Opta Stats: Liverpool to sustain defensive improvement

The Opta insights point to midweek clean sheets for Liverpool and Crystal Palace, and another Chelsea win…

Hull v Sunderland (Tuesday, 19:45)

There have been six red cards in seven Premier League games between Hull and Sunderland

This showdown always has a little extra bite because of Hull’s band of discarded Wearsiders with a point to prove: David Meyler, Paul McShane and, most prominently, boss Steve Bruce. It seems to be getting progressively more intense, with five of those sending offs coming in the most recent four meetings. The KC Stadium bears the brunt of the brutality, with two players seeing red in each of the last two league clashes there. None of the four on Humberside this century have finished 11 v 11.

Recommended Bet: Back there to be a sending off @ 4.77/2

Southampton v Crystal Palace (Tuesday, 19:45)

It is five hours and four minutes since Southampton last scored a home league goal

Southampton’s goalless streak as hosts dates back to the final 34 minutes of their New Year’s Day encounter, with even West Ham’s nine men managing to flee with a clean sheet in the Saints’ last midweek assignment. Crystal Palace have conceded only once in four hours and 14 minutes on their travels, and even that blow could be excused on account of them playing with ten men at the time.

Recommended Bet: Back Crystal Palace to keep a clean sheet @ 5.04/1

West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45)

Jose Mourinho has a record of six wins in seven Premier League matches against West Ham

You probably don’t need the Opta stats to tell you that 1.654/6 is a brilliant price on Chelsea winning at West Ham, but seeing as we do have them, it would be a shame to waste them! The Blues have won 13 in 17 against their fellow Londoners, who failed to register a shot on target in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day. That defeat kicked off a run of one Premier League victory in ten for the Irons.

Recommended Bet: Back Chelsea to win @ 1.654/6

Liverpool v Burnley (Wednesday, 20:00)

Burnley have failed to score in their last five league games against the Reds

Liverpool’s current 11-match Premier League unbeaten sequence has inspired comparisons to the purple patch that almost delivered them the title last season, but there is a difference: this one comes accompanied with an unexpected five clean sheets in seven. That’s as many as they managed in their first 20 games combined, and Burnley have been beaten to nil on their last seven Anfield visits.

Recommended Bet: Back Liverpool to keep a clean sheet @ 2.111/10