Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

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Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 37 of the Premier League on May 3-6 (games at 1400 GMT unless stated):

Friday, May 3

Everton v Burnley (1900)

*Marco Silva’s Everton are targeting a fifth victory in seven league matches as they bid to stay in the hunt for a seventh-place finish and potential Europa League qualification.

*Burnley won this fixture 1-0 at Goodison Park last season. They have never won back-to-back league games at Everton since a run of three between 1958 and 1960.

*None of the nine Premier League meetings between Everton and Burnley have ended in a draw, with the Merseyside club winning five to Burnley’s four.

*Only against Bournemouth (four) has Burnley boss Sean Dyche won more Premier League games than he has against Everton (three).

*Everton’s Richarlison has scored 13 Premier League goals this season. Only two Brazilian players have ever scored more in a single campaign – Roberto Firmino in 2017-18 (15) and Robinho in 2008-09 (14).

Saturday, May 4

Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur (1130)

*Tottenham have won two of their last three away league games against Bournemouth, with the other match finishing goalless.

*Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are winless in last five league home games, losing the last two in a row.

*Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has scored five goals in his last four league games against Bournemouth – equalling his best tally against any Premier League side (also five against Watford).

*Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine league games, scoring six and assisting four.

*Christian Eriksen has either scored or assisted a goal in six of Tottenham’s seven previous league meetings with Bournemouth, contributing three goals and four assists.

West Ham United v Southampton

*West Ham are aiming to do the league double over Southampton for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign, following their 2-1 win at St Mary’s earlier this season.

*None of the last 15 league meetings between these sides in London have been drawn, with West Ham winning 11 to Southampton’s four.

*A different West Ham player has scored a brace in their last three Premier League matches against Southampton, with Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson all doing so.

*Southampton can score in a 10th successive Premier League match for the first time since Dec. 2002, when Gordon Strachan was in charge.

*West Ham, who are currently 11th in the league standings, are looking for a second consecutive victory after beating Tottenham Hotspur, with a top-half finish still within reach.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham

*Wolves can become the first promoted team to win 16 matches in a Premier League campaign since Reading in 2006-07.

*Fulham, who have won three consecutive league matches without conceding a single goal, can now secure a fourth successive top-flight victory for the first time since April 1966.

*Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon has scored in his last two league matches against Wolves, although both of those games were at Craven Cottage.

*Wolves are unbeaten in seven Premier League home games (five wins, two draws), since a 2-0 loss against Crystal Palace in January.

*Eight of Diogo Jota’s 10 league goals for Wolves this season have come at home.

Cardiff City v Crystal Palace (1630)

*Relegation-threatened Cardiff are aiming to avoid a third successive league defeat as they seek to bridge the four-point gap to Brighton and Hove Albion in the battle for safety.

*Crystal Palace are seeking a fifth victory in six league away matches, having only lost to Tottenham Hotspur in that run.

*Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has scored five goals in his last six league away matches, while eight of his nine strikes in total this season have come on the road.

*Only Huddersfield Town (14) have lost more Premier League home games than Cardiff this season (10).

*If Cardiff lose and are relegated it will be manager Neil Warnock’s third relegation from the top division, with each one coming with a different club in a different decade (Notts County 1991-92, Sheffield United 2006-07).

Newcastle United v Liverpool (1845)

*Newcastle have won their last four home league matches in the month of May, scoring 13 goals and conceding just one.

*Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle have won six of their last seven Premier League home games, netting at least twice in each victory.

*Liverpool can win a third successive league match against Newcastle for the first time since a run of four straight victories between November 2007 and May 2009.

*Following a run of six league games without a goal, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has scored four in his last four matches.

*Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez has scored in three consecutive league games, netting five goals in total.

Sunday, May 5

Chelsea v Watford

*Fourth-placed Chelsea are looking for a first win in four Premier League matches as they hope to secure Champions Leaguequalification.

*Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 home matches against Watford in all competitions and have won four of the last five Premier Leaguemeetings at Stamford Bridge.

*Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu has been directly involved in seven of club’s last nine league away goals, scoring six goals and recording one assist.

*Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has scored three goals and recorded one assist in his last three league appearances against Watford.

*Chelsea are winless in three Premier League games (two draws, one loss) — the club last went four without a win in May 2016 under Guus Hiddink.

Huddersfield Town v Manchester United

*United are looking to win their last league away match of the season for the first time since 2011-12, having since drawn five of those fixtures and lost one.

*Although Huddersfield have only won one of their last 13 top-flight meetings with United, that victory came in this fixture last season.

*United striker Romelu Lukaku has scored 12 league goals this season, the most of any player who is yet to provide an assist in the competition this term.

*Solskjaer’s United, who lie three points outside the top four in sixth place, are looking for a first win in four league matches.

*Huddersfield need one goal on Sunday to avoid becoming the first ever English top-flight team to fail to reach 10 strikes at home in a campaign.

Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion (1530)

*Fifth-placed Arsenal are looking to avoid a fourth straight league defeat as they bid to leapfrog Chelsea into the top four.

*Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one Premier League goal away from becoming the sixth Arsenal player to score 20 in a campaign, and the first since Alexis Sanchez in 2016-17 season.

*Arsenal have only lost their final home league match of the season in one of the last 21 campaigns, in 2010-11 season, and have won the last six in a row.

*Chris Hughton’s Brighton, who are winless in their last seven Premier League games, are seeking to maintain or increase their four-point cushion above Cardiff City and secure top-flight safety in their penultimate game of the season.

*Unai Emery’s Arsenal have conceded three goals in each of their last three Premier League games.

Monday, May 6

Manchester City v Leicester City (1900)

*Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are targeting a 13th consecutive league victory as they bid to stay ahead of Liverpool and retain their title.

*Leicester, who beat Arsenal 3-0 in their last league outing, remain in contention for potential Europa League qualification and are three points behind seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.

*Since his Premier League debut in 2014-15, Jamie Vardy has scored more goals against the current top six sides than any other player in the competition, with 31.

*Pep Guardiola has lost two Premier League games against Leicester as Manchester City boss – only against Chelsea (three) has the Spaniard lost more in the competition.

*City striker Sergio Aguero has scored 15 Premier League home goals for Man City this season.

REUTERS/Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis

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