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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.

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

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The lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League today sees newly promoted Norwich City take on Chelsea at Carrow Road.

The Canaries want to build on their victory over Newcastle last time out, while Chelsea are still searching for their first competitive win under Frank Lampard.

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

* Norwich have an awful record against Chelsea: they have lost 11 of their last 15 meetings, drawing the other four.
* Teemo Pukki is the man Chelsea need to stop: since the start of last season he has scored more goals than anyone else in the top 4 divisions of English football – 33.
* Chelsea haven’t failed to win any of their opening three matches of a season since 1998/9, when they went on to finish 3rd.
* Chelsea’s Mason Mount has played for England at every youth age group from under-16s to under-21s.
* Norwich last best Chelsea in December 1994.

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

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The second match up of the day in the Premier League sees Chelsea host Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. 

This is Frank Lampard’s first home match since taking over as Chelsea manager so the ground should be rocking. Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers will have ambitions to emulate Leicester’s title-winning season in 2016.

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

* Leicester beat Chelsea 0-1 in this fixture last season. It ended 0-0 in the return at the King Power Stadium. However Chelsea did win 2-1 against the Foxes in the FA Cup quarter final.
* That defeat is Chelsea’s only one in their last 22 PL matches at Stamford Bridge.
* Leicester’s away form was good last season – they scored 7 more goals on the road than at home.
* The last Blues manager to lose their first two league matches at the club was Gianluca Vialli more than 20 years ago.
* This is Leicester’s 500th match in the Premier League. Only 15 other teams have reached the milestone.

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

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The final match of the opening round of fixtures in the Premier League sees Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford. 

There is huge interest in this match – beyond the usual hype – as it sees two sides in transition, managed by highly-rated young coaches in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard who were both legends at their respective clubs in their playing days.

In addition, both sides are expected to blood promising young home-grown talent.

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

* United have won just two of their last 13 matches against Chelsea. The Blues have triumphed in 6 of those matches.
* The Red Devils failed to win any of their final five PL matches last season, losing three of those.
* Meanwhile Chelsea lost just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions last season – and that was to Liverpool. They won 8 of those matches.
* United haven’t kept a clean sheet since February.
* Chelsea aren’t brilliant on the road – they lost 5 of their last 9 PL matches away from Stamford Bridge, winning just two.