Barclays Premier League Saturday: Pressure Off Relegated Huddersfield Could Mean A Struggle At The John Smith’s Stadium For Leicester: Previews. Comments. Team News & Stats.
By: Marc Gingell
Barclays Premier League Saturday Fixtures
|06-04-2019 KO:15:00||Vitality Stadium||Bournemouth||v||Burnley|
|REF: M Atkinson|
|06-04-2019 KO:15:00||John Smith’s Stadium||Huddersfield Town||v||Leicester City|
|REF: D Coote|
|06-04-2019 KO:15:00||St. James’ Park||Newcastle United||v||Crystal Palace|
|REF: S Attwell|
Bournemouth (12) v Burnley (17)
Burnley will have been relieved at the dramatic late events at Cardiff and there’s a chance they can get something out of this game to pull further clear of relegation. Bournemouth, on the magic 38 points, will be thankful for their early season form when they collected most of them.
Bournemouth Team News
- Unknown Return Date: Simon Francis Anterior cruciate ligament. Lewis Cook Anterior cruciate ligament. Andrew Surman Calf injury. Steve Cook Groin Injury.
- 75% Chance of Playing: Adam Smith Hamstring injury. Charlie Daniels Ankle injury.
Burnley Team News
Retired From Professional Football 22 Mar: Jonathan Walters.
Unknown Return Date: Aaron Lennon Knee injury. Steven Defour Calf injury. Peter Crouch Abdominal injury.
- Bournemouth have won just two of their last 10 league meetings with Burnley (D3 L5). The draw is 3.60.
Having won the reverse fixture 4-0 back in September, Burnley are looking to complete their first league double over Bournemouth since the 1999-00 season in the third tier.
- Bournemouth are winless in their last three Premier League home games, last going four without a win at the Vitality Stadium in December 2017.
- After losing their first four such games, Burnley are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches on the south coast, winning three and drawing two.
- Bournemouth have picked up just five points from their last eight Premier League games (W1 D2 L5), with a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield their only win in that run.
- Bournemouth have only lost one of their last 18 Premier League home games against sides starting the day below them in the table (W11 D6), with that defeat coming against Manchester United in November.
- Burnley kept a clean sheet in their last league game against Wolves (2-0). They’ve not recorded back-to-back shutouts in the Premier League since December 2017 (a run of three).
- Bournemouth striker Josh King has netted six goals in his last five Premier League home games, accounting for 67% of the Cherries’ total strikes in those matches (6/9).
- Burnley’s Dwight McNeil has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances. The last teenager to score in three Premier League games in a row was Romelu Lukaku in March 2013.
- Coming into this round of matches, Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson have each both scored and assisted in four different Premier League games this season – no other player has done so in more (also Troy Deeney and Mo Salah on four).
Bournemouth have become home draw specialists lately and this could be another one.
Bournemouth 1 – 1 Burnley
Huddersfield Town (20) v Leicester City (9)
Two teams in totally different zones. For Huddersfield, playing their first match after confirmation of their relegation, it’s a bit doom and gloom. For Leicester they are still in the new manager arrival honeymoon phase but that could end today with a Huddersfield victory. Plus Huddersfield have confirmed that boss Jan Siewert will be staying on despite relegation.
Huddersfield Town Team News
- Unknown Return Date: Adama Diakhaby Hamstring injury. Abdelhamid Sabiri Lack of match fitness.
- 25% Chance of Playing: Isaac Mbenza Calf injury.
- 50% Chance of Playing: Laurent Depoitre Foot injury. Demeaco Duhaney Hip injury.
- 75% chance of playing: Terence Kongolo Knee injury. Philip Billing Back injury. Matthew Daly Illness.
Leicester City Team News
- Unknown Return Date: Marc Albrighton Hamstring injury. Daniel Amartey Leg injury.
- Huddersfield are winless in their last 10 league meetings with Leicester (D1 L9) since a 3-1 victory in the second tier in November 1995.
- Leicester have only failed to score in one of their last 21 league meetings with Huddersfield (0-1 in November 1987), finding the net in each of the last 12.
- Huddersfield haven’t scored more than once in their last 21 Premier League home games (8 goals in total) and have lost eight of their last nine at the John Smith’s Stadium (W1).
- Leicester have only failed to score in one of their 16 Premier League away games this season (0-1 vs Crystal Palace).
- Already relegated Huddersfield have taken just four points from their last 57 available in the Premier League (W1 D1 L17).
- Leicester have won their last three Premier League games, last winning four in a row in December 2017 under Claude Puel.
- Huddersfield will be the 31st different side Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has faced in the Premier League – he’s beaten 27 of the previous 30 he’s come up against, failing only against Chelsea (8 games), Wolves (2) and Watford (1).
- Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has already won three of his four Premier League games in charge of the Foxes. It took him 15 games to win four matches at his of his previous clubs in the competition (Swansea City and Liverpool).
- Steve Mounie is the only Huddersfield player to score more than once in Premier League home games this season, with the Beninese forward netting twice at the John Smith’s Stadium.
- Leicester captain Wes Morgan has scored in his last two Premier League games, and could become the first Jamaican to net in three consecutively in the competition since Ricardo Fuller in May 2009.
No pressure for Huddersfield and they can take this one with Karlan Grant hitting the target.
Huddersfield Town 3 – 1 Leicester City
Newcastle United (14) v Crystal Palace (13)
With both teams now looking safe this game has an end of season feel about it. They were beaten by London opposition during the week with neither of them putting up much of a fight.
Newcastle United Team News
- Unknown Return Date: Sean Longstaff Knee injury.
- 75% Chance of Playing: DeAndre Yedlin Knock. Isaac Hayden Hip injury. Mohamed Diamé Knock.
Crystal Palace Team News
- Unknown Return Date: Mamadou Sakho Knee injury.
- Newcastle have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (W5 D5), losing 1-5 at Selhurst Park in November 2015.
- Crystal Palace have won just one of their seven Premier League away games against Newcastle (D2 L4), winning 2-1 in March 1998.
- Newcastle have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven home games against Crystal Palace in all competitions, with the exception being a 3-3 draw in August 2014.
- Newcastle have won their last five Premier League home games – they last won six in a row at St James’ Park in the competition between January-April 2004.
- Newcastle are winless in all 10 of their Premier League games against sides from London this season (home and away), drawing two and losing eight. They’ve never had a longer winless run against London clubs in the top-flight (also 10 in October 1999).
- Crystal Palace have alternated between victory and defeat in their last six Premier League games, losing against Spurs last time out.
- Crystal Palace have only failed to score in one of their last nine Premier League away games.
- Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon has scored nine Premier League goals this season – he’s never reached double figures in a single campaign in the competition.
- Salomon Rondon has been directly involved in six goals in his last five home appearances for Newcastle in the Premier League (3 goals, 3 assists).
- After a run of scoring five goals in five games, Wilfried Zaha has failed to score in his last three Premier League appearances.
Crystal Palace do have firepower in their locker but kept their powder dry at Tottenham during the week. At Newcastle, Palace big guns, might prove too much for the Geordies.
Newcastle United 1 – 2 Crystal Palace
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