James Ward-Prowse needs one direct free-kick goal to match David Beckham and Laurent Robert’s single-season record of five.
Following a hard-fought cup run for both Chelsea and Crystal Palace, the two London sides are set to battle it out at Wembley Stadium for a place in the FA Cup final in May. Chelsea’s double dreams were crushed during midweek after they were dramatically knocked out of the Champions League in extra-time (aggregate: 5-4) by Real Madrid, despite a 3-2 victory on the night. That was a result that left boss Thomas Tuchel both ‘disappointed and very proud’.
Leicester are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches against Crystal Palace (W3 D2), having lost each of their previous four against the Eagles.
Bukayo Saka (20) and Emile Smith Rowe (21) are Arsenal’s leading Premier League scorers this season with nine goals each. Only twice has a club had two players reach double figures while aged 21 or younger in a single PL campaign – Leeds United in 1999/00 (Harry Kewell and Michael Bridges), and Manchester United in 2006/07 (Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo).
Manchester City are unbeaten in 13 away Premier League matches since losing on the opening weekend of 2021/22 at Spurs (W11 D2). They last had a longer unbeaten run on the road in the competition between February and December 2018 (14).
Chelsea have won 76 per cent of their Premier League matches against Crystal Palace (19/25), including the last eight in a row. With a minimum of 20 meetings, it’s the highest win-rate that one team have against another in the competition’s history.
Starting with a brace in this fixture last season, each of Roberto Firmino’s last 10 Premier League goals for Liverpool have come away from home. In the competition’s history, only three players have had a longer run of goals without any coming at home.
If Declan Rice features, he’ll be the youngest player to reach 150 Premier League appearances for West Ham United, at 22 years 352 days. He’ll be almost three years younger than the previous-youngest player to reach the milestone for the Hammers (Mark Noble in 2013, 25y 267d).
Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in their last 14 league matches on Boxing Day (W11 D3) since a 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth in 2003/04. It’s the longest ongoing unbeaten run on this day by any side within the top four tiers of English football.
Chelsea’s record signing Romelu Lukaku will not be involved in his side’s Premier League opener at home to Crystal Palace.