ASTON VILLA VS CRYSTAL PALACE
August 22, 2015 (Selhurst Park): Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston Vila
- The last seven meetings between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have produced just 10 goals
- Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last seven PL meetings with Aston Villa (W4 D2 L1)
- The Eagles have won just five BPL matches with a winning goal scored in the 87th minute or later; two of which have been against Villa, including their 2-1 win earlier this season
- Aston Villa players have embarked on the most dribbles in the top-flight in 2015/16 (546) but only one club (Newcastle United, 41.6%) has a lower dribble success rate than the Villans (43.4%)
- A BPL-high 47.8% of Crystal Palace’s goals this term have been scored from set-piece situations
Villa have a number of injury concerns going into the encounter. Jack Grealish missed the Wycombe stalemate through illness while Micah Richards picked up a knock in that fixture. Alan Hutton and Carlos Sanchez (hamstring) are both doubts along with Gabriel Agbonlahor (back).
Meanwhile, Palace are without Yannick Bolasie (calf) and Kwesi Appiah (knee) but forwards Connor Wickham and Dwight Gayle could both return from hamstring injuries.
Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho; Bacuna, Gueye, Veretout, Gil, Grealish; Gestede
Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; McArthur, Jedinak, Puncheon, Cabaye, Zaha; Sako
Prediction: Crystal Palace WIN
AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS WEST HAM UNITED
August 22, 2015 (Boleyn Ground): West Ham 3-4 Bournemouth
- Bournemouth’s 4-3 win over West Ham in August is their only competitive victory in six attempts versus the Hammers (D2 L3)
- West Ham have conceded just two goals in their last six matches, keeping four clean sheets in the process
- The Hammers are winless in their last five BPL away matches (L2 D3) and have netted just twice in this run
- Andy Carroll has scored in his last two league appearances for West Ham. He has never scored in three successive BPL matches
- Dimitri Payet has created 49 goalscoring chances in the league this term and, despite missing seven matches through injury, this is still 23 more than any other West Ham player in 2015/16
None of Bornemouth’s long-term absentees are fit to return, but they will check on the fitness of Josh King (hamstring), while for the visitors Manuel Lanzini (groin), Victor Moses (hamstring) and Diafra Sakho (thigh) are all still sidelined.
Bournemouth XI: Boruc; Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith; Surman; Stanislas, Gosling, Arter, Ritchie; Murray
West Ham XI: Adrian; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Collins, Jenkinson; Payet, Kouyate, Noble, Antonio; Carroll, Valencia
NEWCASTLE UNITED VS MANCHESTER UNITED
August 22, 2015 (Old Trafford): Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle United
- Newcastle have suffered 25 PL defeats against Man Utd; their joint-highest tally in the competition against an opponent (alongside Arsenal)
- Manchester United have lost just one of their last 12 PL away games against Newcastle United (W9 D2 L1)
- Wayne Rooney has scored 12 top-flight goals against Newcastle. Only against Aston Villa (13) has he scored more often
- Newcastle have lost three successive matches by a 1-0 scoreline
- Steve McClaren’s side have lost more points from winning positions than any other BPL side this term (12)
Midfielder Jack Colback could shake off a hamstring problem to partially ease Newcastle’s lengthy injury list, while United are without first-team regulars Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia (both ankle) and Marcos Rojo (shoulder), along with long-term victim Luke Shaw (broken leg).
Newcastle XI: Elliot; Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Janmaat; Sissoko, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, De Jong; Mitrovic
Man United XI: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Depay, Herrera, Martial; Rooney
PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN
SWANSEA VS SUNDERLAND
August 22, 2015 (Stadium of Light): Sunderland 1-1 Swansea
- Swansea City have lost just one of their last 15 league meetings with Sunderland (W6 D8 L1)
- Seven of the last 10 Barclays Premier League meetings between Swansea and Sunderland have ended in a draw
- Sunderland’s last away league victory at Swansea in the league was back in November 1963, losing four and drawing three of their league trips there since
- Swansea have scored just 10 goals in their last 16 BPL matches and have failed to score in nine of those
- Jermain Defoe has scored both of Sunderland’s goals in their last two BPL meetings with Swansea (both 1-1 draws)
Swansea report no new injuries but John O’Shea (calf) is a doubt for Sunderland, while his team-mates Younes Kaboul and Jack Rodwell (both hamstring) are also struggling for full fitness.
Swansea XI: Fabianski; Tayor, Williams, Federico Fernandez, Rangel; Ki Sung-yueng, Britton, Cork; Sigurdsson, Routledge; Ayew
Sunderland XI: Mannone; van Aanholt, Brown, O’Shea, Jones; M’Vila; Watmore, Cattermole; Borini, Johnson
PREDICTION: Swansea WIN
MANCHESTER CITY VS EVERTON
July 6, 2015 (Goodison Park): Everton 2-1 Manchester City
- Manchester City have won four and drawn one of their last five Barclays Premier League meetings with Everton (W4 D1 L0)
- Everton have won 17 BPL matches against Man City. Only against West Ham United have they won more often (22 wins, also 17 wins versus Newcastle United)
- Yaya Toure has had a hand in six goals (three goals, three assists) in eight league encounters with Everton
- Romelu Lukaku has scored 10 goals and assisted three more in his last 10 BPL appearances
- The Etihad Stadium has seen six goals scored in the opening 15 minutes of top-flight matches this term; more than any other ground
City will assess the fitness of Eliaquim Mangala (hamstring) and Wilfried Bony (calf), while captain Vincent Kompany (calf) is still out along with long-term absentee Samir Nasri (hamstring).
Everton are hopeful that the BPL’s joint-top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku – who is on fine form having scored 10 goals and assisted three more in his last 10 matches – can overcome an ankle knock in order to play against Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Everton also have a number of players whose injury status is uncertain, including Tom Cleverley, Steven Naismith (both ankle) and Ramiro Funes Mori (head). Seamus Coleman (ankle) and James McCarthy (groin) remain unavailable.
Man City XI: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Demichelis, Kolarov; Fernando, Toure, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling; Aguero
Everton XI: Howard; Oviedo, Stones, Jagielka, Baines; Barkley, Barry, Besic; Deulofeu, Lukaku, Kone
STOKE CITY VS NORWICH CITY
August 22, 2015 (Carrow Road): Norwich 1-1 Stoke
- Stoke City have lost just one of their last nine home league encounters against Norwich City (W6 D2 L1), but this came in their last meeting with them in September 2013
- The last eight league matches between these two sides have produced just 11 goals, with no side scoring more than once in a match during this run
- Norwich have won three of their last four Barclays Premier League matches, the same amount they had won in their previous 23
- Marko Arnautovic has scored seven goals in the BPL this season, despite having just 11 shots on target
- Norwich have conceded three league goals in second half stoppage-time in 2015/16, more than any other team
Matt Jarvis is available to Neil after a knee injury and the Norwich manager has no other concerns ahead of the encounter with Stoke, whose own line-up is likely to be much changed after manager Mark Hughes rested nine players for the 2-1 FA Cup win at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
Ibrahim Affelay, Bojan Krkic, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri are all set to return. Stoke sit 10th in the Premier League, six points clear of this week’s opponents.
Stoke XI: Butland; Pieters, Wollsheid, Shawcross, Johnson; Whelan; Shaqiri, Adam; Arnautovic, Allfelay; Bojan
Norwich XI: Rudd; Brady, Bassong, Bennett, Martin; Hoolahan, O’Neil, Tettey, Redmond; Howson; Mbokani
PREDICTION: Stoke City WIN
SOUTHAMPTON VS WATFORD
August 23, 2015 (Vicarage Road): Watford 0-0 Southampton
- Southampton are unbeaten in their last four league meetings with Watford (W2 D2)
- Watford have failed to score in their last three league matches against Saints, including the goalless draw in their meeting at Vicarage Road earlier this season
- Of players to have been involved in 100+ aerial duels in 2015/16, Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has the best success ratio (70%)
- No player has been involved in more aerial duels in the top flight this season than Troy Deeney (237, level with Rudy Gestede)
- Watford have been losing at half-time in just one of their 20 BPL matches this season (W7 D12); a joint league best alongside Crystal Palace
Saints Boss Ronald Koeman will be without suspended midfielder Victor Wanyama, who serves the final part of a two-match ban, as well as injured Jay Rodriquez (foot). The match is too soon for goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who stepped up his recovery from a nine-month injury lay-off when he played the entirety of Southampton’s 1-0 Under-21 Premier League Cup victory against Chelsea last week
Nathan Ake completes a three-match suspension for the Hornets, following his dismissal in the home loss to Tottenham Hotspur last month.
Southampton XI: Stekelenburg; Bertrand, van Dijk, Fonte, Cuco Martina; Clasie; Ward-Prowse, Ramirez; Mane, Davis; Long
Watford XI: Gomes; Ake, Britos, Cathcart, Nyom; Watson, Capoue; Juardo, Abdi; Deeney Ighalo
PREDICTION: Watford WIN
CHELSEA VS WEST BROMWICH ALBION
August 23, 2015 (The Hawthorns): West Brom 2-3 Chelsea
- Chelsea have lost just one of their last six Barclays Premier League meetings with West Bromwich Albion (W3 D2 L1)
- West Brom have lost more BPL matches against Chelsea than versus any other opponent (14)
- Guus Hiddink has lost just one of his 16 matches in the competition (W12 D3 L1) and has the best win ratio of any manager to have taken charge of at least four matches (75%).
- West Brom have won their last two league matches and will be looking to win three in a row for the first time since November 2012 (four in a row, the third of which was against Chelsea)
- Diego Costa has had a hand in three goals (two goals, one assist) in three league outings against West Brom
Tony Pulis is hopeful that Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe will be available for selection after recent hamstring injuries, and the Baggies head coach has been pleased with the effort shown by his players during a hectic period; West Brom will play six matches in 25 days between Wednesday and the meeting with Newcastle United on 6 February.
Hiddink could be without his three first-choice striking options. Diego Costa picked up a minor knock during Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup and is rated “doubtful”, while Loic Remy (calf) and Radamel Falcao (groin) are also out. Eden Hazard (groin) is also unlikely to be risked, while Nemanja Matic (concussion) is also a doubt and Oscar (toe) will be assessed ahead of the match.
Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Mikel, Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro; Remy
West Brom XI: Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt; Fletcher, Yacob, Sessegnon, Morrison, McClean; Lambert
PREDICTION: Chelsea WIN
LIVERPOOL VS ARSENAL
August 24, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool
- Only Manchester United (21) have secured more Barclays Premier League wins against Arsenal than Liverpool (16)
- Liverpool v Arsenal has seen more hat-tricks than any other fixture in BPL history (5)
- The last nine league meetings between these clubs at Anfield have seen 35 goals scored (3.9 per match on average)
- Mesut Ozil has either scored or assisted 16 of Arsenal’s last 24 league goals (three goals, 13 assists)
- Alberto Moreno has created more goalscoring chances than any other Liverpool player in the BPL this tern (39) and is also the most creative defender in 2015/16
Arsene Wenger is able to welcome back midfielder Tomas Rosicky (knee) for the encounter, while back-up goalkeeper David Ospina (groin) could return to the squad. However, Alexis Sanchez (hamstring), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) are still out.
Klopp has been dealing with an injury crisis that forced him into naming an entirely changed XI for their 2-2 FA Cup draw at League Two Exeter City on Friday, and he continues to be without Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Philippe Coutinho (all hamstring). However, the Reds are hopeful of having centre-backs Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho (knee) available, while Jordon Ibe, Jordan Henderson and James Milner could also feature as Liverpool seek to end their inconsistent recent top-flight form.
Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno; Can, Lucas, Milner, Firmino, Lallana; Benteke
Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey, Walcott, Ozil, Campbell; Giroud
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS LEICESTER CITY
January 10, 2016 (FA Cup): Tottenham 2-2 Leicester City
- Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in their last five Barclays Premier League meetings with Leicester City (W3 D2)
- After scoring in 18 successive BPL matches, Leicester City have now failed to score in their last three
- The last nine league meetings between these two clubs have produced 38 goals (4.2 per match on average)
- Leicester have the BPL’s lowest passing accuracy in 2015/16 (69.8%)
- Spurs have fielded the youngest starting XI this season in the top flight on average in this campaign (24y 304d)
Pochettino could have midfield duo Ryan Mason (ankle) and Mousa Dembele (groin) available with the pair pushing for returns this week, while Alex Pritchard (ankle) is set to return to training following a lengthy lay-off.
Opposing manager Claudio Ranieri also opted to make changes for the cup tie but he remains without Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring), while the BPL’s joint-top scorer Jamie Vardy is rated as 50-50 following surgery on a minor groin problem.
Spurs XI: Lloris; Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Walker; Carroll. Eriksen, Dier; Lamela, Alli; Kane
Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson; Kanté, Drinkwater; Albrighton, Mahrez; Vardy, Okazaki