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We move into ‘Week 30’ in the Premier League and all 20 sides are in action.

The action gets going with Brighton travelling to Crystal Palace and with the last two clashes between the sides producing nine goals then we could be in for a thriller.

Then we’ve five 3pm games to take in that include Southampton v Spurs and Cardiff hosting West Ham, while the 5:30pm clash sees Man City hosting Watford – did you know Sergio Aguero has scored 6 goals in his last four games against the Hornets?

Onto Sunday, and action concludes with three more matches that start with Liverpool at home to Burnley in a clash you feel the Reds can get all three points from. Wolves also travel to Chelsea, but the best is saved for last as Arsenal welcome Manchester United to the Emirates in a crucial ‘top four’ encounter – did you know the Red Devils have lost just one of their last seven against the Gunners?

As always here at StatZone we’ve got all the games covered from a head-to-head angle, plus our best betting option on each match based on the stats – So, let’s get started!

Saturday 9th March 2019    Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion 12:30
  • Already met this season, Brighton 3-1 Palace
  • Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Palace 3-2 Brighton
  • Palace have won just 2 of their last 7 vs Brighton
  • Palace are unbeaten in their 4 home games vs Brighton
  • Both teams scored in the last 3 head-to-heads
  • This season’s head-to-head saw a RED CARD (Brighton)
  • 2 of the last 6 head-to-heads at Palace ended in DRAWS
  • 2 of the last 6 head-to-heads ended in 0-0 DRAWS
  • 7 of the last 11 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Brighton have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 vs Palace
  • Glenn Murray (Brighton) has scored in the last 3 head-to-heads

STATZONE VERDICT: OVER 2.5 GOALS

   Cardiff City v West Ham United 15:00
  • Already met this season, West Ham 3-1 Cardiff
  • Last repeat fixture (Prem, 2014) ended, Cardiff 0-2 West Ham
  • West Ham have won their last 7 (all comps) vs Cardiff
  • West Ham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 vs Cardiff
  • West Ham have won 4 of their last 7 vs Cardiff 2-0
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in 7 of the last 9 head-to-heads
  • 6 of the last 9 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
  • No DRAWS in the last 11 head-to-heads

STATZONE VERDICT: WEST HAM TO WIN

  Huddersfield Town v Bournemouth 15:00
  • Already met this season, Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield
  • Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Huddersfield 4-1 Bournemouth
  • Bournemouth have won 2 of their last 6 vs Huddersfield 4-0
  • 6 of the last 7 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • The last 3 repeat fixtures went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in 5 of their last 6 vs Huddersfield
  • This season’s head-to-head saw a RED CARD (Bournemouth)
  • Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) has scored 4 in the last 3 head-to-heads

STATZONE VERDICT: OVER 2.5 GOALS

   Leicester City v Fulham 15:00
  • Already met this season, Fulham 1-1 Leicester
  • Last repeat fixture (2004, Prem), Leicester 0-2 Fulham
  • 5 DRAWS in the last 10 head-to-heads
  • 4 of the last 5 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams scored in the last 5 head-to-heads

   STATZONE VERDICT: DRAW

    Newcastle United v Everton 15:00
  • Already met this season, Everton 1-1 Newcastle
  • Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Newcastle 0-1 Everton
  • Everton have won their last 5 of their last 6 vs Newcastle
  • Newcastle have scored just 1 in the last 6 head-to-heads
  • Everton have won 4 of their last 5 away league games at Newcastle
  • 4 of the last 5 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in 5 of the last 6 head-to-heads
  • Everton have WON 3 of the last 5 head-to-heads 1-0
  • 3 RED CARDS (Newcastle) in the last 6 head-to-heads

STATZONE VERDICT: UNDER 2.5 GOALS

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur 15:00
  • Already met this season, Spurs 3-1 Southampton
  • Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Southampton 1-1 Spurs
  • Spurs have lost just 1 of their last 13 league games vs Southampton
  • Both teams scored in 7 of the last 8 head-to-heads
  • 6 of the last 8 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Spurs are unbeaten in their last 6 away league games vs Southampton
  • Heung-Min Son has scored 3 in his last 4 vs Southampton
  • Harry Kane have scored 6 in his last 7 vs Southampton
  • Spurs have lost just 1 of their last 10 vs Southampton (all comps)
  • Spurs have scored in their last 13 vs Southampton

STATZONE VERDICT: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE


Manchester City v Watford 17:30
  • Already met this season, Watford 1-2 Man City
  • Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Man City 3-1 Watford
  • 2 of the last 3 repeat fixtures ended Man City 2-0 Watford
  • Man City have scored 18 goals in their last 5 vs Watford
  • The last 4 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • 7 of the last 9 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Sergio Aguero (Man City) has scored 6 goals in the last 4 head-to-heads

STATZONE VERDICT: AGUERO TO SCORE ANYTIME

Sunday 10th March 2019 Liverpool v Burnley 12:00
  • Already met this season, Burnley 1-3 Liverpool
  • Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Liverpool 1-1 Burnley
  • 3 of the last 4 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Liverpool have won 9 of their last 10 home games vs Burnley (all comps)
  • Burnley last beat Liverpool away at Anfield in 1974
  • Liverpool have won 8 of their last 10 home games (all comps) vs Burnley ‘to nil’
  • Both teams scored in the last 4 head-to-heads
  • Burnley have scored just 2 goals in their last 10 away games vs Liverpool

STATZONE VERDICT: LIVERPOOL WIN ‘TO NIL’


Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers 14:05
  • Already met this season, Wolves 2-1 Chelsea
  • Last repeat fixture (2011, Prem) Chelsea 3-0 Wolves
  • 4 of the last 5 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in 7 of the last 9 head-to-heads
  • Chelsea have won their last 4 home games vs Wolves ‘to nil’
  • 3 of the last 4 head-to-heads at Stamford Bridge went OVER 2.5 GOALS

STATZONE VERDICT: OVER 2.5 GOALS

  

Arsenal v Manchester United 16:30
  • Already met this season in the league, Man Utd 2-2 Arsenal
  • Also played in the FA Cup this season, Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd
  • Man Utd have lost just 1 of their last 7 vs Arsenal (all comps)
  • 6 of the last 8 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams scored in 6 of the last 7 head-to-heads
  • Man Utd have won their last 2 away games at Arsenal 1-3
  • 4 of the last 5 head-to-heads at the Emirates went OVER 2.5 GOALS

STATZONE VERDICT: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE

 

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After winning the 1970 World Cup, Brazil were awarded the Jules Rimet Trophy to keep. As three-time champions, FIFA decided that the famous footballing nation had earned the right to display the golden hardware in their trophy cabinet forever. By that token, UEFA should probably think about giving Spain the Champions League trophy. After all, they have made the competition their own over the past five years.

Indeed, it’s that long since a club from outside Spain was crowned European champions, with Bayern Munich the last team to break the Barcelona-Real Madrid duopoly back in 2013.

But the continental dynamic might be about to shift.

On the basis of what we have seen so far this season, the duopoly could very well be broken.

Defending Champions League winners Real Madrid aren’t the force they were last season, or the season before that, or the season before that. The exit of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer has seen the capital club enter a transitional period that has so far only witnessed them travel from superiority to mediocrity.

Some argued that Real Madrid were, as they have done in previous seasons, finding their form at just the right time, stringing together a run that saw them win nine from 11 following the winter break. However, that form wasn’t sustainable and Santiago Solari’s side have since suffered damaging home defeats to Girona and Barcelona in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi final second leg.

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Barcelona, despite that emphatic win at the Santiago Bernabeu, aren’t in great shape themselves. Before last week’s win over Sevilla and the midweek win over Real Madrid, Ernesto Valverde’s side had claimed just one win from their previous five games.

Their performances were becoming increasingly laboured with every passing week.

They suffered the same thing last season. Valverde was criticised for not rotating his squad, with many viewing the Champions League quarter final collapse to Roma as a consequence of that. By the time Barcelona got to the crunch, heading down the final stretch of the campaign, they looked tired and weary.

Valverde vowed to change his ways this season, and he has used figures like Arturo Vidal, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Carles Alena and Clement Lenglet to ease the burden on some of his more proven performers, but this hasn’t enough. Barca, in recent weeks, have once again looked tired weary.

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Both Barcelona and Real Madrid were handed favourable draws in the last 16 of this Champions League, and it’s likely that the pair will progress to the quarter finals. However, there have been signs of weakness in their performances in the competition this season. They are not the power couple they have been in recent years.

The best placed Spanish side to finish atop the continental pile might well be Atletico Madrid, who are in pole position to move past one of the tournament favourites Juventus following a convincing last 16 first leg win. Of course, Diego Simeone have come close to winning the Champions League before, losing two finals in three years between 2014 and 2016,

But even taking into account Atleti’s status as Champions League contenders, the competition has rarely been as open as it is this season. The argument could be made that not since the 2003/04 season, when Jose Mourinho’s Porto beat Monaco in the final, has Europe’s premier club competition boasted such a wide field of potential winners.

Of course, this wide field could still result in a Spanish winner of this season’s Champions League. Only Manchester City and possibly Paris Saint-Germain look stronger than Barca and Real, but their grip on European football isn’t as tight as it has been in recent years. A changing of the guard might be about to occur.

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Game of the weekend

Arsenal’s 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in December was arguably the standout game of the Premier League season so far. It was also one of the Gunners’ most impressive displays under Unai Emery, with their north London neighbours overwhelmed by the home team’s energy and intensity. Arsenal now have the chance to complete a domestic double over Spurs for the first time since 2014, which was also the year of their most recent derby day success away from home.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have a better record on their travels than in front of their own fans this season, with 33 of their 60 points coming away from Wembley – the best such return in the division. Arsenal, meanwhile, have saved most of their best performances for the Emirates Stadium, having amassed just 18 points on the road. Their 26 away goals conceded is the joint-fifth highest tally in the division, so their hopes of keeping a clean sheet against Tottenham appear slim.

An Arsenal victory, though, would see them move to within a point of their rivals ahead of a run-in which, in terms of fixture difficulty, looks far kinder to Unai Emery’s men than Pochettino’s. Tottenham have had a tough week after back-to-back defeats by Burnley and Chelsea, and a third consecutive reverse would leave them looking nervously over their shoulders at the chasing pack behind them.

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All eyes on…

If Liverpool go on to win their first title since 1990 this term, they will look back on the 1-0 defeat of Everton in December as a particularly decisive moment. The Toffees performed well that afternoon but ultimately left empty-handed thanks to a last-gasp goal from Divock Origi, who bundled the ball home from close-range to send Anfield – and Jurgen Klopp in particular – delirious.

The Liverpool boss sprinted onto the pitch to celebrate the late winner, jumping into the arms of goalkeeper Alisson before embracing his coaching staff after re-entering his technical area. Klopp apologised to Marco Silva after the match and was later reprimanded by the FA; all eyes will be on the German should the Reds seal another dramatic victory at Goodison Park this weekend.

Man in form

Miguel Almiron has hit the ground running following his January move from Atlanta United to Newcastle United, but the unexpected emergence of a local lad has generated just as much excitement on the St James’ Park terraces.

Despite being born in enemy territory, Sean Longstaff of Sunderland has been taken to the hearts of Newcastle fans in recent weeks. Handed his debut by Rafael Benitez in the 4-0 defeat by Liverpool in December, the midfielder has impressed with his intelligence, distribution and vision ever since, earning comparisons with former England international Michael Carrick.

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“I can see that [the Carrick likeness],” Benitez said this week. “But, at this stage, Sean has more mobility and stamina. Certainly he has the technique and he can use both feet as well.”

One to watch

Brendan Rodgers will take charge of his first Leicester City game against Watford on Sunday, having watched the midweek triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion from the King Power Stadium stands. The timing of his return to England is a little surprising – the Foxes do not have much to play for and Rodgers was well positioned to win a third consecutive domestic trouble with Celtic – so he will be keen to make an impression in the final few months of the season, even if seventh spot may prove just out of reach.

Rodgers began his managerial career at Vicarage Road in 2008, spending just over six months at the club and successfully guiding the Hornets clear of relegation trouble in the Championship. He will now be plotting the downfall of his former employers, who occupy eighth place and hold a five-point advantage over Leicester heading into the weekend.

Manager under pressure

Chris Hughton has done a wonderful job at Brighton, taking the south coast side into the top flight and then keeping them there last term. Their Premier League status is now under threat, though, with an alarming run of form – no wins in seven attempts in 2019 – having moved them to within just two points of the drop zone. A failure to beat bottom club Huddersfield Town on Saturday would further increase their relegation worries.

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The mood when Cesar Luis Menotti and Carlos Bilardo met at the Arena Hotel in Seville in March 1983 was amicable enough. There was no animosity. There was, howvwer, a hint at what was to come: Menotti, never one to hide his beliefs, told Bilardo that he had held back the development of Argentinian football by 10 years.

Bilardo brushed off the comment. He had thick skin, and he had admired the performances of Menotti’s World Cup-winning Argentina team in 1978.

Bilardo had met with Menotti to seek his advice. The former had taken over from the latter as Argentina coach and could hardly have been more different. Both represented opposing schools of thought: pragmatism against idealism, anti-fútbol against la Nuestra and, within a few months of their meeting, Bilardisme against Menottisme.

It was a clash based on ideological disagreements more than any personal differences, but it began with what Menotti, principled and respectful, deemed to be an insult to his professionalism. In Seville, he had advised Bilardo to select Alberto Tarantini and Hugo Gatti in his squad for his first game as coach, a friendly against Chile. Bilardo ignored his advice and left them out.

Furious, Menotti wrote an article for Clarin – an Argentinian newspaper – chastising the methods of Bilardo. Any bridges that had been established between the two were burnt; they were, from that moment on, enemies, or were at least perceived to be.

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One’s ideas were antithetical to the other’s. Bilardo was a tracksuited, unapologetic pragmatist, a student of the founders of anti-fútbol, a man with little concern for aesthetics who was focused on winning and little else. Menotti, meanwhile, was a chain-smoking, erudite romanticist, an outspoken liberal, an advocate of beautiful football and freedom of expression.

They perhaps summed themselves up best in their own words, even if both played up to caricatured versions of themselves. Bilardo’s philosophy was simple: “I like being first. You have to think about being first. Because being second is a failure. For me it’s good that if you lose you should feel bad. If you want you can express it by crying, shutting yourself away, feeling bad. You can’t let people down: the fans, the person who signed you, everyone. Football is played to win. Shows are for the theatre. Some people are very confused.”

By ‘some people’, Bilardo was perhaps referring indirectly to Menotti, who preached the importance of aestheticism and romanticism, and rejected suggestions that football should be little more than a Darwinian struggle.

“There is a right-wing football and a left-wing football,” he said. “Right-wing football wants us to believe that life is struggle. It demands sacrifices. We have to become steel and win by any methods.”

A footballer, Menotti said, is “a privileged interpreter of the dreams and feelings of thousands of people. You can lose a game, but what you cannot lose is the dignity earned by playing good football.”

There was a perception that the two represented, in effect, the light versus the dark. Bilardo was diametrically opposed to anything expressive and that Menotti was undyingly devoted to entertaining the people, as if in some footballing utopia. The reality, though, as is often the case with such distinct dichotomies, was far more multi-layered and complex.

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Menotti, in the build-up to the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, attempted to publicly assert his convictions. “If we could win the World Cup the way I would like us to it would inspire others to reassess the way we play the game – our basic philosophy,” he said. “Perhaps it would also stop us relying so much on violence and cynicism, which are the tools of fear.”

His comments were made in reference to the military junta that led the country at the time. Menotti was vehemently opposed to this regime and looked to ensure that his team were distanced from the ideologies of the dictatorial government.

When the World Cup came, though, it appeared that Menotti had embraced an element of pragmatism. Certainly, his team did not shy away from gamesmanship. Menotti insisted that his ideals remained intact but the consensus in the final was that the Netherlands were the idealists. Brian Glanville wrote that the tournament had been “disfigured by negative football, ill temper, spiteful players and the wanton surrender of Peru”.

Bilardo, meanwhile, was equally capable of confounding his reputation. He won the World Cup eight years after Menotti, playing functional, effective football, and depending to an extent on the brilliance of Diego Maradona. But it was he who in 2005, bemoaned the paucity of technically gifted players in the modern game.

“The quality of play has definitely deteriorated over the years,” he said. “Modern football is all about running. Technique is a foreign word. Nowadays even 12-year-olds are obliged to win. Actually enjoying play is immaterial. Rushing, running, wrestling and writhing are top of the bill; creativity and ingenuity are now old hat. Unfortunately, it is the truth.”

Bilardo, despite how he was often portrayed, did not want to seep all of the enjoyment out of football. His passion for winning and his unerring competitiveness may have outweighed his desire to entertain, but the term anti-fútbol does not tell the whole story. Nor can the dichotomous relationship between he and Menotti be taken solely at face value.

The two were rivals, certainly, but to consider them exact opposites would be reductive. In reality, Bilardo and Menotti were characters just as nuanced as the true parallels between idealistic and pragmatic football.

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When the pressure is at its highest, mankind is often driven to perform feats he never considered himself capable of.

This kind of single-mindedness helped Rivaldo produce a 90th-minute bicycle kick to send Barcelona into the Champions League in 2001. It inspired Gordon Banks to produce a miraculous save from Pelé’s header in 1970. It led to Luis Suárez knowing a goalline handball and only a goalline handball would keep Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup.

However, as strange as it sounds, these same instincts were what caused Crystal Palace defender Tony Popovic to produce a finish for which there is no other reasonable explanation.

Popovic was one of those mid-2000s Premier League players who only tend to crop up these days in Major League Soccer, Europa League group stage games in obscure countries, and Bournemouth. A hard worker, yes, but not one of the world’s flair players.

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That’s not even suggesting he was a bad player, per se – after all, he scored for his country in a win over England – it’s just his success in the Premier League (and football League) in the 2000s was down to his broadly no-frills defending and solid leadership.

He’s exactly the sort of player you could see eventually going into management, and so it’s no surprise to see him working his way up the pyramid in his native Australia, to the point that he has been linked with the role of national team manager.

This is not the sort of person who attempts backheels, let alone blind backheels, and his strike against (okay, technically for) Portsmouth comes across like an out-of-body experience.

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Our journey begins with Popovic doing a good thing.

Well, at least a nominally good thing. With Portsmouth attempting to get the ball into the box, the Aussie gets up well and gets his head to it, temporarily clearing the danger. Of course, he’d have rather got more distance on the clearance, ultimately putting him into the Adrien Gulfo trap of making things worse in an attempt to atone for his earlier play.

Steve Stone’s ball back in is dangerous in a broad sense, curling its way in the vague direction of Diomansy Kamara. However, as is so often the case, the greatest danger faced by goalkeeper Julián Speroni came from his own side.

You know the old saying, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt”? Well, in this instance Popovic let his feet do the talking. Simply put, this is the execution of a man who, after 31 years on this planet, has only just realised he has legs.

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Credit to the Sydney-born defender for deciding to take his new limbs for a spin and find out what they’re capable of, but no one in full control of their faculties should even be capable of this kind of move. It’s almost an anti-flexibility kind of flexibility, the delivery of someone who learns to dance during a fever dream and wakes up with his body embedded in a bedside table.

If goals at the right end become more aesthetically satisfying for going in off the crossbar, the horrible sight of this goal creeping in off the far post is just as fitting.

In facing away from his failure throughout, he is transformed into Orpheus while the ball is Euridyce. By turning to admire his handiwork, the momentum carries the ball just inside the post in a way that a blind stab and sprint forwards would not. Sometimes we shouldn’t be so quick to knock the concept of blind faith.

The expression on Popovic’s face as he walks away isn’t one of disgust, or even one of confusion, and this leaves us wondering just one thing: it is possible that, despite everything we have been led to believe about football, the body and the human condition, he has actually done something like this before?

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Welcome to the BetBright STATZONE, where we give you the stats and you make the decisions!

The Premier League action is coming at us thick and fast at the moment as we’ve another full set of fixtures this Saturday for ‘Match Week 29’.

We get going with a cracker too as Spurs host Arsenal in the North London Derby – the Gunners have the current bragging rights in the league after a 4-2 win at the Emirates earlier in the season, but it’s worth pointing out Spurs are unbeaten in their last four games at home against their bitter rivals.

Five 3pm games that include Manchester United at home to Southampton, while league new-boys Wolves and Cardiff face-off too.

The 5:30pm clash is between two United’s – West Ham and Newcastle – with last season’s repeat fixture ending 2-3 then we could be in for a cracker.

Onto Sunday, and three more games to take in that include Watford v Leicester and Fulham v Chelsea, but the match of the day is another derby as Everton welcome their close neighbours, Liverpool, to Goodison Park – did you know Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 18 vs Everton in all competitions?

As always here at StatZone we’ve got all the games covered from a head-to-head angle, plus our best betting option on each match based on the stats – So, let’s get started!


Saturday 2nd March 2019
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal 12:30

– Already met in the league this season, Arsenal 4-2 Spurs
– Also met in the League Cup, Arsenal 0-2 Spurs
– Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Spurs 1-0 Arsenal
– Spurs are unbeaten in their last 4 home league games vs Arsenal
– Spurs have won their last 2 home league games vs Arsenal ‘to nil’
– 5 of the last 7 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
– Both teams ‘DIDN’T’ score in 4 of the last 5 head-to-heads (all comps)
– Spurs have lost just 1 of their last 10 home league games vs Arsenal
– 4 DRAWS in the last 10 head-to-heads (3 have been 1-1)
– Harry Kane (Spurs) has scored 8 goals in his last 8 league games vs Arsenal
– This season’s league clash saw a RED CARD (Spurs)

STATZONE VERDICT: SPURS TO WIN

Bournemouth v Manchester City 15:00

– Already met this season, Man City 3-1 Bournemouth
– Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Bournemouth 1-2 Man City
– Man City took 6 points off Bournemouth in the league last season
– Bournemouth have scored just 3 goals in their last 8 vs Man City
– Man City have NEVER lost to Bournemouth (13 games)
– Man City have ‘won to nil’ in 7 of their last 13 vs Bournemouth
– 6 of the last 7 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– Man City have scored at least 2 in ALL of their last 7 vs Bournemouth
– Raheem Sterling (Man City) has scored 8 goals in the last 7 vs Bournemouth
– Both teams DIDN’T score in 5 of the last 8 head-to-heads
– Man City had a RED CARD in this fixture last season

STATZONE VERDICT: OVER 2.5 GOALS

Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town 15:00

– Already met this season, Huddersfield 1-2 Brighton
– Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Brighton 1-1 Huddersfield
– 8 of the last 11 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
– Both teams scored in 5 of the last 7 head-to-heads
– Brighton are unbeaten in the last 6 repeat fixtures
– 6 of the last 11 head-to-heads ended in DRAWS
– 4 RED CARDS in the last 6 head-to-heads (2 each)

STATZONE VERDICT: UNDER 2.5 GOALS

Burnley v Crystal Palace 15:00

– Already met this season, Palace 2-0 Burnley
– Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Burnley 1-0 Palace
– Palace have won the last two head-to-heads ‘to nil’
– Burnley have lost just 1 of their last 9 home games vs Palace
– Burnley have scored the first goal in 7 of the last 10 head-to-heads
– The last 4 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS

STATZONE VERDICT: UNDER 2.5 GOALS

Manchester United v Southampton 15:00

– Already met this season, Southampton 2-2 Man Utd
– Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Man Utd 0-0 Southampton
– 3 of the last 4 head-to-heads ended in DRAWS
– 5 of the last 6 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
– 8 of the last 12 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
– 5 DRAWS in the last 11 head-to-heads
– Both teams DIDN’T score in 6 of the last 8 head-to-heads
– Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 league games vs Southampton

STATZONE VERDICT: BOTH TEAMS ‘NOT’ TO SCORE

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Cardiff City 15:00

– Already played this season, Cardiff 2-1 Wolves
– Last season’s repeat fixture (Champ) ended, Wolves 1-2 Cardiff
– 5 of the last 6 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– Both teams scored in 5 of the last 6 head-to-heads
– Wolves have scored in ALL their last 6 games vs Cardiff
– NO DRAWS in the last 11 head-to-heads

STATZONE VERDICT: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE

West Ham United v Newcastle United 17:30

– Already met this season, Newcastle 0-3 West Ham
– Last season’s repeat fixture ended, West Ham 2-3 Newcastle
– Newcastle have won 3 of their last 5 vs West Ham
– Both teams DIDN’T score in 5 of the last 6 head-to-heads
– The last 4 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– No DRAWS in the last 8 head-to-heads

STATZONE VERDICT: OVER 2.5 GOALS

Sunday 3rd March 2019 Watford v Leicester City 12:00

– Already met this season, Leicester 2-0 Watford
– Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Watford 2-1 Leicester
– 7 of the last 10 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– 7 of the last 8 repeat fixtures went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– 1 DRAW in the last 16 head-to-heads
– Leicester have scored in their last 19 vs Watford
– Leicester have lost just 2 of their last 9 vs Watford
– Jamie Vardy has scored a pen in the last two head-to-heads
– This season’s head-to-heads had a RED CARD (Watford)

STATZONE VERDICT: OVER 2.5 GOALS

Fulham v Chelsea 14:05

– Already met this season, Chelsea 2-0 Fulham
– Last repeat fixture (Prem, 2014) Fulham 1-3 Chelsea
– Chelsea have won their last 4 vs Fulham
– Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 vs Fulham
– Chelsea are 18 games unbeaten vs Fulham
– Fulham last beat Chelsea in 2006
– Both teams DIDN’T score in 4 of the last 5 head-to-heads
– 8 of the last 10 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS

STATZONE VERDICT: UNDER 2.5 GOALS

Everton v Liverpool 16:15

– Already met this season, Liverpool 1-0 Everton
– Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Everton 0-0 Liverpool
– 5 of the last 6 repeat fixtures ended in DRAWS
– 8 DRAWS in the last 14 head-to-heads
– Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 7 repeat fixtures
– Liverpool are unbeaten vs Everton in the last 18 head-to-heads (all comps)
– Liverpool have scored in 10 of the last 12 head-to-heads
– The last 4 repeat fixtures ALL went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
– 4 of the last 6 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS

STATZONE VERDICT: DRAW

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Despite their victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night, Huddersfield Town are in danger of going down as one of the worst teams in Premier League history. Here are the five sides who currently possess the lowest points tallies since the top flight of English football was rebranded in 1992. 5. Sunderland, 2002/03 – 19 pts

Going through three managers in a season is usually a sign that things did not go well. Sunderland began 2002/03 with Peter Reid at the helm, but he was replaced by Howard Wilkinson in October with the northeast outfit in the bottom three.

The former Leeds United boss was unable to engineer a turnaround, though, and despite victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, the Black Cats remained in the drop zone at Christmas.

Things could hardly have gone worse in 2003, as Sunderland – coached by Mick McCarthy from March onwards – drew one and lost 16 of their final 17 games.

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4. Portsmouth, 2009/10 – 19 pts

Given the circumstances, it could be argued that Portsmouth had a respectable season in 2009/10. The south coast side were deducted nine points after becoming the first Premier League club to enter administration – meaning they actually amassed 28 on the pitch – and also reached the FA Cup final, which they narrowly lost 1-0 to Chelsea.

Pompey slipped to the foot of the table after just two games and remained there for the rest of the campaign, winning a total of seven matches and finishing with a goal difference of -32.

3. Aston Villa, 2015/16 – 17 pts

When Aston Villa beat Bournemouth on the opening day of 2015/16, their fans must have felt optimistic about the season ahead. Instead it turned into a nightmare, the Villans accumulating only 17 points and suffering their first demotion out of the top flight since 1987.

Villa did not win another game until the middle of January, by which time Remi Garde had replaced Tim Sherwood in the dugout. Garde himself was sacked at the end of March, with the West Midlanders ending the season just three wins and eight draws to their name.

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2. Sunderland, 2005/06 – 15 pts

Sunderland’s dismal points total in 2002/03 was not even the lowest they have posted in the Premier League era. Hopes were high after Mick McCarthy’s men had won the Championship at a canter in 2004/05, but a lack of top-flight quality proved their undoing as they sank back to the second division without anything even resembling a fight.

A three-game unbeaten run in autumn – featuring two draws and a win – was as good as it got for the Black Cats, who handed Kevin Ball the managerial reins on a caretaker basis after McCarthy’s exit in February. Sunderland won just three games all season and finished a mammoth 23 points adrift of 17th spot.

1. Derby County, 2007/08 – 11 pts

Huddersfield’s success against Wolves means they have already bettered Derby’s dismal return in 2007/08. Surprise play-off winners the previous campaign, Billy Davies’ side were simply not cut out for the top tier, winning just one of their 14 encounters prior to the Scot’s departure in late November.

Successor Paul Jewell did not fare any better, and the Rams’ relegation was confirmed as early as March 29. A 1-0 triumph over Newcastle United was their sole success that season, with 29 of their 38 matches ending in defeat.

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North Ferriby United were on top of the world. Or the top step at Wembley at least.

Parading the FA Trophy on the Wembley gantry in front of thousands of travelling supporters, the village side were living a reality many wouldn’t ever have dreamed possible.

With aspirations of winning promotion to the National League – which would be a new peak – the Villagers were a club on the up; an underdog that was upsetting traditionally bigger and more well-supported teams on a regular basis.

But looking back at that snapshot of joy and untold promise in 2015, the Wembley delirium already looks like a moment from a long, lost scrapbook of happier times. The season after, the East Yorkshiremen did reach the fifth tier with a play-off victory against AFC Fylde, but that would be their zenith.

In the three years since, the club has gone in the opposite direction.

Instead of building on the FA Trophy success and their fifth-tier status, they’ve slipped into chronic decline. Now they’re bracing themselves for a third successive relegation, which would see North Ferriby complete the journey from Wembley winners back to relative anonymity. However, a battle to protect the club’s identity might just trump any trauma of the team’s catapult down the leagues, with their owners locked in a battle with the football authorities to allow them to move the club 13 miles out of Ferriby and change its name.

To fully understand North Ferriby’s dramatic rise and fall, looking back at the club’s recent past provides an insight into how a tiny village team went from being a non-league also ran to mixing it with much bigger players, and then a startlingly quick descent.

A provincial club that plays in the shadow of the Humber Bridge, North Ferriby was a non-league outpost that not many visitors would have envisaged being the scene of a surge up the leagues. An affluent, yet sleepy, village with fewer than 4,000 inhabitants, the large houses, small cluster of shops and white telephone boxes, which are a nod to nearby Hull City Council’s independent governance of the phone lines until 2007, don’t give the impression of a football hotbed.

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But after getting into the Northern Premier League for the first time in its history in 2005, they established themselves at that level and reached the National League North in 2013.

Nothing too remarkable there.

But when Eman Forster and her husband Steve – daughter and son-in-law of controversial Hull City owner Assem Allam – took over in the November following promotion, the gradual success that epitomised North Ferriby’s progress suddenly grew legs. Investment would mean that consolidation wasn’t the sole aim and the club started planning with more ambition.

The FA Trophy was won, but within two months the club was reportedly facing voluntary relegation back into the lower tiers, with several players claiming that the Forsters were pulling their funding and that they’d all been told they were free to find new clubs. The owners denied that, despite having put the club up for sale and promised to keep covering costs until a buyer was found.

So for the club to prosper on the pitch and earn promotion to the backdrop of a will-they-won’t-they saga was even more of a miracle. However, a statement in March – less than two months before the play-off guaranteeing a place in the National League – declared that the Forsters were seeking somebody to take over due to Steve Forster’s ill health.

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To make matters worse, manager Billy Heath and the heart of the squad departed for Halifax in the close season. And with budgets remaining stationary despite making the jump up to a league packed with former Football League clubs with average attendances nearly the size of North Ferriby’s population, it was no surprise the Villagers finished bottom – 12 points from safety.

Relegation from a league where North Ferriby were rubbing shoulders with the likes of Lincoln City and Tranmere Rovers needn’t have carried any shame. However, the slender attendances and income – and the failure to find a new owner for 18 months – caught up with Ferriby as they slipped back into National League North.

A wretched start to the new season followed by several rounds of budget cuts created the perfect ingredients for another relegation, with the Villagers only picking up four wins and conceding 101 goals on the way to a second consecutive demotion.

Even the arrival of a new owner in November spelled more doom and gloom, with Jamie Waltham branding the club unsustainable at its current level and announcing his intention to transfer their status to another club in the area. And while he only remained in the position for six months, his replacement, Carl Chadwick, had similar misgivings about the financial situation.

With a paltry budget now funded only by an average gate of 150, a hat-trick of relegations is inevitable, with North Ferriby only notching one win so far this season to sit adrift at the foot of the table once more. But while they’ve had to get used to losing battles on the field, the Villagers’ existence now relies on winning one off it.

At the end of 2018, a proposal was submitted to the FA requesting that North Ferriby would become East Hull and move 20 minutes away to the neighbouring village of Dunswell. The motion was rejected by the FA a month later, but Chadwick – who is working with previous owner Waltham to get the deal done – has appealed the decision.

As the web of uncertainty and speculation builds, those happy days at Wembley seem much more distant that four years ago.

Right now, North Ferriby United appear to be heading for rock bottom.

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Nottingham Forest head into the East Midlands derby on Monday as 6/4 favourites against their oldest rivals Derby County at The City Ground.

Martin O’Neill’s men will look to continue their strong home form this calendar year with a priceless home win against The Rams and will hope to make it three defeats on the trot for Derby, who are struggling for form in 2019.

Both teams are quite closely matched in the league and will be battling for that all-important play-off spot come the end of the season. We can expect a game of tight margins, but Forest fans will be hoping for more success at The City Ground off the back of recent home wins against Leeds, Wigan and Brentford. They could nick another big win here!

We have seen two draws in the last two meetings between the sides, which can be backed at 19/10 with the sponsors BetBright.

Full-time result Nottingham Forest – 7/5
Draw – 19/10
Derby County – 9/4

Since their last encounter with Derby in December, Forest have kept just one clean sheet. However, The Reds have been ruthless at home themselves, putting nine goals past their opposition in their last four home encounters.

If we focus more towards recent East Midlands derbies, the ‘both teams to score’ market could be quite an attractive one for a bet here.

Both Teams To Score Yes – 8/11
No – 19/20

The last two meetings between these sides have finished in a scoreless draw and the price of this happening three times in a row is currently 8/1! However, Forest have had some high-scoring draws this season including a 3-3 with league leaders Norwich, 2-2 away to West Brom and that unforgettable 5-5 classic with Aston Villa. If you fancy a repeat of the 2017 home fixture against The Rams, it is currently priced at 11/1.

Correct Score 0-0 – 8/1
1-0 – 13/2
1-1 – 9/2
2-1 – 8/1
2-2 – 11/1

A huge part of Nottingham Forest’s success at home has been down to the high-firing Lewis Grabban, who has 16 goals and three assists so far this season and will more than likely be the biggest threat to Derby’s defence on Monday evening. Grabban is 9/2 to bag the first goal on Monday night.

First Goalscorer Grabban 9/2
Murphy 6/1
Cash 7/1
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If Manchester City beat Liverpool to the Premier League title this year, Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero will all add a fourth winner’s medal to their collections. The trio will still not be anywhere near the record held by Ryan Giggs (13), nor the impressive hauls of Paul Scholes (11), Gary Neville (eight), Denis Irwin and Roy Keane (both seven).

In terms of non-British or Irish players, though, only Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (six), Peter Schmeichel, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic (all five) will have won the league more times since 1992 than the Manchester City men. There is no doubt that Kompany, Silva and Aguero are each among their club’s greatest players of all time, but on Wednesday night City supporters will direct their adulation towards another of their modern heroes.

Pablo Zabaleta was a key part of the City sides who won the Premier League under Roberto Mancini in 2011/12 and Manuel Pellegrini in 2013/14. When he signed from Espanyol on 31 August 2008, the club was on the cusp of a watershed moment in its history: a day later, the Abu Dhabi Investment Group completed its takeover, replacing Thaksin Shinawatra at the helm. It was a moment which changed not just City forever, but the Premier League too – even though Zabaleta’s debut campaign in Manchester only brought a 10th-place finish under Mark Hughes.

The right-back enjoyed a positive season on an individual level, though, making 32 appearances in the Premier League and a further 13 in cup competitions. He then helped City into the top five the following campaign, although they were pipped to the final Champions League spot by Tottenham Hotspur.

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A third-place finish in 2010/11, in which Zabaleta played an integral role in helping Mancini’s men finish the season with the joint-best defensive record in the division, saw City qualify for Europe’s foremost competition for the first time since 1968/69, before the club secured their third top-flight title in 2011/12, with the Argentinian scoring the first goal in that extraordinary 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers on the final day.

City were unable to defend their crown the following year, but they recaptured the championship in Pellegrini’s maiden season of 2013/14, as Zabaleta missed only three Premier League matches. He remained first-choice right-back in 2014/15 but lost that position to Bacary Sagna in Pellegrini’s final campaign, while the arrival of Pep Guardiola in summer 2016 represented the beginning of the end: Zabaleta was named in his new manager’s starting XI on just 11 occasions in the top flight, before swapping City for West Ham in the summer.

Now 34, the former Argentina international is no longer a guaranteed pick in east London either, with Ryan Fredericks having usurped him at right-back in recent weeks. He remains an important member of Pellegrini’s squad, however, and his experience will no doubt come in handy if he is selected to face City on Wednesday.

With his West Ham contract set to expire in June, this could be the last time Zabaleta takes to the field at the Etihad Stadium. City fans will be determined to honour a talented, committed player who, after making 333 club appearances and winning five major trophies, occupies a permanent place in their hearts.

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