Premier League preview: A statistical look at all of this weekend's games, including Cardiff City v Chelsea; Liverpool v Newcastle United; Manchester City v West Ham United; Southampton v Manchester United; Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa

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In the big game at the Etihad Manchester City need only a point to secure the Premier League crown and they have won each of their last 5 home games against Sunday’s opponents West Ham. Andy Carroll has scored more league goals against Manchester City (5) than any other side in his career.

Liverpool fans will feel that they have blown their chances but they must keep their end of the bargain by beating Newcastle at Anfield and hope that City slip up. The Magpies haven't won away at Liverpool since 1994 and there has been a man sent off in each of the last 4 meetings between the two sides.

Chelsea learned that their unlikely title bid after the weekend's draw with Norwich would become impossible with City's win in midweek. The Blues are looking to win 3 away games in a row in the league for only the second time this season when they travel to relegated Cardiff.

Norwich are not yet mathematically relegated but a 17-goal swing is unlikely! They'll be playing for pride and looking to give their fans something to cheer at Carrow Road. The Canaries have scored at least once in each of their 7 Premier League meetings with Arsenal since the turn of the century.

Fulham host Crystal Palace knowing that they will be playing Championship football next season. Their win in the reverse fixture was a pivotal moment for Palace, who sacked manager Ian Holloway after the 1-4 home defeat. Since then Tony Pulis has turned the Eagles’ fortunes around and they have now won their last three away games.

Everton have missed out on a Champions League spot but they'll be looking to end the season on a high against a Hull side that have been distracted in recent weeks by their upcoming Wembley date. The Toffees have scored at least twice in each of their last 6 meetings with the Tigers.

Sunderland completed a miraculous escape in midweek, becoming only the second side to beat the drop having been bottom at Christmas, with a fourth successive win against West Brom on Wednesday. They'll be looking to make it five against a Swansea side that have scored 9 goals in their last 5 away outings.

Tottenham have won their last 4 matches against Aston Villa without conceding a single goal, with this likely to be Tim Sherwood's final game in charge at the club. Paul Lambert's side have let their previously impressive away record slip, losing each of their last 5 matches on the road.

West Brom will be keen to avoid merely staying up on goal difference, particularly given the opportunity that they could yet finish above rivals Aston Villa. The Baggies, however, have failed to score in each of their last 4 matches against Stoke at the Hawthorns since they were promoted back into the top-flight, suffering defeat in each.

Both teams have scored in each of the last 4 meetings between Southampton and, with the Saints opening the scoring in three of those games. Robin van Persie returned to the scoresheet last time out and has scored 4 goals in his last 3 appearances for the Red Devils against their hosts on Sunday.


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