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All the factz you need to know on today’s Premier League matches

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The final day of the 2017/18 Premier League season sees all 20 clubs kick-off at the same time. While most of the big issues have been settled – champions, champions league qualification and relegation – there is still plenty to play for. All matches kick off at 3pm. Here are the factz you need to know:

Burnley v AFC Bournemouth

* Burnley beat Bournemouth 1-2 at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season.
* Burnley are assured of 7th place – their highest league finish since 6th place in the old Division 1 in 1974.
* Bournemouth have won just 1 of their last 12 away matches (6 defeats).
* Cherries manager Eddie Howe has used just 21 players this season.
* There have been just 30 goals scored in 18 previous PL matches at Turf Moor this season: 15 each for Burnley and their opponents.

Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

* The sides played out a goalless draw back in December at the Hawthorns.
* Palace are in good form – 4 wins in their last 7 matches and just 1 defeat.
* West Brom have also hit form, just slightly too late to stave off relegation: they’ve won 3 and drawn 2 since Darren Moore took over.
* The Baggies have won as many matches in their last 4 outings as they did in their previous 42.
* Palace could finish 10th this season – their equal highest placing in the PL era, despite losing their first 7 matches.

Huddersfield Town v Arsenal

* Huddersfield’s last victory at home over Arsenal came back in 1971 at their old Leeds Road ground.
* Huddersfield have won just 3 of their last 17 league matches, losing 9.
* They have also scored just 28 goals – only Swansea have netted fewer.
* Arsenal have lost all 7 of their PL away matches in 2018.
* This is Arsene Wenger’s 1235th game in charge of the Gunners.

Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Liverpool thrashed Brighton 1-5 at the Amex back in December.
* Liverpool need to avoid defeat to go through the whole season unbeaten at home.
* But they have won just one of their past 5 league matches, although they have only lost one as well.
* Brighton have won just 1 of their last 8 PL matches, losing 4.
* Brighton haven’t won in their last 12 away matches, losing 8. They have only scored 10 goals away from home all season.

Manchester United v Watford

* United won 2-4 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season.
* Manchester United are guaranteed to finish in second place – their highest placing since 2012/13 – Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge when they won the title.
* Watford’s won last time out against Newcastle was their first in 8 matches.
* Watford haven’t scored in any of their last 8 away matches.
* United have kept 18 clean sheets this season – a League high.

Newcastle United v Chelsea

* Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-0 in December. The Blues also beat the Magpies 3-1 in the FA Cup.
* Newcastle have lost their last 4 matches. They won the 4 before that.
* Chelsea are unbeaten in 6, winning 4 of those matches.
* Newcastle could finish 10th today, if they better Crystal Palace’s result. But if they lose and other results don’t go their way they could finish as low as 15th.
* If Eden Hazard scores, he will move up to third on Chelsea’s all-time PL top scorer list. He’s currently tied on 69 with Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink.

Southampton v Manchester City

* A 96th minute winner from Raheem Sterling secured all 3 points for City in the reverse fixture in November.
* Saints have won 2 of their last 3 matches to secure their PL status.
* A win for City will see them become the first top flight team in history to reach the 100-point mark.
* A win would be their 32nd of the season – which would be another English top-flight record, beating Spurs’ mark from 1960/61.
* Saints aren’t great at home – winning just 19 points at St Mary’s so far this season. Only West Brom have won fewer points on home turf.

Swansea City v Stoke City

* Stoke beat Swansea 2-1 in the reverse fixture.
* Swansea need to win, hope Southampton lose and have a 10-goal swing to them to stay up.
* Swansea’s main problem has been goals – they’ve got just 27 all season.
* Stoke haven’t won in 13 PL matches (6 defeats).
* Stoke also have the worst away record – just 1 win and 10 point won.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City

* Leicester beat Spurs 2-1 earlier in the season, thanks to goals from Vardy and Mahrez.
* Spurs are guaranteed a top-4 spot for the third time in four seasons – they haven’t had a run like that since the 1960s.
* Leicester have won 1 of their last 6 matches, losing 4.
* Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances at Wembley Stadium. He’s also scored 9 times against the Foxes.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides was back in 1948.

West Ham United v Everton

* Everton thrashed the Hammers 4-0 at Goodison Park last November, with Wayne Rooney bagging a hat-trick.
* West Ham have lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches, winning just 2.
* Everton have won 4 of their last 10 PL matches, losing 3.
* West Ham have lost 10 games by a margin of 3 or more goals this season – no top flight side has lost more than that since West Brom in 1985/6.
* Everton have beaten West Ham 24 times in 43 PL matches. The Hammers have won on just 7 occasions.

All the factz on Watford v Crystal Palace in the Premier League

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The only Premier League match to kick off at 3pm today sees Watford play Crystal Palace at Viacarage Road. The Hornets are seeking a top-10 finish, while the Eagles will be looking to ease their relegation fears. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Palace won the reverse fixture 2-1 earlier in the season. Those goals came in the 89th and 92nd minutes – after Watford’s Tom Cleverly had been sent off in the 87th minute.
* Watford are out of form, losing 4 of the last 5 (drawing the other) and conceding 15 goals in those matches.
* The Eagles meanwhile are rediscovering their form, picking up 2 wins and a draw in their past 4 matches, having lost their previous 7.
* Best not to leave Watford matches early – there have been 33 goals in the last 15 minutes of matches they’ve been involved in this season.
* After not scoring in their first 8 away matches this season, Palace have scored in each of their last 9

All the factz on the 14 April 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are only 4 matches that kick off at 3pm today in the Premier League, but they will have an impact on the relegation fight and the race for Europe. Here are the factz you need to know:

Burnley v Leicester City

* Leicester are looking to complete the double over Burnley, having won 1-0 at the King Power Stadium earlier in the season.
* But the Clarets are in form with 4 successive wins.
* Leicester have won 4, drawn. and lost 2 of their last 10 PL matches.
* Don’t expect a goal-fest: there have only been 24 goals at Turf Moor this term.
* That said, Leicester have scored and conceded in 21 PL matches this season.

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion

* The sides drew 0-0 at the Amex Stadium earlier in the season. Brighton did beat Palace 2-1 in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
* Palace are out of form having lost 6 of their last 10 matches, winning just 1.
* They have also won just one of their last 7 PL matches at home, including losing the last 3 on the bounce.
* Brighton are faring better: 3 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats on their last 8 in the PL.
* Brighton have only scored 7 goals away from home this season – a League low.

Huddersfield Town v Watford

* Huddersfield walloped Watford 1-4 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season, in a match that also had a sending off for both sides.
* The Terriers have lost 4 of their last 8 matches, winning just once.
* They have also scored just once in the past 5 matches.
* Watford are awful away from home – winning just one point in their last 9 games and scoring in just 2.
* If Troy Deeney and Heurelio Gomes play for Watford today it’ll be their 100th PL appearance for the club.

Swansea City v Everton

* Everton came from behind to win 3-1 at Goodison against the Swans earlier in the season.
* That was Everton’s first win against the Swans in 7 matches.
* Swansea are in form at home, having won their last 4 matches there.
* Everton are in inconsistent form, having won 4, lost 4 and drawn 2 of their last 10 PL matches.
* Swansea are the joint lowest scorers in the PL with 26, alongside West Brom and Huddersfield.

All the factz you need on the 7 April 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are 6 matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today, which will have a bearing on the race for the Champions League and to avoid relegation. Here are the factz you need to know:

AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

* It ended 2-2 when the sides met earlier in the season, with all 4 goals coming in the first half.
* Bournemouth’s last home win against Palace came in 1988.
* The Cherries are one of the PL’s form sides, having won 21 points since the turn of the year. Only the top 4 have won more in that time.
* Meanwhile Palace have lost 5 of their last 6 PL matches.
* But they did win their last away match – although they haven’t won 2 in a row away for a year.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town

* Huddersfield won the reverse fixture earlier in the season, with Steve Mounie scoring twice.
* After being unbeaten in 7 matches, Brighton have lost their last 3 in all competitions.
* Huddersfield are also on a bad run: they’ve lost 8 matches in 2018 – only rock- bottom West Brom have lost more.
* The Terriers have also failed to score in 12 away matches – another blank would equal the PL record.
* Brighton’s Glenn Murray has scored in 4 out of 5 home matches this year.

Leicester City v Newcastle United

* Leicester won the reverse fixture 2-3 earlier in the season, with a late Ayose Perez own goal being the difference between the sides.
* Newcastle haven’t won away to Leicester since 1999 when Alan Shearer scored the winner for the Magpies.
* The Foxes are unbeaten in 6 at home, although they have drawn the last three 1-1.
* Newcastle are in good form though having won 4 and drawn 4 of their 10 PL matches in 2018.
* Newcastle’s next goal will be their 1200th in the PL. Only 7 sides have scored more.

Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur

* Stoke will be dreading this match – they’ve lost their last 4 against Spurs by a 4-goal margin.
* Especially as the Potters have the PL’s leakiest defence – 61 conceded.
* Spurs meanwhile are unbeaten in 13 with 10 wins in that run.
* Stoke have won just 1 of 9 PL matches since Paul Lambert took over (4 defeats).
* Harry Kane has scored 8 goals in his last 4 matches against Stoke.

Watford v Burnley

* Burnley won the reverse fixture 1-0 thanks to a Scott Arfield goal just before half time.
* Watford are unbeaten in 5 at Vicarage Road, with 3 wins in that run.
* Burnley are looking for their 4th win in a row, and third successive away win – something they last did in the top flight in 1968.
* Burnley have scored 8 times in their last 4 matches, split equally between Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes.
* Richarlison has been involved in more goals for Watford this season than any other player, despite not scoring or providing an assist in his last 15 games.

West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City

* Swansea won the reverse fixture 1-0, with Wilfred Bony scoring 9 minutes from time.
* Don’t expect a goal-fest: both sides have scored just 25 goals this season.
* West Brom have lost their last 8 PL matches on the spin.
* Swansea meanwhile have won 4 of their last 10 matches, losing 3 and drawing 3.
* Swansea’s Tammy Abraham has scored just once in 19 appearances since making his England debut. That goal came in the Swans’ 8-1 romp in the FA Cup against Notts County.

All the factz you need on the March 31 3pm kick offs in the Premier League

 

There are 6 matches kicking off in the Premier League at 3pm today, among them games that could have a significant bearing on the relegation battle. Here are the factz you need to know:

Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City

* Leicester won 2-0 in the reverse fixture, with goals from Okazaki and Maguire.
* Brighton have won their last 3 home matches, and have lost one of their last 6 matches home and away.
* The Foxes have lost 4 of their last 6 away matches, winning just one, at West Brom.
* Glenn Murray has scored 6 goals in 6 matches at home in 2018.
* Jamie Vardy has scored in 4 of his last 5 matches.

Manchester United v Swansea City

* United beat the Swans 0-4 earlier in the season.
* Swansea have won twice in their last 5 visits to Old Trafford, losing 2 and drawing the other.
* United have kept 15 clean sheets this season, the same as Manchester City.
* Swansea have won 4 of their last 8 matches, drawing 3.
* If Romelu Lukaku scores, it will be his 100th PL goal and he will be the 28th man to reach that milestone.

Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town

* Aaron Mooy scored the only goal as Huddersfield beat Newcastle last August.
* The Magpies have lost just 1 of their last 6 PL matches, winning 2.
* Huddersfield have lost 6 of their 9 PL matches this year, winning 2.
* The Terriers have also failed to score in 17 matches – a PL high.
* Newcastle are aiming for their 3rd consecutive home win. Huddersfield have lost 4 of their last 5 away from home.

Watford v AFC Bournemouth

* Watford won 0-2 at the Vitality Stadium back in August.
* Watford have lost their last 2 matches, but have won their last 3 at Vicarage Road.
* Bournemouth are in form, having won 20 points since the turn of the year – only the top 4 have done better.
* The Cherries have scored in 12 successive matches – a club record.
* Watford have conceded 26 goals at home. Only their opponents have conceded has many.

West Bromwich Albion v Burnley

* Albion recorded one of their few wins this season at Turf Moor, winning 0-2 thanks to a Hal Robson-Kanu double.
* Burnley haven’t won at the Hawthorns since 1969.
* Albion have lost 7 on the spin – another defeat would be a club record.
* Burnley have won their last 2 matches, having been winless in their previous 11.
* Burnley have conceded just 14 away from home – only Manchester City have conceded fewer (10).

West Ham United v Southampton

* Saints won a cracking match 3-2 in the reverse fixture last August.
* West Ham are in terrible form having lost their last 3 matches all by a margin of at least 3 goals.
* But Saints are doing as badly, havoc won just once in their last 17 matches (7 defeats).
* If West Ham lose, it will be their 1000th top flight defeat. Only 15 other clubs have hit this milestone.
* Mark Hughes is now in charge of his 6th PL club. Only Sam Allardyce (7) has managed more.