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Bullet point previews of this weekend’s Premier League matches



Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of the next round of Premier League fixtures from Oct. 29-30 (all times GMT):

Saturday, Oct. 29

Leicester City v Manchester City (1130)

* City have beaten Leicester in six of their last seven league meetings (L1).

* After just one win in their first 10 league games of the season, Leicester have recorded back-to-back wins over Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers to move out of the relegation zone.

* None of the last 13 league meetings between the two clubs has finished level, with Leicester winning four and City nine.


Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur (1400)

* Bournemouth have lost their last two Premier League games, after an unbeaten run of six games under caretaker manager Gary O’Neil since he took over from Scott Parker in late August.

* Tottenham have beaten Bournemouth seven times in the Premier League (D2 L1). The teams’ last top flight meeting at the Vitality Stadium in July 2020 ended in a goalless draw.

* Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke has been directly involved in five goals in 10 league games so far (two goals, three assists), one more than he’d registered in 32 games in his previous top-flight campaign in 2019-20 (three goals, one assist).

Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers (1400)


* Wolves have scored the fewest goals (5) in the Premier League season so far.

* Wolves have lost four of their five games against London sides this season (D1).

* Wolves won 2-1 when the teams last played in the league in January.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea (1400)

* Brighton have not beaten Chelsea in any of their 10 Premier League encounters (L6 D4).


* Four of the last five league matches between the two teams have ended in draws, with Chelsea winning one.

* Manager Graham Potter will take on former club Brighton for the first time since leaving to join Chelsea in September.

Crystal Palace v Southampton (1400)

* Southampton have won 14 of their 27 Premier League games against Palace (L6 D7).

* Southampton have kept the fewest clean sheets (1) in the Premier League season so far.


* The last nine league games between the pair have resulted in three Crystal Palace wins, three Southampton wins and three draws.

Newcastle United v Aston Villa (1400)

* Newcastle have won 23 of their 50 Premier League games against Villa (L11 D16).

* Newcastle are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games (W4 D3) and have conceded only four times in their unbeaten run.

* Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Newcastle, as many as he had in his previous 61 games in the competition combined.


Fulham v Everton (1630)

* Fulham have won two of their last three Premier League games against Everton.

* Everton are winless in their last six league games against promoted sides.

* Fulham boss Marco Silva will face Everton in the Premier League for the first time since leaving the club in 2019. He lost his two previous games against them before taking charge – 4-0 in March 2017 with Hull City and 3-2 with Watford in Nov. 2017.

Liverpool v Leeds United (1845)


* Liverpool have lost three of their 11 Premier League games in 2022-23, one more than they had lost in the whole of the 2021-22 campaign.

* Leeds have collected only nine points from their 11 games in the Premier League this season – their fewest at this stage of a league campaign since 2003-04 (8), when they were last relegated from the Premier League.

* Liverpool have won 17 of their 28 Premier League games against Leeds (D5 L6) and crushed the Yorkshire side 6-0 at Anfield last season.

Sunday, Oct. 30

Arsenal v Nottingham Forest (1300)


* Forest have only beaten Arsenal once in the Premier League (D3 L6) but won their most recent meeting in all competitions, knocking the north London side out of the FA Cup in January.

* The teams will play each other in the top flight for the first time since January 1999, when Arsenal won 1-0 at the City Ground.

* Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka has scored four goals in all competitions this season, one more than he’d registered in his previous three seasons combined.

Manchester United v West Ham United (1515)

* Manchester United are unbeaten in 13 of their last 14 home games in the Premier League.


* United have won 32 of their 52 Premier League meetings against West Ham (D13 L7).

* West Ham boss David Moyes has beaten former employers United only five times in 34 (D7 L22) career meetings, with his only away win at Old Trafford coming in September 2021 in the FA Cup third round.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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