September 14, 2017 / 2:03 AM / a year ago

Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round five of the Premier League on Sept. 15-17 (games 1400 GMT unless stated):

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Friday, Sept 15

Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion (1900)

*The two sides have never met before in the top flight

*Bournemouth have lost four out of four matches so far

*Only three clubs have previously started a Premier League season with five successive defeats.

*The Cherries have scored just one league goal this season

*Brighton’s win at West Bromwich Albion was their first in the top flight in 34 years.


Saturday, Sept 16

Crystal Palace v Southampton (1130)

*Roy Hodgson makes his debut as Palace manager

*Former England coach, now 70, is the oldest manager in the Premier League.

*Palace could become the first team to open a top flight season with five straight defeats and no goals.

*Palace can also set a record for the longest time taken for a team to score in a season.

*Southampton, in 13th place, are also struggling for goals and have failed to score in three of their four games.


Huddersfield Town v Leicester City

*This will be the first top flight meeting between the two clubs since 1971/72.

*Huddersfield have kept a clean sheet in their first two home matches.

*The Terriers conceded for the first time this season in their 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Monday.

*Jamie Vardy has scored four goals in his last five Premier league games for Leicester.

*Leicester have lost their last two games and three out of four. They have yet to draw this season.


Liverpool v Burnley

*Liverpool have won five of their six past Premier League encounters with Burnley.

*Burnley have yet to beat Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League.

*Burnley’s Jonathan Walters has scored seven times against Liverpool in the league.

*Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is starting a three-match ban.

*The Reds’ 5-0 defeat at Manchester City was Juergen Klopp’s heaviest defeat as Liverpool manager.


Newcastle United v Stoke City

*Stoke are unbeaten in their last five league games against Newcastle.

*Newcastle have not won three matches in a row in the Premier League since November 2014.

*Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is back after missing the 1-0 win at Swansea due to recent surgery.

*Stoke ended Manchester United’s 100 percent record last weekend with a 2-2 draw.

*Newcastle have the youngest average starting 11 in the Premier League this season, at 25 years and 223 days.


Watford v Manchester City

*Watford have never beaten City in the Premier League.

*Watford are unbeaten in their first four games, a first for the club in the top flight.

*The Hornets have kept a clean sheet for three successive league games.

*Six players have scored Watford’s seven league goals this season. Only Abdoulaye Doucoure has scored twice.

*City’s Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in four previous appearances against Watford in all competitions.


West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

*West Ham have lost twice to West Brom in their last 13 Premier League encounters, both times at The Hawthorns.

*West Brom won 4-2 in last season’s fixture.

*The Baggies have scored only eight goals in their last 13 league games.

*The Hammers are still in the bottom three, behind Leicester on goal difference, and have conceded more goals than anyone.

*West Brom’s Gareth Barry (631) can equal Ryan Giggs’s record of most Premier League matches (632) played.


Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City (1630)

*Spurs have never lost to Swansea in the Premier League.

*Tottenham have made the most shots this season while Swansea have had the fewest.

*Harry Kane scored his 100th goal for Spurs in last weekend’s 3-0 win at Everton.

*Christian Eriksen (32 goals) is now level with Nicklas Bendtner as the top scoring Dane in Premier League history.

*Tottenham are fifth, Swansea 10 places below them


Sunday, Sept 17

Chelsea v Arsenal (1230)

*Champions Chelsea have won their last five home league games against Arsenal, winning 3-1 in February.

*Eden Hazard has scored in three of his last four home league games against Arsenal.

*Chelsea are the club Arsene Wenger has faced most as Arsenal manager. This will be his 59th game against them.

*Chelsea are chasing a fourth straight league win.

*Arsenal have won two, lost two this season.


Manchester United v Everton (1500)

*United conceded their first goal of the season, and first in 535 minutes of league play, against Stoke last weekend.

*United are without Paul Pogba, who injured a hamstring in the Champions League win over Basel on Tuesday.

*Everton manager Ronald Koeman has faced Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho five times in the league without losing.

*Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is one goal away from his 90th in the Premier League.

*Former England captain Wayne Rooney faces his old team. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)

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