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Premier League Pointers: 18/11-20/11

The Premier League returns after the international break that saw both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fail to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

The weekend kicks off in style with a North London derby.

Saturday November 18

Arsenal vs Tottenham (12:30)
Referee: Mike Dean (Games 8 – Yellows 29, Reds 1)

  • Meetings between these sides in the Premier League have seen both teams score on 34 occasions – more than any other fixture in the competition.
  • Arsenal haven’t won any of their last six Premier League meetings with Spurs (D4, L2).
  • Tottenham have only won two of their last 32 away visits to face Arsenal (W2, D13, L17).
  • The Gunners have won their last 10 Premier League games at the Emirates – their longest ever such winning run at the stadium.
  • No side has won more Premier League away games in 2017 than Tottenham (10), while the Lilywhites have also scored a league-high of 37 goals on the road in this calendar year.
  • Harry Kane has scored in all five of his Premier League north London derbies, netting six goals in total. Only Emmanuel Adebayor (8) and Robert Pires (7) have scored more goals in this fixture in the top-flight.
  • Mauricio Pochettino is yet to lose a Premier League north London derby (W2, D4, L0). All three of his visits to the Emirates have ended in draws.

Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town (15:00)
Referee: Lee Probert (G4 – Y2, R0)

  • Bournemouth haven’t lost a home league match against Huddersfield since August 2007 when the sides were in League One, winning two and drawing three since.
  • Huddersfield have won just one of their last 10 meetings in all competitions with Bournemouth (D5, L4).
  • This will be the 847th different Premier League meeting and 1423rd in the top-flight overall.
  • This match will see Bournemouth and Huddersfield become the 94th different set of teams to have faced each other in all four ties of English league football.
  • Just 40% of Bournemouth’s Premier League points this season have come in come games (4/10).
  • Since winning their first ever Premier League away game 3-0 against Crystal Palace, the Terriers have failed to score in their subsequent four on the road (D1, L3).
  • Andrew Surman’s three combined goals and assists have been worth six points to Bournemouth this season – only Alvaro Morata’s 10 goals contribution has been worth more in the Premier League (8 points)

Burnley vs Swansea City (15:00)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (G7 – Y17, R1)

  • Burnley have lost all four of their Premier League meetings with Swansea. Both matches at Turf Moor have ended 1-0 to the Swans.
  • Swansea have won six of their last seven league meetings with the Clarets – losing the other in a Championship clash in 2011.
  • Both of Swansea’s winners against Burnley last season came in the final 10 minutes with Leroy Fer scoring here at Turf Moor and Fernando Llorente netting in the 90th minute in a 3-2 win at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Burnley have won their last two Premier League games – they last won three top-flight games in a row back in January 1975.
  • Only Manchester United (0) and Liverpool (1) have conceded fewer home goals than Burnley in the Premier League this season.
  • Tammy Abraham has been involved in 71% of Swansea’s seven Premier League goals this season (four goals and one assist) – the highest ratio in the division.

Crystal Palace vs Everton (15:00)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (G7 – Y27, R0)

  • Only one of Crystal Palace’s five Premier League wins against Everton have come at Selhurst Park – a 1-0 win in October 1994.
  • Everton has kept a clean sheet in their last four Premier League away games at Palace – their joint-longest such run against a team.
  • If Crystal Palace loses, they’ll equal the record for fewest points after 12 games in a Premier League season (3), currently held by Everton (1994-95) and QPR (2012-13).
  • The Toffees have lost just one of their last 20 away Premier League games against sides who started the day bottom of the table (W9, D10).
  • Everton haven’t kept a Premier League clean sheet since the opening day against Stoke – only West Ham (23) have conceded more goals than the Merseysiders this term (22).
  • Andros Townsend has beaten an opponent with more dribbles than any other Premier League player this season.
  • Oumar Nissae’s four Premier League goals this season have been worth five points to Everton.

Leicester City vs Manchester City (15:00)
Referee: Graham Scott (G5 – Y9, R1)

  • Leicester have won two of their last three Premier League meetings with Manchester City (L1), including a 4-2 win in this exact fixture last season when Jamie Vardy scored his only Premier League hat-trick to date.
  • The defeat last season was Man City’s only loss in their six Premier League away games against the Foxes (W3, D2).
  • The Foxes have lost their last eight Premier League games against sides who started the day top of the table, conceding at least two goals each team.
  • Man City’s haul of 31 points with a goal difference of +31 is the best ever start after 11 games to a Premier League season.
  • The Citizens boast the two leading players for combined goals and assists this season – Sergio Aguero (8 goals, 3 assists) and Leroy Sane (6 goals, 5 assists). They also have the top two assisters in the league with David Silva (7) and Kevin de Bruyne (6).
  • Pep Guardiola’s men are bidding to become only the second team to win their first six away games to a Premier League campaign after Chelsea (2008-09), who won their first eight.

Liverpool vs Southampton (15:00)
Referee: Mike Jones (G4 – Y16, R0)

  • These two sides met four times in all competitions last season with Liverpool failing to win and score in all four contests.
  • Southampton are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions with Liverpool; they’ve never gone six in a row without defeat.
  • The Saints have won the same number of points after 11 games this season, as they did under Claude Puel in 2016-17 (13).
  • Liverpool have conceded 30 goals via set-pieces in the Premier League since Jurgen Klopp took charge in October 2015.
  • The Reds have only lost twice in their last 32 Premier League matches at Anfield (W19, D11, L2).
  • No player has scored more goals after their first 11 Premier League games for Liverpool than Mohamed Salah (7 – level with Daniel Sturridge). Only Robbie Fowler scored eights goals in his first 12 Premier League games for the club.

West Brom vs Chelsea (15:00)
Referee: Jon Moss (G9 – Y26, R1)

  • West Brom have lost 16 games against Chelsea in the Premier League, their joint-highest total against an opponent alongside Arsenal and Manchester City.
  • Chelsea have won back-to-back games at the Hawthorns and it’s where Michy Batshuayi’s goal sealed the title last season.
  • This will be Antonio Conte’s 50th Premier League games in charge of Chelsea.
  • The Blues have won nine of their last 11 away games in the Premier League.
  • West Brom have lost all 11 of their previous Premier League home games against reigning champions with an aggregate score of 8-28.
  • The Baggies have won just twice in their last 20 Premier League games (W2, D6, L12) and are winless in their last nine.
  • Alvaro Morata has been directly involved in 10 goals in his first 10 Premier League games for Chelsea (seven goals, three assists).
  • Cesar Azpilicueta has assisted Morata five time in the Premier League this season, more than any player has assisted another in 2017-18 so far.

Manchester United vs Newcastle United (17:30)
Referee: Craig Pawson (G9 – Y33, R3)

  • Manchester United have won 22 and lost just one of their last 32 league games against Newcastle United at Old Trafford (W22, D9, L1).
  • The Magpies have lost 84 matches in all competitions against the Red Devils, more than versus any other side in their history.
  • Jose Mourinho’s side have lost two of their last three games in the Premier League, as many as in the previous 37 combined.
  • However, at Old Trafford, Man United are unbeaten in 22 Premier League games (W12, D10, L0) winning the last six in a row without conceding.
  • Rafa Benitez has lost five times against Jose Mourinho in the Premier League – only against Sir Alex Ferguson (8) has he suffered more defeats in the competition.
  • Benitez could become the first manager in Premier League history to win at Old Trafford with three different clubs, having won there with Chelsea and Liverpool.
  • Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in nine goals in eight Premier League appearances against Newcastle United (five goals, four assists).

Sunday November 19

Watford vs West Ham United (16:00)
Referee: Andre Marriner (G8 – Y19, R1)

  • Watford have lost only one of their last six Premier League games against West Ham, winning three and drawing two.
  • The Hammers have recorded just one victory in their last 13 away games in the Premier League (W1, D6, L6).
  • After the 3-2 defeat at Everton before the international break, Watford have lost the most points from leading positions in the English top-flight this season (8).
  • The Hornets have conceded the most goals from set-pieces in the Premier League this season (11), including penalties.
  • This will be David Moyes’ 500th match as a Premier League manager (W196, D135, L168). Only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, and Harry Redknapp have previously reached this milestone.
  • Only Harry Kane (59) has attempted more shots (includes blocks) in the Premier League this season than Richarlison (39).

Monday November 20

Brighton vs Stoke City (20:00)
Referee: Lee Mason (G6 – Y13, R1)

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between these two sides since February 2011 when Stoke won 3-0 in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie.
  • Stoke have won their last eight matches against Brighton in all competitions, keeping five clean sheets in the process.
  • Brighton have gone four games without defeat (W2, D2) in the Premier League.
  • Stoke won last time out on the road – they haven’t enjoyed consecutive away victories since October 2015.
  • The Potters have conceded as many first-half Premier League goals this season as Brighton have conceded in total (11).
  • Xherdan Shaqiri, who has provided four assists in the Premier League this season, has earned his team more points via his assists than any other player in the competition (6).
  • Darren Fletcher has now appeared in 102 consecutive Premier League matches for his clubs (Stoke and West Brom). This is the joint-fifth longest run by an outfield player in Premier League history.
  • Glenn Murray has scored in three successive Premier League games for the first time since April 2015.
  • Pascal Gross has been directly involved in 64% of Brighton’s 11 Premier League goals this season (two goals, five assists).
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