Premier League Tips: Norwich, Newcastle and Liverpool to prosper

John Terry and Gary Cahill have paired up in six Chelsea league games, leaking two or more in each
John Terry and Gary Cahill have paired up in six Chelsea league games, leaking two or more in each

The Opta trends point to Norwich and Liverpool victories and a goal or more for Newcastle away to Chelsea...

"Chelsea haven’t won any of the four Premier League games that Kurt Zouma hasn’t started in this season (W0 D2 L2) and have conceded 10 goals in these matches."

Recommended Bet: Back Chelsea not to keep a clean sheet against Newcastle @ 1.784/5

Norwich v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00)

West Ham have won none of their last 16 league visits to Carrow Road

There was euphoria for West Ham in midweek as they overcame Liverpool for the third time this season at the end of extra time in their FA Cup fourth-round replay, in the process avenging their cruel final loss to the same foes a decade earlier.

However, there was a price for that victory with Winston Reid, Joey O'Brien and Cheikhou Kouyate all suffering injuries which rule them out of facing Norwich, taking the absentee count to seven.

The Irons have lost their last two away league fixtures too and four of their last eight, compared to nought in five prior to that, while Opta note that a clash between this pair hasn't produced an away league win in 13 editions, with Norwich being denied in injury time at the Boleyn Ground.

Recommended Bet: Back Norwich to win @ 2.526/4


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

Chelsea haven't won any of the four Premier League games that Kurt Zouma hasn't started in this season (W0 D2 L2) and have conceded 10 goals in these matches

Whereas the media opts to get more excited about the possibility of John Terry following fellow mid-to-late 2000s Chelsea idols Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba out of the club this summer, the thought of lining up without his partner Zouma for the rest of the campaign is what should really provoke concern.

As mentioned above, they are far less assured without the Frenchman and that is a particular worry against Newcastle, who scored in eight of their past 12 meetings with Chelsea and always converted that into at least a draw. The Magpies have been shut out just once in five encounters, and the Blues have leaked in six straight home league contests, including eight times across the latest four.

Recommended Bet: Back Chelsea not to keep a clean sheet @ 1.784/5


Aston Villa v Liverpool (Sunday, 14:05, Sky Sports 1)

Liverpool have won 11 and lost just one of their last 17 Premier League visits to Villa Park

In the complete reverse of the earlier Norwich v West Ham trend, travelling success is highly fashionable when Aston Villa and Liverpool collide. The midlanders have defied a half-decade of decline to win three and draw two of their previous seven trips to Anfield, but the Merseysiders have responded with four triumphs in a row at Villa Park, conceding only once in the process.

Despite Villa's marginal improvement and the Reds' recent aversion to claret-and-blue opponents, this sequence should continue on Valentine's Day.

Liverpool have prevailed in four of their five ventures to bottom-half sides, three of those under Jurgen Klopp, while Villa are weaker against the Premier League's "second rung" than the elite, being beaten in the reverse fixtures by all four teams between eighth and 11th.

Recommended Bet: Back Liverpool to win @ 1.8910/11


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