Opta Stats: Sunderland man to thrive in Scottish striker showdown

Steven Fletcher netted twice for Sunderland at Crystal Palace

Opta's insights highlight Eden Hazard, Victor Wanyama, Charlie Austin and Steven Fletcher as likely weekend scorers...

"Steven Fletcher has scored four of Sunderland’s last five goals."
Recommended Bet: Back Fletcher to score against Everton @ 3.613/5

Liverpool v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:45, BT Sport 1)

Eden Hazard has scored in two of his three Premier League appearances against Liverpool

The Belgian winger found himself in the rare position of having let Chelsea down in midweek, being denied from the penalty spot as Chelsea drew away to NK Maribor. However, he relishes a glamour game, firing past Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal (twice) and Paris St-Germain since the start of last season, and the Reds have kept one Anfield clean sheet in nine attempts this term.

Recommended Bet: Back Hazard to score @ 3.55/2

Southampton v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00)

Victor Wanyama has scored three goals in his last six Premier League appearances

To wrap this one-in-two strike rate in a warm blanket of context, the Kenyan midfielder didn't score a single goal in his initial 26 encounters before this purple patch. Leicester have leaked two goals in six separate Premier League fixtures since promotion, whereas Southampton have been prolific. The Saints average three goals per 90 minutes as hosts, figures that nobody in the division can rival.

Recommended Bet: Back Wanyama to score @ 8.07/1

QPR v Man City (Saturday, 17:30, Sky Sports 1)

Charlie Austin has got 24 league goals for QPR since the start of 2013/14; 18 more than anyone else

The former Burnley forward has stepped up to the Premier League with relative ease, notching five times in his first nine top-tier outings. Austin looks great value to net against Man City too given both their recent defensive struggles - conceding twice in four of their previous five games - and the fact that he has proven his big-match pedigree with goals away to top two Chelsea and Southampton.

Recommended Bet: Back Austin to score @ 5.04/1

Sunderland v Everton (Sunday, 13:30)

Steven Fletcher has scored four of Sunderland's last five goals

Two in-form Scottish striking Stevens will collide at the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland's Fletcher facing Everton's Naismith. The former's two braces in his past four Premier League matches hint that he will be up for the challenge. Opta reveal that his tally of 11 converted headers since August 2011 rank him as the joint-most prolific top-flight player at the art in that period alongside Peter Crouch.

Recommended Bet: Back Fletcher to score @ 3.613/5

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