Premier League: The exciting upcoming weekend

The exciting Premier League is back and the teams are set to face their toughest challenge.

Table toppers Liverpool who suffered their first Premier League loss at Manchester City on Thursday will hope to revive back as they visit Brighton & Hove Albion.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will encounter the toughest test as they travel to face Tottenham Hotspur in Week 22 of the Premier League.

Newcastle United’s Rafael Benitez takes his side to Stamford Bridge and Ralph Hasenhuttl will hope to build on last week’s point at Chelsea in Southampton’s trip to Leicester City.

Let’s take a look at the upcoming matches this weekend.

1. West Ham United vs Arsenal

West Ham have defeated Arsenal only once in their last 21 league meetings, a 2-0 win in August 2015.

Arsenal have lost only two of their last 19 league matches.No team has kept a clean sheet at home against Arsenal in the league this season. Following defeats by Manchester City and Chelsea, Unai Emery won his first Premier League game as Arsenal boss at West Ham in August.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the league’s joint-leading goalscorer with 14, equal with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, scoring six times in London derbies.

Match Day: 12 JanuaryMatch

Time: 6 pm IST

2. Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool

Brighton have never won a home game against Liverpool in the top flight. Liverpool are the most disciplined team in the league with only 20 yellow cards.

Liverpool lead the league in scoring the most goals from counter-attacks (5).Brighton have lost nine times in the league this season while Liverpool lost their first game to Manchester City last week. Mohamed Salah has two goals and three assists against Brighton in three league appearances. He scored in the 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in August.

Match Day: 12 JanuaryMatch

Time: 8.30 pm IST

3. Burnley vs Fulham

Burnley have not lost to Fulham in their last 26 league matches at home since a 2-0 defeat in April 1951.

Fulham are yet to win an away game in the league this season (L9 D2). Fulham have had five goal scorers in the league this season, the fewest among all 20 teams, with Aleksandar Mitrovic leading the way with eight goals.Burnley have had the least number of shots on goal in the league this season (194).Burnley, who are 16th, are nine places and 16 points worse off in the table than they were at the same stage last season.

Match Day: 12 January

Match Time: 8:30 pm IST

5. Crystal Palace vs Watford

Watford, who won the reverse fixture 2-1 in August, have not accomplished a league double over Crystal Palace since the 2001-02 season.

Crystal Palace have not scored in seven home games this season, winning twice in 10 games.Watford, who won only 14 points in 19 away games last season, have 13 points from 10 away games this season. Roberto Pereyra, Watford’s leading goalscorer in the league this season (six goals), has scored one goal in his last 11 league matches. Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic leads the league with most goals from the penalty spot (five goals).

Match Day: 12 January

Match Time: 8.30 pm IST

6. Leicester City vs Southampton

Southampton players have seen 45 yellow cards dished out this season, the highest in the league so far.

Leicester City have come from behind to win 12 points this season. Southampton have lost 14 points from winning positions this season.Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has four goals and an assist in his last seven league games. Southampton have not scored a league goal in their last four trips to Leicester.

Match Day: 12 January

Match Time: 8.30 pm IST

7. Chelsea vs Newcastle

Chelsea have won 22 points from 11 games at home this season (W6 D4), losing once to Leicester City.

Newcastle have lost 16 times and drawn six games at Chelsea in the Premier League era, winning once in May 2012 and losing the last five. Chelsea have conceded eight goals at Stamford Bridge and have the second best defensive record at home after Liverpool (three goals). Olivier Giroud has scored eight Premier League goals against Newcastle but has failed to find the net in his last five appearances against them.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been involved in 19 league goals (10 goals and nine assists). Only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been involved in more (20 goals).

Match Day: 12 January

Match Time: 11 pm IST

8. Everton vs Bournemouth

Everton have won all three of their Premier League home matches against Bournemouth, scoring 10 goals.

Marco Silva’s Everton have lost four of their last five league matches, as many as they had in their first 16 games this season. Everton are looking to avoid three consecutive league defeats at home for the first time since March 2016. Callum Wilson has netted nine Premier League goals for Bournemouth this season, making it his best scoring season in the top division.Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser has nine assists in the Premier League this season, the joint-highest tally in the competition alongside Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Match Day: 13 January

Match Time: 7.45 pm IST

9. Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Spurs are looking to win three consecutive top-flight wins over United for the first time since Sept. 1960.

United are winless in five matches against their top-six rivals this season, recording two draws and three defeats. The victory would see caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer equal Matt Busby’s record of a United manager winning their first five league games in charge of the club.Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League starts.Marcus Rashford has been involved in nine goals in his last eight Premier League games for United, contributing four goals and five assists.

Match Day: 13 January

Match Time: 10 pm IST

10. Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

City have won five of their last six home top-flight meetings with Wolves, since a defeat in Dec. 1979.

Pep Guardiola’s City have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last six Premier League home games.If David Silva plays it will be his 267th Premier League appearance – more than any other City player in the competition’s history.

Wolves have won nine points from their seven games against the ‘top six’ sides this season, more than any other team outside of those six clubs.City striker Sergio Aguero has been involved in 12 home goals in the Premier League this season, recording eight goals and four assists.

Match Day: 15 January

Match Time: 1.30 am IST

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