#WeekendPreview: Matchday 8

CRYSTAL PALACE VS WEST BROMWICH ALBION

LAST MEETING

April 18, 2015 (Selhurst Park): Crystal Palace 0-2 West Brom

KEY STATS

  • The six Premier League meetings between these two sides have followed a pattern of a win for Palace, followed by a draw, followed by a win for West Brom. If the pattern is to continue, the Eagles will need to win
  • West Brom have only failed to find the back of the net in one of their six Premier League clashes with Crystal Palace
  • This will be Alan Pardew’s 26th PL game with Palace, the same number Tony Pulis oversaw at the club in the competition
  • Sadio Berahino has scored in consecutive PL appearances for the first time since March, but he hasn’t scored three in a row since October 2014
  • 13 of the 16 goals in games featuring the Eagles this season have come after half-time (both scored and conceded)

TEAM NEWS

Damien Delaney and Mile Jedinak will be unavailable for the home side while West Brom will travel without Ben Foster and Gareth McAuley.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

CRYSTAL PALACE XI: Hennessey; Hangeland, Dann, Kelly, Souaré; Ledley, Puncheon; Bolasie, Sako, Cabaye; Gayle

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

PREDICTION: DRAW

NORWICH CITY VS LEICESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

February 18, 2012 (FA Cup): Norwich 1-2 Leicester

KEY STATS

  • These sides have met on just two previous occasions in the Premier League, with the two teams earning a home win each back in 1994/95
  • Leicester have scored nine times in their last three matches against Norwich City
  • The Canaries have suffered just one defeat in their last 10 league games against Leicester (W6 D3)
  • Jamie Vardy has scored seven goals in his last eight PL appearances including in each of his last four matches in the competition (five goals)
  • Wes Hoolahan has provided a league high five assists so far this season while he has had a hand in six of Norwich’s 11 PL goals in 2015/16

TEAM NEWS

Youssouf Mulumbu and Gary Hooper are the only concerns for the home side while Leicester only miss Matthew James through injury

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: Norwich WIN

MANCHESTER CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITED

LAST MEETING

February 21, 2015 (Etihad Stadium): Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United

KEY STATS

  • Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 17 PL meetings with Newcastle (W15 D2), their longest-ever run without defeat against a single PL opponent
  • The Magpies have failed to score in any of their last five PL matches against the Citizens
  • Man City have netted two or more goals in each of their last 14 PL clashes with the Magpies (39 scored in total)
  • Newcastle United have won just one of their last 18 PL games (D4 L13)
  • David Silva has netted five goals in the PL against Newcastle (in 10 apps), more than he has managed against any other side

TEAM NEWS

Fabian Delph, Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala are all out of contention for the home side while Newcastle will be without Massaido Haidara, Steven Taylor, Emmanuel Riviere and Karl Darlow

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

NEWCASTLE XI: Krul; Janmaat, Mbabu, Coloccini, Mbemba; Sissoko, Colback; Anita, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic; Pérez

PREDICTION: Manchester City WIN

ASTON VILLA VS STOKE CITY

LAST MEETING

February 21, 2015 (Villa Park): Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke City

KEY STATS

  • Aston Villa have won just two of their last 11 PL meetings with Stoke (D5 L4)
  • Stoke have averaged 1.43 points per game in the PL away at Villa Park. Only away against West Brom have they won more PL points, 2.5 (minimum five games)
  • The Villains have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four PL clashes with Stoke and have netted more than once in just one of their last 12 top-tier games against the Potters
  • This is Stoke’s second worst ever PL start to a season after seven games, with their six-point haul this season two more than they managed in 2008/09 (when they still finished 12th)
  • Midfielder Ashley Westwood is one game shy of his 100th PL appearance for Aston Villa, netting three goals and providing 10 assists so far

TEAM NEWS

Gary Gardner, Jores Okore and Angel Crespo are all sidelined through injury for Aston Villa but Gabriel Agbonlahor might make a comeback. Ryan Shawcross and Xherdan Shaqiri won’t make the traveling squad for Mark Hughes’ men.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA XI: Guzan; Amavi, Clark, Richards, Hutton; Gueye, Sanchez, Westwood; Grealish, Gestede, Traore

STOKE CITY XI: Butland; Pieters, Wollscheid, Cameron, Johnson; Adam, Whelan; Arnautovic, Bojan, Walters; Diouf

PREDICTION: Stoke City WIN

AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS WATFORD

LAST MEETING

August 28, 2013 (Vicarage Road): Watford 2-0 Bournemouth

KEY STATS

  • Bournemouth have won just one of their last six league meetings with Watford (D2 L3) and just two of their last 14 (D4 L8)
  • The Hornets have lost just one of their last 12 league games away from home (W8 D3), netting two or more goals 11 of those fixtures (26 goals in total)
  • The Cherries have lost just one of their last 13 home league games (W7 D5)
  • Watford have posted the lowest chance conversion rate in the top-flight this season (7.9%- five goals from 63 shots)
  • On home soil, the Cherries have now gone two games unbeaten in the league against Watford (W1 D1) after losing four of the five before that (D1)

TEAM NEWS

Max Gradel, Tommy Elphick and Harry Arter will all miss this clash for The Cherries while Watford’s only absentee is Joel Ekstrand

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: Watford WIN

SUNDERLAND VS WEST HAM UNITED

LAST MEETING

March 21, 2015 (Boleyn Ground): West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

KEY STATS

  • Sunderland have won just one of their last six PL games against the Hammers (D3 L2)
  • West Ham haven’t scored more than twice in any of their last 16 league games away to the Black Cats, last scoring three goals against them in 1990 (4-3 loss)
  • The Black Cats are now on a 10-game winless streak in the PL (D4 L6); the longest current run in the competition
  • West Ham players have made four errors leading to goals in the PL this season; more than any other club (Cresswell x2, Noble and Jenkinson)
  • Alongside Jack Colback, Lee Cattermole has the most bookings in the PL since the start of last season (16)

TEAM NEWS

Sunderland’s Adam Matthews is the only absentee with a long term injury while West Ham travel without Joey O Brien, Enner Valencia, Alexandre Song and Angelo Ogbonna

PREDICTED LINEUPS

SUNDERLAND XI: Pantilimon; Kaboul, O’Shea, Jones, van Aanholt; Cattermole; M’Vila, Toivonen, Johnson, Lens; Borini

WEST HAM XI: Adrián; Reid, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Tomkins; Moses, Kouyaté; Noble, Lanzini, Payet; Sakho

PREDICTION: West Ham WIN

CHELSEA VS SOUTHAMPTON

LAST MEETING

March 15, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 1-1 Southampton

KEY STATS

  • Jose Mourinho has never lost a PL game to Southampton (W4 D2)
  • Southampton have won one of their last 13 trips to Stamford Bridge, a 4-2 victory for the Saints in January 2002 (D4 L8)
  • Both PL meetings between these clubs last season ended with a 1-1 scoreline, with all four goals coming in the first half
  • Sadio Mane has provided three assists this season in his seven PL games, as many as he managed in the whole of 2014/15 (30 games)
  • Only in 2000/01 did Chelsea have fewer points after seven games (7) than they have accured this season (8)

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is the only absentee for the home side. Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos and Jordy Clasie will miss this clash for the Saints

PREDICTED LINEUPS

CHELSEA XI: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill, Ivanovic; Hazard, Pedro; Oscar, Matic, Fàbregas; Remy

SOUTHAMPTON XI: Stekelenburg; van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Soares; Tadic, Ward-Prowse; Mané, Davis, Wanyama; Pellè

PREDICTION: Southampton WIN

EVERTON VS LIVERPOOL

LAST MEETING

February 7, 2015 (Goodison Park): Everton 0-0 Liverpool

KEY STATS

  • This fixture has seen the most red cards shown in Premier League history (20); four more than any other PL game
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last eight PL games at Goodison Park, losing 2-0 in October 2010. The last three have ended in draws (W4)
  • Everton have gone nine league games without a victory against their neighbors Liverpool. They’ve not gone 10 games without a victory against the Reds since 1984 (a run of 11 games)
  • Sturridge has the best goals per game ratio (0.65) of any Liverpool player in Premier League history, including Fernando Torres (0.64) and Luis Suarez (0.63)
  • In their last six top-flight fixtures, the Toffees have either scored three goals (three times) and failed to score at all (three times)

TEAM NEWS

Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, Steven Pienaar and Tom Cleverley will be sideliened for this derby while Liverpool have to cope without Dejan Lovren, Roberto Firminho, Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan. Christian Benteke may make a return to the bench.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

EVERTON XI: Howard; Funes Mori, Browning, Jagielka, Galloway; Barry, Naismith; McCarthy, Barkley, Deulofeu; Lukaku

LIVERPOOL XI: Mignolet; Can, Skrtel, Sakho; Clyne, Moreno, Milner, Leiva; Coutinho; Ings, Sturridge

PREDICTION: Everton WIN

ARSENAL VS MANCHESTER UNITED

LAST MEETING

May 17, 2015 (Old Trafford): Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal

KEY STATS

  • Arsenal have won just one of their last 13 PL fixtures against Manchester United (D4 L8)
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in four away games against Arsenal- they’ve never gone five without a loss away to the Gunners in the Premier League era
  • Arsenal have a lower win percentage against Manchester United in the Premier League (24%) than versus any other opponent in the competition
  • Rooney scored his first ever PL goal (Oct 2002), his first PL goal for Man Utd (Oct 2004) and his 100th PL goal (Jan 2010) against the Gunners
  • Arsenal have the two players to have created the most goalscoring chances in the premier league so far this season; Mesut Ozil (29) and Santi Carzola (28)

TEAM NEWS

Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Mathieu Flamini will miss this encounter through injury for the home side while Louis Van Gaal will have to make due without Luke Shaw, who is nursing a double leg fracture.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN

SWANSEA VS TOTTENHAM

LAST MEETING

March 4, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Tottenham 3-2 Swansea

KEY STATS

  • Swansea have taken just one point from their previous eight Premier League games against Spurs, and that was in their first meeting in December 2011
  • Tottenham have won their last seven PL games against Swansea City. They’ve never won eight consecutive games against an opponent in PL history (also seven against Man City between December 2004 and December 2007)
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored 15 and assisted 14 in 58 PL games for Swansea compared to his haul of eight goals and four assists in 57 top-flight games with Spurs
  • The Swans have gone three PL games without tasting victory (D1 L2). They last endured a winless streak of four PL games back in January 2015
  • Erik Lamela has had a hand in three goals in his last three top-flight appearances for Tottenham (one goal, two assists), the same total he managed in his 14 previous PL games (also one goal, two assists)

TEAM NEWS

Swansea are enjoying a clean bill of health and have a full squad available. Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard, Nabil Bentaleb and Moussa Dembele will be unavailable for selection for Tottenham

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: DRAW

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