Chelsea v Norwich
Chelsea will be looking to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League when they take on a winless Norwich side this Saturday. The Canaries were torn apart by Liverpool at Carrow Road last week and unless there has been some dramatic improvements we should expect a similar outcome at Stamford Bridge this time.
Norwich have won just one and lost six of their last nine Premier League away games, while Chelsea have won nine and lost just one of their last 12 Premier League games on home soil. Odds of 1.25 on a home win are more than justifiable.
Opta also tell us that Norwich have the worst chance conversion rate in the Premier League so far, scoring with just six % of their attempts on goal, and that the away side has failed to score in seven of the last nine meetings in all competitions between Chelsea and Norwich. Back Chelsea to win to nil at odds of 2.1.
Swansea v Reading
A blistering start to life in the Premier League for new Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is gradually turning into a slightly disconcerting one. The Swans have now lost their last three league games without scoring a goal, having been unbeaten in their first three games.
Reading, on the other hand, are still without a win since their return to the top flight, but do have a genuine argument to say that they have been slightly unlucky on more than one occasion.
Nevertheless, Reading are now on a run of just two wins in their last 22 Premier League games and have not won any of their last six games against Swansea.
The Opta stats offer little hope for the visitors and suggest that backing the home team at odds of 2.0 is the only option.
West Brom v QPR
While West Brom are enjoying their best ever start to a Premier League season, Queens Park Rangers are enduring their worst ever start to a top-flight campaign.
Add into the mix the Opta stat that West Brom have won four and lost just one of the last eight league meetings with QPR and it's not looking good for Mark Hughes' side. The Loftus Road boss dismissed talk of a crisis in the immediate aftermath of their defeat to West Ham on Monday, and I expect he may face similar questioning after this one. Back the home win at odds of 1.9.
There's also some value in backing Under 2.5 goals at odds of 2.08, given that The Baggies have kept eight clean sheets in their last 10 Premier League games at the Hawthorns.
Wigan v Everton
Like the Baggies, Everton are also experiencing their best ever start to a Premier League season as they go to the DW Stadium this weekend, and the Opta stats suggest that their good form will continue.
Wigan have won just one of the last 13 Premier League meetings with Everton, while David Moyes' side have lost just one of their last eight Premier League away games. So, at odds of 2.08, the value looks to be in backing an away win.
It may also be a good match to trade In-Play. The last four times Wigan have scored first against The Toffees, Everton have come back to earn two draws and two wins. So if the home team do take a lead in the game then it looks a good idea to lay them In-Play.
Back Chelsea to win to nil @ 2.1
Back West Brom to beat QPR @ 1.9
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