November 29, 2018 / 2:01 AM / 11 days ago

Soccer-Bullet-point previews of Premier League matches

Nov 29 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 14 of the Premier League on Nov. 30-Dec. 2 (games at 1500 GMT unless stated):

Friday, Nov. 30

Cardiff City v Wolverhampton Wanderers (2000)

*Cardiff and Wolverhampton last met in the top flight of English soccer in 1962, when Wolves won 3-2 at Ninian Park.

*After a strong start to the campaign, promoted Wolves have lost four of their last five matches to sit 11th in the table.

*Fellow new boys Cardiff have suffered nine defeats in 13 matches and are second from bottom.

*Both teams have four wins each from their previous eight league meetings in the second-tier Championship.

*Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves’ last away league goal was the winner in this fixture in the Championship last season.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Crystal Palace v Burnley

*Four of the last five Premier League games between Palace and Burnley have been decided by a difference of one goal.

*Palace are without a victory in eight league games and have not scored in five of those matches.

*Sean Dyche’s Burnley have lost their last three league games against London sides, conceding at least four goals in each match.

*Burnley, who are one place below Palace in 17th, have not won in the league since beating Cardiff in September.

*Palace boss Roy Hodgson has won only one of his last 10 Premier League games against English managers.

Huddersfield Town v Brighton and Hove Albion

*Six of the last 10 league meetings between Huddersfield and Brighton have ended level.

*Huddersfield have collected four points in their last two league games at home, as many as they did in the previous nine, to sit 15th.

*Burnley’s Joe Hart has made 54 saves this season, more than any other goalkeeper.

*Forward Glenn Murray has scored 19 of Brighton’s 48 Premier League goals, with 12 coming last season.

*Brighton have not scored more than one goal in any of their last eight league games.

Leicester City v Watford

*Leicester have won all four of their home Premier League games against Watford, scoring eight goals and conceding one.

*Tenth-placed Leicester are unbeaten in four league games, although they have drawn three of those matches.

*Watford, who are a spot above Leicester, are looking for their first win in four matches.

*Watford’s Jose Holebas has played a part in six league goals, more than any other defender. He has scored two and assisted four.

*Leicester have conceded 11 out of 17 goals in the first half of matches this season.

Manchester City v Bournemouth

*City have beaten Bournemouth in all six previous Premier League meetings, scoring 21 goals and conceding two.

*Champions City are one of two unbeaten sides remaining in the competition and maintained their lead at the top of the table run with a 4-0 win over West Ham last time out.

*Bournemouth are looking to end a run of three straight league defeats, all by a 2-1 scoreline. They last lost four in a row in Sept. 2017.

*City forward Raheem Sterling has scored seven goals and assisted two in five league appearances against Bournemouth.

*Seven of the eight goals scored by City striker Sergio Aguero this season have come at home.

Newcastle United v West Ham United

*After starting the season with a run of 10 Premier League games without victory, Newcastle have won their last three league games in a row.

*Newcastle have won their last three league matches against West Ham by an aggregate scoreline of 8-3.

*Both teams are tied on 12 points, but 13th-placed Newcastle are a place above West Ham on goal difference.

*West Ham striker Andy Carroll is likely to make his first appearance of the season against the club where he started his career, after recovering from an ankle injury.

*West Ham have one victory in their last six league games - a 4-2 win over Burnley on Nov. 3.

Southampton v Manchester United (1730)

*Southampton have played six home games this season without a single victory, which marks their longest winless run at home from the start of a league season.

* The Saints have not beaten United at St. Mary’s Stadium in their last seven attempts, with their last home victory coming in August 2003.

*United have come from behind to beat Saints eight times in the Premier League, while the Saints have dropped more points (10) from winning positions than any other Premier League team this season.

*The match against seventh-placed United marks a tough run of games for third-bottom Southampton, who will face four of the current top five teams in the league by Jan. 2.

*Southampton have one victory in their last 17 league home matches, a 2-1 win over Bournemouth in April.

Sunday, December 2

Chelsea v Fulham (1200)

*Chelsea have lost only one of their 26 Premier League meetings with Fulham, a 1-0 defeat in March 2006.

*Fulham have won on just one of their 24 top-flight visits to Chelsea, a 2-1 victory in the old First Division in March 1964.

*Fourth-placed Chelsea were beaten for the first time this season by Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, while bottom of the table Fulham got their first win in 10 league games, against Southampton.

*Fulham have the worst defensive record in the league, conceding 33 goals in 13 matches so far.

*Fulham have lost all three of their league games against London-based sides this season, scoring two goals and conceding 10.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (1405)

*Arsenal beat Spurs 2-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, their first victory in their last eight league games against their London rivals.

*Spurs have not won at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium since beating the Gunners 3-2 in November 2010.

*Fifth-placed Arsenal are on a 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions, with their last defeat coming against Chelsea in the Premier League in August.

*Tottenham have the best away record in the league this season, winning seven of eight games on the road so far.

*Spurs striker Harry Kane has scored seven goals in seven league appearances against Arsenal.

Liverpool v Everton (1615)

*Liverpool are on their longest-ever unbeaten run against their Merseyside rivals, going 17 games without defeat in all competitions.

*Second-placed Liverpool have the joint-best defensive record in the English top flight this season, conceding five goals in 13 matches.

*Liverpool are unbeaten in the league so far (W10, D3), while sixth-placed Everton have six wins, four draws and three defeats.

*An Everton victory would see their manager Marco Silva become the first Everton boss in history to win his first-ever league match against Liverpool at Anfield.

*Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah should make his 50th Premier League appearance for Liverpool on Sunday. The Egyptian has scored 39 league goals since joining last season and has seven in 13 Premier League matches this term. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar and Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, Editing by Neville Dalton)

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