#WeekendPreview: Matchday 23

NORWICH VS LIVERPOOL

LAST MEETING

September 20, 2015 (Anfield): Liverpool 1-1 Norwich

KEY STATS

  • Liverpool have won nine and lost none of the last 11 Barclays Premier League meetings with Norwich City
  • Norwich are unbeaten in the last five top-flight matches at Carrow Road (W3 D2), keeping clean sheets in all three victories and conceding just once in each of the two draws
  • Liverpool have scored just one goal in their last four league away matches, losing three (W1 D0 L3)
  • Norwich have conceded a league-high 14 goals from crosses this season
  • Liverpool have scored 22 goals in their last six BPL matches against the Canaries, although 12 of those were scored by Luis Suarez

TEAM NEWS

Klopp’s injury list remains long, with Philippe Coutinho (hamstring), Daniel Sturridge (hamstring), Divock Origi (knee) and Danny Ings (knee), Dejan Lovren (hamstring) and Martin Skrtel (hamstring) unavailable.

Norwich will be without the suspended Gary O’Neil, while on-loan Andre Wisdom is ineligible to face his parent club. Naismith could make his first appearance since his arrival from Everton.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Norwich XI: Rudd; Pinto, Klose, Bassong, Brady; Odjidja, Howson, Tettey, Jarvis; Hoolahan; Naismith

Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Henderson, Can, Milner; Ibe, Lallana, Firmino

PREDICTION: DRAW


 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION VS ASTON VILLA

LAST MEETING

September 19, 2015 (Villa Park): Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom

KEY STATS

  • West Bromwich Albion won just two of the first 16 Barclays Premier League meetings with Aston Villa (W2 D8 L6), but have since won twice in their last three (W2 L1)
  • All seven of Aston Villa’s wins against West Brom have been by a one-goal margin, six of them by a 2-1 scoreline.
  • The Baggies are unbeaten in their last five top-flight home matches against the Villans (W2 D3)
  • Aston Villa have taken just two points from a possible 30 in their last 10 league away matches (W0 D2 L8)
  • There have been 12 occasions of a team failing to attempt a single shot on target in a BPL match this season. Three of these have been by West Brom, more often than any other side

TEAM NEWS

Albion will be without Chris Brunt, who suffered a calf injury against Bristol City, with James Morrison (hamstring) also sidelined and Darren Fletcher (knee) a doubt. Jonas Olsson and Saido Berahino, meanwhile, are both battling to recover from illness.

Adama Traore (broken foot) and Jordan Amavi (knee) are still out for Villa, with Alan Hutton, Leandro Bacuna (both hamstring) and Carlos Sanchez struggling for fitness.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Brom XI: Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans; Yacob,McManaman; McClean, Sessegnon; Gardner, Anichebe

Villa XI: Guzan; Bacuna, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho; Westwood, Gueye, Veretout; Ayew, Gil; Kozak

PREDICTION: West Brom WIN


SUNDERLAND VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH

LAST MEETING

September 19, 2015 (Goldsands Stadium): Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland

KEY STATS

  • Sunderland have lost just one of the seven meetings with AFC Bournemouth in all competitions (W4 D2 L1), but that came earlier this season on the south coast
  • AFC Bournemouth have lost just one of their last five league away matches (W2 D2 L1)
  • The Black Cats have won three of the six Barclays Premier League home matches under Sam Allardyce. They won just three of the previous 19 before his arrival
  • Since the start of 2014/15, AFC Bournemouth have won more penalties than any other team in the top four tiers of English football (20)
  • Jermain Defoe has scored more BPL goals in 2016 than any other player so far (five), while Adam Johnson has twice as many assists (four) than any other top-flight player since the turn of the year

TEAM NEWS

Sam Allardyce will have to contend without Younes Kaboul, who is out with a hamstring problem, while Sebastian Larsson is a doubt with a knee injury.

Matt Ritchie and Grabban could return to the AFC Bournemouth squad after missing the Norwich match due to a dead leg and illness respectively, while Tokelo Rantie and Josh King (knocks) are doubts.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Sunderland XI: Pickford; Jones, O’Shea, Brown, Van Aanholt; Cattermole, M’Vila, Johnson, Lens, Watmore; Defoe

Bournemouth XI: Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Stanislas, Gosling, Surman, Arter, Pugh; Grabban

PREDICTION: Sunderland WIN


WATFORD VS NEWCASTLE UNITED

LAST MEETING

January 9, 2016 (FA Cup): Watford 1-0 Newcastle

KEY STATS

  • Watford have already beaten Newcastle United twice this season, once in the Barclays Premier League at St James’ Park and once in the FA Cup at Vicarage Road earlier this month
  • The Magpies have scored just six goals in their last 16 top-flight away matches
  • Georginio Wijnaldum has no goals and two assists in 10 league away appearances this season, compared to nine goals and one assist in 12 outings at St James’ Park
  • When Watford have conceded in a competitive home match in 2015/16 (five times), they have gone on to lose that encounter
  • Only Manchester United (seven) have kept more clean sheets in home BPL matches this term than Watford (six)

TEAM NEWS

Newcastle’s Paul Dummett (hamstring) is a doubt for the game, while Siem de Jong (eye), Vernon Anita (hamstring) and Papiss Cisse (groin) are definitely out.

Watford report no new injuries

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Watford XI: Gomes; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake; Capoue, Watson; Behrami, Deeney, Jurado; Ighalo

Newcastle XI: Elliott; Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback; Sissoko, Perez, Wijnaldum; Mitrovic

PREDICTION: Watford WIN


MANCHESTER UNITED VS SOUTHAMPTON

LAST MEETING

September 20, 2015 (St Marys Stadium): Southampton 2-3 Manchester United

KEY STATS

  • Manchester United have won seven and lost just one of the last 10 Barclays Premier League matches against Southampton, but that defeat came in Saints’ last visit to Old Trafford
  • Graziano Pelle has scored three goals in as many appearances against the Red Devils
  • Wayne Rooney has currently scored 98 BPL goals at Old Trafford. He has not scored in five successive matches across all competitions for Man Utd since March 2010 (six matches)
  • Southampton have scored a league-high 13 goals from crosses this season and have also netted a joint league-high nine headed goals (alongside West Bromwich Albion)
  • David De Gea will make his 150th BPL appearance should he feature on Saturday

TEAM NEWS

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Ashley Young is set for a spell on the sidelines with a groin injury. The 30-year-old suffered the injury against Liverpool last weekend and now requires surgery. Phil Jones and Bastian Schweinsteiger are also out of Saturday’s match against Southampton but Adnan Januzaj is available following his return from a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, after he scored twice for the Under-21 side this week. Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Antonio Valencia (ankle), Luke Shaw (leg) and Michael Carrick (knock) are expected to be out.

Koeman has confirmed new signing Charlie Austin could make his debut for Southampton on Saturday, with Jay Rodriguez (ankle) out and Graziano Pelle still short of full fitness.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Man Utd XI: De Gea; Varela, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rooney

Southampton XI: Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Wanyama, Davis, Mane, Tadic; Long

PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN


LEICESTER CITY VS STOKE CITY

LAST MEETING

September 19, 2015 (Britannia Stadium): Stoke 2-2 Leicester City

KEY STATS

  • Leicester City have won eight and lost just one of their last 13 Barclays Premier League home matches
  • Stoke City have kept five clean sheets in their last eight league away trips
  • Leicester have won nine penalties in the league this season. The record in a single BPL campaign is 13, set by Crystal Palace in 2004/05
  • The Potters have lost only three of their last 12 top-flight away fixtures (W4 D5 L3).
  • Riyad Mahrez has failed to score or assist a single goal in his last five league appearances and he has missed two penalties during this period

TEAM NEWS

Xherdan Shaqiri (hamstring) returned to training on Thursday and Hughes is hopeful of his return for Saturday, while Marko Arnautovic is expected to feature despite carrying a hamstring problem. Shay Given (knee) is nearing a return to fitness, but Geoff Cameron (ankle) will not be available for Stoke.

Vardy came off the bench to feature in Leicester’s FA Cup defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday as he continues his return from a groin injury. Ritchie De Laet is a doubt after sustaining a groin problem in the warm-up prior to the midweek third-round replay.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Albrighton, Kante, Drinkwater, Mahrez; Vardy, Okazaki

Stoke XI: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Affelay, Shaqiri, Arnautovic; Bojan, Joselu

PREDICTION: DRAW


CRYSTAL PALACE VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

LAST MEETING

September 20, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace

KEY STATS

  • Crystal Palace have failed to score in four of the last five Barclays Premier League meetings with Tottenham Hotspur
  • Spurs are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight away matches (W4 D5 L0)
  • The Eagles have won just two of the last seven league matches at Selhurst Park (W2 D2 L3), failing to score in four of the last six
  • Spurs have allowed their opponents a league-low 69 shots on target this season, an average of 3.1 per match
  • The last nine league meetings between Spurs and Crystal Palace have seen 17 goals scored, all of them in the second half

TEAM NEWS

Dwight Gayle (hamstring) will miss the weekend’s match at Selhurst Park and Yannick Bolasie’s absence is set to continue after suffering a knock prior to the 4-0 loss at Man City. Bakary Sako may return to aid Pardew’s attacking options, though.

Spurs will be without Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard (both ankle) and Clinton N’Jie (knee).

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Ledley, Cabaye, McArthur; Puncheon, Wickham, Zaha

Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Bentaleb, Son, Eriksen, Alli; Kane

PREDICTION: Spurs WIN


WEST HAM UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

September 19, 2015 (Etihad Stadium): Manchester City 1-2 West Ham

KEY STATS

  • After winning just one of the previous 14 Barclays Premier League matches against Manchester City (W1 D3 L10), West Ham United have won two of the last three meetings (W2 L1)
  • Man City’s win over Watford ended thier run of six league away trips without a win (D3 L3); in which they scored just two goals
  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last eight league fixtures at the Boleyn Ground (W4 D4)
  • Sergio Aguero has had a hand in six goals (four goals and two assists) in seven league outings against West Ham
  • West Ham have used 245 different players in the competition since its inception in 1992; more than any other side

TEAM NEWS

James Tomkins could join Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini on the sidelines, but Joey O’Brien is back in the West Ham squad.

Fernandinho has returned to training having missed Man City’s last three matches with a knock, while Eliaquim Mangala (hamstring) and Wilfried Bony (calf) are also nearing returns.

Vincent Kompany (calf) and Samir Nasri (hamstring) remain long-term absentees.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Ham XI: Adrian; Byram, Ogbonna, Collins, Cresswell; Noble, Song, Kouyate; Moses, Payet; Valencia

Man City XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Kolarov; Fernando, Toure; Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero

PREDICTION: West Ham WIN


EVERTON VS SWANSEA CITY

LAST MEETING

September 19, 2015 (Liberty Stadium): Swansea 0-0 Everton

KEY STATS

  • Everton and Swansea City have met 21 times in the league, with the Toffees winning 13 and losing none
  • Swansea have scored just four goals in nine Barclays Premier League matches against Everton, failing to find the net in six of those
  • Roberto Martinez’s side have won just three of their last 13 league fixtures at Goodison Park (W3 D4 L6)
  • Swansea have won just one of their last 11 top-flight matches on the road (W1 D3 L7)
  • Everton have scored with a league-high 19.5% of their shots so far in 2015/16

TEAM NEWS

Bryan Oviedo (leg), Tyias Browning and Tony Hibbert (all knee) are out of contention for Sunday’s fixture but James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman could return after recovering from injury.

Swansea report n0 new injuries.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Everton XI: Howard; Stones, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Baines; Besic; Lennon, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkely; Lukaku

Swansea XI: Fabianski; Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Naughton; Brtton; Ki, Cork; Sigurdsson; Routledge, Ayew

PREDICTION: Everton WIN


ARSENAL VS CHELSEA

LAST MEETING

September 19, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

KEY STATS

  • Arsenal have not scored in the last eight hours and two minutes of Barclays Premier League football against Chelsea
  • If the Gunners fail to score against Chelsea it will equal their longest run without a goal versus any opponent in BPL history (six matches v Liverpool 1997 to 2000)
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight top-flight matches against the Gunners (W5 D3), since Arsenal won 5-3 in October 2011
  • Guus Hiddink inflicted Arsenal’s heaviest ever BPL defeat at Emirates Stadium (4-1 to Chelsea in May 2009)
  • Three of the last four league meetings between these two sides at Arsenal have ended as 0-0 draws

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal are set to welcome back the midfield duo of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil after recovering from injury but Jack Wilshere (ankle), Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin (all knee) are still unavailable.

Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Diego Costa but Radamel Falcao is some way out of making a return.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Campbell, Flamini; Walcott, Ozil; Giroud

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Willian, Matic; Pedro, Fabregas; Costa

PREDICTION: DRAW


 

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