Opta Stats: Lovren's aerial threat can reap reward for Saints backers

Dejan Lovren has proved a fine signing for Southampton

Using Opta's insight, Lewis Jones picks out four potential goal-grabbers for the upcoming Premier League action...

"Southampton have won 40 corners at home this season, only Man City (41) have a higher figure."
Best Bet: Back Dejan Lovren to score first @ 22/123.0

Southampton v Hull (Saturday, 15:00)
Southampton have won 40 corners at home this season, only Man City (41) have a higher figure
If past trends are to be taken seriously then this won't be a game that will go goal-crazy as Saints and Hull have conceded just 14 goals in 20 games combined so far this term in the league. In tight games of this nature, set-pieces are crucial to a side's attacking artillery and with Southampton's expertise at winning corners, backing centre half Dejan Lovren to add his to his tally for the season looks a smart play. He's already shown he is capable of burying chances with his head after scoring the winner against Liverpool at Anfield.
Best Bet: Back Dejan Lovren to score first @ 22/123.0

Crystal Palace v Everton (Saturday, 15:00)
There have been five goals from penalties in the last five meetings between Crystal Palace and Everton
This strange recurring theme of spot-kicks has pricked our ears about the chances of dead-ball guru Leighton Baines finding the net at Selhurst Park. The Liverpudlian has scored nine goals for Everton since the start of last season and would be the prime candidate to undertake penalty duties with his deadly left-peg.
Recommended Bet: Back Leighton Baines to score first @ 10/111.0

Norwich City v West Ham United (Saturday, 17:30, Sky Sports 1)
Norwich have not scored more than once in a league game since the opening day 2-2 draw with Everton. Since then the Canaries have scored only four goals in nine league games - none of those by a striker
Having spent a small fortune in the transfer market on Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander to solve their striking woes, Norwich have had to rely on their midfielders to chip-in just to keep them competitive in games. Jonathan Howson has bagged two of the Canaries' last three goals in the league, both sumptuous efforts against Stoke and Arsenal, and he can fire his side to a much needed result in Norfolk.
Recommended Bet: Back Jonathan Howson to score first @ 15/116.0

Sunderland v Manchester City (Sunday, 14:05, Sky Sports 1)
Sergio Aguero has seven goals and three assists in his last five Premier League games
The sensational Argentine is spearheading a rampaging City forward line that has managed to find the net 14 times in their last three matches. Poor old Sunderland look lambs to the slaughter here, especially with Aguero in such devastating form in front of goal. He may be an obvious candidate to open the scoring but you'd be a brave soul to bet against him.
Recommended Bet: Back Sergio Aguero to score first @ 14/53.85

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