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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.
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There are 5 matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today. Liverpool can regain top spot by avoiding defeat against AFC Bournemouth, while at the other end of the table, Huddersfield are looking for their first win under manager Jan Siewert – but they face a tough task against Champions League-chasing Arsenal.
Here are the factz you need to know on all the matches:
Crystal Palace v West Ham United
* West Ham came from behind to win 3-2 at the London Stadium earlier in the season.
* Palace have only won 3 matches at Selhurst Park this season – and have gained more points away from home.
* The Hammers have 1 win in their last 5 (2 defeats) and lost their last 3 away matches.
* The Eagles have kept 9 clean sheets this season – only the top 4 have kept more.
* West Ham meanwhile have kept just 4 this season – only Fulham have kept fewer.
Huddersfield Town v Arsenal
* Arsenal have won all 3 Premier League matches against Huddersfield.
* Huddersfield have lost 11 if their last 12 PL matches, drawing the other.
* Arsenal are on a terrible away run – losing 4 of their last 5 on the road and drawing the other.
* The Terriers have scored 1 goal this year in all competitions.
* Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home this season.
Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth
* Liverpool thumped Bournemouth 0-4 at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season with Mo Salah bagging a hat-trick.
* The Reds are unbeaten in their last 33 home matches in all competitions.
* Bournemouth are awful away from home – they have lost their last 7 in the PL conceding at least twice in every match.
* Salah has 48 goals in 61 games for Liverpool.
* Bournemouth have conceded 44 goals – only the bottom 4 have let in more.
Southampton v Cardiff City
* Cardiff won the reverse fixture 1-0 – that was Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first match in charge.
* Saints are in decent form – unbeaten in 5 matches (2 wins)
* Cardiff Meanwhile have won 1 of their last 5, losing 3 of those matches.
* Saints have problems at the back – just 1 clean sheet in their last 15 matches.
* Cardiff have won just once away from home this season and scored just 7 goals on their travels.
Watford v Everton
* A Lucas Digne goal in the 96th minute rescued a point for Everton in a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture.
* Watford are out of form – just 3 wins in their last 15 PL matches (6 defeats).
* Everton are out of form too: 3 wins in their last 12 PL matches and 7 defeats.
* Set-pieces are Everton’s Achilles heel – they’ve conceded a league-high 19 from dead ball situations this season.
* Both sides have similar goals scored/conceded stats: Watford have scored 34 to Everton’s 33. The Hornets have conceded 33, the Toffees 36.
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There are four Premier League matches tonight, including league leaders Liverpool looking to capitalise on Manchester City’s surprise defeat to Newcastle United last night. Meanwhile Spurs and Chelsea will be looking to strengthen their hold on a Champions League place.
The matches kick off at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.
Here are the factz you need to know:
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea
- Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. They also beat them 1-0 in the EFL Cup.
- Bournemouth’s win against West Ham last time out was their first victory in 5 matches.
- Chelsea have won 4 of their last 7 matches in the Premier League, losing 2.
- If Callum Wilson scores for the Cherries tonight, it will be his 50th goal for the club.
- Goalscoring is a problem for Chelsea – they’ve found the net just 13 times in their past 12 PL matches.
Liverpool v Leicester City (8pm)
- Liverpool beat Leicester 1-2 at the King Power Stadium back on 1 September. However, the Foxes gained some revenge 8 days later by beating the Reds 2-0 in the EFL Cup.
- The Reds are unbeaten in 32 Premier League matches at Anfield. They have won 23 of those matches.
- Leicester have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions.
- Liverpool have kept 13 clean sheets this season – more than any other side in the division.
- Jamie Vardy loves playing against Liverpool – he’s scored in his last 5 appearances against them.
Southampton v Crystal Palace
- Saints beat Palace 0-2 at Selhurst Park earlier in the season.
- Southampton have won their last 2 PL matches – they haven’t managed 3 in a row since the end of the 2016/17 season.
- Meanwhile Palace are aiming not to lose 3 consecutive matches in the PL.
- Saints have kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 13 matches.
- Palace however are good away from home and have won 13 of their 22 points on the road. They have also scored more than 1 goal in each of their last 4 away matches.
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford (8pm)
- Watford beat Spurs 2-1 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season. The Hornets have never done the double over Spurs.
- However, Spurs have won their last 8 home matches against Watford, scoring 22 goals in that run.
- Spurs have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions, including the loss on penalties to Chelsea in the EFL Cup.
- Watford are unbeaten in 4 in the PL, and also unbeaten in their last 4 away matches in the PL.
- Spurs are the only side in the division not to draw a match this season. If they win or lose they will equal Bolton’s PL record of 28 matches without drawing.