, Sigurdsson, Gomis

NEWCASTLE XI: Krul, Haidara, Coloccini, Mbemba, Janmaat, Sissoko, Colback, Anita, Obertan, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic

Prediction: Swansea 3-1 Newcastle

SUNDERLAND VS NORWICH CITY

LAST TIME OUT:

March 22, 2014 (Carrow Road): Norwich 2-0 Sunderland

KEY STATS

  • Sunderland have won just one of their previous six Premier League games against the Canaries
  • Norwich have scored just once in their last six visits to the Stadium of Light
  • Lee Cattermole has been cautioned in 14 of his 29 Premier League appearances since the start of last season (48%); more often than any other player
  • No side won more points (44) or games (13) away from home in the Championship last season than Norwich.
  • Jermain Defoe could make his 400th Premier League appearance in this game- being the 32nd player to reach this landmark and the 23rd Englishman to do so

TEAM TALK

Sunderland are without Jozi Altidore and Jordi Gomez through injury. Wes Brown might make a return to the side depending on his fitness.

Youssouf Mulumbu, Martin Olsson and Kyle Lafferty will all be unavailable for the Canaries

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

SUNDERLAND XI: Pantilimon, van Aanholt, Kaboul, Brown, Jones, Cattermole, Lens, Rodwell, Larsson, Johnson, Defoe

NORWICH XI: Ruddy, Brady, Bassong, Martin, Wittaker, Johnson, Tettey, Dorrans, Howson, Hoolan, Grabban

Prediction: Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

TOTTENHAM VS STOKE

LAST TIME OUT:

May 9th 2015 (Britannia Stadium): Stoke 3-0 Tottenham

KEY STATS

  • Charlie Adam has scored three times and been sent off twice in seven Premier League games against Spurs
  • Harry Kane could make his 50th Premier League appearance in this match and has currently scored 24 goals in 49 PL games
  • Tottenham lost both of their Premier League games against Stoke last season, this after winning the previous three. They also had a player sent off in both games (Vlad Chiriches and Kyle Naughton)
  • Stoke have the highest number of Champions League winners in the Premier League and are level with Chelsea and Manchester United (5)
  • Tottenham fielded the youngest side on Matchday 1, with their average age at 25y 28d old.

TEAM TALK

Danny Rose is the only player facing an extended stay on the sidelines, with Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado expected to be available for selection.

Ryan Shawcross, Erik Pieters and Marko Arnautovic will be unavailable for the Potters.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

SPURS XI: Lloris, Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Walker, Dembele, Bentaleb, Dier, Chadli, Eriksen, Kane

STOKE XI: Butland, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Cameron, Johnson, Walters, Whelan, Van Ginkel, Afellay, Adam, Diouf

Prediction: Spurs 3-2 Stoke

WATFORD VS WEST BROM

LAST TIME OUT:

5th April,2010 (Championship): Watford 1-1 Westbrom

KEY STATS

  • The Hornets are winless in 14 league games against West Brom (D6,L8)
  • This will be the first time Watford and West Brom have met in the top-flight since December 1985
  • Rickie Lambert is only one of two players to have scored a league hat trick versus Watford since the start of 2007-08
  • Odion Ighalo has scored 17 league goals in 2015; more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football this calendar year
  • Only three of Sadio Berahino’s 20 competitive goals for West Brom last season came away from the Hawthorns

TEAM NEWS

Joel Ekstrand and Steven Berghuis are unavailable for Watford while Tony Pulis will have to deal with the continued absence of first choice goalkeeper Ben Foster. Gareth McAuley could make a return to the bench.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

WATFORD XI: Gomes, Holebas, Cathcart, Prodl, Nyom,Layun, Behrami, Capoue, Anya, Ighalo, Deeney

WEST BROM XI: Myhill, Brunt, Lescott, Dawson, Chester, McManaman, Morrison, Fletcher, Gardner,Berahino, Lambert

Prediction: Norwich 2-0 West Brom

CRYSTAL PALACE VS ARSENAL

LAST TIME OUT:

February 21st, 2015: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

KEY STATS

  • Crystal Palace have been beaten in each of their last five Premier League encounters with Arsenal
  • Arsenal’s victories last season in this fixture both came by a 2-1 scoreline, with a goal in the 45th minute both times
  • No player has more Premier League assists in 2015 than Santi Carzola¬† (5)
  • Yannick Bolasie has hit the woodwork (5) on more occasions than he’s scored (4) in the Premier League since the start of 2014-15
  • Arsenal have won 20 points from 10 Premier League London derbies last season while Palace won 11 points.

TEAM NEWS

Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are all sidelined for lengthy spells. Crystal Palace have a clean bill of health.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

CRYSTAL PALACE XI: McCarthy, Souare, Delaney, Dann, Ward, Puncheon, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha, Mutch, Murray

ARSENAL XI: Cech, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Chamberlain, Coquelin, Ramsey, Carzola, Ozil, Walcott

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1- 2 Arsenal

MANCHESTER CITY VS ARSENAL

LAST TIME OUT:

January 31st (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 1- 1 Manchester City

KEY STATS

  • Manchester City have won only two of their last nine against Chelsea in the Premier League.
  • Chelsea have not lost any of their last 28 Premier League games in the month of August
  • Manchester City completed 693 passes in their last game- 212 more than any other team on Matchday 1 of the 2015-16 season
  • Jose Mourinho has won seven and lost just two of the 12 meetings as a coach with Manuel Pellegrini
  • Sergio Aguero has found the net nine times in his last eight Premier League appearances

TEAM TALK

New boy Fabian Delph joins Clichy on the sidelines for City. Yaya Toure picked up a knock but should be fit.

Thibaut Courtois will miss this titanic clash due to suspension after picking up a red card.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

MANCHESTER CITY XI: Hart, Kolarov, Demichelis, Kompany, Sagna, Navas, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Sterling, Silva, Aguero

CHELSEA XI: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahil, Ivanovic, Willian, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard, Oscar, Diego Costa

Prediction: Chelsea 3-2 Manchester City

LIVERPOOL VS BOURNEMOUTH

LAST TIME OUT:

17th December, 2014 (Capital One Cup): Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool

KEY STATS

  • Liverpool have never lost to Bournemouth in six previous cup fixtures. This will be their first league meeting
  • Simon Mingolet has kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League goalkeeper in 2015 (10)
  • No side won more games (13) or collected more points (44) than Bournemouth in the Championship last season
  • Liverpool launched 28 long balls on Matchday 1 against Stoke; 12 more than they averaged in 2014/15 (16)
  • Matt Ritchie assisted more goals than any other player in the Championship in 2014-15 (17)

TEAM TALK

Daniel Sturrigde is still out for the home team. Christian Atsu, Harry Arter and Shaun MacDonald are sidelined for AFC Bournemouth.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

LIVERPOOL XI: Mingolet, Gomez, Lovren, Skrtel, Clyne, Ibe, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Benteke

BOURNEMOUTH XI: Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Elphick, Francis, Pugh, Surman, Gosling, Ritchie, Wilson, King

Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

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