After a break for the FA Cup, the Premier League returns with just two three o'clock kick-offs on Saturday.
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- AFC Bournemouth v Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town
AFC Bournemouth v Wolves
This match sees the meeting of two entertaining sides aiming for a top half finish and we could have another thriller at the Vitality.
Eddie Howe's Bournemouth come into the match on the back of successive defeats and they have only won two of their last nine in all competitions. They have though, won their last two league games on home turf by an aggregate score of 6-0 - not bad going to say it was against West Ham and Chelsea.
Consistency has been an issue for the Cherries and Wolves can extend their seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Nuno Espirito Santo's side look a classy outfit and real candidates to finish in the 'best of the rest' spot in seventh.
Backing them to win with over 1.5 total match goals at over 2/1 is an excellent price for a side with momentum and the feel good factor having reached the FA Cup quarter-finals.
- Bournemouth have never lost a home league game against Wolves, winning two and drawing one of their three previous matches.
- Having won the reverse fixture 2-0, Wolves are looking to complete a league double over Bournemouth for the very first time.
- Bournemouth have won their last two home league games by an aggregate score of 6-0. They last won three in a row at the Vitality Stadium in February 2018, while they last did so without conceding back in October 2014.
- Only Fulham (88%) have won a higher percentage of their Premier League points in home games this season than Bournemouth (73% - 24/33).
- Bournemouth’s last six home defeats in the Premier League have come against ‘big six’ opposition, including all three this season. The last time another such side beat them at the Vitality Stadium in the competition was Burnley in November 2017.
- Wolves have won three of their last five Premier League away games (D1 L1), as many as they had in their last 25 on the road in the competition (W3 D9 L13).
- Wolves have won 11 Premier League games this season, their joint most in a single campaign in the competition (level with 2010-11). They last won more in a top-flight campaign in 1980-81 (13).
- Wolves have scored 74% of their Premier League goals in the second half of games this season (25/34), a league-high ratio. Only Cardiff (7) have scored fewer goals in the opening 45 minutes than Wolves (9).
- Wolves have used fewer players than any other Premier League side this season (18). However, only Manchester United (14) have had more different goalscorers than Wolves (13), meaning 72% of their players used have found the net.
- Bournemouth striker Josh King has scored in his last two Premier League home games, netting three goals in total. He could become just the second Bournemouth player to score in three top-flight home games in a row, after Junior Stanislas in October 2018.
Newcastle v Huddersfield
One that probably will not make it on to the top of the Match of the Day running order, but it's a real six-pointer at St James' Park.
Rafa Benitez's Magpies have won just two of their last 12 in all competitions, sitting just a point clear of the bottom three. Huddersfield, meanwhile, have not won under Jan Siewert's management and are in the midst of a 14-match winless run in all competitions.
The Terriers have looked incredibly short all season and a large goal haul is a big ask for January signing Karlan Grant, 21, from Charlton. Newcastle, meanwhile, broke their transfer record to sign Miguel Almiron and the club's fans are excited to see their new man in action.
He could make his first start here, in a supporting role to Salomon Rondon and, going on his lively cameo against Wolves, he could cause all sorts of trouble against a leaky Huddersfield defence. At 3/1 to get on the score sheet anytime, it is worth a small play - but this may be one to hold until the team sheets are released.
Super 6 prediction: Newcastle 2-0 Huddersfield (Sky Bet odds: 6/1)
- Following their 1-0 win in the reverse fixture, Newcastle are looking to do the league double over Huddersfield for the first time since 1964-65.
- Huddersfield have won just of their last 11 away league games against Newcastle (D5 L5), beating them 2-1 in August 2016 in the Championship.
- Yorkshire sides have won four of their last seven away Premier League games against Newcastle (D1 L2) – more than they had in their first 20 visits in the competition (W3 D4 L13).
- Newcastle are looking to win three consecutive home league games for the first time since a run of four in April 2018 – the third game in which they beat Huddersfield.
- Huddersfield have lost 12 of their last 13 Premier League games, drawing the other. They’re without a goal in their last six hours and two minutes of football away from home in all competitions, since Zanka netted against Manchester United in December.
- Huddersfield have scored the fewest goals (14) and lost the most league games (19) among all 98 clubs in the top five European leagues this season.
- Huddersfield have played more Saturday 3pm games than any other Premier League side this season (17), but they’re yet to win in that timeslot (D5 L12). Their last such victory came against Watford in April 2018.
- Salomon Rondon has been directly involved in 41% of Newcastle’s 22 Premier League goals this season (6 goals, 3 assists). He netted the Magpies’ winner in the reverse fixture against Huddersfield.
- Huddersfield’s Jan Siewert could become the ninth manager to lose his opening four Premier League matches in charge, and first since Frank de Boer with Crystal Palace at the start of last season.
- Huddersfield’s top scorer this season is defender Zanka with three goals – making him the lowest scoring high scorer in the Premier League.