Having a punt this weekend and looking for the crucial stats to sway you one way or another? Well, you’re in the right place. Here are five stat based predictions on this weekend’s games…
Sunderland will not score against Arsenal
Two main stats stand out for this one; the first is that Arsenal have kept 7 clean sheets in their last 8 games, including three different keepers keeping three clean sheets in the past week. Add that to the fact Sunderland's main goal threat Jermaine Defoe hasn't not found the net against Arsenal in 11 years and surely there's only one outcome? An Arsenal clean sheet is 6/5.
Manchester United will not lose to Burnley
Hardly ground breaking stuff we admit and although United have looked shaky of late, they haven’t lost at home to Burnley in the league since way back in 1962. Burnley have lost all four of their away games this season, including away to Accrington in the Cup, and this trend looks set to continue, you can get 14/5 on them to win by 2 goals.
Leicester will not lose to Spurs, but it’s unlikely they’ll win either
The Tinkerman has got a fantastic record against Spurs. In his career to date he's unbeaten against the Londoners, having faced them ten times - winning seven, drawing three. However, Leicester have lost all four away games so far this season, so a draw could potentially be the answer at 16/5.
Ipswich Town will beat Rotherham
Rotherham are in what you might call a poor run of form having lost their last seven games, including a 1-0 defeat to Reading last time out in what was new manager Kenny Jackett's first game in charge. Although Ipswich are going through a tough spell of their own, it’s nothing compared to Rotherham who have not picked up a single point on the road and have kept just one clean sheet all season. Ipswich to win to nil is available at 19/10.
Plymouth will beat Colchester
The Pilgrims are flying – they haven’t lost a home game since the opening day (a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Luton). Saturday's visitors Colchester have only picked up a solitary point on the road in the last three games and have not won in their last eight. League leaders Plymouth are (perhaps surprisingly), 11/10 to pick up another 3 points on Saturday.