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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.

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 Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers, including which TV channel its on

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It’s an East v West Midlands Derby in the Premier League as Leicester City host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the King Power Stadium. 

Both sides are looking to break into the top 6 this season after investing heavily in the summer – although Leicester did lose star defender Harry Maguire this week.

The match kicks off at 2pm. It isn’t on UK television. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Leicester won this fixture 2-0 back in August 2018. However Wolves edged a 4-3 thriller in the return fixture, with Jota firing home a late winner to complete his hat-trick.

* The Foxes will be looking to continue their form from the end of last season, where they took 5 wins and 2 draws from the last 9 matches.
* Wolves will looking to do similar, having won 5 and drawn 2 of their last 10 PL matches of last season.
* However, they only won 1 of their last 7 away matches.
* Leicester’s new signing Ayoze Pérez scores 12 PL goals for Newcastle last season – his best figures for a season.

Harry Maguire set to seal world record move to Manchester City 

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Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is set to complete an £80 million move to Manchester City this week, according to reports. 

City’s rivals Manchester United has been thought to be in pole position to sign the 26-year-old but now their rivals are set to bag the England international having made a huge wage offer.

City have offered Maguire £280,000 per week – something he is believed to have said is too good to turn down, according to the Daily Mirror.

They have also reportedly agreed to Leicester’s £80 million valuation of him – something United were baulking at.

However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly not given up hope of signing Maguire and could come back in with another bid.

Leicester City are loathe to lose one of their star players, but a bid of £80 million would be hard to turn down. Especially so if the player has had his head turned.

City manager Pep Guardiola is thought to see Maguire as the successor to Vincent Kompany, who left the club at the end of last season. For Maguire, joining City would allow him to fulfil is ambition of playing Champions League football.

Manchester United and Manchester City set for battle to sign Leicester City star Harry Maguire

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Rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head in a bid to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire this summer, according to reports. 

Maguire cemented his reputation as one of the finest central defenders in the Premier League last season, with a succession of impressive displays for Leicester City and England. This built on his international breakthrough at last summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Understandably, he is attracting interest from top clubs. United tried to buy Maguire for £50 million last summer, but Leicester refused to sell him. With a centre-back still a priority signing for new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, their interest in Maguire is set to be renewed.

However, their rivals from the blue half of Manchester are also said to be interested, according to the Daily Star. With Vincent Kompany having left to take over as player-manager of Anderlecht, and rumours Nicholas Otamendi could leave for Atletico Madrid, manager Pep Guardiola needs to strengthen his defence.

However, it could take a record fee for a defender to secure his signature. With the Foxes having turned down £50 million last summer, and Maguire’s reputation having been enhanced since then, a huge fee will likely be needed for Leicester to play ball.

The current record fee for a defender is the £75 million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk. Something similar could well tempt Leicester into selling.

Maguire himself deflected questions about his future at a recent England press conference. However, it is known that he wants to test himself in European competition.