Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Preview of Wednesday's PL matches

What numbers say ahead of Wednesday's PL matches

Arsenal – Liverpool

Arsenal are winless in their last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D4 L5) since a 4-1 victory at the Emirates in April 2015.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four Premier League away games against Arsenal, though three of these have ended level (W1).

Arsenal have conceded 90 goals against Liverpool in the Premier League, more than they have versus any other side in the competition (1.6 per game). In their entire league history, the Gunners have only conceded more goals against Manchester United (305) than they have versus Liverpool (285).

Since Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge in December, Arsenal have dropped more points from winning positions than any other Premier League team (15).

Since the restart, Liverpool have failed to win three of their six Premier League matches (W3 D2 L1) – the Reds had only failed to win two of their previous 38 in the competition (W36 D1 L1).

Liverpool have won their last five Premier League games in London, including all four this season. They last won 100% of their top-flight games in the capital in a single season back in 1932-33, when Arsenal and Chelsea were the only London sides in the division.

Victory for Liverpool will be their 31st in the Premier League this season – their most ever in a single top-flight campaign in their history.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is unbeaten in his eight Premier League games against Arsenal (W5 D3), with the Reds netting 26 goals in those games. He’s only faced Everton (9) more often without defeat in the competition, while only against Watford (27) has his side scored more goals.

Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette has scored two goals in his last three Premier League appearances, as many as in his previous 14. However, his last two goals have come away from home, after a run of 10 consecutive Premier League goals at the Emirates.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been involved in eight goals in six Premier League games against Arsenal (6 goals, 2 assists), while teammate Roberto Firmino has been involved in 11 goals in nine Premier League games against the Gunners (8 goals, 3 assists).

Burnley – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Burnley won this exact fixture 2-0 last season, ending a run of nine top-flight home games without a win against Wolves (D4 L5). They last won consecutive top-flight home games against them in November 1963.

Wolves have won just one of their last seven league games against Burnley (D3 L3), beating them 1-0 at Molineux in the Premier League last season.

Burnley have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games (W7 D5), while they’re unbeaten in their last six at Turf Moor (W3 D3).

Wolves have lost just four away Premier League games this season (P17 W7 D6 L4), only champions Liverpool (2) have lost fewer matches on the road this campaign.

Burnley have won each of their last three midweek Premier League fixtures (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), having won just one of their previous 11 such games in the competition (D3 L7).

Wolves have kept eight clean sheets in their last 11 Premier League games, having kept just four shutouts in their opening 24 matches of this campaign.

Three of Burnley’s last four Premier League goals have come from free-kick situations – as many as in their previous 44 goals in the competition.

Jay Rodriguez has been involved in 80% of Burnley’s Premier League goals since the restart (4/5), with the striker scoring (3) or assisting (1) a goal in each of his last four appearances.

Wolves’ Raul Jiménez has scored eight match-winning goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other player. Indeed, Jiménez (16) is looking to become the first Wolves player to score 17 goals in a top-flight season since John Richards in 1975-76 (17).

Nick Pope has kept 14 clean sheets for Burnley this season – the last English goalkeeper to keep more shutouts in a single Premier League campaign was Joe Hart in 2015-16 (15).

Manchester City – Bournemouth

Man City have won all nine of their Premier League games against Bournemouth by an aggregate score of 28-4. It’s the best 100% record one opponent has against another in English top-flight history.

Bournemouth have lost all nine of their Premier League meetings with Man City – in English top-flight history, only one side has lost each of their first 10 games against an opponent (Wigan against Manchester United).

Bournemouth have conceded 28 goals against Manchester City in their nine Premier League meetings – only Nottingham Forest versus Blackburn (29 conceded) have shipped more in their first nine Premier League games against a specific opponent.

Manchester City have won their previous two Premier League matches by a 5-0 scoreline – on only three occasions in English top-flight history has a side won three consecutive games by a 5+ goal margin, most recently the Citizens back in September 2017 (also Chelsea in August 2010 and Aston Villa in April 1899).

Manchester City have won their last five home Premier League games without conceding a goal – they last won six such home matches in a row in the top-flight in March 1902.

Bournemouth have won just one of their last 14 away Premier League games (D1 L12), losing the last eight in a row. The Cherries haven’t lost nine in a row on the road in the Premier League since February 2019.

Bournemouth have picked up just two victories in their 12 Premier League games on a Wednesday (W2 D2 L8), losing each of their last four such matches in a row and shipping 14 goals in those defeats.

Bournemouth’s 4-1 victory against Leicester City last time out ended a nine-match winless run – they haven’t won consecutive Premier League games since February. However, they also became the first side in Premier League history to concede 60+ goals in five consecutive campaigns.

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has won his first seven Premier League matches against Bournemouth; only versus Malaga and West Ham (8 each) has he won his first eight league meetings against a single opponent in his managerial career.

Man City’s Raheem Sterling has scored in all but one of his eight Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, with the England star netting more league goals against the Cherries than he has any other side (9).

Newcastle United – Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle are looking to record their first Premier League double over Spurs since 2015-16, following their 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in August.

Tottenham have won four of their last five Premier League away games against Newcastle (L1), more than they had in their first 19 visits to St James’ Park in the competition (W3 D5 L11).

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to record three consecutive away wins in all competitions against Newcastle for the first time since January 1975.

Newcastle have lost just three of their 17 home games in the Premier League this season (W6 D8) – the last time they lost three or fewer home games in a Premier League campaign was in 2011-12 (three).

No Premier League team has won more games after conceding the first goal this season than Tottenham Hotspur (4), with their 2-1 win against Arsenal last time out the fourth such occasion this term.

Tottenham Hotspur have lost their last three away Premier League games on Wednesday, one more than they’d lost in their previous 13 such matches (W9 D2 L2).

In his Premier League career, Tottenham boss José Mourinho has managed more games without winning at St James’ Park than he has at any other stadium (7 – D3 L4). Indeed, he’s lost more games there than at any other away venue in the competition.

Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions under José Mourinho than any other player at the club in this period (9 goals, 8 assists).

Miguel Almirón has been directly involved in two goals in his last three Premier League home games (one goal and one assist), as many as in his first 19 league games at St. James’ Park combined.

Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle has scored three goals and assisted another in five Premier League appearances since the restart in June, after failing to score any in 12 top-flight games earlier this season (one assist).






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