Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

Bullet point previews of Premier League matches
By Reuters

06/12/2018 at 13:54Updated 06/12/2018 at 13:57

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 16 of the Premier League on Dec.

8-10 (games at 1500 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, Dec. 8

Bournemouth v Liverpool (1230)

*Bournemouth have beaten Liverpool only once in 13 matches in all competitions, a 4-3 Premier League win in 2016.

*Bournemouth ended a run of four league defeats with a 2-1 win over Huddersfield on Tuesday to climb to seventh.

*Second-placed Liverpool have 39 points from 15 games, their best start to a top-flight campaign.

*Liverpool's James Milner could make his 500th Premier League appearance, becoming the 13th player to do so.

*Liverpool's Roberto Firmino has three goals and two assists in his last five league games against Bournemouth.

Arsenal v Huddersfield Town

*Arsenal last lost to Huddersfield in 1971, a 2-1 defeat in the first division.

*Huddersfield have lost eight of their nine top-flight games against Arsenal, failing to score in each defeat.

*Huddersfield, who are 17th, are looking to avoid a third straight defeat.

*Arsenal extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 20 games after a 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday.

*Arsenal have scored 25 goals in the second half of league games this season, more than anyone else.

Burnley v Brighton and Hove Albion

*The previous five matches between Burnley and Brighton have ended level, including two 0-0 draws in the league last season.

*Burnley last beat Brighton in 2012, with Charlie Austin sealing a 1-0 win in the Championship.

*Burnley are winless in eight games to sit second from bottom with nine points.

*The two teams have had the fewest shots this season, with Burnley managing 40 and Brighton 44.

*Tenth-placed Brighton are unbeaten in three games, winning the previous two.

Cardiff City v Southampton

*New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuettl will be in the dugout for the first time following Mark Hughes' sacking.

*Southampton were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday and are winless in 11 games to sit 18th.

*The south-coast club's only win came in September.

*Cardiff have alternated between defeat and victory in their last five games, losing 3-1 to West Ham on Tuesday.

*Cardiff have not kept a clean sheet in 12 games.

Manchester United v Fulham

*Fulham have managed three wins against United in 26 Premier League meetings and only one at Old Trafford.

*Fulham last defeated United in 2009, losing eight of their next 10 meetings in all competitions.

*Eighth-placed United are winless since a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth in November, drawing their last three games.

*Jose Mourinho is looking for his 50th Premier League win as Manchester United manager.

*Basement side Fulham have one win in their last 12 games.

West Ham United v Crystal Palace

*West Ham are unbeaten in their last six Premier League meetings with Palace since a 3-1 home defeat in 2015.

*West Ham are seeking a third straight league win for the first time since Dec. 2016.

*West Ham have made a league-high 301 tackles in 15 games.

*Palace have one victory in their last 10 games to sit 15th, two places below West Ham.

*Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha has not scored in his last nine league appearances.

Chelsea v Manchester City (1730)

*City have beaten Chelsea by a 1-0 scoreline in their last two league meetings.

*League leaders City are unbeaten and can extend their winning run to eight matches.

*After avoiding defeat in their first 12 games, fourth-placed Chelsea have lost two of the last three.

*City's Leroy Sane has six goals and five assists in eight starts this season.

*Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has not lost two straight league games since Oct. 2016 when he was the Napoli boss.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (1945)

*Tottenham beat Leicester 5-4 at Wembley Stadium in their last league meeting.

*Since Leicester's return to the top flight, league games between these teams have produced 34 goals.

*Tottenham jumped to third with 33 points after a 3-1 win over Southampton on Wednesday.

*Ninth-placed Leicester are unbeaten in six matches but have drawn four of those games.

*Tottenham's Harry Kane has 13 goals in 11 games against Leicester in all competitions.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (1600)

*Four out of the six Premier League meetings between the teams have ended level, with Newcastle winning the other two.

*This is the first Premier League clash between the teams since Feb. 2012.

*Newcastle have lost six of their eight home games to sit 14th.

*Wolves, who are 12th, ended a six-game winless run with a 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday.

*Wolves have won nine of their 19 points in six games against last season's top seven teams.

Monday, Dec. 10

Everton v Watford (2000)

*Everton boss Marco Silva and forward Richarlison meet their former club for the first time in the league.

*Sixth-placed Everton have won 12 of their 13 home games against Watford in all competitions, drawing the other.

*Watford, who have dropped to 11th, are winless in five games and are looking to avoid a fourth straight loss.

*Richarlison has seven goals in 13 league games, two more than his Watford tally last season.

*Everton's Theo Walcott could make his 300th top-flight appearance. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis)

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