Previews of Premier League matches
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