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Premier League Saturday: Back to Basement Battles – Match Reviews -Team News – Comments – Stats – Predictions Plus Mike Dean And His 100th Premier League Red Card?

Burnley Looking To Move Away From Drop Zone But Brendan Rodgers Aims to Stamp His Mark On Leicester

By Marc Gingell

16th March 2019

16.03. 15:00 Vitality Stadum Ref: M Dean Bournemouth v Newcastle
16.03. 15:00 Turf Moor Ref: M Oliver Burnley v Leicester
16.03. 15:00 London Stadium Ref: J Moss West Ham v Huddersfield

Burnley (17) v Leicester (10)

Burnley, after back to back wins away at Brighton and home to Tottenham, are coming into to this one on the back of three defeats. Away at Newcastle and Liverpool with a home defeat against Crystal Palace squeezed in amongst those two. This has dropped Burnley right back in the relegation battle and Leicester, revitalized with new boss Brendan Rodgers in charge, will not lie down without a fight.

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Burnley Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Aaron Lennon Knee injury. Steven Defour Calf injury.
  • Expected Back 30 Mar: Jonathan Walters Achilles injury.

Leicester Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Marc Albrighton Hamstring injury. Daniel Amartey Leg injury.

Opta Stats

  • Leicester have kept a clean sheet in 57% of their Premier League games against Burnley (4/7), their joint-best ratio in the competition against sides they’ve played more than twice (also 57% vs Sunderland).
  • Burnley have won their last two Premier League home games against Leicester – they’ve never won three in a row against an opponent at Turf Moor in the competition.
  • Burnley have lost 13 Premier League games by a margin of two or more goals this season, only Fulham (17) have lost more. Indeed, the Clarets only lost 12 games in total in the whole of the 2017-18 campaign.
  • After an eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League (W5 D3), Burnley have lost each of their last three in the competition. Sean Dyche’s side had the sixth best defensive record in the Premier League last season (39 conceded), but have shipped the joint second highest number of goals in the competition this term (57).
  • Leicester have won two of their last three Premier League games (L1), more than they had in their final eight under Claude Puel (W1 D1 L6).
  • Burnley’s games have seen more 90th minute goals than any other side in the Premier League this season (12), with the Clarets shipping a league-high nine times in the 90th minute or later (scored three).
  • Burnley’s Ashley Barnes has scored in each of his last three home Premier League games – no player has ever scored in four in a row at Turf Moor for the club in the competition.
  • Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has won four of his five league meetings with Burnley (L1), winning against them with three different teams (Watford, Swansea, and Liverpool); the Clarets could become the first team Rodgers has beaten with four different teams

Prediction 

The Jamie Vardy factor, along with Rodgers, to put Burnley in more trouble.

Burnley 1 Leicester 2

 

 

Bournemouth (12) v Newcastle (13)

These two teams could well swap positions today with Newcastle moving into 12th by virtue of their superior goal difference. But they have only won two on the road at Huddersfield and Burnley. Bournemouth, with David Brooks and Callum Wilson back, look much more of a threat.

Dean – Nervous Nineties!

Referee Mike Dean is still on 99 Red Cards and has been stuck there for 72 days. He might be itching to get it out and make history. He brandished his first one on April 14th, 2001 to Newcastle’s Nolberto Solano for handball. In total, he’s issued seven reds to Newcastle players and it would only be fitting to reach his ton with another Newcastle player.

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Matt Ritchie!

Perhaps a fired up Matt Ritchie could help him out today as he faces his old club? Or Jonjo Shelvey?

Bournemouth Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Simon Francis and Lewis Cook Anterior cruciate ligaments.
  • Expected Back 13 Apr: Steve Cook Groin Injury.
  • Expected Back 30 Mar: Adam Smith Hamstring injury. Junior Stanislas Thigh injury. Dan Gosling Knee injury.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Ryan Fraser Knock.

Newcastle Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Robert Elliot Back injury. Sean Longstaff Knee injury.
  • Expected Back After 06 Apr: Fabian Schär Suspended.
  • Expected Back 01 Apr: Jamaal Lascelles Knee injury.

Opta Stats

  • Bournemouth have won neither of their home Premier League meetings with Newcastle, losing in 2015-16 and drawing in 2017-18.
  • Newcastle’s only league defeat away at Bournemouth came in the second tier in September 1989, with Mick Quinn scoring the Magpies’ goal in a 1-2 defeat.
  • The home side has only won once in the five previous Premier League meetings between Bournemouth and Newcastle (D1 L3), with Newcastle winning the reverse fixture at St James’ Park in November.
  • Newcastle have won just three of their 27 away Premier League games on the south coast (vs Brighton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, and Southampton), drawing 10 and losing 14.
  • Each of Bournemouth’s last seven home league defeats have come against ‘big six’ opposition. The last side from outside the ‘big six’ to beat them at the Vitality Stadium was Burnley in November 2017.
  • Newcastle have picked up just two points from their last 18 available away from home in the Premier League (P6 W0 D2 L4).
  • Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson have combined for nine Premier League goals for Bournemouth this season – the last duo to combine for more in a single season were Arsenal’s Nicolas Anelka and Dennis Bergkamp in 1998-99 (10 goals).

Prediction

Brooks to prove the match winner in this one.

Bournemouth 3 Newcastle 1

West Ham (9) v Huddersfield (20)

Huddersfield are down to 15 fit players and it’s still not clear if boss Jan Siewert has kissed and made up with Jason Puncheon.

West Ham Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Winston Reid Lack of match fitness. Andriy Yarmolenko Achilles injury. Jack Wilshere Ankle injury. Carlos Sánchez Knee injury. Andy Carroll Ankle injury.

Huddersfield Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Demeaco Duhaney Hip injury. Danny Williams Lack of match fitness.
  • Expected Back 30 Mar: Jonathan Hogg Rib Injury. Isaac Mbenza Calf injury. Adama Diakhaby Hamstring injury. Laurent Depoitre Foot injury.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Terence Kongolo Hip injury. Erik Durm Muscle injury. Abdelhamid Sabiri Lack of match fitness

Opta Stats

  • West Ham are unbeaten in their three Premier League games against Huddersfield (W2 D1) – they’ve only faced Bradford more often without defeat in the competition (4).
  • Huddersfield have lost their last three away games against West Ham in all competitions, since a 1-0 win in the top-flight in May 1971.
  • After winning their first Premier League game in London 3-0 against Crystal Palace, Huddersfield are winless in their subsequent seven in the capital (D1 L6), scoring one and conceding 17 goals in these games.
  • West Ham haven’t lost a home Premier League match against the side starting the day bottom since February 2007 against Watford (0-1), winning seven and drawing three since.
  • Yorkshire teams have lost their last seven Premier League visits to West Ham (Hull City five times, Sheffield United and Huddersfield once each) since Leeds United won 4-3 in November 2002.
  • West Ham are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games at the London Stadium for the first time. They last won three in a row at home in March 2016 at the Boleyn Ground.
  • Huddersfield are winless in their last eight away Premier League games (D1 L7), failing to score in each of their last five.
  • Huddersfield have picked up just four points from their last 51 available in the Premier League (P17 W1 D1 L15).
  • Huddersfield have failed to score in 54% of their total Premier League games (37/68) – they’re the only side in the competition’s history to fail to score in over half of their games played.
  • Huddersfield have used the joint-highest number of different players in the Premier League this season (29, level with Southampton), but have had the joint fewest goalscorers (9, level with Fulham), meaning just 31% of their players used have found the net this term.

Prediction

West Ham should have too much quality.

West Ham 4 Newcastle 0

 

 

 

 

 

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