#WeekendPreview: Matchday 10

WEST HAM UNITED VS CHELSEA

LAST MEETING

March 4, 2015 (Boleyn Ground): West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

KEY STATS

  • West Ham have won just one of their last 18 Premier League London derbies against Chelsea (W1 D3 L12)
  • Chelsea have conceded a league high five headed goals in the Premier League in 2015-16
  • This is West Ham’s best ever start to a PL season after nine games (17 points), while it’s Chelsea’s second worst ever start to a PL campaign after nine games (11 points)
  • Chelsea have not conceded a single goal in any of their last five PL matches against the Hammers; last conceding in a 1-3 defeat in Dec 2012
  • The Hammers have lost their last three Premier League London derbies at home

TEAM NEWS

Alexandre Song and Winston Reid are out of contention due to injury, while Victor Moses Cannot face parent club Chelsea due to conditions of loan deal and therefore will be ineligible.

Thibaut Courtois, Branislav Ivanovic are on Chelsea’s long-term injury list and will not feature, but Pedro and Loic Remy are in contention to make a return to the squad

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Ham XI: Adrián; Tomkins, Cresswell, Jenkinson, Collins; Moses, Kouyaté; Lanzini, Noble, Payet; Sakho

Chelsea XI: Begovic; Rahman, Terry, Azpilicueta, Zouma; Loftus-Cheek, Fàbregas; Willian, Hazard, Remy; Costa

PREDICTION: DRAW

LEICESTER CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE

LAST MEETING

February 7, 2015 (King Power Stadium): Leicester 0-1 Crystal Palace

KEY STATS

  • Leicester have enjoyed just one win in their six Premier League games against Crystal Palace, losing four and drawing one
  • Crystal Palace have conceded the highest proportion of goals in the final 15 minutes of PL games this season (50%- five of 10)
  • The Foxes have scored a league-high tally of six goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season
  • Palace have averaged 2.25 points per game away from home under Alan Pardew (W9 D0 L3) compared to 1.27 points per game at home (W6 D1 L8)
  • Jamie Vardy will be looking to become only the fifth different English player to score in 7+ successive Premier League games after Alan Shearer (7), Ian Wright (7), Mark Stein (7) and Daniel Sturridge (8)

TEAM NEWS

Matthew James and Leonardo Ulloa will miss this clash for the home side while Palace will be without Kwasi Appiah, Marouane Chamakh, and Connor Wickham. Defender Joel Ward is a doubt but may make the bench.  Dwight Gale will be serving a one match ban for the red card received against West Ham.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Albrighton, Kante, Drinkwater, Schlupp; Vardy, Okazaki

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Souare; Cabaye, McArthur, Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Bamford 

PREDICTION: Leicester City WIN

ASTON VILLA VS SWANSEA CITY

LAST MEETING

March 21, 2015 (Villa Park): Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea

KEY STATS

  • Aston Villa have won just one of their eight PL meetings with Swansea (D3 L4), losing each of their last three and failing to score in the last two
  • Swansea City have collected just two points from their last five PL away games (D2 L3)
  • The Villains have failed to score in four of their last five PL home games
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has now failed to score in five successive PL appearances after scoring nine goals in his previous 10 games in the competition
  • Tim Sherwood has lost 14 of his 22 Premier League games in charge of Aston Villa; Paul Lambert didn’t lose his 14th game in charge of Villa in the competition until his 28th game

TEAM NEWS

Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gary Gardner, Jores Okore and Ciaran Clarke are all out through injury for the Villains while Swansea’s Wayne Routledge is a major doubt for the trip

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Richardson, Hutton, Richards, Lescott; Westwood, Ayew; Gueye, Gil, Grealish; Gestede

Swansea XI: Fabianski; Rangel, Taylor, Fernández, Williams; Ayew, Montero; Shelvey, Cork, Barrow; Gomis

PREDICTION: Swansea City WIN

STOKE CITY VS WATFORD

LAST MEETING

15 March, 2008 (Championship): Watford 0-0 Stoke City

KEY STATS

  • Stoke City have won exactly half (21) of their 42 PL home games under Mark Hughes’ management (D10 L11)
  • Watford are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Stoke (W3 D2) and have kept a clean sheet in all five of these games
  • Stoke have failed to score in their last thee league games at the Britannia Stadium against the Hornets (L2 D1)
  • Games involving Watford have seen just 16 goals scored this season in the Premier League; a league-low
  • Jack Butland has made more saves than any other goalkeeper this season in the PL (39)

TEAM NEWS

Shay Given, Jonathan Walters and Ryan Shawcross are Stoke’s only injury concerns but could all make a comeback. Mame Mbiram Diouf is on compassionate leave following the death of his mother

Joel Ekstrand and Juardo will miss the trip to the Liberty Stadium through injury.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Stoke City XI: Butland; Pieters, Wollscheid, Cameron, Johnson; Adam, Whelan, Arnautovic, Bojan, Shaqiri; Joselu

Watford XI: Gomes; Ake, Prodl, Cathcart, Nyom; Abdi, Behrami, Capoue, Anya; Deeney, Ighalo

PREDICTION: Stoke City WIN

NORWICH CITY VS WEST BROMWICH ALBION

LAST MEETING

September 23, 2015 (Capital One Cup): Norwich 3-0 West Brom

KEY STATS

  • Norwich have won just three of their last nine league games against West Brom (L6), although these victories have come in the last five meetings
  • The Baggies have netted just one goal in total in their last three Premier League games against the Canaries
  • This will be the two sides’ second clash in just over a month, following Norwich’s Capital one Cup 3-0 win in September
  • WBA have kept five clean sheets in their last eight PL games, but in the other three games during this run they’ve conceded eight goals in total
  • At Carrow Road, the hosts have lost four of their last five clashes with West Brom (W1)

TEAM NEWS

Youssuf Mulumbu, Gary Hooper and Lewis Grabban are all major doubts for this fixture while West Brom will have to travel without Ben Foster and James Morrison.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Norwich XI: Ruddy; Martin, Olsson, Bassong, Whittaker; Redmond, Dorrans; Howson, Tettey, Brady; Mbokani

West Brom XI: Myhill; Evans, Brunt, McAuley, Dawson; McClean, Fletcher, Sessegnon, Yacob; Berahino, Rondón 

PREDICTION: DRAW

ARSENAL VS EVERTON

LAST MEETING

March 1, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 2-0 Everton

KEY STATS

  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 16 PL meeting with Everton (W9 D6)
  • The Toffees have lost only one of their last 6 PL games versus Arsenal with four of these games ending in a draw (W1 L1)
  • Arsenal have had more touches in the opposition box than any other side in the Premier League this season (329)
  • Everton have scored five goals courtesy of substitutes in the PL this season, more than any other side
  • Cech has now kept 167 PL clean sheets, just two away from David James’ record (169) in the competition

TEAM NEWS

Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere will miss this one for the Gunners while Everton travel to London without Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic, Tony Hibbert and Tom Cleverley, although the latter could be available after stepping up his recovery with the reserve side.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Arteta; Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud

Everton XI: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Galloway; McCarthy, Barry; Lennon, Barkley, Naismith; Lukaku

PREDICTION: Arsenal WIN

SUNDERLAND VS NEWCASTLE UNITED

LAST MEETING

April 5, 2015 (Stadium of Light): Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle

KEY STATS

  • Sunderland have now won the last five Tyne-Wear derbies in league competitions; their best ever run against Newcastle United
  • Newcastle have managed to score just one goal in their last 537 minutes of football against Sunderland
  • Sam Allardyce has never lost his opening PL home game in charge of a club (W3 D1)
  • Georginio Wijnaldum scored as many goals in his last Premier League appearance (4) as Sunderland have in their last six PL games combined (4)
  • These two sides have allowed the most shots on target by opponents this season in the Premier League; Newcastle (55), Sunderland (53)

TEAM NEWS

Adam Matthews is Sunderland’s only long term injury, with Jack Rodwell and Duncan Watmore likely to return to the squad for the derby

Newcastle have a lengthy list of sidelined players, with Karl Darlow, Emmanuel Riviere, Curtis Good, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan and Steven Taylor all out of contention.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Sunderland XI: Pantilimon; Kaboul, Yedlin, O’Shea, Jones; Borini, M’Vila; Larsson, Cattermole, Gómez; Fletcher

Newcastle XI: Elliott; Mbemba, Coloccini, Janmaat, Dummett; Tioté, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Colback; Pérez, Mitrovic

PREDICTION: DRAW

MANCHESTER UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

April 12, 2015 (Old Trafford): Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City

KEY STATS

  • Wayne Rooney is 30 years old on the day before this match- no player has scored as many PL goals has he has by the age of 30 (187)
  • Manchester City are looking for their 50th competitive win in the Manchester Derby (W49 D50 L69)
  • Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in Manchester derbies (all comps); more than any other player in this fixture
  • Kevin De Bruyne has 23 assists in 41 league appearances since the start of last season; three more than any other player in the top five European leagues
  • The last 10 Manchester derbies in all competitions have seen 41 goals scored (4.1 goals per game)

TEAM NEWS

Paddy McNair, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are all out for the home side while their noisy neighbors travel without Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy. Samir Nasri is a doubt after picking up an injury last time out.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Jones, Rojo; Carrick, Schneiderlin, Hererra; Mata, Memphis, Rooney; Martial

Manchester City XI: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure; De Bruyne, Navas, Sterling; Bony

PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN

AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

LAST MEETING

February 16, 1957 (FA Cup): Bournemouth 3-1 Tottenham

KEY STATS

  • This will be only the second competitive meeting between Bournemouth and Spurs, with the first coming in an FA Cup tie in 1957 that the south coast side won 3-1
  • Tottenham have lost just one of the last seven PL games that they’ve played on a Sunday (W4 D2 L1)
  • Glen Murray has scored nine PL goals in 22 apps in 2015, compared to one goal in 16 PL apps before this year
  • Spurs are the only side to have remained unbeaten following the opening matchday; winning three and drawing five since their MD1 defeat at Old Trafford
  • Bournemouth have scored in each of their last seven PL games

TEAM NEWS

The Cherries are without Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Tommy Elphick. Artur Boruc and Lee Tomlin are doubts but may make the squad.

Spurs will miss the services of Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli,Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard and Son Heung Ming.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Bournemouth XI: Federici; Daniels, Francis, Cook, Distin; Smith, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman; Murray; O’Kane

Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Alderweireld; Lamela, Eriksen; Alli, Dembélé, Chadli; Kane

PREDICTION: DRAW

LIVERPOOL VS SOUTHAMPTON

LAST MEETING

February 22, 2015 ( St. Marys Stadium): Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

KEY STATS

  • Liverpool have enjoyed three PL wins in a row over Southampton, conceding just one goal in the process; that being scored by Nathaniel Clyne (who now plays for Liverpool)
  • Just three of Graziano Pelle’s 17 PL goals have come away from home (18%)
  • The Reds ran 116km in their first game under Jurgen Klopp last weekend; further than they had run in any single PL game since the start of 2013-14
  • Southampton have attempted more open play crosses than any other side in the opening nine matchdays of the 2015-16 season (171)
  • James Milner has created 20 goalscoring chances for the Reds; more than any other player for the club

TEAM NEWS

Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, and Jordan Rossiter are all out of contention for the home side. Christian Benteke, Dejan Lovren and Roberto Firminho may make a return to the side if they recover in time.

The Saints travel to Liverpool without Fraser Forster, Florin Gardosh and Shane Long. Maarten Stekelenburg is a major doubt for a rerturn.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Liverpool XI: Mingolet; Moreno, Sakho, Skrtel, Clyne; Can, Leiva, Milner; Coutinho, Lallana; Benteke

Southampton XI: Davis; Bertand, van Dijk, Fonte, Soares; Wanyama; Mane, Davis; Tadic, Ward-Prowse; Pelle

PREDICTION: DRAW

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