Premier League 2015-16 Sunday Preview


Everton – Liverpool


Everton have gone nine league games without a victory against their neighbours Liverpool. They’ve not gone 10 games without a victory against the Reds since 1984 (a run of 11 games).

Liverpool have lost just one of their last eight Premier League games at Goodison Park, losing 2-0 in October 2010. The last three have ended in draws (W4).

This fixture has seen the most red cards shown in Premier League history (20); four more than any other Premier League game. Daniel Sturridge has scored five times against Everton in the Premier League. The only club he has more goals against in the competition is Newcastle United (6).

Sturridge has the best goals per game rate (0.65) of any Liverpool player in Premier League history, including Fernando Torres (0.64) and Luis Suarez (0.63). Romelu Lukaku has now scored 46 Premier League goals; only four players have reached 50 PL goals before the age of 23 and the Belgian will become the fifth if he scores four more goals this season.

In their last six top-flight fixtures, the Toffees have either scored three goals (three times) and failed to score at all (three times). Away from Anfield, Brendan Rodgers’ side have registered just one win in their last eight PL games (D3 L4), netting a total of just five goals in the process. A league-high 45% of the Toffees’ Premier League goals this season have come in the final 15 minutes of their games this season (a joint-high five goals).

Brendan Rodgers has won 52% of his games at Liverpool in the Premier League; one of only 10 managers to have managed 100+ PL games at a club and won more than half of those matches.

Prediction : Liverpool win.

Arsenal – Manchester United


Arsenal have won just one of their last 13 Premier League fixtures against Manchester United (D4 L8). Manchester United are unbeaten in four away games against Arsenal – they’ve never gone five without a loss away to the Gunners in the Premier League era.

Arsenal have a lower win percentage against Manchester United in the Premier League (24%) than versus any other opponent in the competition. Wayne Rooney has netted 11 times in 25 Premier League games against Arsenal. The only sides he’s scored more goals against in the competition are Newcastle (12) and Aston Villa (13).

Rooney scored his first ever Premier League goal (Oct 2002), his first Premier League goal for Man Utd (Oct 2004) and his 100th Premier League goal (Jan 2010) against the Gunners. Arsenal have the two players to have created the most goalscoring chances in the Premier League so far this season; Mesut Ozil (29) and Santi Cazorla (28).

Since making his PL debut back in August 2012, Santi Cazorla has provided more Premier League assists than any other player (32). Theo Walcott has netted 12 goals in his last 13 Premier League starts for the Gunners. Louis van Gaal has lost just one of his five meetings with Arsene Wenger (all comps), losing in the FA Cup last season after winning one and drawing one in the PL and winning one and drawing one in the 1999/00 Champions League group stages with Barcelona. Anthony Martial has been directly involved in four goals in his first three Premier League games, netting three and assisting one.

Prediction : Arsenal win.

Swansea City – Tottenham Hotspur


Swansea have taken just one point from their previous eight Premier League games against Spurs, and that was in their first meeting in December 2011. Tottenham have won their last seven Premier League games against Swansea City. They’ve never won eight consecutive games against an opponent in Premier League history (also seven against Man City between December 2004 and December 2007).

The Lilywhites have won three consecutive PL games for the first time since February. They last won four in a row back in January 2014, with the final game in that run also coming against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium (3-1).

Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored 15 and assisted 14 in 58 PL games for Swansea compared to his haul of eight goals and four assists in 57 top-flight games with Spurs. The Swans have gone three Premier League games without tasting victory (D1 L2). They last endured a winless streak of four PL games back in January 2015.

Garry Monk has never won a Premier League game against Spurs, either as a player (D1 L2) or as a manager (L2). Deli Alli has run further than any other Spurs player in each of their last two Premier League games and his last appearance versus Man City saw him run 13.4km; the second furthest of any Premier League player this season in a game.

Swans’ captain Ashley Williams has made a league-high 12 blocks this season. Erik Lamela has had a hand in three goals in his last three top-flight appearances for Tottenham (one goal, two assists), the same total he managed in his 14 previous PL games (also one goal, two assists).

Gourav Pilania

Staunch Liverpool supporter & massive Steven Gerrard fan. BlackCaps supporter since 2006. Currently studying Journalism & Mass Communication at Amity University. Likes to talk about cricket, football & acting. Doesn't like mundane. As a result, he likes Irrfan Khan. On a quest finding his ultimate Haryanvi demons.
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