March 29, 2018 / 2:04 AM / 4 months ago

Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

March 29 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of Premier League fixtures on March 31-April 1 (kickoff at 1400 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, March 31

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

*Liverpool are aiming to do a Premier League double over Crystal Palace for the first time since 1997-98, having won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Anfield earlier this season.

*Palace striker Christian Benteke has scored six goals in eight league appearances against Liverpool.

*This will be Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp’s 100th Premier League game as manager (53 wins, 32 draws, 18 losses).

*Palace manager Roy Hodgson has won three of his last five top-flight games against Liverpool, claiming a 1-0 win in the most recent match at Anfield as West Bromwich Albion boss in 2012.

*Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah’s 28 league goals this campaign mean he is three short of a 38-game season record tally of 31 goals, scored by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) and Luis Suarez (2013-14).

Brighton and Hove Albion v Leicester City

*Following a run of five matches without a victory on the road, Claude Puel’s Leicester won their last away league match 4-1 at West Bromwich Albion.

*Brighton striker Glenn Murray has scored six goals in six home matches in all competitions in 2018, contributing 38 percent of the club’s total of 16 in that period.

*Jamie Vardy has scored in four of Leicester’s last five away league matches, with the other game in the run ending goalless.

*Brighton have won each of their last three home league games, as many as they had won in their first 12 matches in the competition this season.

*Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez has scored three goals and provided two assists in his last five league appearances against promoted opposition.

Manchester United v Swansea City

*Swansea have avoided defeat in three of their last five visits to Old Trafford in all competitions.

*United striker Romelu Lukaku, who is one goal away from 100 Premier League strikes, has been involved in 14 goals in the last 14 games in all competitions (10 goals and 4 assists).

*Jose Mourinho has never lost to Swansea in any competition, recording seven wins and two draws.

*After winning their opening away league match under Carlos Carvalhal at Watford, Swansea have failed to win any of their next four on the road.

*United midfielder Paul Pogba has scored in both of his previous league appearances against Swansea, while also providing an assist in the reverse fixture in August.

Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town

*It will be the first top-flight meeting between the two clubs at St James’ Park since a goalless draw in Aug. 1971.

*David Wagner’s Huddersfield have failed to score in any of their last three league games, their third such run in the competition this season.

*Newcastle can win three straight games at St James’ Park for the first time since a run of four in Dec. 2014.

*Huddersfield have scored in only four of their 15 league matches on the road this season, but have not lost any of those games in which they have found the net (three wins, one draw).

*Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle are 13th in the table, one point and two places ahead of Huddersfield.

Watford v Bournemouth

*Watford have lost one of their last 16 matches at home against Bournemouth. Defender Ian Cox scored the only goal of the game in that defeat in March 1997.

*Four out of the five league games between the sides have ended level, including two 2-2 draws. Watford won the other game 2-0 last August.

*Watford have won all three home league matches under Javi Gracia. They can win four in a row in the top flight for the first time since Dec. 1986, when they were coached by Graham Taylor.

*Watford come into the game on the back of away defeats by Arsenal and Liverpool and have conceded eight goals in those two matches this month.

*Fouls on Watford forward Richarlison in the league this season have resulted in 14 cards being handed out (13 yellows, one red).

West Bromwich Albion v Burnley

*West Bromwich Albion have beaten Burnley in nine out of their last 10 league matches at home, including 4-0 victories in the last two at The Hawthorns.

*West Brom won 1-0 at Burnley earlier in the season and can do the league double over them for the first time since the 2001-02 season, when both teams were in the Championship.

*Burnley have collected 21 out of their 43 points this season on the road.

*Sean Dyche’s Burnley have let in 14 league goals away from home this season. Only Manchester City (10) have conceded fewer.

*Alan Pardew has 12 points from a possible 81 in his last 27 top-flight matches as manager of both Crystal Palace and West Brom.

West Ham United v Southampton

*Southampton have won twice away from home this season, against Crystal Palace and West Brom. Both those sides were bottom of the league at the time.

*Southampton boss Mark Hughes will take charge of his sixth different Premier League club. Only Everton boss Sam Allardyce is ahead of him, having managed seven clubs.

*The two teams have played 31 times in the Premier League, with West Ham winning 13 times and Southampton on 11 occasions.

*The last five top-flight meetings between the sides have produced 16 goals.

*West Ham have lost their previous three league games, including a 3-0 defeat by Burnley at the London Stadium last time out — a game marred by pitch invasions and ugly scenes in the stands.

Everton v Manchester City (1630)

*Everton beat City 4-0 in this fixture last season and have won six out of their last nine home games against them in all competitions.

*Everton forward Wayne Rooney has scored nine league goals against City. Only Alan Shearer is ahead of him with 11 against City.

*A win for City will make them only the third side to beat all other league teams in a single campaign. Chelsea achieved the feat in 2005-06 while Manchester United did so in 2010-11.

*City boss Pep Guardiola is looking for his 50th victory as manager in the English top-flight.

*Everton striker Cenk Tosun has scored four goals in his last three games.

Sunday, April 1

Arsenal v Stoke City (1230)

*Stoke have won only five times in 19 meetings with Arsenal in the Premier League.

*Stoke beat Arsene Wenger’s side 1-0 earlier this season and are looking to do the league double over them for the first time since the 1975-76 season.

*Arsenal have collected 35 out of their 48 points this season from home matches.

*Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been involved in five goals in five league starts against Stoke, scoring two and assisting three.

*Stoke forward Peter Crouch has scored nine league goals against Arsenal. Only Wayne Rooney (12) and Robbie Fowler (10) have a better record against the London side.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur (1500)

*Chelsea are looking to do the double over Tottenham for the first time since the 2005-06 season, having beaten Mauricio Pochettino’s side 2-1 earlier in the season.

*Tottenham have not won in 25 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge, the most games a team has gone without victory at a single ground in the competition.

*Tottenham have squandered the lead in each of their last two league visits to Chelsea, drawing 2-2 in May 2016 and losing 2-1 last season.

*Chelsea have not won two league games in a row since December. They have been beaten four times in nine league games this year.

*Tottenham have won 13 points from London derbies in the league this season, winning four times, drawing once and losing twice. (Compiled by Hardik Vyas and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis)

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