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Manchester City lining up January deals for Jonny Evans and Inigo Martinez

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is lining up a double swoop in the January transfer window as he seeks to strengthen further the squad of the runaway Premier League leaders.

Top of Guardiola’s list is a central defender, especially as Vincent Kompany has picked up yet another injury. City tried to sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans in the summer, but their £21 million offer was rebuffed.

However, Albion may be prepared to do business now, with new manager Alan Pardew conceding that keeping Evans at the club could be difficult. It is thought a bid of £30 million could secure the Northern Irish international’s signature.

City may face competition from Arsenal and Everton for Evans, with both previously having expressed an interest. However, the lure of Champions League football – and, seemingly, a Premier League winners medal – could tip the balance City’s way.

Another target is Real Sociedad’s Martinez. A deal here could be more straightforward as the 26-year-old Spanish international midfielder has a £28 million release clause in his contract.

Footballnewz’s guide to today’s Premier League matches

Southampton v Hull City

* Hull beat Southampton earlier in the season – but the Saints had won the previous 6 meetings between the sides.
* The omens aren’t good for Hull – they haven’t won at Southampton since 1951.
* Hull have also won away from home once all season – and that was their first match.
* That said, Saints have lost 4 of their last 7 home matches in the PL, winning only 2.
* Saints have also lost their last 2 matches, conceding 7.

Stoke City v West Ham United

* The sides drew 1-1 earlier in the season. Indeed, 4 of their last 5 meetings have ended all square.
* Stoke have lost 5 of their last 6 matches – the other match was a win over Hull.
* West Ham have won 1 of their last 10 matches, although they are unbeaten in 3.
* The Hammers have scored 20 goals from set pieces this season – more than any other team in the PL.
* Stoke have drawn a blank in 4 of their last 7 matches.

Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth

* Sunderland will be relegated if they don’t match Hull’s result.
* Sunderland beat Bournemouth earlier in the season – a win will the the Black Cats’ first double of the season.
* But Sunderland have lost 7 of their last 9 matches and haven’t won at home this year.
* However, Bournemouth’s record away from home is pretty rubbish – 2 wins in their last 19.
* Bournemouth have conceded 32 goals this year, 6 more than any other side.

West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City

* West Brom won 1-2 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
* However, the Baggies are out of form, having won 1 of their last 7, including 4 defeats.
* Leicester have taken 1 point from their last 3 outings.
* Albion have gone 4 matches without scoring.
* Leicester have won just 1 of their last 19 away matches (12 defeats)

Crystal Palace v Burnley (5.30)

* Burnley won 3-2 against Palace at Turf Moor earlier in the season.
* Palace have won 6 of their last 9 league matches
* Burnley have earned just 4 points on their travels this season, with no wins.
* Burnley have scored just twice in their last 6 games – and only once from open play.
* The last 9 matches between the sides have been shared – 3 wins each and 3 draws.

Premier League April 8 – all the factz you need on today’s matches

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford (12.30pm)

* Spurs won 1-4 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season – their 4th straight win against the Hornets.
* Watford haven’t won at White Hart Lane since November 1985.
* Spurs have won 12 of their last 15 matches and 5 on the spin.
* Watford have won their last 2 matches but only 1 of their last 10 away games.
* Spurs have scored in 23 successive home matches.

Manchester City v Hull City

* City won 0-3 at the KCOM Stadium earlier in the season.
* Hull have never beaten City away from home in the league in 10 previous attempts.
* City haven’t won in 4 PL matches.
* Hull have won 17 points in 11 games since Marco Silva was appointed.
* Hull have won just 2 points from their last 14 away matches.

Middlesbrough v Burnley

* Burnley won the sides’ clash earlier in the season and are looking for their first double over Boro since 1953/4.
* Boro haven’t won in 13 league matches, losing 8.
* Burnley are the only side in the PL yet to win away from home this season.
* Boro have scored the fewest goals in the PL this season – just 22.
* Burnley have 35 points – 2 more than they’ve scored in a season in the PL before.

Stoke City v Liverpool

* Liverpool have won 6 of their last 7 matches against Stoke – the exception being a 6-1 thrashing in 2015.
* Stoke have lost their last 3 PL matches.
* In 5 away league matches in 2017, Liverpool are yet to win, although they have drawn 3 of those.
* Stoke have drawn a blank in 5 of their last 8 matches.
* Liverpool matches have had 105 goals scored in them this season.

West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

* West Brom are seeking to do the double over the Saints after winning 1-2 at St Mary’s earlier in the season.
* The Baggies have lost 3 of their last 5 matches.
* But they have won 5 of their last 6 at home.
* Saints have won 2 of their last 4 matches.
* Historically, the sides are evenly matched – in games between the sides, both have won 24 with 27 draws.

West Ham United v Swansea City

* West Ham beat Swansea 1-4 on Boxing Day.
* Oddly, Swansea won 1-4 on their last trip to West Ham too.
* West Ham are plummeting down the table, having lost their last 5 PL matches.
* Swansea have lost 5 of their last 8, winning 2.
* Swansea have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 away matches – losing on each occasion.

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea (5.30)

* Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture.
* In 7 previous league meetings, Chelsea have won 5 times to Bournemouth’s 2.
* The Cherries are unbeaten in 5 PL matches.
* Chelsea have lost once in their past 12 PL away matches.
* Chelsea have 72 points – only once in the PL era has a side with this many points after 30 games has not gone on to win the title.