NORWICH VS ASTON VILLA
March 2, 2014 (Villa Park): Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich
- The Canaries have scored in all but two of their 27 league meetings with Aston Villa at home
- Aston Villa have won their last three league meetings with Norwich City – they have never won four in a row in league competition versus the Canaries
- Norwich City have not won their final league match in a calendar year since 2010; losing in 2014, 2013 and 2012 and drawing in 2011
- Villa have drawn their last two league away fixtures – they have not gone three away fixtures in a row unbeaten in the competition since December 2014
- The Canaries have scored four goals in their last five BPL fixtures at Carrow Road, three of which have been scored from corners
Norwich pair Wes Hoolahan and Gary O’Neil are both in contention to start against Aston Villa, having been rested for the Boxing Day defeat by Tottenham. The Canaries will probably have to make do without the services of Matt Jarvis (knee) and Andre Wisdom (hamstring) due to injury problems while Villa will likely be without the services of Carlos Sanchez (hamstring), Micah Richards (knee), Jordan Amavi (knee) and Gary Gardner (ankle).
Norwich XI: Rudd; Olsson, Bassong, Bennett, Martin; Tettey, O’Neil; Brady, Redmond, Hoolahan; Jerome
Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Bacuna, Lescott, Okore, Hutton; Veretout, Gil; Gueye, Westwood; Gestede, Ayew
PREDICTION: Norwich City WIN
WEST BROMWICH ALBION VS NEWCASTLE UNITED
May 9, 2015 (St. James Stadium): Newcastle 1-1 West Brom
- West Bromwich Albion have not won their final Barclays Premier League fixture of the calendar year since they returned to the top flight in 2010 (L3 D2)
- Newcastle United have lost one of their last seven BPL meetings with WBA (W4 D2 L1)
- West Brom have scored 22 goals in 18 league home fixtures under Tony Pulis (1.22 per match)
- Newcastle United have won two of their last three BPL away matches (W2 L1) – this after winning just one of their previous 18 on the road in the competition (W1 D3 L14)
- The Magpies have not scored in nine of their last 14 Premier League away games
West Brom will be without suspended pair James McClean and Salomon Rondon but report no new injuries.
Newcastle will have to manage without the services of Papiss Cisse, who will be sidelined until early in 2016 by a groin injury.
West Brom XI: Myhill; Brunt, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson; Evans; Morrison, Yacob, Fletcher, Gardner; Berahino
Newcastle XI: Eliot; Dummett, Coloccini, Mbemba, Janmaat; Colback, Anita; Wjinaldum, Sissoko; Perez, Mitrovic
PREDICTION: West Brom WIN
EVERTON VS STOKE CITY
March 4, 2015 (Britannia Stadium): Stoke 2-0 Everton
- Everton have conceded only nine goals in their last 20 home league matches against Stoke and never more than once in a single fixture during this run
- Stoke City won both of their BPL meetings with Everton in 2014/15 without conceding a single goal (2-0 at home, 1-0 away)
- There have been 19 goals scored in the last four Premier League meetings played at Goodison Park; an average of 4.8 per match
- Stoke City have lost only one of their last six Premier League away fixtures (W3 D2 L1)
- The Toffees have won seven of their last 10 top-flight home fixtures against Stoke (W7 D1 L2)
James McCarthy (groin) could be fit to return for Everton but Phil Jagielka (knee), Bryan Oviedo and Steven Pienaar (hamstring) are expected to be sidelined.
For Stoke, Glenn Whelan is a doubt after being withdrawn at half-time of Saturday’s win with a calf problem, while Geoff Cameron (hamstring) is a minor doubt. Marc Muniesa, Peter Crouch and Stephen Ireland (all hamstring) are expected to miss out, along with goalkeeper Shay Given (knee).
Everton XI: Howard; Baines, Funes Mori, Stones, Coleman; Cleverley, Barry, Barkley; Deulofeu, Kone; Lukaku
Stoke XI: Butland; Pieters, Wollschied, Shawcross, Johnson; Adam; Shaqiri, Cameron; Arnautovic, Allfelay; Bojan
CRYSTAL PALACE VS SWANSEA CITY
May 24, 2015 (Selhurst Park); Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea
- The Eagles have won only one of their last eight league matches against Swansea (W1 D3 L4)
- Swansea City have won three of their last four league away trips to play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park (W3 D0 L1)
- Crystal Palace are unbeaten in five BPL fixtures, their best run since April 2014 (also five unbeaten)
- The Swans have suffered defeat in their last three BPL away matches – they have not lost four successive top-flight away fixtures since their opening four trips in the BPL (Aug-Oct 2011)
- Crystal Palace have failed to win their final league fixture of the year in each of the last three years – drawing with QPR in 2014, losing to Man City in 2013 and drawing with Nottingham Forest in the Championship in 2013
Palace will be without Connor Wickham (hamstring) and Yannick Bolasie (knock) for the Swansea clash. Bakary Sako and Dwight Gayle (both hamstring) are also doubtful, as well as Scott Dann and Damien Delaney (knocks).
Swansea will most likely be without Eder (ankle) and Franck Tabanou (thigh).
Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Souare, Delaney, Dann, Ward; Zaha; McArthur, Cabaye; Puncheon, Mutch; Campbell
Swansea City XI: Fabianski; Taylor, Williams, Federico Fernandez, Rangel; Ki Sung-Yeung; Routledge, Britton; Montero, Sigurdsson; Ayew
PREDICTION: Crystal Palace WIN
WATFORD VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
January 27, 2012 (FA Cup): Watford 0-1 Tottenham
- Watford are unbeaten in their last five league home fixtures against Spurs (W2 D3)
- Tottenham Hotspur are undefeated in their last seven competitive fixtures against Watford (W5 D2 L0)
- Watford have not ended the calendar year with a league defeat since 2007 (2-4 versus QPR in the Championship)
- Since losing away to Manchester United on MD1 (0-1), Spurs are unbeaten away from home in the BPL (W3 D4)
- The Hornets will be looking to win three successive top-flight home fixtures for the first time since December 1986 (four in a row)
Nathan Ake is available for Watford again after sitting out the match against his parent club Chelsea, so Jose Holebas may be displaced in Flores’ starting line-up.
Mousa Dembele (foot) was withdrawn in the closing stages of Tottenham Hotspur’s victory over Norwich and is a doubt for Pochettino, while Clinton N’Jie (knee) is a long-term absentee.
Watford XI: Gomes; Ake, Britos, Cathcart, Nyom; Juardo, Watson, Capoue, Abdi; Deeney, Ighalo
Spurs XI: Lloris; Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Walker; Eriksen, Caroll, Dier; Lamela, Alli; Kane
PREDICTION: Tottenham WIN
ARSENAL VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH
October 27, 1987 (League Cup): Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth
- The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 21 PL meetings with newly promoted opposition (W17 D4)
- This will be only the second-ever competitive meeting between Arsenal and Bournemouth
- Arsenal have not lost their final PL game in a calendar year since 2006, when they lost 0-1 away at Sheffield United
- Bournemouth are now unbeaten in six PL matches (W3 D3)
- Arsenal have won 16 points from a possible 18 in their last six PL home games (W5 D1 L0)
Arsenal remain without the likes of Alexis Sanchez (hamstring), Jack Wilshere (leg), Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin (both knee).
AFC Bournemouth will make a late check on Harry Arter (hamstring), while Josh King (hamstring) remains a doubt.
Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Chambers, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott; Giroud
Bournemouth XI: Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Ritchie, O’Kane, Surman, Gosling, Stanislas; Murray
PREDICTION: Arsenal WIN
MANCHESTER UNITED VS CHELSEA
April 18, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
- The last three fixtures between these two sides at Old Trafford in the PL have produced just three goals in total
- Chelsea have inflicted more defeats over Manchester United in the PL than any other club (16)
- Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in their final PL games of 2012, 2013 and 2014
- The Blues are unbeaten in their last five PL meetings with Manchester United (W3 D2)
- Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in his last 11 PL starts against Chelsea
Jesse Lingard (hamstring), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Antonio Valencia (ankle) and Luke Shaw (leg) are out but United captain Wayne Rooney may be restored to the line-up after being benched against Stoke, while Matteo Darmian (hamstring) could be fit to return and Bastian Schweinsteiger is back from suspension.
Radamel Falcao could lead Chelsea’s attack against the side he struggled with during last season’s loan spell from Monaco, having shaken off a muscle problem. Eden Hazard is still battling for full fitness, though.
Manchester United XI: De Gea; Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind; Fellaini, Carrick; Mata, Herrera, Martial; Rooney
Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Remy
WEST HAM UNITED VS SOUTHAMPTON
February 11, 2015 (St Marys Stadium): Southampton 0-0 West Ham
- None of the last 12 BPL fixtures between these two at the Boleyn Ground have ended in a draw (nine wins for West Ham)
- Southampton will be looking to win successive league away fixtures at West Ham for the first time since April 1992
- The last time that West Ham won their final league fixture of a calendar year was in December 2008 (2-1 v Stoke City)
- Southampton last won their final league match in a calendar year in December 2010 (4-1 v Huddersfield), losing two and drawing two of their year-ending league fixtures since
- West Ham are unbeaten in their last six BPL home matches but four of these have been draws (W2 D4 L0)
Ronald Koeman has confirmed defender Cedric Soares (groin) and striker Graziano Pelle (knee) will again be absent but he will be heartened by Shane Long taking full advantage of a first-team recall in the absence of the latter by netting twice against Arsenal.
West Ham on the other hand are dealing with a deepening injury crisis. Bilic – already without the likes of Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet and Andy Carroll – lost defensive duo James Tomkins and Aaron Cresswell at Villa Park, with the latter having put West Ham in front. A clash of heads left Tomkins sporting a swollen black eye, while Cresswell limped off with a minor muscular issue. Bilic will make late checks on the pair.
Southampton XI: Stekelenurg; Bertrand, van Dijk, Fonte, Cuco Martina; Clasie, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse; Davis, Mané; Long
West Ham XI: Adrian; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Collins, Tomkins; Kouyate; Antonio, Obiang; Zarate, Noble; Valencia
PREDICTION: Southampton WIN
LEICESTER CITY VS MANCHESTER CITY
March 4, 2015 (Etihad Stadium): Manchester City 2-0 Leicester City
- Leicester City lost both of their league meetings with Man City last season, but they’ve not lost three successive league games against the Citizens since August 1961
- Man City are unbeaten in their last five league away trips to Leicester City (W3 D2)
- Leicester City ended 2012, 2013 and 2014 with a victory in their final league game of the calendar year
- The Citizens have scored just one goal in their last four PL away games
- Leicester City have scored in each of their last 14 PL home games
The continued absence of Jeffrey Schlupp due to a hamstring injury leaves Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri with fewer attacking options to replace Mahrez or Vardy, who are both struggling for full fitness, while Danny Drinkwater missed the loss at Anfield with a similar problem to the Ghanaian.
As for the visitors, Fernando and Pablo Zabaleta will not be fit to return for City until the meeting with Watford on 2 January 2016 while captain Vincent Komany (calf) is set for another lengthy spell away from the field with a recurring injury. Sergio Aguero could return after being rested against Sunderland but Samir Nasri (hamstring) remains on the sidelines.
Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson; Albrighton, Kanté, King, Mahrez; Vardy, Kramaric
Manchester City XI: Hart; Kolarov, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna; Toure, Fernandinho; De Bruyne; Sterling, Silva; Bony
PREDICTION: Leicester City WIN
SUNDERLAND VS LIVERPOOL
January 10, 2015 (Stadium of Light): Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool
- Sunderland have managed to pick up just two points in their last six PL meetings with Liverpool (W0 D2 L4)
- Liverpool have conceded only 10 goals in their last 22 league meetings with Sunderland
- Sunderland have lost 70 league matches against Liverpool; only against Everton (71) have they lost more often (also lost 70 v Aston Villa)
- Liverpool have lost their last two PL away games without scoring; they haven’t lost three consecutive away games in the competition since April 2012 (four in a row)
- Perhaps the most famous win by Sunderland against the Reds came in 2009-10 when their winning goal saw Darren Bent’s shot deflected into the net by a beach ball thrown from the crowd
Sunderland report no new injuries but James Milner, Jordan Ibe and Martin Skrtel are all expected to be unavailable for the visiting side but Daniel Sturridge could be available. Divock Origi is also a major doubt for this encounter.
Sunderland XI: Pantilimon; van Aanholt, O’Shea, Coates, Jones; Gomez, M’Vila, Johnson; Borini, Graham, Fletcher
Liverpool XI: Mingolet; Moreno, Sakho, Lovren, Clyne; Lallana, Can, Henderson; Coutinho, Firminho; Benteke