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first_imgNORWICH CITYAt this stage of last season Chelsea had won 10 of their opening 12 games, scoring 30 goals and conceding 11. Fast forward 12 months and the Blues have three victories while netting just 16 and conceding 23. Norwich last beat Chelsea in the Premier League in December 1994 at home while they have not won at Stamford Bridge since October 1993.EVERTON VS ASTON VILLAAston Villa’s trip to Everton could produce goals. They are the third highest scorers at home with 12, but they have also conceded 11 at Goodison Park (only West Bromwich Albion (12) have let in more at home. This fixture, though, has a habit of producing draws; of their 23 visits, Villa have drawn nine, including five of the last eight. Of the other 14 clashes Everton have won eight and lost six.SOUTHAMPTON VS STOKE CITYSouthampton should be confident; in 33 home clashes with Stoke they have won 21 and drawn five, while losing seven. They are unbeaten in their last 10 at home against Stoke, winning seven and drawing three. Stoke last won at Southampton in October 1980, their only win there in 19 visits. And Saints have scored 12 goals at St Mary’s; only Manchester City (19) and Leicester (13) have more.SWANSEA CITY VS AFC BOURNEMOUTHSwansea have lost their last two and a third loss, against Bournemouth, would represent their longest run of defeats since January 2014. These teams last met in the 2007-08 campaign, in the third tier, and overall, the Swans have the upper hand with 15 wins and five draws from 25 meetings in Wales. Bournemouth have won just five.TOTTENHAM VS WEST HAM UNITEDTottenham held local rivals Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates last time out, extending their unbeaten run to 11 games – the best in the Barclays Premier League and their longest unbeaten sequence since December 2012 to March 2013, when they went 12 without loss. West Ham are unbeaten in their last two visits to White Hart Lane in the league but in a total of 19 Premier League visits the Hammers have won only four, while drawing five and losing 10.CRYSTAL PALACE VS SUNDERLANDCrystal Palace’s record at Selhurst Park is not as good as their return on the road. At home Palace have won two and drawn one, taking seven points from a possible 18 and scoring just six goals there. But away they have taken 12 from 18 thanks to four wins. Sunderland have conceded 18 away goals, an average of three per game and the most in the Premier League. They have scored six away, while failing to score in three. CHELSEA VSlast_img

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