England qualify, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland make the play-off’s while Scotland and Wales miss out after a busy international break that finished the Group Stages of World Cup qualifying.
Other continents were much more enthralling with Argentina averting crisis with a Lionel Messi hat-trick again Ecuador while late Honduras and Panama winners on top of their own defeat saw the USMNT fail to qualify.
Anyhow, we’re back to the blood and thunder of the Premier League and what a game to start the weekend!
Saturday October 14
Liverpool vs Manchester United (12:30)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Games 4 – Yellows 11, Reds 1)
- Liverpool are winless in six Premier League games against Manchester United (D2, L4).
- Manchester United have won three of their last five visits to Anfield (W3, D1, L1) and have kept clean sheets in their last two games there.
- The Red Devils have kept 17 clean sheets in the Premier League in 2017, three more than any other side; they’ve only shipped two goals this season – both at Stoke.
- Jurgen Klopp has a good record vs Jose Mourinho (W3, D3, L1).
- Liverpool have 12 points from seven games. If they lose this game, they will have the same number of points as they did from eight games in 2015-16 (12), which saw Brendan Rodgers sacked.
- If Manchester United win it’ll be their best ever points tally after eight games of a Premier League campaign.
- Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in nine goals in his last 10 competitive games (five goals, four assists).
Burnley vs West Ham United (15:00)
Referee: Stuart Attwell (G2 – Y5, R0)
- Burnly have lost five of their previous six Premier League encounters with West Ham. Their only win came here at Turf Moor back in February 2010.
- The Clarets are though enjoying their longest ever unbeaten run in the Premier League (W2, D3).
- West Ham will be looking to win consecutive Premier League games without conceding for the first time since December 2016.
- West Ham have netted 36 goals in all competitions in 2017, as many as Harry Kane has managed himself.
- Robbie Brady has scored three goals in five Premier League games against West Ham, more than against any other side.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (15:00)
Referee: Andre Marriner (G5 – Y13, R1)
- Crystal Palace have won only one of their last previous eight Premier League matches against Chelsea at Selhurst Park (W1, D1, L6).
- Chelsea have won more points in Premier League London derbies than any other side in the competition’s history (421 points).
- Palace are currently on the second longest run in minutes without scoring from the start of the season in Football League history (630 minutes) – only Halifax town in the fourth tier in 1990-91 (730 minutes) has a longer wait to score.
- The last top-flight team to lose their opening eight matches of a season were Manchester United in 1930-31 – they lost their first 12.
- Roy Hodgson has never lost his first four Premier League matches in charge of a team.
- Cesc Fabregas (49 goals) could become just the third Spanish player to net 50 Premier League goals after Diego Costa (52) and Fernando Torres (85).
Manchester City vs Stoke City (15:00)
Referee: Craig Pawson (G6 – Y27, R2)
- Manchester City have kept a shutout in eight of their nine Premier League home matches against Stoke (W7, D1, L1).
- The Citizens are currently unbeaten in their last 19 home games in all competitions (W13, D6, L0), their longest run without defeat since January 2012 (30 games).
- Stoke City have either kept a clean sheet (3) or conceded four goals (3) in each of their last six Premier League games against Manchester City (W2, D1, L3).
- The Potters have lost 15 of their last 17 away top-flight matches (D1) against teams who have started that day in top spot – their last away win against the top side came in April 1972 against Manchester City under Tony Waddington.
- Peter Crouch is the oldest English striker to score in a Premier League game since Kevin Phillips for Birmingham against Bolton in April 2011.
- Raheem Sterling has cored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances. Those goals have come from just seven shots on target.
Swansea City vs Huddersfield Town (15:00)
Referee: Paul Tierney (G1 – Y4, R0)
- This is the first top-flight meeting between the two sides having met in the other three tiers of English football.
- Huddersfield have won their last two away league games against Swansea, although this is the first match since November 2007.
- The Terriers have failed to score in nine of their last 14 matches in all competitions, including their last three.
- Swansea have attempted the fewest shots in the Premier League this season (46) and have also registered just 30 shots in open play – a league low.
- The Swans have won just once in their last six Premier League games against newly-promoted sides, failing to score in four of those games (W1, D1, L4).
- Huddersfield’s Danish goalkeeper Jonas Lossl has kept four clean sheets so far this season.
Tottenham vs Bournemouth (15:00)
Referee: Bobby Madley (G4 – Y20, R2)
- Tottenham have yet to lose to Bournemouth in league competition winning three and drawing one of their four Premier League meetings to date.
- They’ve netted 12 goals in those games with Harry Kane scoring six of those.
- Kane has had 22 shots (with seven on target) in home Premier League games his season without finding the net. In comparison he has had 22 shots (with nine on target) in away matches and found the net on six occasions in those games.
- Harry Kane has scored 36 competitive goals in 2017 from 147 shots, compared to Bournemouth netting 36 goals from 371 shots overall.
- No defender has provided more Premier League assists than Kieran Trippier (8) since August 2016.
- Jermain Defoe has averaged a goal every 798 minutes vs Spurs in the Premier League, his worst ratio against all the 36 sides he’s scored against in the competition.
Watford vs Arsenal (17:30)
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (G5 – Y12, R0)
- In their last meeting, at the Emirates, Watford earned their first league win against Arsenal since 1988.
- Arsene Wenger has won eight of his 10 matches against Watford in all competitions.
- Watford have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
- Arsenal haven’t failed to score in their opening four away league games of a season since 1936-37.
- The Hornets have made their best start to a Premier League season after seven games (12 points).
- They are winless in their opening three home league games this season (D2, L1).
- Petr Cech has kept four consecutive clean sheet in the Premier League for the first time since February 2015.
- Troy Deeney is without a goal in his last 13 games – his longest goal-drought ever in the Premier League and his worst in league football since October 2011.
- Alexis Sanchez has scored three and assisted three in his four Premier League games against Watford.
Sunday October 15
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Everton (13:30)
Referee: Michael Oliver (G6 – Y22, R2)
- This will be the first competitive meetings since April 1983 in the top-flight. The Toffees won that game 2-1.
- Everton have lost just one of their last 19 Premier League games against newly-promoted teams (W10, D8, L1).
- The Toffees have had just 17 shots on target in their first seven Premier League games this season – only two more than Romelu Lukaku has had for Manchester United.
- Ronald Koeman has won just 18.2% of his Premier League away games in charge of Everton (P22, W4, D7, L11).
- Brighton have picked up just one win from their last eight games with Everton (W1, D3, L4).
Southampton vs Newcastle United (16:00)
Referee: Kevin Friend (G3 – Y9, R0)
- Southampton have won more Premier League games in total (15) and at home (12) against Newcastle than they have against any other side in the competition.
- Newcastle have failed to keep an away clean sheet against Southampton in the top-flight in each of their last 26 games.
- The Magpies have won just once in 16 Premier League away games against the Saints.
- Newcastle have conceded just 10 goals in their last 13 Premier League games and never more than twice in a match.
- Rafa Benitez has failed to collect a single point in his three previous Premier League visits to St Mary’s.
- Since the start of last season, Charlie Austin is Southampton’s top scorer at home in the Premier League despite playing just 12 times (five goals).
Monday October 16
Leicester City vs West Brom (20:00)
Referee: Mike Dean (G5 – Y19, R1)
- After six Premier League meetings, Leicester have won three while West Brom have won two. The Foxes have never beaten West Brom on home soil in the Premier League, losing two and drawing one.
- The Baggies are unbeaten in each of their last seven away league games against Leicester City (W5, D2, L0).
- Leicester City have won four of their last five Premier League home games on a Monday, while West Brom have enjoyed just one victory from their previous 11 top-flight Monday games away from home.
- Tony Pulis has seen his sides score 316 goals in 317 Premier League games as a manager; no manager has a lower goals-per-game average.
- Since the start of last season, Riyad Mahrez has been involved in just 11 goals in 43 games (six goals, five assists).
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