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Completing this midweek round of Premier League fixtures there are important matches at the top and bottom of the table. All of the top 6 are in action and the race for the title and Champions League places has got increasingly tight in the past couple of weeks.
Meanwhile two of the current bottom three face off in an old-fashioned 6-pointer.
The matches kick off at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated. Here are the factz you need to know:
Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s winner in a 1-2 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season.
- Arsenal have won their last 7 PL matches at The Emirates.
- Meanwhile Bournemouth have lost their last 8PL matches away from home – conceding at least 2 goals in each match.
- The Gunners are looking to keep consecutive clean sheets for the first time since September.
- Joshua King is the Cherries’ form man with 4 goals in his last 5 appearances.
Southampton v Fulham
- Fulham beat Saints 3-2 at Craven Cottage earlier in the season.
- Saints have lost their last 2 PL matches and are without a win in 4.
- Fulham have lost 7 of their last 8 matches in all competitions.
- Southampton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 matches – against Chelsea in January.
- Fulham have the leakiest defence in the Premier League, with 61 goals conceded so far.
Crystal Palace v Manchester United (8pm)
- Palace have never beaten United in 19 attempts in the Premier League era, losing 15 of those matches.
- However, the Eagles are in good form; they are unbeaten in 6 matches in all competitions with 4 wins in that run.
- United are also in good form – they have won 8 and drawn 2 in the PL since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim manager.
- Palace are strong in defence, with 9 clean sheets this season – only the top 4 have had more shut-outs.
- United have won their last 7 away matches in all competitions – they haven’t done that since 2002.
Liverpool v Watford (8pm)
- Liverpool beat Watford 0-3 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season, with goals from Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
- The Reds are unbeaten in 34 league matches at Anfield – a run stretching back to April 2017.
- Watford are in decent form, with just one defeat in their last 11 matches in all competitions, and 6 wins in that run.
- Mo Salah is just one goal shy of a half-century of PL strikes for Liverpool.
- In 23 previous league meetings there has never been a 0-0 draw between the sides. There have been two scoreless meetings between the sides in the FA Cup, however.
Manchester City v West Ham United (8pm)
- Manchester City thumped West Ham 1-4 at the London Stadium earlier in the season.
- City are imperious at home – they have won 13 of their 14 PL matches there this season.
- Meanwhile the Hammers have lost 4 of their last 5 away matches in all competitions.
- Sergio Aguero has scored a hat-trick on each of his last 2 appearances at the Etihad, versus Arsenal and Chelsea. No Premier League player has scored a hat-trick of hat-tricks at home.
- West Ham are consistently inconsistent – they have won 3, drawn 3 and lost 3 of their last 9 PL matches.