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All the factz on the October 19 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are 6 3pm kick offs in the Premier League today – something of a rarity this season.

Clubs at both ends of the division are in action as the table starts to take a regular form.

Here are the factz you need to know:

Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Brighton have never won at Villa Park in 11 previous attempts in league and cup matches.

* Villa beat Brighton 3-1 in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season.
* Villa have scored at least two goals in their last 3 PL matches – something they last achieved in 2010.
* Brighton have won just two of their last 17 PL matches, although one of those was against Spurs last time out.

* Brighton need to keep going to the end – Villa have conceded 6 goals after the 75th minute this season.

AFC Bournemouth v Norwich City

* Bournemouth have a good record against Norwich recently – winning 6 and losing just 2 of their last 13 meetings.

* Norwich have lost all four of their away matches this season.
* But the Cherries aren’t great at home: they’ve won two of their last 10 at the Vitality Stadium.
* Norwich have conceded at least 2 goals in each of their last 6 PL matches.

* Bournemouth have a leaky defence too – they haven’t kept a clean sheet in 2019/20 yet. The only other side not to? Norwich.

Chelsea v Newcastle United

* Newcastle must hate visiting Stamford Bridge – they’ve won there just once in their last 25 visits, losing 17 of them.

* Chelsea have hit form, winning 4 on the bounce in all competitions.
* However, they have kept just one clean sheet all season.
* Newcastle may have beaten Manchester United last time out, but it was just their second win in 9 matches this season.

* Tammy Abraham is the man Newcastle need to stop – he has 9 goals in all competitions. Only Raheem Sterling has the same amount among Premier League players.

Leicester City v Burnley

* It ended 0-0 between these sides at the King Power Stadium last season. Leicester won 1-2 at Turf Moor.

* If Leicester win today they will have 17 points – 1 more than they had at the same stage of the season they won the Premier League.
* Burnley are unbeaten in 4 matches – they’ve won 2 of those.
* The Foxes come on strong in the second half – 10 of their 14 league goals have come after the break.

* Burnley have kept just one clean sheet away from home in their last 16 matches.

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford

* Watford hate playing at Spurs – they’ve lost on each of their last 9 visits and have conceded 24 goals.
* Spurs have lost 17 times in 2019 – more than any other PL side.
* Watford are the only PL side yet to win a match this season.
* Spurs haven’t scored a goal in the second half of a league match for 2 months. Their 9 goals in that time have all come before the break.

* Watford have kept 1 clean sheet in their last 19 matches – against Sheffield United last time out.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton

* Wolves won this fixture 2-0 last season. Saints gained revenge with a 3-1 win at St Mary’s later in the season.

* If Wolves keep a clean sheet today it will be the first time they have had 3 consecutive top-flight shut-outs at home since 1981.
* Saints have won just 2 of their last 13 Pl matches, losing 7.
* Molineux is a fortress for Wolves – they’ve lost just one in their last 12 matches at home, winning 7.
* Saints are good away from home – 6 of their 7 points have come on the road this season.

Real Madrid and Juventus set for battle to sign Chelsea star Kante

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European giants Real Madrid and Juventus could be set to go head-to-head to sign Chelsea midfield lynchpin N’Golo Kante, according to reports.

Kante, who scored in Chelsea’s 1-4 win at Southampton yesterday [October 6], has established himself as one of the finest defensive midfielders in the world in recent seasons. He has won the Premier League title with Leicester City and Chelsea.

Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly interested as they see him as an upgrade on current starter Casemiro, according to the Daily Mail.

The Mail adds that bidding for 28-year-old Kante could start at £70 million.

Kante was reportedly unhappy being played out of position last season under Maurizio Sarri. However, since Frank Lampard has taken over he has been restored to his favoured defensive position.

The French international could be tempted by a move to Champions League challengers such as Juventus and Real Madrid, where several of his countrymen play.

However, whether Chelsea would be willing to sell is another matter. Jorginho plays in the same position but the club are under a transfer ban and presumably would be loathe to let more players go.

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

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The third Premier League match to kick off at 2pm today sees Chelsea travel to the South coast to take on Southampton at St Mary’s.

Chelsea have hit form recently, but Saints have also been playing well so it should be a close-fought match.

The match kicks off at 2pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Chelsea have a great record against Saints in recent years, winning 12 of their last 20 meetings, losing just 2.
* Saints have won just 1 point at home this season. They have 2 victories so far but both came on the road.
* Chelsea meanwhile have won their last 2 matches on the road.
* Expect goals today – Saints have scored in each of their last 17 home matches, but have also conceded in all but one of those.
* Tammy Abraham is the man Saints need to stop – he has 7 PL goals this season, one behind top scorer Sergio Aguero.

All the factz on the August 31 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are six matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today. 

It’s still early days in the season, but momentum is important and banking early points can be vital at both ends of the table.

Here are the factz you need to know:

Chelsea v Sheffield United
* Sheffield United haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since October 1992 – the inaugural season of the Premier League.
* Chelsea haven’t failed to score in a match against Sheffield United at home since 1922.
* Chelsea’s win last weekend was just their second in 8 matches.
* The Blues are unbeaten in their last 10 home matches, winning 6 of those.

* Sheffield United have lost just 1 of their last 10 League matches – but that defeat came last time out.

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

* Villa won the last time the sides met in 2016 – one of only 3 wins that season for the Midlands side.
* Palace are one of the PL’s in form sides, accruing 30 points since February. Only Liverpool and Manchester City have won more.
* That said, they have only won 2 of their last 8 home matches, losing 3.
* Villa haven’t won on the road in the PL in their last 19 matches.

* Palace’s forward line of Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke scored 49 PL goals between them for Villa.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth 

* Last season Leicester best Bournemouth 2-0 at the King Power Stadium. The Cherries prevailed 4-2 at the Vitality Stadium.
* The Cherries haven’t won at Leicester since 1988 when both sides were in the old Division 2 (now Championship).
* Leicester have won 4 and drawn 4 of their last 10 PL matches.
* Bournemouth have lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches, winning 3.

* The Foxes have won 4 of their last 7 PL home matches, losing just 1.

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion

* City have done the double over Brighton for the past two seasons, and beat them in the FA Cup semi-final last season.
* City have won 16 of their last 17 PL matches.
* Brighton have won 2 of their 4 matches in all competitions this season.
* City have scored in 25 consecutive matches.

* The Seagulls have scored in 5 of their last 6 matches.

Newcastle United v Watford

* Newcastle took a 1-0 win last season against Watford. It ended 1-1 in the return match at Vicarage Road.
* The Magpies have lost 3 of their last 4 PL matches at St James’s Park, but did win the other.
* Watford have had an awful start to the season – they are the only side without a point so far in the PL. They have lost their last 6 in all.
* The Hornets haven’t kept a clean sheet in 18 matches, conceding 41 goals in that run.

* The all-time record between the sides is tight – in 45 meetings, Watford have won 16, Newcastle 15.

West Ham United v Norwich City

* West Ham have a great recent record against Norwich – they’ve won 4 and drawn 6 of their last 11 meetings.
* The Hammers have won two matches in a week, but have yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
* Expect goals – Norwich haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 10 matches in all competitions.
* Teemu Pukki is the man West Ham need to stop – he has 5 goals so far this season.
* West Ham have 4 points – more than they’ve scored in August in any of the past 5 seasons.

Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko close to joining Monaco

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Tiemoue Bakayoko’s Stamford Bridge nightmare could be coming to an end as he is close to joining his former club Monaco on a season-long loan.

At the end of the loan, the Ligue Un side will have the opportunity to sign him permanently for £31.8 million.

Chelsea signed Bakayoko for £40 million two years ago but he failed to impress at Stamford Bridge and quickly found himself on the sidelines. He spent last season on loan at AC Milan, who were not impressed enough to offer him a permanent deal.

Bakayoko, who has one cap for France, is looking to reboot his career with the promise of regular first team action.

The deal is expected to complete before the French transfer window shuts on September 2.