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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 36 of the Premier League on April 26-28 (games at 1400 GMT unless stated):

Friday, April 26

Liverpool v Huddersfield Town (1900)

*Liverpool have not lost to Huddersfield in their last 13 meetings in all competitions since a 1-0 defeat in Nov. 1959, when both teams were in the second division.

*Juergen Klopp’s side have not conceded a goal against Huddersfield in three Premier League meetings and are seeking their 20th clean sheet of the season.

*Liverpool have won their last six league games in an unbeaten run of 14 matches stretching back to Jan. 12. They have not been defeated at Anfield in 38 league games.

*The second-placed Merseyside club have enjoyed their best Premier League season with 88 points as they chase their first league title in 29 years.

*Relegated Huddersfield are looking to end a run of seven straight league defeats.

Saturday, April 27

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United (1130)

*Victory for third-placed Tottenham will give them a first league double over West Ham since the 2012-13 season.

*West Ham have lost seven of their last eight matches away from home, including the last four.

*Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have collected 19 points from league meetings with fellow London clubs this season, behind only Chelsea who have 22.

*West Ham, who are 11th, have conceded at least two goals in their last six league games.

*West Ham are looking to become the first visiting team to beat Tottenham at their new stadium, just as they did against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in April 2007.

Crystal Palace v Everton

*Palace have not beaten Everton in their last eight league meetings (D4 L4).

*Everton have won four of their last five matches to move into the top half of the table. They are ninth, two points behind seventh-placed Wolves.

*Palace have scored 14 goals at home this season of which midfielder Luka Milivojevic has scored seven.

*Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has three goals and four assists against Palace.

*Everton have kept four clean sheets, including three against top six sides, in their last five games.

Fulham v Cardiff City

*Cardiff have beaten Fulham only once in their last eight matches in all competitions (D4 L3).

*Relegated Fulham kept two consecutive clean sheets in their last two Premier League games, the first time they have done so this season.

*Cardiff have lost seven of their last nine league games, conceding 18 goals.

*Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored in five of Fulham’s six league wins this season.

*Cardiff have three away wins this season but none of them have come in London.

Southampton v Bournemouth

*Bournemouth have beaten Southampton only once in their last 11 meetings in all competitions (D4 L6).

*Southampton have won three of their last four home matches in the league, their best run of form at home this season.

*All of Bournemouth’s away games this season have either ended in victory or defeat (W5 L12).

*Bournemouth’s Joshua King, who has 11 league goals this season, has not scored in his last four matches.

*Southampton’s Shane Long, who scored the fastest goal in Premier League history in midweek (seven seconds), has scored three goals in his last four matches.

Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers

*Wolves have failed to win their last five away matches in the league (D2 L3).

*Watford have lost only one of their last 11 home matches against promoted clubs (W6 D4).

*Wolves have not kept a clean sheet in their last 13 away games in the league. Their last clean sheet away was at Crystal Palace in October.

*Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu has been involved in 10 goals in his last 10 matches in all competitions (eight goals and two assists).

*Wolves’ leading goal scorer Raul Jimenez has scored only one goal in his last six games in all competitions.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Newcastle United (1630)

*Brighton have lost five of their last six league matches, failing to score in all of them.

*Newcastle’s top scorer Ayoze Perez (10 goals) has six goals and an assist in his last six league games.

*Brighton top scorer Glenn Murray (11 goals) has not scored at home since December and has not scored in his last eight games in all competitions.

*Newcastle are yet to score against Brighton in the Premier League, failing to find the back of the net in their last three meetings.

*After beating Leicester City 1-0, Newcastle are looking to win two away games in a row for the first time this season.

Sunday, April 28

Leicester City v Arsenal (1100)

*Arsenal have lost to Leicester only once in their last 15 league meetings (W10 D4), a 3-1 loss in the same fixture last season.

*Leicester have lost eight home games in the league this season while Arsenal have lost seven away games.

*Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the race for the Golden Boot with 19 goals, the same as Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

*Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals in his last eight matches.

*Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has beaten Arsenal with two different teams, Swansea City and Liverpool.

Burnley v Manchester City (1305)

*City have won their last 11 league games, keeping eight clean sheets.

*Burnley have not beaten City in all competitions since March 2015 (D1 L6).

*City striker Aguero has scored eight goals in seven games against Burnley in all competitions.

*Burnley ended a run of four consecutive losses to go unbeaten in their last four games (W3 D1).

*City have beaten Burnley 5-0 twice this season, once in the reverse league fixture and once in the FA Cup.

Manchester United v Chelsea (1530)

*Chelsea have more wins over United than any other club has in the Premier League (18).

*After an unbeaten run of 12 league games, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lost four of his last six games.

*United have not scored a goal from open play in their last five games in all competitions, a run of 527 minutes.

*Chelsea have lost all away games to a top six side so far this season, conceding 13 and scoring only one goal.

*No player has been involved in more Premier League goals than Chelsea’s Eden Hazard this season (16 goals and 13 assists).

(Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)