Premier League match previews

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A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend’s Premier League action, including Crystal Palace’s trip to Chelsea and Liverpool v Manchester City.

A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend’s Premier League action, including Crystal Palace’s trip to Chelsea and Liverpool v Manchester City.

Team news, key stats and predictions as the Premier League returns, with four games live on Sky Sports this weekend.
Charlie’s Premier League predictionsPremier League fixturesPremier League tableGrab 2 months of the Sky Sports Month Pass for just £20 per monthChelsea vs Crystal Palace – Saturday, 12.30pm kick-offChelsea will have Mason Mount available after he limped off in a sensational 4-4 draw with Ajax in midweek, but Ross Barkley will miss out. Jorginho is suspended for the game after picking up his fifth booking of the season last weekend. 0:53 Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard insists his side are not thinking about the league table, as Chelsea face Crystal Palace on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard insists his side are not thinking about the league table, as Chelsea face Crystal Palace on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Rudiger, who has played 45 minutes of Premier League football, remains sidelined after having an operation with Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury. Crystal Palace will have a fully fit squad to choose from for the trip to Stamford Bridge, with Andros Townsend, James McArthur, Gary Cahill and Cheikhou Kouyate are back after short-term knocks.Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham, who have been out for a longer period, are also back in contention.Stat of the match: Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances – only three Americans have scored in three in a row; Clint Dempsey (three times – 2007, 2009 and 2012), Joe Max-Moore (2000) and Roy Wegerle (1993). 1:32 Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will take charge of his 300th Premier League game against Chelsea on Saturday and vows to push that number forward. Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will take charge of his 300th Premier League game against Chelsea on Saturday and vows to push that number forward. How to watch: Follow the action with our dedicated live blog. Highlights of the game will be published at 5.15pm on the Sky Sports website and app plus the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.Charlie Nicholas’ prediction: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)Burnley vs West Ham – Saturday, 3pm kick-offBurnley striker Chris Wood is fit and ready to return. The New Zealand skipper has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem but is back in contention as the Clarets look to end a three-match losing run.Danny Drinkwater is working up to full fitness but will not be involved, nor will Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring), although he is back in training. 1:13 Burnley boss Sean Dyche talks about the new contract that has been signed by striker Ashley Barnes. Burnley boss Sean Dyche talks about the new contract that has been signed by striker Ashley Barnes. West Ham will continue to be without Lukasz Fabianski on Saturday, with the goalkeeper expected to be sidelined for at least another month.Jack Wilshire is also expected to be assessed during Friday’s training session, while Michail Antonio will not be available until after the upcoming international break.Stat of the match: Burnley’s Chris Wood has scored in all four of his Premier League games against West Ham, averaging a goal every 45 minutes against the Hammers (5 goals, in 226 minutes). No player has a better 100% record of scoring against a specific opponent in the Premier League than Wood does against West Ham (4/4). 0:29 West Ham midfielder Declan Rice feels that a Premier League top-six finish is achievable this season. West Ham midfielder Declan Rice feels that a Premier League top-six finish is achievable this season.

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