Premier League Tips: Liverpool and West Ham's attack are overrated

Enner Valencia has scored only one Premier League goal in 2015
Enner Valencia has scored only one Premier League goal in 2015

The Opta trends hint at both clubs scoring at Stoke, at least one failing at Villa Park and Leicester remaining unbeaten away...

"Both Aston Villa and West Ham have failed to score in three of the last four meetings between the two sides."

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score? No @ 1.9520/21 in Aston Villa v West Ham

Stoke v Man United (Saturday, 12:45, Sky Sports 1)

The Potters have never kept a clean sheet against Man United in the Premier League

If there is one positive for Man United to claw from a rare run of three successive defeats, it is that it has at least dug them out of their 0-0 rut.

Sure, they have conceded seven goals over the course of those four-and-a-half hours of football, compared to two in nine games prior to that, but they fired in every contest too, in contrast to five blanks in nine prior to that.

Stoke also underwent a bit of a makeover in their last few fixtures, leaking four times in four Premier League outings compared to just twice in the six that preceded it, so both teams to score appears more likely than it would have done if these sides clashed a month ago.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ 2.1211/10


Aston Villa v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00)

Both Aston Villa and West Ham have failed to score in three of the last four meetings between the two sides

If Stoke v Man United is both-teams-to-score gold, then this showdown is the opposite, with almost every single one of the Opta stats explaining why at least one attack is destined to be locked out.

In the Villa corner, you have the trend that they haven't scored in any of their previous four Boxing Day matches to stack on top of their ongoing 16-encounter league winless run, not to mention a sequence of four league zeroes in six.

As for West Ham, they have won just once in eight trips to Villa Park, being shut out five times, are on a run of three consecutive 0-0 draws and have been unable to register in ten of their 19 top-flight away days in 2015.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score? No @ 1.9520/21


Liverpool v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00)

Leicester have won 18 of their last 26 Premier League games (D6 L2)

This record is even more impressive when you compare it to 2013/14 runners-up Liverpool's figures over the same period, which Opta reveal to be P26 W8 D8 L10. In terms of points haul, the unlikely Christmas leaders have earned 60 points in that timeframe as averse to the Reds' return of 32.

How anyone could measure up those digits and conclude that the Merseysiders should be evens to triumph is a mystery that we as punters should embrace, particularly as the hosts have prevailed in a mere four of their last 12 matches at Anfield.

By contrast, the Foxes are unbeaten in 13 league games on the road dating back to April, scoring two or more in each of the latest seven and winning the most recent four 3-2, 3-0, 3-0 and 3-2.

Recommended Bet: Lay Liverpool to win @ 2.021/1

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