ASTON VILLA VS CHELSEA
October 17, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa
Aston Villa: LLLLL
- Chelsea have won seven of the last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Aston Villa (L1)
- The Blues are unbeaten in their last six league away matches (W4 D2), conceding just two goals in that run
- Branislav Ivanovic has scored five BPL goals against Aston Villa, more than versus any other opponent.
- The opening goal has come in the first 15 minutes in six of the last eight top-flight matches between Villa and Chelsea
- Aston Villa have won just two of their last 16 PL matches at Villa Park, scoring just 11 goals in that run
Caretaker manager Eric Black will take charge of the first team until a permanent replacement for Garde is found. Black will be able to call upon Adama Traore and Jack Grealish, their wingers having recovered from respective metatarsal and ankle injuries which have kept them both out of BPL action since a 3-1 defeat to Sunderland on 2 January.
Hiddink will still be without striker Diego Costa due to suspension, while Eden Hazard is doubtful with a thigh problem.
Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho; Veretout, Westwood, Gueye, Gil, Ayew; Gestede
Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Traore
PREDICTION: Chelsea WIN
WEST HAM UNITED VS CRYSTAL PALACE
October 17, 2015 (Selhurst Park): Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham
West Ham: DWWWD
Crystal Palace: LLDLL
- The last three Barclays Premier League meetings between West Ham United and Crystal Palace have ended as 3-1 away wins
- The two sides have met nine times in the BPL, with both teams winning four and drawing one
- Yohan Cabaye has scored three goals in his last two top-flight outings against West Ham
- Crystal Palace have won just one of their six league London derbies this season (W1 L5)
Palace will be without James McArthur due to an ankle problem, while Connor Wickham is also unlikely to feature because of a thigh injury. Yohan Cabaye, Emmanuel Adebayor and Mile Jedinak are doubts due to knocks.
Bilic will have to make do without the services of James Collins (hamstring) and Sam Byram (muscular) due to injury, but James Tomkins returns after shaking off a calf problem.
West Ham XI: Adrian; Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Antonio, Lanzini, Payet; Sakho
Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Cabaye, Ledley; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Adebayor
PREDICTION: West Ham WIN
AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS MANCHESTER CITY
October 17, 2015 (Etihad Stadium): Man City 5-1 Bournemouth
Man CIty: LLWDL
- AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City have played seven times in the league, with the Citizens winning five and losing none
- Man City have kept clean sheets in each of their previous three competitive visits to AFC Bournemouth
- AFC Bournemouth have netted more goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season (eight)
- City have scored 11 goals from outside the penalty area this term, a BPL high in 2015/16
AFC Bournemouth hope to have Joshua King available after he sustained a knock in the 3-0 defeat to Spurs prior to the international break, but Junior Stanislas (hamstring) and Harry Arter (Achilles) are unlikely to feature.
Calf injuries will keep Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany sidelined for City, with Raheem Sterling (groin) also out, but Yaya Toure (heel) and Fabian Delph (calf) are both hoping to be available.
Bournemouth XI: Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Gradel; King, Afobe
Man City XI: Caballero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Fernando; Navas, Toure, Silva; Aguero
NORWICH VS NEWCASTLE UNITED
October 18, 2015 (St. James’ Park): Newcastle 6-2 Norwich
- Newcastle United have won four and lost none of the last six Barclays Premier League matches against Norwich City
- Newcastle scored six goals from six shots on target when they beat the Canaries 6-2 at St James Park in October
- Norwich have not lost at home to Newcastle in the top flight since January 1994, winning three and drawing two since then
- Rafael Benitez has won all three of his previous league meetings with Norwich
- The Canaries have won none of their last five PL games at Carrow Road (D2 L3)
Rob Elliot suffered a serious knee injury on international duty this week, ruling him out for the rest of the season and denying him a place in the Republic of Ireland squad at Euro 2016. With first-choice keeper Tim Krul also out with a similar anterior cruciate ligament rupture, Karl Darlow will make his first appearance for the club since December between the sticks. Midfielder Jack Colback is suspended for the Magpies’ next two games having picked up his 10th booking of the season against Sunderland, but Daryl Jaanmat is expected to shake off a knee problem.
Norwich hope to have Steven Naismith available after the forward withdrew from the Scotland squad due to a hamstring problem, but Nathan Redmond and Alexander Tettey (both ankle) remain out.
Norwich XI: Ruddy; Martin, Bassong, Klose, Olsson; Jarvis, Howson, O’Neil, Brady; Hoolahan; Naismith
Newcastle XI: Darlow; Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Anita; Shelvey, Sissoko; Townsend, Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrovic
STOKE CITY VS SWANSEA CITY
October 19, 2015 (Liberty Stadium): Swansea 0-1 Stoke
- Stoke City are unbeaten in four Barclays Premier League home matches against Swansea City (W3 D1)
- Marko Arnautovic has scored three times in his last three matches at the Britannia Stadium
- Swansea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 league away trips
- Ryan Shawcross could make his 250th BPL appearance in this match, becoming the first Stoke player to achieve that milestone
Jack Butland’s ankle injury on England duty means he will be replaced by either Shay Given or Jakob Haugaard, while defenders Ryan Shawcross (back) and Glen Johnson (knee) are also doubts.
Xherdan Shaqiri (thigh) will be assessed, while Jon Walters (knee) is out. For the visitors, Andrew Ayew (ankle) is missing and Leon Britton’s heel will be checked prior to the match.
Stoke XI: Haugaard; Bardsley, Cameron, Wollscheid, Muniesa; Whelan, Imbula; Bojan, Afellay, Arnautovic; Joselu
Swansea XI: Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Naughton; Cork, Ki, Fer, Barrow, Sigurdsson; Gomis
PREDICTION: Stoke WIN
ARSENAL VS WATFORD
March 13, 2016 (Emirates Stadium/FA Cup): Arsenal 1-2 Watford
- Arsenal had won the previous six meetings with Watford before a 2-1 defeat last month in the FA Cup quarter final
- The Hornets scored with their only two shots on target in that FA cup match
- Watford and Arsenal have met 17 times in the league, with both sides winning eight times and drawing once
- Watford have won just one of their last six Barclays Premier League away matches (W1 D1 L4) and failed to score in four of the last five
- The Hornets have not won twice against Arsenal in the same season (all competitions) since 1987/88, and they have never won away against the Gunners twice in a single campaign
Watford will check on the fitness of Joel Ekstrand (hamstring), Valon Behrami and Sebatian Prodl (both illness), but may have a clean bill of health for the encounter.
Wenger, meanwhile, does not expect to have goalkeeper Petr Cech (calf) back, while Santi Cazorla (Achilles), Mathieu Flamini (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Aaron Ramsey (thigh) are all still out. Long-term absentees Jack Wilshere (calf) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) are both back in training as they close in on returns, with the manager hoping a number of his key stars can be fit to play West Ham United on 9 April.
Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Coquelin, Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck; Giroud
Watford XI: Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake; Jurado, Amrabat, Suarez, Capoue; Deeney, Ighalo
PREDICTION: Arsenal WIN
SUNDERLAND VS WEST BROMWICH ALBION
October 17, 2015 (The Hawthorns): West Brom 1-0 Sunderland
West Brom: WWDWL
- West Bromwich Albion have lost just one of their last 12 Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (W8 D3 L1)
- Saido Berahino has scored three goals in his last three league appearances against the Black Cats
- The Baggies have beaten Sunderland more times in the BPL than any other team (nine)
- Jermain Defoe’s tally of 12 top-flight goals is his best in a season since 2009/10, in which he scored 18 times for Tottenham Hotspur
- Salomon Rondon has scored in four of his last six PL starts
An ankle injury keeps Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore out of contention, but Jeremain Lens has recovered from a hernia problem and is available for selection.
The trip to Wearside comes too soon for West Brom midfielder James Morrison, who will return to full training next week after a hamstring injury, and fellow midfielder Chris Brunt remains sidelined with a ruptured cruciate ligament.Some good news for the Baggies though, as Callum McManaman is hoping to feature for the first time since January after completing 45 minutes in a midweek friendly as part of his rehabilitation from an ankle ligament injury.
Sunderland XI: Mannone; van Aanholt, Kaboul, Kone, Yedlin; Kirchhoff; Khazri, Rodwell, M’Vila, Borini;Defoe
West Brom XI: Foster; Evans, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson; Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob; Gardner; Berahino, Rondon
LIVERPOOL VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
October 17, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool
- Liverpool have won five and lost none of their last six Barclays Premier League meetings with Tottenham Hotspur
- Spurs have won just one of their last 21 league visits to Anfield (W1 D6 L14)
- Liverpool have scored 18 goals in their last six BPL matches against Spurs, but they failed to find the net last time out at White Hart Lane
- Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost just one of their last 14 league away matches (W8 D5 L1)
- Spurs have failed to score in four of the last five Premier League meetings with the Reds
Spurs head coach Pochettino is likely to be without Jan Vertonghen (knee) and Erik Lamela (muscle) at Anfield, although Toby Alderweireld is expected to be fit after a stomach problem.
For Liverpool, Saturday’s match has come too soon for Lucas Leiva, who is recovering from a thigh injury. Roberto Firmino will have a hamstring tested to see if he is fit after missing the defeat at Southampton. Christian Benteke and Divock Origi both suffered knocks on duty for Belgium, but while the former will not feature, the latter has recovered.
Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Flanagan, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Milner, Henderson, Can; Lallana, Coutinho, Sturridge
Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dembele, Dier, Lamela, Eriksen, Alli; Kane
LEICESTER CITY VS SOUTHAMPTON
October 17, 2015 (St. Mary’s Stadium): Southampton 2-2 Leicester City
- Leicester City have won only one of their last eight Barclays Premier League matches against Southampton (D4 L3)
- Southampton’s only win away to Leicester in the BPL came in December 2001, winning 4-0 at Filbert Street (D2 L6)
- The Foxes have 41 more points from 31 league matches this season (66) compared to 2014/15 (25). They were also bottom of the league after 31 rounds of fixtures in 2014/15
- Graziano Pelle has been involved in each of Southampton’s last five goals, scoring three and assisting the other two for Sadio Mane
- Saints have lost just one of the last five Premier League away games (W3 D1 L1)
Leicester will check on the fitness of Andy King (hamstring), while Southampton welcome back key trio Charlie Austin, Ryan Bertrand and Jay Rodriguez, with striker Shane Long (patellar tendon) their only fitness doubt.
Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Vardy, Okazaki
Southampton XI: Forster; Martina, Van Dijk, Fonte, Cedric; Wanyama, Clasie, Davis; Tadic, Pelle, Mane
PREDICTION: Leicester City WIN
MANCHESTER UNITED VS EVERTON
October 17, 2015 (Goodison Park): Everton 0-3 Manchester United
Man Utd: LWWLW
- After winning just four of the first 40 Barclays Premier League meetings with Manchester United (W4 D7 L29), Everton have won four of the last seven (W4 L3)
- The Red Devils have conceded just seven goals in their last 14 league outings at Old Trafford
- Everton have lost just one of their last 14 top-flight away matches (W6 D7 L1)
- Romelu Lukaku is one of only four players to score a hat-trick against Man Utd in the BPL (Dirk Kuyt, David Bentley and Samuel Eto’o are the other three). He has scored six goals in his last seven appearances for Everton in all competitions
- Manchester United have scored 999 goals in the Premier League at Old Trafford
Everton defender John Stones is available after suffering a knock on international duty with England, while Kevin Mirallas and Bryan Oviedo are back from suspension and a chest infection respectively.
United will be without Bastian Schweinsteiger after the Germany captain suffered knee ligament damage while away with his country. Wayne Rooney is stepping up his recovery from a similar problem but the match against his former club comes too soon.
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rashford
Everton XI: Joel; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines; Besic, McCarthy; Cleverley, Barkley, Lennon; Lukaku
PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN