UK & Ireland Football

October 2011 - Opta

Opta stats: Capital club crusher Adebayor to punish QPR

Emmanuel Adebayor is aiming to score against a seventh capital city side

There are Opta trends indicating that Emmanuel Adebayor, Clint Dempsey and Nenad Milijas are worth backing to score in the Premier League this weekend......

Opta Stats: Another second-half sting awaits Man United

Wayne Rooney is far from guaranteed a happy return to Goodison Park

Michael Lintorn delves deeper into some of his favourite Opta stats for this week's Premier League encounters, looking for ways to make money out of them......

Opta Big Match Stats: Arsenal set to score away to Chelsea

Petr Cech has been forced to pick the ball out of his net at an alarming rate

Michael Lintorn has examined the vast array of insightful Opta stats about Saturday lunchtime's Stamford Bridge showdown to find three bets worth pursuing......

Premier League Previews: City will thrash Wolves... again

Mario Balotelli, Manchester City’s ‘on-fire’ striker

Manchester City to thrash Wolves and Everton and Manchester United to play out a goal-filled game are just two of Frank Gregan's Saturday bets. Best Bet: Lay Under 3.5 Goals @ [1.4] in Everton v...


Frank Gregan

28 Oct 2011

Opta Stats: Stoke v Newcastle

Stoke snubbed the opportunity to sign Demba Ba before he joined West Ham

Newcastle's unbeaten record faces what is sure to prove one of its toughest tests at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night......

Opta Stats: Tottenham v QPR

Emmanuel Adebayor loves few things more than a London derby goal

Practically every trend at Opta's disposal points to Tottenham winning Sunday afternoon's London derby against QPR at White Hart Lane......

Opta Stats: West Brom v Liverpool

Roy Hodgson boasts a 100% win record in clashes between the clubs

Roy Hodgson has another chance to get one over the Liverpool fans who refused to accept him during his brief stint at Anfield. Here's how Opta rate his side's prospects......

Opta Stats: Wigan v Fulham

Bobby Zamora's horror miss cost Fulham dearly against Everton last time out

Both Wigan and Fulham are struggling to get going this season, so are they about to grind out a sixth successive draw against one another?...

Opta Stats: Swansea v Bolton

Owen Coyle's stock has fallen as a result of Bolton's disappointing form

Bolton can head to Wales with optimism despite their dreadful start to the season, on account of their fine record against Swansea......

Opta Stats: Sunderland v Aston Villa

Darren Bent left Sunderland for Aston Villa in the January transfer window

Darren Bent is likely to dominate headlines on his return to the Stadium of Light, but the Opta stats indicate that the match itself may be low on goals......

Opta Stats: Norwich v Blackburn

Steve Kean isn't likely to win any popularity contests in Blackburn right now

The Opta trends for this one appear to favour Norwich far more than Blackburn, while it looks like both teams will be getting on the scoresheet......

Opta Stats: Manchester City v Wolves

PFA Player of the Year favourite David Silva scored at Old Trafford

The league leaders host a team on a lengthy winless streak - is it as much of a home banker as it sounds? Here's what Opta make of it......

Opta Stats: Chelsea v Arsenal

Per Mertesacker won't have to face Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge

Didier Drogba's absence gives Arsenal a huge opportunity to claim some much-needed away points, judging by these trends......

Opta Stats: Everton v Manchester United

Louis Saha is chasing a second goal in two weeks against former employers

Manchester United were torn apart by Manchester City in injury time, and the Opta stats hint that Everton will cause just as much trouble late on......

Opta Stats: Chelsea's search for a clean sheet to continue

Chelsea's clean sheet shortage hasn't affected them too badly yet

Michael Lintorn delves deeper into some of his favourite Opta stats for this week's Premier League encounters, looking for ways to make money out of them......

Opta Stats: Robin van Persie's fine form a problem for Stoke

Robin van Persie struck twice as Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-1 last week

A study of the Opta stats suggests that Ryan Taylor, Robin van Persie, Louis Saha and Roman Pavlyuchenko could all find the net this weekend......

Opta Big Match Stats: Man United set to regain top spot

Sir Alex Ferguson has had the beating of Mancini in the Premier League

Michael Lintorn has examined the Opta evidence to judge what bets to place on the Manchester derby, from which Chelsea may emerge as the true victors......

Opta Stats: QPR v Chelsea

Petr Cech has gone an unusually long time without keeping a clean sheet

Matchday nine closes with a west London derby, but is unlikely to finish in a shock home win, judging by these stats......

Opta Stats: Blackburn v Tottenham

Chris Samba and the other Blackburn defenders look set for a busy afternoon

The outlook is bleak for Blackburn ahead of this one, given their disappointing recent record against Tottenham and poor start to the season......

Opta Stats: Manchester United v Manchester City

Roberto Mancini is chasing a first league win against Manchester United

The stakes have rarely been higher in the Manchester derby, with top spot in the Premier League up for grabs. These Opta trends indicate that a late decider is likely......

Opta Stats: Fulham v Everton

Fulham were 6-0 winners against QPR in their last match at Craven Cottage

There are few fixtures in the Premier League calendar that produce home wins as regularly as this one. Will the Cottagers keep that Opta trend alive?...

Opta Stats: Arsenal v Stoke

Robin van Persie's stunning form has seen Arsenal labelled a one-man team

Stoke head down to the capital two points clear of the Gunners, but they haven't had much joy at the Emirates before......

Opta Stats: Liverpool v Norwich

Steven Gerrard scored on his return to the Liverpool starting line-up last week

Opta have spotted a correlation between Liverpool clean sheets and their opponents having players sent off, and much more besides......

Opta Stats: Newcastle v Wigan

Shola Ameobi showed his worth by rescuing a point for Newcastle against Tottenham

Newcastle profited from a late goal last time out against Tottenham. These nuggets indicate that the same thing could happen when Wigan visit St James' Park......

Opta Stats: Bolton v Sunderland

Chris Eagles scored as Bolton ended their losing streak with a win at Wigan

As these Opta statistics show, you are practically guaranteed entertainment whenever Bolton are in action these days......

Opta Stats: Aston Villa v West Brom

Alan Hutton and co may struggle to keep a clean sheet in a fixture that traditionally finishes 2-1

Opta reveal that one thing that you can be fairly certain of when these two meet is that if there are goals, Aston Villa are likely to be the ones starting the scoring......

Opta Stats: Wolves v Swansea

Swansea are still searching for their first away Premier League point

These two predicted strugglers get the weekend underway in the Premier League, and the Opta stats suggest that Swansea face a tough task......

Opta Big Match Stats: Tottenham won't end Newcastle's run

Yohan Cabaye has proven a big hit at Newcastle since his summer move

Michael Lintorn looks at the standout Opta stats for the Super Sunday clash between Newcastle and Tottenham, which appear to indicate that the hosts will remain unbeaten......

Opta Stats: Penalty likely when Liverpool host Man United

Dirk Kuyt failed to score from the spot at Everton in Liverpool's last game

Michael Lintorn runs the rule over some of his favourite Opta stats for this week's Premier League games, identifying ways to make money out of them......

Opta Stats: England audition for Stoke and Fulham forwards

Bobby Zamora will be hoping to step in for Wayne Rooney at Euro 2012

The Opta trends point to Peter Crouch, Bobby Zamora and Gabriel Agbonlahor getting amongst the goals in the Premier League this weekend......

Opta Stats: Newcastle v Tottenham

Steven Taylor has been a constant feature of a defence which has conceded just four in seven games

Newcastle's stingy defence meets Tottenham's prolific attack on Sunday. Here's Opta's take on how that battle will unfold......

Opta Stats: Arsenal v Sunderland

Steve Bruce is one of the few bosses to have been criticised as much as Arsene Wenger this season

The Opta trends indicate that Arsenal will begin climbing the table with three points against Sunderland on Sunday, but don't expect a big scoreline......

Opta Stats: West Brom v Wolves

Shane Long will be fresh after starting neither Republic of Ireland qualifier

The first few minutes could prove decisive in Sunday's grudge match at The Hawthorns, with the Baggies frequently flying out of the blocks of late......

Opta Stats: Chelsea v Everton

It has been a while since David Moyes has been beaten at Stamford Bridge

Everton have a fine recent record against Chelsea, who have been uncharacteristically leaky at the back. Could there be a shock at Stamford Bridge?...

Opta Stats: Wigan v Bolton

Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi will meet his former club for the first time

Wigan and Bolton are both of uncharacteristically long losing streaks. Here's what Opta make of their attempts to turn things around at the DW Stadium this weekend......

Opta Stats: Stoke v Fulham

Andy Johnson eased the pressure on Martin Jol with a hat-trick against QPR

A solid defensive display in the first half is essential for Stoke if they are to see off the challenge of improving Fulham......

Opta Stats: QPR v Blackburn

The stats indicate that it hasn't been a great season so far for Paul Robinson

Neil Warnock's side are odds-on to defeat Blackburn, but these Opta statistics indicate that the match will be far closer than the odds suggest......

Opta Stats: Norwich v Swansea

Steve Morison was on the scoresheet as Norwich won their last home game

The statistics appear to favour Norwich over Swansea in this clash of two strong-starting Premier League newcomers......

Opta Stats: Manchester City v Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor has outshone Darren Bent at Aston Villa this season

Judging by these Opta trends, Gabriel Agbonlahor could be on the scoresheet and in the referee's notepad at the Etihad Stadium this weekend......

Opta Stats: Liverpool v Manchester United

Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson will collide for the third time in 2011

Liverpool can achieve a Premier League first if they beat Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday, as Opta reveal......

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