All the factz on Manchester City v Aston Villa, including which TV channel its on

Embed from Getty Images

The early kick-off in the Premier League today sees Manchester City take on Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.

City can close the gap to Liverpool to 3 points with a win today, meanwhile victory for the Villains would take them into the top half of the table.

The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on BT Sport. Here are the factz you need to know:

* City’s recent record against Villa is enviable – they’ve won their last 9 home matches against them.
* City also haven’t lost consecutive he matches since February 2016.
* Villa have hit some form, winning their last two. They haven’t won 3 in a row in the Premier League since 2010.
* Aston Villa have also scored at least twice  in each of their last 4 matches.
* City’s strike force is on fire: Gabriel Jesus has scored in each of his last 7 appearances while Sergio Aguero is second in the PL goalscoring charts with 8 strikes – one behind Jamie Vardy.

All the factz on Southampton v Leicester City, including which TV channel its on

Embed from Getty Images

We have Friday night football in the Premier League this week as Leicester City travel to the south coast to take on Southampton at St Mary’s.

The sides are looking at different ends of the table currently. A win for Leicester could take them above Manchester City into 2nd place. Meanwhile a win for Saints would take them to 14th and some breathing space above the relegation zone.

The match kicks off at 8pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* In this fixture last season the Foxes came away with all three points thanks to a 1-2 win. Saints gained revenge at the King Power Stadium with a win by the same score.
* Saints have won just one point at home all season.
* Leicester have won 3 of their last 4 PL matches – the other was a narrow defeat to Liverpool.
* Danny Ings is Southampton’s form man – he has 5 goals in his last 4 appearances.
* Leicester haven’t kept a clean sheet in the road in their last 12 matches.

Arsenal and Manchester City on alert as Isco set for Real Madrid exit

Embed from Getty Images

Premier League champions Manchester City and top-half side Arsenal could make a bid for Real Madrid forward Isco in January as it is reported he is on his way out of the club.

Isco has been a peripheral figure at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane this season, playing just 170 minutes. He also struggled for game time last season.

With Madrid said to be considering a January clear-out of some squad players, Isco is a clear candidate for the exit door.

Spanish news outlet AS has reported that both Arsenal and Manchester City are interested. With Madrid wanting Isco out, they may consider taking a reduced fee for him. Given that at 27 and with a contract that runs to 2022, they could ask top dollar for Isco, it could be a tempting deal.

It would certainly make sense for Arsenal, who have lacked creativity in midfield this season, especially without Mesut Ozil – who himself could be set to leave the Emirates in January.

For City, Isco would add to the already fierce competition for places at the Etihad stadium.

All the factz on Sheffield United v Arsenal, including which TV channel its on

Embed from Getty Images

The final match of this round of Premier League fixtures sees Sheffield United take on Arsenal at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United want a win to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone – they are currently one point above it. Meanwhile a win for Arsenal will take them back into the Champions League spots.

The match kicks off at 8pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* This is the first league meeting between the sides since 2006. They have met twice in the League Cup since then, with Arsenal running out comfortable winners on both occasions.
* United are slow starters – they’ve scored just one goal before half time this season.
* Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets away from home in their last 23 matches.
* The Blades have kept 24 clean sheets since the start of last season – more than any other side in the top 4 divisions in England.
* If Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores for Arsenal, it will be his 50th goal for the club in all competitions in just 75 appearances.

All the factz on Manchester United v Liverpool, including which channel its on

Embed from Getty Images

Only one match in the Premier League today but it is one of the biggest of the season – Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford.

This rivalry goes back decades but has always been intense – the two sides genuinely dislike each other, especially if one is doing well and the other is struggling, relatively speaking, as is the case now.

The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Last season, it ended 0-0 at Old Trafford. Earlier in the season, Liverpool beat United 3-1 at Anfield.
* Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 5 league matches against Liverpool at Old Trafford – they’ve won 3 of those
* Indeed, Liverpool have only beaten United once in their last 10 attempts in the PL – that win at Anfield last season, which prompted Jose Mourinho’s departure from the manager’s chair at United.
* If Liverpool win it will be their 18th in a row, equalling Manchester City’s top-flight record.
* A win for the Reds today will also the equal the Premier League record for most wins at the start of the season – 9. Chelsea achieved this in 2005.
* But United are out of form, winning just 2 of their last 13 league matches, losing 6.
* If United score twice they will be the first to reach 2,000 goals in the Premier League.
* However, United haven’t scored more than once since they thumped Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day of the season.
* If United lose, it will be their worst start to a season since 1986/7 – the season that one Alex Ferguson took over as manager.
* Only one side has ever won their first 9 league matches and not gone on to win the title – United in 1985/6. They won their first 10 that season but collapsed to let Liverpool take the glory.