first_imgCRYSTAL PALACEVS WEST HAMCrystal Palace have 15 points, their best points haul after eight games in the top-flight since the 1990-91 campaign, when they had 16. West Ham, though, are one of only four teams yet to lose away from home in this season’s Barclays Premier League. Palace are still without Kwesi Appiah. West Ham miss winger Enner Valencia and midfielder Alex Song.SOUTHAMPTONVS LEICESTERThe most common result between these teams at Southampton in the Premier League is 2-2. Four of the nine games there have ended in draws, and three were 2-2. Saints won four of the others while Leicester’s only victory at Southampton was 2-1, in April 2000. They miss Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos. Leicester may recall Riyad Mahrez to midfield.TOTTENHAM VS LIVERPOOLJurgen Klopp begins life as Liverpool manager following the shock sacking of Brendan Rodgers. But his new team is 10th with three wins, their fewest after eight games for three years. Spurs are without the banned Eric Dier after five cautions while recent arrival Heung-Min Son is absent with a foot problem.WEST BROM VS SUNDERLANDA new era begins at The Hawthorns where Sam Allardyce takes charge of Sunderland for the first time, just two days before his 61st birthday. Allardyce has replaced Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman resigned following the 2-2 draw with West Ham last time out. Sunderland last won in the Premier League at The Hawthorns, in January 2006.NEWCASTLE VS NORWICH CITYNewcastle have just three draws; it is their worse haul from their first eight games for 117 years. And they are now without goalkeeper Tim Krul. Norwich have never won at St James’ Park in the Premier League. In six visits, they have lost five and drawn one. The Canaries are missing Lewis Grabban and Gary Hooper while Youssuf Mulumbu is also absent.SWANSEA CITYVS STOKE CITYStoke have won their last two, against Bournemouth and Aston Villa, and are bidding to win three in a row for the first time since March. Swansea’s home record against Stoke is good; in four Premier League clashes in Wales between the teams the home side is unbeaten, winning three and drawing one. And Stoke’s last win at Swansea was back in March 1993.last_img

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