January 31, 2019 / 11:56 AM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

Jan 31 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 25 of the Premier League on Feb. 2-Feb. 4 (games at 1500 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, Feb. 2

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United (1230)

*Newcastle have lost at Wembley in their last seven visits in all competitions.

*Tottenham have lost three of their last four league matches at home to Newcastle.

*Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has eight goals and five assists in his last eight matches in all competitions.

*Newcastle’s top scorer Salomon Rondon (six goals) scored only once in January.

*Tottenham have won eight of their last 10 league matches and are yet to draw a league match this season.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Watford

*Brighton have lost their last three league fixtures and have not won a game since the turn of the year.

*Watford have lost once to Brighton in their last eight league meetings, winning four matches.

*Javier Gracia will take charge of Watford for the 39th time in the Premier League, more than any other previous manager for the club.

*Brighton’s top scorer Glenn Murray (10 goals) scored twice in their last game, ending a drought of eight league matches.

*Brighton manager Chris Hughton will face a fifth different Watford manager in five home league games, having previously come up against Malky Mackay, Sean Dyche, Slavisa Jokanovic and Marco Silva.

Burnley v Southampton

*Burnley are unbeaten in their last five matches (W3 D2) and have moved out of the relegation zone to 17th.

*Southampton have not won a league match at Burnley since 2007 when both teams were in the Championship.

*Burnley have conceded eight goals in the 90th minute or later this season, more than any other team.

*Southampton have taken seven points from four away games since Ralph Hasenhuettl took charge in December, more than they had all season (four points) before his appointment.

*Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has scored in three consecutive league games.

Chelsea v Huddersfield Town

*Chelsea have lost once in 16 matches against Huddersfield Town in all competitions since 1967 (a League Cup defeat in 1999).

*Huddersfield have lost 10 of their last 11 league games since their last win in November.

*Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the only Premier League player to hit double digits for goals and assists this season (10 goals and 10 assists).

*Huddersfield’s two wins this season have come against fellow promoted sides Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

*Chelsea have not scored in three of their last six home league games.

Crystal Palace v Fulham

*Fulham are yet to win an away match this season (D2 L10) while Crystal Palace have won just two of their home league matches (D3 L6).

*No Premier League side has conceded more goals than Fulham this season (53).

*A loss for Fulham would make them the first team to lose eight consecutive London derbies in the top flight.

*Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri won all three Premier League matches against Crystal Palace when he was Leicester City manager but has not won in his last 20 away matches.

*Only basement side Huddersfield Town have scored fewer goals at home (five) in the Premier League than Crystal Palace (six) this season.

Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers

*Everton have not lost to Wolves in their last seven league matches (W2 D5).

*Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho has five assists in his last five league games.

*No manager has had more players sent off (10 red cards)since Everton manager Marco Silva arrived in the Premier League in January 2017.

*Wolves are one win away from equalling their best ever tally of wins (11 in 2010-11) in the Premier League.

*Everton have won only once in their last five league matches.

Cardiff City v Bournemouth (1730)

*Cardiff are winless in five home matches against Bournemouth in all competitions since a 2-1 victory in a third tier match in April 1994.

*Cardiff have failed to score in their last two league home games, attempting just three shots on target.

*Bournemouth’s top scorer Callum Wilson has been ruled out for three weeks after undergoing a knee operation.

*No team has drawn more Premier League games 0-0 than Cardiff this season (4).

*Bournemouth moved up to 10th spot in the league table with a 4-0 win over Chelsea in the midweek, while 18th-placed Cardiff suffered a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Sunday, Feb. 3

Leicester City v Manchester United (1405)

*Leicester have won only one of their previous 12 home Premier League matches against United, rallying from two goals down to win 5-3 in September, 2014.

*United are looking to win five consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since October, 2012 under former manager Alex Ferguson.

*United midfielder Juan Mata has recorded four goals and two assists in his last five league appearances against Leicester.

*French midfielder Paul Pogba has been involved in 10 of the 19 goals scored by United in the Premier League under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, recording six goals and four assists.

*Leicester have lost their last two home Premier League games but they have not suffered three consecutive league defeats at the King Power Stadium since December, 2014.

Manchester City v Arsenal (1630)

*Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have won their last three Premier League games against Arsenal.

*Champions City have dropped 16 points in 24 games this season having drawn twice and lost four times — more than they dropped in the 2017-18 campaign (14).

*Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 25th Premier League goal against Cardiff on Tuesday, reaching the milestone faster than any other Arsenal player in the competition’s history (37 games).

*Guardiola has never lost a match against Arsenal boss Unai Emery in all competitions, winning seven of their 11 meetings.

*City striker Sergio Aguero has scored in seven of his last 11 matches against Arsenal in all competitions, though he has failed to find the net in either of his last two.

Monday, Feb. 4

West Ham United v Liverpool (2000)

*West Ham have lost their last four league matches against Liverpool, conceding four goals in each defeat.

*Liverpool, who have won their last two league games at London Stadium, have not recorded three away league consecutive victories against West Ham since January, 2007.

*All seven league goals conceded by Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham in 2019 have come in the second half of matches.

*Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool have kept six clean sheets away from home in the league this season, one more than they did in the whole of 2017-18 campaign.

*Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has contributed four goals and one assist in his last three league appearances against West Ham. (Compiled by Rohith Nair and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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