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Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches
May 18, 2017 / 2:02 AM / in 6 months

Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) - May 18 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 38 of the Premier League on May 21:

Arsenal v Everton

*Arsenal have won five of their past six games.

*Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is the Premier League’s top scorer with 24 but has not scored in four games.

*Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has 23 after netting four in past three games.

*Theo Walcott has only started once in eight games since Arsenal switched to a 3-4-2-1 formation; he played all six games before that.

*This match will be Arsenal’s fifth in 15 days.

Burnley v West Ham United

*Burnley have won just one of their past six games; West Ham have won twice.

*Burnley have secured back-to-back top-flight seasons for the first time since the mid-1970s.

*Burnley defender Kevin Long has just received his first call-up for Ireland.

*No West Ham player has scored 10 goals this season; top-scorer Michail Antonio is on nine.

*Burnley have only been in the bottom three once this season -- after losing 1-0 to Swansea on opening day.

Chelsea v Sunderland

*If Cesar Azpilicueta is on the field for 90 minutes, he will have played Chelsea’s entire league season.

*John Terry plays his final game 22 years after joining the club as a 14-year-old.

*Chelsea have won 16 games at home this season; Sunderland have lost 14 away.

*Sixty-six points separate top-placed Chelsea from bottom-placed Sunderland.

*No side has finished bottom of the Premier League more than Sunderland, who have done so three times.

Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur

*Tottenham lost their final game of last season 5-1 at already-relegated Newcastle

*Tottenham will finish second, their highest in the Premier League.

*Harry Kane has scored 22 Premier League goals, two fewer than leading scorer Romelu Lukaku.

*Keeper Hugo Lloris has kept 15 clean sheets this season.

*Hull have conceded 21 Premier League goals from set-pieces this season.

Leicester City v Bournemouth

*It will be Craig Shakespeare’s final game as Leicester manager unless his contract is renewed.

*Leicester have taken 22 points from 11 games he has overseen.

*Shinji Okazaki’s goal against Manchester City ended a run of 23 games without scoring.

*Leicester have won just one of the 21 Premier League games this season in which they conceded the first goal.

Liverpool v Middlesbrough

*Philippe Coutinho has been directly involved in six of Liverpool’s last 10 Premier League goals (4 goals, 2 assists).

*No side has been relegated from the Premier League on more occasions than Middlesbrough, who have gone down four times.

*Middlesbrough have failed to score in 17 PL games this season, equalling their low in 2008-09.

*A win will put Liverpool into the Champions League for first time since 2014.

*Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane will again be absent for Liverpool but Roberto Firmino is hoping to be fit.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

*Wilfried Zaha returns to his former club.

*United have failed to win any of their last five league matches.

*Christian Benteke has scored 17 goals in all competitions, 10 more than any other Palace player.

Southampton v Stoke City

*Lee Probert is refereeing his second Stoke game in little more than three weeks after three years without one.

*This could be the final game for either manager with Claude Puel and Mark Hughes both under pressure.

*Stoke’s Saido Berahino not scored since 12 million pounds ($15.56 million) arrival from West Bromwich Albion in January.

*Saints top scorer Charlie Austin could start.

*Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic definitely misses game after breaking his arm.

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion

*Albion have taken just one point from their past six games.

*Only Hull City (73) have conceded more goals than Swansea (69) this season.

*Swansea’s points haul has more than doubled since Paul Clement became manager in January.

*Gylfi Sigurdsson has been involved in most Swansea goals, with 10 strikes and 13 assists.

*West Brom have not won an away game since beating Southampton on Dec. 31.

Watford v Manchester City

*Game will be Walter Mazzarri’s final one in charge of Watford.

*Watford have scored just 18 goals in 19 Premier League games in 2017.

*Kevin De Bruyne’s 16 assists is joint-best for City in Premier League.

*City need to win to guarantee third place. *Sergio Aguero has scored 31 goals in all competitions for City this season; next best is Raheem Sterling on 10. ($1 = 0.7714 pounds) (Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Toby Davis)

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