Friday 20th October
West Ham vs Brighton (20:00)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Games 5 – Yellows 13, Reds 1)
- West Ham won both league games the last time these sides met, including a 6-0 home win in the 2011-12 Championship season.
- West Ham have won both of their previous home Premier League matches on a Friday by a 1-0 scoreline – against Coventry in 1997 and Spurs last season.
- The Hammers have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven Premier League games at the London Stadium. However, they have shipped seven goals in the two matches when they have conceded.
- Brighton have only won one of their seven league visits to West Ham (D2, L4) – a 1-0 win in the Championship in 2004.
- The Seagulls have picked up just one point (W0, D1, L3) and scored just one goal in their four Premier League away matches this season.
- Pascal Gross has been directly involved in 8% of Brighton’s six Premier League goals (2 goals, 3 assists); the highest ratio in the division.
Saturday 21st October
Chelsea vs Watford (12:30)
Referee: Jon Moss (G6 – Y20, R1)
- Chelsea have lost just one of the previous eight Premier League meetings with Watford (W5, D2, L1) – that defeat came back in September 1999.
- Watford haven’t won a competitive game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since May 1986.
- The Blues beat Watford in both games last season by single goal margins with them netting the winning goal in the 87th minute or later.
- Chelsea have already lost three of their opening eight Premier League games to the season. The last time a team lost this many of their opening eight league games and still won the top-flight title were Manchester United in 1966-67.
- Chelsea haven’t lost three consecutive Premier League games since November 2015 under Jose Mourinho during their title defence of the successful 2014-15 campaign.
- Marco Silva has won 10 points from a possible 12 away from home in the Premier League this season (W3, D1, L0). As Hull manager last season his side picked up just two points from nine away games.
- Michy Batshuayi scored in both meetings with Watford last season – the only side he’s scored home and away against in the competition.
- Etienne Capoue scored in both games for Watford last season.
- Richarlison has had a hand in more goals than any other Watford player this term (three goals, one assist).
Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United (15:00)
Referee: Lee Mason (G5 – Y9, R1)
- This will be the first meeting in the top-flight since the 1971-72 campaign when Manchester United won both games that season.
- The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 10 league games against Huddersfield (W7, D3, L0).
- Before 2017-18, two of the last five clubs in their debut Premier League season have beaten Man United at home – Burnley in 2009-10 and Bournemouth in 2015-16.
- Man United have kept seven clean sheets in their first eight Premier League games this season – no side in top-flight history has ever kept eight clean sheets in their first nine league games of a season.
- Huddersfield have failed to score in four consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since August 2004.
- Jose Mourinho has lost only two of his 39 Premier League games against newly-promoted sides (W33, D4).
- Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in 17 of his last 25 Premier League games against newly-promoted teams.
Manchester City vs Burnley (15:00)
Referee: Roger East (G3 – Y12, R0)
- Despite losing only on of their six Premier League meetings with Burnley (W3, D2, L1), Man City have failed to keep a clean sheet against the Clarets.
- However, the Citizens have averaged 3.2 goals per game across their last ten league meetings with Burnley.
- This is Burnley’s best ever start to a Premier League season after eight games (13 points) and their highest return at this stage of a top-flight season since 1973-74.
- Man City have won their last three home games all by a five-goal margin.
- The Sky Blues have scored 5+ goals in six league games in 2017 – only Chelsea (7) in 2010 have netted 5+ goals in more Premier League games in a calendar year.
- Man City are the first English top-flight team to score 29 goals in their firs eight league games since Everton in 1894-95 (30).
- Gabriel Jesus has scored 13 goals in 15 starts – only Mick Quinn (14) and Andrew Cole (15) netted more goals in their first 15 starts in PL history.
- The Brazilian is yet to lose in his Premier League career having gone 17 games without defeat (W13, D4, L0).
Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace (15:00)
Referee: Stuart Attwell (G3 – Y10, R1)
- Newcastle have scored in 11 of their 12 previous Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace.
- Newcastle haven’t lost a home Premier League games against a side starting the day bottom of the table since March 1998 – winning six and drawing five.
- Crystal Palace have failed to score in their last six Premier League away games – their longest run in the top-flight.
- The Eagles have won only one of their last 12 visits to St James’ Park (March 1998), failing to score in eight of those games (W1, D3, L8).
- Rafael Benitez has never lost a home league game in English football against a coach who has also managed the English national team (W16, D4) collecting 52 points from a possible 60.
- Roy Hodgson has won four of his nine Premier League meetings with Newcastle (D2, L3).
- Since the start of last season, no Crystal Palace player has been directly involved in more goals than Wilfried Zaha (eight goals, nine assists).
Stoke City vs Bournemouth (15:00)
Referee: Lee Probert (G2 – Y1, R0)
- After winning both games against them in 2015-16, Stoke failed to win either Premier League meeting with Bournemouth last season (D1, L1).
- Bournemouth’s 1-0 win at Stoke last season ended a run of six straight league defeats away against the Potters.
- The Cherries have lost four consecutive away games in the Premier League for just the second time.
- No Premier League team has conceded more gaols this season than Stoke (18 – level with Crystal Palace). This is the first-time they’ve shipped 18 goals in their first eight games of the season.
- Jermain Defoe has scored a Premier League against Stoke with each of the three previous clubs he’s faced them with (Portsmouth, Tottenham and Sunderland).
- Defoe has scored 199 league goals.
- Only Jon Walters (43) has scored more goals in the Premier League for Stoke City than Peter Crouch (42).
Swansea City vs Leicester City (15:00)
Referee: Michael Oliver (G7 – Y27, R2)
- Swansea have won two of their last three home Premier League games against Leicester (L1).
- Swansea have allowed their opponents 75 shots in total than they have themselves in the Premier League this season.
- Paul Clement has the best win percentage of any Swansea manager in the Premier League (40.7%).
- Riyad Mahrez has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games against Swansea, including a hat-trick in December 2015.
- Tammy Abraham scored as many goals in his last appearance against Huddersfield (2), as he had in his previous nine league games.
- Abraham has scored with four of his six shots on target so far in the Premier League this season.
Southampton vs West Brom (17:30)
Referee: Graham Scott (G3 – Y6, R1)
- Southampton have won two of their last three Premier League games against West Brom, that’s as many as they had won in their previous nine against them in the competition.
- Of all teams to have met in at least seven differnet Premier League campaigns, this fixture has the lowest goals-per-game ratio in the competition (21 in 14 games – 1.5 per game).
- Southampton have conceded a league-high ratio of 33% of their Premier League goals from outside the box (3/9).
- The Saints have drawn a blank in nine Premier League home games so far in 2017 – only Portsmouth (2007) , Fulham (2002) and Man City (1995) failed have failed to score in more home matches in a calendar year.
- West Brom have now scored 47 set-piece goals (excludes pens) since Tony Pulis took charge of the club – more than any other side.
- Dusan Tadic has been directly involved in a goal in each of his last three Premier League matches against West Brom (one goal, two assists).
- Manolo Gabbiadini scored with both of his shots against Newcastle – his previous two goals in the competition came over a period of 16 appearances and 27 shots.
Sunday 22nd October
Everton vs Arsenal (13:30)
Referee: Craig Pawson (G7 – Y28, R2)
- Everton have won just eight points this season – their worst start to a Premier League season since 2008-09 under David Moyes (also 8 points).
- The Toffees have won two of their last four Premier League home games against Arsenal (D1, L1) having failed to win any of the previous six against them at Goodison Park.
- Arsenal have won 11 Premier League away games at Everton – only at West Ham and Aston Villa (12 each) have they won more.
- The Gunners have beaten Everton more times than any other club has beaten another in English football league history (94 wins).
- There has been a red card in three of the last four Premier League meetings between these sides.
- Only Crystal Palace (29) have conceded more Premier League goals away from home than Arsenal (26 – level with Bournemouth) in 2017.
- Since the start of last season, Arsenal have both given away and conceded 11 goals from the penalty spot – more than any other current Premier League side.
- Everton have scored just five Premier League goals this season.
- Wayne Rooney’s first Premier League goal was against Arsenal in October 2002 – he’s scored more Premier League goals against the Gunners than any other player (11).
- Rooney’s three Premier League goals this season have been worth four points for Everton.
Spurs vs Liverpool (16:00)
Referee: Andre Marriner (G6 – Y16, R1)
- After a run of four wins and a draw between 2010 and 2012, Spurs are winless in their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool (W0, D3, L6).
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four away league games against Spurs (W2, D2), conceding just one goal in that time and netting nine themselves.
- Wembley could become the 53rd different stadium that Liverpool have won a Premier League game at.
- There have been 140 goals scored in Premier League matches between these sides, two goals shy of the current record set by both Everton/Man United & Chelsea/Spurs (142).
- This fixture has also seen a record amount of own goals scored (9) – three of them by Jamie Carragher.
- After winning his first two meetings as a manager against Liverpool, with Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino has failed to win any of his subsequent seven Premier League games against the Reds (D3, L4). Only against Chelsea (5) has he lost more Premier League games.
- This fixture was Jurgen Klopp’s first-ever Premier League game as a manager back in October 2015. Since then Liverpool have won 137 Premier League points, which is the sixth best tally in this period but that is 23 fewer than Spurs have in that period.
- Harry Kane hasn’t scored in either of his Premier League home appearances against Liverpool (173 mins) – the only side he’s faced more often without finding the net at home is Crystal Palace (three apps, 269 mins).
- Kane has had 28 shots (with 10 on target) in home Premier League games this season without finding the net.
- Since making his Premier League debut in September 2013, Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in more gaols in the competition than any other midfielder (74 – 34 goals and 40 assists).
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