#WeekendPreview: Matchday 5

EVERTON VS CHELSEA

LAST MEETING

February 11, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 1-0 Everton

KEY STATS

  • On home soil, Everton have lost just two of their last seven top-flight encounters with the Blues (W4 D1), albeit with those defeats coming in the last three clashes at Goodison park
  • Chelsea have shipped a total of eight goals in their last three away PL games, twice as many as they conceded in the seven games on the road before that
  • Last season’s meeting between these two sides at Goodison Park ended in a 6-3 win for the Blues- only six games in PL history have produced more goals.
  • Everton have failed to score in two consecutive PL games. They last failed to score in three back in April 2006 when they ultimately went four without scoring
  • Eden Hazard has failed to score in any of his last seven PL games, the second-longest drought of his career (he hit nine games without a goal in September 2013)

TEAM NEWS

Everton will be without Leighton Baines, Tom Cleverley, Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar. The only concern for Jose Mourinho’s men is Brazilian playmaker Oscar.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

EVERTON XI: Howard; Coleman, Oviedo, Stones, Jagielka; Koné, Mirallas; McCarthy, Barkley, Barry; Lukaku

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

Prediction: Chelsea WIN

NORWICH CITY VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH

LAST MEETING

January 10, 2015 (Championship): Bournemouth 1-2 Norwich

 

KEY STATS

  • At Carrow Road, the Canaries haven’t been beaten the Cherries in the league since 1951, losing five and drawing four of the nine meetings since then
  • Bournemouth have suffered just one defeat in their last eight league games on the road (W5 D2)
  • Norwich have only registered one win in their last 11 PL games (D2 L8)
  • Striker Callum Wilson has netted four in his last two leagues games for the Cherries and eight in his last 10
  • There were 10 yellow cards and one red shown in the two meetings between these sides in the Championship last season

TEAM NEWS

Youssouf Mulumbu and Martin Olsson are out through injury for Norwich while the Cherries will be without Max Gradel, Charlie Daniels, Harry Arter and Tyrone Mings.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: DRAW

CRYSTAL PALACE VS MANCHESTER CITY

LAST MEETING:

April 6, 2015 (Selhurst Park): Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

KEY STATS

  • Under Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace have averaged 2.4 pts away from home in the PL but only 1.3 per game at Selhurst Park
  • Manchester City have now won four away PL games in a row. They last won five away games in a row in 1912
  • Crystal palace have won just one of their last six PL clashes with City (L5), although that victory did come last time out
  • Yaya Toure has found the back of the net in each of Man City’s last three games against Crystal Palace
  • The Eagles have won five of their last six top-tier games (L1)

TEAM NEWS

Marouane Chamakh, Fraizer Campbell, Mile Jedinak and Joe Ledley are all sidelined for the Eagles while City may have to travel without Bacary Sagna, Fabian Delph, Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

MAN CITY XI: Hart; Kolarov, Mangala, Kompany, Maffeo; Sterling, Touré; Navas, Silva, Fernandinho; Agüero

PREDICTION: Manchester City WIN

WEST BROM VS SOUTHAMPTON

LAST MEETING:

February 28, 2015 (The Hawthorns): West Brom 1-0 Southampton

KEY STATS

  • At the Hawthorns, the hosts have lost just one of their five PL games against the Saints (W3 D1), with the visitors netting just one goal in total on those five visits
  • Only Newcastle United can equal Southampton’s current run of nine PL away games without a win
  • West Brom have enjoyed just one win in their last four top-tier meetings with Southampton (D1 L2)
  • The last four PL games between these two sides have produced a total of just three goals
  • Only two of Graziano Pelle’s 14 PL goals have come away from St. Mary’s

TEAM NEWS

Ben Foster and James Chester are expected to sit this one out for the home side,while the Saints will travel without Gaston Ramirez, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos. Ryan Bertrand and Jordie Clasie could make the bench

PREDICTED LINEUPS

WEST BROM XI: Myhill; Lescott, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson; McClean, Morrison, Fletcher, Gardner, Yacob; Rondon

SOUTHAMPTON XI: Stekelenburg; Targett, Yoshida, Fonte, Soares; Mane, Ward-Prowse, Romeu; Tadic, Davis; Pelle

PREDICTION: DRAW

ARSENAL VS STOKE CITY

LAST MEETING

January 11, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

KEY STATS

  • The Gunners have won each of their seven home PL games against the Potters, their best 100% home record against any side in the Premier League
  • Under Mark Hughes, Stoke have completed 77.7% of their passes and averaged a 48.6% possession figure compared to a 66.5% passing accuracy and 39.4% possession figure under Tony Pulis
  • The Gunners have posted a league high 65.3% average possession figure this season (Man Utd are second with 59.5%)
  • Arsenal have averaged 2.4 goals in seven home PL games against Stoke (17 goals in total), with the visitors managing only three in total
  • Spanish schemer Santi Cazorla leads the way this season with 16 PL chances created, while since 12/13 (when he joined the PL), he’s racked up a league-high 30 assists

TEAM NEWS

Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are all sidelined through injury while Stoke will travel without Glen Johnson and Ryan Shawcross. Peter Odemwingie is a doubt but could make the bench

PREDICTED LINEUPS

ARSENAL XI: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Bellerín, Mertesacker; Ramsey, Coquelin; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Sánchez; Walcott

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

PREDICTION: Arsenal WIN

WATFORD VS SWANSEA

 

LAST MEETING

March 8, 2011 (Championship): Swansea 1-1 Watford

KEY STATS

  • At Vicarage Road, Watford have lost their last two league meetings with Swansea, after winning each of the three games before that
  • The Swans have kept only one clean sheet in their last six top-tier games on the road
  • The Hornets are without a win in their last four league meetings with Swansea (D2 L2)
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has scored in each of his first four games of the PL season. Only four players have managed to score in their first five (M.Quinn 6, I. Marshall 5, W. Rooney 5, J. Reyes 5)
  • Watford players have racked up 91 interceptions so far this season, more than any other side

TEAM NEWS

Lloyd Dyer and Joel Ekstrand are the only absentees for the home side while Swansea could see the return of in form winger Jefferson Montero.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

WATFORD XI: Gomes; Cathcart, Holebas, Nyom, Prödl; Deeney, Ighalo; Behrami, Capoue, Abdi, Jurado

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

PREDICTION: Swansea WIN

MANCHESTER UNTIED VS LIVERPOOL

 

LAST MEETING

March 22, 2015 (Anfield): Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United
 

KEY STATS

  • Manchester United have registered just one win in their last four top-flight games at Old Trafford (D2 L1), after winning six in a row prior to that
  • Liverpool have won just one of their last seven PL away games (D3 L3) after winning five of the previous six (D1)
  • Manchester United have won five of their last seven PL meetings with Liverpool (L2)
  • Christian Benteke has scored in his last two PL appearances against Manchester United (both for Aston Villa)
  • This will be the 47th PL meetings between these two sides. No two teams have met more often in the competition

TEAM NEWS

Phil Jones and Michael Carrick are the only worries for the home side while Liverpool are without Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan. Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and Adam Lallana may make a return to the side

PREDICTED LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED XI: De Gea; Shaw, Blind, Smalling, Darmain; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Hererra, Mata, Depay; Rooney

LIVERPOOL XI: Mingolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez; Lucas, Can, Milner; Ibe, Firminho; Benteke

PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN

SUNDERLAND VS TOTTENHAM

LAST MEETING

January 17, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland

KEY STATS

  • Under Dick Advocaat, Sunderland have averaged 1.3 points in their six PL home games (W2 D2 L2), after managing 0.64 per game in the 11 home PL games before that under Gus Poyet (W1 D4 L6)
  • Tottenham have failed to score in half of their last eight PL away games and have netted just twice in their last four
  • At the Stadium of Light, the hosts are without a victory in their last five PL meetings with Spurs (D2 L3), conceding exactly two goals in four of those games
  • Tottenham have averaged 2.75 goals per game in their last four PL games against the Black Cats (11 in total)
  • Eight of the 10 goals the Black Cats have conceded in the PL this season have come in the first half

TEAM NEWS

Sunderland are without Adam Johnson, Jordi Gomez and Adam Matthews. Tottenham’s Andros Townsend, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen are doubts but could return to the side.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

TOTTENHAM XI: Lloris; Alderweireld, Walker, Rose, Vertonghen; Chadli, Mason; Dier, Bentaleb, Dembélé; Kane

PREDICTION: DRAW

LEICESTER CITY VS ASTON VILLA

 

LAST MEETING

February 15, 2015 (Villa Park): Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City
 

KEY STATS

  • At home, the Foxes have suffered just one defeat in their last nine PL games against Aston Villa (W4 D4)
  • The Villains have conceded a total of 11 goals in their last four top-tier away games
  • Leicester have enjoyed just one win in their last five PL meetings with Aston Villa (D1 L3)
  • Villa boss Tim Sherwood’s PL managerial win % rate has now fallen below 50% for the first time in his career (48.7%)
  • Leicester have scored 37 top-tier goals in 2015. Only Man City (52), Arsenal (40) and Chelsea (38) have netted more.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

ASTON VILLA XI: Guzan; Clark, Amavi, Hutton, Richards; Westwood, Gueye, Sánchez; Bacuna, Sinclair, Gestede

PREDICTION: Leicester WIN

WEST HAM VS NEWCASTLE UNITED

 

LAST MEETING

May 24, 2015 (St. James’ Park): Newcastle 2-0 West Ham
 

KEY STATS

  • At the Boelyn Ground, the hosts have won just two of their last nine PL games against Newcastle, drawing three and losing four
  • The Magpies have picked up tow points from their last nine top-tier games on the road (D2 L7)
  • West Ham have enjoyed just one win in their last five PL meetings with Newcastle (D2 L2)
  • In the teams’ two meetings last season, Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko was sent off at Upton Park but scored at St. James’ Park
  • The Hammers have been shown six red cards in 10 games this season (all comps), compared to three in 43 matches in 2014-15

TEAM NEWS

Joey O’Brien, Enner Valencia and Alexandre Song are all out for the home team. Andy Carroll is in contention to make a return for West Ham though. Newcastle are without Paul Dummett, Sylvain Marveaux and Emmanuel Riviere.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

WEST HAM XI: Randolph; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Reid, Tomkins; Oxford, Obiang, Kouyate; Payet, Lanzini; Sakho

NEWCASTLE UNITED XI: Krul; Haidara, Coloccini, Mbemba, Janmaat; Sissoko, Colback, Anita; Thauvin, Wijnaldum; Cissé

PREDICTION: West Ham WIN

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