Everton vs Man United
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Saturday, 7-11-2020 @3:30pm
Ref: Paul Tierney
Both matches last season were 1-1 draws, with Everton scoring first on both occasions. United have won 36 Premier League games against Everton, a record for one club against a particular opponent. Their 16 Premier League victories at Goodison Park is the joint-most away wins by any club at a single stadium. United have also won 16 times at Villa Park. However, they have won only three of their past 12 Premier League away matches against Everton (D4, L5).
Everton welcome back playmaker James Rodriguez following a minor injury. Richarlison is suspended but Lucas Digne returns after a ban and Jordan Pickford should be back in goal after being dropped to the bench last Sunday.
Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof is a doubt with a bad back but Jesse Lingard could feature for the first time in the Premier League this season. Alex Telles is available after a period of self-isolation due to Covid-19. Anthony Martial, who scored for United in the Champions League in midweek, is available again after serving a three-match domestic ban. David De Gea is expected to return in goal after Dean Henderson played against Istanbul Basaksehir. Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are both still sidelined with injury.
After winning their first four matches of the season, Everton have failed to win any of their subsequent three (D1, L2). They have lost only one of their 15 Premier League home fixtures since sacking Marco Silva last December. Everton have gone seven Premier League home games without a clean sheet. They could concede multiple goals in five successive top-flight home matches for the first time since a club record run of seven in 1958. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored eight goals in his seven Premier League appearances this season. Carlo Ancelotti has lost only one of his five Premier League matches as a manager against Manchester United (W3, D1).
United could match their club record of seven successive Premier League away wins, set in 1993. Failure to beat Everton would leave United with their lowest points tally after seven matches of a top-flight season since 1989-90. United have led for just 43 minutes this season – only Burnley and Sheffield United have a worse record. Manchester United have conceded four penalties in their six Premier League games this season. They conceded just three all last season. Marcus Rashford has failed to score in all nine of his appearances against Everton in all competitions. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is winless in all four Premier League matches as a manager against Everton for Cardiff City and Manchester United (D2, L2).
Crystal Palace vs Leeds United
Selhurst Park, London
Saturday, 7-11-2020 @6pm
Ref: Chris Kavanagh
Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic begins a three-match suspension following his sending off at Wolves. Gary Cahill and Jordan Ayew are both available once again but James Tomkins has suffered a minor injury setback.
Leeds are assessing the fitness of winger Raphinha, who missed Monday’s loss to Leicester with an ankle issue. Rodrigo has been ruled out because of a positive test for coronavirus, while Kalvin Phillips and Diego Llorente remain on the sidelines through injury.
Crystal Palace have won only one of their past eight matches against Leeds in all competitions (D2, L5). However, Leeds are winless in their last four trips to Selhurst Park (D2, L2). This is their first Premier League meeting since Leeds won 2-0 away in January 1998.
Roy Hodgson’s side have won just one of their past seven home league fixtures (D2, L4). The Eagles have scored more than once in only one of their 12 Premier League matches at Selhurst Park in 2020. Palace have lost at least one home fixture against promoted opposition in each of the last five seasons. Crystal Palace have lost three of their past five league games (W1, D1), conceding at least twice in each defeat. A player has been sent off in each of their last three fixtures. Wilfried Zaha has scored five of Palace’s eight Premier League goals this season.
The Whites are looking to win three successive Premier League away games for the first time since August 2002. They have not conceded an away goal in three hours and two minutes. Leeds have won just one of their past 20 league matches in London (D6, L13). Marcelo Bielsa’s side have scored 13 league goals so far this season. The only promoted team to score more over the opening seven matches of a Premier League campaign are Nottingham Forest, with 14 in 1994-95. Patrick Bamford can become the first Leeds player to score in the opening four away games of a top-flight campaign.
Chelsea vs Sheffield United
Stamford Birdge, London
Saturday, 7-11-2020 @8:30pm
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Sheffield United could keep consecutive league clean sheets against Chelsea for the first time. With four wins from eight meetings, the Blades are one of four clubs to have won more Premier League matches against Chelsea than they have lost (D1, L3).
Christian Pulisic will be absent for Chelsea with a hamstring injury sustained in the warm-up against Burnley last weekend. Midfielder Kai Havertz is self-isolating after a positive test for Covid-19.
Injured Sheffield United pair John Fleck and Lys Mousset have stepped up their rehabilitation but won’t feature. The Blades will also be without loanee Ethan Ampadu, who is ineligible to face his parent club.
Chelsea are on a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions, winning five and drawing five. They have kept five consecutive clean sheets for the first time since September-October 2010. It is 12 years since they went six competitive games without conceding. Edouard Mendy is only the third goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in each of his first three Chelsea Premier League appearances. Timo Werner has been involved in four goals in his last three Premier League games, scoring three and setting up one.
Sheffield United are on an 11-match winless run in all competitions since a 3-0 home win over Chelsea on 11 July. The Blades could remain winless in their first eight league games for the first time since 1990-91. Only four clubs have had two points or fewer after eight matches of a Premier League season and gone on to avoid relegation. Billy Sharp is one shy of 100 league goals for Sheffield United. Manager Chris Wilder is one win away from his 100th in all competitions for the Blades.
West Ham United vs Fulham
London Stadium, London
Saturday, 7-11-2020 @11pm
Ref: Robert Jones
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble looks set to miss the visit of Fulham because of a rib injury. Forward Michail Antonio remains sidelined by a hamstring injury but Aaron Creswell should be available and Said Benrahma is in contention for his first start.
Fulham’s Mario Lemina has a minor injury and will be assessed, while Aboubakar Kamara is still suspended. The Cottagers otherwise have no fresh injury concerns.
West Ham are unbeaten in the past 10 home meetings, winning six and drawing four. Fulham haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 15 Premier League fixtures against the Hammers.
West Ham’s tally of 13 goals is their third highest after seven fixtures of a Premier League campaign. They can go three home league matches without defeat for the first time since a run of six from January to March 2019. The Hammers have kept just two clean sheets in their 13 Premier League home games since David Moyes took charge. Moyes has won 12 of his 13 Premier League home fixtures against Fulham. West Ham have won just one of their past 12 Premier League matches without Michail Antonio. Sebastien Haller has scored in each of his last three home starts in all competitions.
Fulham’s 2-0 win against West Brom last time out was their first Premier League victory since April 2019. They have won only one of their last 24 Premier League away matches (D3, L20). They are winless in their past 16 Premier League London derbies, losing all but one. Scott Parker made 109 Premier League appearances for West Ham between 2007-2011, scoring nine goals.
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