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Bullet point previews of Premier League matches
Published in Ahram Online on 19 - 09 - 2019


Friday, Sept. 20
Southampton v Bournemouth (1900)
*Southampton have suffered one defeat in their last eight Premier League meetings with Bournemouth.
*Bournemouth have never won away against Southampton in 15 attempts, failing to find the net in eight of those meetings.
*Since the start of last season, only Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (32) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals amongst English players than Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson (26 - 17 goals, nine assists).
*Nathan Redmond has recorded seven goals and four assists in the league since Ralph Hasenhuettl took charge of Southampton in December last year.
*Southampton have won two of their last three matches in the league after winning once in their previous nine games in the competition.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (1130)
*Spurs have won four of their last five league matches against Leicester, including the last three in a row.
*Despite losing to Manchester United last weekend, Leicester have recorded 25 points in 15 matches since Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge in March - only Liverpool (43), Man City (37) and Chelsea (27) have collected more points in this period.
*Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs are without a win in their last eight away games in the league.
*Tottenham striker Harry Kane has netted 13 goals in 12 games in all competitions against Leicester.
*Leicester midfielder James Maddison has attempted most shots without scoring this season (16).
Burnley v Norwich City
*This is the first top-flight encounter between Burnley and Norwich since January 1976, which the Canaries won 3-1 at Carrow Road.
*Burnley have suffered one defeat in their 17 home meetings with Norwich, losing 5-3 in April 2004.
*Sean Dyche's Burnley have won their last four league matches against newly-promoted teams.
*Norwich striker Teemu Pukki has been directly involved in eight league goals in his first five matches this season, claiming six goals and two assists.
*Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell has also made a bright start to the campaign, recording two goals and two assists.
Everton v Sheffield United
*Everton are unbeaten in their last four league meetings with Sheffield United (W2 D2).
*Marco Silva's Everton have conceded seven goals across their last three league games, as many as they had in their previous 13 matches in the competition.
*Each of Everton's last three league goals have been headers.
*Sheffield United have not won in their last 12 away top-flight matches, since a 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic in December 2006.
*The Blades have lost consecutive home Premier League matches for only the second time, also doing so in March 1993 under Dave Bassett.
Manchester City v Watford
*Manchester City's 3-2 loss at Norwich last weekend was their first league defeat in 19 matches.
*Watford are without a win in the league after five matches this season (D2 L3).
*City's Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his seven appearances against Watford in all competitions.
*City will be without centre back John Stones for up to five weeks due to injury, leaving manager Pep Guardiola with only one senior central defender in Nicolas Otamendi.
*Quique Sanchez Flores' Watford recorded a whopping 31 shots in a 2-2 draw against Arsenal last weekend.
Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion (1630)
*Newcastle are yet to win in four Premier League meetings with Brighton, twice losing 1-0.
*Only four goals have been scored in those four top-flight games with neither team managing more than one in a match.
*After five straight league wins at home between January and March, Newcastle have only secured one in the last five (D1 L3).
*Steve Bruce's Newcastle sit 18th in the league with one win (at Tottenham Hotspur last month) from five games.
*Brighton's Neal Maupay has seven goals in his last 11 league games -- two for Brighton and five for Brentford.
Sunday, Sept. 22
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers (1300)
*The two teams have met twice in the Premier League, winning one match each.
*Roy Hodgson's Palace have not lost in their last four league matches at home (W2 D2).
*Wolves are second from bottom having lost their last two games after a run of three straight draws.
*Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves are without a win in six top-flight matches and the Portuguese has never gone seven league games without victory as a manager.
*The away team have won six of the last eight league games between Palace and Wolves.
West Ham United v Manchester United (1300)
*West Ham have only six wins in 46 Premier League meetings with Manchester United, four of which have come at home.
*Manchester United have scored 94 goals against West Ham in the competition, more than any other team.
*Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United have conceded four league goals so far this season, the fewest alongside Liverpool and Leicester.
*Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea signed a new deal on Monday that will keep him at the club until at least 2023.
*Manchester United have lost two league games in the last 21 against West Ham (W14 D5).
Arsenal v Aston Villa (1530)
*Arsenal have kept a clean sheet against Villa in their last five matches in all competitions.
*Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has scored two goals and provided four assists in his last four league games against Villa.
*Villa have won three times at the Emirates Stadium, with their last win coming in 2013. Only Manchester United and Chelsea have won more times (four).
*Arsenal have faced 96 shots on goal this season, more than any other side in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
*Arsenal have lost once in their last 20 home league matches.
Chelsea v Liverpool (1530)
*Chelsea have beaten Liverpool once in their last nine league meetings (D5 L3).
*Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 22 league matches (W18 D4) -- their best run in the Premier League.
*Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham leads the league scoring charts with seven (along with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero) and has scored at least twice in his last three matches.
*Liverpool's Sadio Mane needs one more goal for his 50th for the club in the Premier League.
*All of Chelsea's league goals this season have been scored by academy graduates (Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori).
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