Opta Stats: Joyless success awaits Liverpool and Fulham

Steven Gerrard might be a dissatisfied victor against Newcastle
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Opta's insights hint at wins for Liverpool and Fulham, even if circumstance dictates that they won't be fully appreciated...

"Newcastle have scored just four goals in seven clashes with the Premier League’s top four this term."
Best Bet: Back Liverpool to keep a clean sheet against Newcastle @ 2.245/4

Fulham v Crystal Palace (Sunday, 15:00)
Fulham have won five and lost just one of the last seven league matches against Crystal Palace
It all came too late to save them, but Fulham have improved at home lately, taking seven points from the last available 12, a figure that would have read nine were it not for a costly late collapse against Hull. Craven Cottage collisions with mid-table clubs appear to be their speciality, beating Newcastle and Stoke, who are directly above Crystal Palace, and West Ham right below. Opta reveal that the Eagles have earned a mere two points from their last nine top-flight Sunday showdowns.
Recommended Bet: Back Fulham to win @ 2.245/4

Hull v Everton (Sunday, 15:00)
Hull have lost five of their last eight Premier League home games
The table doesn't do justice to how comfortably Hull have survived on their Premier League return, with their 16th place a consequence of league form dipping as they prioritised the FA Cup, a situation that has led to seven defeats in ten, and one point from four fixtures since the semi-final. Opta note that the Tigers have never won a Premier League encounter in May in eight attempts, and Everton should extend that miserable streak.
Recommended Bet: Back Everton to win @ 2.01/1

Liverpool v Newcastle (Sunday, 15:00, Sky Sports 2)
Newcastle have scored just four goals in seven clashes with the Premier League's top four this term
A lack of clean sheets looks likely to cost Liverpool the title; if they played for a 0-0 against Chelsea and shut up shop when leading Crystal Palace 3-0, they would be in the ascendancy now. However, the defence have a great opportunity to reclaim pride after intense criticism with an 11th league shutout of the season against Newcastle, who have fired five blanks in seven and four in a row away.
Best Bet: Back Liverpool to keep a clean sheet @ 2.245/4

Norwich v Arsenal (Sunday, 15:00)
Arsenal have won six and drawn two of their last eight Premier League final-day games
As Norwich have lost five and drawn two of seven 2013/14 meetings with top-four sides, conceding 22 goals along the way, surely the only reason that Arsenal are 1.9110/11 to triumph is a perceived lack of interest, whereas the bolded stat proves their professionalism even when they have little at stake. The Gunners have prevailed in five of their last six Sunday league matches, silencing all five foes too.
Recommended Bet: Back Arsenal to win @ 1.9110/11

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