Opta Stats: Man United to consolidate podium position

Though some pundits were initially cynical, Premier League observers are now witnessing the best of Louis van Gaal

The Opta stats point to Burnley and Man United victories, goals in Swansea v West Ham and not so many at Leicester...

"Louis van Gaal’s side have won eight of their last nine Premier League games at Old Trafford."
Recommended Bet: Back Man United to beat Southampton@ 5/61.85

Burnley v QPR (Saturday, 15:00)

QPR have equalled a Premier League record of nine consecutive away defeats from the start of a season

The Hoops are now level with the 1995/96 version of Bolton as the worst away starters in Premier League history. Admittedly, this is their first trip to a bottom-six rival, but expect a familiar outcome. Opta note that Burnley were unbeaten in nine against QPR before losing at Loftus Road last month. They have won three of the past four clashes at Turf Moor, keeping clean sheets in the latter three.

Recommended Bet: Back Burnley to win @ 6/52.2

Leicester v Aston Villa (Saturday, 15:00)

There have been just 12 goals scored in the last ten Premier League games involving Aston Villa

Villa fans are campaigning for Paul Lambert's dismissal, though unusually the fury has been created by tedium rather than terrible results. The Villans' four fixtures since Christmas delivered two goals in total - one for them and one for their opponents - and ten of their most recent 11 encounters in all competitions produced under 2.5 goals. Six of Leicester's last ten at home have done the same.

Recommended Bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ 5/71.71

Swansea v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00)

Sam Allardyce's side have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven Premier League matches

Nothing spells out how much more entertaining it has been to watch West Ham this term compared to 2013/14 better than this double factoid: the Irons haven't kept a single away clean sheet across ten outings in 2014/15, yet only failed to fire themselves at leaders Chelsea. Swansea both scored and conceded in eight of their previous 11 games too, including in a 1-3 loss at the Boleyn Ground.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ 4/51.77

Man United v Southampton (Sunday, 16:00, Sky Sports 1)

Louis van Gaal's side have won eight of their last nine Premier League games at Old Trafford

It is easy to forget how much Man United toiled at home last season because they have improved so much. Chelsea were the only of the past nine visitors to escape Old Trafford with as little as a point. Southampton lost to Man United at St Mary's even when the Reds had one of their poorer days, and were beaten in their three most high-profile away fixtures to date at Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Recommended Bet: Back Man United to win @ 5/61.85

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