Opta Stats: Man United talisman to join long list of Chelsea bashers

Crystal Palace v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00)

Glenn Murray has scored six goals and assisted three more in his last six Premier League appearances

This is the third successive weekend that the Crystal Palace striker features as one of our Opta scorer picks, but don’t mistake that for laziness. The 31-year-old has always vindicated his place, and keeps being made available to back at odds as appealing as [3.05] at home to out-of-form visitors like West Brom, who gifted their previous three opponents ten goals. That is a dreadful record against any clubs, but it gets worse when you consider that seven of those were leaked at home to bottom-three duo QPR and Leicester.

Recommended Bet: Back Murray to score @ [3.05]

Chelsea v Man United (Saturday, 17:30, Sky Sports 1)

Juan Mata has three goals and an assist in his last three Premier League games

Almost every neutral observer who doesn’t have a reason for wanting Man United to be defeated will be tuning in with the hope of seeing Mata score against the team that jilted him, but it isn’t just wishful thinking to believe that he will. As detailed above, the Spaniard is in his most prolific form of the campaign, and Chelsea’s past has continuously haunted them this term. Samuel Eto’o, Frank Lampard, David Luiz and, most unexpectedly, Filipe Morais have all celebrated (or not in some cases) reunion goals, as did Daniel Sturridge, Glen Johnson and Fabio Borini in recent seasons.

Recommended Bet: Back Mata to score @ [6.2]

Man City v West Ham (Sunday, 13:30, Sky Sports 1)

Sergio Aguero has scored 100 goals in 158 competitive games for Manchester City

Believe it or not, there was one pretty big positive to come out of Man City’s 4-2 derby beating by Man United that left them four points shy of an automatic Champions League group stage spot: the overdue return to form of Aguero. The Argentine was on the scoresheet twice at Old Trafford having gone six outings without a goal and notched a mere four times in 15 matches since early December. The 26-year-old enjoys confronting West Ham, converting four strikes in his past five meetings with the Irons.

Recommended Bet: Back Aguero to score @ [1.75]