#WeekendPreview: Matchday 29

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS ARSENAL

LAST MEETING

November 8, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham

FORM

Spurs: WWWWL

Arsenal: DWWLL

KEY STATS

  • Harry Kane has scored three goals in two Barclays Premier League appearances against Arsenal, and has 13 goals in 17 London derbies in the competition
  • Tottenham Hotspur have lost just one of their last seven league matches against the Gunners at White Hart Lane (W4 D2 L1)
  • Arsenal have taken the most points from the head to heads between this season’s top four (10), while Spurs have eight
  • Arsenal have won just two of their last eight BPL away matches (W2 D3 L3)
  • Arsenal have scored exactly one goal in each of their last six PL games against Spurs and each of the last four trips to White Hart Lane

TEAM NEWS

Arsene Wenger will be without first choice keeper Petr Cech for the next 3-4 weeks, forcing him to give a first Premier League appearance to David Ospina. Wenger also confirmed that Laurent Koscielny, who missed the Swansea match with a calf injury, will also be missing.

Dele Alli was a second-half substitute at the Boleyn Ground but is expected to return to the Spurs starting XI on Saturday after a foot issue. Mousa Dembele is also set to be in contention for Spurs after a groin problem.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Spurs XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli, Chadli; Kane

Arsenal XI: Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal; Ramsey, Coquelin; Campbell, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud

PREDICTION: Spurs WIN


MANCHESTER CITY VS ASTON VILLA

LAST MEETING

January 20, 2015 (Villa Park): Aston Villa 0-4 Manchester City

FORM

Man City: DWLLL

Villa: LWLLL

KEY STATS

  • Sergio Aguero has scored four goals in his last three Barclays Premier League matches against Aston Villa
  • Manchester City have won seven and lost just one of the last nine BPL encounters with Villa
  • City have not lost three league home matches in a row since March 2007 and have not gone three home fixtures without a win since November 2010
  • Aston Villa have taken just three points from a possible 39 in their last 13 top-flight away matches
  • The Villains have scored just five goals in the last 10 Premier League road trips

TEAM NEWS

City will check on Yaya Toure’s foot injury ahead of the game after he missed the Liverpool defeat, while Villa are not expected to welcome any of their injured players back in time to play.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Man City XI: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernando, Toure; Navas, Silva; Aguero, Iheanacho

Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Richards, Clark, Lescott; Hutton, Cissokho; Bacuna, Westwood, Gana; Ayew, Agbonlahor 

PREDICTION: Man City WIN


NEWCASTLE UNITED VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH

LAST MEETING

November 7, 2015 (Goldsands Stadium): Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle

FORM

Newcastle: LLWLL

Bournemouth: WLLDW

KEY STATS

  • Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth have met seven times in all competitions, with three wins for the Magpies and two for the Cherries
  • AFC Bournemouth have lost just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League away matches (W3 D4 L1)
  • Newcastle have lost just two of their last 10 league outings at St James Park (W4 D4 L2)
  • Benik Afobe has scored four goals in his last seven BPL appearances and AFC Bournemouth have won three and drawn one of those matches
  • Just 54% of Newcastle’s passes have been in the opposition half this season- a lower proportion than every other team in the Premier League

TEAM NEWS

Andros Townsend will not be risked for Newcastle, while Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba are out. Siem de Jong and Vurnon Anita and will be in the squad.

 For the visitors, Harry Arter and Joashua King are doubts to add to long-term absentees, Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings and Junior Stanislas.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Newcastle XI: Elliot; Janmaat, Lascelles, Taylor, Dummett; Colback, Shelvey, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Mitrovic

Bournemouth XI: Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Ritchie, Surman, Gosling, Gradel; Afobe, Grabban

PREDICTION: Newcastle WIN


SWANSEA CITY VS NORWICH CITY

LAST MEETING

November 7, 2015 (Carrow Road): Norwich 1-0 Swansea

FORM

Swansea: DDLLW

Norwich: LLDLL

KEY STATS

  • Swansea City and Norwich City have met 52 times in all competitions, with both sides winning 21 matches
  • Swansea have won just one of the seven Barclays Premier League meetings with the Canaries (W1 D2 L4)
  • There have been 15 goals scored across the three BPL matches between Swansea and Norwich at the Liberty Stadium
  • The Swans have won just two of their last 12 top-flight matches at home (W2 D5 L5)
  • Norwich have conceded a league-high 10 goals from corner situations in the Premier League this season

TEAM NEWS

Norwich boss Alex Neil confirmed that Alex Tettey will have ankle surgery and will miss the rest of the season, while Timm Klose and Jonny Howson are nursing knocks. Swansea report no new injuries

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Swansea XI: Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Naughton; Cork, Sigurdsson, Fer; Routledge, Gomis, Ayew

Norwich XI: Ruddy; Brady, Klose, Martin, Bennett, Pinto; Redmond, Tettey, Howson, Hoolahan; Naismith

PREDICTION: DRAW


CHELSEA VS STOKE CITY

LAST MEETING

November 7, 2015 (Britannia Stadium): Stoke 1-0 Chelsea

FORM

Chelsea: DDWWW

Stoke: LLWWW

KEY STATS

  • Chelsea have won all seven Barclays Premier League matches against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge, with the Potters scoring just two goals in that run
  • Guus Hiddink is unbeaten in his 11 league matches as Chelsea’s interim manager this season. No manager has gone 12 unbeaten at the start of a single spell as a manager at a BPL club
  • Mark Hughes has lost 30 and won none of his last 34 top-flght matches as a manager at Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea combined
  • Chelsea are on their longest unbeaten run of the season in the league (12 matches), which is also the second longest run of any team in 2015/16 (Tottenham Hotspur – 14)
  • Diego Costa has scored or assisted 12 goals in his last 10 PL appearances(eight goals, four assists)

TEAM NEWS

Guus Hiddink said that Pedro (hamstring) and captain John Terry (muscle) are not fit enough to start, with the latter unlikely to be part of the sqaud, while Diego Costa may not last the full 90 minutes.

Hughes has a defensive injury crisis at Stoke, which sees Phil Bardsley (calf), Ryan Shawcross (back) and Glen Johnson (knee) ruled out. Geoff Cameron is also a doubt with a knock.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Kenedy; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa

Stoke XI: Butland; Cameron, Muniesa, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Imbula, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic; Walters

PREDICTION: DRAW


SOUTHAMPTON VS SUNDERLAND

LAST MEETING

November 7, 2015 (Stadium of Light): Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

FORM

Southampton: DWWLL

Sunderland: LDWLD

KEY STATS

  • Sunderland suffered their worst Barclays Premier League defeat in this fixture a last season, an 8-0 loss at Southampton
  • The Black Cats have won just one of the last six BPL meetings with Southampton (W1 D3 L2)
  • Sunderland have kept the joint-fewest clean sheets in the league this term (three, along with Norwich City)
  • Saints have won none of their last 11 BPL matches where the opposition have scored (D3 L8)
  • Saints have lost three games that they have been leading in this season; more often than any other PL team

TEAM NEWS

Charlie Austin and Shane Long will miss the match with Sunderland due to injury.

Sam Allardyce could welcome back Jeremain Lens after hernia surgery.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Southampton XI: Forster; Yoshida, Fonte, van Dijk; Bertand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Soares;Tadic, Mane; Pelle

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

PREDICTION: Southampton WIN


EVERTON VS WEST HAM UNITED

LAST MEETING

November 7, 2015 (Boleyn Ground): West Ham 1-1 Everton

FORM

 Everton: LWWLW

West Ham: WLDWW

KEY STATS

  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in all seven appearances for Everton against West Ham United across all competitions
  • Everton have won 10 and lost none of the last 15 Barclays Premier League matches against West Ham
  • West Ham have won just three of their 39 league away trips to Merseyside (at Liverpool or Everton); losing 26 and drawing 10. But they did win at Anfield earlier this season
  • Aaron Lennon has found the net in four of his last six league appearances and has never lost a BPL match that he has scored in (31 matches, 27 wins, four draws)
  • West Ham have won just one of their last nine PL away matches (W1 D4 L4)

TEAM NEWS

For West Ham, Sam Byram serves the last of his two-match ban, with Bilic’s defensive options, weakened by the loss of Winston Reid, further depleted after losing James Collins for up to the next three matches to a hamstring injury sustained against Spurs. This could mean a call-up for Reece Oxford, 17, in the West Ham defence.

Martinez will check on the availability of Bryan Oviedo (knock), Tom Cleverley (chest infection), Muhamed Besic (hamstring) and Darron Gibson (knock). Leighton Baines came off the bench to replace Oviedo at Villa and, despite needing to see a specialist regarding his ankle injury, is expected to be able to feature..

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Everton XI: Robles; Baines, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Coleman; Barry, McCarthy; Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon; Lukaku

West Ham XI: Adrian; Antonio, Oxford, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Obiang, Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini, Payet; Carroll

PREDICTION: West Ham WIN


WATFORD VS LEICESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

November 7, 2015 (King Power Stadium): Leicester 2-1 Watford

FORM

Watford: DLWDL

Leicester: WWLWD

KEY STATS

  • Leicester City’s victory at Vicarage Road in 2013/14 ended a run of six matches without a win away at Watford (D1 L5)
  • There have been 26 goals netted in the last six matches between Watford and Leicester at Vicarage Road
  • Leicester have won 10 and lost just two of their last 17 Barclays Premier League away matches
  • These two sides have both seen a league-high four players play for them in every single BPL match this season – Schmeichel, Vardy, Albrighton and Morgan for Leicester and Gomes, Deeney, Ighalo and Capoue for Watford
  • Just 18 players have started a PL game for Leicester City this season; fewer than any other team

TEAM NEWS

Kante is Ranieri’s only absentee while Flores has a clean bill of health at Watford.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Watford XI: Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Holebas; Abdi, Suarez, Watson, Capoue; Deeney, Ighalo

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

PREDICTION: Watford WIN


CRYSTAL PALACE VS LIVERPOOL

LAST MEETING

November 8, 2015 (Anfield): Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace

FORM

Palace: LDLLD

Liverpool: WLDWW

KEY STATS

  • In four of the last five matches in all competitions between Crystal Palace and Liverpool, the team scoring first has not won (W1 D1 L3)
  • The last two Barclays Premier League meetings at Selhurst Park have seen the Reds take a 1-0 lead and lose 3-1 and a 3-0 lead only to draw 3-3
  • Liverpool won five and lost none of the first seven BPL encounters with Palace, but the Eagles have won four and lost just one of the last six
  • Connor Wickham has scored twice in each of his last two league matches, having scored one goal in his 18 top-flight appearances before that
  • The Eagles have gone 11 PL matches without a win (D4 L7)

TEAM NEWS

Jason Puncheon and James McArthur are the only absentees for the home side, while Liverpool are still without Joe Allen, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Kelly, Delaney, Dann, Ward; Zaha, Jedinak, Cabaye; Bolasie, Mutch; Wickham

Liverpool XI: Mingolet; Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Flanagan; Lallana, Can, Henderson, Milner; Firminho; Origi

PREDICTION: DRAW


WEST BROMWICH ALBION VS MANCHESTER UNITED

LAST MEETING

November 7, 2015 (Old Trafford): Man Utd 2-0 West Brom

FORM

West Brom: DLWWD

Man Utd: WDLWW

KEY STATS

  • West Bromwich Albion have lost just two of the last six Barclays Premier League matches against Manchester United (W2 D2 L2)
  • Man Utd named their fourth youngest starting XI in BPL history in their last match against Watford (23 years, 222 days old on average)
  • Salomon Rondon has scored in three of his last five league outings, having failed to score in his previous nine
  • Man Utd are unbeaten in nine BPL visits to the Hawthorns (W7 D2), the only instance of a team going nine or more away matches without defeat in the competition against one opponent at the same venue
  • Only against Chelsea (14) have West Brom lost more PL games than versus Man Utd (13)

TEAM NEWS

Jonny Evans, James Morrison and Callum McManaman are still some way out of making a return for the home side.

For Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phil Jones are progressing well but are still not fit enough to start.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Brom XI: Foster; Chester, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson; Yacob, Fletcher; Gardner, Sessegnon; Berahino, Rondon

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Rojo, Blind, Smalling, Darmian; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Martial, Mata, Memphis; Rashford

PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN


 

 

 

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