Bill Edgar: Strong stats for both teams scoring at The Emirates this weekend
...and Bournemouth look a decent bet, too, says Bill Edgar in his weekly supply of stats for Betfair
"Eddie Howe's team have beaten West Ham United 2-0 and Chelsea 4-0 in their past two home matches and are 7/2 with the Betfair Sportsbook to win to nil against Wolves at the weekend."
Big guns targeting League Cup
The heavyweights have begun to muscle in on the League Cup in recent times. Only once over 20 years up to 2004 did a team finishing in the top two of the league also win the League Cup in that same season, the sole instance being Manchester United's victory over Nottingham Forest in the 1992 final in a year when they were runners-up to Leeds United in the league. But that has changed dramatically, with eight League Cup triumphs for top-two teams in the 14 years since then. Manchester City seem highly likely to secure a top-two place in this Premier League campaign, unlike Chelsea, their opponents in this season's final on Sunday. City are [1.36] to win the trophy with the Betfair Exchange.
Expect end-to-end stuff when Saints meet Arsenal
No teams have been scoring and conceding in the same Premier League match more than Arsenal and Southampton over the past few months so perhaps we should expect goals at both ends when those two sides meet in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. "Both teams to score" is [1.78] on the Betfair Exchange.
Eddie's men steady at home
Bournemouth are in mid-table and on course to extend their remarkable run - for such a small club - in the top flight to five seasons, but they have displayed split personalities recently. The Cherries have been tasty at home but ripe for picking off in away games. Since the start of December they have won four out of six Premier League games at the Vitality Stadium, whereas they have lost all seven on the road in that period, including to Wolverhampton Wanderers, their opponents at home on Saturday. Eddie Howe's team have beaten West Ham United 2-0 and Chelsea 4-0 in their past two home matches and are 7/2 with the Betfair Sportsbook to win to nil against Wolves at the weekend.