Watford – Liverpool
With the exception of a 1-0 defeat in August 1999, Liverpool has won 12 of their 13 home league meetings against Watford. They’ve won the previous six games in a straight at Anfield by an aggregate score of 22-1.
Watford has only collected four points from their past 30 Premier League matches against Liverpool (W1 D1 L8), drawing 3-3 in August 2017 and winning 3-0 in February 2020. (both at Vicarage Road).
Liverpool has won their previous nine Premier League home games, scoring 27 goals and allowing just two. Since a 1-0 defeat to Fulham in March 2021, the Reds have gone unbeaten in their past 18 league games at Anfield (W14 D4).
Liverpool have won their past nine Premier League games, and a win here would make them the second team in the tournament to have five streaks of 10+ straight victories, following Manchester City. It would also be Liverpool’s third such run in the Premier League under Jürgen Klopp, with only Pep Guardiola (4) guiding his team to ten or more straight victories more times in the tournament.
Under Roy Hodgson, Watford have won eight points from their six Premier League away games (W2 D2 L2), the same number as they had from their previous 17 on the road in the league (W2 D2 L13). The Hornets triumphed 2-1 at Southampton last time out, but they haven’t won three straight away top-flight games since September 2017.
Watford have employed the joint-second most different players in the Premier League this season (30), yet they have had less different goal scorers than any other team this season (7). Meanwhile, Liverpool has seen a league-high 17 different players score this season (excluding own goals).
This will be the 19th occasion in the tournament that a manager who has previously managed Liverpool in the Premier League will play them at Anfield. Only one of the prior situations resulted in a win (D3 L14), which came in April 2012 for current Watford manager Roy Hodgson when at West Brom.
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool has been personally involved in 11 goals in seven Premier League appearances versus Watford, scoring nine and assisting on two. The Egyptian averages a goal or assist per 57 minutes against the Hornets, the fourth greatest ratio in Premier League history (minimum 600 minutes against that opponent).
No player has scored the opening goal in more Premier League games this season than Liverpool’s Sadio Mané (6), while teammate Mohamed Salah has scored the competition’s joint-most winning goals this season (6).
Cucho Hernández of Watford has been personally involved in four goals in his previous three Premier League outings (3 goals, 1 assist), which is more than he accomplished in his first 19 games in the league (2 goals, 1 assist).
Norwich City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton have won two and drawn one of their three Premier League games with Norwich, keeping a clean sheet in all three.
Norwich have lost their past two league away games against Brighton, falling 5-0 in October 2016 and 2-0 in November 2019. Between 2002 and 2015, the Canaries had won all four of their prior trips to the Seagulls.
In 14 tries, Brighton have never won a Premier League game in April (D7 L7). Only Hull City (16 in May) have played more games in a single month without ever winning in the history of the tournament.
Norwich City are on a six-game Premier League losing skid for the third time this season. Only twice in Premier League history have the Canaries lost more consecutive games in a single season: seven in April/May 1995 and ten between March and July 2020.
Brighton have lost their previous six Premier League games, scoring just one goal during that time. The Seagulls haven’t lost seven consecutive league games since a 12-game losing streak in the second division between August and October 2002.
Both Brighton and Norwich have lost their past six Premier League games; this will be the third Premier League match between two teams on six-game losing streaks, after Sunderland 1-2 West Bromwich Albion (April 2003) and Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham (April 2004). (October 2020).
Brighton have scored 26 Premier League goals this season, but have an anticipated goals value of 38 – the competition’s worst negative discrepancy between goals scored and xG this season (-12).
Norwich had the lowest anticipated goals total (27), lowest shots-per-game rate (9.8), and lowest shot conversion rate (6.3 percent) in the Premier League this season, in addition to scoring the fewest goals (18) in the league.
This season, Norwich has surrendered a league-high 16 Premier League goals in the closing 15 minutes of games. Meanwhile, 38 percent of Brighton’s Premier League goals this season (10/26), the biggest proportion in the league, have occurred within this era.
Neal Maupay has 26 Premier League goals for Brighton – one more goal and he will become the Seagulls’ all-time leading scorer in the tournament (currently level with Glenn Murray). The Frenchman’s previous two league goals were against promoted teams, against Brentford in December and Watford in February.
Manchester City vs. Burnley
Burnley have collected only one point from their remaining 33 potential points against Manchester City after gaining five points from their first 12 available points against them in the Premier League (W1 D2 L1) (D1 L10).
Manchester City has a 32-1 record in their past nine matches with Burnley in all competitions. The Citizens have six streaks of 10 or more consecutive wins against an opponent, with the most recent game in five of them happening during Pep Guardiola’s tenure as manager.
Manchester City have won 24 of their past 26 Premier League games against relegation-threatened teams, with the exceptions being a 3-2 defeat at Norwich in September 2019 and a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion in December 2020.
Burnley has lost its previous three Premier League games by an aggregate score of 8-0, despite being tied at halftime in all three. They last went four league games without scoring a single goal in May of 2015.
Manchester City’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace last week was the club’s fourth in the Premier League this season. The last time the Citizens failed to score in more league games in a single season was in 2016-17. (5).
Manchester City is the only team in the Premier League this season that has not dropped a single point from a winning position, having won all 22 games in which they have led. No team has ever gone a complete Premier League season without conceding points while they were leading.
This season, Manchester City has had 685 open play sequences of 10+ passes in the Premier League, at least 187 more than any other team. Meanwhile, Burnley is the only team that has yet to hit triple digits for such sequences this season (66).
Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City has scored more Premier League goals against Burnley than against any other team in the division (8). However, just one of his eight goals in the competition versus the Clarets has occurred at Turf Moor.
Dwight McNeil of Burnley has had more shots without scoring this season than any other player in the Premier League (34).
Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 29 goals in 36 appearances for Manchester City this season in all competitions (22 goals, 7 assists). It is his joint-best return for goal involvements in a single season in English football, with 29 in Leicester City’s title-winning season of 2015-16. (18 goals, 11 assists).
Chelsea against Brentford
Since a 3-1 home setback in February 1939, Chelsea have gone unbeaten in their past eight encounters with Brentford in all competitions (W7 D1).
Brentford’s first visit to Stamford Bridge since a 4-0 loss in the fourth round of the 2016-17 FA Cup. This will be the Bees’ first away league encounter versus the Blues since a 3-2 loss in November 1946.
Chelsea has won six of its seven Premier League London derbies this season, with the exception of a 3-2 defeat against West Ham. This loss accounted for all of the Blues’ goals surrendered in London derby meetings this season.
Chelsea has won their previous five Premier League games, and they last won five in a row between September and November of this year (6).
Brentford is averaging 1.3 points per game in the Premier League against teams in the bottom half of the standings (W6 D4 L7), compared to 0.4 against teams in the top half (W6 D4 L7) (W1 D2 L9). This does not include their opening-day triumph against Arsenal.
After keeping two clean sheets and allowing just one goal in their first three Premier League away games, Brentford has now surrendered in each of their past 12 away games – the longest current run without an away clean sheet in the division.
Chelsea has scored the most goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season (8), while Brentford has surrendered the most goals from distance this season (10).
Chelsea had the greatest shooting conversion percentage (14.4 percent) in the Premier League this season, scoring 57 goals from 397 total attempts. The Blues also have the greatest discrepancy between goals achieved (57) and projected goals (49.9), scoring around seven goals more than their xG implies.
Kai Havertz has scored four goals in his past three Premier League games for Chelsea, equaling his previous 21-game total. The German is aiming to score in four consecutive league games for the first time since a five-game streak with Bayer Leverkusen from April to August of this year.
Thiago Silva, a Chelsea defender, has scored three Premier League goals this season, all of which have come in London derbies. Indeed, he has been the Blues’ leading scorer in such games this season.
Southampton against Leeds United
Leeds have only lost one of their 13 Premier League home games against Southampton (W7 D5), falling 1-0 to the Saints in February 1998 on a David Hirst goal.
Southampton are attempting to complete the league double against Leeds for the first time in the top level since the 1981-82 season, when they won 4-0 at home and 3-1 away.
Leeds have won their previous two league games, both by a 90th-minute goal, after a run of seven losses in eight league games (D1). Leeds have now won three successive Premier League games courtesy to a 90th-minute winner, but no team has ever done it in three consecutive games.
Southampton has lost their past three Premier League games after winning only two of their previous 13. (W5 D6). They last lost three games in a row in January/February 2021. (6).
Leeds have lost seven of their 15 Premier League home games this season, the most in a single season since 1995-96 (8) and 2002-03 (9) at Elland Road.
Leeds have surrendered at least once in each of their previous 16 Premier League games, the competition’s longest current streak without a clean sheet. It is the Whites’ longest streak without a league shutout since a 17-game streak from October 2004 to January 2005.
Leeds have surrendered more goals this season than any other Premier League team (67), while having an anticipated goals against score of 59.8. The Whites have surrendered around seven goals more than their xG against indicates, the largest such discrepancy in the Premier League this season.
Armando Broja scored the game-winning goal for Southampton against Leeds earlier this season. Paul Rideout was the last Southampton player to score both at home and away against Leeds in the same league season, in 1990-91.
Rodrigo Moreno of Leeds has scored in each of his previous two Premier League games, putting the club up 1-0 against Norwich and tying the game against Wolves. He hasn’t scored in five consecutive league games since March/April 2018, when he was at Valencia.
Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has produced more opportunities from set plays than any other player in the Premier League this season (36), with just Trent Alexander-Arnold (77) and Bruno Fernandes (76) creating more (57).
Aston Villa vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves have won three of their past five Premier League games against Aston Villa (D1 L1), which is the same number of victories as they had in their previous 26 top-flight matches with the Villans (W3 D9 L14).
Aston Villa won this match 1-0 previous season, and they last won consecutive road games against Wolves in January 2012.
Wolves might become the sixth team this season to win both of their Premier League games with Aston Villa, after Arsenal, Chelsea, Watford, and West Ham. Only Norwich (5) and Watford (5) have had more teams do the double over them this season than Aston Villa (4) entering this weekend’s fixtures.
Wolves have lost four of their past six Premier League games (W2), which is the same number as they had in their previous 19 games (W11 D4). Wolves have also surrendered eight goals in these six games, which is the same number as they had in their previous 14.
Aston Villa have already lost three straight Premier League games for the third time under Steven Gerrard, although they have failed to lose three in a row since he arrived in November. With the exception of a 3-1 home loss to Chelsea, seven of the Villans’ eight league losses under Gerrard have been by a single goal.
Wolves have lost more games due to 90th-minute winning goals than any other team since their return to the Premier League in 2018. (8). Three of such losses have come this season, with only Watford losing more such games in a single Premier League season in 2017-18 (4).
Wolves have surrendered only 6.9 percent of their shots faced in the Premier League this season (26 goals from 377 shots), the division’s lowest figure.
Danny Ings of Aston Villa has scored in his previous two Premier League games against Wolves, but both times he has come up short. Only three players – Matt Le Tissier vs. Oldham Athletic (1993-1994), Rod Wallace vs. Norwich City (1993-1994), and Ashley Barnes vs. Arsenal – have ever scored in three straight Premier League games against an opponent and lost each time (2018-2019).
Only two players under the age of 21 have scored more Premier League goals for Aston Villa this season than 20-year-old Jacob Ramsey – Luke Moore in 2005-06 (8) and Gabriel Agbonlahor in 2006-07.
Rben Neves of Wolves and Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa have both been booked nine times in the Premier League this season, with no other player earning more yellow cards. Meanwhile, Wolves’ Ral Jiménez and Villa’s Ezra Konsa are the only players in the Premier League to have been sent off more than once this season.
Leicester City vs. Manchester United
Manchester United has lost three of their last three meetings with Leicester in all competitions, the same number of losses as they had in their previous 36 meetings with them. They’ve never lost four in a row against the Foxes before.
Leicester won this exact fixture 2-1 last season – they’ve never won consecutive away league games against Manchester United before.
Following their 4-2 win against Manchester United in the reverse fixture, Leicester are looking to complete just their second top-flight double over the Red Devils, previously doing so in 1973-74.
Manchester United have lost two of their last three games in all competitions (W1), having lost just one of their previous 20 following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure from the club (W10 D9).
Leicester City have lost five of their last six Premier League away games (W1), as many as they had in their previous 26 on the road since the start of last season (W13 D8).
Leicester have won three of their last four Premier League games (L1), as many as they had in their previous 14. However, the Foxes are winless in six against sides above them in the table (D2 L4), since beating Liverpool 1-0 in December.
Manchester United have scored a league-high 10 goals via substitutes this season, with Marcus Rashford netting a league-high four of these goals. Meanwhile, no side has conceded more goals to substitutes this season than Leicester City (7).
At least one English player has scored for Manchester United in each of their last seven Premier League games against Leicester. Only against Wimbledon have they had a longer run with an English player scoring each time (9 between March 1995 and April 1999, excluding own goals).
Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 12 Premier League goals this season – in the competition’s history, only Gianfranco Zola has scored more in a single campaign aged 36 or over (14 in 2002-03).
James Maddison has both scored (13) and been directly involved in (20) more goals in all competitions than any other Leicester player this season. In his career in English football, only in 2017-18 with Norwich (15 goals, 11 assists) has Maddison been involved in more goals in a single campaign.
West Ham United – Everton
Following their 1-0 win at Goodison Park in October, West Ham are looking to complete their first league double over Everton since the 1972-73 campaign.
Everton have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League away games against West Ham (W8 D4), going down 3-1 in May 2018. Indeed, the Toffees have won more Premier League away games against the Hammers than they have at any other side (12).
West Ham have lost two of their last three Premier League games (W1), as many as they had in their previous nine. However, at home the Hammers are looking to secure three consecutive league wins for the first time in over a year (March 2021).
Everton have won fewer away points than any other side in the Premier League this season (6). The Toffees are currently without a win in 11 away league games (D2 L9), their longest such run without a win since a run of 16 between February and December 2017.
Everton are winless in nine Premier League games played on a Sunday, losing eight of those (D1). Away from home, the Toffees have won just four of their last 36 league games on Sundays (D6 L26), though all of those victories have been against London clubs (QPR, Tottenham, Fulham and West Ham).
West Ham have scored 49 goals in their 30 Premier League games this season, their most at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1983-84 (also 49). The Hammers’ next goal will see them net 50+ goals in consecutive top-flight seasons for the first time since doing so in six straight campaigns between 1981-82 and 1986-87.
Everton have lost their last five away games in all competitions, last losing six in a row in March 2018. They’ve lost their last two by 5-0 and 4-0 scorelines – they’ve never lost three consecutively on the road by 4+ goals before.
? West Ham have won a league-high 13 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, also winning a league-high four games from behind this term. The Hammers’ haven’t won five Premier League games from behind in a single campaign since 2005-06.
No side has scored either a lower total (8) or share (28 percent – 8/29) of their Premier League goals in the first half of games this season than Everton. Indeed, the Toffees haven’t scored in the opening 45 minutes in 11 of their last 13 Premier League games.
Andriy Yarmolenko has scored two goals in his last three games for West Ham in all competitions, as many as he had in his previous 38 appearances. Eight of his last nine appearances for the Hammers have been as a substitute, with both of his recent goals coming from the bench.
Tottenham Hotspur – Newcastle United
Tottenham have won just two of their last seven Premier League home games against Newcastle (D1 L4), and haven’t scored more than once in any of these seven meetings.
Since their return to the Premier League in 2017, Newcastle have won just one of their nine league meetings with Tottenham (D2 L6), though that victory did come away from home in August 2019 (1-0).
Tottenham have won four of their last five Premier League games (L1), having lost four of their five before that (W1). Spurs have scored at least twice in all five of these games, last doing so in more consecutive league matches between February and April 2017 (7).
Following a nine-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, Newcastle have now lost their last two. Both of these defeats have been by a 1-0 scoreline, with the winning goals being scored in the 89th and 90th minute respectively.
Newcastle haven’t conceded more than once in any of their last 11 Premier League games, shipping eight goals in that time. Only twice have they had a longer such run in the competition – 18 games between November 2003-March 2004, and 12 games between March and August 1997.
Tottenham have benefitted from six own goals in the Premier League this season, at least three times as many as any other side. Only two teams have ever benefitted from more in a single campaign – Swansea City in 2013-14 (8) and Manchester United in 2009-10 (10).
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been directly involved in seven goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Newcastle, scoring five and assisting two. Overall, he’s scored seven times against the Magpies in the competition, though just one of these goals has come at home.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Overall, he’s the highest scoring player in home games in the Premier League this season (10), with this the first campaign he’s ever reached double figures for home goals.
Son Heung-min’s goals and assists have been worth 16 points to Tottenham in the Premier League this season, more valuable than any other player for their club so far this term.
Harry Kane has provided 20 assists for Tottenham teammate Son Heung-min in the Premier League, accounting for over half of his 39 assists in total in the competition. Only Frank Lampard (24 for Didier Drogba) and David Silva (21 for Sergio Agüero) have ever assisted a teammate more in the competition.
MONDAY 4 APRIL
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Crystal Palace have won just one of their last nine Premier League games against Arsenal (D5 L3), with five of the last seven meetings between the sides ending level (W1 L1).
Arsenal have lost just one of their last 16 away league games against Crystal Palace (W8 D7), though that defeat did come in a Monday night game back in April 2017 (0-3).
Crystal Palace have won just one of their last 15 Premier League games on a Monday (D6 L8), winning 2-1 at Brighton in February 2021. The Eagles have drawn all three of their Monday games this season, including the reverse fixture against Arsenal in October (2-2).
Arsenal lost their last Monday league match 2-1 at Everton. The Gunners haven’t lost consecutive Premier League games on a Monday since 2010 (vs Blackburn in May and Man Utd in December), while they last did so in the same season in 1995-96 (vs Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday).
Crystal Palace have won just one of their last 17 Premier League London derby matches (D8 L8), beating Tottenham 3-0 in September this season. The Eagles have never beaten both Arsenal and Spurs within the same league campaign before.
After losing their first two London derby matches this season, Arsenal are unbeaten in their last four in the Premier League (W3 D1). The Gunners are looking to win three consecutive London derbies in the league for the first time since March 2015.
So far in 2022, Crystal Palace have failed to win any of their five Premier League home games (D2 L3), while in the FA Cup the Eagles have won all three at Selhurst Park by an aggregate score of 8-1. Only Watford (8) and Brighton (6) are on longer winless home runs in the Premier League than Palace.
Arsenal have won each of their last five Premier League away games. They last won more consecutively on the road between March and September 2013 (8), while they last did so within the same season between January and May 2002 (also 8).
Michael Olise has provided eight assists in all competitions for Crystal Palace this season. Since their return to the Premier League in 2013, only Wilfried Zaha has ever provided more in a single campaign for the Eagles (9 in 2016-17).
21-year-old Emile Smith Rowe and 20-year-old Bukayo Saka are Arsenal’s leading scorers in the Premier League this season with nine goals each. Only twice has a club had two players reach double figures while aged 21 or younger in a single Premier League campaign – Leeds in 1999-00 (Harry Kewell and Michael Bridges), and Manchester United in 2006-07 (Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo).