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All the factz you need on the 3pm kick offs in the Premier League on 13 January

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There are 6 matches that kick off at 3pm in the Premier League today, with a lot of interest in the tightly-packed bottom of the division. Here are the factz you need to know:

Chelsea v Leicester City

* Chelsea won the reverse fixture 1-2 earlier in the season – with goals from Morata and Kante.
* Chelsea have a great record against Leicester, having won 7 of the last 9 PL matches they’ve played. The exceptions – a loss and a draw – came in Leicester’s title winning season.
* Chelsea are unbeaten in 6 PL matches (4 wins).
* Leicester have won one of their last 5 matches.
* Riyad Mahrez has scored or provided an assist in each of his past 4 matches and in 7 of his last 9.

Crystal Palace v Burnley

* Burnley won 0-1 at Selhurst Park earlier in the season thanks to a goal from Chris Wood.
* Victory for the Clarets would give them their second successive double over the Eagles.
* Palace have lost just 1 of their last 11 PL matches (4 wins).
* Burnley are without a win in 5 PL matches.
* Palace don’t know when they’re beaten – taking 11 points from losing positions this season. Only Everton and Arsenal have won more.

Huddersfield Town v West Ham United

* West Ham notched their first win of the season against the Terriers in the reverse fixture; Obiang and Ayew scoring in a 2-0 win.
* This is West Ham’s first visit to Huddersfield since a League Cup tie in 1997, and first in the league since 1971.
* Huddersfield have lost 3 of their last 4 PL matches, drawing the other.
* Meanwhile, West Ham have lost just one of their last 7, winning 3.
* However, the Hammers have won away from home just once all season (against Stoke).

Newcastle United v Swansea City

* Newcastle won the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
* Newcastle are on a terrible run at home: no wins in 6 at St James’ Park, and they have failed to score in 5 of those matches.
* Swansea aren’t great away from home either: they won last time out, but that was their first win in 8 matches.
* Newcastle have kept successive PL clean sheets – they haven’t kept 3 in a row since 2014.
* Goalscoring continues to be Swansea’s main problem: just 13 in 22 matches.

Watford v Southampton

* Watford beat Southampton 0-2 at St Mary’s earlier in the season.
* Watford have lost 6 of their last 7 PL matches.
* Saints are also out of form – no wins in their last 9 PL matches.
* Vicarage Road isn’t a fortress for the Hornets – they’ve won more games away from home this season.
* meanwhile Saints’ away form is terrible – 1 win and 5 losses in 10 away PL matches this season.

West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Brighton won the reverse fixture 3-1 earlier in the season – their first PL win and goals.
* West Brom are without a league win in 20 matches (losing 10) – a club record.
* However Brighton aren’t in form either – just one win in their last 11, although only 5 defeats.
* A draw would seem the likeliest result – the Baggies have drawn 10 this season and Brighton 8.
* Brighton haven’t scored in their last 5 on the road and have drawn a blank 8 times in total.

Manchester City and Arsenal keen on signing West Brom’s Jonny Evans

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Manchester City and Arsenal have both been said to have made contact with West Bromwich Albion about a potential bid for defender Jonny Evans.

Both clubs tried to sign Evans in the summer, but were rebuffed by then-Baggies manager Tony Pulis. However, new manager Alan Pardew may be more willing to sell, given that it will substantially swell his coffers to try and make the signings he hope will help to propel West Brom up the Premier League table.

It is thought the clubs could offer up to £25 million for Northern Irish international Evans – which is a large amount for a player who is already 30. This would represent a substantial profit on the £6 million paid to bring him to the Hawthorns from Manchester United in 2015. Also, Evans has 18 months left on his deal at West Brom, but has said he isn’t interested in extending the deal – so the Baggies could be tempted to cash in now.

City are on the lookout for central defensive cover, after Vincent Kompany suffered his umpteenth injury recently and current back-up Elaquim Mangala apparently not seen as a viable long-term proposition by manager Pep Guardiola.

Arsenal also want to bolster their defensive options, and could offer full-back Mattheiu Debuchy on loan as part of the deal. The Baggies are interested in him, and he wants regular football.

If City were to bid, Evans could be tempted to make the move, as his family is still based in the northwest. However, the promise of European football could see him move to London if City don’t make an offer.

This is a rumour that refuses to go away, which suggests there is some substance to it – sadly for Baggies fans – but it could take most of the month to play out.

All the factz you need on the January 2 Premier League matches

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There are 4 matches in the Premier League tonight, with the bottom 4 all in action. Here are the factz you need to know:

Southampton v Crystal Palace

• Southampton won 0-1 when they visited Selhurst Park back in September, with Steven Davis getting the only goal after 6 minutes.
• Saints haven’t won in 8 PL matches.
• Meanwhile Crystal Palace are unbeaten in 9 PL matches, including ending Manchester City’s record-breaking run of wins with a 0-0 draw last time out.
• Southampton’s problems are largely up front – they have failed to score in 16 of their last 33 matches in all competitions.
• So worryingly for Saints, Palace’s defence is mean – 4 clean sheets in their last 8 matches.

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur

• The reverse fixture ended 0-0 at Wembley in September.
• Swansea won last time out in their first match under Carlos Carvalhal, but that was only their second win in 13 PL matches.
• Spurs meanwhile have won 4 of their last 5 PL matches.
• Swansea are the lowest scorers in the league – just 13 in 21 matches, and they have drawn a blank in 11 of them.
• Harry Kane has scored successive hat-tricks in the PL – no player has scored 3 hat-tricks in 3 matches for 71 years in the English leaguers.

West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion

• The reverse fixture ended all square earlier in the season – as had the previous 3 games between the sides.
• Marko Arnautovic is West Ham’s in-form player with 5 goals in his last 5 matches.
• West Brom are winless in 19 PL matches, although Derby hold the record for longest period without a win – 32 matches.
• West Brom have also won just 1 of their last 19 away matches in the PL.
• West Ham have lost 3 of their last 6 home PL matches, winning just 1.

Manchester City v Watford (8pm)

• City will be hoping for a repeat of the previous encounter between the sides this season – they ran out 0-6 winners at Vicarage Road.
• City have won 17 of their last 22 PL matches at the Etihad Stadium – drawing the other 5.
• Watford are out of form, having lost 5 of their last 6 PL matches.
• The Hornets also have one of the league’s leakiest defences: they have conceded 37, a figure only topped by West Ham and Stoke City.
• Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick against Watford earlier in the season – only one player has scored 2 hat-tricks against the same side in the same season before in the PL era (Emmanuel Adebayor did it for Arsenal against Derby County in 2007-8.

All the factz on the December 23 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are 6 games kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today. Here are the factz you need to know on all of them:

Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford

* The reverse fixture ended 0-0, with Watford’s Miguel Britos seeing red.
* Brighton haven’t won in 7 PL matches, losing 4.
* The Seagulls’ main problem is goal scoring – only 1 in the last 6 matches, and that was a penalty.
* Watford are also out of form, having lost 4 of their last 5, drawing the other.
* Watford may have lost 4 of their last 5 matches away from home, but they have still won more points away than at home this season.

Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth

* City beat Bournemouth in the reverse fixture, thanks to a 97th minute winner from Raheem Sterling.
* City are looking for their 17th win in a row in the PL today.
* The Cherries haven’t won in 6 matches – losing 3 of those.
* Bournemouth have to find a way of stopping City scoring – they have scored 2 or more goals in their last 11 matches.
* Bournemouth have never beaten City in their history. In 11 matches, City have won 9 of them.

Southampton v Huddersfield Town

* The last top-flight meeting between the sides was in 1971.
* Saints have lost 5 of their last 9 PL matches, winning just one.
* Huddersfield have won two of their last 3 matches.
* Saints striker Charlie Austin is a man in form – 4 goals in his last 4 starts.
* The Terriers have had just 2 away wins this season, but both have been by 3-goal margins (0-3 v Crystal Palace and 1-4 v Watford).

Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion

* The reverse fixture ended 1-1 earlier in the season, with Peter Crouch equalising Jay Rodriguez’s opener.
* Stoke have won 1 of their last 8 PL matches, winning just 1.
* Meanwhile West Brom haven’t won in 16 PL matches, losing 8 of those.
* Stoke have the league’s worst defence, conceding 39 so far.
* Only Swansea, with 10 goals, have scored fewer than the Baggies’ 13 this season.

Swansea City v Crystal Palace

* Last season, this fixture ended 5-4 with Swansea scoring twice in injury time.
* Swansea have lost 9 of their last 11 PL matches, winning just 1.
* Palace are unbeaten in 7 matches.
* Crystal Palace scored their first away goals of the season last time out in their 0-3 win against Leicester City.
* Goal scoring has also been a problem for Swansea – just 10 all season.

West Ham United v Newcastle United

* The Hammers are unbeaten in 3, including a win over Chelsea and draw against Arsenal.
* Newcastle have lost 8 of their last 10 PL matches, winning just 1.
* Newcastle have failed to score in half of those 10 matches.
* Only Stoke have conceded more goals than West Ham’s 33.
* Newcastle have won 4 of their last 6 matches against West Ham.

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

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There are two matches in the Premier League today, which will have an impact at both ends of the table. Here are the factz you need to know:

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United

* Manchester United won 0-2 at the Hawthorns last season. It ended 0-0 at Old Trafford.
* The Baggies are on an awful run of form – they haven’t won since August: that’s 16 games in all competitions.
* United have won their last 2 away games, although they have only won 14 out of 24 possible points on their travels this season.
* Albion have not scored since Alan Pardew took over 3 games ago, although they’ve only conceded once in those games too.
* United had the joint meanest defence at the start of this round of matches, conceding just 11, the same as Manchester City.

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool

* Last season this fixture produced on of the best games of the season – Bournemouth came from 1-3 down to win 4-3. It’s their only victory over the Reds in 11 attempts in league and cup matches.
* Bournemouth haven’t won in their last 5 matches, losing 3 of those.
* Liverpool meanwhile are unbeaten in 8 in the PL, winning 5.
* The Cherries’ home record isn’t great – just 8 points gained at the Vitality Stadium so far. Only Swansea have a worse home record.
* The Reds’ ‘Fab Four’ – Sadie Mane, Mohammad Salah, Roberto Firminho and Philippe Coutinho – have scored 23 of the last 27 goals for the club.