March 14, 2019 / 11:04 AM / 6 months ago

Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

(Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 31 of the Premier League on March 16-17 (games at 1500 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, March 16

Bournemouth v Newcastle United

*Bournemouth have never beaten Newcastle at home in the Premier League, losing one match and drawing the other.

*Newcastle, one place and three points behind the 13th-placed Cherries, can move above their opponents with a win.

*Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth snapped a five-game winless run with a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield Town last weekend.

*Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and winger Ryan Fraser notched a goal and an assist each at Huddersfield and have combined for nine league goals this season.

*Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle have won five of their last 10 matches to move away from the relegation zone.

Burnley v Leicester City

*Burnley have beaten Leicester by the odd goal in their last two Premier League meetings at Turf Moor.

*Burnley, who are two points above the relegation zone in 17th, are looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats in which Sean Dyche’s side have conceded nine goals.

*Leicester have won only three of their last 10 matches, including last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Fulham, to sit 10th.

*Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has won four out of five league matches against Burnley when in charge of Watford, Swansea City and Liverpool.

*Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in his last five league games, missing out only in last month’s 4-1 defeat by Crystal Palace.

West Ham United v Huddersfield Town

*West Ham have not lost to Huddersfield in the Premier League in three meetings, winning twice.

*Bottom club Huddersfield have lost 15 of their last 17 matches, managing one win and a draw in that period.

*Huddersfield have not won at West Ham in all competitions since a 1-0 top division victory in May 1971.

*Victory for West Ham will give them three consecutive wins at the London Stadium for the first time. They last managed three straight home wins at Upton Park in 2016.

*Huddersfield have made a Premier League-high 647 crosses so far this term but have scored only 15 goals, the lowest.

Sunday, March 17

Fulham v Liverpool (1415)

*Fulham are looking for their first Premier League win against Liverpool since a 1-0 victory in May 2012. They have lost five meetings since.

*Fulham have lost nine of their last 10 matches to sit second-bottom, with their last win coming in January against Brighton & Hove Albion.

*Second-placed Liverpool have lost once this season, 2-1 at champions Manchester City in January, and have drawn four of their nine games since.

*Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has scored eight goals in his last eight league games, including two against Burnley last weekend.

*Liverpool have conceded nine goals from 10 matches in 2019, one more than they allowed in 20 matches before the New Year.

Everton v Chelsea (1630)

*Everton have not beaten Chelsea in their last six Premier League meetings, losing three and drawing three.

*The last two games between the teams have ended goalless.

*Sixth-placed Chelsea have lost three of their last seven matches, as many as in their first 22 games this season.

*Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has scored 13 times and provided 11 assists this season, directly contributing to nearly half of the team’s 50 league goals.

*Marco Silva’s Everton have won only one of their last eight home games in the league, losing four and drawing three.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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