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Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches
September 7, 2017 / 2:00 AM / 13 days ago

Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round four of the Premier League on Sept. 9-11 (games 1400 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, Sept. 9

Manchester City v Liverpool (1130)

*City have lost only one of their last 23 home league games.

*Liverpool have won only once in their last eight league games at the Etihad.

*The visitors’ 4-1 win in November 2015 was the last time City lost by three goals at home.

*Sergio Aguero has played Liverpool five times in the league at the Etihad, scoring in every game.

*The two sides drew 1-1 in the same fixture last March

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Leicester City v Chelsea

*The match is a clash of the Premier League’s last two champions.

*Danny Drinkwater returns to the King Power stadium after his deadline day move to Chelsea.

*The Foxes have only once kept a clean sheet against Chelsea in 11 league matches.

*Eden Hazard looks unlikely to start for Chelsea after an ankle injury kept him out of the opening games.

*Chelsea’s Gary Cahill is absent, serving the last game of a three-match suspension.

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Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

*Spurs have won their last three away games in the league.

*Everton have won 10 of their 11 home games so far in 2017.

*Harry Kane is chasing his 100th goal for Tottenham in all competitions.

*Last season’s match between the two at Goodison ended 1-1

*Tottenham are ninth in the league, Everton 12th

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Stoke City v Manchester United (1630)

*Table toppers Man Utd have a 100 percent record

*United have scored 10 goals and conceded none

*Stoke twice drew 1-1 with United last season

*The Potters have won, lost and drawn in their three matches

*Stoke are 11th in the standings

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Arsenal v Bournemouth

*Arsenal have lost their last two league matches. They have not lost three in a row since January 2012.

*If Jermain Defoe scores, Bournemouth will be the fourth different club he has scored for against Arsenal.

*Arsenal have won all their three previous home matches with Bournemouth.

*Bournemouth have lost all three games so far this season and scored just one goal.

*The Cherries failed to score in their first two matches.

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Southampton v Watford

*Watford used 21 different players in their first three matches, more than any other team.

*Watford manager Marco Silva has yet to win two successive away games in the Premier League.

*The two sides both have two draws and a win so far, with Watford ahead on goal difference

*Saints’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk is back in first team training after transfer speculation.

*Van Dijk has been out since an ankle injury in January.

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Brighton & Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion

*Promoted Brighton, with two defeats and a draw, have yet to score in the Premier League.

*Only three teams have ever failed to score in their first four Premier League matches: Newcastle United, Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday.

*The two Albions meet for the first time in the league since 1993, when they were in the third tier.

*The Seagulls have not won in six league games.

*Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell is unavailable after undergoing minor surgery to his back.

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Sunday, Sept. 10

Burnley v Crystal Palace (1230)

*Burnley beat Palace twice in the league last season. They won 3-2 at home in November.

*Palace have yet to score in the Premier League this season but have always scored in the first four.

*Palace’s Lee Chung-yong could become the third South Korean to make 100 Premier League appearances.

*Burnley have beaten Palace six times in their eight top flight clashes.

*Palace are above only West Ham on goal difference.

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Swansea City v Newcastle United (1500)

*Swansea have won three of their last four home league games against Newcastle.

*Paul Clement has yet to lose two home games in a row as Swansea manager.

*Rafa Benitez’s first win as Newcastle manager was at home against Swansea in April 2016.

*Swansea are 13th, promoted Newcastle 14th.

*Striker Wilfried Bony makes his return to the Swans after his transfer went through on deadline day.

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Monday, Sept. 11

West Ham United v Huddersfield Town (1900)

*Huddersfield are third overall with two wins and a draw.

*The Hammers are bottom with three straight defeats.

*The only other time West Ham lost their first three Premier League games, in 2010/11, they finished last and were relegated.

*Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl has kept clean sheets in his first three matches.

*No promoted side has ever started a Premier League season with four successive clean sheets. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)

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