#WeekendPreview: Matchday 3

MANCHESTER UNITED VS NEWCASTLE

LAST MEETING:

March 4th, 2015 (St James’ Park): Newcastle 0-1 Manchester United

KEY STATS

  • Manchester United have won five of their last six Premier League clashes with Newcastle and have lost just two of their last top-tier encounter with the Magpies
  • Newcastle have only ever enjoyed one Premier League victory at Old Trafford in their 21 visits, with that 1-0 win coming in Dec 2013
  • The Red Devils have won 15 of their last 19 PL games at Old Trafford
  • The Magpies have managed just two goals in total in their last four league encounters with the Red Devils
  • Wayne Rooney has scored 12 goals and assisted seven more in 20 PL appearances against Newcastle

TEAM TALK

Phil Jones remains Van Gaal’s only worry injury wise while Marcos Rojo is not fit enough to feature. Sylvain Marveaux and Emmanuel Riviere are unavailable for the Magpies. Vurnon Anita and Paul Dummet could make a return to the bench. Daryl Janmaat is suspended.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

UNITED XI: Romero, Shaw, Blind, Smalling, Darmian, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Depay, Januzaj, Valencia, Rooney

NEWCASTLE XI: Krul, Williamson, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Taylor, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Cisse

Prediction: Manchester United WIN

CRYSTAL PALACE VS ASTON VILLA

LAST MEETING:

January 1st 2015 (Villa Park): Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

KEY STATS

  • Crystal Palace have only lost one of their last six PL encounters with Aston Villa, winning three and drawing two
  • The last four top-tier clashes between these two sides have produced just three goals in total
  • Aston Villa are looking to win back to back away games in the PL for the first time since their opening two away trips last season
  • The Eagles have lost four of their last five PL games at Selhurst Park, conceding exactly two goals in each of these defeats
  • Aston Villa attempted just nine shots (excl. blocked) in their first two games in 2015-16; fewer than any other PL team

TEAM NEWS

Julian Speroni and Fraizer Campbell still continue to nurse injuries for The Eagles. Gary Gardener, Joes Okore and Angel Crespo won’t be available for Tim Sherwood’s team this weekend.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

CRYSTAL PALACE XI: McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Zaha, Puncheon, Cabaye, McArthur, Sako, Wickham

ASTON VILLA XI: Guzan, Bacuna, Richards, Grealish, Amavi, Veretout, Gueye, Westwood, Ayew, Agbonlahor, Gestede

Prediction: DRAW

WEST HAM VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH

LAST MEETING:

13th October, 1999 (Worthington Cup): West Ham 2-0 Bournemouth

KEY STATS

  • This will be the first league meeting between West Ham and Bournemouth since April 1990 and only their third overall in league competition
  • Bournemouth have not won any of their previous five competitive meetings with the Hammers (D2 L3)
  • Mark Noble has been fouled 10 times in the opening two match days of the 2015-16 season; three more times than any other player.
  • The Cherries have given PL appearances to 10 different English Players in their opening two games of 2015-16; more than any other side
  • Goalkeeper Adrian will miss this match for west ham following his red card against Leicester- the Spaniard had started each of the last 58 PL matches for the Hammers

TEAM NEWS

Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia are unavailable for West Ham while Christian Atsu and Shaun Macdonald remain doubts for the Cherries.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

WEST HAM XI: Randolph, Jenkinson, Reid, Ogbonna, Creswell, Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Payet, Lanzini, Sakho

BOURNEMOUTH XI: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, O’Kane, Surman, Tomlin, Gradel, Wilson

Prediction: West Ham WIN

NORWICH CITY VS STOKE CITY

LAST MEETING:

March 8th, 2014 (Carrow Road): Norwich 1-1 Stoke

KEY STATS

  • Norwich have lost just one of their last 10 league meetings with Stoke City at Carrow Road
  • The last seven league meetings between these two sides have seen a total of just nine goals scored
  • Stoke have collected only three points from 18 available in their last six PL away games
  • The last time that Norwich won as many as two PL games in August within the same season was in 1993-94 (3)
  • On the last occasion that these two sides met in the PL, Jon Walters scored and as then sent off; his only Premier League dismissal

TEAM NEWS

Youssouf Mulumbu is out with a metatarsal fracture, but Martin Osslon could make a return for Norwich. Ryan Shawcross is still unavailable due to a back injury for Stoke.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

NORWICH XI: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Brady; Redmond, Tettey, Dorrans, Howson; Hoolahan; Jerome

STOKE XI: Butland; Johnson, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters; Whelan, Van Ginkel, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic; Diouf

Prediction: Stoke City WIN

SUNDERLAND VS SWANSEA CITY

LAST MEETING:

February 7th, 2015: Swansea 1-1 Sunderland

KEY STATS

  • Sunderland have kept a clean sheet in three of their four Premier League home games against the Swans
  • Swansea City have lost just one of their eight Premier League games against Sunderland
  • Sunderland have not won a Premier League home game after conceding the first goal since December 2011 (vs Blackburn), losing 20 and drawing eight of the 28 matches since
  • Andre Ayew has scored in nine of his last 15 league appearances (Ligue 1 & PL combined); including five goals in his last seven games.
  • Sunderland have scored just 11 goals in 11 PL games under Dick Advocaat

TEAM NEWS

West Brown could make a return to the side but Jordi Gomez Garcia-Penche is still unavailable for Sunderland. Jordi Amat is the only long term concern for Gary Monk.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

SUNDERLAND XI: Pantilimon, Jones, O’Shea, Kaboul, Aanholt, Larsson, Cattermole, M’Vila, Lens, Fletcher, Defoe

SWANSEA XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Williams, Fernandez, Taylor, Shelvey, Cork, Montero, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Gomis

Prediction: Swansea WIN

LEICESTER CITY VS SPURS

LAST MEETING:

March 21st, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Tottenham 4-3 Leicester

KEY STATS

  • Leicester City have won four successive home games- they haven’t won five in a row since April 1984
  • Tottenham have won 10 points from a possible 12 in their last four PL games against the Foxes
  • Leicester City have never won their opening three matches in a top-flight season
  • Harry Kane has scored four PL goals against Leicester City; more than any other opponent
  • Leicester City have won 28 PL points since April 1st 2015; more than any other side

TEAM NEWS

Matthew James is the only worry for the Foxes, while Spurs expect a return for Andros Townsend. Danny Rose is still unavailable.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

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

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

Prediction: DRAW

WEST BROM VS CHELSEA

LAST MEETING:

May 18th, 2015 (The Hawthorns): West Brom 3-0 Chelsea

KEY STATS

  • No team has defeated WBA more often in the Premier League than Chelsea (13 wins, level with Arsenal)
  • No team has won the top-flight after gaining exactly one point from their opening two games since Liverpool in 1981-82
  • Tony Pulis has won two Premier League games against Jose Mourinho- no manager has won three PL games against the Portuguese
  • 17 of Sadio Berahino’s 20 competitive goals for West Brom in 2014-15 came at the Hawthorns, including two in a 3-0 win over Chelsea in May
  • Chelsea have allowed their opponents a league high 18 shots on target so far in the 2015-16 PL campaign

TEAM NEWS

Ben Foster and Gary McAuley are West Brom’s only worries. Chelsea are currently enjoying a clean bill of health.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

WEST BROM XI: Myhill, McAuley, Dawson, Brunt, Olsson, Gardner, Fletcher, Morrison, Yacob0, Berahino, Lambert

CHELSEA XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Willian, Hazard, F├ábregas, Matic, Ramires, Costa

PREDICTION: DRAW

EVERTON VS MANCHESTER CITY

LAST MEETING:

January 10th, 2015 (Goodison Park): Everton 1-1 Manchester City

KEY STATS

  • The Toffees have kept six clean sheets in their last 10 Premier League home matches
  • Manchester City have won only three of their previous 18 PL trips to Goodison Park
  • Roberto Martinez has won only two points in 12 Premier League games against Manchester City as a manager
  • Since his debut in August 2010, David Silva has provided more Premier League assists than any other player (49) and has a league hih 467 chances created
  • Arouna Kone has had a hand in more PL goals (3) in his last two appearances for Everton than he did in his previous 17 (2)

TEAM NEWS

Everton have a long injury list, with Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, Kevin Mirallas and Muhamed Besic all out. City are without their new boy Fabian Delph, while Gael Clichy still nurses an ankle injury

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

MANCHESTER CITY XI: Hart, Kompany, Mangala, Sagna, Fernandinho, Navas, Toure, Sterling, Silva, Aguero

Prediction: Everton WIN

WATFORD VS SOUTHAMPTON

LAST MEETING:

February 25th, 2012 (Championship): Watford 0-3 Southampton

KEY STATS

  • Watford have lost just one of their last six competitive meetings at Vicarage Road against Saints
  • In the last season that these two sides met (2011-12), Southampton won both home and away without conceding a goal in each either match
  • The next goal scored at Vicarage Road will be the 100th PL goal scored at the home of Watford
  • Just two of Graziano Pelle’s 13 PL goals have come away from home
  • Watford have made more interceptions than any other side in the PL in the opening two matches (58)

TEAM NEWS

Joel Ekstrand, Steven Berghuis and Almen Abdi will miss this clash for Watford while Ryan Bertrand, Gaston Ramirez, Fraser Forster and Jordie Clasie will be unavailable for Ronald Koeman’s side

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

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

SOUTHAMPTON XI: Stekelenburg, Targett, Yoshida, Fonte, Cedric, Tadic, Wanyama, Davis, Long, Mane, Pelle

Prediction: Southampton WIN

ARSENAL VS LIVERPOOL

LAST MEETING:

April 4th, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool

KEY STATS

  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games against Liverpool
  • Only Manchester United (21) have secured more Premier League wins against Arsenal than Liverpool (16)
  • Liverpool have only allowed their opponents three shots on target in their two PL games in 2015-16 so far; fewer than any other side
  • Liverpool vs Arsenal has seen more hat-tricks than any other fixture in Premier League history (5)
  • Liverpool have won each of their last four PL games on a Monday, keeping a clean sheet in their last three

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal are without Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere. Danny Welbeck could make a return to the bench.

Liverpool will be missing the services of Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Jon Flanagan who are all injured

PREDICTED LINEUPS

ARSENAL XI: Cech, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Carzola, Coquelin, Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey, Giroud

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

Prediction: Arsenal WIN


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