#WeekendPreview: Matchday 11

CHELSEA VS LIVERPOOL

LAST MEETING

May 10, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

KEY STATS

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six PL meetings with Liverpool, winning three and drawing three
  • Liverpool have failed to score in just one of their last 10 league clashes with the Blues
  • Chelsea have lost two of their last four home league games after going unbeaten in the previous 21 (W15 D6)
  • Liverpool are without a win on their last five top-tier trips to London, losing two and drawing each of the last three
  • Jose Mourinho has only won one of his previous four meetings with Jurgen Klopp, all in the 12/13 Champions League (D1 L2), including the semi-final where Dortmund beat Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate.

TEAM NEWS

Thibaut Courtois is the only long term absentee in the Chelsea squad alongside  Branislav Ivanovic. Diego Costa and Pedro expected to be back for this clash.

The Reds will be without Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Jordan Rossiter, Joe Gomez and Jon Flannagan

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Chelsea XI: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Zouma; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Costa

Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Moreno, Skrtel, Sakho, Clyne; Can, Lucas, Milner; Coutinho, Lallana; Benteke

Prediction: DRAW

SWANSEA VS ARSENAL

LAST MEETING

May 11, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 0-1 Swansea

KEY STATS

  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last three PL meetings with Arsenal (W2 D1), after losing three of the five before that (W2)
  • The Gunners have scored on each of their four PL visits to Liberty Stadium (W2 L2)
  • Bafetmbi Gomis scored the winning goal in both of Swansea’s meetings with Arsenal last season in the PL
  • Arsenal have scored 1999 goals in all competitions under Arsene Wenger
  • Garry Monk’s side are without a win in three home league games (D2 L1); their worst run since last February (also three games). They’ve never gone four without a victory at home under their current boss

TEAM NEWS

Wayne Routlege is Swansea’s only injury concern, although he is expected to be back in the squad in time for this fixture.

Arsenal are still without Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott are also major doubts to make the squad

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Swansea XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor; Shelvey, Ki; Montero, Sigurdsson, Ayew; Gomis

Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Coquelin; Cazorla, Ozil, Snachez; Giroud

PREDICTION: Swansea WIN

WEST BROMWICH ALBION VS LEICESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

April 11, 2015 (The Hawthorns): West Brom 2-3 Leicester City

KEY STATS

  • West Brom have won just two of their last six league games against Leicester City at the Hawthorns, losing four
  • Leicester have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 14 league clashes with the Baggies
  • All eight of West Brom’s PL goals this season have come either in the 15 minutes before half-time or the 15 minutes after the break (four in each period)
  • In-form striker Jamie Vardy has netted in each of his last seven PL appearances, a run bettered only three times before- Ruud van Nistelrooy in Aug 2003 (10) and Jan 2002 (8) and Daniel Sturridge in Feb 2014 (8)
  • Since taking charge of his first West Brom game on Jan 10th 2015, Tony Pulis has seen his side keep 16 clean sheets; three more than any other side

TEAM NEWS

Ben Foster and James Morrison are the only injured players for the Baggies, while the Foxes only concern is Matthew James.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: West Brom WIN

CRYSTAL PALACE VS MANCHESTER UNITED

LAST MEETING

May 9, 2015 (Selhurst Park): Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United

KEY STATS

  • Crystal Palace have never won a Premier League game against Manchester United, drawing two and losing 10 (including each of the last four)
  • Louis Van Gaal’s charges have lost just one of their last six league games (W4 D1 L1), keeping three clean sheets in the process
  • Three of the four goals that Palace have scored in their last six PL games have been a Yohan Cabaye penalty
  • Spanish schemer Juan Mata scored in both of Manchester United’s PL games against Crystal Palace last season
  • The Eagles have managed a total of just one goal in their last five top-tier clashes with the Red Devils and have failed to score in nine of the 12 PL clashes overall

TEAM NEWS

Marouane Chamakh, Connor Wickham and Joel Ward will all miss this fixture for the Eagles, while Pape Souaré is a major doubt. 

The Reds are without Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, James Wilson, Memphis Depay and Paddy McNair.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Kelly, Mariappa, Dann, Hangeland; Cabaye, McArthur; Puncheon, Sako, Bolasie; Campbell

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian; Herrera Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin; Mata, Martial; Rooney

PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN

MANCHESTER CITY VS NORWICH CITY

LAST MEETING

February 8, 2014 (Carrow Road): Norwich 0-0 Manchester City

KEY STATS

  • Manchester City have lost just two of their 14 PL clashes with Norwich, winning seven and drawing five
  • Norwich City are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet in the PL this season
  • The Citizens have enjoyed just two victories in their last five PL fixtures (L2 D1) after winning each of the 11 prior to this run
  • Norwich players have scored a total of three own-goals in the Canaries’ last four top-tier clashes with the Citizens
  • In his last 27 league appearances (Premier League and Bundesliga combined), De Bruyne has had a hand in 25 goals (11 goals, 14 assists)

TEAM NEWS

Pablo Zabaleta, Fabian Delph, Samir Nasri, David Silva and Sergio Aguero will almost certainly miss this fixture for the Citizens, while Norwich’s only concern is Dieudonne Mbokani Bezua

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Manchester City XI: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Toure; Sterling, Silva, Bruyne; Bony

Norwich City XI: Ruddy; Martin, Bassong, Bennett, Olsson; Brady, Dorrans, Tettey, Redmond; Howson; Jerome

PREDICTION: Manchester City WIN

NEWCASTLE UNITED VS STOKE CITY

LAST MEETING

February 8, 2015 (St. James Park): Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

KEY STATS

  • Newcastle are without a win in their last three PL clashes with Stoke (D1 L2), scoring just once in the process, after winning four of the previous five
  • The Potters have picked up three wins in their last four Premier League games (W3 L1); this after failing to win any of the six before that
  • Since the start of 2014/15, Newcastle have picked up 10 red cards in the PL, three more than any other side
  • Peter Crouch scored in both of the Potters’ league meetings with Newcastle last season
  • Newcastle have thrown away seven points from leading positions in the top-flight this season; only Aston Villa have dropped more (8)

TEAM NEWS

Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Jack Colback, Emmanuel Riviere and Karl Darl0w are all out for the home side while Stoke will make the trip without Marc Muniesa. Geoff Cameron and Bojan Krkic might make the squad if they manage to shake off their minor injuries

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Newcastle XI: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrovic

Stoke XI: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Adam, Whelan, Shaqiri, Krkic; Arnautovic, Joselu

PREDICTION: Stoke City WIN

WATFORD VS WEST HAM UNITED

LAST MEETING

March 7, 2012 (Championship): West Ham 1-1 Watford

KEY STATS

  • Watford have won just one of their last 22 league meetings with West Ham, drawing four and losing 17
  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last 11 league visits to Vicarage Road (W8 D3), last suffering a league defeat away to Watford in April 1985 (0-5)
  • Odion Ighalo has been involved in each of Watford’s last seven PL goals (five goals, two assists)
  • No West Ham player has been involved in more goals in their first 10 PL apps for the club than Dimitri Payet (eight- scored five, assisted three); level with Ian Wright and Diafra Sakho
  • Watford have used a league-low two English players this season in the PL (Troy Deeney and Ben Watson)

TEAM NEWS

Manuel Juardo and Joel Ekstrand are out of contention for the home side while West Ham are without Alexandre Song. Winston Reid is also a doubt after picking up a knock.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Watford XI: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Watson, Capoue, Anya, Deeney, Abdi, Ighalo

West Ham XI: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Zarate, Payet, Sakho, Carroll

PREDICTION: West Ham WIN

EVERTON VS SUNDERLAND

LAST MEETING

May 9, 2015 (Goodison Park): Everton 0-2 Sunderland

KEY STATS

  • Everton have enjoyed just one victory in their last five PL games against Sunderland, drawing one and losing three
  • The last five top-tier meetings between these two sides have produced  a total of just seven goals (two for Everton, five for Sunderland)
  • Everton have lost two consecutive PL games; they last lost three in a row back in January 2015
  • Sunderland have enjoyed just one win in their last 13 top-flight games (D5 L7), although that victory did come last time out against rivals Newcastle (3-0)
  • With three goals and three assists this season; Ross Barkley has already equaled his best-ever haul of goal involvements in a single PL campaign (also six in 2013/14)

TEAM NEWS

Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Steven Pienaar and Muhamed Besic are all out through injury for Everton while the Black Cats are without Fabio Borini, Jack Rodwell, John O’Shea, Younes Kaboul, Adam Matthews and Ola Toivonen

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Everton XI: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Galloway, Jagielka; McCarthy, Barkley; Deulofeu, Cleverley, Lennon; Lukaku

Sunderland XI: Pantilimon; Yedlin, Jones, Kaboul, O’Shea; Johnson, M’Vila; Toivonen, Cattermole, Lens; Fletcher

PREDICTION: DRAW

SOUTHAMPTON VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH

LAST MEETING

March 12, 2011 (League One): Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton

KEY STATS

  • Southampton are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Bouremouth (W4 D1)
  • The Cherries have failed to score on five of their eight visits to Southampton in the league
  • The two sides have never met before outside the third tier of English football, with their last meeting coming in March 2011 (3-1 away win for Saints)
  • Eddie Howe’s side have won just one of their last seven PL games, losing four and drawing two
  • Sadio Mané has been directly involved in seven Southampton goals in his last seven appearances (three goals, four assists)

TEAM NEWS

The Saints are without Jay Rodriguez, Shane Long Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos while Bournemouth make the trip to the South Coast without Max Gradel, Tommy Elphick and Callum Wilson

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

Bournemouth XI: Boruc; Distin, Cook, Francis, Daniels; Surman, Gosling, Ritchie, Pugh; Murray; King 

PREDICTION: Southampton WIN

TOTTENHAM VS ASTON VILLA

LAST MEETING

April 11, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Tottenham 0-1 Aston Villa

KEY STATS

  • Tottenham have lost just one of their last 13 PL games against Aston Villa (W9 D3), although that defeat came last time out (0-1 at home in April 2015)
  • The Villains have bagged a total of just two goals on their last six trips to White Hart Lane to face Spurs
  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine PL games (W4 D5) and remain the only side unbeaten since the opening matchday (when they lost to Manchester United)
  • The Villains are enduring their longest current losing streak of any PL side, failing to pick up a single point in their last six games
  • Spurs hitman Harry Kane has bagged four goals in his last four PL games after netting just one of his previous 32 shots (incl. blocked) in the competition in 2015/16

TEAM NEWS

Tom Carroll, Nacer Chadli, Alex Pritchard, Federico Fazio and Heung-Min Son will miss this clash through injury for the home side while Aston Villa make the trip without Ciaran Clark, Gary Gardner and Jores Okore

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Lescott, Richardson, Hutton, Richards; Agbonlahor, Bacuna; Ayew, Gueye, Grealish; Gestede

PREDICTION: Tottenham WIN

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s