Matchday 24 Premier League Preview: Overview – Kick-off Times & Team news
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Manchester City has built up a five-point lead atop the Premier League standings, while also holding a game in hand on all of its challengers.
The Sky Blues' torrid form has seen them extend their winning streak to 15 games (all competitions), with seemingly no team able to stop them. On Saturday, Tottenham will attempt to be the one to put an end to City's dominant run, while also helping itself amid a slide down the table.
Before that happens, Leicester and Liverpool kick off the weekend's action in what may be the marquee game of Matchday 24. Brendan Rodgers' Foxes take on his former side in a meeting between third and fourth place teams, although Liverpool is likely far more in need of a victory given recent results, according to DAZN.
Here's the full schedule for Matchday 24 of the Premier League season, plus how to watch every game live.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 21: SCHEDULE, FIXTURES
Leicester City vs. Liverpool
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley
Manchester City vs. Tottenham
Brighton vs. Aston Villa
Southampton vs. Wolves
West Brom vs. Manchester United
Arsenal vs. Leeds United
Everton vs. Fulham
West Ham vs. Sheffield United
Chelsea vs. Newcastle
Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 February, 2021
Southampton have won just one of their last nine league matches against Wolves (D4 L4), winning 3-1 at St Mary’s in April 2019.
Wolves are looking to record consecutive away league wins against Southampton for the first time since winning three in a row between 1969-70 and 1971-72.
Southampton have dropped seven points from winning positions in their last three Premier League games against Wolves (D2 L1) – since the start of last season, no side has dropped more points against an opponent in the top-flight.
Southampton have lost their last five Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 26 (W13 D8). Saints have never lost six consecutive league games in their history.
Wolves haven’t opened the scoring in any of their last 13 Premier League games (W2 D4 L7). Only three clubs have ever had a longer run of Premier League games without netting the first goal – Manchester City in 1995 (16), Coventry in 1996 (14) and West Ham in 1997 (14).
Southampton are the only team to play a Premier League match on Valentine’s Day but not receive a card, with no Saints player receiving a yellow or red card in their 4-2 win over Liverpool in February 1994. All other 15 teams to feature in a Premier League game on that day have had at least one card.
Five of Wolves’ seven Premier League victories this season have come against London sides (Arsenal x2, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Fulham). The other two have been against Yorkshire clubs (Leeds and Sheffield United), picking up just four points from 12 games against sides from outside these areas (W0 D4 L8).
Including penalties, Wolves are the only Premier League team to have scored more goals from set-piece situations (12) than from open play (11) this season. However, only West Ham (4) and Arsenal (4) have conceded fewer goals from set pieces than Southampton (6).
Takumi Minamino scored 30 minutes into his Premier League debut for Southampton against Newcastle last time out, having netted just one league goal in 531 minutes with Liverpool. The last player to score in each of their first two Premier League games for Southampton was Manolo Gabbiadini in February 2017.
Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse scored his fourth direct free-kick goal in the Premier League this season against Newcastle last time out – only David Beckham in 2000-01 and Laurent Robert in 2001-02 have ever scored five in a single campaign in the competition.
West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United of Feb 14
West Bromwich Albion have lost nine of their 12 home Premier League matches against Manchester United (W1 D2), shipping at least two goals in 11 of those 12 games and 31 in total.
Manchester United are looking to record a Premier League double over West Brom for the first time since the 2011-12 season under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Manchester United scored in each of their first 17 Premier League games against West Brom, netting 43 goals at an average of 2.5 per game. In their last eight against the Baggies, they have scored just seven goals, an average of 0.9 per game, and failed to score in four of those games.
West Brom have conceded the most Premier League goals this season (54), while Manchester United have scored the most (49). A goal for Man Utd will see them reach 50 in the Premier League in 24 or fewer games for the first time since 2012-13 under Alex Ferguson (20 games).
Manchester United are currently unbeaten in 18 Premier League away games (W13 D5), their longest such run on the road in top-flight history. There have been six longer runs by four different teams in the top-flight, most recently a 21-game run for Liverpool between January 2019-February 2020.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Manchester United have lost more Premier League games against sides in the relegation zone (W10 D2 L4) than they have against sides in the top four (W5 D5 L2). The Red Devils lost their last such game against Sheffield United, but haven’t lost consecutive top-flight matches against sides in the drop zone since 1992 (vs West Ham in April and Wimbledon in October).
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce won two of his first three Premier League matches against Man Utd, both at Old Trafford in 2001-02 and 2002-03 with Bolton. Since then, he has won just one of 22 matches against the Red Devils (D5 L16), winning 2-1 with Sunderland in February 2016.
Man Utd striker Edinson Cavani is looking to score in three consecutive league games for the first time since January 2019 with Paris Saint-Germain. The Uruguayan’s first three Premier League goals came as a substitute, while his last three have been as a starter.
75 per cent of Marcus Rashford’s Premier League goals for Man Utd this season have come away from home (6/8). He’s never netted more in a single campaign on the road than the six he has this season.
Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes averages a goal or assist once every 84 minutes in the Premier League, the best ratio of the 1 685 players with at least five goal involvements in the competition’s history.
Arsenal v Leeds United on Feb 14
In all competitions, Arsenal are unbeaten in their last eight games against Leeds United (W6 D2) since a 3-2 defeat in May 2003 in the Premier League, a result which won Manchester United the title at the Gunners’ expense.
This will be Leeds’ fourth visit to the Emirates to face Arsenal, with the previous three all coming in the FA Cup in 2011 (1-1 draw), 2012 (0-1 defeat) and 2020 (0-1 defeat).
Leeds have failed to score in both games against Arsenal under Marcelo Bielsa (D1 L1) – the Gunners are the only team in his entire managerial career that Bielsa has faced more than once without seeing his side score, with 16 different Leeds players attempting a shot without success (43 in total).
Only the bottom four sides coming into this weekend have failed to score in more Premier League games than Arsenal this season (9). The Gunners last failed to find the net in more different league games back in the 2005-06 campaign (11).
Leeds are winless in their last 12 away league matches in London (D2 L10), their longest run without a win in London since a 19-game stretch between 1933 and 1938. They have lost their three Premier League games in London this season by an aggregate score of 10-2.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 27 home league games against promoted sides (W23 D4) since losing against both West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle in the 2010-11 campaign.
Since their goalless draw with Arsenal in November, none of Leeds’ last 13 Premier League games have ended level (W7 L6). The Whites are also looking to secure three consecutive Premier League away wins for the first time since August 2002.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has won just 18 per cent of his Premier League games against non-English managers (2/11), compared to 73% of his Premier League games against English managers (8/11). Of all managers to have taken charge of 10+ games against each, Bielsa has the biggest difference in win rates between the two.
Bukayo Saka has created more chances (26) and won more fouls (42) than any other Arsenal player in the Premier League this season, while only Alexandre Lacazette has scored (8) and been involved in (10) more goals for the Gunners than the teenager (5 goals, 2 assists).
Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has been involved in five goals in his last three Premier League games (2 goals, 3 assists). Eight of his 12 Premier League goals this season have been away from home (67 per cent), with only Jamie Vardy netting a higher ratio on the road (82 per cent, min. 10 goals).
Everton vs Fulham on Feb 14
Everton have won all 14 of their home Premier League matches against Fulham, the best 100 per cent winning record of any team versus an opponent on home soil in Premier League history.
The home team has won 23 of the 29 Premier League meetings between Everton and Fulham, although the Toffees won 3-2 at Craven Cottage earlier this season.
Since March 1961, Everton have won 22 consecutive home top-flight matches against Fulham – the longest ever home winning run for a team against an opponent in top-flight history, six longer than any other (Aston Villa v Sheffield United, 16 between 1903-1921).
Fulham have never won an away league match against Everton in 27 attempts (D4 L23) – in Football League history, the only two teams to play more away games against an opponent without winning are Fulham themselves versus Arsenal and Grimsby Town against Blackburn (both 28 without a win).
Everton are winless in three Premier League home games (D1 L2), last going four without a win at Goodison Park in January 2019. Manager Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t gone four home league games without a win since a run of nine between May-December 2007 with AC Milan.
Fulham are on the longest current winless run in the Premier League, failing to win any of their last 12 in the competition. However, eight of those games have finished level (L4), including each of their last four away from home.
Fulham have lost 30 of their last 34 Premier League games against the six ever-present sides in the competition (W1 D3), though their one win in that run did come against Everton in April 2019 (2-0).
No side has had fewer different goalscorers than Fulham in the Premier League this season (7, excluding own goals). The Cottagers also had the fewest scorers in their last top-flight campaign in 2018-19 (10).
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s Premier League goals have been worth more points than any other players’ in the competition this season, with his 13 goals earning the Toffees 14 points so far.
Seven of James Rodríguez’s eight Premier League goal involvements for Everton this season have come in home games (4 goals, 3 assists), with his strike against Manchester United last time out his only one to come away from Goodison Park.
West Ham United v Sheffield United on Feb 15
West Ham United are looking to complete a league double over Sheffield United in the top-flight for the first time since the 1967-68 season under Ron Greenwood.
Sheffield United have won one of their last 12 away games against West Ham in all competitions (D6 L5), a 2-0 win in the Championship in January 2005.
Coming into this weekend’s fixtures, only Manchester City (24) have won more Premier League points than West Ham so far in 2021 (16), with the Hammers winning five of their seven league games so far this calendar year (D1 L1).
After a 20-game winless run in the Premier League, Sheffield United have now won three of their last six in the competition. The Blades have alternated between victory and defeat in those six games, losing against Chelsea last time out.
Sheffield United have won just 7.7 per cent of their Premier League games in London (P26 W2 D8 L16) – among teams to play more than 10 times in the capital, only Derby County (2.6 per cent, P38 W1) have a lower win percentage than the Blades.
Excluding their loss at Newcastle on the opening day of the 2020-21 season, each of West Ham’s last 15 Premier League defeats have been against sides in the top half of the table. Since losing 1-2 at 12th place Crystal Palace in December 2019, the Hammers are unbeaten in their last 19 league games against sides in the bottom 10 (W11 D8).
West Ham have scored 12 goals from corners and indirect free-kick situations in the Premier League this season, more than any other side. Meanwhile, no side has conceded more goals from such situations than Sheffield United (10, level with Leeds).
West Ham already have as many points after 23 Premier League games this season as they had in the whole of 2019-20 (39). Indeed, the last time the Hammers had this many points at this stage of a top-flight campaign was in 1985-86 (45) when they ended up finishing third.
West Ham manager David Moyes has a 100 per cent win ratio in home games against Sheffield United in all competitions, winning all six of his previous games against the Blades. However, he hasn’t faced them at home since a 3-1 League Cup win for Everton in August 2011.
Since their return to the Premier League last season, Billy Sharp’s six league goals have been worth 10 points to the Blades. In their Premier League history, only Brian Deane’s goals have been more valuable to the Yorkshire side (11).
Chelsea v Newcastle United on Feb 15
Chelsea have only lost one of their 25 home Premier League games against Newcastle United (W18 D6), a 2-0 defeat in May 2012.
Newcastle have lost their last seven away league games against Chelsea, scoring just three goals and conceding 18.
Chelsea are looking to win eight consecutive home top-flight matches against an opponent for the first time since winning nine in a row against West Brom between 1984 and 2013.
Newcastle have won two away Premier League games in London this season, beating West Ham and Crystal Palace. The Magpies haven’t won three in a season in the capital since the 2013-14 campaign, beating Spurs, West Ham and Crystal Palace.
Chelsea have won their last three Premier League matches, as many as they had in their previous 11 (W3 D3 L5). The Blues have conceded just one goal in their four league games under Thomas Tuchel, while they’ve faced on average just five shots per game under the German, compared to 10.1 under Frank Lampard in the league this term.
Newcastle have won two of their last three Premier League games (L1), as many as they had in their previous 13 in the competition (D2 L9). The Magpies are looking to win consecutive away league games for the first time since July 2020.
Newcastle have lost 14 of their last 18 Premier League matches played on a Monday (W2 D2), failing to score in 13 of those matches, including each of the last four.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has never previously managed a top-flight match on a Monday – his last match in any competition on this day was in August 2016, leading Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 win in the first round of the DFB-Pokal against SV Eintracht Trier 05.
Only against Aston Villa (9) has Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored more Premier League goals than he has versus Newcastle (8). However, those eight goals against the Magpies all came in his first six appearances against them, with the Frenchman failing to score in his last seven.
Miguel Almirón has scored three goals in his last four Premier League games for Newcastle, as many as in his previous 32 in the competition. However, all four of his strikes this season have come in home games.
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