Premier League Preview - Match Week 13

2018-11-24
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Premier League Preview - Match Week 13

WATFORD VS LIVERPOOL

Watford will attempt to return to winning ways and improve on their seventh-place position when they host unbeaten Liverpool, who are seeking to replace Manchester City at the top of the table.

Watford will have new signing Adalberto Penaranda available after the forward received his work permit.

Etienne Capoue returns from suspension, while Will Hughes (hip) and Sebastian Prodl are available. Daryl Janmaat and Tom Cleverley are close to returning after injury.

Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana has been ruled out with a minor injury problem but midfielder Jordan Henderson (hamstring) is ready to play.

There has never been a goalless draw in the 22 top-flight meetings between Watford and Liverpool.

Watford will be seeking to improve their Premier League record against teams starting the day in the top two places, having lost 15 of their last 17 such fixtures. Their victories in that spell were against Chelsea in September 1999 and Arsenal in January 2017.

Roberto Firmino has been involved in seven goals in his last five PL matches against Watford, with four strikes and three assists. He scored and set up a goal in the 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road last season.

MANCHESTER UNITED VS CRYSTAL PALACE

Manchester United will aim to bounce back from their derby defeat by Manchester City and improve on their eighth-placed position.

Visiting Crystal Palace are seeking a first victory in eight Premier League matches.

Man Utd have no new injury problems after Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were all passed fit.

Striker Romelu Lukaku should be able to play but Luke Shaw is suspended.

Crystal Palace trio Mamadou Sakho, Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins are all available.

Connor Wickham, Christian Benteke and Scott Dann are working on their recoveries but will not be fit for the weekend.

Man Utd have played 18 PL matches against Crystal Palace without ever losing, the highest number in the competition for a team who have never been defeated by an opponent.

Juan Mata, who has scored in two of his three PL home matches for United against Palace, has produced 49 goals and 49 assists in the competition.

Romelu Lukaku has scored in six of his last eight PL appearances against Palace, including both for Man Utd last season.

Jose Mourinho has only lost one of his 51 PL home matches kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday, but that defeat came against Palace when he was Chelsea manager in August 2015.

WEST HAM UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY

Unbeaten leaders Manchester City are targeting a fifth straight Premier League victory as they visit a West Ham United side who are unbeaten in their last three matches.

Team news

West Ham striker Andy Carroll and midfielder Jack Wilshere are available for selection having recovered from ankle operations.

Manchester City will be without Bernardo Silva after he picked up a knock while on international duty but Nicolas Otamendi is available to play.

Benjamin Mendy, who has been ruled out for 10 to 12 weeks, Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo are on the long-term injury list.

West Ham are looking to secure a second consecutive home league win for the first time since December 2016, when they beat Burnley and Hull City.

The Hammers will be aiming to improve their PL record against teams lying top of the table, having won only one of their last 15 matches against the leaders. However, that victory came against Man City, in September 2015.

David Silva has been directly involved in eight goals in his 11 PL matches against West Ham, with four strikes and four assists. He only has a better record against Newcastle United in the competition, having been involved in nine goals.

BOURNEMOUTH VS ARSENAL

Sixth-placed AFC Bournemouth are aiming to bounce back after successive defeats as they host Arsenal, in fifth, who are seeking to halt a three-match winless streak in the Premier League.

AFC Bournemouth striker Joshua King (ankle) is closing in on a first-team return and will be assessed ahead of Sunday's fixture.

Full-back Adam Smith (knee) is out.

Arsenal full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner (hamstring) could be fit while Nacho Monreal (hamstring) is expected to return in a couple of weeks.

Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), Dinos Mavropanos (groin) and Danny Welbeck (broken ankle) remain out.

Eddie Howe’s side were defeated in their last PL home match against Manchester United, they have not lost consecutive outings at Vitality Stadium since August 2017.

Arsenal have scored more goals via substitutes than any other PL team this season, with seven. Indeed, six of their last 10 goals in the competition have been scored by subs.

Callum Wilson, has scored in all three of his top-flight appearances against Arsenal,

TOTTENHAM VS CHELSEA

Fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur are targeting a seventh victory from eight Premier League matches as they lost their third-placed London rivals Chelsea, who are seeking to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Davinson Sanchez (hamstring) is out for Spurs but the centre-back's injury coincides with the return to full training of Jan Vertonghen.

Fellow defenders Kieran Trippier (groin) and Danny Rose (groin) are sidelined, with midfielder Mousa Dembele (ankle) also unavailable.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri suggested some players returned from international duty with minor knocks but said there were "no big problems" on the injury front.

Spurs have a chance to secure a second consecutive league victory over Chelsea for the first time since August 1987.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won just 22 per cent of their PL points in home matches this season, with six out of 27, the lowest ratio in the division.

Dele Alli has scored five goals in his last four matches against Chelsea in all competitions.

Chelsea have kept 21 PL clean sheets against Spurs, which is their joint-best record, having achieved the same feat against Everton and Newcastle United.

 

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