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Premier League Pointers 23-08/24-08

Here’s a look at this weekend’s top flight matches from a stats perspective.

12:30 AFC Bournemouth v Man City (Sky Sports)
Referee: Mike Dean (Games 1 – Yellows 1, Red 0) 

  • Man City have won all four Premier League meetings by a combined score of 15-1.
  • Raheem Sterling netted City’s equaliser on Monday and he has five Premier League goals against Bournemouth. He’s 2/1 to score anytime at Dean Court.
  • The Cherries haven’t lost their first three league matches in a season since 1994/95 when they were in the third tier.
  • Sergio Aguero has netted in seven successive Premier League away matches – only Robin van Persie enjoyed a better run. The Argentinian is 3/1 to open the scoring in this meeting.

15:00 Crystal Palace v Swansea
Referee: Andre Marriner (G2 – Y3, R1)

  • There were 12 goals scored in the two Premier League meetings between these two sides last season – the highest scoring fixture in 2016/17.
  • Swansea have lost just one of their last 12 league meetings against Crystal Palace (W6, D5, L1). The Swans are 10/11 Double Chance here at Selhurst Park.
  • Swansea are yet to score this season plus they haven’t had a shot on target thus far despite Andre Ayew hitting the bar against Man United.
  • Frank de Boer has lost his opening two Premier League matches – the only Dutch manager to lose his first three games in the competition is Martin Jol.
  • Leroy Fer scored twice against Crystal Palace last season. He netted in the midweek League Cup win at MK Dons and is 11/2 anytime here.

15:00 Huddersfield Town v Southampton
Referee: Stuart Attwell (First Premier League game of the season) 

  • The last time these two teams met was December 2010 in the third tier of English football with the Saints running on 4-1 winners.
  • No newly promoted side has won their first three Premier League matches since Bolton in 2001/02.
  • Southampton have more league away wins in 2017 (four of ten) than they have at home (three of eleven).
  • Dusan Tadic has now played 100 Premier League games for Southampton and he’s been involved in 39 goals (15 goals and 24 assists). The Serbian is 11/4 to find the net in this game.
  • Huddersfield have won both of their games to nil this season. The Terriers are 11/2 to win and keep a clean sheet here.

15:00 Newcastle United v West Ham
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (G1 – Y2, R0) 

  • Newcastle have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League home games against West Ham (W7, D5, L1). They are 11/8 to record their first Premier League win of the season.
  • The Magpies have lost both of their fixtures this season for only a third time. The other two occasions saw them finish in the top 11.
  • West Ham have lost both opening games and that’s the fifth time this has happened but they have only been relegated in one of those campaigns (2010/11).
  • Javier Hernandez has now scored 39 Premier League goals and all of those strikes have come from inside the penalty area. The Mexican has three in four Premier League starts against Newcastle. He’s 21/10 anytime to add to his tally of Premier League goals.

15:00 Watford v Brighton
Referee: Graham Scott (First Premier League game of the season) 

  • Watford have only lost one of their last 10 league meetings with Brighton since the start of the 2005/06 season. Marco Silva’s men are EVS to record a second win of the campaign.
  • Brighton have only scored four goals in their last seven visits to Vicarage Road with all those goals coming in the second half.
  • Watford have scored five goals this season – those goals have been shared around with five different names on the scoresheet.
  • Hornets record signing Andre Gray has scored in all four of his previous league appearances against Brighton. He’s 9/5 to score his first goal since moving from Burnley.

17:30 Man United v Leicester City (BT Sport)
Referee: Michael Oliver (G1 – Y2, R0)

  • Man United have only lost two of their 22 Premier Leaugue meetings against Leicester and one of those came at Old Trafford back in January 1998.
  • Leicester have scored in 14 of 15 matches under Craig Shakespeare and striker Jamie Vardy has eight of those goals. Both Teams to Score is 11/10 in what should be an entertaining game.
  • Romelu Lukaku will be looking to become the first United player to score in his first three Premier League matches. The Belgian is 11/4 to open the scoring.
  • Juan Mata enjoyed playing the Foxes last season netting in both home and away wins. The Spanish midfield maestro is 12/5 to bag at Old Trafford.


13:30 West Brom v Stoke City (Sky Sports)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (G2 – Y10, R0) 

  • Since Tony Pulis was appointed West Brom boss, the Baggies have gone five games unbeaten against Midland rivals Stoke (W4, D1). West Brom are 29/20 to make it three wins out of three.
  • Just under half of Pulis’ 31 Premier League wins as West Brom boss have been by a 1-0 scoreline (48%) – just like their first two wins this season. A 1-0 Baggies win is 11/2 to continue that trend for Pulis.
  • Saido Berahino moved from the Baggies to the Potters but hasn’t found the net in his last 28 Premier League appearances.
  • Jese could become just the second Stoke player to net in his opening two Premier League games after Ricardo Fuller achieved that in the Potters debut season. The PSG loanee is 7/2 to continue his dream start at Stoke.
  • Five of the six goals scored in the last three Premier League meetings between these sides have been netted in the final 30 minutes.

13:30 Chelsea v Everton
Referee: Jon Moss (G2 – Y6, R0) 

  • Chelsea won seven of their last ten Premier League meetings with Everton, including both last season.
  • Pedro scored twice and further assisted two goals last season against Everton. The man in the mask is 11/5 to beat Jordan Pickford at Stamford Bridge.
  • The Blues are unbeaten in their last 22 home league games against Everton since a 1-0 win for the Toffees in November 1994.
  • Chelsea haven’t lost back-to-back home Premier League games since November 2011 under Andre Villas-Boas.
  • Wayne Rooney will be looking to score in three success Premier League appearances for the first time since January 2016. Rooney is 4/1 to score in this game.

16:00 Liverpool v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (G2 – Y5, R1) 

  • Liverpool won both of the matches vs Arsenal last season – they haven’t won three in a row against the Gunners since May 1998.
  • This fixture has produced the most amount of goals scored in the 90th minute or later – 17 goals.
  • Roberto Firmino has scored three goals in four Premier League matches against Arsenal. The Brazilian is 7/4 to score and 6/1 to break the deadlock.
  • Saido Mane has had a hand in five goals in his previous Premier League starts against the Gunners (three goals and two assists). The quick Senegalese forward is 11/2 to score first at Anfield.

16:00 Tottenham v Burnley
Referee: Lee Mason (G1 – Y2, R1)

  • Tottenham have won four and lost just one of their previous league meetings with Burnley (W4, D1, L1). Spurs are 1/4 to end their Wembley hoodoo.
  • Burnley’s last league win against Tottenham in London came back in October 1974.
  • Following last week’s defeat to Chelsea, Spurs have lost seven of their last ten matches at Wembley (W1, D2, L7).
  • The Clarets have won their last two away matches in the capital with wins last season at Crystal Palace and an opening day victory over Chelsea.
  • Harry Kane has now had 34 shots and played 12 games in the month of August without scoring in the top flight.
  • Tottenham have beaten Burnley 2-1 in their last two home league matches (2014 & 2016) with Ashley Barnes netting in goals in those games for the Clarets. Barnes is 11/2 to find the Wembley net.


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