#WeekendPreview: Matchday 4

NEWCASTLE VS ARSENAL

LAST MEETING:

March 21st, 2015 (St. James’ Park): Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

KEY STATS

  • The Magpies have won just two of their 11 Premier League matches at St. James Park in 2015 (W2 D4 L5)
  • Olivier Giroud has scored eight goals in six Premier League Apps against Newcastle; more than versus any other team
  • Newcastle have won none of their last eight PL home games against the Gunners(D4 L4)
  • Arsenal have taken 19 points from the last 21 available on the road in the Premier League
  • Arsene Wenger and Steve McClaren have met 10 times as opposition coaches in the Premier League with the Englishman winning one to the Frenchman’s nine victories.

TEAM NEWS

Sylvian Marveaux and Emmanuel Riviere are out of the clash for the Magpies due to injury while Arsenal will lack the services of Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck. Laurent Koscielny may make a return.

PREDICTED LINE UPS:

NEWCASTLE UNITED XI: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Taylor, Haidara; Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum, Perez, Obertan; Mitrovic

ARSENAL XI: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud

PREDICTION: Arsenal WIN

CHELSEA VS CRYSTAL PALACE

LAST MEETING:

May 3rd, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace

KEY STATS

  • This will be Jose’s 100th Premier League home game in charge of Chelsea. He has won 76 and lost just one of the previous 99
  • Crystal Palace have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last seven Premier League away games
  • The Blues have won nine and lost just one of the 12 Premier League meetings between Palace and Chelsea.
  • Alan Pardew has won four of his last seven PL matches as a coach against Chelsea (W4 L3). The three defeats and one victory in that run came at Stamford Bridge
  • Chelsea have scored 199 goals at Stamford Bridge in PL London derbies, the joint-most on home soil of any of the capital clubs level with Arsenal

TEAM NEWS

Victor Moses is Chelsea’s only long term injury concern while Palace will have to travel without Marouane Chamakh, Connor Wickam, Fraizer Campell and Mile Jedinak.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

CHELSEA XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill; Hazard, Willian; Pedro, Matic, Fàbregas, Costa

CRYSTAL PALACE XI: McCarthy; Ward, Delaney, Souaré, Dann; Sako, McArthur; Zaha, Cabaye, Puncheon; Murray

Prediction: Chelsea WIN

AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS LEICESTER CITY

LAST MEETING:

1st February, 2014 (Championship): Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester City

KEY STATS

  • All eight league meetings between Leicester and Bournemouth have been won by a single goal margin
  • Leicester City have won the last four league meetings in a row with Bournemouth
  • The Foxes have won three and lost none of their last four PL away games; they have never gone five on the road without defeat in the competition
  • Defeat by Aston Villa on the opening day ended a run of 10 home games without defeat in the league for Bournemouth (W6 D4)
  • Riyad Mahrez has scored six goals in his last six PL appearances, including four in his three PL games in 2015-16 so far

TEAM NEWS

Bournemouth’s only concern is Harry Arter’s thigh problem while the Foxes are without Matthew James for this one.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

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

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

PREDICTION: Bournemouth WIN

ASTON VILLA VS SUNDERLAND

LAST MEETING:

March 14th, 2015 (Stadium of Light): Sunderland 0-4 Aston Villa

KEY STATS

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored five goals in his last five PL appearances against Sunderland
  • Sunderland have scored just one goal in their last seven PL games against Villa, failing to find the net in the last four meetings in a row
  • Aston Villa have won just four of their last 18 PL matches at Villa Park, losing the last two by a 0-1 scoreline
  • The Black Cats are currently on a six game winless streak (D3 L3), this after winning three of the first six games that Dick Advocaat was in charge
  • If Aston Villa fail to win this match, Tim Sherwood’s PL win ratio will fall below 50% for the first time ( in his 39th game)

TEAM NEWS

Notable absentees for Aston Villa include Gary Gardner, Jores Okore, Adama Traore and Angel Crespo. Sunderland will be without Adam Johnson, Steven Fletcher, Younes Kaboul, Jordi Gomez and Adam Matthews.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

ASTON VILLA XI: Guzan; Clark, Bacuna, Amavi, Richards; Westwood, Gueye, Sánchez; Gestede, Grealish, Agbonlahor

SUNDERLAND XI: Pantilimon; Coates, Aanholt, Jones, O’Shea; M’Vila; Rodwell, Cattermole, Defoe, Lens; Graham

PREDICTION: Aston Villa WIN

MANCHESTER CITY VS WATFORD

LAST MEETING:

25th January, 2014 (FA Cup): Manchester City 4-2 Watford

KEY STATS

  • Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last five Premier League home appearances, netting seven times in those games
  • Watford have won just three of their 39 PL away matches (W3 D7 L29)
  • The Citizens have won 14 and lost just one of their last 18 PL home games, winning the last 8 in a row
  • Watford are only the ninth newly-promoted side to remain unbeaten in their opening three games of a Premier League season. Only five of the previous eight have gone unbeaten after four games
  • City have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight PL games at the Etihad, scoring 26 and conceding two in that run

TEAM NEWS

One injury apiece to both sides, with City’s Pablo Zabaleta nursing a knee injury and Watford’s Joel Ekstrand with the same.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

MANCHESTER CITY XI: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Delph, Fernandinho, Navas, Nasri, Silva; Aguero

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

PREDICTION: Manchester City WIN

STOKE VS WEST BROM

LAST MEETING:

March 14th, 2015 (The Hawthorns): West Brom 1-0 Stoke City

KEY STATS

  • Stoke have won more PL games versus WBA (7) than against any other opponent in their six seasons in the division
  • West Brom have only scored five goals in 12 PL matches against Stoke City
  • Current boss Mark Hughes has a 35% win percentage in charge of Stoke, compared to the 29% PL win rate that former gaffer Tony Pulis enjoyed in the Potteries
  • West Brom have failed to score in four of the six PL trips to Britannia Stadium, including the last three in a row
  • Mame Biram Diouf has scored three goals in three PL games against West Brom

TEAM NEWS

Ryan Shawcross and Peter Odemwingie are doubts for Stoke, while Ben Foster and Chris Brunt will miss this clash for West Brom

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

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

WEST BROM XI: Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt; McManaman; Fletcher, Morrison, Yacob, McClean; Rondón 

PREDICTION: Stoke WIN

LIVERPOOL VS WEST HAM

LAST MEETING:

January 31st, 2015 (Anfield): Liverpool 2-0 West Ham

KEY STATS

  • Liverpool have won nine and lost two of their last 14 Pl games at Anfield, with only one team (Sunderland) keeping a clean sheet in that run
  • West Ham have won none of their last 42 league visits to Anfield, losing 31
  • Christian Benteke has been involved in the most aerial challenges in the PL so far (51), closely followed by West Ham’s Diafra Sakho (46)
  • West Ham have been given five red cards in their nine competitive games this season, compared to three in 43 games in 2014-15
  • In top-flight history, the Hammers’42 game winless away strak at Liverpool is only lower than Stoke’s 52 game winless run at Liverpool (which is also current)

TEAM NEWS

Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Jon Flanagan are all out for the home side while West Ham will travel without Andy Carroll, Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

LIVERPOOL XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Gomez; Lucas, Milner, Can; Firmino, Coutinho; Benteke

WEST HAM XI: Randolph; Tomkins, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Payet, Jarvis; Sakho

PREDICTION: Liverpool WIN

TOTTENHAM  VS EVERTON

LAST MEETING:

May 24th, 2015 (Goodison Park): Everton 0-1 Tottenham

KEY STATS

  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last six PL games at home to Everton (W4 D2)
  • Everton have failed to score in three of their last four PL games with Spurs
  • Spurs have beaten Everton more times (22) in the PL than any other opponent and scored more goals (66) against them than versus any other team too
  • Following a run of eight defeats in nine PL games on the road, the Toffees have now lost just one of their last five (W3 D1 L1)
  • Harry Kane has scored just two goals in his last 11 PL appearances. in the 11 PL apps before this, he had scored 14 goals

TEAM NEWS

Andros Townsend and Christian Eriksen are doubts for Spurs while Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar and Brendan Galloway are all out for the visiting side through injury

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

SPRUS XI: Lloris; Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Walker; Dier, Dembélé; Chadli, Mason, Lamela; Kane

EVERTON XI: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Browning, Jagielka; Cleverley, McCarthy; Barkley, Barry, Koné; Lukaku

PREDICTION: DRAW

SOUTHAMPTON VS NORWICH CITY

LAST MEETING:

March 15th, 2014 (St Mary’s Stadium): Southampton 4-2 Norwich

KEY STATS

  • Southampton have lost just one of their last nine meetings with Norwich City in all competitions (W3 D5 L1)
  • Victory at Sunderland two weeks ago ended a run of 11 PL away games without a win for the Canaries ( D3 L8)
  • Southampton have picked up a league-high 10 yellow cards in the opening three match-days of the season
  • Of current Premier League teams, Norwich (31%) have drawn the highest proportion of games in the competition
  • Southampton have won just one of their last nine PL games (W1 D3 L5)

TEAM NEWS

Ryan Bertrand, Gaston Ramirez, Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos and Jordie Clasie will sit this one out for the Saints while Youssouf Mulumbu, and Martin Olsson are the only concerns for Norwich

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

SOUTHAMPTON XI: Stekelenburg; Yoshida, Fonte, Caulker; Romeu, Targett, Davis, Wanyama, Soares; Mané, Pellè

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

PREDICTION: DRAW

SWANSEA CITY VS MANCHESTER UNITED

LAST MEETING:

February 21, 2015 (Liberty Stadium): Swansea 2-1 Manchester United

KEY STATS

  • Swansea City won both PL meetings with Man Utd last season, ending a run of eight league games without a win over them (D2 L6)
  • Manchester United have failed to score in three of their last five PL games on the road
  • Swansea have won three of the last four meetings with Man Utd in all competitions, all by a 2-1 scorelin
  • Sergio Romero has started his PL career with three clean sheets- the last goalkeeper to keep four in his first four PL apps was Anders Lindegaard (Oct-Dec 2011)
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has scored eight goals in his last nine PL games for Swansea

TEAM NEWS

Ki Sung-yueng and Jordi Amat will be out of action for the home side while Phil Jones is the only absentee for the Red Devils

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

SWANSEA CITY XI: Fabianski; Williams, Taylor, Fernández, Naughton; Ayew, Sigurdsson; Cork, Shelvey, Montero; Gomis

MANCHESTER UNITED XI: Romero; Shaw, Darmian, Smalling, Blind; Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin ; Depay, Hererra, Mata; Rooney

PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN

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