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BPL PREVIEWS

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 8:00 AM

NEWCASTLE

VS ARSENAL

Arsenal have four points from their opening three games, their worst start since 2011. But they have gone nine Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle without loss, winning their last seven home and away. Newcastle could start with Florian Thauvin, their latest signing from Marseille who scored on his full debut for Newcastle in the 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Northampton.

ASTON VILLA VS SUNDERLAND

Sunderland have failed to score in their last four games against Villa while managing just one in seven previous encounters. Three of the last four games between these teams at Villa Park have ended in goalless draws while seven of Sunderland's 14 visits there have also been draws, with Villa winning five and Sunderland just two, most recently in January 2011.

BOURNEMOUTH VS LEICESTER CITY

Leicester have won 29 Premier League points since April 1, more than any other side. And Riyad Mahrez has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances, including four in his three games of this campaign. Leicester have beaten Bournemouth in their last four league clashes, and last lost against the south-coast club in March 1989.

STOKE VS WEST BROM

Stoke have started poorly with just two points from a possible nine, their worst Premier League start for five years; in 2010 they lost their opening three games and went on to finish just seven points clear of the relegation zone. Albion's one point is their worst start since 2013.

TOTTENHAM

VS EVERTON

Tottenham have two points, their worst start for three years. But Everton last won at White Hart Lane in November 2008, one of three victories there in 22 visits. Everton defender John Stones put in a transfer request in midweek, while Chelsea have had three unsuccessful bids for the defender, and so he may not feature.

SOUTHAMPTON VS NORWICH CITY

Southampton's two points is their worst start since 2012 when they lost their first four games in the Barclays Premier League and sees them in the bottom three - their lowest place in the top flight since December 2012. Indeed, Saints have won just once in their last nine league games, losing five and drawing three.