2016/17 – Game 02 – Round 06:

It’s seems like months since the last round of Premier League matches after last weeks break for the FA Cup, and although Round 06 only has eight games, it does signal the end of February and therefore the awarding of another Player-of-the-Month.

 Saturday

There’s no Saturday Lunchtime kick-off this weekend, so the last Round of February starts with five matches at three o’clock. Alphabetically speaking, the first match sees Swansea visit Chelsea, searching for their first ever Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge. You’d be forgiven for thinking this match is a home banker, but it should be considered that Chelsea haven’t beaten Swansea in their last three meetings (2D 1L) and Swansea have scored one more point (12) in the last six matches than Chelsea!

“We know we are going to have to be at our very best against them, but we are not daunted by the challenge.”

Paul Clement, Swansea Manager

It’s interesting to note, ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace,  that only Chelsea (11) and Man Utd (12) have conceded fewer goals away from home than Middlesbrough this season. It is almost twelve years since Middlesbrough won at Selhurst Park though, when Frank Queudrue scored in a 1-0 win in April 2005.

David Moyes will take a team (Sunderland) to Goodison Park for only the second time since he left Everton in 2013. His only previous visit (with Man Utd) resulted in a 0-2 defeat in April 2014. Add in the fact that Romelu Lukaku has scored seven times against Sunderland and it doesn’t look promising for the Black Cats.

Hull will be looking to win three top flight home matches in-a-row for the first time when they entertain Burnley on Saturday. This is offset slightly by the fact that Burnley are unbeaten against Hull in their five Premier League matches to date, having won four and drawn the other. But then again, The Clarets have only won four of 49 away Premier League matches, although two of those were against Hull. Interesting!

All four Premier League goals Bournemouth have scored against West Brom have come in the second half. The last Cherries player to score a first-half goal versus the Baggies in any competition was Eddie Howe in January 1999.

While there isn’t a lunchtime match, there is a teatime match to see on BT Sport – Watford host West Ham having won three of the last four matches between the two.

“We are a different team from the one who last faced Watford. We had so many players injured but we are in a much better shape now.”

Slavan Bilic, West Ham Manager

Sunday and Monday

Things don’t look too good for Stoke in their trip to Tottenham on Sunday. Spurs have beaten the Potters 4-0 in each of their last two Premier League meetings. Not only that, but Tottenham have the best defensive home record in the league, having only conceded 8 goals at White Hart Lane this season.

History might suggest that managerless Leicester could overturn Liverpool on Monday night. Liverpool were 4-1 winners the first time they met this season (September), but haven’t beaten the Fox’s home and away in the same season since 2001/02.

“I’m totally convinced that we have enough talent in that dressing room; come Monday, we’ll be ready.”

Craig Shakespeare, Leicester City Caretaker Manager

Don’t forget to enter your predictions for this round.

Tables

Below you can see three tables – one for the current Round, one for the month-to-date standings, and finally the total points to-date.

Round Points

No match data available.

Month Points

No match data available.

Overall Points

No match data available.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*