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Pre­views of Premier League matches

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LON­DON: Match-by-match facts and statis­tics ahead of round eight of the Premier League on Oct. 14-16 (games 1400 GMT un­less stated):

Satur­day, Oct 14

Liver­pool v Manch­ester United (1130)

A win will give sec­ond-placed United their best tally (22 points) after the first eight games of a Premier League sea­son. Sev­enth-placed Liver­pool have not beaten United in six games, their worst run against their bit­ter ri­vals since go­ing eight games with­out vic­tory be­tween 2004 and 2008. Bel­gian Marouane Fel­laini is a doubt for United after pick­ing up a knee in­jury on in­ter­na­tional duty. Liver­pool’s Sa­dio Mane is out for six weeks after pick­ing up a ham­string in­jury with Sene­gal. Romelu Lukaku could be­come the first player to score eight goals in eight ap­pear­ances for the club.

Burn­ley v West Ham United

Burn­ley are on their long­est un­beaten Premier League run of five games and are sixth in the league with 12 points. West Ham, who are 15th in the league stand­ings, are yet to win on the road this sea­son los­ing three out of four games. Burn­ley have lost their last four Premier League meet­ings with West Ham. Com­ing off the back of a 1-0 win over Swansea, West Ham could win a sec­ond straight game with­out con­ced­ing a goal for the first time since De­cem­ber. Mex­i­can striker Javier Her­nan­dez is West Ham’s top scorer bag­ging three out of the seven goals they have scored so far.

Crys­tal Palace v Chelsea

Chelsea have won 11 of the last 16 Premier League games against Crys­tal Palace. Bot­tom-placed Palace are yet to post a win in the Premier League this sea­son and have let in 17 goals with­out re­sponse. Palace have won only one of their last eight matches against Chelsea at Sel­hurst Park. Mid­fielder Cesc Fabre­gas could score his 50th Premier League goal. The only other Span­ish play­ers to do so are Diego Costa (52) and Fernando Tor­res (85). Al­varo Mo­rata and N’Golo Kante are doubts for fourth­placed Chelsea with ham­string in­juries.

Manch­ester City v Stoke City Manch­ester City, who have won six and drawn once in seven Premier League games so far, will look to ex­tend their un­beaten run against Stoke. The league lead­ers’ cur­rent goal dif­fer­ence of 20 is bet­tered only by Chelsea’s (21) after seven games in the 2010-11 sea­son. Stoke have shut out Manch­ester City three times in their past six meet­ings. But they have also con­ceded four goals in each of the other three games. Pep Guardi­ola will be with­out striker Ser­gio Aguero who is back in light train­ing but still nurs­ing a rib frac­ture. Stoke mid­fielder Joe Allen will miss the trip to the Eti­had after the Wales in­ter­na­tional sus­tained a head in­jury on in­ter­na­tional duty.

Swansea City v Hud­der­s­field Town Vic­tory in their first Premier League clash against Hud­der­s­field could lift Swansea out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone but they have only one win from the last six games against pro­moted sides. The Welsh side have strug­gled for fire­power up front this term, with two out of the three goals they have scored this sea­son com­ing in the win over Crys­tal Palace. —Reuters

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