#WeekendPreview: Matchday 16

NORWICH VS EVERTON

LAST MEETING

October 27, 2015 (League Cup): Everton 1(4)- 1(3) Norwich

KEY STATS

  • Five of the last seven meetings between Norwich City and Everton in all competitions have ended as draws, including the League Cup tie played at Goodison Park earlier this season, which was decided on penalties
  • Norwich have won one of the last 10 league meetings with Everton (W1 D5 L4)
  • Everton have lost just one of their last eight top-flight away matches (W3 D4 L1)
  • Romelu Lukaku has now scored 50 goals in 100 competitive appearances for Everton, with these goals coming against 20 different opponents. If he scores in this match, Norwich will be the 21st different team he’s scored against for the Toffees in all competitions
  • Only AFC Bournemouth’s Andrew Surman (183.5km) has run further than Everton midfielder Gareth Barry (177.7km) in the league this season

TEAM NEWS

Everton will hand a late fitness test to James McCarthy (hip) who has missed the last two matches, while Norwich have no new reported injuries.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Norwich XI: Rudd; Bassong, Bennett, Olsson, Wisdom; Brady, Tettey, Howson, Dorrans, Redmond; Grabban

Everton XI: Howard; Stones, Galloway, Funes Mori, Coleman; Barkley, Deulofeu; Barry, Koné, Cleverley; Lukaku

PREDICTION: Everton WIN


CRYSTAL PALACE VS SOUTHAMPTON

LAST MEETING

March 3, 2015 (St. Mary’s Stadium): Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

KEY STATS

  • Crystal Palace have won back-to-back Barclays Premier League matches at Selhurst Park once since April 2014
  • Southampton have lost just one of their last seven league away matches (W2 D4 L1), which was a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City in their last fixture on the road
  • Crystal Palace have won none of their 13 top-flight meetings with Saints (D4 L9)
  • Sadio Mane has scored in both of his BPL appearances against Crystal Palace
  • The Eagles have failed to score in six of their last seven league matches against Southampton

TEAM NEWS

Saints boss Ronald Koeman confirmed that goalkeeper Fraser Forster is back in training after a nine-month absence with a knee injury but is not ready to return this weekend, while Palace report no new injuries.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Souaré, Dann, Ward, Delaney; McArthur, Cabaye, Jedinak; Wickham, Puncheon, Bolasie

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

PREDICTION: DRAW


WEST HAM UNITED VS STOKE CITY

LAST MEETING

April 11, 2015 (Boleyn Ground): West Ham 1-1 Stoke

KEY STATS

  • West Ham United have won two of their last eight Barclays Premier League home matches (W2 D3 L3), but they are unbeaten in the last five
  • Stoke have not conceded a league goal while Ryan Shawcross has been on the pitch this season (407 minutes)
  • The Potters have kept six clean sheets in their last eight BPL matches
  • This match pits the team with the highest proportion of attempts from set-pieces this season (West Ham – 35.8%) against the team with the highest ratio of attempts from open play (Stoke – 16.3%)
  • The injured Dimitri Payet has created 47 goalscoring chances for West Ham in the PL this season- no other Hammers’ player has created more than 19

TEAM NEWS

West Ham defender Winston Reid and the on-loan Victor Moses (both hamstring), will both miss the match on Saturday after joining the likes of Dimitri Payet (ankle), Diafra Sakho (thigh), Manuel Lanzini (thigh) and Enner Valencia (ankle) in the treatment room.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes will once again be without Peter Crouch (hamstring) and Shay Given (knee). Peter Odemwingie is doubtful but defender Marc Muniesa should be fit, both players having been afflicted by hamstring problems.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Ham XI: Adrián; Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell, Ogbonna; Moses; Zárate, Kouyaté, Noble, Song; Carroll

Stoke XI: Butland; Johnson, Wollscheid, Pieters, Shawcross; Arnautovic, Cameron; Afellay, Shaqiri, Whelan; Bojan 

PREDICTION: Stoke City WIN


 

MANCHESTER CITY VS SWANSEA CITY

LAST MEETING

May 17, 2015 (Liberty Stadium): Swansea 2-4 Manchester City

KEY STATS

  • Manchester City have won 13 and lost two of their last 15 Barclays Premier League home matches
  • Swansea City have won one of their last eight away outings in the competition (W1 D2 L5)
  • Manchester City have fired in more shots on target than any other team in the PL so far this season (99)
  • The Swans have earned three penalties so far this season in PL; all of them have been scored by different players (Shelvey, Gomis and Sigurdsson)
  • Yaya Toure has scored four goals in the last three league encounters between Man City and Swansea

TEAM NEWS

City boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that defender Martin Demichelis will be in the matchday squad after he missed the UEFA Champions League tie against Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek as a precaution. But Fernando, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta are all ruled out of this weekend’s match. However, the match will come too soon for striker Sergio Aguero to make his comeback.

Eder missed the Leicester match with an ankle injury but Swansea face no fresh fitness concerns.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Manchester City XI: Hart; Sagna, Kolarov, Otamendi, Demichelis; Fernando, De Bruyne; Sterling, Silva, Fernandinho; Bony

Swansea XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Taylor, Bartley, Williams; Ayew, Sung-yueng; Routledge, Sigurdsson, Britton; Gomis

PREDICTION: Manchester City WIN


SUNDERLAND VS WATFORD

LAST MEETING

February 12, 2005 (Championship): Sunderland 4-2 Watford

KEY STATS

  • Sunderland are unbeaten in their last six league matches against Watford (W4 D2)
  • Odion Ighalo has been directly involved in 11 goals (nine scored, two assists) in 15 BPL appearances, already more than any other Watford player in the history of the competition
  • Sunderland have not won successive league matches at the Stadium of Light since May 2014. They have won six of the following 27 matches on home soil (W6 D10 L11)
  • Watford now have six victories in the league this season, equalling the most they have ever enjoyed in a full BPL campaign (1999/00)
  • Sunderland have now allowed their opponents to have the most shots on target so far this season (91)

TEAM NEWS

Midfielders Lee Cattermole (back) and Sebastian Larsson (knee) will miss out for the home side, but striker Jermain Defoe is expected to be available after a hamstring problem.

For Watford, long-term knee injury victim Joel Ekstrand is back in training, but not expected to return to the first team until 2016. Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin (knee) is also still sidelined.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Sunderland XI: Pantilimon; Kaboul, O’Shea, Coates; van Aanholt, M’Vila, Yedlin, Toivonen; Watmore, Borini, Fletcher

Watford XI: Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Aké, Britos; Watson, Anya, Capoue, Jurado; Deeney, Ighalo

PREDICTION: DRAW


 

AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS MANCHESTER UNITED

LAST MEETING

February 22, 1989 (FA Cup): Manchester United 1:1 Bournemouth

KEY STATS

  • AFC Bournemouth have played Manchester United eight times, all in cup competitions, and have won just once (W1 D2 L5). This victory was a shock FA Cup third round win under Harry Redknapp’s management in January 1984 (2-0)
  • Man Utd have had eight goalless draws across all competitions in 2015, their highest tally in a calendar year since 2005 (10)
  • AFC Bournemouth have conceded the joint-most goals in the BPL this term (30 – alongside Newcastle United), while Man Utd have conceded the fewest (10)
  • Juan Mata has created 24 chances for Man Utd in the top flight this season, twice as many as any other player for the club (Wayne Rooney is the next most with 12)
  • AFC Bournemouth have won one of their seven Barclays Premier League home matches (W1 D3 L3)

TEAM NEWS

AFC Bournemouth themselves have been forced to cope with a substantial injury list but Lee Tomlin (groin) and Sylvain Distin (illness) could return against United, while Tommy Elphick (ankle) is progressing well from an ankle injury. Mark Pugh (calf), Christian Atsu (shin) and Adam Federici (ankle) are set to be sidelined, along with long-term absentees Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings and Max-Alain Gradel (all knee).

Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian joined United’s lengthy injury list this week, the England defender playing through the pain of a groin problem in the closing stages against Wolfsburg after the Italy full-back had been substituted with a hamstring problem. Both are set for further tests ahead of the match on Saturday. Captain Wayne Rooney (ankle), Morgan Schneiderlin (hip), Ander Herrera (hamstring), Phil Jones (foot) Luke Shaw (leg), Antonio Valencia (ankle) and Marcos Rojo (shoulder) are all out. Bastian Schweinsteiger will also miss the match, as well as subsequent matches at home to Norwich and away to Stoke, through suspension after deciding not to contest a charge of violent conduct following the West Ham draw.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Bournemouth XI: Boruc; Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith; Arter; Gosling, Stanislas, Ritchie, Surman; King

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Borthwick-Jackson, Blind, McNair, Varela; Mata, Lingard; Pereira, Fellaini, Carrick; Martial

PREDICTION: DRAW


 

ASTON VILLA VS ARSENAL

LAST MEETING

May 30, 2015 (Wembley): Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

KEY STATS

  • Aston Villa have gone 14 matches without a win, the longest run without a victory in their league history (1888-present)
  • Arsenal have lost none of their last 16 top-flight visits to Villa Park (W9 D7). Only three teams have ever enjoyed better unbeaten away records in Football League history (Liverpool at Sunderland – 20 matches, Manchester United at Aston Villa – 20, Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur – 17)
  • Aston Villa have earned more points away from home against Arsenal (20) than they have at home (18) in the PL era
  • Mesut Ozil has both scored and assisted in his last two league outings against Aston Villa. Only against Everton (one goal, three assists) has he had a hand in as many goals as he has in meetings with Villa (two goals, two assists)
  • Since he first became a regular in the Aston Villa side at the start of 2012-13, Brad Guzan has conceded more goals in the PL than any other goalkeeper (202)

TEAM NEWS

Jordan Amavi (knee), Angel Crespo (knock), Gary Gardner (fitness) and Micah Richards (knee) are all out for Sunday’s clash for the home side.

Arsenal were boosted by the return of Theo Walcott during their midweek European assignment but Santi Carzola, Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez all remain sidelined until at least after Christmas.

 

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Aston Vila XI: Guzan; Hutton, Bacuna, Okore, Lescott; Sanchez, Gueye, Veretout; Sinclair, Gestede, Ayew

Arsenal XI: Cech; Koscielny, Bellerín, Mertesacker, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell; Flamini, Özil, Ramsey; Giroud

PREDICTION: Arsenal WIN


 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS NEWCASTLE UNITED

LAST MEETING

April 19, 2015 (St James Park): Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham

KEY STATS

  • Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in their last nine Barclays Premier League home matches (W5 D4 L0)
  • Newcastle United have won one of the last 14 league away fixtures (W1 D2 L11), scoring five and conceding 35 in that run
  • Spurs are unbeaten in 14 league matches (W6 D8), their best run in the top flight since March 1985
  • None of the last 18 league meetings between these two sides at White Hart Lane have ended as a draw (11 Spurs wins and seven for Newcastle, including the last two)
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s side have hit the target with 59% of their shots at goal, the highest percentage in the top flight this season

TEAM NEWS

Alex Pritchard is the only confirmed absentee for the home side, with Ryan Mason (ankle), Eric Dier (foot) and Moussa Dembele (illness) are all expected to be back in action after recovering from their injuries.

Newcastle are still without first choice keeper Tim Krul (knee), Rolando Aarons (foot), Emmanuel Riviere (knee), Curtis Good (hip), Massaido Haidara (knee), Jamaal Lascelles (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (hamstring), Chiek Tiote (knock) and Michael Williamson (hamstring).

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

Newcastle XI: Elliot; Janmaat, Dummett, Mbemba, Coloccini; Colback, Anita, Wijnaldum, Sissoko; Demba Cissé; de Jong

PREDICTION: Spurs WIN


 

 

LIVERPOOL VS WEST BROMWICH ALBION

LAST MEETING

April 25, 2015 (The Hawthorns): West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

KEY STATS

  • Liverpool have won 19 and lost two of the last 25 league matches against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield
  • The Baggies’ last four league away wins have all been by a 1-0 scoreline
  • Liverpool have won eight of their last 24 league matches (W8 D7 L9), this after winning eight of their nine previous nine
  • Liverpool have won eight of their last 24 league matches (W8 D7 L9), this after winning eight of their nine previous nine
  • In the last 24 BPL matches, West Brom (30) have taken just one point less than Liverpool (31)

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns, although Jordon Ibe missed the trip to Switzerland due to illness and is a doubt. Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) is out due to his latest injury setback, but Henderson and Philippe Coutinho came through unscathed on Thursday.

West Brom’s Stephane Sessegnon (hamstring) will not travel to Merseyside, although Saido Berahino could earn a recall after impressing Pulis with his attitude by playing and scoring for the club’s Under-21s on Monday.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Moreno, Skrtel, Lovren; Firmino, Ibe; Milner, Allen, Leiva; Benteke

West Brom XI: Myhill; Brunt, Olsson, Dawson, McAuley; Fletcher, McClean, Evans, Sessegnon, Morrison; Rondón

PREDICTION: DRAW


 

LEICESTER CITY VS CHELSEA

LAST MEETING

April 29, 2015 (King Power Stadium): Leicester 1-3 Chelsea

KEY STATS

  • Leicester City have won seven and lost one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League home matches
  • Jose Mourinho’s side have won one of their last eight league away matches (W1 D2 L5)
  • Jamie Vardy has scored or assisted in 13 consecutive BPL games, beating Stan Collymore’s run of 12 set between March and August 1995
  • Chelsea have won the last six BPL meetings with Leicester
  • Since losing to Chelsea in April, Leicester have lost one of their last 19 BPL matches (W12 D6 L1)

TEAM NEWS

Radamel Falcao remains sidelined for the Blues, while Leicester’s Matthew James and Ritchie de Laet(ankle) will miss the trip to Stamford bridge.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Fuchs, Morgan; Albrighton, Kanté, Drinkwater, Mahrez; Ulloa, Vardy

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Rahman, Cahill; Willian, Pedro; Oscar, Matic, Fàbregas; Hazard 

PREDICTION: Leicester City WIN


 

 

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