#WeekendPreview: Matchday 12

AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS NEWCASTLE

LAST MEETING

January 22, 1992 (FA Cup): Newcastle 2(3)-2(4) Bournemouth

KEY STATS

  • Newcastle have won none and lost 10 of their last 12 PL away games, scoring just three goals in that run
  • Eddie Howe’s side have proved to be fast starters with two thirds of their goals netted in the opening half an hour of matches (8 out of 12); the highest proportion in the top flight
  • Newcastle have scored five headed goals from just six headers on target in the PL
  • Bournemouth have covered more distance than every one of their opponents in their 11 PL games so far this season
  • If Newcastle fail to win this match, it’ll be their joint lowest tally of wins (1) from their opening 12 games of a top-flight season alongside 1968-69 and 1898-99

TEAM NEWS

Max Gradel, Callum Wilson, Tommy Elphick and Tyrone Mings are unavailable for the home side due to injures. Newcastle on the other hand are without Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Karl Darrow, Emmanuel Riviere and Robert Elliot

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Bournemouth XI: Federici; Distin, Francis, Smith, Daniels; Gosling, Pugh, Surman, Ritchie; Arter, Murray

Newcastle XI: Elliot; Janmaat, Dummett, Mbemba, Coloccini; Tioté, Anita, Wijnaldum, Sissoko; Pérez, Mitrovic

PREDICTION: Bournemouth WIN

WEST HAM UNITED VS EVERTON

LAST MEETING

May 16, 2015 (Boleyn Ground) West Ham 1-2 Everton

KEY STATS

  • West Ham United haven’t won back to back home PL games since December 2014
  • Everton have lost just two of their last nine PL away games (W4 D3 L2)
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in all six of his appearances for Everton against West Ham (in all competitions), netting in four PL matches and two FA Cup fixtures.
  • Everton have won 10 and lost none of the last 14 top-flight matches against the Hammers (D4).
  • There have been three red cards in the last three league meetings between West Ham and Everton at the Boleyn Ground.

TEAM NEWS

Diafra Sakho, Winston Reid and Alexandre Song are all out for the home side through injury while the Toffees will travel without Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo, Steven Pienaar and Muhamed Besic.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Ham XI: Adrian; Jenkinson, Tomkins, Cresswell, Ogbonna; Kouyate, Noble; Zarate, Payet, Moses; Carroll

Everton XI: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Galloway; McCarthy, Barry, Deulofeu; Barkley, Kone; Lukaku

PREDICTION: Everton WIN

SUNDERLAND VS SOUTHAMPTON

LAST MEETING

May 2, 2015 (Stadium of Light): Sunderland 2-1 Southampton

KEY STATS

  • Since beating Southampton in May, Sunderland have won just one of their last six PL games at the Stadium of Light (W1 D3 L2) and that was last time out against Newcastle
  • Last season Southampton inflicted Sunderland’s heaviest ever PL defeat when they won 8-0 at St Mary’s
  • Sunderland have allowed their opponents 69 shots on target against them this season, more than any other team
  • Sadio Mané has been directly  involved in seven Southampton goals in his last eight PL apps (three goals, four assists)
  • Sunderland have the lowest average possession figure in the PL so far this season (41.7%)

TEAM NEWS

Lee Cattermole and Adam Matthews are Sunderland’s only absentees for this fixture while the Saints will miss the services of Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos, Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez. Victor Wanyama will also be serving a one match ban for the red card he received against Bournemouth.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Sunderland XI: Pantilimon; Coates, O’Shea, Caboul, Yedlin; Rodwell, M’Vila; Van Aanholt, Johnson; Defoe, Fletcher

Southampton XI: Stekelenburg; Soares, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Clasie; Davis, Mane, Tadic; Pelle

PREDICTION: Southampton WIN

NORWICH CITY VS SWANSEA CITY

LAST MEETING

March 29, 2014 (Liberty Stadium): Swansea 3-0 Norwich

KEY STATS

  • There have been 25 goals scored in six PL meetings between Norwich City and Swansea City
  • Swansea have won just one of their last six Premier League away games (W1 D2 L3)
  • Norwich City have won just one of their last eight Premier League matches at Carrow Road (W1 D1 L6)
  • Jonjo Shelvey has fired in 30 shots (inc. blocked), more than any other player who has yet to find the net this season in the PL
  • Cameron Jerome netted Norwich’s goal at Man City last weekend; he hasn’t scored in successive PL appearances since November 2010

TEAM NEWS

Dieumerci Mbokani, Matthew Jarvis and Andre Wisdom are all injured for the home side. Russell Martin will be serving a one match ban for the red card he received against Manchester City last weekend. Swansea are currently enjoying a clean bill of health

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Norwich XI: Ruddy; Whittaker, Bennett, Bassong, Brady; Redmond, Tettey, Mulumbu, Howson; Hoolahan; Jerome

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

PREDICTION: Norwich City WIN

LEICESTER CITY VS WATFORD

KEY STATS

  • Leicester City have lost just two of their last 12 PL home matches (W8 D2 L2) and those defeats came against Chelsea and Arsenal
  • Watford have lost just one of their last eight away trips against Leicester, including play-off games (D2 L5)
  • The Foxes have picked up 10 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other team
  • Nine of the 10 goals Watford have conceded in the Premier League this season have come in the second half
  • In his last 10 PL appearances, Riyad Mahrez has directly been involved in 12 goals (seven scored and five assists)

TEAM NEWS

Matthew James is the only injured player in Leicester City’s squad while Watford are without Juardo. Odion Ighalo is also a doubt after picking up a knock.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: Leicester City WIN

MANCHESTER UNITED VS WEST BROMWICH ALBION

LAST MEETING

May 2, 2015 (Old Trafford): Manchester United 0-1 West Brom

KEY STATS

  • Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals and assisted four more in his last seven PL starts against WBA
  • West Brom have lost just one of their last five PL games against Manchester United (W2 D2 L1). Those two victories have come in their last two trips to Old Trafford
  • Manchester United have kept more clean sheets than any other side in the Premier League this season (7)
  • Only one team has managed to score against West Brom in the Baggies’ five PL away trips this season (Crystal Palace)
  • The Red Devils have only failed to score in three successive PL games on three occasions before; November 1992, April 2005 and August 2007)

TEAM NEWS

Luke Shaw is United’s only long term injury, but Morgan Schneiderlin, James Wilson and Paddy McNair are all doubts to make the squad for Louis Van Gaal this weekend. Antonio Valencia has been ruled out with a foot injury while Matteo Darmian will be serving a one game suspension after receiving his fifth booking of the season. West Brom have only Chris Brunt to worry about in addition to the already injured Ben Forster, who suffered a setback in his recovery and will be sidelined until Christmas.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN

STOKE CITY VS CHELSEA

LAST MEETING

October 27, 2015 (Captial One Cup) Stoke 1(5)-1(4) Chelsea

KEY STATS

  • Mark Hughes’ side have won just one of their last five Barclays Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium (W1 D1 L3)
  • Chelsea have won just two of their last 10 away matches in all competitions (W2 D3 L5) and on of the draws ended in the shoot out defeat by Stoke
  • Jack Butland has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the PL this season (46)
  • Only Sunderland (69) have allowed more shots on target against them than Chelsea in the PL this season
  • If Chelsea lose this game, it’ll be the first time that they’ve lost seven of their opening 12 games in a top-flight season since 1978-79; a season that they were relegated

TEAM NEWS

Mark Hughes will be without Marc Muniesa, Shay Given and Geoff Cameron. Marco Van Ginkel will also sit this one out as he cannot face his parent club, Chelsea. Thibaut Courtois and Falcao will definitely miss this clash, but Branislav Ivanovic might make a return to the squad after stepping up his recovery from a hamstring injury.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Stoke XI: Butland; Pieters, Wollscheid, Johnson, Shawcross; Shaqiri, Adam; Arnautovic, Bojan, Whelan; Walters

Chelsea XI: Begovic; Zouma, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Oscar; Obi Mikel, Hazard, Willian; Costa 

PREDICTION: Stoke City WIN

ASTON VILLA VS MANCHESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

 April 25, 2015 (Etihad Stadium): Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa

KEY STATS

  • The Villains have failed to score in five of the last seven league meetings with the Citizens
  • Manchester City have won seven and lost one of the last eight PL games against Aston Villa
  • Remi Garde will take charge of his first game as Aston Villa manager; he won his first league game in charge of Lyon (3-1 v Nice in August 2011)
  • Kevin De Bruyne has scored three and assisted four goals in his last six PL appearances
  • Aston Villa have lost five and won none of their last six PL games at Villa Park and failed to score in four of those games

TEAM NEWS

Ashley Westwood, Gary Gardner and Gabriel Agbonlahor are Villa’s only injured players but are all expected to be back in the squad by Sunday. Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta are all out for the Citizens, but Spanish play-maker David Silva is expected to return to the side.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Clark, Lescott, Richardson, Hutton; Sánchez, Westwood; Bacuna, Grealish, Sinclair; Agbonlahor

Manchester City XI: Hart; Kompany, Sagna, Kolarov, Otamendi; De Bruyne, Sterling; Touré, Navas, Fernandinho; Bony

PREDICTION: Manchester City WIN

LIVERPOOL VS CRYSTAL PALACE

LAST MEETING

May 15, 2015 (Anfield): Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace

KEY STATS

  • Liverpool won five and lost none of the first seven PL meetings with Palace, but The Eagles have won three and lost just one of the last five
  • Crystal Palace have scored four goals in three PL appearances against Liverpool
  • Christian Benteke has scored in the last 15 minutes of the match in three of his last four PL appearances for the Reds
  • Jordan Mutch has scored three goals in three PL appearances against Liverpool
  • James Milner has run further than any other player in the PL so far this season after 11 matchdays (134.7km)

TEAM NEWS

Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, Jordan Rossiter and Daniel Sturridge are all unavailable for this fixture. Kolo Toure is expected to be back in the squad after picking up a slight hamstring injury. Crystal Palace are without Kwasi Appiah and Marouane Chamakh but Lee Chong-Yong, Pape Souare and Connor Wickham are expected to make the squad.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Moreno, Skrtel, Sakho, Clyne; Coutinho, Milner, Can; Lallana, Leiva; Firmino

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Delaney, Kelly, Dann, Ward; Cabaye, McArthur; Bolasie, Puncheon, Zaha; Gayle

PREDICTION: DRAW

ARSENAL VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

LAST MEETING

September 23, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal

KEY STATS

  • Arsenal have won 13 and lost just two of their last 18 PL games at the Emirates, conceding just nine goals in that run
  • Spurs have won just one of their 22 PL trips to their North London rivals (W1 D8 L13)
  • Since debuting in August 2012, Olivier Giroud has scored the most headed goals in the PL (15)
  • Tottenham have lost just two of their last 10 PL away games (W4 D4 L2)
  • The Gunners have scored 199 and conceded 97 goals in PL London derbies on home soil. They have also earned 399 points from all London derbies

TEAM NEWS

Mikel Arteta, Hector Bellerin, David Ospina, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere are all out of contention for the home side while Spurs travel to their north London rivals without Nabil Bentaleb, Fazio Federico, Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard. Danny Rose and Clinton N’Jie are expected to be back in the squad after picking up minor injuries.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Arsenal XI: Cech; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Monreal, Koscielny; Coquelin, Campbell; Cazorla, Sánchez, Özil; Giroud

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

PREDICTION: DRAW

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