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…
With the FA Cup first round beginning this weekend we have narrowed our stats search to just the Premier League and the Championship.
Bournemouth to win to nil against Sunderland
Bournemouth have kept a clean sheet in three of their five home league games so far this season, which has included fixtures against Tottenham and Everton. Combine that with the fact that Sunderland have only scored once in the last four, a penalty against Arsenal, and have failed to keep a clean sheet this term, Bournemouth to win to nil looks a simple selection at 9/4.
Chelsea to keep a clean sheet
Sticking with the clean sheet theme and Chelsea have now recorded four clean sheets in a row in the Premier League for the first time since August 2010. They face Everton on Saturday, and while many will see this as a close game that can go either way, the stats don't lie. You can get 24/17 on Chelsea to keep a clean sheet.
Newcastle to score two goals or more
Newcastle have been in fine form recently and are having no trouble finding the back of the net. They have scored an average of 3.71 goals at home this season and with 21st placed Cardiff making the trip to St James' Park, Newcastle to score two goals or more looks an obvious outcome.
Reading to win at Wigan
Reading have scored in 89% of their away games and take on a Wigan side on Saturday, who have failed to score in their last four. Jaap Staam's side are fifth in the table while Wigan are struggling in the relegation zone and have just appointed Warren Joyce as their new manager. Surprisingly, perhaps because of the 'new manager impact', Reading are 21/10 to beat Wigan.
A goal in both halves in Burnley v Crystal Palace
Finally, one of this year's worst performing sides, Crystal Palace, travel to Burnley. There are a combination of stats to suggest there will be a goal in each half in this one. The Eagles have conceded at least one goal in all of their away matches this season and have been behind by half-time in 60% of their matches. Meanwhile, 77% of Burnley's conceded goals occurred in the second half. In a game where both sides will feel they can take all three points, the stats certainly point to there being a goal in each half.