The Premier League Hub: Lineups, storylines, stats – Week 1

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With Week 1 of the 2016-17 Premier League season upon us, it is time to focus in on the 10 games taking place.

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Below in “The Hub” you will find projected lineups and a few main storylines surrounding each game.

Man, it’s good to have the PL back in full flow.

Arsenal vs. Liverpool – (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Both teams have major defensive concerns. Arsenal may have to play youngsters Holding and Chambers at CB, while Liverpool is without new goalkeeper Karius and Sakho remains sidelined. With Oliver Giroud not expected to feature, can Theo Walcott step up for the Gunners? Also, this new-look Liverpool side is truly Klopp’s now. His honeymoon period is about to be over.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W4 D4 L1).
  • Liverpool have only won one of their last 20 away trips to Arsenal in all competitions (W1 D8 L11) and have collected just eight points in 10 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium.

Projected lineups

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Holding, Chambers, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Iwobi
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Henderson, Can; Mane, Lallana, Coutinho; Firmino

Chelsea vs. West Ham United – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, USA) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Antonio Conte makes his bow in England and his 4-2-4 formation will be scrutinized. A London derby against high-flying West Ham isn’t an easy start for Chelsea and even though the Hammers are missing key players, it will be a hotly contested derby under the floodlights in west London. Can Kante and Matic stop Payet from purring?

Stats (via Opta)

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham United at Stamford Bridge (W7 D3) and have not lost at home to them in the league since September 2002 (2-3).
  • West Ham were unbeaten against Chelsea in the Premier League last season (W1 D1); the first time that they have achieved this since 2002-03.

Projected lineups

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Kante; Hazard, Costa, Oscar, Willian
West Ham United: Adrian; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Byram; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Feghouli; Carroll, Valencia

Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, CNBC) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Ronald Koeman‘s first game in charge of Everton comes 24 hours after he slammed their fitness. Not an ideal start and neither is losing John Stones and reports continuing about Lukaku leaving for Chelsea. Koeman likes to high-press, just like Mauricio Pochettino. It will be intriguing to see how Spurs’ youngsters bounce back from their collapse at the end of last season

Stats (via Opta)

  • Everton are winless in their last seven Premier League meetings with Tottenham Hotspur (W0 D4 L3).
  • No Premier League team has lost more games on the opening weekend than Spurs (9) – level with West Ham.

Projected lineups
Everton: Stekelenburg; Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines; Barry, Gueye; Mirallas, Barkley, Deulofeu; Lukaku
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dier, Wanyama; Alli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane

Bournemouth vs. Manchester United – (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Paul Pogba is out as he’s suspended from his time in Italy, so United’s fans will have to wait until next Friday for his debut. Bournemouth will start plenty of new signings but this is all about United. Can Mourinho’s team

Stats (via Opta)

  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last four home meetings with Manchester United in all competitions (W2 D2 L0), including a 2-1 Premier League win in 2015-16.
  • Four of Manchester United’s five opening day defeats in the Premier League have come away from home.

Projected lineups

Bournemouth: Boruc; Franics, Cook, Ake, Daniels; Ibe, Arter, Surman, Gradel; King, Wilson
Man United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Martial, Rooney, Mkhitaryan; Ibrahimovic

Hull City vs. Leicester City – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, CNBC) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: The reigning champs get the new season underway and even Claudio Ranieri is focusing on getting to 40 points at that is it. For Hull, they have no manager and 13 fit players with Mike Phelan still in caretaker charge. Shambles. With a few defensive issues and Huth out, can the Foxes maintain their incredible form from last season? With Kante, it’s doubtful.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Hull City are winless in their last five league meetings with Leicester City (D2 L3).
  • Leicester City haven’t conceded a goal in any of their last three league games against Hull City, including in both Premier League meetings in 2014-15.

Projected lineups

Hull City: Jakupovic; Robertson, Davies, Livermore, Elmohamady; Snodgrass, Huddlestone, Clucas, Meyler; Diomande, Hernandez
Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Hernandez, Fuchs; Mahrez, Mendy, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Vardy, Okazaki

Southampton vs. Watford – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Two new manager square off and their teams are adjusting to new formations. Puel is using a diamond in midfield and Mazzarri has been using a 3-5-2. It will be intriguing viewing down at St Mary’s.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Southampton are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Watford (W3 D2 L0).
  • Watford haven’t scored in any of their last four league games versus Southampton.

Projected lineups

Southampton: Forster; Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Targett; Romeu, Davis, Clasie, Tadic; Long, Redmond
Watford: Gomes; Britos, Prodl, Kabasele; Zuniga, Capoue, Suarez, Watson, Nyom; Ighalo, Deeney

Crystal Palace vs. West Brom

Main talking points: The Eagles are being linked with a move for Christian Benteke but Yannick Bolasie could leave. Apart from that, Pardew’s team is looking solid in midfield and defense. West Brom have new owners but only one new signing (Matt Phillips) this summer. Could be a tough season for Tony Pulis. Expect the team who score first to win this.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Tony Pulis (1.46) is the only permanent manager to have a better Premier League points per game as Crystal Palace coach than current boss Alan Pardew (1.30).
  • West Bromwich Albion ended 2015-16 on a nine match winless streak in the Premier League (W0 D4 L5), with their last Premier League victory coming on March 6th.

Projected lineups
Crystal Palace: Mandanda; Ward, Delaney, Dann, Souare; Townsend, Cabaye, Puncheon, Jedinak, Bolasie; Wickham
West Brom: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Olsson; McClean, Yacob, Fletcher, Phillips; Rondon, Berahino

Middlesbrough vs. Stoke City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Back in the PL after being relegated in 2009, Boro will be tough to break down and Karanka’s side have added firepower in Alvardo Negredo. It’s the case of same old, same old for Stoke as Joe Allen was their big summer signing but Mark Hughes is still on the hunt for a predator who can score goals.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Middlesbrough have won just four of their last 15 league meetings with Stoke City (W4 D3 L8).
  • Of the teams to be in the 2016-17 Premier League season, Stoke City have conceded the most Premier League goals in 2016 so far (36).

Projected lineups

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Griend, Gibson, Fry; Downing, Fischer, De Roon, Clayton; Ramirez; Negredo
Stoke City: Butland; Johnson, Cameron, Wollscheid, Pieters; Imbula, Allen; Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautovic; Diouf

Burnley vs. Swansea City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: On their return to the PL the Clarets haven’t changed much and Sean Dyche will expect them to grind out wins. With two home games to start the season, this is ideal. As for Swansea, plenty of new players will take the field for Guidolin and the loss of Ayew and Williams cannot be underestimated.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Burnley didn’t manage to win a Premier League game until November 8th (11th match) in their last Premier League season back in 2014-15.
  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games played in the month of August (W5 D2 L0).

Projected lineups
Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Mee, Keane, Tarkowski; Boyd, Arfield,Jones, Gudmundsson; Vokes, Gray
Swansea: Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, van der Hoorn, Naughton; Cork, Fer; Routledge, Barrow, Montero; Llorente

Manchester City vs. Sunderland – (Saturday, 12:30 pm. ET, USA) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Pep Guardiola takes charge of his first PL game as Man City boss and much is expected. John Stones will start and everyone will be watching him closely but it could be too early to judge City. Vincent Kompany is out, plus Leroy Sane is not match fit.

  • Manchester City have won their last four Premier League meetings with Sunderland.
  • Sunderland have never won away at Manchester City in the Premier League (W0 D2 L10).

Stats (via Opta)

Projected lineups
Man City: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Toure; De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito; Aguero
Sunderland: Mannone; O’Shea, Kaboul, Kone, Van Aanholt; Januzaj, McNair, Lens, Khazri; Defoe, Borini