#WeekendPreview: Matchday 6

CHELSEA VS ARSENAL

LAST MEETING

April 26, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

KEY STATS

  • Chelsea are unbeaten against Arsenal in their last seven PL encounters (W4 D3)
  • The Gunners have failed to score in their last four PL matches against the Blues and have managed just two goals in their last seven league games against them
  • Eden Hazard has scored in the Blues’ last two PL clashes with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, with both goals coming in the first half from the penalty spot
  • Arsene Wenger secured his first win over Jose Mourinho in the Community Shield on his 14th attempt in all competitions (D6 L7)
  • Jose Mourinho has never lost successive league home games as a manager- he lost his last league game against Crystal Palace (1-2)

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea’s 1st choice keeper Thiaut Courtois is the only major injury concern for Jose Mourinho while the Gunners travel without Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

CHELSEA XI: Begovic; Rahman, Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill; Matic, Zouma; Hazard, Fabregas, Ramires; Costa

ARSENAL XI: Cech; Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel; Coquelin, Carzola; Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey; Walcott

PREDICTION: DRAW

SWANSEA VS EVERTON

LAST MEETING

April 11, 2015 (Liberty Stadium): Swansea 1-1 Everton

KEY STATS

  • Swansea have won just one of their 23 meetings with Everton in all comps (D7 L15), although that win did come last season in the League Cup (3-0 at home)
  • Everton have conceded just four goals in their eight PL clashes with the Swans (W5 D3)
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has scored 9 goals in his last 11 PL appearances
  • Everton have scored a league high three goals from outside the box in the 2015-16 PL so far
  • The Swans have won just three of their 15 PL games played in September (W3 D3 L9)

TEAM NEWS

Jefferson Montero could make a return for the home team while Everton will have to compete without Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson, Tom Cleverley, Muhamed Besic and Bryan Oviedo

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: Everton WIN

STOKE CITY VS LEICESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

January 17, 2015 (King Power Stadium): Leicester City 0-1 Stoke City

KEY STATS

  • Stoke have suffered just one defeat in their last six meetings in all competitions with Leicester, winning three and drawing two
  • These two sides have only met twice in the PL, with both results ending in a 1-0 win for the team playing away
  • Leicester City have scored four headed goals from just five headers on target in the PL this season
  • Stoke’s total two points from five games is their worst ever start in the PL
  • So far this season, Mahrez has been directly involved in more goals than any other PL player (six- four goals, two assists) and has beaten his opponent with a dribble on a league high 22 occasions

TEAM NEWS

Glen Johnson, Ryan Shawcross and Jonathan Walters are all out with injuries for Stoke while Leicester will make the trip without Matthew James who is nursing an ACL injury

PREDICTED LINEUPS

STOKE XI: Butland, Bardsley, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters, Van Ginkel, Whelan, Shaqiri, Bojan, Diouf, Crouch

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

PREDICTION Leicester City WIN

AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS SUNDERLAND

LAST MEETING

March 17, 1990 (League Two Division) Bournemouth 0-1 Sunderland

KEY STATS

  • These two sides have met six times before in all competitions, with Bournemouth yet to taste victory against the Black Cats (D2 L4)
  • Sunderland have won all three of their previous away games against Bournemouth by a 1-0 scoreline
  • Callum Wilson has scored four goals this season, despite only attempting seven shots (excl. blocked)
  • Jermain Defoe has scored against 34 different teams in the PL and this will be the first time that he’s faced Bournemouth in the competition
  • Bournemouth have conceded a league-high five goals from set-pieces this season so far

TEAM NEWS

Max Gradel, Harry Arter and Tyrone Mings are all out for The Cherries while Sunderland have to cope without Adam Johnson, Steven Fletcher and Adam Matthews.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

SUNDERLAND XI: Pantilimon, Yedlin, O’Shea, Kaboul, Aahholt, M’Vila, Cattermole, Lens, Toivonen, Defoe, Borini

PREDICTION: Sunderland WIN

NEWCASTLE UNTIED VS WATFORD

LAST MEETING

February 27, 2010 (League Championship): Watford 1-2 Newcastle

KEY STATS

  • Newcastle have lost just one of their last 16 league meetings with Watford (W9 D6 L1)
  • Watford have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four PL games
  • In the four PL meetings between these sides, only once has either side scored more than one goal (2-1 win for the Magpies in December 2006)
  • Newcastle have put exactly two goals past Watford in four out of the last five meetings in all competitions
  • Watford striker Odion Ighalo has scored 18 goals in 23 league appearances in 2015- more than any other player in the top four tiers this year

TEAM NEWS

Newcastle are without Michael Williamson, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, Sylvain Marveaux and Emmanuel Riviere. Watford’s only concern is Joel Ekstrand

PREDICTED LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE XI: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Haidara, Colback, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, De Jong, Cisse

WATFORD XI: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Prodl, Anya, Capoue, Waton, Abdi, Jurado, Deeney, Ighalo

PREDICTION: Newcastle WIN

ASTON VILLA VS WEST BROM

LAST MEETING

March 7, 2015 (Villa Park): Aston Villa 2-0 West Brom

KEY STATS

  • Aston Villa have won two of their last three PL games with WBA and have lost just one of their last seven against them (W2 D4 L1)
  • The Baggies have lost just one of their last six PL matches on the road (W3 D2 L1) keeping four clean sheets in that run
  • At Villa Park, both sides have scored in all but one of their nine PL meetings (0-0 in April 2006)
  • Three red cards were shown in the three meetings between these two sides last season- Jack Grealish and Claudio Yacob in the FA Cup at Villa Park and Kirean Richardson in the PL at the Hawthorns
  • Only Coventry (1.02) and Wolves (0.96) have accured fewer points per game on average in PL Midlands’ derbies than the Baggies (1.11). Villa are top with 1.63 per derby game

TEAM NEWS

Gary Gardner, Jores Okore, Adama Traore, Idrissa Gueye and Angel Crespo are all out of contention for the home side while West Brom may have to travel without new signing Jonny Evans

PREDICTED LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA XI: Guzan; Bacuna, Richards, Lescott, Amavi; Westwood, Sanchez; Gil, Grealish, Sinclair; Agbonlahor

WEST BROM XI: Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt; Morison, Fletcher, Yacob, McManaman; Lambert, Berahino

PREDICTION: DRAW

MANCHESTER CITY VS WEST HAM

LAST MEETING

April 19, 2015 (Etihad Stadium): Manchester City 2-0 West Ham

KEY STATS

  • Man City have won their last 11 PL games in a row. The English top-flight record is held by Arsenal with 14 straight wins
  • The Hammers are looking to win three successive PL away games for the first time since September 2007
  • Overall, Man City have lost just one of their last 10 PL clashes with the Hammers (W7 D2)
  • Dimitri Payet has had a hand in 11 goals (four goals, seven assists) in his last 13 league appearances (PL and Ligue 1 combined)
  • Manuel Pellegrini’s side have gone nine hours and 26 minutes of PL football since they last conceded a goal

TEAM NEWS

Fabian Delph, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy are all out through injury while West Ham travel without Joey O’Brien, Enner Valencia, Alexandre Song and Angelo Ogbonna.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

MAN CITY XI: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov; Toure, Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling; Aguero.

WEST HAM XI: Adrian; Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell; Kouyate, Obiang, Noble; Payet, Sakho, Moses.

PREDICTION: West Ham WIN

TOTTENHAM VS CRYSTAL PALACE

LAST MEETING

January 10, 2015 (Selhurst Park): Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

KEY STATS

  • Spurs have lost just one of their last seven PL matches (W3 D3 L1)
  • Palace have won only three of their last 19 PL London derbies away from home (D5 L11), but two of these have come under Alan Pardwe
  • Spurs have won just one of their six home PL clashes with Crystal Palace (D4 L1)
  • Crystal Palace have won just four of their 22 PL games in the month of September (W4 D7 L11)
  • Harry Kane has scored just two goals in his last 13 PL appearances; this after netting 7 in 15 PL apps prior to this run

TEAM NEWS

Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele are all out of contention for Spurs while the Eagles travel will miss the services of Marouane Chamakh, Connor Wickham, Joel Ward, Damien Delaney and Joe Ledley.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Carroll, Son; Alli, Chadli; Kane

CRYSTAL PALACE XI: McCarthy; Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Cabaye, McArthur; Puncheon, Sako, Bolasie; Wickham

PREDICTION: Tottenham WIN

SOUTHAMPTON VS MANCHESTER UNITED

LAST MEETING

January 11, 2015 (Old Trafford): Manchester United 0-1 Southampton

KEY STATS

  • Southampton have been solid at home; winning five and losing just one of their last seven PL games at St Mary’s Stadium
  • Manchester United have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven league games against the Saints
  • When Southampton have conceded first against Manchester United in the PL they have gone on to lose all but one of those matches (D1 L15)
  • Manchester United have covered more ground than any other PL side after five matchdays (578.5 km)
  • Southampton have won just two of their last 11 PL matches (W2 D4 L5)

TEAM NEWS

Ryan Bertrand, Gaston Ramirez, Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos and Jordy Clasie are all out through injury for the home side while the Red Devils make the trip to Southampton without Luke Shaw who was injured while on Champions League duty against PSV Eindhoven

PREDICTED LINEUPS

SOUTHAMPTON XI: Stekelenburg; Fonte, Soares, Dijk, Targett; Rodriguez, Wanyama; Tadic, Ward-Prowse, Davis; Pellè

MANCHESTER UNITED XI: De Gea; Smalling, Blind, Jones, Darmian; Mata, Herrera; Depay, Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Rooney

PREDICTION: DRAW

LIVERPOOL VS NORWICH

LAST MEETING

April 20, 2014 (Carrow Road): Norwich 2-3 Liverpool

KEY STATS

  • Liverpool are on a 10 match unbeaten streak against the Canaries in the PL, winning nine of the last ten matches
  • The last four PL meetings between these two sides have seen five goals or more scored
  • No side has scored as many PL goals against Norwich City as Liverpool (39)
  • Wes Hoolahan has been involved in five of Norwich’s eight PL goals so far this season (four assists, one goal)
  • James Milner has run 62 kilometers in the PL this season; further than any other player

TEAM NEWS

Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Jon Flanagan are going to miss this match for the home side while the visitors will miss the services of Youssouf Mulumbu and Gary Hooper.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Gomez, Skrtel, Lovren; Can, Milner, Leiva; Benteke, Ings, Firmino

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

PREDICTION: Liverpool WIN

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