More BPL Previews
Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Sunderland last weekend saw them chalk up 1,500 goals in the Barclays Premier League, only the second team after Manchester United to achieve that feat. Now they face struggling Burnley, the only team in all four professional divisions in English football yet to win a game. The game could see the first start for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott after a 10-month absence.
EVERTON VS SWANSEA CITY
Everton are beginning to pick up after winning their last two games. They face a Swansea side boosted by their first league win since August when they beat Leicester City 2-0 on Saturday night. Everton lost 3-0 at Swansea in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, but the Welshmen have never won at Goodison Park. In 11 league and cup visits, the Swans have drawn twice and lost seven.
LEICESTER CITY VS WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Leicester have failed to score in three of their last four Barclays Premier League games. West Bromwich Albion, meanwhile, have won seven and lost just one of their last nine matches in all competitions against Leicester. Despite this being both West Brom and Leicester’s ninth different season as a Premier League club, this will be their first meeting in the competition.
STOKE CITY VS WEST HAM UNITED
Stoke have won eight of their last 12 Barclays Premier League home games, but on Wednesday night, they went out of the Capital One Cup, between 3-2 at home. They also had Peter Crouch sent off for two yellow cards and so the striker misses the visit of West Ham, who have scored in eight successive Premier League games for the first time in five years.
ASTON VILLA VS TOTTENHAM
Aston Villa have lost their last five games in the Barclays Premier League, their worst sequence of results since January 2001. But Spurs arrive on the back of successive defeats; a third loss would represent their worst spell since November 2012. On Wednesday, however, Spurs reached the last eight of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 win over Brighton.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3
CRYSTAL PALACE V SUNDERLAND, SELHURST PARK
Sunderland are on the road for the first time since their embarrassing 8-0 thrashing at Southampton. Last weekend the Black Cats lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal and are now in the relegation zone. Palace have only one more point, in 16th spot, and have not lost at home to Sunderland since October 1995.