Standout Stats, Streaks & Trends | W/E 15th December 2017
Standout Stats & Streaks W/E 15th December 2017
Patrick Gillen (@PatrickGillen94) uncovers the Standout Stats, Streaks & Trends ahead of this weekend’s football.
Leicester v Crystal Palace – Saturday 12:30
Crystal Palace’s incredible late comeback victory against Watford midweek will give The Eagles hope when travelling to Leicester on Saturday lunchtime. The 2-1 victory means that Palace have now gone unbeaten in six, but they come up against a team in fine form. The former Premier League champions Leicester have won four in a row under new manager Claude Puel and blew away Southampton on Wednesday, winning 4-1. With Mahrez, Okazaki and Vardy hitting top form again, Leicester should find a way to win and are 8/1 to win 2-0 with Paddy Power.
Brentford v Barnsley – Saturday 15:00
Barnsley are in freefall in the Championship, losing each of their last five games. They face Dean Smith’s Brentford side who will be looking to bounce back to winning ways at Griffin Park on Saturday after last week’s 3-2 defeat at Hull. The Bees had been in fine form before that defeat at the KCOM and win against the struggling Tykes could see them climb into the top half of the table. Betfair are offering best price 13/8 for Brentford to win with a -1 handicap.
Brighton v Burnley – Saturday 15:00
Burnley’s tight defence have conceded only one goal or less in their last eight games. The only two sides to put more than one goal past the Clarets this season have been Chelsea and Manchester City. Brighton themselves have lost their last three games despite a positive start to life in the Premier League. They have excelled at the Amex stadium this season but Sean Dyche’s team have been incredibly solid and even moved up to fourth in the table temporarily after beating Stoke. While the Champions League places may seem a bit of a farfetched ambition come the end of the season for Burnley, BetVictor are offering best price 7/1 for them to win 1-0 on Saturday.
Bologna v Juventus – Sunday 14:00
Juventus currently occupy third place in Serie A. having kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions. The Old Lady face Bologna on Sunday afternoon, with the home side looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to AC Milan last week. But against a stubborn Juve backline, who have won 12 out of their last 18 visits to this ground, anything but a defeat in this one would come as a huge surprise. Juventus to win and keep a clean sheet is best price 6/4 with Betfair.
West Brom v Manchester United – Sunday 14.15
West Brom have failed to score a single goal in the three games they have had since Alan Pardew took charge at the start of December. The Baggies run without a win also stretched to 15 games despite a hugely credible 0-0 draw at Anfield on Wednesday night. Things aren’t getting any easier on Sunday as Manchester are coming to town. The Red Devils bounced back after their derby defeat by beating Bournemouth 1-0 in midweek. While their performance wasn’t the best they’ve had this season, Jose Mourinho will be encouraged by Romelu Lukaku returning to goalscoring form. The Belgian has a good record against his former club and is 11/4 to score the first goal on Sunday with Bet365, who are also offering best price 6/1 for United to win 2-0.