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All the factz you need to know for the Liverpool v Everton Merseyside derby

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Liverpool welcome – if that’s the right word – Everton to Anfield today in the Premier League. Kick off is 2.15pm and the match is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Liverpool did the double over their city rivals last season, winning 3-1 at Anfield and 0-1 at Goodison Park.
* This is the 249th Liverpool Derby in all competitions (excluding wartime games).
* In the PL era, Liverpool have won 19 of the 50 matches to Everton’s 9.
* Everton haven’t won at Anfield this century in the PL – a run of 17 matches. Liverpool have won 9 of those matches.
* Liverpool haven’t lost to Everton in their last 14 matches. If they avoid defeat today it will equal their longest unbeaten run against the Toffees.
* Liverpool have won 5 of their last 6 PL matches, scoring 19 goals in the process.
* Everton’s form is improving: they’ve won their last 2, as many as they won in their previous 12.
* The Reds have conceded just 2 goals at home this season.
* Everton have the third leakiest defence in the PL this season, conceding 28 so far.
* This fixture is always feisty: there have been 21 players sent off in the 50 PL match-ups, with two-thirds of those being Everton players.

All the factz you need on Southampton v Arsenal

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In the early kick-off today in the Premier League, Southampton take on Arsenal at St Mary’s. Kick-off time is 12.00 and the match is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Arsenal won 0-2 last time they visited St Mary’s in May. They also won 0-5 in the FA Cup in January.
* Saints have lost 3 of their last 6 matches, only winning one.
* Arsenal have won 7 of their last 10 PL matches, although only 2 of those have been away from home.
* Goalscoring remains Southampton’s problem: 15 in 15 matches this season, but only 10 in their last 15 home matches.
* Arsenal have lost 9 times away from home in 2017, and 11 in all – their worst record in Arsene Wenger’s 21 years at the club.

All the factz on Newcastle United v Leicester City

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Today’s late kick-off in the Premier League sees Leicester City travel to St James’s Park to take on Newcastle United. The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Newcastle have lost 5 of their last 6 matches, drawing the other.
* Leicester meanwhile are in form: having lost 1 of their last 9, winning 4 and drawing 4.
* Newcastle have lost their last 2 home matches without scoring.
* If Jamie Vardy scores it will be his 50th in the PL and he will be the first Leicester play to reach that mark.
* Leicester have an oddly symmetrical record this season: 5 wins, 5 draws, 5 defeats, scored 20, conceded 20, points 20.

All the factz on December 9th’s 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are five matches in the Premier League that kick off at 3pm today, with some crucial face-offs at the bottom of the division. Here are the factz you need to know:

Burnley v Watford

* Burnley won this fixture 2-0 last season. Watford won the return 2-1.
* Watford haven’t won at Turf Moor since 2004.
* Don’t expect a goal-fest: there have only been 8 goals scored in PL matches at Turf Moor so far this season.
* Watford’s away form is good – 13 points from 7 matches – more than they won in the whole of last season.
* There have been 5 draws in the last 10 meetings between the sides, with Burnley winning 3 of the others.

Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth

* This fixture ended 1-1 last season, with Palace taking a 0-2 at the Vitality Stadium.
* Palace are unbeaten in 4 matches, although they’ve only won one of those.
* In their last 6 matches, Bournemouth have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 2.
* Palace, along with Swansea are joint lowest scorers in the division – just 8 from 15 games.
* Bournemouth games have resulted in 30 goals this season, only Swansea matches have seen fewer (26).

Huddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion

* The Terriers won this fixture 3-1 last season. Brighton had won 1-0 at the Amex earlier in the season.
* After winning their first two matches, Huddersfield have won just of their next 13.
* Brighton have won half of their 8 away games this season, losing just one.
* Only Crystal Palace and Swansea have scored fewer goals than Huddersfield’s 9.
* Lewis Dunk has scored 3 own goals this season – just one behind former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel’s unwanted record of 4.

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion

* Swansea won this fixture 2-1 last season, revenge for the Baggies’ 3-1 win at the Hawthorns earlier in the season.
* Swansea have lost 6 of their last 7 PL matches, and have only won 1 of their last 12.
* But Albion are on similarly terrible run – no wins and 6 defeats in their last 13.
* This match won’t be a goal-fest: Swansea have scored 8 this season and West Brom 12.
* Swansea have won just once at home this season and lost 5.

Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City

* Spurs hammered Stoke 4-0 on both meetings last season. They also beat them 4-0 in 2015/16 as well.
* However, Spurs aren’t in form: they have won 1 of their last 6 PL matches, and lost 3.
* Stoke are consistently inconsistent: 2 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws in their last 6 matches.
* But the Potters aren’t good away from home – 2 wins and 9 defeats in their last 15 on the road.
* Harry Kane has scored 6 goals in his last 3 appearances against Stoke. He has scored 31 goals so far this year.

All the factz you need on West Ham United v Chelsea, including what TV channel its on

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The early kick-off in the Premier League today is a London derby between West Ham United and Chelsea. Kick off is 12.30pm and the match is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Chelsea did the double over the Hammers last season with a pair of 2-1 wins.
* West Ham haven’t won in 8, with 5 defeats.
* Meanwhile Chelsea have won 6 of their last 7 PL matches.
* The Hammers have a terrible recent record against Chelsea – just 2 wins in their last 22 matches against them.
* Chelsea pose a big aerial threat – 9 goals have come from headers this season.