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Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

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Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

(Reuters) – Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 33 of the Premier League on April 5-April 8 (games at 1400 GMT unless stated):

Friday, April 5

Southampton v Liverpool (1900)

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in their last four matches against Southampton, winning the last three.

Southampton have won three of their last four matches to climb out of the relegation zone.

Liverpool are on a 11-match unbeaten run in the league (W7 D4) and have lost only one game this season.

Southampton’s top scorer Danny Ings (seven league goals) has not scored since December and recently returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for five matches.

Liverpool have scored 13 goals in their last five games, with Sadio Mane netting five times to catch up with club top scorer Mohamed Salah on 17.

Saturday, April 6

Bournemouth v Burnley

Bournemouth have won only one of their last eight league matches (D2 L5), a 2-0 win at basement side Huddersfield Town.

Burnley’s biggest win this season was a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth in the reverse fixture.

The teams have never played out a draw in the Premier League, with Burnley winning three times and Bournemouth twice.

Burnley’s top scorer Ashley Barnes (nine league goals) has not found the back of the net in his last three matches.

Burnley’s Dwight McNeil has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances. The last teenager to score in three Premier League games in a row was Romelu Lukaku (with West Bromwich Albion) in March, 2013.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City

Huddersfield, whose relegation was confirmed last weekend, have lost nine of their last 10 league matches.

Leicester have won their last three matches under new manager Brendan Rodgers to move up to ninth in the standings.

Huddersfield have not beaten Leicester in the league since a 3-1 win in the second tier in 1995.

Leicester have won only one of their last six away games, a 2-1 victory at Burnley (D1 L4).

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has five goals and an assist in his last five league matches.

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

Newcastle have won their last five home games, scoring 12 goals and keeping three clean sheets.

Palace have not won at St James’ Park in their last eight matches in all competitions (D2 L6). Their last win was a 2-1 victory in March, 1998.

Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon (nine league goals) is one goal away from his best Premier League haul since his arrival in 2015. He leads the club’s charts for both goals and assists (five) this season.

Palace have only failed to score in one of their last nine Premier League away games, the 2-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

After a run of scoring five goals in five games, Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has failed to net in his last three Premier League appearances.

Sunday, April 7

Everton v Arsenal (1305)

Arsenal have picked up 16 points (W5 D1) from their last six matches to move into the top four.

Everton have beaten Arsenal only once in their last nine matches (D1 L7), a 2-1 win at home in December, 2016.

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17) and Alexandre Lacazette (13) have scored a combined 30 league goals this season, with the latter contributing with a goal or assist in each of his last six games.

Everton have won only two of their last nine matches at home (D3 L4).

Arsenal have won five away games this season but are yet to win away at a team in the top half of the standings. Everton are 10th.

Monday, April 8

Chelsea v West Ham United (1900)

West Ham are winless in their last six away matches, losing five. They did not score in any of the five defeats.

West Ham have not won at Stamford Bridge since a 3-2 victory in September, 2002, losing nine times in all competitions since.

No team has hit the woodwork more times than Chelsea this season (19), tied with Manchester City.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 16 of Chelsea’s 32 Premier League goals at Stamford Bridge this season (nine goals, seven assists).

West Ham striker Javier Hernandez has scored in each of his last four Premier League away games against Chelsea.

(Compiled by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)