Opta Stats: A contradiction to the Chelsea conspiracy

Opta reveal Chelsea’s fondness for facing ten men, the extent of Everton’s away woes and much more…

Man City v West Brom (Saturday, 12:45, BT Sport 1)

Man City scored four goals inside the first ten minutes in their last three games against West Brom

Few things prove beyond Tony Pulis but a Premier League point or even goal at the Etihad Stadium has been, so don’t expect him to cure West Brom’s horrid habit of losing within the first ten minutes whenever they face the champions. The Baggies were breached after six minutes in Pulis’ first loss in charge against Tottenham, while Man City struck in the second minute two home league fixtures back.

Recommended Bet: Back the first goal to come in 0-10 minutes @ 4.1n/a

Southampton v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00)

There have been just four goals scored in the last four Premier League matches played at St Mary’s

Opta note that Southampton have kept 11 clean sheets in 19 Premier League outings at St Mary’s, and they have stepped up their service to under-2.5-goal backers even further recently by netting once in 434 minutes there themselves. Their last seven contests have all gone under 2.5 goals, as did Burnley’s past four and the Turf Moor meeting between these two clubs, which the Clarets won 1-0.

Recommended Bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ 1.9720/21

Hull v Chelsea (Sunday, 16:00, Sky Sports 1)

Chelsea have seen more opposition players sent off than any other top-flight team this term (seven)

During the repulsive bleating about not getting enough penalties, Chelsea have carefully sidestepped this awkward statistic showing that, while Branislav Ivanovic (Everton) and Eden Hazard (West Ham) were spared certain reds over their last four league games, they have benefited from the most. Opta add that Hull have suffered more dismissals (five) than everyone besides Aston Villa, including one at Leicester last week.

Recommended Bet: Back there to be a sending off @ 3.711/4

QPR v Everton (Sunday, 16:00)

Everton have lost eight and won one of their last nine Premier League away games

The Toffees return to Premier League action reeling from the 5-2 defeat at Dinamo Kiev that crushed their Europa-League-to-Champions-League dream. They will be encouraged by QPR’s current five-match home losing streak, but the Hoops have won five out of six against other bottom-eight sides at Loftus Road, not losing there to a top-flight foe placed lower than seventh since the opening day.

Recommended Bet: Back QPR to win @ 3.55/2