#WeekendPreview: Matchday 30

NORWICH CITY VS MANCHESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

January 9, 2016 (Carrow Road): Norwich 0-3 Man City

FORM

Norwich: LDLLL

Man City: WLLLW

KEY STATS

  • Man City are unbeaten in their last five trips to Carrow Road in all competitions (W4 D1 L0)
  • There have been 40 goals scored in the last eight Barclays Premier League meetings between Norwich City and Manchester City
  • Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in five Premier League appearances against Norwich and also netted in the FA Cup meeting back in January
  • The Canaries have won just one of the last 13 Premier League matches against The Citizens (W1 D5 L7)
  • Only one team has prevented Norwich City from scoring in their last nine Premier League games at Carrow Road (Tottenham Hotspur)

TEAM NEWS

Norwich have concerns over Robbie Brady and Steven Naismith, who suffered respective calf and hamstring problems in the 1-0 defeat to Swansea City last Saturday, but Sebastien Bassong and Andre Wisdom could both return. Alex Tettey is out with an ankle injury.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini said Toure has joined Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri on the sidelines, with the trio expected back after the international break.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Norwich XI: Ruddy; Pinto, Klose, Martin, Bennett, Brady; Howson, Dorrans, Redmond, Naismith; Bamford

Man City XI: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling; Aguero

PREDICTION: Man City WIN


STOKE CITY VS SOUTHAMPTON

LAST MEETING

November 21, 2015 (St Mary’s Stadium): Southampton 0-1 Stoke

FORM

Stoke: LWWWD

Southampton: WWLLD

KEY STATS

  • Stoke have lost just one of their last six PL games at the Britannia Stadium (W4 D1 L1)
  • Saints have won just two of their last eight PL away matches (W2 D1 L5)
  • Ronald Koeman’s side have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four PL away games, but lost their last road trip 0-2 to Bournemouth
  • Without Marko Arnautovic’s nine PL goals this season, Stoke City would be 12 points worse off
  • Jack Butland has been forced into making more saves than any other Premier League goalkeeper this season (98)

TEAM NEWS

Stoke Captain Ryan Shawcross could be in contention after returning to full training this week following a back injury, while Charlie Adam (calf) is also vying to make the squad. Phil Bardsley (calf) and Glen Johnson (knee) are expected to be out, as is long-term absentee Marc Wilson (also knee).

There is good news for the visitors with Shane Long fit to return from a knee injury.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Stoke XI: Butland; Cameron, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Imbula; Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic; Diouf

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

PREDICTION: Stoke WIN


AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS SWANSEA

LAST MEETING

November 21, 2015 (Liberty Stadium): Swansea 2-2 Bournemouth

FORM

Bournemouth: LLDWW

Swansea: DLLWW

KEY STATS

  • Swansea have won two of their last three league visits to play Bournemouth
  • Bournemouth have won four of their 14 PL home games this season, but never won back to back games at Vitality Stadium in the top flight
  • Just 25.9% of Swansea’s passes this season have come in the attacking third of the pitch; the lowest proportion in the top flight
  • The Cherries have scored a league high tally (8) and proportion (23%) of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League games this season
  • The Swans have conceded a league high 43.2% of their goals from set-piece situations this season

TEAM NEWS

Bournemouth will assess the fitness of Harry Arter (calf) ahead of kick-off, while Swansea will check on Ki Sung-yueng (foot).

PREDICTED LINEUPS

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

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

PREDICTION: DRAW


ASTON VILLA VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

LAST MEETING

November 2, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa

FORM

Villa: WLLLL

Spurs: WWWLD

KEY STATS

  • Spurs have lost none of their last eight trips to Villa Park in all competitions (W6 D2 L0)
  • There have been red cards in three of the last five Premier League meetings between these two sides at Villa Park
  • Tottenham have conceded just 12 goals in 14 PL away games this season, but kept just three clean sheets
  • If Aston Villa lose this match it’ll equal their worst tally of Premier League defeats in a single season (20- set both in 2013-14 and 2014-15)
  • Spurs have won a league high 18 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season

TEAM NEWS

The hosts are expected to name the same squad from last week’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester City, with Jack Grealish, Libor Kozak (both ankle), Carlos Sanchez (hamstring), Jordan Amavi (knee) and Adama Traore (foot) all out.

Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie (both knee) are still absent for Spurs but Danny Rose (calf) and Eric Dier (knock) should play having sat out versus Dortmund.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Clark, Lescott, Richards; Cissokho, Veretout, Gueye, Westwood Hutton; Agbonlahor, Ayew

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

PREDICTION: Spurs WIN


 

 

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