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All the factz you need on the 3pm kick offs in the Premier League on 13 January

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There are 6 matches that kick off at 3pm in the Premier League today, with a lot of interest in the tightly-packed bottom of the division. Here are the factz you need to know:

Chelsea v Leicester City

* Chelsea won the reverse fixture 1-2 earlier in the season – with goals from Morata and Kante.
* Chelsea have a great record against Leicester, having won 7 of the last 9 PL matches they’ve played. The exceptions – a loss and a draw – came in Leicester’s title winning season.
* Chelsea are unbeaten in 6 PL matches (4 wins).
* Leicester have won one of their last 5 matches.
* Riyad Mahrez has scored or provided an assist in each of his past 4 matches and in 7 of his last 9.

Crystal Palace v Burnley

* Burnley won 0-1 at Selhurst Park earlier in the season thanks to a goal from Chris Wood.
* Victory for the Clarets would give them their second successive double over the Eagles.
* Palace have lost just 1 of their last 11 PL matches (4 wins).
* Burnley are without a win in 5 PL matches.
* Palace don’t know when they’re beaten – taking 11 points from losing positions this season. Only Everton and Arsenal have won more.

Huddersfield Town v West Ham United

* West Ham notched their first win of the season against the Terriers in the reverse fixture; Obiang and Ayew scoring in a 2-0 win.
* This is West Ham’s first visit to Huddersfield since a League Cup tie in 1997, and first in the league since 1971.
* Huddersfield have lost 3 of their last 4 PL matches, drawing the other.
* Meanwhile, West Ham have lost just one of their last 7, winning 3.
* However, the Hammers have won away from home just once all season (against Stoke).

Newcastle United v Swansea City

* Newcastle won the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
* Newcastle are on a terrible run at home: no wins in 6 at St James’ Park, and they have failed to score in 5 of those matches.
* Swansea aren’t great away from home either: they won last time out, but that was their first win in 8 matches.
* Newcastle have kept successive PL clean sheets – they haven’t kept 3 in a row since 2014.
* Goalscoring continues to be Swansea’s main problem: just 13 in 22 matches.

Watford v Southampton

* Watford beat Southampton 0-2 at St Mary’s earlier in the season.
* Watford have lost 6 of their last 7 PL matches.
* Saints are also out of form – no wins in their last 9 PL matches.
* Vicarage Road isn’t a fortress for the Hornets – they’ve won more games away from home this season.
* meanwhile Saints’ away form is terrible – 1 win and 5 losses in 10 away PL matches this season.

West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Brighton won the reverse fixture 3-1 earlier in the season – their first PL win and goals.
* West Brom are without a league win in 20 matches (losing 10) – a club record.
* However Brighton aren’t in form either – just one win in their last 11, although only 5 defeats.
* A draw would seem the likeliest result – the Baggies have drawn 10 this season and Brighton 8.
* Brighton haven’t scored in their last 5 on the road and have drawn a blank 8 times in total.

Real Madrid to target signing Chelsea pair in summer

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are targeting a double swoop for two of Chelsea’s stars in the summer – midfielder Eden Hazard and goalkeeper Thibault Courtois.

Both played a major part in Chelsea’s title win last season, and have been consistent performers again this season, and this has brought them to Madrid’s attention, according to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

Courtois’ current deal runs until 2019, and he has said he wants to “consider all options”. He has played in Spain before – for Real’s city rivals Atletico – and could be tempted by a move.

Real have long coveted Manchester United stopper David De Gea, but the Red Devils have consistently refused to sell, and it could be that bosses in Madrid turn their attention to an equally highly-rated keeper.

Meanwhile Hazard has a deal that runs to 2020, and has yet to be offered a new deal by Chelsea.

“Real Madrid need big names and they have lined up Courtois, they want Hazard,” said Balague.

“Those are the kind of names they want for next season. Doesn’t mean they will get them, but that’s the shopping list they have.”

If Madrid do want both players, then they won’t come cheap. Given that Philippe Coutinho has just moved from Liverpool to Barcelona for £142 million, Hazard would likely command a similar fee.

Meanwhile, Courtois is one of the most highly rated keepers in world football, and just coming into his prime years, so would also cost upwards of £50 million.

Chelsea confident of landing Ross Barkley in £15 million deal and chasing Andy Carroll loan move

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Premier League champions Chelsea are looking to boost their midfield options by signing Everton’s Ross Barkley in a £15 million deal, and have also contacted West Ham with a view to signing striker Andy Carroll on loan.

England international Barkley has been a long-standing target for Chelsea, who tried to sign him in the summer, but the deal fell through when the player opted to stay at Everton to continue his recovery from surgery.

Barkley was in London yesterday for a medical, according to reports, and is confident of concluding a deal once that has been completed.
The 24-year-old is out of contract in the summer and could move for free then, but Blues boss Antonio Conte wants to bolster his squad now and the club are prepared to pay £15 million for him.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has accepted that Barkley wants to move on from the club. “’We are resigned and the club was resigned before I got here that we’re going to lose Ross and I can’t see that changing,” he said. “I expect there will be some interest some time in this window.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea have also made an enquiry to West Ham about taking their striker Andy Carroll on loan and held preliminary talks with his representatives, according to the Daily Mail.

Conte wants cover for Alvaro Morata, and has been frustrated in his pursuit of other targets. However, it is thought that Hammers manager David Moyes does not want to let Carroll go, with the big striker central to his plans as the side look to move up the table and away from the relegation zone.

All the factz you need on Arsenal v Chelsea including which TV channel its on

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Just one Premier League game today, and its a London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea. The match kicks off at 7.45pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

• The reverse fixture ended 0-0 earlier in the season, with Chelsea ending the game with 10 men after David Luiz was sent off late on.
• Chelsea are a bogey side for Arsenal – beating them in 7 of their last 12 meetings and only losing once. Arsenal have also failed to score in 7 of their past 9 meetings with Chelsea.
• Arsenal have won 13 of their last 15 PL home matches, and have scored in each of their last 24 at the Emirates.
• Chelsea have won 4 and drawn one of their last 5 PL matches.
• Chelsea have kept 4 consecutive clean sheets – no team has had 5 consecutive shut-outs this season in the PL.

All the factz on the December 30 Premier League 3pm kick-offs

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There are six Premier League matches kicking off at 3pm today, with several teams looking to reverse poor runs of form. Here are the factz you need to know:

AFC Bournemouth v Everton

* Everton beat Bournemouth 2-1 earlier in the season, thanks to 2 goals from Oumar Niasse.
* The Cherries are winless in 8 matches in the PL.
* Meanwhile Everton have yet to be beaten under Big Sam: 4 wins and 3 draws.
* Bournemouth have lost half of their 10 home matches this season, winning just 2.
* Everton have conceded just 2 goals in their last 7 matches.

Chelsea v Stoke City

* Stoke were thumped 0-4 at the Bet365 Stadium by Chelsea earlier in the season, largely thanks to an Alvaro Morata hat-trick.
* Chelsea have won 8 of their 9 home PL meetings with Stoke, drawing the other.
* Chelsea have won 7 of their last 10 PL matches, losing just 1.
* Stoke have lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches, winning just 2.
* Stoke also have the PL’s leakiest defence, with 41 goals conceded so far.

Huddersfield Town v Burnley

* Fans will be hoping for a more entertaining match than the one these two sides served up earlier in the season: a 0-0 draw with just 13 shots attempted.
* But don’t expect a goal-fest: both sides have scored 18 goals this season, only 3 sides have scored fewer (Brighton, West Brom and Swansea).
* Huddersfield are on a decent run – 2 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 matches.
* Burnley haven’t won in 3 matches, but have only lost one of those.
* Burnley have won 16 points away from home this season – a record only bettered by the top 4.

Liverpool v Leicester City

* Liverpool beat Leicester 2-3 earlier in the season – 4 days after the Foxes had knocked the Reds out of the Carabao Cup.
* The Reds are unbeaten in 11 league matches.
* Leicester have lost 2 of their last 3 matches, having won their previous 4 on the spin.
* Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohammad Salah have scored or assisted 36 of Liverpool’s 46 league goals this season.
* Leicester have kept 1 clean sheet in their last 10 matches.

Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Brighton won the reverse fixture 1-0 earlier in the season thanks to a Tomer Hemed goal.
* Newcastle have won just 1 of their last 11 matches.
* Brighton are on a similarly bad run: 1 win in their last 9.
* Newcastle have lost 6 of their 10 home matches this season, including the last 5 on the bounce.
* But Brighton can’t win away from home – 4 consecutive defeats without scoring.

Watford v Swansea City

* Watford beat Swansea 1-2 at the Liberty Stadium earlier this season.
* Watford beat Leicester last time out – their first win in 7 (5 defeats).
* Meanwhile Swansea have won 1 of their last 12 PL matches.
* Watford have had 13 different scorers this season – more than any other club in the league.
* Swansea have lost their last 7 away matches.