August 29, 2019 / 2:03 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

Aug 29 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round four of the Premier League on Aug. 31-Sept. 1 (games at 1400 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, Aug. 31

Southampton v Manchester United (1130)

*Southampton have not beaten United in the Premier League at home in their last eight attempts since 2003 (D3 L5).

*Southampton have only seven wins from 40 Premier League meetings with United, including five at home.

*United have kept only one clean sheet in their last 14 league matches, conceding 22 goals in that period.

*Southampton’s Nathan Redmond has been involved in four goals in his last four home league games (3 goals, 1 assist).

*United have missed more penalties (37) in Premier League history than any other team.

Chelsea v Sheffield United

*Chelsea and promoted United last met in the 2006-07 Premier League season.

*Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 league matches at Stamford Bridge.

*Victory for United will be their first against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since October 1992.

*All of Chelsea’s league goals this season have been scored by Englishmen (Mason Mount 2, Tammy Abraham 2).

*17 goals have been scored in the last five league meetings between United and Chelsea.

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

*Palace and Villa have played each other 14 times in the Premier League and meet for the first time since 2016.

*The odd goal has separated the two teams in four of their last five top flight meetings.

*Villa, who beat Everton 2-0 last week, can win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since 2015.

*Having already lost to Sheffield United this season, Palace are looking to avoid a second defeat by a promoted side.

*Palace come into the match having slumped out of the League Cup in Tuesday’s 5-4 second round shootout defeat by League Two (fourth-tier) side Colchester United.

Leicester City v Bournemouth

*Leicester last lost to Bournemouth at home in the league in Dec. 1988 and are unbeaten in their last six home encounters against the south coast club (W3 D3).

*Since the start of last season, no player in English football has scored more goals from outside the box than Bournemouth’s Harry Wilson (nine goals).

*Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has won every time he has faced Bournemouth (W4).

*Bournemouth have lost to Leicester only once in the Premier League in eight matches (W2 D5).

*Leicester have kept a clean sheet in their last three home matches.

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion

*City have beaten Brighton in their last five matches in all competitions.

*Brighton have never won at City in nine league matches across all divisions (D2 L7).

*City have won 16 of their last 17 league matches, last losing in January (2-1 defeat at Newcastle United).

*Brighton have never won away at a ‘Big Six’ club and have picked up only one point in 12 games (D1 L11).

*City striker Sergio Aguero has scored in all three matches he has played against Brighton (three goals), opening the scoring twice.

Newcastle United v Watford

*Watford are bottom of the league table and are the only side yet to pick up a point after three matches.

*Newcastle have lost three of their last four league games at home.

*Watford have beaten Newcastle three times on their last four visits to St James’ Park in all competitions.

*The last time Watford lost their opening four league games was in the 1934-35 season.

*Watford have had 42 shots in the league this season but have scored only one goal.

West Ham United v Norwich City

*West Ham have not been beaten at home by Norwich in their last eight matches in all competitions (W4 D4). Their last loss came in March 1989.

*Norwich have not won a Premier League match on their last 18 trips to London (D6 L12) and have lost 14 of their last 16 away games in the top flight.

*Norwich striker Teemu Pukki, who leads the scoring charts with five goals, could become only the third player to net in his opening four Premier League games after Mick Quinn (Coventry City) and Diego Costa (Chelsea).

*West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has never lost to Norwich (W3 D2) but all those results came when he was Manchester City manager.

*Neither side has kept a clean sheet this season.

Burnley v Liverpool (1630)

*Burnley have beaten Liverpool only once in the Premier League in 10 matches (D1 L8).

*Liverpool have won their last 12 league matches, scoring at least two goals in each match, and are unbeaten in their last 20 games in the competition.

*Burnley’s Ashley Barnes has scored 13 league goals in 2019 and has netted in each of his last four matches (five goals).

*Liverpool have won four times in five visits to Turf Moor in the Premier League, losing only once in Aug. 2016.

*Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino scored three times against Burnley last season, finding the net in the home and away games.

Sunday, Sept. 1

Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers (1300)

*Wolves have drawn their first three league games this season.

*Everton have kept a clean sheet in their last six league matches at home, winning the last five.

*Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has beaten Everton’s Marco Silva three times in away games, including twice in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

*Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is one game away from equalling Ali Al Habsi’s record (111 games) of completing 90 minutes in all his Premier League appearances.

*Everton have lost to Wolves only once in their last eight meetings (W2 D5) but that defeat came in their last encounter in February (a 3-1 loss at home).

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (1530)

*Arsenal have beaten Spurs only twice in their last 10 Premier League meetings (D5 L3) but both wins came at home in the last two seasons.

*Spurs have won at Arsenal only once in the Premier League (D10 L15).

*The north London derby has seen the most penalties scored in the Premier League (18 - level with Everton v Newcastle).

*Spurs have not won any of their last seven away games in the league (D1 L6).

*Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored nine times in nine league matches against Arsenal. (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris)

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