Giroud a thorn in Everton’s side; Origi streak delights Liverpool

Date published: Monday 12th December 2016 3:05 - Ian Watson

Liverpool are looking for their first win in eight at Middlesbrough, while Olivier Giroud seem to enjoy playing against Everton.

Bournemouth v Leicester City


Tuesday 13 December 2016 (19:45)
Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth haven’t won any of their last six games in league competition against the Foxes (D2 L4), last beating them in March 1989.
  • Both games between these sides ended in draws last season, with Jamie Vardy equalising in the 86th minute from the penalty spot in this exact fixture in August 2015.
  • Simon Francis was sent off for Bournemouth in their goalless draw with Leicester in January.
  • The Foxes have won just one point from seven Premier League away matches this season (W0 D1 L7) and only Burnley have picked up as few points in the competition on the road.
  • If Leicester lose this game, it would set a new record for the lowest points total by a defending top-flight champion in their first eight away games of a season (1).
  • Leicester City will be looking to win back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time since April.
  • The Foxes have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games on a Tuesday, 2-0 against Liverpool in February (D4 L5).
  • There have been 16 goals scored in Bournemouth’s last three Premier League matches (5.3 per game) – with the Cherries conceding exactly three goals in each of these matches.
  • After scoring with just two of his 17 shots in the Premier League before last weekend, Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick with all three of his shots against Manchester City.
  • Benik Afobe will be looking to score in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time since February, following his goal last weekend against Burnley.
  • Claudio Ranieri will take charge of his 200th Premier League match as a manager in this game (146 for Chelsea, 53 for Leicester City).

Everton v Arsenal


Tuesday 13 December 2016 (19:45)
Goodison Park, Liverpool

  • Everton’s only win in their last 18 league games against Arsenal was their 3-0 victory in April 2014 (D6 L11).
  • Arsenal have won more Premier League games against Everton (29) than they have against any other side.
  • In fact, Everton have lost 93 times to Arsenal in the league, the most defeats by one club to another in English league history.
  • A win for the Gunners at Goodison Park would make it their 12th in the Premier League there – only at Villa Park (12) have they obtained as many away wins at a single ground.
  • Everton have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last four league games against Arsenal.
  • Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in his last six games against Everton in all competitions.
  • The Gunners haven’t lost on a Tuesday in the Premier League since February 2006 v Liverpool (W10 D7).
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored (9) or assisted (3) 12 of Everton’s last 15 Premier League goals.
  • Since the start of 2013-14, Lukaku has scored 52 of Everton’s 187 Premier League goals (28%) and no
    other player has more than 20 goals for the club in this period.
  • Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in 26 goals in his last 26 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (18 goals, 8 assists).


Middlesbrough v Liverpool

Adam Lallana

Wednesday 14 December 2016 (19:45)
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

  • Middlesbrough’s last Premier League encounter with Liverpool ended in victory, winning 2-0 at the Riverside. Xabi Alonso scored an own goal with Tuncay Sanli scoring the other goal.
  • In the last meeting in all competitions between Middlesbrough and Liverpool, the Merseyside outfit progressed from a League Cup tie 14-13 on penalties, after a 2-2 draw at Anfield.
  • Liverpool haven’t won a Premier League game in Middlesbrough since March 2002, drawing four and losing three contests there since.
  • In fact, Middlesbrough have conceded just once in their last seven home games against the Reds (Fernando Torres in January 2008).
  • Middlesbrough have attempted only 38 shots on target in the Premier League this season; a league-low.
  • In fact, Boro haven’t attempted more than four shots on target in any of their 15 Premier League games so far in 2016-17.
  • Liverpool have scored the most goals (37), has the most shots in total (280) and attempted the most shots on target (101) in the Premier League so far this season.
  • Adam Lallana has had a hand in nine Premier League goals this season in 13 appearances (four goals, five assists). Last season, he had a hand in 10 goals in 30 league apps (four goals, six assists).
  • Divock Origi is the first Liverpool player to score in four successive games in all competitions for Liverpool since Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (eight in a row).
  • Liverpool lost their last Premier League away game (3-4 at Bournemouth) – they haven’t lost successive away games in the competition since December 2015.

Sunderland v Chelsea

Diego Costa: Celebrates his goal

Wednesday 14 December 2016 (19:45)
Stadium of Light, Sunderland

  • Sunderland beat Chelsea 3-2 in May, this after winning just once against the Blues in their previous 10 Premier League games (D1 L8).
  • Chelsea haven’t lost successive Premier League games against Sunderland since March 2001.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored against Chelsea with four different Premier League clubs, the only player to have done this (West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Sunderland).
  • Defoe has either scored (8) or assisted (2) 10 of Sunderland’s 14 Premier League goals so far in 2016-17 (71%).
  • This fixture has seen 111 goals scored in 30 Premier League games, averaging at 3.7 goals per game.
  • The Black Cats have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 Premier League games.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League games played on a Wednesday, last losing to QPR in January 2013 (W8 D7).
  • Sunderland have won their last two Premier League home games – they haven’t won three in a row at the Stadium of Light since February 2012.
  • Chelsea are on a run of four successive Premier League away victories and will be looking to win five in a row on the road for the first time since April 2015.
  • Only two teams have stopped Diego Costa either scoring or assisting in the Premier League this season (in 15 games) – Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal at the Emirates.

West Ham United v Burnley

Dimitri Payet: Clause in his deal

Wednesday 14 December 2016 (19:45)
London Stadium, London

  • West Ham have won three of their four previous Premier League contests against Burnley (L1), including both games in the 2014/15 season.
  • The Clarets scored three times in their first Premier League game versus West Ham (losing 3-5) but have found the net just three times in their last three against the Hammers.
  • West Ham’s only defeat to Burnley in their last 11 home games in all competitions against them came in December 2011, losing 2-1 in the Championship. Sam Vokes scored the winner that day.
  • Burnley have never won a Premier League match in London (W0 D2 L10), scoring just six goals overall in these matches.
  • Just one of Burnley’s 17 Premier League points this season has been won away from home (6% of their total points).
  • Burnley’s only win in a midweek (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) Premier League fixture was in their first midweek match in the division, beating Manchester United 1-0 in August 2009 (D4 L4 since).
  • Burnley have scored just one goal in their six Premier League away games this season – only Derby County (2007-08 – 0 goals) had scored fewer in their first six away games in a PL season.
  • Since the start of last season, West Ham have won just two of their seven Premier League games against newly-promoted teams (W2 D3 L2).
  • Dimitri Payet has scored six direct free-kicks for West Ham in all competitions since the start of last season. The only Premier League player to match this is Chelsea’s Willian (also six).
  • Burnley have allowed their opponents a league-high 95 shots on target this season in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

Wilfried Zaha: Will stay at Selhurst Park

Wednesday 14 December 2016 (20:00)
Selhurst Park, London

  • Crystal Palace were winless in their three games against Manchester United last season, drawing at Selhurst Park but losing away at Old Trafford and at Wembley in the FA Cup final after extra-time.
  • Manchester United have played Crystal Palace 14 times in the Premier League and have never lost (W11 D3). The only side they have played more without tasting defeat is Charlton (16, W14 D2).
  • Crystal Palace have lost 11 times to Manchester United in the Premier League, more than any other side they’ve faced.
  • Manchester United’s only defeat in their last 21 games against Crystal Palace in all competitions came in the League Cup quarter-final in 2011/12 (W16 D4).
  • The Eagles have failed to score in 11 of their 14 Premier League games against Manchester United. Jason Puncheon is the only current Palace player to score for the club against the Red Devils.
  • Christian Benteke has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace.
  • Benteke has also scored in four successive Premier League appearances in the month of December (five goals in total).
  • Since the start of 2015-16, Manchester United haven’t won any of their six Premier League away games in London (W0 D2 L4), including a current run of three successive defeats.
  • Former Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has had a hand in seven goals in his last seven Premier League appearances (two goals, five assists).
  • Wayne Rooney has now scored 248 goals for Manchester United in all competitions – just one behind Bobby Charlton’s all-time record of 249 goals
  • Rooney has netted 179 league goals for Manchester United – only Jack Rowley (182) and Bobby Charlton (199) have more for the club.

Manchester City v Watford

Pep Guardiola: Struggling for consistency

Wednesday 14 December 2016 (20:00)
Etihad Stadium, Manchester

  • Manchester City are unbeaten in four previous Premier League games against Watford, winning both fixtures against them last season (W2 D2 L0).
  • The Hornets didn’t manage a single shot on target in their Premier League meeting with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last season.
  • All seven of the previous goals scored in this fixture in the Premier League have arrived after half-time.
  • Watford’s last league win over Manchester City came in a second tier clash in March 1989 (D2 L4 since). o Watford have never won a Premier League match on a Wednesday (W0 D2 L7).
  • Pep Guardiola has seen his side concede three or more goals in consecutive league games for the very first time as a manager.
  • Guardiola has only lost three successive league games as a manager once before – this was in May 2015 as Bayern Munich boss (vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Augsburg and Sport-Club Freiburg).
  • Manchester City have won just three of their seven Premier League home games this season (W3 D3 L1) – they have won double this number away from home (6).
  • Watford have conceded nine goals and allowed their opponents 20 shots on target in their last two Premier League away matches.
  • Over half (12) of the last 22 goals that Watford have conceded in the Premier League have come following an opposition cross.

Stoke City v Southampton

Fraser Forster: Impressive for the Saints this season

Wednesday 14 December 2016 (20:00), Stoke

  • Stoke City have won just one of their previous four home Premier League games against Southampton (D2 L1), with both teams scoring in each match.
  • Southampton have scored in each of their last 13 league visits to Stoke, last failing to score there in a league game in August 1977.
  • This will be Mark Hughes’ 400th Premier League game as a manager and will be the sixth manager to reach this landmark in the competition.
  • Mark Hughes has overseen Premier League victories against 70 different managers overall and this is his first ever meeting in the competition with Aitor Karanka.
  • Stoke have won three of their last four Premier League home games (W3 D0 L1); the same number of victories as they had managed in their previous 12 games.
  • The Potters have only failed to find the net in one of their last 11 Premier League matches.
  • Southampton have only allowed their opponents 37 shots on target in the Premier League this season;
    less than any other side.
  • Saints have won only one of their last seven Premier League away games (W1 D2 L4), including two defeats in a row at Hull and Crystal Palace most recently.
  • Of goalkeepers to have played 50+ Premier League games, Fraser Forster has the joint-second best goals conceded per game average (0.84 per game). Jens Lehmann is level with the Englishman, while only Petr Cech (0.75 per game) has a better ratio.
  • Forster has kept a clean sheet in 40% of his Premier League appearances (25 in 63). Overall Recent Form

Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City

Harry Kane: Celebrates with fellow goalscorer Heung-min Son

Wednesday 14 December 2016 (20:00)
White Hart Lane, London

  • Spurs are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against Hull, winning five of those matches (D2).
  • Hull haven’t beaten Tottenham Hotspur since their first Premier League game against them (1-0 in October 2008) and have never scored more than once in their eight Premier League games vs Spurs.
  • Hull City are on a run of five successive defeats away from home in the Premier League and they haven’t scored in the last three of these.
  • The last time that the Tigers lost six in a row on the road in the competition was in April 2010.
  • Robert Snodgrass has had a hand in seven Premier League goals this season (five goals, two assists) – no other Hull City player has been involved in more than two.
  • Hull City have failed to score in 11 of their last 16 Premier League games away in London.
  • Harry Kane has scored five goals in his last three Premier League appearances at White Hart Lane.
  • In fact, Kane is already on his longest scoring streak in the competition at White Hart Lane (three games in a row).
  • Spurs have won 12 successive Premier League meetings with newly-promoted sides at White Hart Lane. The last time that they lost against a promoted team at home in the competition was a 1-2 defeat to Norwich in April 2012.
  • Hull’s Michael Dawson made 236 Premier League appearances for Tottenham between April 2005 and May 2014. Only seven players have made more for the club in the Premier League.

West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City

Nacer Chadli

Wednesday 14 December 2016 (20:00)
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

  • West Brom have lost six of their previous 10 Premier League games against Swansea City (W3 D1).
  • The Swans have only failed to score once in their 10 previous Premier League clashes with the Baggies (February 2015).
  • Nacer Chadli has scored in two of his last three league games against Swansea.
  • WBA will be looking to win three successive Premier League home matches for the first time since March 2015.
  • The Baggies have scored just 73 goals in 71 Premier League matches under Tony Pulis (1.03 per game).
  • Swansea City have won just one point in their last six Premier League away matches (W0 D1 L5).
  • In four Premier League away games under Bob Bradley, the Swansea have conceded 12 goals.
  • West Bromwich Albion have named the same starting XI in five successive matches in the Premier League – their longest ever run.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has been directly involved in eight goals in his last eight Premier League appearances for Swansea City (four goals, four assists).
  • The Icelandic midfielder has now had a hand in 47% of Swansea’s Premier League goals in 2016 (14 goals and seven assists – 21/45).

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