April 12, 2018 / 4:07 AM / 10 days ago

Soccer: Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

(Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of the Premier League fixtures on April 14-16 (kickoff at 1400 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, April 14

Southampton v Chelsea (1130)

* Chelsea have won their last four Premier League games against Southampton. They have never won five in a row against the Saints.

* Mark Hughes has lost his last four matches against Chelsea as a manager, conceding 15 goals in that run.

* Southampton’s Charlie Austin has scored four goals in his last four league appearances at St Mary’s Stadium but the fit-again striker has not played at home since December.

* Defender Cesar Azpilicueta and forward Alvaro Morata have combined to score seven league goals for Chelsea this season.

* Southampton are 18th in the league with 28 points, three points from the safety zone. Chelsea sit fifth with 57 points.

Burnley v Leicester City

* Burnley could secure a fifth straight top-flight win for the first time since Nov. 1968, when they won six in a row.

* Leicester can win a third straight game on the road, a feat they last achieved in their title winning season in April 2016.

* Sean Dyche’s Burnley have scored 12 of their last 13 league goals after halftime.

* Leicester have scored and conceded in 21 different league games this season, more than any other team in the competition.

* Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored in 15 league games this season, behind only Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah who has struck in 21 matches.

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Palace have lost only one of their last eight home games against Brighton in all competitions, winning five and drawing two.

* Chris Hughton’s Brighton have scored fewer away Premier League goals (seven) than any other team and have failed to score in seven of their last nine matches on the road.

* Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic has scored in his last three league matches. The only Palace player to find the net in more consecutive fixtures is forward Neil Shipperley, who scored in five in a row between October and November 1997.

* Brighton striker Glenn Murray scored twice for Palace the last time the two teams played (excluding playoffs) at Selhurst Park in Dec. 2012.

* There has been a red card in each of Brighton’s last three league games after only one dismissal in their opening 29 league matches.

Huddersfield Town v Watford

* Huddersfield are looking to seal a first league double over Watford since the 1995-96 season, when they were in the second division.

* Seventeen of the 20 goals scored in the last four meetings between these teams have come in the second half.

* Watford are chasing their first away goal in the league under manager Javi Gracia, in their fifth match.

* Huddersfield picked up 14 points from their first eight league matches at home this season but have since recorded just six from their last eight matches at the John Smith’s Stadium.

* Watford are 12th with 37 points from 33 games, two points ahead of 13th-placed Brighton who have a game in hand.

Swansea City v Everton

* Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea are seeking a fifth straight top-flight home victory, a feat they last achieved in October 1981.

* Everton forward Wayne Rooney has been involved in nine goals in his last eight league matches against Swansea, with four goals and five assists.

* Everton are looking to win back-to-back league matches on the road for the first time since September 2016.

* Forward Cenk Tosun has scored in each of Everton’s last three away matches.

* Sam Allardyce’s Everton have 41 points from 33 matches, 16 fewer than at this stage last season under former manager Ronald Koeman.

Liverpool v Bournemouth (1630)

* The last five Premier League meetings between the two teams have produced 19 goals, with Liverpool scoring 12.

* Liverpool are unbeaten in 18 league games at Anfield, the longest run in the competition and their longest since August 2009.

* Bournemouth striker Joshua King has scored in his last two league games and is looking to score three in as many games for the first time since last March.

* Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has scored twice and had two assists in his last four league games against Bournemouth.

* Liverpool are third with 67 points while Bournemouth are 11th with 38 points.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City (1845)

* Tottenham have beaten City in their last two Premier League home matches, scoring six goals and conceding one.

* Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side are unbeaten in their last 14 league games, winning 11 and drawing three.

* City are looking to become only the fourth team to win at Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham in the same league campaign. Coventry City (1993-94), Charlton Athletic (2001-02) and Blackburn Rovers (2002-03) have achieved the feat.

* City’s Sergio Aguero has scored 10 league goals against Spurs. Only Alan Shearer (14), Wayne Rooney (11) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (11) have more goals against them.

* Tottenham are fourth with 67 points while City are top of the table with 84 points.

Sunday, April 15

Newcastle United v Arsenal (1230)

* Arsenal are looking for their 11th straight Premier League victory over Newcastle.

* Newcastle have won their last three league games. They last managed the feat in 2014 when they went on to make it five consecutive victories.

* Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored five goals in his last four league matches.

* Newcastle have managed just nine victories from 45 Premier League matches between the two teams.

* Newcastle are 10th with 38 points while Arsenal are sixth with 54 points.

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion (1500)

* United have beaten West Brom 15 times in 23 Premier League meetings while five games have ended in draws.

* Jose Mourinho’s United are chasing their sixth straight league win.

* United forward Alexis Sanchez has scored a goal and had three assists in his last two league games.

* West Brom snapped an eight-game losing run with a 1-1 draw against Swansea last week.

* United are second with 71 points while West Brom are bottom of the table, 50 points behind them.

Monday, April 16

West Ham United v Stoke City (1900)

* Seven of the 17 Premier League matches between the two sides have ended in draws.

* West Ham can seal a second successive home victory in the league for the first time since December 2016.

* Stoke have scored seven league goals in 2018 and have not found the net in six out of 12 matches.

* West Ham midfielder Marko Arnautovic has been involved in 13 league goals this season, scoring nine with four assists.

* West Ham are 14th with 34 points while Stoke are second from bottom with 27 points.

Compiled by Hardik Vyas and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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