August 24, 2017 / 2:03 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round three of the Premier League on Aug. 26-27 (games 1400 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, August 26 Bournemouth v Manchester City (1130 GMT) *City’s unbeaten record was preserved by Raheem Sterling’s late equaliser versus Everton *Bournemouth have lost their first two games and failed to score *City have beaten Bournemouth in all four Premier League meetings, scoring 15 goals in the process *Cherries may give a full debut to Jermain Defoe, back in his second spell at the club *Kyle Walker is suspended for City after being sent off in his 200th Premier League match against Everton

Crystal Palace v Swansea City *New Palace manager Frank de Boer still looking for first point after two defeats *Swansea have one point from opening weekend draw at Southampton *No-one has made more saves than Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey’s 16 in the first two matches *Swans won the sides’ last meeting at Selhurst Park 2-1 in January *Palace have lost six of their past seven league games, failing to score in each defeat.

Huddersfield Town v Southampton *Promoted Huddersfield have made dream start with two wins *Apart from the inaugural season (1992-93), no other team has ever won their opening two games in the Premier League *The Terriers are the second team not to concede a goal in their first two Premier League games straight after promotion *Manolo Gabbiadini’s goal against West Ham was Southampton’s first league goal at St Mary’s in 556 minutes *New Saints’ boss Mauricio Pellegrino then celebrated a first league win as Charlie Austin scored a last-gasp penalty

Newcastle United v West Ham United *Neither side has yet won a point after losing their first two matches *New goalkeeper Joe Hart has conceded seven goals in two games for bottom club West Ham *Injuries and suspensions leave Newcastle without Jonjo Shelvey, DeAndre Yedlin, Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune *Hammers’ new boy Javier Hernandez has now scored 39 Premier League goals -- all from inside the box *Newcastle have gone 12 away games without a Premier League win, losing 10 Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion *New Watford and ex-Hull City boss Marco Silva enjoyed his first Premier League away win at the 10th attempt at Bournemouth *Brighton yet to break their Premier League goal duck after two defeats *With their win at Dean Court, Watford ended a run of seven Premier League games without a victory *Richarlison scored on his first Premier League start for Watford at Bournemouth *The Seagulls have not won in five league games, their worst run since the start of 2016

Manchester United v Leicester City (1630 GMT) *United have enjoyed their best start to a season in 110 years with two 4-0 wins *New United striker Romelu Lukaku is the league’s top scorer with three goals *Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki looking to score in third consecutive Premier League match *United won the sides’ last Old Trafford meeting, scoring four before halftime in a 4-1 win *Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez has produced two goal assists in consecutive games for the first time since February 2016

Sunday, August 27 Chelsea v Everton (1230 GMT) *Raheem Sterling’s strike in the draw with Man City is the only goal Everton have conceded this season *Chelsea’s 5-0 destruction of the Toffees at Stamford Bridge last November may have been their season’s best display *Wayne Rooney, back at Everton, has scored two in two games, including a 200th Premier League goal at Man City *Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has two goals and two yellow cards in two matches *Everton had eight English players in their starting 11 at Manchester City, more than in any league match for nearly 20 years

West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City (1230 GMT) *West Brom have won their first two games of a top-flight season for the first time since 1978-79 *Jese’s winner against Arsenal made him the third man ever to score on his Premier League debut for Stoke *Manager Tony Pulis has won 31 Premier League games with Albion -- 15 of them by a 1-0 scoreline *Albion are without Hal Robson-Kanu, who scored their winner at Burnley but was then sent off *Stoke had only 22.7 percent possession against Arsenal but still eked out a win

Liverpool v Arsenal (1500 GMT) *Liverpool have lost just one of their past 14 league matches *Arsenal have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine top-flight away games. *Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has scored six in his last eight league matches *Nobody has made more passes this season that Granit Xhaka’s 200 for Arsenal *Against Stoke, Arsenal had their highest amount of possession in a Premier League game (77.3 percent) since 2003-04 -- and still lost

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley (1500 GMT) *Tottenham seeking to rebound after their 19-game Premier League unbeaten home run was ended against Chelsea *At their temporary Wembley home, Spurs have lost eight of their last 11 matches *Burnley will give league debut to club’s record new signing, striker Chris Wood *No player has had more shots in the league this season than Spurs’ Harry Kane -- yet he still has not found the net *Last year’s top scorer Kane has not scored in the month of August in 12 matches

Reporting by Ian Chadband; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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