December 27, 2018 / 5:25 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 20 of the Premier League on Dec. 29-30 (games at 1500 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, Dec. 29

Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton

*Brighton are looking for their first Premier League win over Everton at their fourth attempt.

*Chris Hughton’s Brighton ended a run of three defeats with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal last time out.

*Everton’s 5-1 victory over Burnley on Wednesday was their first win in six league games this month.

*Brighton’s Glenn Murray has eight league goals this season.

*Everton are eighth with 27 points after 19 games, while Brighton are 13th with 22.

Fulham v Huddersfield Town

*Huddersfield defeated Fulham in November for their first win of the season.

*David Wagner’s side have managed only one more win since, a 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

*Huddersfield have lost their last six league games to sit bottom of the table with 10 points.

*Fulham, who are 19th, are without a victory in six games and have drawn their last two.

*Fulham top-scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic has seven league goals this season but has not scored in the last six games.

Leicester City v Cardiff City

*Leicester have won their last two league matches, beating Chelsea and Manchester City.

*Leicester defeated Cardiff 1-0 in November in their first match after the death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash.

*With a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, Cardiff recorded their fourth clean sheet in the league this season.

*Leicester have an opportunity to win three consecutive league games for the first time since December last year.

*Cardiff sit three points and one spot above the relegation zone while Leicester are seventh.

Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers

*Wolves have failed to record a victory in their last five league meetings with Spurs.

*Spurs have won their last five league games, scoring 17 goals and conceding three.

*Spurs will activate a year-long extension option in Toby Alderweireld’s contract to keep him at the club until 2020.

*Following a 5-0 win over Bournemouth, Spurs moved to second in the league and trail leaders Liverpool by six points.

*Wolves lost the reverse fixture 3-2 at Molineux last month.

Watford v Newcastle United

*Watford won six consecutive games against Newcastle in all competitions before losing 1-0 at St James’ Park last month.

*Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle are 15th in the league, having managed one victory in their last six league matches.

*Watford have recorded five wins and five defeats in their 10 home league matches this season.

*Abdoulaye Doucoure and Jose Holebas have provided five assists each for Watford in the league this season.

*Salomon Rondon has played a part in Newcastle’s last three league goals (two goals, one assist).

Liverpool v Arsenal (1730)

*Liverpool are unbeaten in 19 league games, a club record in the Premier League era.

*Liverpool are also unbeaten in their last 30 league matches at home.

*Liverpool have scored at least three goals in their last five matches against Arsenal.

*Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the league’s goalscoring charts with 13. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has 12.

*Arsenal have not won at Anfield in five encounters. Their last league win at Liverpool was a 2-0 victory in Sept. 2012.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Crystal Palace v Chelsea (1200)

*Palace have lost their last two matches against Chelsea in the Premier League.

*Chelsea’s Eden Hazard became the 10th player in the club’s history to score 100 goals in midweek.

*Hazard, however, has not scored against Palace since a 1-0 league victory at Stamford Bridge in May 2015.

*Palace have taken seven points in their last three matches, beating Leicester City and Manchester City and drawing with Cardiff City.

*Fourth-placed Chelsea are two points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal and eight ahead of sixth-placed Manchester United

Burnley v West Ham United (1415)

*Burnley have beaten West Ham only twice in nine Premier League matches, their last coming 3-0 at the London Stadium in March

*After finishing seventh last season, Burnley currently sit in the relegation zone in 18th with 12 points from 19 games.

*Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart has conceded 41 goals this season. Only in 2009-10, when at Birmingham City, did he ship more in one campaign.

*Burnley have recorded just one win in their last 12 league matches.

*Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Javier Hernandez were on the scoresheet when West Ham won the reverse fixture 4-0 at the London Stadium last month.

Southampton v Manchester City (1415)

*Manchester City have won their last four league encounters against Southampton.

*City have suffered consecutive league games for the first time since Dec. 2016.

*Six of City boss Pep Guardiola’s 11 Premier League defeats have come in the month of December.

*City’s Bernardo Silva has had a hand in nine goals in his 18 league appearances this season (five goals, four assists)

*City have failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous nine games in all competitions.

Manchester United v Bournemouth (1630)

*Manchester United are unbeaten against Bournemouth in their previous six league matches, last losing to them in Dec. 2015.

*Bournemouth’s leading goalscorer Callum Wilson has not scored in the last three league games.

*United have not kept a clean sheet in six league games, conceding 10 goals in the process.

*United are undefeated in seven league home games following a 3-0 defeat by Tottenham in August.

*Bournemouth have scored the most penalties in the league this season (5). (Reporting by Hardik Vyas, Shrivathsa Sridhar and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Ian Chadband)

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