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Soccer-Bullet-point previews of Premier League matches
November 30, 2017 / 1:57 PM / 13 days ago

Soccer-Bullet-point previews of Premier League matches

Nov 29 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 15 of the Premier League on Dec. 2-3 (games at 1500 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, Dec. 2

Chelsea v Newcastle United (1230)

*Newcastle have failed to win 17 of their last 18 matches on the road in the top division.

*Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have dropped eight points at Stamford Bridge this season, two more the entire 2016-17 campaign at home when they lifted the league title.

*Newcastle ended a four-match losing streak by coming from two goals down to claim a point at West Bromwich Albion in mid-week.

*Chelsea have not lost to Newcastle at home since a 2-0 league defeat in May 2012.

*Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since leading Chelsea to a Europa League title and a third-placed league finish as interim-manager in 2013.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool

*Saturday’s game at the Amex Stadium will be the first top-flight meeting between the two sides in 34 years.

*Chris Hughton’s Brighton have lost just one game at home this season, an opening day 2-0 defeat by Manchester City.

*Liverpool have managed three wins, two draws, two defeats on their travels in the league this season.

*Mohamed Salah is the league’s top scorer with 12 goals, one fewer than the entire Brighton team have managed so far.

*Brighton have 17 points from 14 games this season, two more than the other two promoted sides, Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town.

Everton v Huddersfield Town

*Town’s last top-flight visit to Everton 46 years ago ended in a 2-2 draw.

*Since that day in Dec. 1971, Town have made two more trips to Goodison Park in the League Cup and lost both encounters.

*Wayne Rooney scored his seventh career Premier League hat-trick and second against West Ham United on Wednesday, but it was his first for boyhood club Everton.

*Everton’s 4-0 win over West Ham moved them up three places to 13th in the table, while Town lost 5-0 at Arsenal and dropped three places to 14th.

*Both teams have won four, drawn three and lost seven league matches this season, but Everton are ahead by a goal difference of four, the same margin they beat West Ham by.

Leicester City v Burnley

*Leicester lost away at Burnley last season, their first defeat in 11 league encounters against the side from Lancashire.

*Burnley have not beaten Leicester on their own patch in a decade; the last time they returned from the East Midlands with all three points was in the Championship in Nov. 2007.

*Leicester defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Tuesday to climb to ninth in the standings, while Burnley’s 2-1 midweek win at Bournemouth moved them above Tottenham into sixth.

*Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez scored against Spurs, the first time this season that both have gotten on the scoresheet in the same match.

*Ten teams have bettered Burnley’s 14-goal tally in the top-flight so far this season, but Sean Dyche’s men have conceded just 11, the same as Chelsea; Only leaders Manchester City and second-placed Manchester United have a better defensive record.

Stoke City v Swansea City

*Stoke are unbeaten against Swansea City at home since a 2-1 defeat in the second division in March 2001.

*Paul Clement’s Swansea have not won on the road in the league since beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in August.

*Stoke are without a win in four games after suffering a 3-0 home defeat by Liverpool in midweek.

*Midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has scored three goals and laid on five assists in 13 league appearances for Stoke this season.

*Swansea have managed just seven league goals so far and have not scored in their last four matches.

Watford v Tottenham Hotspur

*Tottenham have won their last seven matches against Watford in all competitions.

*Marco Silva’s Watford have 21 points from 14 matches, three more than they managed under Walter Mazzarri at the same stage last season.

*Spurs have lost their last three league games on the road, and are in seventh place, 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.

*Brazilian Richarlison has been involved in eight of Watford’s 24 league goals this season (five goals and three assists).

*Watford have scored at least two goals in eight of their last nine league matches.

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

*Palace have scored at least two goals in their last four visits to West Brom in all competitions.

*Basement side Palace lost their first six away games this season before playing out a goalless draw at Brighton in midweek for their first point on the road.

*It will be West Brom’s first match under new manager Alan Pardew, who arrived at the Hawthorns on a two-and-a-half year contract on Wednesday.

*West Brom, currently 17th in the table, are without a win in their last 12 games.

*The Baggies have not won a home game since their opening day 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

Arsenal v Manchester United (1730)

*Arsenal’s record signing Alexandre Lacazette will miss the match after suffering a groin injury against Huddersfield.

*United, who won 4-2 at Watford on Tuesday, are second in the league but eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

*Arsenal have won all seven of their league matches at the Emirates Stadium this season, scoring 20 goals and conceding just four.

*United have lost their last two league visits to the Emirates without scoring a goal.

*Mourinho has yet to win an away game against a fellow top six rival since taking charge at Old Trafford, with United’s seven games at Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham yielding three points and one goal.

Sunday, Dec. 3

Bournemouth v Southampton (1330)

*Eddie Howe became the 25th Premier League manager to lose on his birthday when Burnley beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday.

*Bournemouth have collected seven points at home this season with two wins, one draw and four defeats.

*Southampton’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester City on Wednesday extended their winless run away from home to four matches.

*Bournemouth, currently 15th in the league, could climb above 11th-placed Southampton with a win on Sunday.

*Bournemouth have 14 points from 14 games this season, four fewer than last season’s tally at the same stage.

Manchester City v West Ham United (1600)

*Raheem Sterling has scored a winning goal in the 84th minute or later in Manchester City’s last three games, including Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Southampton.

*League leaders City have won their last 12 matches and have 40 points from 14 games this season.

*West Ham have conceded 30 goals in 14 games this season, more than any other team in the competition.

*David Moyes has picked up just one point in three games since taking charge at West Ham.

*City’s David Silva tops the league’s assist table with eight this season, followed by team mates Kevin De Bruyne (seven) and Leroy Sane (six). (Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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