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Liverpool vs Chelsea headlines Premier League Match-Day 34

Tottenham Hotspurs vs Huddersfield Town
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
Saturday, 13-04-2019 @2:30pm
Referee: Lee Mason

Tottenham’s top scorer Harry Kane misses out because of his latest ankle injury, so Son Heung-min or Fernando Llorente will play up front. Deli Alli is doubtful with a fractured hand, while Serge Aurier, Eric Dier and Erik Lamela are all still out.

Huddersfield head coach Jan Siewert has intimated that he will again rotate his squad as he plans for next season. Isaac Mbenza is a doubt due to illness but Demeaco Duhaney and Laurent Depoitre are nearing full fitness.

Tottenham are unbeaten in seven top-flight matches against Huddersfield since a 2-1 home defeat in April 1956 (W4, D3). Huddersfield have lost all three Premier League meetings by an aggregate score of 8-0. Spurs could win their first four Premier League games against a particular opponent without conceding for just the second time, having also done it versus Cardiff.

Tottenham have lost four of their past six league fixtures, ending a five-match winless streak by beating Crystal Palace last time out. They have won both matches played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in all competitions and are yet to concede a goal at their new home. Spurs have lost four of their eight league matches following Champions League fixtures this campaign. They have won 14 and lost just two of their 16 league games against the sides currently in the bottom half of the table. Tottenham have scored 12 of their last 14 Premier League goals in the second half of games. They have conceded 14 of their 34 league goals, or 41%, in the last 15 minutes of their matches.

Brighton vs AFC Bournemouth
The American Express Community Stadium, East Sussex
Saturday, 13-04-2019 @5pm
Referee: Kevin Friend

Brighton winger Solly March could be involved against Bournemouth, having returned to training following a calf injury. Long-term absentee Pascal Gross is also training again but Saturday’s game is likely to come too soon.

Diego Rico is Bournemouth’s latest injury absentee with an ankle ligament problem. He joins the likes of fellow defenders Charlie Daniels, Simon Francis and Steve Cook on the sidelines.

Bournemouth are unbeaten in the past nine league meetings, winning five and drawing four. However, Brighton have lost only one of the last 14 home encounters (W7, D6).

Burnley vs Cardiff City
Turf Moor, Burnley
Saturday, 13-04-2019 @5pm
Referee: Mike Dean

Phil Bardsley missed Burnley’s last game after cutting his leg on a ping-pong table and is a major doubt for Saturday’s match. Peter Crouch remains absent after appendix surgery, while Aaron Lennon and Steven Defour are also still out.

Cardiff have no fresh injury concerns, with long-term absentees Sol Bamba and Callum Paterson again sidelined by knee and ankle injuries respectively. Reserve keeper Alex Smithies could make his return for the under-23s next week.

Nine of the last 13 meetings have been draws. Burnley’s win in the reverse fixture in September was their first in 14 matches against Cardiff. The Clarets haven’t lost a home game against Cardiff since May 1988, winning six and drawing eight since then.

Fulham vs Everton
Craven Cottage, London
Saturday, 13-07-2019 @5pm
Referee: Lee Probert

Fulham are set to make several changes after being relegated at Watford, with Andre Schurrle and Timothy Fosu-Mensah among those pushing for recalls. Alfie Mawson and Floyd Ayite are back in training but not yet available.

Everton manager Marco Silva is expected to keep faith with the same starting XI who secured a third successive league win last weekend. Michael Keane has recovered from illness, while Morgan Schneiderlin returns following an ankle injury.

Fulham are on a club record 10-game winless league run against Everton (D2, L8). Everton are unbeaten in five of the last six visits to Fulham (D2, W3), having lost their first seven Premier League trips to Craven Cottage.

Southampton vs Wolves
St. Mary’s Stadium, Hampshire
Saturday, 13-04-2019 @5pm
Referee: Jonathan Moss

Southampton have on-loan striker Danny Ings available once again after he was ineligible to play against parent club Liverpool last time out. Mario Lemina is still recovering from abdominal surgery, and Michael Obafemi is out for the rest of the season.

Wolves will recall goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who made way for John Ruddy in the FA Cup last weekend. Centre-back Ryan Bennett could also be restored to the starting line-up, with Romain Saiss preferred at Wembley.

Wolves are unbeaten in the past six meetings in all competitions, winning the last four. Saints are without a goal in five hours and 39 minutes against Wolves since Alex Pearce scored in a 2-1 home Championship defeat in November 2008.

Man United vs West Ham 
Old Trafford, Manchester
Saturday, 13-04-2019 @7:30pm
Referee: Graham Scott

Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are suspended for Manchester United, while Nemanja Matic is a doubt because of illness. Ander Herrera, Eric Bailly, Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia remain sidelined by injuries.

West Ham winger Michail Antonio returns after missing the defeat at Chelsea because of an ankle problem. Samir Nasri is absent with a calf injury sustained in the warm-up at Stamford Bridge. Jack Wilshere is fit again after an ankle injury but will play a second game for the under-23s before making a first-team return.

West Ham could claim a league double against Manchester United for the first time since the 2006-07 season. They have only lost two of the past eight league meetings (W2, D4). However, United are unbeaten in the last 10 meetings at Old Trafford, winning eight and drawing two.

United have lost four of their past five matches in all competitions. They could lose three consecutive league and cup fixtures for the first time since September 2016. The Red Devils have not kept a clean sheet for eight games in all competitions – their longest run since a 10-match sequence in 2012. They are unbeaten in 13 home league games (W8, D5), last losing at Old Trafford on 27 August against Tottenham. Romelu Lukaku has scored in five successive home appearances against West Ham in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace vs Man City
Selhurst Park, London
Sunday, 14-04-2019 @4:05pm
Referee: Martin Atkinson

Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins will miss the rest of the season after injuring his groin at Newcastle. Fellow centre-back Mamadou Sakho remains out with a knee problem but Max Meyer is available after sitting out the last game because of illness.

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva missed the defeat at Tottenham with a thigh strain and faces a fitness test. Oleksandr Zinchenko, who been absent for the last two games with a hamstring injury, will also be monitored. Left-back Benjamin Mendy may make his first league start since the Manchester derby five months ago, while Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane could be in line for recalls.

Manchester City are winless in their last two games against Crystal Palace, including a 3-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season. Prior to this they had claimed seven consecutive victories against Palace in all competitions. Palace could complete a top-flight double over City for the first time since the 1972-73 season. The Eagles have never recorded a top-flight double against the reigning champions.

Manchester City have won eight successive Premier League games, keeping a clean sheet in six of the last seven. City can equal their club league record by keeping a fourth consecutive clean sheet away from home. They have won eight of their last 10 top-flight matches in London (D1, L1), with their only defeat the 2-0 loss to Chelsea in December. Pep Guardiola has won 23 of 27 Premier League matches against English managers, with his only defeat coming against Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace in the reverse fixture earlier this season. Sergio Aguero is without a goal in all five of his previous appearances at Selhurst Park. Aguero is one short of becoming the second player to score at least 20 Premier League goals in six different seasons. Alan Shearer did so in seven separate campaigns.

Liverpool vs Chelsea
Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
Sunday, 14-04-2019 @6:30pm
Referee: Michael Oliver

Andy Robertson returns after missing Liverpool’s Champions League victory against Porto through suspension. The fit-again Joe Gomez is available, having been named on the bench in midweek, and Adam Lallana is set to be in contention despite a recent injury.

Chelsea made seven changes for their Europa League win against Slavia Prague and will recall a number of key players, including Eden Hazard. The Blues will assess left-back Emerson, who missed Thursday’s game. Callum Hudson-Odoi was left out of the squad for that fixture because of tiredness, and head coach Maurizio Sarri says he has not decided whether the winger will start at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool are winless in their past five league and cup games against Chelsea (D3, L2). The Blues are unbeaten in eight matches at Anfield in all competitions since a 4-1 defeat in May 2012 (W3, D5).

Liverpool have three wins and a draw from their four home games against the other sides in the top six this season. They have won four of their nine such league matches home and away. The Reds are also undefeated in their past 17 Premier League fixtures at Anfield against the other established top-six sides (W9, D8). They are unbeaten in their last 37 home league games (W27, D10), the joint-second longest such streak in Premier League history. Despite having the division’s best defensive record, they have come back to earn 16 points from losing positions – more than any other Premier League side this season. The Merseysiders have scored 21 Premier League goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season, the highest figure in the top flight (Chelsea are second with 19 goals).

Chelsea have recorded three consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since winning their first five top-flight matches under Maurizio Sarri. The Blues have lost their last five away league games against sides from the established top six, conceding a total of 14 goals. They have also lost five of their six away matches this season against sides currently in the top half of the table, with their only win coming at Watford on Boxing Day. Chelsea are the only club yet to have a player sent off in this season’s Premier League. Their most recent red card was shown to Tiemoue Bakayoko against Watford in February 2018. Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 28 Premier League goals this season (scoring 16 and assisting 12), more than any other player prior to the latest round of fixtures.

Watford vs Arsenal
Vicarage Road, London
Monday, 15-07-2019 @10pm
Referee: Craig Pawson 

*Details to follow shortly

Friday’s result:

Leicester City 0-1 Newcastle United

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