Opta Stats: Man City returnee to help fix home form

Yaya Toure's absence had an enormous impact on Man City
Yaya Toure's absence had an enormous impact on Man City

Diego Costa, Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie and Yaya Toure are favoured by the Opta stats this week...

"Yaya Toure has scored five goals in his last six Premier League appearances against Newcastle."
Recommended Bet: Back Yaya Toure to score against Newcastle @ 9/52.8

Chelsea v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00)

Diego Costa has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League outings

Costa failed to score on his return from suspension away to Paris St-Germain, but that wasn't too surprising given the drastic difference between his Premier League figures - 17 goals in 19 starts - and cup digits: none in nine showings. The Brazilian-born Spaniard fired in all of his last four league games at Stamford Bridge, and Burnley leak at an average rate of 2.5 goals on trips to top-six clubs.

Recommended Bet: Back Costa to score @ 8/111.73


Crystal Palace v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00)

Theo Walcott has scored seven goals in his last seven Premier League starts

Arsene Wenger has eased Walcott back to full fitness, but he started three of their most recent five matches, so has a strong chance of selection at Selhurst Park, especially as he scored on all of those aforementioned opportunities. The Gunners have a fine attacking rhythm at present, netting at least twice in seven of their last eight fixtures, while Crystal Palace haven't kept a home clean sheet since September.

Recommended Bet: Back Walcott to score @ 5/23.5


Swansea v Man United (Saturday, 15:00)

Robin van Persie has scored three goals in three Premier League appearances at Liberty Stadium

This has been another underwhelming season for the Premier League's top marksman of 2011/12 and 2012/13, yet his conversion numbers aren't horrific: he is in double figures for the campaign and has notched a passable six times in his past ten league encounters. Perhaps a visit to one of his favourite grounds, where Swansea were breached five times by Chelsea last month, will accelerate his rebirth.

Recommended Bet: Back van Persie to score @ 8/52.6


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

Yaya Toure has scored five goals in his last six Premier League appearances against Newcastle

Toure's career has undergone a strange story arc in the past nine months. When his representatives first said that he was underappreciated, it seemed like lunacy, only to actually become reality as critics overegged an unremarkable start to 2014/15.

His true worth has been re-established this winter though, as he scored four goals in his final five league games (all triumphs) before attending (and winning) the African Cup of Nations. Man City went on to win one in five in his absence, going three without a victory in all competitions as hosts. Now, the stage is set for the heroic homecoming that he deserves.

Recommended Bet: Back Toure to score @ 9/52.8

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