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Get all the factz you need on tonight’s Premier League matches

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There are 4 matches in the Premier League tonight – here are the factz you need to know.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)
• This will be the first derby between the sides since the 2013 play-off semi-finals. In that 2-legged affair, the Eagles downed the Seagulls, winning 0-2 at the Amex Stadium after a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.
• Brighton are unbeaten in 5 at home, although they have draw the last 3.
• Palace are awful away from home – they have lost all 6 away matches this season and have failed to score in any of those matches.
• The Eagles are also the only club in the Premier League to not keep a clean sheet so far this season.
• Brighton haven’t got a good record against Palace, winning just two of their last 12 meetings in all competitions. The Eagles have won 7 of those meetings.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (7.45pm)
• When Spurs visited the King Power Stadium last season, they thrashed the Foxes 1-6, with Harry Kane scoring 4 of those goals.
• Leicester have lost just two of their last 9 PL matches – but they’ve only won 2 as well.
• Leicester have lost 3 matches at home so far this season – although they were against Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
• Spurs have stumbled in the PL recently – 1 win and 2 defeats in their last 4, having won their previous 4.
• Harry Kane likes playing against Leicester – he’s scored 10 goals in 9 games against them – including one while he was playing on loan at Millwall.

Watford v Manchester United (8pm)
• Watford beat Manchester United 3-1 in this fixture last season – halting a run of 11 successive wins in all competitions for the Red Devils over the Hornets. United resumed normal service in February with a 2-0 over Watford at Old Trafford.
• Watford have won their last two PL games, keeping a clean sheet in both matches.
• Meanwhile United have lost their last 2 PL matches away from home – against Huddersfield Town and Chelsea – failing to score in either.
• However, Vicarage Road isn’t a fortress for the Hornets – only two wins their in their last 8 PL matches.
• United have the most miserly defence in the league – just 6 goals conceded in 13 games.

West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United (8pm)
• Managerless West Brom could move ahead of their opponents in the table tonight if they win by 2 clear goals or more, while a win for the Magpies could propel them into the top half.
• The Baggies have won just once at home this season – on the opening day against Bournemouth.
• West Brom won their first two matches of the season, but haven’t won any of their subsequent 11 matches, losing 6.
• Newcastle are also out of form, having lost their last 4 PL matches on the spin.
• The Magpies’ only away win in 6 matches this season so far has come against Swansea City – they have lost four and drawn one.

Barcelona target Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen in potential January transfer swoop

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Spanish giants Barcelona are said to have made Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen their number one transfer target in the upcoming January transfer window.

Danish international Eriksen has emerged as a top target as Barca seek to strengthen their squad, according to Spanish news outlet Don Balon.

Barcelona are also said to be still interested in signing Liverpool’s Phillippe Coutinho and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.

Unnamed sources have said that Barca’s management have been tracking Eriksen for some time, and have been impressed with his performances for Spurs this season.

A move for Eriksen may be popular, as Liverpool’s asking price for Coutinho has been a deterring factor for the Catalan club and Ozil used to play for bitter rivals Real Madrid, which could mean that fans would struggle to take to him.

Eriksen has been a star for Spurs for several seasons. In 2016/17 he scored 8 goals and provided assists for 15 more. So far this season, This season, Eriksen has scored 3 goals and made 2 assists in 13 PL matches. He has also made 75 appearances for Denmark, scoring 21 goals.

But Eriksen would not come cheap. He is contracted to Spurs until 2020 and club chairman Daniel Levy is notorious for driving a hard bargain – he would be loathe to see one of the clubs stars leave when the club are still in the Champions League and in contention for a top-four spot in the PL.

In today’s inflated transfer market, Levy would doubtless be looking for at least £100 million for the 25-year-old who could still have his best years ahead of him.

Eriksen himself has previously expressed an admiration for the Catalan side. Last summer he said: ““Barcelona are a great club. I don’t think there are many who say no to Barcelona.”

Get the factz on today’s 3pm Premier League kick-offs

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There are 5 Premier League matches kicking off at 3pm today, with several of the teams at the bottom of the league looking for an upturn in their fortunes. Here are the factz you need to know:

Crystal Palace v Stoke City

* Stoke haven’t won at Selhurst Park since October 2007.
* Palace still haven’t kept a clean sheet this season.
* Stoke have one of the PL’s worst defences – conceding 22 in their last 9 matches and 24 in total.
* The Eagles are 3 games unbeaten at home – all their points have come in those games.
* Peter Crouch set a PL record last time out with his 143rd appearance from the bench.

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion

* This is the first league meeting between the sides since 1983 and in any competition since 1993.
* United are unbeaten in 23 matches at Old Trafford and have won their last 7 there on the spin.
* The Seagulls are unbeaten in 5 in the PL (2 wins)
* Brighton have kept 2 consecutive away clean sheets.
* United have conceded just once at home in the PL this season.

Newcastle United v Watford

* Watford did the double over Newcastle in the season before last.
* Newcastle have lost their last 3 matches.
* Watford aren’t in great for either – 3 defeats in their last 4 matches.
* The Magpies have a good home record – losing just one of their last 5 at St James’ Park.
* Watford have scored two goals in a game in 6 of their last 8 matches.

Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth

* Bournemouth did the double over the Swans last season – winning 0-3 at the Liberty and 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium.
* Swansea are the only club in the bottom 5 not to have sacked their manager this season.
* The Cherries are in form – winning 3 of their last 4 matches.
* But Swansea are right out of form – losing their last 4.
* Swansea have just 7 goals so far this season, only Crystal Palace, with 6, have scored fewer.

Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

* Spurs won this fixture 4-0 last season. They drew 1-1 at the Hawthorns.
* Albion’s recent record against Spurs isn’t great – 1 win and 7 draws in the last 16 meetings.
* Spurs have won 5 of their last 7 PL matches, but lost 2 – and those losses have come in the last 2 matches.
* West Brom haven’t won in 10 PL matches (4 losses)
* Harry Kane has scored 39 goals in 38 matches for Spurs this year.

Manchester United keen on double swoop for two La Liga stars for combined £130 million plus

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Manchester United are keen on signing two major La Liga stars – Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.

As Jose Mourinho continues to build his United squad, he is looking at making two marquee signings and talks have already been held with their representatives, according to the Sun on Sunday.

It has been previously reported that Real bosses are considering selling Bale, having become frustrated with his increasingly injury-prone nature. He’s also not a big favourite with some of the Bernabeu faithful.

Meanwhile, United tried to sign Griezmann in the summer, but he opted to stay at Atletico. Whether he would be tempted to move to Manchester in the future is open to question.

Neither play is likely to be cheap. Real would want to recoup the majority – if not all – of the £85 million they paid for Bale, although the Sun on Sunday’s report said they may take £50 million.

Meanwhile, £85 million was touted as a potential price for Griezmann in the summer, and Atletico would be looking for at least that much to part with one of their stars.

In addition, United would likely face competition for their signatures. Tottenham Hotspur have first refusal on Bale, while rivals Manchester City would also likely be interested. Meanwhile Griezmann is one of Europe’s most coveted strikers, with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain also keen on his signature – and with the financial muscle to do it.

All the factz on today’s Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur North London derby

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Arsenal play Spurs in today’s early kick-off in the Premier League. The match kicks off at 12.30 and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sport Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* This match ended 1-1 last season, with Spurs winning 2-0 at White Hart Lane.
* Arsenal haven’t beaten Spurs in their last 6 attempts – although 4 matches have ended all square.
* Arsenal have won their last 10 matches at the Emirates.
* But Spurs are good away from home – they’ve won 10 times on the road in 2017, more than any other PL side.
* Harry Kane has never failed to score against the Gunners – he’s bagged 5 goals in 6 games against them.