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Bullet point previews of Premier League matches



Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of the next round of Premier League fixtures from May 20-May 22 (all times GMT):

Saturday, May 20

Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford (1130)

* Spurs have not lost to Brentford since 1948 when both teams were in the second division.

* Brentford are unbeaten in their last eight London derbies in the league.


* Spurs striker Harry Kane has scored in 24 league games this season and needs to score in one more to set the record for most matches scored in for a 38-game season.

Bournemouth v Manchester United (1400)

* Bournemouth have beaten United only twice in the league (D1 L8).

* United forward Marcus Rashford has scored 16 Premier League goals this season, one goal shy of his best tally in a single campaign (17 in 2019-20).

* Bournemouth have conceded a league-high 27 league goals from set-pieces this season while they are the only team yet to score from a penalty or direct free kick.


Fulham v Crystal Palace (1400)

* Fulham are looking to complete a first Premier League double over Palace after winning 3-0 at Selhurst Park this season.

* Fulham are winless in their last five London derbies.

* Crystal Palace’s top scorer this season is midfielder Eberechi Eze, who has scored 10 times. Six goals came in his last seven appearances.

Liverpool v Aston Villa (1400)


* Liverpool have won nine of their last 10 Premier League games against Villa but their last loss was the 7-2 defeat in October 2020.

* Since Unai Emery took charge of Villa, they have won 45 points to move up to eighth. Only Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have won more points.

* Liverpool have won their last seven matches to move up to fifth in a late push for Champions League qualification. They sit one point behind Newcastle United and Manchester United who both have a game in hand.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton (1400)

* Wolves have won their last four home games, keeping a clean sheet in wins over Chelsea, Brentford, Palace and Villa.


* Wolves have scored the fewest goals in the Premier League this season (30).

* Everton boss Sean Dyche has not lost against Wolves in his last six meetings (W3 D3).

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal (1630)

* Arsenal are looking to win five Premier League matches in a row against Forest. They won the reverse fixture 5-0 at Emirates Stadium.

* Forest have beaten Arsenal at home in their last two meetings in FA Cup ties in 2018 and 2022.


* Arsenal have lost only three away games this season and the only time they failed to score was in a 1-0 defeat by Everton.

Sunday, May 21

West Ham United v Leeds United (1230)

* West Ham have not lost their final home league game since 2016-17 (W3 D2).

* Leeds, 18th, have not kept a clean sheet since beating Southampton 1-0 in February, a run of 13 games in all competitions.


* Leeds are on a seven-match winless run (D2 L5) and have conceded more goals than any team this season (71).

Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton (1300)

* Relegated Southampton are unbeaten in their five away games against Brighton in the Premier League (W3 D2).

* Southampton are winless in their last 11 league games (D3 L8).

* Brighton top scorer Alexis Mac Allister has scored seven times in his last 12 home starts in the league.


Manchester City v Chelsea (1500)

* City could be crowned champions before the game if Arsenal lose at Forest while victory for Pep Guardiola’s side will see them win the title regardless.

* City have beaten Chelsea three times this season without conceding in the League Cup, Premier League and FA Cup.

* City are on a 14-match unbeaten run in the league (W13 D1) while Chelsea have just one win in their last nine (D3 L5).

Monday, May 22


Newcastle United v Leicester City (1900)

* After winning 3-0 in the reverse fixture, Newcastle are looking to do the double over Leicester in the Premier League for the first time in 28 years.

* Newcastle have the joint-best defensive record in the league along with Manchester City, conceding 31 goals in 35 games.

* Leicester are 19th, two points from the safety zone with rounds left.




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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