Norwich v Aston Villa, Saturday, Live BT Sport, 12.45pm
Since Villa nearly got Arsene Wenger the sack with their 3-1 opening day win at the Emirates, they’ve returned to normal. Paul Lambert’s side have now lost three on the bounce (Chelsea, Liverpool Newcastle) and need a win quicker than Chelsea need a striker.
The Villains have conceded first in every game and face a Norwich side who only lost four times at home last season and are unbeaten at Carrow Road this season, Everton (2-2) and Southampton (1-0). The last side to beat the Canaries at home in the PL was … Aston Villa.
- Christian Benteke has four goals in his last three PL games
- Benteke is the leading scorer for the 2013 calendar year with 19 league goals
- Paul Lambert’s side have lost their last three games since beating Arsenal 1-3 at the Emirates
- Villa last kept a clean sheet in the PL 26 games ago v Stoke (0-0) in December 2012.
- Norwich have lost just one of their last 11 PL home games … to Aston Villa (1-2) last May.
West Ham v Everton, Saturday, 3pm
Roberto Martinez got a major monkey off his back as he and Everton got their first win when beating Chelsea 1-0 last week. Former Blue Romelu Lukaku could make his debut against the Hammers in a fixure that hasn’t seen a 0-0 draw in the PL since Eminem’s ‘Sing for the Moment’ entered the charts in 2003.
There’s been 18 goals in the last six games between the sides but West Ham have more walking wounded than Outpatients on a Saturday night with Andy Carroll, Joe Cole and Stewart Downing all injured.Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson saw red here last season while Frederic Piquionne was given an early bath in 2011.
- Everton (and Liverpool) are the only two unbeaten teams in the PL
- The Toffees have won four of their last five away games at Upton Park
- Everton haven’t lost to West Ham in their last 10 Barclays Premier League matches
- There’s an average of 3 goals per game in the last six meetings between these sides (18 goals)
- Two of the last four games at Upton Park have ended 1-2 for the visitors
- Nikica Jelavic hasn’t scored in his last 1,170 mins of football (13 games)
- Two red cards were shown in this fixture last season
- The win over Chelsea was Roberto Martinez’s first as a manger in 12 PL games
Liverpool v Southampton, Saturday, 3pm
Liverpool’s unbeaten run came to and end at Swansea (2-2) last Monday night but Daniel Sturridge hasn’t stopped scoring. The England international became the ninth player in PL history to score in his first four games (Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud was the eighth) and looks a likely lad for five-from-five against the Saints.
Southampton’s highly-rated Luke Shaw could return but the Reds will have to do without play-maker Philippe Coutinho. He’s sidelined with a shoulder injury while Luis Suarez’s 10-match ban for nibbling on Branislav Ivanovic last season ends after this game.
- Daniel Sturridge has scored the opener three times in his first four PL games
- Brendan Rodgers’ side have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 PL home games
- Liverpool have won their last three PL games at Anfield 1-0
- Liverpool (and Everton) are the only two unbeaten teams in the PL
- The Reds won this fixture 1-0 last season and are unbeaten this term
- The home side haven’t lost any of their last 8 PL games at Anfield (W5, D3)
Chelsea v Fulham, Sky Sports 1, Saturday, 5.30pm
Jose Mourinho won’t be feeling too Special at the moment. Chelsea have lost their last three games (Bayern Munich SC, Everton PL, Basle CL) and the natives could start to get restless if derby rivals Fulham break a long losing run against them in Saturday evening’s live game.
Chelsea should welcome John Terry back to the heart of the defence and will look to their home form in the PL – while Martin Jol’s tries to ignore Fulham’s away record – in this derby clash.
- Chelsea have now lost their last three games including the Super Cup
- Chelsea have not lost at home in their last 11 home PL games (W9, D2 )
- Fulham haven’t beaten Chelsea in the last 14 derby fixtures
- The Cottagers have managed two draws on their last two trips to Stamford Bridge