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What you must not miss in the Premier League this week

Last updated on: October 19, 2018 18:53 IST

IMAGE: Chelsea's Eden Hazard scores from the penalty spot during the FA Cup final against Manchester United on May 19, 2018. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters/Reuters

Manchester United's Premier League trip to Chelsea on Saturday is what all soccer fans will be looking forward to this week.

The Round Nine match kicks-off this week’s action.

 

United, eighth in the standings on 13 points after eight matches, will be hoping to carry the momentum from their comeback win over Newcastle United in their last fixture to Stamford Bridge as they bid to make up ground on the top four.

Victory will see Chelsea extend their unbeaten run to nine games, a feat they achieved in title-winning campaigns of 2005-06 and 2014-15. 

Check out match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of the matches between October 20-22 (games at 1930 IST, unless stated):

Saturday, Oct. 20

Chelsea v Manchester United (1700 IST)

*United have managed only five away victories in 52 Premier League meetings with Chelsea.

*Chelsea can extend their unbeaten run to nine games, a feat they achieved in title-winning campaigns of 2005-06 and 2014-15.

*Chelsea have completed 5,728 passes so far, more than any other team with midfielder Jorginho topping the table on 853.

*Jose Mourinho's eighth-placed United are looking to build on a 3-2 come-from-behind home win over Newcastle last time out, after a poor start to the campaign.

*League top-scorer Eden Hazard has fired seven goals and provided three assists for Chelsea this season.

Bournemouth v Southampton

*Bournemouth's only Premier League victory in six previous meetings with Southampton came at home in 2016.

*Eddie Howe's side are seeking their third straight league win while Southampton have lost their last three.

*Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson has been involved in seven goals so far, scoring three and assisting four.

*Southampton have taken 116 shots, behind only Manchester City (174) and Chelsea (142), but have scored just six goals.

*Mark Hughes' Saints team are 16th in the table, 10 places behind Bournemouth.

Cardiff City v Fulham

*Cardiff and Fulham have met twice in the Premier League, with the Welsh side winning both games in the 2013-14 season.

*Cardiff are without a victory in eight league matches and sit bottom of the table.

*Fellow promoted side Fulham, who are 17th, are looking to end a run of two straight defeats.

*Fulham midfielder Ryan Sessegnon has scored in his last four games against Cardiff in all competitions.

*Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham have let in 21 league goals this season, more than any other side.

Manchester City v Burnley

*Burnley have beaten City only once in eight Premier League meetings, a 1-0 home victory in 2015.

*Sean Dyche's side held City to a 1-1 draw in the last league meeting between the teams.

*City forward Raheem Sterling has scored nine goals and made five assists in his last 12 league appearances at home.

*League leaders City are one of three unbeaten Premier League teams alongside Chelsea and Liverpool.

*Burnley midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson has provided four assists and scored one goal.

Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion

*Newcastle have not beaten Brighton in the Premier League, losing one game and drawing the other last season.

*Rafa Benitez' side are seeking their first league victory while Brighton are looking to make it two wins from two.

*Newcastle have struggled at home, losing all four league games at St James' Park this season.

*Brighton striker Glenn Murray has five league goals so far, behind only Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

*Brighton manager Chris Hughton returns to his former club seeking a first league win over them in his fifth attempt.

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

*West Ham have beaten Tottenham 14 times in 44 Premier League meetings, with 10 wins coming at home.

*West Ham's mini resurgence was halted by a 1-0 loss at Brighton last time out, leaving them 15th in the table.

*Mauricio Pochettino's fifth-placed Tottenham are looking to build momentum after winning their last three league matches.

*Spurs striker Harry Kane has scored seven times in his last seven league games against West Ham.

*Tottenham are looking for their fifth straight league win in a London derby. They last managed the feat in 1961.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford

*Wolves and Watford face each other for the first time in the Premier League.

*The teams have met in the top flight before, with Watford's 5-0 win followed by a goalless draw in the 1983-84 campaign.

*Wolves have 15 points so far, the most by a promoted side after eight games since Hull City claimed 17 points in 2008-09.

*Ninth-placed Watford have lost three of their last four games after winning their opening four matches.

*Wolves, who are seventh, have been beaten only once this season -- 2-0 by Leicester in August.

Huddersfield Town v Liverpool (2200 IST)

*Liverpool have won both their Premier League matches against Huddersfield, scoring six goals in the process.

*A win for Liverpool will give them 200 away victories in the Premier League. Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are the other teams to have reached that landmark.

*Misfiring Huddersfield are looking for their first league win to potentially move out of the relegation zone.

*David Wagner's side have managed only four goals this season, all coming away from home.

*Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has four goals in all competitions so far, one more than he managed last season.

Sunday, Oct. 21

Everton v Crystal Palace (2030)

*Crystal Palace have beaten Everton only five times in 18 Premier League meetings but four wins have been away from home.

*Everton can win their third straight league match while Palace are aiming to avoid a third consecutive defeat.

*Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been involved in seven goals in six league games against Palace.

*Marco Silva's Everton have made 155 tackles in the league so far, behind only West Ham (158).

*Seven out of the 48 goals in Premier League matches between the teams have been penalties.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Arsenal v Leicester City (0030 IST)

*Leicester have managed only two wins in 24 Premier League meetings with Arsenal, including last season's 3-1 victory at the King Power Stadium.

*Arsenal won 4-3 the last time the teams met at the Emirates Stadium.

*New manager Unai Emery has guided fourth-placed Arsenal to victories in their last six league games after a shaky start.

*Leicester are looking to get back to winning ways after losing 2-1 at home to Everton last time out.

*Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has six goals in six league starts against Arsenal.

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