Brighton and Hove Albion vs Newcastle United
The American Express Community Stadium, East Sussex
Monday, 20-07-2020 @8pm
Ref: Simon Hooper
Brighton are unbeaten in all five Premier League meetings (W2, D3). The only side they have faced more often without losing is West Ham (six Premier League games). Newcastle have won just one of their past seven away matches against Brighton in all competitions (D2, L4).
Brighton will monitor defender Adam Webster, who injured his hip in the 1-1 draw with Southampton. Alireza Jahanbakhsh should be back in contention, but Steven Alzate and Jose Izquierdo remain sidelined.
Newcastle are set to be without eight players including Fabian Schar, who dislocated his shoulder against Tottenham. The Magpies will assess winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who suffered a calf problem in Wednesday’s game. Left-back Danny Rose returns to the squad after being ineligible against his parent club Tottenham in midweek.
Graham Potter’s side have won just two of their past 16 league fixtures (D8, L6). Brighton have suffered three straight home league defeats, conceding at least three goals in each match and scoring just once. In their previous 41 Premier League games, they conceded three or more goals on just three occasions. The Seagulls have scored more than once in just one of their past 11 league matches – last month’s 2-1 win against Arsenal. They have won one of 20 league games this season after conceding the opening goal (D6, L13).
The Magpies could lose four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since a similar sequence in April and May 2018. Steve Bruce’s side have won two of their past 10 away league games. Both of those victories have come on the south coast, at Southampton and Bournemouth. Newcastle have won their final away fixture in just two of their 24 Premier League seasons (D9, L13), although that includes last season’s 4-0 victory at Fulham. Allan Saint-Maximin has completed 116 dribbles in the top flight this season, the most by a Frenchman in a Premier League campaign since David Ginola’s 131 in 1999-00.
Sheffield United vs Everton
Bramell Lane, Sheffield
Monday, 20-07-2020 @8pm
Ref: Scot Attwell
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Fabian Delph, Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina will miss the team’s final two games of the season. Defender Jarrad Branthwaite is in line to make his first Premier League start.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder may make changes after expressing disappointment at his side’s display in their defeat by Leicester on Wednesday. Midfielder John Fleck could start after making his return from injury off the bench in that game.
Sheffield United ended a run of five games without a win against Everton in all competitions with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park in September. The Toffees’ most recent away victory at Bramall Lane was in a League Cup second-round tie back in August 1977, while they haven’t won away against the Blades in a league match since October 1972.
Sheffield United need three points from their final two matches to become only the fourth promoted team to finish a 38-match Premier League campaign on 57 points or more, joining Ipswich Town (66 in 2000-01), Sunderland (58 in 1999-00) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (57 in 2018-19). They are aiming to win five successive top-flight home matches for the first time since a run of six from January to March 1991 when current manager Chris Wilder was playing for the club. They have won 10 of their 18 Premier League home matches this campaign – their best top-flight return at Bramall Lane since winning 12 in 1974-75. Dean Henderson is looking to become the first goalkeeper to record 14 clean sheets for a promoted top-flight side since Swansea’s Michel Vorm in 2011-12. Only Edwin van der Sar, with Fulham in 2001-02, has ever kept 15 clean sheets for a promoted club in a 38-game Premier League season.
Everton have taken just 10 points from their last 10 matches. The Toffees have not won their final away league game of the season since May 2015 against West Ham. They have only earned one point in their nine away fixtures this season against teams currently in the top half of the table. The last time Everton lost more than 11 away games in a Premier League season was in 2000-01 when they were beaten 13 times. Carlo Ancelotti has never lost a Premier League game against a newly promoted side in 14 attempts, which is the best record of any manager in the competition’s history.
Wolves vs Crystal Palace
Molinuex Stadium, West Midlands
Monday, 20-07-2020 @10:15pm
Ref: Peter Bankes
Crystal Palace have lost only one of the past seven meetings with Wolves in league and cup (W4, D2). The Eagles could earn three successive league victories against Wolves at Molineux for the first time. All five Premier League goals in this fixture have come in the second half.
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo may again rotate his squad in the wake of Wednesday’s draw at Burnley. Leander Dendoncker, Jonny and Pedro Neto are among the players hoping to earn recalls.
Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt is set for a lengthy spell out with a dislocated shoulder. Gary Cahill and James Tomkins remain sidelined, while Christian Benteke is banned and Luka Milivojevic could miss out with a knee problem.
Wolves have taken just four points from as many games. They have suffered only two defeats in 19 games against sides currently in the bottom half of the table (W11, D6). Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have recovered a league-high 21 points from losing positions and dropped just four points from winning positions. Excluding own goals, Wolves are the only team in the Premier League yet to have an English scorer this term. Thirty six of Wolves’ 49 league goals have been scored in the second half of matches. This will be Wolves’ 56th game in all competitions this season, yet they have used a league-low 20 players. Raul Jimenez has 26 goals in all competitions this season, including 17 in the Premier League. The last player to score more in a season for the club was Steve Bull in the 1990-91 season, with 27 goals.
Crystal Palace have lost six league matches in a row, failing to score in five of those fixtures. It is Roy Hodgson’s longest losing streak in the Premier League. The Eagles have suffered three straight away league defeats by an aggregate score of 0-9. Palace have scored just 30 league goals, three fewer than their lowest tally in any season. They have scored first-half goals in just nine of their 36 league matches.
The Premier League upcoming games
-Watford vs Man City @8pm
-Aston Villa vs Arsenal @10:15pm
-Man United vs West Ham United @8pm
-Liverpool vs Chelsea @10:15pm
-West Ham United 3-1 Watford
-Norwich City 0-2 Burnley
-AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Southampton
-Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Leicester City