Matchday 27 in the world-famous English Premier League kicks off with a grudge match at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Spurs early on Saturday and rounds out with Liverpool vs West Ham on Monday night at Anfield.
Here are some key facts via the Premier League to prepare you for the weekend and help you impress your friends with your new stats knowledge!
🔵⚪️ Chelsea vs Spurs
Frank Lampard, who made 140 Premier League appearances under Jose Mourinho, is aiming to become only the second manager to win his first two league matches against the Portuguese after Boavista’s Jaime Pacheco in September 2001.
🏺🍒 Burnley vs Bournemouth
Burnley have won five of their seven Premier League encounters with Bournemouth, winning the last three. That win rate of 71% is their best against any opponent who they have played at least five times in the top-flight.
🦅🐦 Crystal Palace vs Newcastle
Newcastle has won two Premier League matches in London this term, beating Tottenham and West Ham. They last won three in a season in 2013/14, against Spurs, West Ham and Crystal Palace.
⚔️ Sheffield United vs Brighton
Sheffield United’s last three defeats have come against the current top two sides. Against teams starting the day in the bottom half, they are unbeaten in seven matches since December, winning six.
🎯 Southampton vs Aston Villa
Shane Long has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last seven Premier League starts against Aston Villa, scoring six and assisting four. He scored two and set up two in his only previous start against them at St Mary’s, in May 2015.
🦊 Leicester City vs Man City
Jamie Vardy has scored more top-flight goals, with five, against Pep Guardiola's teams than any other player across the Spaniard’s spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
🐝 Man United vs Watford
Nigel Pearson can become the fourth English manager to complete a Premier League double over Manchester United, after Chelsea's Glenn Hoddle (1993/94), West Ham's Alan Curbishley (2006/07) and Swansea City's Garry Monk (2014/15).
🐺 Wolves vs Norwich
Wolves have lost more than half of their last 13 matches against sides starting the day bottom of the table (W4 D2 L7). But they did win their most recent such encounter, against Watford.
🔴 Arsenal vs Everton
Arsenal has won more matches against Everton, with 97, and scored more goals against them, with 327, than any side has against another in English top-flight history.
💯 Liverpool vs West Ham
This is Liverpool’s first Monday Premier League match since a 1-1 draw at West Ham in February 2019. That was the last time the Reds failed to win in the league after scoring the first goal.
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