#WeekendPreview: Matchday 38

ARSENAL VS ASTON VILLA

LAST MEETING

December 13, 2015 (Villa Park): Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal

FORM

Arsenal: DWDWD

Aston Villa: LLLLD

KEY STATS

  • Aston Villa have lost nine of their last 11 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (W1 D1)
  • Arsenal have scored 14 goals without reply in the last four matches against Villa across all competitions
  • Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his last five appearances against Aston Villa
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 matches on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season (W8 D2). The last team to beat them on the final day was Birmingham City in 2005
  • Aston Villa have scored just seven goals in their last 14 Premier League road trips

TEAM NEWS

Jack Wilshere is ready to start against Aston Villa on Sunday according Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) will miss out, but Mesut Ozil (thigh) is back in training and Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini could be in contention for a final appearance in Arsenal colours.

The match is likely to provide a last outing for numerous Villa players, with the club seeking a fresh start in the Championship next term.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerín, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Ramsey; Sanchez, Iwobi, Walcott; Giroud

Aston Villa XI: Bunn; Bacuna, Lescott, Clark; Hutton, Westwood, Sanchez, Gueye, Toner; Ayew, Sinclair

PREDICTION: Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa


CHELSEA VS LEICESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

December 14, 2015 (King Power Stadium): Leicester 2-1 Chelsea

FORM

Chelsea: LWDLD

Leicester: WDWDW

KEY STATS

  • Chelsea had won six straight Barclays Premier League matches against Leicester City before the Foxes’ 2-1 victory back in December
  • Leicester have lost just two of their last 21 league away matches (W13 D6 L2)
  • Claudio Ranieri can register his 100th BPL win in this match (W99 D48 L36), thus becoming the 18th manager to hit that milestone in the competition
  • If Wes Morgan plays the full 90 minutes in this match he will become the third outfield player to play every minute of a BPL title-winning season (after Gary Pallister in 1992/93 and John Terry in 2014/15)
  • Chelsea have played at home on the final day more than any other team in Premier League history (15 times W11 D2 L2)

TEAM NEWS

Ranieri will welcome back Danny Drinkwater from suspension, while fellow England international Jamie Vardy will be available to play despite his manager confirming he must undergo wrist surgery.

John Terry is suspended following his red card at Sunderland. Diego Costa is sidelined with a hamstring injury and the striker now faces a race to be in contention for Spain’s Euro 2016 squad.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Chelsea XI: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Traore

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy

Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Leicester


EVERTON VS NORWICH

LAST MEETING

December 12, 2015 (Carrow Road): Norwich 1-1 Everton

FORM

Everton: DLWLL

Norwich: LLLLW

KEY STATS

  • Six of the last eight meetings between Everton and Norwich City in all competitions have ended as draws
  • Norwich have won just one of the last 11 Barclays Premier League meetings against Everton (W1 D6 L4)
  • The Canaries’ last win at Goodison Park, in 1993, saw Efan Ekoku become the first player to score four goals in a BPL match as they won 5-1
  • Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has made more starts in the competition than any other player, 572, one more than David James
  • Norwich have now been relegated from the Premier League a joint-high four times, level with Crystal Palace

TEAM NEWS

Phil Jagielka (hamstring) could be back having returned to training and Seamus Coleman (hamstring) will be subject to a late fitness test, while Norwich have no fresh injuries. 

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Everton XI: Joel; Pennington, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines; Barry, McCarthy; Cleverley, Barkley, Mirallas; Lukaku

Norwich XI: Ruddy; Pinto, Bennett, Martin, Olsson; O’Neil, Dorrans; Redmond, Naismith, Hoolahan; Mbokani 

Prediction: Everton 3-1 Norwich


MANCHESTER UNITED VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH

LAST MEETING

December 12, 2015 (Goldsands Stadium): Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

FORM

Man Utd: WWDWL

Bournemouth: WLLLD

KEY STATS

  • Manchester United have conceded fewer goals than any other team in the Barclays Premier League on home soil this season (eight)
  • AFC Bournemouth have lost just three of their last 12 league away matches (W5 D4 L3)
  • The Red Devils have taken 19 points from a possible 21 in their last seven top-flight home fixtures
  • AFC Bournemouth have visited Old Trafford four times in all competitions, losing all four without scoring
  • Manchester United have won just 18 league games this season; if they don’t beat Bournemouth, they’ll set a new club record for fewest wins in a full Premier League season (current record is 19 in 13/14)

TEAM NEWS

Bastian Schweinsteiger remains unavailable, while Luke Shaw will not make his comeback from a broken leg suffered in September this season and Marouane Fellaini remains suspended.

Bournemouth will be without Sylvain Distin (back) and Adam Smith (hernia).

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Carrick, Rooney; Mata, Lingard, Martial; Rashford

Bournemouth XI: Boruc; Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels; Gradel, Arter, Surman, Ritchie; King, Afobe

Prediction: Man Utd 3-1 Bournemouth


NEWCASTLE VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

LAST MEETING

December 13, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Spurs 1-2 Newcastle

FORM

Newcastle: WDDWD

Spurs: WWDDL

KEY STATS

  • Newcastle United have lost just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League matches at St James Park (W4 D3)
  • The Magpies have won one of their last five league home fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur (W1 D2 L2)
  • Newcastle have kept just one clean sheet in their last 22 BPL meetings with Spurs
  • If Spurs win this fixture, they will beat their highest ever points tally in a single season set in 2012/13 (72)
  • Rafa Benitez’s side are unbeaten in five in the Premier League, their best run since November 2014 (six matches unbeaten)

TEAM NEWS

 Rafael Benitez could start defender Daryl Janmaat (hand) after he was an unused substitute against Villa, while Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele are suspended for Spurs. Nabil Bentaleb (knee) is still out.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Newcastle XI: Darlow; Dummett, Mbemba, Lascelles, Anita; Tiote, Colback; Townsend, Wijnaldum, Sissoko; Cisse

Spurs XI: Lloris; Walker, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose; Mason, Dier; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane

Prediction: Newcastle 1-2 Spurs


SOUTHAMPTON VS CRYSTAL PALACE

LAST MEETING

January 9, 2016 (St Mary’s Stadium): Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace

FORM

Southampton: WDWWW

Crystal Palace: DDLLW

KEY STATS

  • Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win earlier this season was their first in the Barclays Premier League against Southampton, having lost eight and drawn four of the previous 12 meetings
  • Palace have won none of their last 10 BPL matches on the road (D5 L5)
  • Southampton have won seven and lost one of their last nine top-flight matches at St Mary’s Stadium
  • Yohan Cabaye has scored in both of his league appearances against Southampton
  • Only West Ham have scored more headed goals in the top-flight than Southampton

TEAM NEWS

Southampton’s only absentee is midfielder Jordy Clasie (groin).

Crystal Palace will be without Joe Ledley (fibula) and Wilfried Zaha (muscular injury).

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Southampton XI: Forster; Martina, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand; Wanyama, Romeu; Mane, Davis, Tadic; Long

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souaré; Puncheon, McArthur, Cabaye, Bolasie; Gayle, Wickham

Prediction: Southampton 3-2 Crystal Palace


STOKE VS WEST HAM UNITED

LAST MEETING

December 12, 2015 (Britannia Stadium): Stoke 0-0 West Ham

FORM

Stoke: LLLDL

West Ham: DWWLW

KEY STATS

  • Stoke City are unbeaten in their last five Barclays Premier League matches against West Ham United (W2 D3)
  • Stoke have won none of their last four BPL matches at the Britannia Stadium (D2 L2). Not beating West Ham would see them equal their longest run without a home win in the competition (five matches in September 2012)
  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last five league away trips (W2 D3), scoring at least two goals in each of those matches
  • West Ham will finish the season with a positive goal difference (currently +15) for the first time in a top-flight campaign since 1985/86
  • The Potters have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League games

TEAM NEWS

Bilic’s only injury concern is Adrian, who is unlikely to return in place of Darren Randolph due to a calf strain.

A broken leg sustained in training saw Stephen Ireland add to Hughes’ lengthy injury list, but Shay Given and Glen Johnson could make comebacks on Sunday.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Stoke XI: Given; Bardsley, Shawcross, Cameron, Pieters; Whelan, Imbula; Shaqiri, Adam, Arnautovic; Crouch

West Ham XI: Randolph; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Lanzini, Kouyaté, Noble, Payet; Sakho, Carroll

Prediction: Stoke 1-0 West Ham


SWANSEA VS MANCHESTER CITY

LAST MEETING

December 12, 2015 (Etihad Stadium): Man City 2-1 Swansea

FORM

Swansea: WLLWW

Man City: WDWLD

KEY STATS

  • Wilfried Bony has scored in both of his Barclays Premier League matches against former club Swansea City, and netted three goals in his last two appearances for the Swans against Man City before that
  • Manchester City have won six and lost none of the last seven BPL meetings with Swansea
  • Yaya Toure has scored four goals in his last four league appearances against Swansea
  • The Swans have won their last four BPL home matches, their best run of home results in the history of the competition
  • Sergio Aguero has scored in six Premier League games in a row, his longest ever run in the competition

TEAM NEWS

City remain without captain Vincent Kompany (thigh), fellow defender Pablo Zabaleta (calf) and playmaker David Silva (hamstring), while Aleksandar Kolarov (muscular) and Samir Nasri (illness) will be assessed.

Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will join team-mates Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor and Gylfi Sigurdsson in resting up ahead of Euro 2016 commitments, meaning a likely Barclays Premier League debut for Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Swansea XI: Nordfeldt; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Fer, Cork, Britton; Barrow, Ayew, Routledge

Man City XI: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy; Fernandinho, Fernando; Navas, Toure, De Bruyne; Aguero

Prediction: Swansea 2-2 Man City


WATFORD VS SUNDERLAND

LAST MEETING

December 12, 2015 (Stadium of Light): Sunderland 0-1 Watford

FORM

Watford: WLWLL

Sunderland: WDDWW

KEY STATS

  • Watford’s win over Sunderland earlier this season ended a run of six league matches without a win over the Black Cats (D2 L4)
  • Sunderland have won just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League away matches (W1 D4 L2)
  • Only one team (West Ham United) have stopped Sunderland from scoring in their last 13 top-flight away trips
  • Sunderland have won one and lost 11 of their 14 final day fixtures in the competition (D2)
  • A league-low eight different players have scored for Watford in the top-flight this season

TEAM NEWS

Valon Behrami (rib) and Etienne Capoue (knee) are set to miss out for the hosts while George Honeyman, Thomas Robson and Rees Greenwood are among the youngsters set to be involved for the visitors who did not pick up any fresh injuries during their vital midweek win over Everton.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Watford XI: Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Anya; Abdi, Suarez, Watson, Jurado; Ighalo, Deeney    

Sunderland XI: Mannone: van Aanholt, Kone, O’Shea, Yedlin; Khazri, M’Vila, Robson, Borini; Defoe

Prediction: Watford 1-1 Sunderland


WEST BROMWICH ALBION VS LIVERPOOL

LAST MEETING

December 13, 2015 (Anfield): Liverpool 2-2 West Brom

FORM

West Brom: LLDLD

Liverpool: WDLWD

KEY STATS

  • Liverpool have lost none of the last five Barclays Premier League matches against West Bromwich Albion (W2 D3)
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored in both of his league appearances for Liverpool against West Bro
  • Liverpool have lost each of their last three final day fixtures in the BPL that have been away from Anfield (2011, 2012 and 2015)
  • West Brom have won just one of their nine final-day matches in the competition (W1 D5 L3)

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that Danny Ings could make a return to the squad after missing seven months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, while Jordan Henderson (knee) and Divock Origi (ankle) are getting closer to a comeback, but are not expected to be back prior to the Europa League final.

West Brom will check on Darren Fletcher (ankle), Jonny Evans (groin), Stephane Sessegnon (illness) and Adam Pritchard (thigh) ahead of the game.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Brom XI: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Olsson; Fletcher, Yacob; Sessegnon, Gardner, McClean; Rondon

Liverpool XI: Ward; Flanagan, Skrtel, Lucas, Smith; Allen, Stewart; Ibe, Ojo, Firmino; Benteke

Prediction: West Brom 3-1 Liverpool


 

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