Mesut Ozil is stuck in a creative rut, while Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata will be looking to continue their fine goalscoring runs against ...
Mesut Ozil is stuck in a creative rut, while Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata will be looking to continue their fine goalscoring runs against this weekend’s opponents.
Chelsea v Leicester - 12:30pm
Chelsea are without a win in their last two Premier League meetings with Leicester (W0 D1 L1), after winning the six before that.
Leicester have registered just one win in their 10 Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge (D3 L6), with that win coming in September 2000 via a 2-0 scoreline.
This will be Claudio Ranieri’s third top-flight clash with Chelsea, with each of those meetings coming against a different manager (2-1 v Mourinho, 1-1 v Hiddink and this game against Conte).
Cesc Fabregas has netted three goals in Chelsea last two meetings with Leicester in all competitions, including a brace in a 4-2 EFL Cup win for the Blues in September.
Leicester City have lost on just one of their last five top-flight trips to London (W3 D1 L1), this after losing 17 and drawing three of their previous 20.Leicester City have lost all three of their away league games this season.
The last reigning top-flight champions to lose their opening four away games of the season wereBlackburn in 1995-96 (also Liverpool in 1964-65 – 4, and Arsenal in 1953-54 – 4).
Jamie Vardy has averaged a goal every 281 minutes in the Premier League this season (two goals in seven games), a significant drop from 2015/16’s 131 mins per goal average (24 goals in 36 games).
Since he joined Chelsea in July 2014, only Sergio Aguero (55) and Harry Kane (48) have scored more Premier League goals than Diego Costa (38).
Eight of Chelsea’s last 13 top-flight games at Stamford Bridge have ended in a draw (W3 L2).Excluding penalties, Chelsea are one of just two sides yet to score a goal from a set-piece situation this season (also Sunderland).
Arsenal v Swansea - 3pm
Arsenal have enjoyed just one win in their last five Premier League meetings with Swansea, losing three and drawing one.
At the Emirates, Swansea are unbeaten on their last four visits in the Premier League winning three and drawing one.
Arsenal have averaged just 0.8 points per game at home to Swansea in the Premier League, their worst return on home soil against any side.
Conversely, the Swans’ average of 2.0 points per game away to Arsenal in the Premier League is the best return for any visiting side at the Emirates.
In each of Swansea’s last four league visits to the Emirates, the Welsh side have either won or drawn the game courtesy of goals scored in the 74th minute or later.
Bob Bradley is the first American manager to oversee a Premier League game.
Leroy Fer has scored four goals in his seven Premier League appearances this season, as many as in his previous 26 in the competition.
Arsenal have been trailing for just 52 minutes in the top-flight this season, fewer than any other side.
The Gunners have now kept four clean sheets in a row in all competitions; they last enjoyed a longer run without conceding in February 2009 (six consecutive shutouts).
Mesut Ozil has provided just one assist in his last 16 top-flight games, after registering 11 in the 16.
Man City v Everton - 3pm
Manchester City are unbeaten in their last six Premier League meetings with Everton (W4 D2), conceding just four goals in that period.
Everton have managed just one goal in their last four top-flight clashes with the Citizens, courtesy of a Steven Naismith effort in 1-1 draw in January 2015.
At the Etihad, City are unbeaten in their last five top-flight clashes with the Toffees (W3 D2), after losing each of the four before that.
This will be the first meeting between Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman as managers in league football.
However, they both played for Barcelona between 90/91 and 94/95, winning four La Liga titles and one European Cup.
Manchester City have shipped five goals in their last two games, having conceded six in the previous 10 matches under Guardiola.Guardiola last lost consecutive league games as a manager in May 2015 with Bayern Munich (a run of three defeats).
Romelu Lukaku has bagged five goals in his last four Premier League appearances after a run of 11 consecutive appearances in the competition without a goal.
Only once before in the Premier League have Everton accrued more points from their first seven games of a season (16 in 2004/05) than in this campaign (14)
The Toffees have picked up six points from losing positions in the top-flight this season, a joint- league-high along with rivals Liverpool.
West Brom v Tottenham - 3pm
West Brom have registered just one win in their last 13 Premier League meetings with Tottenham drawing seven and losing five.
At the Hawthorns, the Baggies are without a league win in their last six top-flight games against Spurs, drawing three and losing three.
45% of the Premier League clashes between these two sides have ended level (9/20); only Everton v Leicester (13/20, 65%) has seen a higher proportion of draws (min 20 games).
Danish schemer Christian Eriksen has scored on two of his three visits to the Hawthorns in the league, although he failed to find the back of the net last time out.
This season, Eriksen has mustered 18 shots in the Premier League without scoring a single goal, more than any other player yet to find the back of the net.
Son Heung-Min has been involved in eight goals in his last seven PL games (six goals, two assists).
Only in their title-winning 1960/61 campaign (21 pts, assuming 3 points for a win) did Spurs make a better start to a top-flight league season than in this campaign (17 pts from opening seven games).
Nacer Chadli has been involved in five of West Brom’s last six Premier League goals (three goals, two assists).
Indeed, Chadli has scored three goals in four Premier League games for the Baggies, as many as in his previous 30 with Tottenham in the competition.
West Brom have posted the lowest passing accuracy rate in the top-flight this season (68%), as well as attempting the fewest passes (2055).
Liverpool v Man Utd - 8pm
Liverpool have lost more Premier League matches (27) and also the most league matches (67) against Manchester United than versus any other opponent.
Liverpool have lost each of their last four Premier League clashes with Manchester United, their worst league losing streak against the Red Devils since March 2008 (five defeats).
Liverpool have lost their last two league meetings with Manchester United at Anfield; they last lost three home league games against United in January 2005.
This clash has seen 16 red cards shown in the Premier League; only Everton v Liverpool (21) has produced more dismissals.
Jurgen Klopp has lost just one of his five meetings with Jose Mourinho (W3 D1), with that defeat coming in 2013 via a 2-0 home win for Real Madrid v Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
Since Klopp was appointed as Liverpool manager in October 2015, they have scored more goals than any other Premier League team (73) and have the highest average possession figure (58.8%).
Juan Mata has had a hand in five goals in his last four appearances against Liverpool in the Premier League, scoring three and assisting two.
Only Steven Gerrard (8) has scored more goals in this Premier League fixture than Wayne Rooney (6 – level with Robbie Fowler).
Wayne Rooney currently has 87 Premier League away goals, the joint-most in the competition alongside Alan Shearer.
Manchester United had three points more at this stage last season under Louis Van Gaal (16) than they currently have after seven games of 2016-17 (13).
Zlatan Ibrahimovic hasn’t scored in three league appearances – his worst run in league competition since January 2015 (four in a row for PSG).
Marcus Rashford has scored 12 goals since his debut for Man Utd on 25th February 2016 (all comps) – four more than any other player for Manchester United in this period.
It’s also two more competitive goals than any player for Liverpool since his debut.