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All the factz you need for the Southampton v West Bromwich Albion Premier League clash

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In today’s 5.30pm kick off, Southampton take on West Bromwich Albion, which is live on BT Sports 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Last season’s games ended in a pair of away wins: Albion won 1-2 at St Mary’s and the Saints gained a 0-1 revenge at the Hawthorns.
* But Saints have won just one of their last 10 home PL matches, losing 5.
* Saints have also failed to score in 8 of those matches.
* However, the Baggies are terrible away from home – just one win in the last 13 PL matches.
* West Brom have scored in 6 of their 8 PL matches this season, but only scored more than once in one occasion.

All the factz for today’s 3pm kick offs in the Premier League

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There are 5 Premier League matches kicking off at 3pm today, including title contenders Manchester United and Manchester City. Here are the factz and stats you need to know about these matches:

Huddersfield Town v Manchester United

* This is the first league meeting between the sides since 1972.
* Huddersfield may have won their two opening matches, but they haven’t won since, with 3 losses and 3 draws.
* United have conceded a goal in just 1 PL game so far.
* The Terriers have scored just once in their last 6 matches.
* If United win, this will be their best start to a PL season – 23 points from 9 matches.

Manchester City v Burnley

* Last season, City did the double over Burnley, winning 2-1 on both occasions.
* City have scored 5 or more goals in each of their last 4 league matches.
* Burnley have more away points now (8) than they got in the whole of last season.
* Burnley are unbeaten in their last 6 PL matches – although 4 have been drawn.
* City have won their last 10 matches in all competitions.

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

* Newcastle are a bogey side for Palace – they’ve won just one of the past 13 matches against them in all competitions.
* Newcastle have won 2, drawn one and lost one at home so far this season.
* Palace have lost their last 6 away matches in the PL, scoring just once.
* Palace have yet to keep a clean sheet this season – the only PL side not to do so.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides came in 1982 in the old Division 2.

Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth

* Bournemouth won this fixture 0-1 last season, with the return at Dean Court ending 2-2.
* Stoke have conceded 18 goals in the PL so far this season, although 7 of those came against Man City last time out.
* Bournemouth have lost all 4 of their PL away matches this season.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides came in 1990 in the old Division 2 (now the Championship).
* The Cherries have kept 1 clean sheet in their last 11 PL matches.

Swansea City v Leicester City

* Swansea won this fixture 2-0 last season, with Leicester taking a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium.
* Swansea began the season with 3 straight home defeats, before beating Huddersfield last weekend.
* Leicester have won just 3 of their last 16 PL matches, losing 8, which was enough to cost Craig Shakespeare his job as manager.
* The last draw between the sides in any competition came in February 1980 – 13 games ago.
* Foxes caretaker Michael Appleton has managed one game previously in the PL – Taking caretaker charge of West Brom in 2011 versus West Ham, which ended 3-3.

All the factz for the Chelsea v Watford Premier League match

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Saturday’s first Premier League fixture today is Chelsea v Watford, which kicks off at 12.30 and is live on Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* This fixture last season ended with Chelsea winning a 7-goal thriller. The Blues also won at Vicarage Road.
* Watford have won just one of the 8 PL meetings between the sides, and that was back in 1999.
* Chelsea have won just one of their 4 PL home matches this season, losing 2.
* However, Watford have won 3 and drawn 1 of their away matches this season.
* This is Watford’s second best start to a top-flight season – their best was 1982/3, when they had 16 points from 8 matches.

Neymar told Barcelona teammates about exit at Messi’s wedding, says Xavi

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Neymar dropped the bombshell that he was leaving Barcelona for Paris St-Germain while he was attending Lionel Messi’s wedding this summer, his former teammate Xavi has revealed.

The Brazilian striker moved to PSG for a world record fee of £200 million last summer, in a saga that lasted most of the window. Neymar was at Barca for 4 years, two of those with Xavi, who moved to Qatari side Al Sadd in 2015.

But he chose to tell his then teammates about his impending departure at Messi’s wedding – nothing like pulling focus from the happy couple – in July, Xavi told the World Football Show on the BBC World Service.

“He said to us at Messi’s wedding that he wanted to change club,” Xavi said. “I said to him but why? He said ‘I am not happy in Barcelona, I prefer to leave, to have a new experience in Europe at PSG’ and finally he did, it was his decision, we must respect it.”

All the factz for tonight’s West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion match

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Its the return of Friday Night Football to the Premier League tonight, with West Ham United entertaining Brighton & Hove Albion. Match kicks off at 8pm and is live on Sky Sports Premier League.

• This is the first meeting between the sides since the 2011/12 season where they met in the Championship – this included a 6-0 win for the Hammers.
• The London Stadium is starting to become a fortress for the Hammers – they have kept 5 clean sheets in their past 7 PL home matches.
• Brighton have yet win away from home so far this season – losing 4 and drawing one in the PL.
• West Ham have a terrible disciplinary record. Since Slaven Bilic took over in 2015, 12 Hammers players have received their marching orders – 3 more than any other PL side in the same timeframe.
• If you want to stop Brighton, stop Pascal Gross. He’s scored two and made 3 assists this season – that’s an involvement in 83% of Brighton’s goals.