Ahead of a full midweek schedule in the Premier League, let’s take a look at some of the standout betting opportunities available this week.
Manchester United will welcome former club favourite Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and his Cardiff team to Old Trafford on Tuesday night, in what promises to be an interesting fixture. United have secured the services of Juan Mata and his arrival could provide a much needed to boost to David Moyes’ team.
United have lost 3 out of the last 5 home games and Cardiff have won just 1 away game all season. Since the appointment of their Norwegian manager, the Welsh club have plummeted to the bottom of the table and their only positive moments have come in the FA Cup.
For goal betting, the stats point to under 2.5 goals in this game with 63.6% of both teams respective games producing this outcome. In the corner betting market the stats are tilted slightly in favour of over 10.5 corners, with 54.5% of United’s home games and 63.6% of the Bluebird’s away games giving this result. A corner margin of +3 can be expected in favour of the home team.
In the game at Carrow Road where Norwich take on Newcastle, there is a good chance of fewer than 10.5 corners as 90.9% of Newcastle’s away games and 45.5% 0f Norwich’s home games have produced this result. In fact, games involving the Geordies have produced the fewest amount of corners in the Premier League. In the same game there is a high possibility of less than 35.5 booking points as 81.8% of Norwich’s home games and 72.7% of Newcastle’s away games fall below this figure.
In the clash between Southampton and Arsenal at St. Mary’s, there is a fair to good chance of less than 10.5 corners, with a combined percentage of 127.2. There is also a good chance that Arsenal will receive the first booking in this game with a 63.6% occurrence rate compared to 36.4% for Southampton.
Swansea and Fulham are both struggling for league form at the moment but there is a very good chance of over 2.5 goals in this meeting at the Liberty Stadium. 81.8% of the Swans home games and 54.5% of the Cottager’s away games have ended this way. This game also has a good chance of under 10.5 corners with 54.5% and 72.7% probability for the respective teams.
Crystal Palace against Hull City provides us with one of the best goal betting stats of the week with both teams producing under 2.5 goals in 73% of their games. This game is also a candidate for less than 35.5 booking points, and Hull City have been booked first in 72.7% of their away games compared to a 54.5% first booking ratio for Palace at home.
The Merseyside derby does not provide too many standout opportunities and it has recently been an unpredictable encounter, but there are some stats worth noting. In the last home against Aston Villa, Liverpool conceded in the first half at home for the first time this season. Liverpool have only been booked first in 9.1% of their home games.
On Wednesday night Sunderland v Stoke provides a very good chance over 10.5 corners with 72.7% of the Black Cat’s home games and 63.6% of the Potter’s away games producing this outcome. In the game at White Hart Lane, Manchester City will be favourites to receive the first card against Tottenham having been booked first in 73% of their away games. Meanwhile, Tottenham have only been booked first in 36.4% of their home matches.
Under 2.5 goals: Crystal Palace v Hull City; Man Utd v Cardiff
Over 2.5 goals: Swansea v Fulham
Under 10.5 corners: Norwich v Newcastle; Swansea v Fulham; Southampton v Arsenal
Over 10.5 corners: Sunderland v Stoke; Man Utd v Cardiff
+3 Corner margin: Man Utd
First booking: Man City; Everton; Hull City; Arsenal
Under 35.5 booking points: Norwich v Newcastle; Crystal Palace v Hull City