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Pep and Jose renew rivalry in Premier League match day 12

Cardiff City vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

Saturday, 10-11-2018 @03: 30 pm (SuperSport 3)

Referee: Martin Atkinson

This is the first top-flight meeting between Cardiff City and Brighton. It becomes the 100th different fixture to be played in England’s top four divisions. Brighton have lost just one of their last 11 league matches against Cardiff (W3, D7), a 1-4 away defeat in 2016.

Cardiff midfielder Harry Arter will serve a one-match ban on Saturday for accumulating five bookings this season. Jazz Richards misses out due to a hamstring injury and Kenneth Zohore remains sidelined with a calf problem, but Joe Ralls is back in contention.

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh is not expected to play because of a hamstring strain. David Button is out with a knee injury, while Pascal Gross and Davy Propper are long-term absentees.

Brighton have managed just one win in their last 19 Premier League away games (D5, L13).

Huddersfield Town vs West Ham United

The John Smith Stadium, West Yorkshire

Saturday, 10-11-2018 @06:00pm 

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Huddersfield Town full-back Erik Durm is set to return after missing their last game through injury. Danny Williams, who has not played since March due to a broken ankle, is back in training in an otherwise fully-fit squad.

West Ham captain Mark Nobles completes a three-game ban. Fellow midfielder Pedro Obiang should be available after being substituted during last weekend’s win over Burnley with a minor knee problem. Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere could return from ankle injuries after the international break.

Huddersfield were the only side West Ham beat home and away in the Premier League last season. West Ham’s 4-1 win at Huddersfield last season was their first victory there since an FA Cup game in 1969. The Terriers have not beaten the Hammers in the top flight since a 1-0 victory in 1971.

Leicester City vs Burnely

King Power Stadium, Leicestershire

Saturday, 10-11-2018 @06: 00 pm 

Referee: Mike Dean

On a day to remember in every aspect, the only thing that might get forgotten is the game. The emotion before its starts will be all-encompassing. It will be many Leicester fans’ first time back at the stadium, and for all the first opportunity to share their grief together inside. It’s also a day for giving thanks. To Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha for what he did for Leicester City and the city of Leicester, and for the sacrifices of those in the service of their country. The match? Professionalism and adrenalin will be needed in abundance by the home players after such a draining time – but the occasion will make it hard for Burnley’s too.

Leicester City are unbeaten at home against Burnley in seven league matches since a 1-0 Championship defeat in November 2007 (W4, D3). Burnley could record consecutive league wins in this fixture for the first time since August 2006. Its 50 years since they did so in the top flight.

Leicester pair Harry Maguire and James Maddison have been ruled out of Saturday’s game with knee injuries. The fixture is Leicester’s first at home since Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people to lose their lives in a helicopter crash near the stadium.

Burnley could be without defender James Tarkowski, who has an ongoing hernia problem that may require surgery. Jack Cork and Phil Bardsley are fit to return after missing out last weekend.

Leicester earned their first league victory and clean sheet in four matches at the expense of Cardiff last weekend.

Newcastle United vs AFC Bournemouth

St. James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Saturday, 10-11-2018 @06: 00 pm

Referee: Craig Pawson

Newcastle are likely to be without Jamal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto, who were all substituted with injuries against Watford last weekend. Only Lascelles has trained this week but he is not expected to be risked.

Bournemouth forward Joshua King has returned to training after a three-match absence with an ankle injury and could be available. Manager Eddie Howe has reported no fresh injury concerns.

Newcastle have lost both of their Premier League matches against Bournemouth at St. James’ Park. Their only home league win against the Cherries came in the second tier in February 1990. Five of the last seven Premier League goals in this fixture have been scored in the 80th minute or later. Newcastle are seeking consecutive league wins for the first time since April. Victory over Watford last weekend was only their second in 16 league matches (D3, L11). They have lost six of their last eight league fixtures at St James’ Park.

Southampton vs Watford

St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

Saturday, 10-11-2015 @06: 00 pm

Referee: Simon Hooper

Southampton are hopeful that midfielder Mario Lemina can overcome a thigh strain in time to play. Defender Wesley Hoedt has missed training with a foot infection and is a doubt for the match.

Watford captain Troy Deeney could return after missing three games with a hamstring problem. Etienne Capoue is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards, while Tom Cleverley, Sebastian Prodl and Daryl Janmaat are still sidelined.

Watford won the corresponding fixture last season, with two long-range strikes clinching a 2-0 victory. The teams’ most recent meeting came in the FA Cup last January in Javi Gracia’s first game in charge of Watford. Saints won 1-0. Southampton are without a win in seven league games (D3, L4). They are yet to win at St Mary’s this season (D3, L2). They’ve never failed to win any of their first six home games. Their only goal in six league games came from the penalty spot. Only bottom side Huddersfield have scored fewer than Southampton’s seven league goals this season.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspurs

Selhurst Park, London

Saturday, 10-11-2018 @ 00 pm0pm (SuperSport 3)

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has reported no fresh injury concerns. The Eagles remain without injured quartet Christian Benteke, Scott Dann, Joel Ward and Connor Wickham.

Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele is unlikely to play again in 2018 after suffering ankle ligament damage at Wolves. Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama have recovered from injuries, while Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen played against PSV in midweek after returning to full fitness.

Spurs are on a six-match winning streak against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, conceding just one goal during those fixtures. Tottenham could equal their Premier League club record of seven straight wins in the same fixture, having done so against Manchester City between 2004-07 and Swansea between 2012-15. Palace have never lost seven consecutive top-flight matches versus the same opponent. There has only been one first-half goal in the past 14 league meetings – 25 of the last 26 goals in this fixture have come in the second half.

Liverpool vs Fulham

Anfield Stadium, Liverpool

Sunday, 11-11-2018 @03:00 pm

Referee: Paul Tierney

Liverpool will be hoping to make it 12 games unbeaten at the start of the 2018/19 Premier League when they host a Fulham side that have only won once away from home in their first six games on the road. The Reds will also be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and fellow midfielder Naby Keita are both available as Liverpool welcome Fulham to Anfield at midday on Sunday. The pair have been sidelined for a number of weeks due to hamstring injuries but will be included in the squad alongside defender Joe Gomez, who has been struggling with an Achilles issue recently. Xherdan Shaqiri will also come into contention, having been left at home for the Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade in an attempt to reduce local hostilities. The 27-year-old, of Kosovar-Albanian descent, angered Serbian fans with his ‘Albanian Eagle’ celebration at the World Cup.

Fulham are expected to be without Kevin McDonald and Joe Bryan for Sunday’s fixture at Liverpool. Both are struggling with hamstring injuries and are likely to miss out. Cottagers boss Slavisa Jokanovic is expected to make further changes to his team following their disappointing defeat at Huddersfield on Monday.

Liverpool have won their last four Premier League matches against Fulham, though this is their first league meeting since February 2014. In all competitions, Fulham have managed just one win in their 33 visits to Liverpool (D9 L23), scoring just four times in their last 17 games at Anfield. Fulham have won just one of their 54 away league games on Merseyside against Liverpool and Everton (D11 L42), a 1-0 win against Liverpool in May 2012. Liverpool have won all eight home Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp against newly-promoted teams, scoring 25 goals and conceding just three. Fulham have taken one point from their last 18 Premier League games against the ‘big six’ sides (W0 D1 L17), losing all three games this season by an aggregate score of 2-11. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 26 Premier League home games, their longest such run since August 2009 (31 games).

Chelsea vs Everton

Stamford Bridge, London

Sunday, 11-11-2018 @05:15 pm 

Referee: Kevin Friend

Chelsea have had a tremendous start to life under Maurizio Sarri, unbeaten in their first 11 League games, already through to the knock out stages of the Europa League and playing beautiful football. Their next test is at home to an Everton side that has been blowing hot and cold since the start of the current campaign.

Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante are expected to start for Chelsea in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Everton. Morata, Alonso, Luiz and Rudiger were rested from the trip to Belarus, staying in London, while Kante was an unused substitute after receiving a late call-up due to Cesc Fabregas’ illness. Fabregas is a doubt for the Toffees game, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek may not feature after a back complaint which boss Sarri described as minor.

Everton forward Richarlison is a doubt for their trip to Stamford Bridge. The Brazil international, who rolled his ankle early in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Brighton but played the full duration and scored twice, will be assessed ahead of the match. With on-loan defender Kurt Zouma ineligible against his parent club, there could be a first Toffees start for fellow summer signing Yerry Mina. Phil Jagielka and James McCarthy are available, while Jonjoe Kenny is another doubt.

Chelsea are unbeaten in 23 home Premier League games against Everton (W13 D10) since losing 0-1 in November 1994. In all competitions, Everton have won none of their last 28 visits to Stamford Bridge against Chelsea (D11 L17). Only one team has ever had a longer winless away run against an opponent in Premier League history than Everton’s current 23 against Chelsea – Spurs went 25 away games without a win at Stamford Bridge between 1993 and 2016. Everton have won one of their last 16 away Premier League games in London (D6 L9), losing their last four in a row, all during 2018. Chelsea are looking to remain unbeaten in their opening 12 games to a top-flight season for only the second time, also doing so in 2014-15 (unbeaten in first 14). Everton have lost 11 of their last 13 away Premier League games played on Sunday (D2) since winning 2-1 at QPR in March 2015.

Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Emirates Stadium, London

Sunday, 11-11-2018 @07:30 pm

Referee: Scot Atwell

Unbeaten in their last 15 games across all competitions, Arsenal will be out to maintain their surge up the table when they host Wolves on Sunday afternoon. After an impressive start to the league campaign, the visitors find themselves on a three game losing streak and Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping to get their season back on track but the task doesn’t get any bigger than a trip to the Emirates.

Arsenal will be without Danny Welbeck and Stephan Lichtsteiner for Sunday’s Premier League visit of Wolves after both were forced off injured in Thursday’s draw with Sporting Lisbon. Welbeck (ankle) is expected to be sidelined for some time after being taken to hospital following an awkward fall, while Lichtsteiner limped out of the Europa League clash with a muscular issue. Mohamed Elneny (thigh) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) are still missing, while Matteo Guendouzi is back in domestic contention after serving a one-match ban.

Wolves’ only injury concern is Portuguese-Diogo Jota who is currently nursing an injury. Aside from Jota, Santo has a full strength squad to choose from.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 19 matches against Wolves in all competitions (W16 D3) since a 3-2 defeat in September 1979 under Terry Neill. Wolves have avoided defeat in just one of their eight Premier League games against Arsenal (P8 W0 D1 L7), though that was in their last visit to the Emirates in December 2011, a 1-1 draw under Mick McCarthy. Arsenal have taken 59 points from their last 63 available at home in Premier League games against newly promoted sides (P21 W19 D2 L0) since losing 1-0 to Newcastle United in November 2010. Arsenal haven’t been behind for a single minute in eight Premier League matches against Wolves – only one team has ever played more games against an opponent without falling behind (Chelsea v Portsmouth, 14 games). Wolves have played more Premier League games against Arsenal without winning (8) than against any other opponent. All three of Wolves’ Premier League goals against Arsenal have been scored via corners.

Manchester City vs Manchester United

Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Sunday, 11-11-2018 @07:30 pm (SuperSport 3)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Its derby day in Manchester as title favourites City host neigbours United at the Etihad Stadium. It has been business as usual for Pep Guardiola’s side who are still unbeaten in the league and are on the back of a two six goal victories in the last seven days. For United, they must be in good mood going into the clash after winning all their last three games in all competitions by a 2-1 scoreline. Jose Mourinho’s men however have had to dig deep to get results recently including two late goals in the victory over Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League.

City will be without Kevin De Bruyne after he suffered another knee problem, with Nicolas Otamendi and Ilkay Gundogan, a scorer in this fixture last term, racing to be fit in time to feature. Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala are long-term absentees.

Romelu Lukaku could return to action for Manchester United in Sunday’s derby clash. The 25-year-old missed the trips to Bournemouth and Juventus with a hamstring complaint but will be assessed as the striker steps up training. Diogo Dalot has been out with an injury sustained during the international break, while Captain Antonio Valencia is back in contention having travelled to Turin.

Manchester City have won just two of their last eight matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L4) since winning four in a row between 2013 and 2014. Manchester United, who won 3-2 at the Etihad last season despite being 0-2 down, are looking to win back to back Premier League games at the stadium for just the second time, also doing so with wins in November 2008 and April 2010. Two of Man Utd’s three Premier League wins against Man City when they’ve trailed in the match have been away from home and from 0-2 behind – in November 1993 and April 2018. Premier League meetings between Manchester City and Manchester United have been won by the away side on 17 occasions – only Aston Villa vs Liverpool (19) and Everton vs Man Utd (18) have been won by the visiting team more. Manchester United have conceded 18 goals in their 11 Premier League games this season. It took them 25 games until January 31 to concede as many in the competition last season. Manchester City haven’t lost any of their last 53 Premier League games against sides starting the day outside the top four (W44 D9 L0), since a 0-4 loss at Everton in January 2017. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is still yet to score against Manchester United in the Premier League, attempting 19 shots in 12 games without success; among players with at least 50 Premier League goals, only Robbie Keane (22) has played more times against the Red Devils without scoring than Sterling. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League games against Man Utd, but has failed to score in his last three against them since. Anthony Martial has scored in each of his last four Premier League games for Man Utd – he could become the seventh different player to score in five or more in a row for the club in the competition (Ruud van Nistelrooy x4, Wayne Rooney x2, Eric Cantona, Dwight Yorke, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie). This will be the 22nd meeting between Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in all competitions – the Spaniard has won nine and lost five (D7) of the previous 21. He’s only lost more matches against Jurgen Klopp (7) than Mourinho (5) during his managerial career. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has never lost consecutive home league games against a single opponent in his whole managerial career.

 

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