#WeekendPreview: Matchday 27

WEST HAM UNITED VS SUNDERLAND

LAST MEETING

October 3, 2015 (Stadium of Light): Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

FORM

West Ham: LDWLD

Sunderland: LDLDW

KEY STATS

  • West Ham United have won seven and lost just one of the last 10 Barclays Premier League home matches against Sunderland
  • Sunderland have won just two of their last 15 league away trips (W2 D3 L10)
  • Dimitri Payet has scored or assisted 12 BPL goals this season (seven goals, five assists); twice as many as any other West Ham player
  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last 10 top-flight matches at the Boleyn Ground (W5 D5)
  • Sunderland have conceded the joint-most penalties in the PL this season along with Norwich City (7)

TEAM NEWS

West Ham have Andy Carroll (groin) and Cheikhou Kouyate – who had his red card against Blackburn rescinded – available, while Winston Reid (hamstring) and Diafra Sakho (thigh) are closing in on returns but remain doubtful.

Sunderland have been boosted by recent injury absentees Younes Kaboul (foot), Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring) and Sebastian Larsson (knee) participating in full training this week, but Jeremain Lens (hernia) is still expected to be missing.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Ham XI: Adrian; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Collins, Bryam; Obiang, Song, Noble; Payet, Antonio; Emenike

Sunderland XI: Mannone; van Aanholt, O’Shea, Kone, Yedlin; Kirchhoff; Khazri, M’Vila, Cattermole, N’Doye; Defoe

PREDICTION: West Ham WIN


STOKE CITY VS ASTON VILLA

LAST MEETING

October 3, 2015 (Villa Park): Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke

FORM

Stoke: DLLLW

Villa: DDLWL

KEY STATS

  • Stoke City have lost just two of the last 12 Barclays Premier League contests against Aston Villa (W5 D5 L2)
  • Aston Villa have the lowest chance conversion rate in the league this season, scoring with just 10% of their shots
  • Villa have won none of their last 12 top-flight away matches (D3 L9)
  • This is Stoke’s joint-highest points haul after 26 BPL matches, along with last season (36)
  • Aston Villa have scored the highest proportion of second half goals of any team in the PL this season (70%)

TEAM NEWS

Stoke will check on Phil Bardsley (hip), Marc Muniesa (hamstring) and captain Ryan Shawcross (back) ahead of the match, while Geoff Cameron (ankle) and Glen Johnson (knee) are likely to miss out.

Rudy Gestede (hamstring) is fit to play for the visitors, but Jack Grealish, Libor Kozak (both ankle), Adama Traore (foot) and Carlos Sanchez (hamstring) are all out.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Stoke XI: Butland; Pieters, Muniesa, Wollscheid, Johnson; Shaqiri, Imbula, Whelan; Diouf, Afellay; Joselu

Villa XI: Bunn; Cissokho, Lescott, Okore, Richards; Veretout, Gueye, Westwood, Bacuna; Gil. Gestede

PREDICTION: Stoke City WIN


WATFORD VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH

LAST MEETING

 October 3, 2015 (Goldsands Stadium): Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

FORM

Watford: LWDLW

Bournemouth: WDWLL

KEY STATS

  • This will be the 100th league meeting between Watford and AFC Bournemouth, with both sides having won 35 of the matches
  • AFC Bournemouth have scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season (eight)
  • The Cherries have lost just one of their last seven league away trips (W3 D3 L1)
  • The last time Troy Deeney faced AFC Bournemouth at Vicarage Road he scored a hat trick in a 6-1 victory in August 2013
  • Bournemouth have lost four of their last nine PL games (W2 D3 L4)

TEAM NEWS

Watford are unlikely to have Juan Manuel Jurado – who has missed the last two matches with a calf problem – fully fit, but Flores has few major injury concerns as they head into a pivotal stage of the season.

AFC Bournemouth attacking duo Max Gradel and Callum Wilson have resumed training exercises following serious knee injuries but are not expected to return until the end of next month.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Watford XI: Gomes; Ake, Cathcart, Prödl, Nyom; Behrami, Watson, Capoue; Amrabat, Ighalo,Deeney

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

PREDICTION: DRAW


SOUTHAMPTON VS CHELSEA

LAST MEETING

October 3, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 1-3 Southampton

FORM

Southampton: WWDWW

Chelsea: DWDDW

KEY STATS

  • Southampton have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 Barclays Premier League matches against Chelsea
  • Chelsea have won four and lost just one of their seven BPL trips to St Mary’s Stadium
  • Southampton have gone nine hours and 14 minutes since they last conceded a league goal
  • The Blues are unbeaten in their last 10 top-flight matches (W4 D6)
  • Ronald Koeman has the best win percentage of any Southampton manager in Premier League history (45.3%)

TEAM NEWS

Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos are back in training after long-term injury lay-offs but Koeman says neither is ready to return. Southampton boast an otherwise clean bill of health.

Chelsea captain John Terry (hamstring) is hoping to make his comeback after missing the PSG defeat and the FA Cup win over Manchester City.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa

PREDICTION: DRAW


LEICESTER CITY VS NORWICH CITY

LAST MEETING

October 3, 2015 (Carrow Road): Norwich 1-2 Leicester

FORM

Leicester: DWWWL

Norwich: LLLLD

KEY STATS

  • Norwich City have won just one and lost nine of the last 12 Barclays Premier League away matches
  •   Only Riyad Mahrez (24) has been involved in more BPL goals (scored and assisted) than Jamie Vardy (22) this season
  • Leicester have conceded just three goals in their last eight league matches at the King Power Stadium and have gone six hours and 13 minutes since they last conceded on home soil
  • The winning side in the last three league meetings between Leicester and Norwich have scored a penalty. Leicester have won more penalties than any other team in the top flight this season (10)
  • The Canaries have gone 13 PL games on the road without a clean sheet

TEAM NEWS

Ranieri has Jeffrey Schlupp, who scored what proved to be the winner when Leicester beat Norwich 2-1 in October, back fit and could hand January signing Daniel Amartey a debut due to Danny Simpson’s suspension.

Norwich report no new injuries.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Schlupp, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Amartey, Kanté, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy

Norwich XI: Ruddy; Martin, Klose, Bassong, Brady; Redmond, O’Neil, Howson, Naismith; Hoolahan; Jerome 

PREDICTION: Leicester WIN


WEST BROMWICH ALBION VS CRYSTAL PALACE

LAST MEETING

October 3, 2015 (Selhurst Park): Palace 2-0 West Brom

FORM

West Brom: LDDLW

Crystal Palace: LLLDL

KEY STATS

  • Crystal Palace have won none of their last nine Barclays Premier League matches (W0 D3 L6) and scored just four goals in that run
  • There have been four penalties in the last four meetings between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace
  • Only Alan Pardew (43%) has a better BPL win percentage as Crystal Palace manager than Tony Pulis managed with the Eagles (42%)
  • West Brom and Palace have both scored a joint-high eight goals from corners in the league this season (along with Manchester City)
  • Only Palace (129) and West Ham (127) have blocked more opposition shots than West Brom this season (122)

TEAM NEWS

Palace have Pape Souare suspended while Pulis will likely be without Jonny Evans (hamstring) as West Brom seek to put a difficult few days behind them.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Brom XI: Foster; Chester, Olsson, Pocognoli, Dawson; Sessegnon, Yacob, Fletcher; McClean, Berahino; Rondon

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Mariappa, Delaney, Dann, Ward; Jedinak; Wickham, Mutch, Cabaye, Zaha; Adebayor

PREDICTION: West Brom WIN


MANCHESTER UNITED VS ARSENAL

LAST MEETING

October 4, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United

FORM

United: WLWDL

Arsenal: DLDWW

KEY STATS

  • Manchester United have won six and lost none of their last eight Barclays Premier League home meetings with Arsenal
  • Arsenal’s win against United at Emirates Stadium earlier this season ended a run of eight league matches without a victory against the Red Devils (W0 D3 L5)
  • The Gunners have kept five clean sheets in their last eight top-flight matches
  • Arsenal have only won two of their last seven league away matches (W2 D3 L2), this following a run of 10 wins from 12 away trips.
  • Man Utd (33) have scored fewer goals after 26 league games than in any season since 1989/90 (30)

TEAM NEWS

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has joined the Gunners’ lengthy list of absentees with a knee injury suffered against Barca, but Gabriel (hamstring) is in contention and will undergo a late fitness test.

United have 14 players struggling with injuries, but will assess key trio David de Gea (knee), Anthony Martial (hamstring) and Chris Smalling (shoulder) ahead of kick-off.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Man Utd XI: De Gea: Borthwick-Jackson, Smalling, Blind, Varela; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Depay, Mata, Lingard; Martial

Arsenal XI: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin; Welbeck, Ramsey, Coquelin; Sanchez, Ozil; Giroud

PREDICTION: DRAW


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS SWANSEA CITY

LAST MEETING

October 4, 2015 (Liberty Stadium): Swansea 2-2 Tottenham

FORM

Spurs: WWWWW

Swansea: WWDDL

KEY STATS

  • Tottenham Hotspur have won seven and lost none of the nine Barclays Premier League matches against Swansea City (D2)
  • Swansea have collected just 0.22 points per match on average in the BPL against Spurs; fewer than against any other opponent in the competition
  • Christian Eriksen has had a hand in five goals (three goals, two assists) in his last five league appearances
  • Eriksen has scored three goals in his last three top-flight matches against Swansea
  • Spurs have only allowed 79 shots on target against them in 2015/16, fewer than any other team in the PL

TEAM NEWS

Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele is out for a couple of weeks with a groin strain, while Swansea have a clean bill of health.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Spurs XI: Lloris; Walker, Wimmer, Alderweireld, Rose; Dier, Mason; Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Kane

Swansea XI: Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor; Ayew, Cork, Britton, Routledge; Sigurdsson; Paloschi 

PREDICTION: Spurs WIN


 

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