#WeekendPreview: Matchday 7

TOTTENHAM VS MANCHESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

May 3, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City

KEY STATS

  • Against Crystal Palace on MD6, Spurs’ starting XI was the youngest of any team in a Premier League game so far in 2015/16 (24y 118d)
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in seven PL appearances against Spurs, his highest tally against any club in the competition
  • Hugo Lloris has conceded 17 goals in five PL games against City, at a rate of  one every 26 minutes
  • Manchester City have scored 27 goals in their last eight PL games against Tottenham- an average of 3.4 a game
  • These two clubs have had the widest spread of nationalities to score a PL goal for them- Man City (40 different nationalities) and Spurs (39)

TEAM NEWS

Nabil Bentaleb and Alex Pritchard are out for the home side while Fabian Delph, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Kelechi Iheanacho won’t travel with the Man City Squad

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

TOTTENHAM XI: Lloris; Alderweireld, Walker, Davies, Vertonghen; Chadli, Lamela; Heung-Min, Dier, Alli; Kane

MAN CITY XI: Hart; Sagna, Kolarov, Mangala, Otamendi; De Bruyne, Sterling; Touré, Navas, Fernandinho; Agüero

PREDICTION: Manchester City WIN

LEICESTER CITY VS ARSENAL

LAST MEETING

February 10, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City

KEY STATS

  • Riyad Mahrez has had a hand in eight goals (five goals, three assists) in the PL this season; more than any other player
  • Only once in the 18 PL meetings have Arsenal failed to score against Leicester
  • The Foxes haven’t beaten Arsenal since their debut season in the PL in 1994/95 (W1 D6 L11)
  • Arsenal have converted just 6.1% of their shots in the PL this season; a lower ratio than any other team
  • Leicester have come from behind to salvage at least a point in four succesive PL games- only one team has managed a longer run than this in PL history; Everton’s six game run between Sept-Nov 2012

TEAM NEWS

Leicester City will have to face the Gunners without Matthew James and Nathan Dyer while Arsenal will lack the services of Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

ARSENAL XI: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Flamini, Cazorla, Ramsey, Sanchez, Ozil; Walcott

PREDICTION: DRAW

LIVERPOOL VS ASTON VILLA

LAST MEETING

April 19 (Wembley): Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool

KEY STATS

  • Liverpool have won 24 PL games against Aston Villa- only against Newcastle (also 24) have they won as many
  • Aston Villa have lost six and won just one of their last eight PL games (D1)
  • Simon Mingolet has kept a clean sheet in 12 of his 25 PL appearances in 2015- only Joe Hart (12) has as many in this calendar year
  • Villa have scored in their last eight successive PL away games; this is after failing to score in the previous six before this run
  • Liverpool are on a four game winless run in the PL (L2 D2)- the last time they failed to win five in a row in the PL under Brendan Rodgers was in his first 5 games as boss (L3 D2)

TEAM NEWS

Christian Benteke, Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan and Dejan Lovren will all sit this one out through injury while Villa will make the trip without Gary Gardner, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Jores Okore, Idrissa Gueye and Angel Crespo

PREDICTED LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez; Lucas, Milner, Coutinho, Ibe; Sturridge, Ings

ASTON VILLA XI: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Clark, Amavi; Westwood, Grealish, Veretout, Ayew, Sinclair; Gestede

PREDICTION: Liverpool WIN

STOKE CITY VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH

LAST MEETING

January 26, 2003 (FA Cup): Stoke 3-1 Bournemouth

KEY STATS

  • 11 of Jonathan Walters’ 13 PL goals since the start of 2014 have come at the Britannia Stadium
  • Bournemouth have covered more ground than any other PL team after six matches so far this season (697km)
  • Chelsea (40) are the only side to have allowed their opponents more shots on target than Stoke (39) in the PL so far this season
  • Callum Wilson has scored five goals in the PL this season, despite only attempting eight shots (excl. blocked)
  • Stoke have won three points from their six PL games so far in 2015-16; their worst ever start to a PL season

TEAM NEWS

Ryan Shawcross is the home side’s only major concern while Bournemouth are still without Max Gradel, Tommy Elphick and Harry Arter

PREDICTED LINEUPS

STOKE XI: Butland; Pieters, Wilson, Cameron, Johnson; Ginkel, Whelan; Arnautovic, Bojan, Shaqiri; Crouch

BOURNEMOUTH XI: Boruc; Daniels, Cook, Distin, Francis; Pugh, Surman, Gosling, Ritchie; Tomlin; Wilson

PREDICTION: Stoke City WIN

WEST HAM VS NORWICH CITY

LAST MEETING

February 11, 2014 (Boleyn Ground): West Ham 2-0 Norwich

KEY STATS

  • The Hammers have an unbeaten PL record against the Canaries at Upton Park (W2 D2)
  • Norwich’s Russell Martin is the top scoring defender in the PL so far this season (3 goals)
  • West Ham have used 24 different players in the PL this season; two more than any other side
  • Norwich City have not won any of their last 13 PL away games in London (D5 L8)
  • Diafra Sakho has scored in four of his five PL appearances in the month of September

TEAM NEWS

West Ham are without Joey O’Brien, Enner Valencia, Alexandre Song and Angelo Ogbonna. Youssouf Mulumbu and Gary Hooper are potential absentees for the visiting side.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: West Ham WIN

MANCHESTER UNITED VS SUNDERLAND

LAST MEETING

February 28, 2015 (Old Trafford): Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland

KEY STATS

  • Anthony Martial could become the first player to score in each of his first three PL apps for Manchester United
  • Sunderland have only defeated the Red Devils on one occasion in their last 26 PL encounters (W1 D6 L19)
  • The Red Devils have scored with all six shots on target in their last two PL games (vs Liverpool and Southampton)
  • After scoring in his first three consecutive matches against Man United in the PL, Jermain Defoe has only managed two goals in 18 PL apps versus them since
  • Manchester United have conceded just two goals in their last five PL home games against Sunderland

TEAM NEWS

Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are out for the home side while the Black Cats travel without Adam Matthews.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

MANCHESTER UNITED XI: De Gea, Blind, Smalling, Jones, Darmian; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Mata, Memphis; Rooney; Martial

SUNDERLAND XI: Pantilimon; Yedlin, Kaboul, Coates, van Aanholt; M’Vila, Cattermole; Toivonen, Lens, Larsson; Borini

PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN

SOUTHAMPTON VS SWANSEA

LAST MEETING

February 1, 2015 (St Marys Stadium): Southampton 0-1 Swansea

KEY STATS

  • The last three PL encounters between these sides has seen the away team win 1-0
  • There have only been seven goals scored in the six PL clashes between the Saints and the Swans
  • Swansea City have won just three of their 16 PL games in the month of September (W3 D4 L9)
  • Southampton have attempted more shots than any other team in the PL this season (83, excl. blocked)
  • Swansea have failed to score in their last two PL games- they last went three PL games without scoring in May 2013 under Michael Laudrup

TEAM NEWS

Gaston Ramirez, Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos and Jordy Clasie are all out through injury for the home side while the Swans currently enjoy a clean bill of health.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: DRAW

NEWCASTLE UNITED VS CHELSEA

LAST MEETING

January 10, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

KEY STATS

  • Newcastle United have won their last three PL home games against Chelsea
  • Jose Mourinho has never won a PL game at St. James’ Park (D2 L3)- the only other PL stadium he’s not won at is the Emirates (D3)
  • Both Chelsea and Newcastle have only used three English players in their opening six games of the PL season- only Watford (2) have used fewer
  • Papiss Cisse has scored four PL goals against Chelsea- only against Stoke and Swansea (also 4) has he scored as many
  • Chelsea have won eight and lost none (D4) of the 12 PL matches that Diego Costa has missed since the start of 2014-15

TEAM NEWS

Newcastle are without Michael Williamson, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, Emmanuel Riviere and Karl Darlow. Thibaut Courtois, Kenedy and Willian are the only absentees for Jose Mourinho’s side

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

NEWCASTLE UNITED XI: Krul; Janmaat, Haidara, Mbemba, Coloccini; Wijnaldum, Sissoko; Colback, Thauvin, Perez; Cisse

CHELSEA XI: Begovic; Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill; Hazard, Pedro; Oscar, Matic, Fabregas; Falcao 

PREDICTION: Chelsea WIN

WATFORD VS CRYSTAL PALACE

LAST MEETING

May 27, 2013 (League Championship Play-Offs): Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford

KEY STATS

  • Odion Ighalo has scored 20 goals in 24 league apps in 2015; more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football
  • Palace have won 15 points in their last seven PL away games (W5 L2), two more than they have won in their last 12 PL home games (13 points)
  • Watford have won just one of their eight PL matches played on a Sunday (W1 D2 L5), but are unbeaten in their last three
  • Crystal Palace have won only four of their 23 PL games in the month of September (W4 D7 L12)
  • Troy Deeney has been directly involved in 33 goals (21 goals; 12 assists) in 48 league apps for Watford since the start of last season

TEAM NEWS

Watford’s only concern is Joel Ekstrand while the Eagles will miss the services of Marouane Chamakh, Mile Jedinak, Joel Ward, Damien Delaney and Joe Ledley.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

WATFORD XI: Gomes; Cathcart, Anya, Nyom, Prödl; Jurado, Deeney; Abdi, Watson, Capoue; Ighalo

CRYSTAL PALACE XI: McCarthy; Delaney, Souaré, Hangeland, Kelly; Cabaye, McArthur; Puncheon, Sako, Zaha; Bolasie

PREDICTION: Crystal Palace WIN

WEST BROMWICH ALBION VS EVERTON

LAST MEETING

January 19, 2015 (Goodison Park): Everton 0-0 West Brom

KEY STATS

  • West Brom have failed to win against the Toffees in their last 5 PL encounters (D3 L2)
  • On the nine occasions Everton have scored first against WBA in the PL, they have remained unbeaten and dropped just two points (W8 D1)
  • 11 of Sadio Berahino’s 15 PL goals since the start of last season have been scored at the Hawthorns (73%)
  • Steven Naismith could make his 100th PL appearance in this match, but just 49 of the previous 99 have been starts.
  • Since Tony Pulis took charge of his first WBA game on January 10th, West Brom have kept more clean sheets in the PL than any other side (14)

TEAM NEWS

West Brom are missing their first choice goalkeeper Ben Foster through a knee injury while Everton have a long list of injured players that include Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson, Tom Cleverley, Muhamed Besic, Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

WEST BROM XI: Myhill; Brunt, Evans, McAuley, Dawson; Fletcher, Yacob, McClean, Morrison, Berahino; Rondón

EVERTON XI: Howard; Stones, Galloway, Browning, Jagielka; Barkley, Barry; Naismith, Koné, McCarthy; Lukaku

PREDICTION: DRAW

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