Angus “Statto” Loughran – Premier League Stats & Analysis
Manchester City are currently top of the Premier League for first time ever in September, as they prepare for a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Crystal Palace v Manchester City, 3pm Saturday
City are 6/10 to make it eleven top flight wins in a row against Palace, just three behind Arsenal’s record of 14 set in 2002. City have also won four in a row away from home and the last time they won five League games on the trot on their travels was 103 years ago in 1912!
Yaya Toure has netted in his last 3 starts against Crystal Palace and is 7/4 to score anytime on Saturday or 13/2 to net first.
Backers may also fancy him at 23/10 to score and City to win.
Prior to last season’s 2-1 Palace win at Selhurst Park they had lost five in a row to City, but are currently in great form having won five of their last six top flight matches.
Manchester United v Liverpool, 5:30pm Saturday
Manchester United are 10/11 to make it six wins in their last eight matches against arch rivals Liverpool in the league. Juan Mata netted three times in two league games against Liverpool last season and will be a popular bet at 23/10 to score at anytime on Saturday evening, while he is a more speculative 15/2 to net the opener.
Wayne Rooney became England’s record goalscorer on Tuesday but is currently 864 mins without a Premier League goal. He would love to end that drought at Old Trafford on Saturday evening and is 13/10 to do so.
Only Liverpool v Everton, with twenty, has produced more red cards than this fixture – which has seen sixteen dismissals.
So expect a tough physical battle at a raucous Old Trafford on Saturday night.
Liverpool fans will be encouraged that Christian Benteke scored in his last two games against Manchester United for Aston Villa and may fancy him at 7/4 to net again at Old Trafford.
Everton v Chelsea, 12:45pm Saturday
Boyles offer the same 10/11 price on Chelsea winning at Everton in the live Saturday lunchtime match as Manchester United beating Liverpool, and this fixture last year produced nine goals in a 6-3 win for Chelsea.
The visitors have already conceded two goals in each of the first four Premier League games for the first time in 10 seasons, and will be looking to tighten up at the back at Goodison Park this weekend.
It is 5/6 for Both Teams To Score here and that will be a popular bet for the neutral here.
Chelsea to win with four or more goals in the match is also one to look at at 5/1 as their matches this season have been hard to predict but full of goals. Those that think Mourinho might just play a negative way here to gain some stability at the back can look at 15/2 on No Goalscorer. Currently in the Chelsea squad it is defender John Terry with 39 whom has scored most goals for the club.
Sunderland v Tottenham, 1:30pm Sunday
Sunderland, at the foot of Premier League table, can take little heart from a visit from Tottenham having lost seven of their last ten meetings in the Premier League. The Black Cats only salvaged a point in this fixture last season with a late Harry Kane own goal! Sunderland are, like Spurs, without a win so far this season but the visitors will be the popular bet here at 10/11 to finally get off the mark after playing far better than their three points gained so far suggests.
Harry Kane will have welcomed his break with England and his two goals and is 5/4 to get off the mark in the Premier League on Sunday.
Leicester City v Aston Villa, 4pm Sunday
The odds suggest Leicester will beat Villa at Home in Sunday’s live 4pm match on Sky at 5/6, but with only one win in the last five at home to Villa and three defeats the visitors are surely value.
Leicester have been one of the surprises of the season so far making a great start to their campaign, and will be hoping to continue that run this weekend but Villa will be no pushovers.
West Ham v Newcastle United, 8pm Monday
Most West Ham fans I have spoken to expected six points from their opening four fixtures but not one thought they would win at Arsenal and Liverpool and lose at home to Leicester and Bournemouth, which illustrates what a mad league – with the exception of Manchester City – the Premier League has been so far this season.
Newcastle need to find a win away from home having picked up just two points from the last 27 available on their travels but can take heart from their excellent draw at Old Trafford, West Ham’s inconsistency and the fact they have won four of the last ten meetings with The Hammers.
Newcastle are 12/5 for 3 points – the least likely of the three outcomes – but judging by West Ham’s results this season perhaps the most realistic!
*Prices correct at time of publication.