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(Reuters) – Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of the Premier League fixtures on Dec. 30-Dec. 31 (kickoff at 1500 GMT unless stated):

Saturday, Dec. 30

Bournemouth v Everton

*Bournemouth’s only victory in five Premier League meetings with Everton came in 2016.

*Everton are unbeaten in the last seven league matches, collecting 15 points from a possible 21 to sit ninth in the table with 27 points.

*Eddie Howe’s side are winless in eight games, losing four in that period, and are 18th in the table with 17 points.

*Bournemouth have conceded 12 goals in their last four games and have scored three in reply.

*Everton have taken 186 shots on goal this season. Only promoted Brighton and Hove Albion (176) and basement side Swansea City (171) have fewer.

Chelsea v Stoke City

*The two teams have played each other 19 times in the Premier League with Chelsea winning 14 times.

*Third-placed Chelsea have lost once in the last 12 games.

*Stoke have climbed to 13th in the table after a victory over West Bromwich Albion and a draw at Huddersfield in their last two games.

* Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi are out injured while on-loan defender Kurt Zouma is not eligible to face his parent club.

*Chelsea’s players have made 362 tackles in the league so far. Only Huddersfield Town (391) have made more.

Huddersfield Town v Burnley

*The two teams played out a goalless draw in their only Premier League meeting earlier this season.

*Huddersfield last beat Burnley in 2013, when both teams were in the Championship (second tier).

*Huddersfield Town are 11th in the table with 23 points, 10 points behind Burnley in seventh.

*Burnley have conceded five penalties so far this season. Only West Ham United (6) have conceded more.

*Burnley have made 114 blocks so far this season, the most by any team.

Liverpool v Leicester City

*Liverpool have won 11 of the 23 Premier League games they have played against Leicester.

*The last five league encounters between the two teams have produced 17 goals.

*Juergen Klopp’s fourth-placed Liverpool come into the game on the back of a 5-0 win over Swansea City. Eighth-placed Leicester were beaten 2-1 by Watford.

*Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has made 83 tackles in the league so far, the highest among all players.

*Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and defender Alberto Moreno will miss at least two more league games due to injury while Leicester will be without defender Danny Simpson.

Newcastle United v Brighton and Hove Albion

*Brighton beat Newcastle 1-0 in their only Premier League meeting earlier this season.

*Chris Hughton’s Brighton have lost their last four away matches without scoring a single goal.

*Brighton defender Lewis Dunk has made the most blocks with 32 from 20 appearances so far this season.

*Newcastle have lost nine of their last 11 league games.

Watford v Swansea City

*Watford have beaten basement side Swansea three times in five previous Premier League meetings.

*Tenth-placed Watford ended a run of four losses with a win over Leicester City in their last game on Tuesday.

*Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure and striker Richarlison have combined to score 11 league goals this season, the same as the entire Swansea team.

*Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has made the most saves this season with 80, ahead of Manchester United’s David de Gea (70) and Southampton’s Fraser Foster (68).

*Swansea have lost their last seven away matches in the league.

Manchester United v Southampton (1730)

*United, currently second in the league table, have recorded eight wins, one draw and one defeat in their 10 league matches at Old Trafford this season.

*Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton have failed to record a victory in their last seven away league matches.

*United have claimed three wins and one draw in all competitions against Southampton since suffering a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in Jan. 2016.

*United goalkeeper David De Gea has made 70 saves in the league this season, second only to Swansea City shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski (80)

*Jose Mourinho’s United have conceded five goals in 10 league games at Old Trafford, the best defensive record at home in the league.

Sunday, Dec. 31

Crystal Palace v Manchester City (1200)

*City have won their last seven matches in all competitions against Crystal Palace, including their last two league wins with a 5-0 scoreline.

*Pep Guardiola’s City have claimed victories in their last 18 league matches.

*City midfielders Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva have combined to produce 25 assists in the league so far this season.

*Roy Hodgson’s Palace are unbeaten in their last eight league matches with three wins and five draws.

*Palace have scored 16 league goals this season, three more than City’s top scorer Raheem Sterling and four more than Sergio Aguero.

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal (1630)

*West Brom have won their last two matches at home against Arsenal, scoring five goals and conceding two.

*Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger will take charge of his 811th game as a Premier League manager at West Brom, beating Alex Ferguson’s record with Manchester United.

*Alan Pardew is yet to record a victory as West Brom manager, having managed three draws and three defeats in his first six matches.

*West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is a doubt for Sunday’s clash after suffering a hamstring injury during 0-0 draw against Everton on Tuesday.

*Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud will remain on the sidelines with injuries for the trip to the Hawthorns.

(Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Rex Gowar)

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