Premier League football returns and here are some of the key stats going into this weekend's fixtures:
Saturday 23rd September
West Ham vs Tottenham (12:30)
Referee: Michael Oliver (Games 4 – Yellows 11, Red 1)
- West Ham have defeated Spurs in three of their last four meetings at home (W3, D0, L1) with Tottenham failing to score in each of those three defeats. The Hammers are 5/1 to beat their London rivals.
- Spurs are looking to win their opening three away games in a league season for the first time since 1991-92.
- Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Spurs have won most matches (47) and most points (164) in the Premier League.
- Manuel Lanzini could return from injury for West Ham and he has scored nine of his 14 Premier League goals against London clubs – he has three in four against Tottenham. Lanzini is 9/2 to extend his goalscoring record against Spurs.
- Spurs have scored 18 goals in their last four Premier League away after being shutout at the Olympic Stadium in May.
- Slaven Bilic has won 50% of his matches against Mauricio Pochettino – P6, W3, D1, L2.
Burnley vs Huddersfield (15:00)
Referee: Chris Kavanagh (G1 – Y2, R0)
- This will be the first top-flight meeting between these two side since March 1971.
- 75% of Burnley’s Premier League points since August 2016 have come in matches at Turf Moor.
- Burnley have won the same number of Premier League home games as Manchester United (11). The Clarets are 23/20 to record another win at Turf Moor.
- Chris Wood has scored in 26 different league games since the start of the 2016-17 season; no player in the top four tiers of English football has more.
- Wood has netted against Huddersfield in both of the last two seasons. He is
- Ben Mee (14) and James Tarkowski (12) have blocked most opposition shots in the Premier League this season. Their combine blocked shots (26) is more than every team in the competition bar Leicester (29). Burnley are 27/20 to keep a clean sheet.
Everton vs Bournemouth (15:00)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (G2 – Y5, R1)
- Everton have won all of their last four games against Bournemouth in all competitions.
- There have been 19 goals scored in the four Premier League fixtures between these sides; an average of nearly five per game. Over 3.5 Goals is 9/4.
- The Toffees have lost their last three Premier League games – they haven’t lost four in a row since January 2015.
- In their last three Premier League games, Everton have attempted just four shots on target (no goals).
- Bournemouth have collected only seven points in their 11 Premier League away games so far in 2017 (W1, D4, L6).
- The Cherries have failed to score in their last two away games – haven’t gone three scoreless away games since March 2012.
- Wayne Rooney has had a hand in three goals (two goals, one assist) in three previous Premier League appearances against Bournemouth. Rooney is 9/2 to open the scoring at Goodison Park.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace (15:00)
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (G3 – Y6, R0)
- Man City have won nine of their last 10 Premier League matches against Crystal Palace, including their last four.
- The Citizens have lost just one of their last 24 Premier League matches at the Etihad (W14, D9, L1).
- Crystal Palace are the first team in top flight history to lose and fail to score in their opening five games of a season.
- Sergio Aguero has scored 14 goals and assisted five more in his 17 Premier League appearance since the start of March 2017.
- Of players to have scored 10+ goals in Premier League history, Man City’s current partnership have the two best minutes per goal ratio – Gabriel Jesus, a goal every 89 minutes on average with Sergio Aguero a goal every 108 minutes.
- David Silva has scored four goals and assisted one more in six Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace. The Spaniard is 11/4 to score in 90 minutes.
Southampton vs Manchester United (15:00)
Referee: Craig Pawson (G4 – Y20, R2)
- Man United are unbeaten in their last six visits to St Mary’s having picked up 14 out of a possible 18 points (W4, D2, L0). The Red Devils are 3/4 to record a victory on the south coast.
- Southampton have failed to score in eight of their last 10 Premier League matches at St Mary’s.
- Man United have scored more Premier League goals in the 80th minute or later in games (9) than 17 of the 19 other clubs have scored overall in the competition.
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku have combined for three goals in the Premier League this season.
- Lukaku has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games since his summer switch. He is 7/2 to open the scoring.
- The Belgian has scored more Premier League goals (5) than opponents Southampton (4) despite attempting 47 fewer shots.
Stoke City vs Chelsea (15:00)
Referee: Mike Dean (G3 – Y15, R1)
- Stoke City have suffered 13 Premier League defeats against Chelsea in the Premier League; more than they have against any other opponent.
- Chelsea have won seven of their last eight Premier League away matches (W7, D0, L1) scoring at least two goals in six of those wins. Chelsea are 8/11 to score Over 1.5 Goals.
- Stoke have only won one of their last 10 Premier League home games against the ‘big six’ clubs – that came against Arsenal in August.
- Chelsea have been given as many red cards in their last five Premier League games (3) as they had in their previous 73.
- Cesc Fàbregas has provided seven Premier League assists against Stoke.
- Willian has scored four Premier League goals against Stoke; more than any other opponent. The Brazilian is 12/5 to beat Jack Butland in the game.
- Xherdan Shaqiri and Maxim Choupo-Moting have combined to create nine goalscoring chances for one another in the Premier League this season – only Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen have combined more often.
Swansea vs Watford (15:00)
Referee: Lee Mason (G3 – Y3, R1)
- Swansea have lost just one of their last 10 league home games against Watford (W5, D4, L1). The Swans are 29/20 to record a victory here at the Liberty Stadium.
- The last four Premier League meetings between these sides have seen just three goals scored despite there being 96 shots attempted.
- Etienne Capoue scored the only goal in the two Premier League games when these sides met last season. He is 6/1 to score in this game.
- Swansea have allowed their opponents 74 shots in total and 22 more shots on target than they themselves have attempted.
- Watford are looking to win three consecutive top flight away matches for the first time in their history.
Leicester City vs Liverpool (17:30)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (G4 – Y17, R0)
- These sides met in the League Cup on Tuesday with Leicester winning but expect changes to both sides.
- Leicester have won just two of their last 10 Premier League clashes with Liverpool (D2, L6), however both those wins come in the last three league encounters.
- Jamie Vardy has five goals in his last three appearances against the Reds. He has scored four times for the Foxes already this season. Vardy is 11/2 to break the deadlock.
- Jurgen Klopp has won two and lost two of his four games coming up against Leicester.
- Robert Firmino scored twice in the meeting at Anfield last season, can he add to his four goals already this term? He is 5/1 to score first.
- Liverpool have attempted a league high 40 shots on target in their five games this season; Leicester have only attempted 14.
Sunday 24th September
Brighton vs Newcastle (16:00)
Referee: Andre Marriner (G4 – Y10, R1)
- After losing their opening two games, Newcastle have since won their last three.
- Newcastle were the only team to beat Brighton both home and away last season in the Championship – the Magpies won 2-1 here at the Amex Stadium.
- Rafa Benitez has won all three games as a manager against Chris Hughton sides – both meetings last season and the other being Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Norwich in 2012.
- Newcastle will be looking to win successive Premier League away matches for the first time in nearly three year – last doing so in November 2014.
- Jamal Lascelles was on the scoresheet in one of the meetings last season. The centre-back has netted in his last two Premier League matches. He is 11/1 to make it three goals in three games.
- Pascal Gross has made an impressive start to his life at Brighton having played a part in all four goals (two goals and two assists).
Monday 25th September
Arsenal vs West Brom (20:00)
Referee: Bobby Madley (G3 – Y15, R2)
- Arsene Wenger has won 11 of his 18 meetings in all competitions against Tony Pulis sides – 10 of those wins have been at home (Highbury & Emirates Stadium).
- Tony Pulis has lost all ten previous visits to the Emirates Stadium by an aggregate score of 20-3. The Gunners are EVS to win -1 handicap.
- Arsenal have won their last six home encounters against West Brom – that’s since the Baggies sprung a surprise 3-2 victory over the Gunners back in 2010.
- Of those six Arsenal wins over West Brom – five have seen the Gunners keep a clean sheet. Arsenal are 5/4 to win to nil.
- Alexis Sanchez has scored three goals in his last three games against West Brom.
- Alexandre Lacazette has scored in both of his Premier League appearances at home so far – no Arsenal player has scored in their opening three home games in the competition. The summer signing is 4/1 to score the first goal at the Emirates.
- Gareth Barry is set to overtake Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record if he features.
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