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BPL PREVIEWS

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

ASTON VILLA VS WEST BROM

Just four miles separate these Birmingham rivals and there is little between the teams in the Barclays Premier League, with Aston Villa in 15th place following Sunday's 3-2 defeat by Leicester City. West Bromwich Albion are just 14th, with just one more point than their neighbours. But Albion have kept clean sheets in 13 games since the arrival of head coach Tony Pulis in January.

BOURNEMOUTH

VS SUNDERLAND

These teams are strangers; they have met six times, and only four in the league. Their first clash was in August 1988 in the old Second Division, and it ended in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland winning 1-0 at Bournemouth. The following season (1989-90) Bournemouth lost 3-2 at Sunderland and 1-0 at home while, in the League Cup that season, the Black Cats won 1-0 at Bournemouth following a 1-1 draw at Roker.

NEWCASTLE

VS WATFORD

Newcastle have now won just three of 24 Premier League matches played in 2015, and they have not scored since the opening day of the season - a run that stretches for 402 minutes. Their failure to score in four successive Premier League games is their worst run since April 2014. A fifth would represent their longest-ever spell without a Premier League goal.

SWANSEA CITY

VS EVERTON

Everton boss Roberto Martinez remains a popular figure at Swansea. The Spaniard played in 122 games for the Welshmen before taking over as player-manager at the age of 33. He stayed two years before moving to Wigan Athletic. And if history repeats itself, Everton should leave with at least a point. In 10 visits, Everton have never lost, winning eight and drawing two.

TOTTENHAM VS CRYSTAL PALACE

Spurs have suffered their worst start to a Barclays Premier League season since 2008, when they had just two points after five games, but went on to finish in eighth place. Crystal Palace, by contrast, are enjoying a fine start to the campaign. They are fifth in the table, despite losing their unbeaten record to leaders Manchester City last weekend.

LIVERPOOL VS NORWICH CITY

Liverpool have gone three games without a win, losing their last two, their worst run since last November, when they drew one and lost the next three. They have scored just three goals in five games in the Barclays Premier League, the fewest number netted in their first five outings for 10 years.