All the factz for today’s 3pm kick offs in the Premier League

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There are 5 Premier League matches kicking off at 3pm today, including title contenders Manchester United and Manchester City. Here are the factz and stats you need to know about these matches:

Huddersfield Town v Manchester United

* This is the first league meeting between the sides since 1972.
* Huddersfield may have won their two opening matches, but they haven’t won since, with 3 losses and 3 draws.
* United have conceded a goal in just 1 PL game so far.
* The Terriers have scored just once in their last 6 matches.
* If United win, this will be their best start to a PL season – 23 points from 9 matches.

Manchester City v Burnley

* Last season, City did the double over Burnley, winning 2-1 on both occasions.
* City have scored 5 or more goals in each of their last 4 league matches.
* Burnley have more away points now (8) than they got in the whole of last season.
* Burnley are unbeaten in their last 6 PL matches – although 4 have been drawn.
* City have won their last 10 matches in all competitions.

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

* Newcastle are a bogey side for Palace – they’ve won just one of the past 13 matches against them in all competitions.
* Newcastle have won 2, drawn one and lost one at home so far this season.
* Palace have lost their last 6 away matches in the PL, scoring just once.
* Palace have yet to keep a clean sheet this season – the only PL side not to do so.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides came in 1982 in the old Division 2.

Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth

* Bournemouth won this fixture 0-1 last season, with the return at Dean Court ending 2-2.
* Stoke have conceded 18 goals in the PL so far this season, although 7 of those came against Man City last time out.
* Bournemouth have lost all 4 of their PL away matches this season.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides came in 1990 in the old Division 2 (now the Championship).
* The Cherries have kept 1 clean sheet in their last 11 PL matches.

Swansea City v Leicester City

* Swansea won this fixture 2-0 last season, with Leicester taking a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium.
* Swansea began the season with 3 straight home defeats, before beating Huddersfield last weekend.
* Leicester have won just 3 of their last 16 PL matches, losing 8, which was enough to cost Craig Shakespeare his job as manager.
* The last draw between the sides in any competition came in February 1980 – 13 games ago.
* Foxes caretaker Michael Appleton has managed one game previously in the PL – Taking caretaker charge of West Brom in 2011 versus West Ham, which ended 3-3.

All the factz for today’s Premier League matches including Liverpool v Man Utd

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Here are the factz and stats for all of today’s Premier League matches.

Liverpool v Manchester United (12.30)

* Last season both matches ended all square: 0-0 at Anfield and 1-1 at Old Trafford.
* United are unbeaten in 6 against Liverpool, winning 4.
* The Reds have stuttered recently after a good start to the season – just one win in their last 7 in all competitions (2 defeats).
* United however have 6 wins and a draw in the League this season.
* While Liverpool’s defence is much talked about, it seems to have gone relatively unnoticed that United have kept 8 clean sheets in the last 9.

Burnley v West Ham United

* The Hammers did the double over Burnley last season – in fact they’ve won the last 4 PL matches between the sides.
* However, the Clarets are unbeaten in 5 and on their best start to a PL season.
* West Ham have lost 3 of their 4 away matches this season, drawing the other and conceding 10 goals.
* Turf Moor isn’t the place for goals this season – just two have been scored there so far.
* However, there hasn’t been a 0-0 between the sides – in any competition – since 1928!

Crystal Palace v Chelsea

* Last season both sides took an away win apiece – as they did in 2015/16.
* Palace are on the worst start in football league – not just Premier League – history: no wins or goals in their first 7 matches.
* Chelsea have won 8 of their last 9 away from home – their solitary defeat came at the hands of Manchester United.
* Palace have lost 5 of their last 7 matches at home.
* If Cesc Fabregas scores today he will become the 3rd Spaniard to score 50 PL goals, after Diego Costa and Fernando Torres.

Manchester City v Stoke City

* Stoke earned a 0-0 draw at the Etihad last season. But City won the return fixture 1-4.
* City are unbeaten in 19 at home in all competitions (13 wins)
* Stoke have won just 1 of their last 11 PL away matches – and have drawn a blank in 7 of those.
* If Sergio Aguero plays and scores, he will equal the club’s all-time goalscoring record, currently held by Eric Brook with 177.
* Conversely, Stoke’s Saido Berahino has gone more than 31 hours without scoring in the PL.

Swansea City v Huddersfield Town

* This is the first league meeting between the sides since 2008, and the first ever in the top flight.
* Swansea have one win in their last 7 PL matches.
* After a good start, Huddersfield haven’t won in 5 PL matches (2 defeats).
* Swansea have lost their opening 3 home League matches for the first time in their history.
* Huddersfield haven’t scored in their last 3 matches.

Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth

* Spurs won 4-0 in this fixture last season. It ended 0-0 in the reverse fixture.
* Bournemouth have beaten Spurs once in their history – an FA Cup tie back in 1957.
* Spurs have yet to win at Wembley in the league this season – 2 defeats and a draw so far.
* However, the Cherries have lost all 3 of their PL away matches this season.
* Harry Kane is in great form for Spurs – but not at home. His last 13 PL goals have come on the road.

Watford v Arsenal (5.30)

* Last season’s matches ended with an away win apiece.
* Arsenal have beaten the Hornets in their last 5 visits to Vicarage Road.
* Watford haven’t won at home in their last 5 PL matches, losing 3.
* Arsenal have yet to score away from home this season.
* But the Gooners have kept 4 successive clean sheets.

Manchester City reportedly ready to make world record move for Lionel Messi if Barcelona deal stalls

Manchester City could mount a sensational world-record bid for Barcelona star Lionel Messi, if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new contract at the Camp Nou.

In July, Barca officials announced that a deal to keep Messi at Barcelona until 2021 had been done. However, it seems that announcement jumped the gun as, three months on, the deal has not been signed and there are more than just a few formalities to be sorted out, according to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca.

Should talks not prove fruitful, Manchester City could come in with a bid. Marca reports a potential €400 million (£356.5 million) offer, which would dwarf the current world record £198 million Paris St-Germain paid to Barca in the summer for Neymar.

Unnamed sources close to City say that “serious conversations have been held with the footballer’s inner circle,” although this remains confirmed, Marca add.

However, it should be remembered that this report has appeared in Marca, which is associated with Barca’s great rivals, Real Madrid – so should be taken with a pinch of salt, especially with unnamed sources quoted. Likewise, it is known that Messi and his family are settled in Barcelona and he has not fallen out with the club in any way. In addition, the club are still saying that the deal is complete.

So, while this is speculation and just that, let’s just dream of what it would be like to have Messi in the Premier League.

All the factz for today’s seven Premier League matches

There are seven Premier League matches today, with the big match coming at tea-time, when Manchester City take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But there are plenty of other interesting games as clubs look to build on good starts – or put bad ones behind them. There are the factz you need:

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur (12.30) Live on Sky Sports Premier League

* This is the first top-flight meeting between the sides since 1972.
* The Terriers are unbeaten at home this season with one win and 2 draws and have conceded just once.
* However, Spurs have won all 3 of their away matches so far.
* Huddersfield have kept 4 clean sheets in 6 PL matches.
* Harry Kane has scored more goals on his own than 7 PL team’s have managed in total this year in all competitions. He’s bagged 34 so far.

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City

* Bournemouth won this fixture 1-0 last season. The return fixture ended 1-1.
* Both sides have had awful starts to the season – Bournemouth have had 5 defeats and Leicester 4.
* The Cherries have kept just 2 clean sheets in 14 home PL matches.
* Leicester’s last 6 defeats have all come against last season’s top 6.
* Don’t expect a goal-fest – the past 4 matches have only garnered 5 goals.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

* The omens aren’t good for Palace, who have lost all 6 PL games without scoring – the first side to do that in any of the four divisions.
* United meanwhile have won all 3 home matches without conceding.
* The Eagles have also never beaten United in the PL – losing 13 of their 16 meetings.
* Palace have lost 9 of their last 10 PL matches – failing to score in each defeat.
* Romelu Lukaku have scored 6 goals in 6 PL matches for United this season.

Stoke City v Southampton

* Last season, this fixture ended 0-0. At St Mary’s, Stoke won 0-1. So don’t expect a goal-fest.
* Stoke aren’t on a good run – losing 9 of their last 16 PL matches, including 3 of 6 this season.
* But Saints aren’t faring much better – they’ve lost 11 matches in 2017 so far (23 matches)
* Saints have also failed to score in 10 of their last 14 matches.
* Five of the 10 PL matches between these sides have ended all square.

West Bromwich Albion v Watford

* West Brom beat Watford 3-1 in this fixture last season. Watford gained revenge with a 2-0 win at Vicarage Road.
* The Baggies are unbeaten at home this season – 2 draws and 1 win.
* However, Watford have won all 3 away games.
* Watford’s start – 11 points from 6 games – is their best start to a top flight season since 1982/3. That season they finished 2nd in the old Division 1.
* West Brom have yet to score more than once in a PL game this season, and haven’t scored in their last 2.

West Ham United v Swansea City

* The Hammers did the double over Swansea last season, winning 1-0 at the London Stadium and 1-4 at the Liberty Stadium.
* Swansea have never kept a clean sheet at West Ham.
* Both sides have had poor starts the season – West Ham losing 4 so far and Swansea 3.
* Swansea have scored just 3 goals in the PL this season so far.
* If the Hammers lose, they will replicate their start from last season (1 win, 1 draw and 5 defeats).

Chelsea v Manchester City (5.30) Live on BT Sports1

* Chelsea did the double over City last season – the only team to do so.
* Chelsea have won 10 of their last 12 PL matches, with their only defeat coming on the opening day to Burnley.
* City have become the first side to score 5 or more goals in 3 consecutive top-flight games since Blackburn Rovers in 1958.
* City are unbeaten in their last 14 PL matches (11 wins) – the last side to defeat them was Chelsea.
* Chelsea had scored in 27 consecutive home matches under Antonio Conte – until their 0-0 draw against Arsenal.

All the factz you need for today’s Premier League matches

There are eight games today in the Premier League, with both Manchester clubs looking to build on their great starts to the season, plus a London derby. All games kick off at 3pm unless stated.

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur (12.30, Live on Sky Sports Premier League)

* West Ham beat Spurs 1-0 last season at the London Stadium. Spurs won the return fixture 3-2.
* West Ham have kept 2 consecutive clean sheets – they haven’t kept 3 in a row since April.
* Spurs have won 4 consecutive away games – they have only won 5 in a row in the PL once before.
* The London Stadium seems to be starting to feel like home for the Hammers, they’ve won 3 of their last 5 matches there.
* Harry Kane has scored 9 goals in his past 4 away matches.

Burnley v Huddersfield Town

* This is the first top flight meeting between the sides since 1971.
* Burnley have won the past 3 matches between the sides.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides came in September 1981.
* Huddersfield have conceded just 3 times in the PL this season.
* Turf Moor is a fortress for Burnley – winning 11 matches there since the start of the 2016/17 season.

Everton v AFC Bournemouth

* Last season, Everton won a thrilling game against the Cherries 6-3, with Romelu Lukaku scoring 4.
* Everton have scored just 4 goals in their last 10 PL matches.
* Bournemouth had their first win of the season last time out, having lost their previous 4.
* Everton may have lost their last 3 matches without scoring but they have won 10 of their last 12 PL matches at Goodison Park.
* The Cherries have beaten Everton once in 8 attempts in all competitions – that win coming last season at the Vitality Stadium.

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

* Palace have lost all 5 PL matches this season without scoring – the worst ever start to a PL season.
* Things aren’t likely to get any easier for the Eagles – City are unbeaten in their last 13 PL matches, winning 10.
* City also have a great record against Palace – they did the double over them last season and have won 7 of the last 8 PL games they’ve played.
* City have scored 11 goals in their last 2 PL matches and 16 in 5 overall.
* Palace meanwhile haven’t scored in 9 of their last 10 PL matches – losing all 9 where they drew a blank.

Southampton v Manchester United

* Last season’s match between the sides at St Mary’s ended scoreless. United beat the Saints at Old Trafford and in the EFL Cup final.
* United have a great record against the Saints – they’ve beaten them 24 times in 36 attempts in the PL.
* Saints are goal shy – they’ve failed to score in 8 of their last 10 PL matches, although they have netted 4 times this season, including 3 against West Ham.
* United may have won 4 of their 5 PL matches this season, but they’ve only won 1 of their last 6 away from Old Trafford.
* Old habits appear to be returning to United – they’ve scored 9 goals in the 80th minute or later this season. They were famous for late goals in the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Stoke City v Chelsea

* Chelsea did the double over Stoke last season – winning 1-2 at the Bet365 and 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.
* Chelsea love playing Stoke – they’ve beaten them 13 times in 18 PL matches, losing just twice.
* Stoke are in poor form, winning just 3 of their last 16 PL matches.
* Chelsea have won 7 of their last 8 PL matches away from home.
* Chelsea have won 17 of their last 23 PL matches.

Swansea City v Watford

* This fixture isn’t traditionally a thriller – the last for PL meetings have resulted in just 3 goals.
* Swansea have scored in just one PL match this season, but it did bring a win – 2-0 v Crystal Palace.
* Watford have won their opening 2 away matches, but did get spanked 0-6 at home by Man City last time out.
* Watford’s last away victory against Swansea came in 1983 at the old Vetch Field.
* Swansea have lost their opening 2 home matches – they’ve never lost the first 3 in a row.

Leicester City v Liverpool (5.30, Live on BT Sports1)

* Leicester beat Liverpool 3-1 at the King Power last season, but lost 4-1 at Anfield. Leicester also beat Liverpool 2-0 in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
* Leicester have won just 1 match so far this season – their only win in 8 including last season.
* Liverpool have lost just 1 of their last 7 away matches.
* Leicester have kept just 1 clean sheet in the last 8 matches.
* Liverpool have conceded 9 league goals this season, although 5 came in one match where they were spanked by Manchester City.