It was a turbulent week for managers in the Premier League, as Ronald Koeman was sacked as Everton boss, while Leicester appointed Claude Puel to steady the ship after Craig Shakespeare’s departure. Those two go head-to-head on Sunday!
Saturday, October 28
Manchester United vs Tottenham (12:30)
Referee: Jon Moss (G7 – Y25, R1)
- Tottenham have lost 20 of their 25 Premier League away trips to Old Trafford (W2, D3, L20) – their biggest tally of defeats away at any club in the competition.
- Spurs are looking to record consecutive league victories against Man United for the first time since April 1990.
- Man United have won their last five Premier League games at Old Trafford, keeping a clean sheet in each win.
- This will be Marcus Rashford’s last Premier League game as a teenager. Only Wayne Rooney (15) has scored more goals for Man United as a teenager than Rashford (13).
- Harry Kane is a doubt, but he’s netted 29 league goals so far in 2017. 15 of those 29 goals have come away from home.
- Romelu Lukaku has scored just 15 goals in 58 Premier League appearances against the ‘big six’ – averaging a goal every 289 minutes.
Arsenal vs Swansea (15:00)
Referee: Lee Mason (G5 – Y13, R1)
- Arsenal have won back-to-back league games against Swansea –they’ve only won three in a row versus the Swans once before.
- Swansea have only failed to score in one of their previous eight league visits to Arsenal.
- The Swans have won three times away at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League – only Chelsea have defeated Arsenal in the competition more often there.
- Swansea have attempted just 18 shots on target and 72 shots overall in the Premier League season – the fewest in the league.
- This will be Arsene Wenger’s 800th Premier League games in charge of Arsenal – only Sir Alex Ferguson (810) has managed more games in the competition.
- Mesut Ozil created eight goalscoring chances against Everton last weekend – the most by a single Premier League player in a game this season.
- Tammy Abraham has scored the most goals (4), has the most shots (16), and recorded the most shots on target (7) of any Swansea player this season.
Crystal Palace vs West Ham (15:00)
Referee: Bobby Madley (G5 – Y24, R2)
- Crystal Palace have lost their last three home games against West Ham in league competition.
- West Ham are unbeaten in the Premier League versus Crystal Palace under Slaven Bilic (W3, D1, L0).
- Crystal Palace have only won seven of their 23 Premier League home games since the start of 2016-17 (W7, D2, L14).
- The Eagles have lost 12 of their last 14 games to nil. Over 2017 as a whole, 17 of their 29 Premier League games have seen them lose without scoring.
- Manuel Lanzini as scored in all four of his Premier League games against Crystal Palace.
- Nine of Lanzini’s 14 Premier League goals have come in London derbies (64%).
Liverpool vs Huddersfield (15:00)
Referee: Kevin Friend (G4 – Y12, R0)
- This will be the first league meeting between the two teams since a top-flight clash in February 1972 when Liverpool ran out 1-0 victors.
- Huddersfield are winless in all competitions against Liverpool in ten matches (D3, L7).
- Liverpool have only lost one of their last 42 Premier League home games against newly-promoted sides, losing to Blackpool back in 2010 (W32, D9, L1).
- The Reds have conceded 16 goals this season; their highest total after nine top-flight games since the 1964-65 campaign.
- Aaron Mooy has had a hand in 10 league goals for Huddersfield in 2017 (four goals, six assists – including play-offs).
- Mohamed Salah has scored five goals in his first nine Premier League appearances for Liverpool, level with Dirk Kuyt (5) and one fewer than Robbie Fowler (6) at this stage of his Reds career.
- Simon Mignolet has made more errors leading to opposition goals (13) than any other Premier League player since his debut for Liverpool in August 2013.
Watford vs Stoke (15:00)
Referee: Michael Oliver (G8 – Y32, R2)
- Watford have lost their last three games against Stoke, after winning four of the previous six (D2).
- Stoke haven’t won four consecutive matches against Watford since December 2004 under Tony Pulis.
- Watford have lost just two of their nine Premier League games so far this season. Those defeats came against Man City (league leaders) and Chelsea (defending champions).
- Stoke have won eight points from their nine Premier League games this season. The only Premier League campaign that they have started worse was their first-ever season in the competition in 2008-09.
- Peter Crouch has made just two Premier League starts against Watford but has bagged three goals in those starts.
- Abdoulaye Doucoure has played 17.5% of Watford’s total successful passes this season – a higher proportion than any other player from any other team.
- Doucoure has scored four goals from four shots on target so far this season.
West Brom vs Manchester City (15:00)
Referee: Mike Jones (G3 – Y11, R0)
- West Brom have lost 14 of their 15 Premier League games against Man City (D1), including losing the last 11 in a row.
- There have only been two longer winning runs against a single opponent in Premier League history than Man City’s 11-game run versus West Brom: Man City vs Newcastle (12 wins ending in October 2015) and Man United vs Wigan (13 wins ending December 2011).
- 25 points is Man City’s joint-best points return after the first nine games of a Premier League season alongside the 2011-12 campaign.
- The Baggies have won just two of their 18 Premier League games since April 1st 2017 (W2, D6, L10). Over this period, Tony Pulis’ side have won fewer points than any ever-present Premier League club (12) and ever fewer than Newcastle (14 from nine games).
- Man City have already won at the Hawthorns this season, winning 2-1 in the League Cup.
- Sergio Aguero has had a hand in 11 goals in 10 Premier League appearances against West Brom (seven goals, four assists).
- Leroy Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his four Premier League appearances. The German has been involved in nine goals in his last six Premier League games for the club with five goals and four assists.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea (17:30)
Referee: Craig Pawson (G8 – Y34, R3)
- This will be the tenth meeting between the clubs in all competitions, with the Cherries winning just twice and losing seven.
- Chelsea have won four of their five previous away games against Bournemouth in all competitions.
- This is Bournemouth’s lowest points tally (7) after nine games of a Premier League season. Last season they’d collected 12 points and in 2015-16 they had eight.
- 53 of Chelsea’s league goals since the start of 2016-17 have come from Spanish players – this is more than 22 of the 23 sides to play in La Liga since then, with only Athletic Club (61) scoring more through Spaniards in this period.
- Jermain Defoe is the only player to score in the Premier League against Chelsea for four different clubs.
- Defoe’s next goal will be his 200th in league competition.
- Eden Hazard has scored four goals in four Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, with three of those strikes arriving on the south coast.
- Michy Batshuayi has scored six goals as a substitute in the Premier League since the start of last season; only Olivier Giroud has more (7) while Oumar Niasse also has six.
Sunday October 29
Brighton vs Southampton (13:30)
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (G6 – Y13, R0)
- Brighton have won just two of their last 13 games against Southampton in all competitions (W2, D4, L7).
- Southampton have been triumphant in five of their last seven competitive away trip to Brighton (D1, L1).
- The Saints have won more Premier League away matches in 2017 (5) than they have at home (4).
- Southampton have failed to score in nine of their last 15 Premier League matches, netting 10 goals overall in this period.
- Brighton have already won as many Premier League games in this calendar year (3) as 2016-17 relegated sides Middlesbrough (1 in 19 games) and Sunderland (2 in 19 games) combined.
- Pascal Gross has been involved in six of Brighton’s nine Premier League goals this season (two goals, four assists).
- Nathan Redmond has attempted the most shots (24) without scoring a goal in the Premier League this season.
Leicester City vs Everton (16:00)
Referee: Andre Marriner (G7 – Y19, R1)
- Leicester have lost their last two games against Everton in the Premier League, as many as in the previous 15 combined.
- Everton haven’t won three consecutive league games against Leicester since November 1980.
- This is Everton’s lowest points total (8) after nine games of a Premier League season since 2005-06.
- Ronald Koeman was dismissed as Everton manager on Monday with a points per game ratio of 1.47 over 47 league games – lower than his record at Southampton (1.62 over 76 games.).
- Jamie Vardy has had a hand in four goals in four previous Premier League games against Everton (two goals, two assists).
- Wayne Rooney has scored in each of Everton’s last two Premier League games – he hasn’t scored in three successive Premier League appearances since January 2016.
Monday October 30
Burnley vs Newcastle United (20:00)
Referee: Mike Dean (G6 – Y23, R1)
- The home side is unbeaten in each of the last eight league meetings between these sides (five wins, three draws).
- Newcastle are winless in their last four away visits to Turf Moor in league competition, losing three and drawing one.
- Newcastle have won 14 points from their first nine Premier League games – the best points tally at this stage of a campaign by a newly-promoted side since West Ham in 2012-13 (14).
- Burnley have faced the most shots in the Premier League this season (170) but no side have allowed their opponents to score with a lower proportion of their shots than the Lancashire club (5%).
- Just one of the eight Premier League goals Newcastle have conceded has come in the first half – a league-low.
- Ben Mee and James Tarkowski have the best duel success rate of players involved in 80+ duels. Plus the pair leads the way in opposition shots blocked (16 each).
- Chris Wood has scored in over half (31) of his 60 competitive club appearances since the start of the 2016-17 season, including a last-minute equaliser for Leeds against the Magpies last season in the Championship.
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