TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS SUNDERLAND
September 13, 2015 (Stadium of Light): Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham
- Tottenham Hotspur have won eight and lost none of their last 11 Barclays Premier League matches against Sunderland
- The scores have been level at half time in 10 of those 11 matches, with Sunderland ahead in the other
- Sam Allardyce won seven of his 12 BPL matches against Spurs as Bolton Wanderers manager, but has won just four of 11 with other clubs
- There have been three goals scored in the opening five minutes of the last three top-flight meetings between Sunderland and Spurs
- After being unbeaten in their first eight home league matches this season (W4 D4 L0), Spurs have lost two of their last three at White Hart Lane (W1 D0 L2)
Defoe and Lens will not be joined in attack by Dame N’Doye, Allardyce’s new loan signing from Trabzonspor who is waiting for formalities related to his visa to be completed. Jack Rodwell returned to action from the bench at Swansea following a hamstring problem but fellow midfielder Sebastian Larsson (knee) and defender Younes Kaboul (hamstring) remain sidelined.
Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele (ankle) will hope for further minutes on the field after returning as a substitute against Leicester, but England midfielder Ryan Mason (ankle) is still out alongside Clinton N’Jie (knee).
Spurs XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Son, Eriksen, Alli; Kane
Sunderland XI: Mannone; Jones, O’Shea, Coates, Van Aanholt; Cattermole, M’Vila, Rodwell; Johnson, Borini; Defoe
PREDICTION: Spurs WIN
MANCHESTER CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE
October 28, 2015 (League Cup): Manchester City 5-1 Crystal Palace
- Manchester City have won nine and lost just one of the last 10 meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions
- Crystal Palace have failed to score in four of the last five Barclays Premier League matches against the Citizens
- Man City have won their last six home matches against Crystal Palace in a row, including all four played at the Etihad Stadium
- Crystal Palace have kept just two clean sheets in their last 16 league away matches and have conceded exactly one goal in each of the other 14 away trips in this run
- Sergio Aguero has not scored in any of his three BPL matches against Crystal Palace. He has scored against 24 of the 28 different opponents he has faced in the competition (also failed to score versus Leicester City, Burnley and Bolton Wanderers)
Centre-back Eliaquim Mangala (hamstring) striker Wilfried Bony (calf) and midfielder Fernandinho (muscle strain) missed City’s game against Everton and will be assessed, while Vincent Kompany (calf) and Samir Nasri (hamstring) are long-term absentees.
Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie (hip) and Dwight Gayle (hamstring) still sidelined and are not expected to feature on Saturday.
Man City XI: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Demichelis, Clichy; Toure, Fernando, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling; Aguero
Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; McArthur, Ledley, Sako, Cabaye, Puncheon; Wickham
CHELSEA VS EVERTON
September 12, 2015 (Goodison Park): Everton 3-1 Chelsea
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 20 Barclays Premier League matches against Everton at Stamford Bridge (W11 D9)
- Roberto Martinez has lost on all six BPL trips to Stamford Bridge as an opposition coach
- The Blues have won the last two home matches against Everton 1-0, with goals scored in the 89th and 90th minute
- Everton have lost just one of their 10 top-flight away matches this season (W3 D6 L1)
- Chelsea have conceded 31 times in their opening 21 matches this term, their highest total in a BPL campaign at this stage
Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao of Chelsea are both out with groin injuries, while the visitors will check on Steven Naismith (hamstring) and Tom Cleverley (calf). Seamus Coleman (calf) and James McCarthy (groin) are unavailable for Everton.
Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Costa
Everton XI: Howard; Stones, Funes Mori, Jagielka Baines; Besic, Barry, Osman; Barkley, Deulofeu; Lukaku
AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS NORWICH CITY
September 12, 2015 (Carrow Road): Norwich 3-1 Bournemouth
- Norwich City are unbeaten in their last six meetings with AFC Bournemouth across all competitions (W3 D3)
- AFC Bournemouth have claimed just one point when trailing in the Barclays Premier League this season, a league-low
- Norwich are the only top-flight side yet to keep a clean sheet away from home in 2015/16
- The Cherries have won just one of their last seven home league matches (W1 D3 L3)
- Norwich have won their last two away trips (in all competitions) to AFC Bournemouth by a 2-1 scoreline after conceding the first goal
AFC Bournemouth will check on the fitness of Josh King (hamstring) and assess Matt Ritchie (leg), who came off against West Ham. Norwich have no major injury concerns, although O’Neil is suspended.
Bournemouth XI: Boruc; Francis, Cook, Smith, Daniels; Surman, Arter, Gosling, Iturbe; Grabban, Afobe
Norwich XI: Rudd; Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Brady; Odjidja, Dorrans, Tettey, Howson; Hoolahan; Jerome
PREDICTION: Bournemouth WIN
SOUTHAMPTON VS WEST BROMWICH ALBION
September 12, 2015 (The Hawthorns): West Brom 0-0 Southampton
- West Bromwich Albion have earned just one win in their last five Barclays Premier League meetings with Southampton (D2 L2)
- Of fixtures that have been played at least 10 times in the BPL, only Bolton Wanderers v Southampton (1.17) has a lower goals per match than Southampton v West Brom (1.27)
- Eight of Shane Long’s 10 league goals for Southampton have been scored at St Mary’s Stadium
- These two sides have both netted a league-high nine headed goals this term
- There have been just three goals scored in the last five league meetings between West Brom and Saints
Saints will have Victor Wanyama available again after the midfielder served a two-match suspension, but Jay Rodriguez (foot) and Florin Gardos (knee) are both still out.
West Brom have close to a clean bill of health, although James Morrison could be in doubt after he limped off early in the draw at Chelsea. Craig Gardner and James McClean were on target as Tony Pulis’ team twice came from behind to earn a point at Stamford Bridge, while Claudio Yacob narrowly avoided receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Oscar, leaving the Argentine available to take on Southampton.
Southampton XI: Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Wanyama, Clasie, Davis, Mane, Tadic; Long
West Brom XI: Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans; Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob, Gardner, McClean; Rondon
NEWCASTLE UNITED VS WEST HAM UNITED
September 14, 2015 (Boleyn Ground): West Ham 2-0 Newcastle
- West Ham United have won just one of their last 12 Barclays Premier League away matches at Newcastle United (W1 D5 L6)
- Newcastle have not scored in five of their last seven league encounters with West Ham
- Dimitri Payet has scored or assisted more goals for West Ham this season across all competitions than any other player (six goals, five assists)
- All eight of Georginio Wijnaldum’s goals for Newcastle have been scored at St James’ Park
- The Hammers are the only top-flight side yet to concede in the final five minutes of a match this term. No side have scored more than them in this period (five – level with Manchester City and Crystal Palace)
Newcastle’s new signings Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet are likely to be involved as the hosts aim to climb out of the bottom three. A host of first-team players are unavailable to Steve McClaren this weekend. Midfielder Vurnon Anita is still struggling with a hamstring problem, Papiss Cisse (groin) is out and Florian Thauvin and Kevin Mbabu both picked up knocks in last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Watford. Rolando Aarons (ankle) and Emmanuel Riviere (knee) are closing in on making their returns, but defender Mike Williamson (hamstring) is unavailable along with long-term absentees Massadio Haidara (knee) and Gabriel Obertan and Steven Taylor (both hamstring).
West Ham have suffered a blow with the news that former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is expected to be out for a month with a hamstring injury picked up in the win at Bournemouth. Carroll joins Manuel Lanzini (groin) and Diafra Sakho (thigh) on the sidelines. Victor Moses is back from a hamstring problem and Cheikhou Kouyate could feature having been rested against Bournemouth due to a knock.
Newcastle XI: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Colback, Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Saivet; Mitrovic
West Ham XI: Adrian; Ogbonna, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell; Obiang, Noble, Kouyate, Payet, Moses; Valencia
PREDICTION: West Ham WIN
ASTON VILLA VS LEICESTER CITY
September 13, 2015 (King Power Stadium): Leicester 3-2 Aston Villa
- The Foxes have kept three successive league clean sheets for the first time since May 2015. They have never kept four consecutively in the BPL
- Aston Villa are looking to win back-to-back league matches for the first time since May 2015, both of which were home fixtures
- Leicester have already claimed two more points this season (43) than they throughout the entirety of 2014/15 (41)
- Aston Villa have scored just five first half goals in this campaign, a league low. They have not scored earlier than the 40th minute in a top-flight match since September (against Leicester)
- The lowest points total for a BPL side after 21 matches and still avoid relegation is 12 points set by West Bromwich Albion in 2004/05. Aston Villa have 11 points
Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor is still struggling with a back problem while midfielder Jack Grealish has missed the last two games through illness. It remains to be seen if Alan Hutton and Carlos Sanchez will shake off hamstring injuries in time to feature.
Leicester remain without Jeffrey Schlupp because of a hamstring complaint
Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Bacuna, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho; Gueye, Westwood, Veretout; Gil, Ayew; Kozak
Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy
PREDICTION: Leicester City WIN
LIVERPOOL VS MANCHESTER UNITED
September 12, 2015 (Old Trafford): Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool
- Manchester United have won six of their last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Liverpool (L2) and two of the last four at Anfield (W2 D1 L1)
- Only Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (19) has seen more penalties awarded in BPL history than this fixture (18)
- Wayne Rooney will be looking to score in four successive matches for Manchester United for the first time since March 2012
- Christian Benteke has scored in his last three league outings against Manchester United, but has lost two and drawn one of these three matches
- Man Utd scored with all three of their shots on target in the reverse fixture played this season
Van Gaal confirmed that Michael Carrick will miss the trip to Anfield, along with Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones (both ankle), Luke Shaw (leg) and Marcos Rojo (shoulder). Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee) is a major doubt.
Liverpool could hand a league debut to Steven Caulker, who was drafted in on loan from Queens Park Rangers to ease the defensive crisis where Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel (both hamstring) and Joe Gomez (knee) are sidelined. Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi (all hamstring) are still out, while Jon Flanagan is not expected to be fit having only recently returned to Under-21 action after a lengthy injury absence.
Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno; Henderson, Milner, Can; Lallana, Ibe, Firmino
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Young; Fellaini, Schneiderlin; Herrera, Mata, Martial; Rooney
STOKE CITY VS ARSENAL
September 12, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 2-0 Stoke
- Stoke City have lost just one of their seven Barclays Premier League matches at the Britannia Stadium against Arsenal (W4 D2 L1)
- Olivier Giroud has the best minutes per goal ratio of any top-flight player to score more than five times this season, netting every 117 minutes on average
- Mark Hughes is unbeaten on home soil as an opposition coach in his last seven league matches against Arsene Wenger (W5 D2), spread across five different clubs. Overall at home his record in the league versus Wenger is (W6 D2 L2)
- Of the 14 BPL goals Stoke have scored against Arsenal, 11 have been netted in the first half, including three in this fixture last season
- Arsenal have conceded seven goals in their last two league away trips. They had let in eight in the previous nine on their travels this campaign
Wenger is weighing up whether to hand a debut to Mohamed Elneny, who signed from Basel on Thursday, while Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) is pushing to be involved for the first time since injuring himself against Norwich City in November.
Xherdan Shaqiri (hamstring) is out for the hosts and Geoff Cameron (ankle) also remains sidelined.
Stoke XI: Butland; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Afellay; Walters, Arnautovic, Bojan; Joselu
Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott; Giroud
PREDICTION: Stoke WIN
SWANSEA CITY VS WATFORD
September 12, 2015 (Vicarage Road): Watford 1-0 Swansea
- Watford have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four visits to Swansea City in all competitions
- Swansea have conceded the opening goal 14 times this season, only Villa (15) have done so more often (Sunderland and Norwich City also on 14)
- Since beating Manchester United at the end of August, Swansea have won just once at home in the BPL (W1 D4 L4)
- In their last 12 BPL matches, Watford have either kept a clean sheet (five times) or conceded exactly two goals (seven occasions)
- The Hornets have lost just one of their last five competitive away matches against the Swans (W2 D2 L1)
Swansea report n0 new injuries, but the visitors are still without Joel Ekstrand and Tommy Hoban (both knee).
Swansea XI: Fabianski; Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Naughton; Britton, Ki; Barrow, Sigurdsson, Montero; Ayew
Watford XI: Gomez; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake; Abdi, Capoue, Watson, Juardo; Deeney, Ighalo
PREDICTION: Watford WIN