FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v Everton - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - February 1, 2020 Everton's Theo Walcott scores their third goal (Reuters)
With the league introducing a winter break this season, only eight teams are playing this weekend while the other 12 play the following weekend.
Saturday, Feb. 8
Everton v Crystal Palace (14:30)
*Everton have lost only five times to Palace in 21 Premier League meetings and are unbeaten in the last 10 against them.
*Palace have slipped to 14th place after managing one win in their last 10 matches this season while ninth-placed Everton can extend their unbeaten run to five matches.
*Palace are without a clean sheet in nine matches but have conceded more than one goal only twice in that run.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford (19:30)
*Watford are looking for only their second Premier League win over Brighton in their sixth meeting.
*Brighton have not won in their last five matches to sit 15th while 19th-placed Watford are looking to avoid a third straight defeat.
*Brighton have let in three goals in each of their last two games, losing at Bournemouth and drawing with West Ham United.
Sunday, Feb. 9
Sheffield United v Bournemouth (16:00)
*Bournemouth have lost six of their last seven away matches (W1) and failed to score in their last three away fixtures.
*The Blades have lost only one of their 15 league meetings with Bournemouth (W9 D5), a 1-0 home defeat in 1987.
*Bournemouth are 16th — only two points above the relegation zone — while the Blades can leapfrog Tottenham Hotspur into fifth place with their 10th victory of the season.
Manchester City v West Ham United (18:30)
*City have won their last seven Premier League meetings with West Ham, scoring 23 goals and conceding three.
*Holders City have lost six times in the Premier League already this season, as many as they did in the last two campaigns combined.
*Since 2016-17, City’s Raheem Sterling has been involved in 11 league goals in seven games against West Ham, scoring six and assisting five.
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