Aston Villa (20th) Vs Crystal Palace (7th): Our view is: As he seeks his first Barclays Premier League win of his Aston Villa tenure manager, Remi Garde insists he is not feeling any extra pressure ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting with Crystal Palace. That is a joke if ever we have herd one (hahaha). Villa were held to a 1-1 draw by League Two side Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of the FA Cup, and are in great need of a morale-boosting win as they try to bridge the 11-point gap between themselves and safety. Let’s be 100% honest here, Villa are gggoooonnnneeee!! It would take a Houdini act like Leicester city from last season to get out of the poo Villa are in. On the other hand Palace are sitting just beautifully.Palace’s performances this season have been in stark contrast to those of Villa and, despite going three league matches without a win, they are still just five points adrift of the top four, and the London club can afford to head into this encounter with confidence, having beaten Southampton 2-1 in the FA Cup. We say Palace will do this in a canter 3-0.
Aston Villa (from): Bunn, Guzan, Bacuna, Clark, Crespo, Hutton, Lescott, Okore, Richards, Richardson, Senderos, Gardner, Gil, Gueye, Grealish, N’Zogbia, Sanchez, Sinclair, Veretout, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Ayew, Gestede, Kozak.
Crystal Palace (from): Hennessey, McCarthy, Speroni, Dann, Delaney, Hangeland, Kelly, Mariappa, Souare, Ward, Cabaye, Guedioura, Jedinak, Ledley, Lee, McArthur, Mutch, Puncheon, Sako, Zaha, Bamford, Campbell, Chamakh, Gayle, Wickham.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg Assistants: J Collin, R West Fourth Official: J Moss
– The last seven Barclays Premier League meetings between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have produced just 10 goals.
– Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last seven league meetings with Aston Villa (W4 D2 L1).
– The Eagles have won just five BPL matches with a winning goal scored in the 87th minute or later; two of which have been against Villa, including their 2-1 win earlier this season.
– Crystal Palace have failed to score a goal in their last three league matches. They have not gone without a goal in four successive top-flight matches since February 1998 (five matches).
– Aston Villa players have embarked on the most dribbles in the top-flight in 2015/16 (546) but only one club (Newcastle United, 41.6%) has a lower dribble success rate than the Villans (43.4%).
– A BPL-high 47.8% of Crystal Palace’s goals this term have been scored from set-piece situations.
West Ham (6th) Vs Bournemouth (15th) Our view is:
West Ham United will hope the can build on their impressive recent momentum when they travel to face AFC Bournemouth. A 1-0 home win over Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Saturday extended the unbeaten run of Slaven Bilic’s team to eight matches in all competitions. West Ham are sixth in the top flight after 20 matches and only four points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth, with Noble desperate to keep the pressure on the sides around them by recording a fourth straight win in all competitions as they face a Bournemouth side who beat them 4-3 at the Boleyn Ground in August. The Cherrys are in some good form themselves, they also enjoyed FA Cup success against Championship opposition, beating Birmingham City 2-1 despite making changing their entire line-up. Manager Eddie Howe, who has signed Wolves striker Benik Afobe and former AFC Bournemouth forward Lewis Grabban from Norwich City in the last 24 hours, and is awaiting a work permit for Juan Iturbe, a recent loan signing from Roma, is pleased to have his first-choice players fresh to face West Ham. We see an awesome game here with the potential for goals and utter shite defending, with a dash of brilliant goals being scored. We say 2-2 DRAW
AFC Bournemouth (from): Allsop, Boruc, Federici, Bennett, Cargill, Cook, Costa, Daniels, Distin, Francis, Smith, Arter, Andrade, Atsu, Gosling, MacDonald, O’Kane, Pugh, Ritchie, Stanislas, Surman, Kermorgant, King, Murray, Rantie, Tomlin,
West Ham United (from): Adrian, Randolph, Spiegel, Collins, Cresswell, Demel, Henry, Jenkinson, O’Brien, Ogbonna, Oxford, Reid, Tomkins, Antonio, Cullen, Kouyate, Noble, Obiang, Payet, Samuelsen, Song, Carroll, Jelavic, Lee, Valencia, Zarate.
Referee: Martin Atkinson Assistants: P Kirkup, S Child Fourth Official: K Friend
– AFC Bournemouth’s 4-3 win over West Ham United in August is their only competitive victory in six attempts against them (D2 L3).
– West Ham have conceded just two goals in their last six Barclays Premier League matches, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
– The Hammers are winless in their last five BPL away matches (L2 D3) and have netted just twice in this run.
– Dimitri Payet has created 49 goalscoring chances in the league this term and, despite missing seven matches through injury, this is still 23 more than any other West Ham player in 2015/16.
– Andy Carroll has scored in his last two league appearances for West Ham. He has never scored in three successive BPL matches.
– Carroll has scored 51% of his top-flight goals with his head. Only two strikers to have scored 20+ goals in the competition have a higher proportion of headed goals (Kenwyne Jones, 55% and Duncan Ferguson, 53%).
Manchester United (5th) Vs Newcastle United (17th) Our view is: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is facing a selection headache in midfield ahead of his side’s Barclays Premier League trip to Newcastle United. Yep this is the same twat who called his own team and style boring….Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger was a casualty of Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup third-round win over Sheffield United at Old Trafford, jarring his knee in a challenge with Chris Basham.Van Gaal does not expect the 31-year-old to be fit for the match at St James’ Park and that will leave a fair hole in the already underperforming United mid field. Newcastle have made yet another few French signings who should debut over the weekend and should really just try and throw the sink at united. Don’t bother trying ot mathc them, just attack them and well…. Beat them? Watch for Martial Vs Wijnaldum, 2 young guns showing us how the future looks. We say 1-1 DRAW.
Manchester United (from): De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Valdes, Darmian, McNair, Smalling, Keane, Varela, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Young, Depay, Martial, Rooney.
Newcastle United (from): Darlow, Elliot, Coloccini, Dummett, Janmaat, Lascelles, Mbemba, Aarons, Bigirimana, Colback, De Jong, Gouffran, Marveaux, Sissoko, Thauvin, Tiote, Wijnaldum Cisse, Mitrovic, Perez, Toney.
Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: S Bennett, E Smart Fourth Official: R Madley
– Newcastle United have suffered 25 Barclays Premier League defeats against Manchester United; their joint-highest tally against one opponent in the competition (alongside Arsenal).
– Man Utd have lost just one of their last 12 league away matches at Newcastle (W9 D2 L1).
– In fact, only away to Everton at Goodison Park and Aston Villa at Villa Park (both 15 wins) have Man Utd won more BPL away matches than at Newcastle’s St James’ Park (12).
– Wayne Rooney has scored 12 top-flight goals against Newcastle. Only against Aston Villa (13) has he scored more often.
– Rooney scored in the Red Devils’ last league match against Swansea. The England striker has not netted in successive league appearances since November 2014.
– Newcastle have lost three successive matches by a 1-0 scoreline.
– Steve McClaren’s side have lost more points from winning positions than any other BPL side this term (12).