(Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 18 of the Premier League on Dec. 21-22 (games at 1500 GMT unless stated):
Saturday, Dec. 21
Everton v Arsenal (1230)
*Everton won this exact fixture 1-0 in April last season, but have failed to win consecutive league games against Arsenal since a run of three between March 1985-April 1986.
*Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 11 goals have been worth 11 points to Arsenal this season, more than any other player in the competition.
*Arsenal have conceded the first goal in more Premier League games than any other side this season (11).
Aston Villa v Southampton
*Aston Villa are chasing a fourth home league victory of the season as they look to bounce back following three successive defeats in the competition.
*Excluding penalties, Villa have conceded a league-high 10 goals from set-pieces this season. Meanwhile, Southampton have recorded six of their last eight goals in the competition from set-play.
*Since their return to the top flight in 2012, Southampton are unbeaten in their away league matches against Villa.
Bournemouth v Burnley
*Burnley have scored in each of their last 10 league meetings with Bournemouth.
*Burnley striker Chris Wood has netted three goals in his four top-flight matches against Bournemouth.
*Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are looking to secure back-to-back league wins for the first time since September.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield United
*This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between Brighton and Sheffield United.
*Brighton are unbeaten in their last three league matches, last enjoying a longer run without losing in the competition in March 2018 (5).
*The Blades are looking to become only the second promoted team in English top flight history to remain unbeaten in their first nine away matches of a campaign, with Burnley in 1947-48 the only other instance.
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
*Newcastle would move above Palace and into the top half of the league table with a second consecutive home victory this weekend.
*Palace have scored a league-high ratio 73% of their goals in the second half of matches this season, with 11 of 15.
*Newcastle lost this fixture 1-0 in April but have never lost consecutive home league games against Palace.
Norwich City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
*Norwich striker Teemu Pukki has scored nine league goals so far this season.
*Wolves forward Diogo Jota has scored five goals in his last three appearances in all competitions.
*Wolves have suffered defeat just once in their last 12 league games, though it was in their last match against Spurs.
Manchester City v Leicester City (1730)
*Manchester City can move to within one point of second-placed Leicester if they can end the Foxes’ nine-match unbeaten run.
*Leicester have won their last four league away matches by an aggregate score of 17-1.
*Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored 16 league goals this season, more than another other player in the competition.
Sunday, Dec. 22
Watford v Manchester United (1400)
*No team is currently on a longer run without a Premier League clean sheet than Manchester United (12 games).
*Basement side Watford have won just nine points in their first 17 Premier League matches this season.
*United forward Marcus Rashford has scored 10 league goals this season -- one more than Watford.
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea (1630)
*Spurs midfielder Dele Alli has scored five goals in his last four league appearances against Chelsea.
*Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have lost four of their last five league matches.
*Spurs have won four of their five league matches since Jose Mourinho took charge last month.
Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge
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