Times journalist Bill Edgar delivers more enlightening stats on the upcoming football action including a word of warning for Arsenal at The Etihad
"City have found the net before the break in 29 of their 32 domestic matches this season, far outstripping their "big six" rivals in that regard."
Manchester City lost in the Premier League to Newcastle United on Tuesday but only after scoring in the first half yet again. They have found the net before the break in 29 of their 32 domestic matches this season, far outstripping their "big six" rivals in that regard. In fact they have scored a first-half goal in all 16 domestic home games. If their confidence can be expected to have taken a slight knock by that defeat to Newcastle, then a single first-half goal for City might be a reasonable guess for their home match against Arsenal on Sunday - that outcome is 6/4 with the Betfair Sportsbook.
Crystal Palace have scored more than twice in only two league games this season - in the very two fixtures you would least expect them to. They hit three goals away to the Premier League's leading two clubs, beating Manchester City 3-2 and losing 4-3 to Liverpool, and those six goals are as many as they have managed in total in their 11 home league games this campaign. Palace's contrary nature means it is worth considering a Fulham win at Selhurst Park on Saturday, which is offered at 4.57/2 on the Betfair Exchange.
Barcelona boom time
Barcelona have recovered from a slow start to the season to record eight league wins in a row, setting themselves firmly on course to be Spanish champions for a fifth consecutive year. Seven of those eight victories have been achieved by at least a two-goal margin, and (via the -1 handicap bet) they are 5/6 with Betfair Sportsbook to win by at least two goals on Saturday at home to Valencia, who are 20 points behind Barcleona in seventh place.