Canaries to falter despite lifeline

England - Premier League

Jaymes Monte goes through the Opta stats on the penultimate weekend of Premier League 2012/13 action...


Everton 1.53 v West Ham 7.6; The Draw 4.4

With both sides having very little to play for we can ignore the Opta stat that four players have been sent off in the last six Premier League meetings and expect an  uncommonly tepid affair.

The Toffees are unbeaten in four games against West Ham, although three of those ended as a draw, while David Moyes' men have also been involved in more draws this  season (15) than any other Premier League side.


Throw into the equation that West Ham have drawn four of their last six and all indicators point to this one ending level. Back the draw at healthy odds of 4.4.


Best Bet: Back the Draw @ 4.4


Fulham 4.1 v Liverpool 2.04; The Draw 3.65

Martin Jol was one of many breathing a sigh of relief at the sight of Wigan failing to pick up any points against Swansea in midweek. With their superior goal  difference the Cottagers now look pretty much safe, despite picking up just one point from a possible 18.


Liverpool have won three of their last five Barclays Premier League meetings with Fulham; including a 4-0 win earlier in the season, while Fulham have won none of the  eight Premier League games they have played this season without Steve Sidwell in the side. Sidwell serves the third match of a four-game suspension this weekend.


Best Bet: Back Liverpool to win @ 2.04


Norwich 2.22 v West Brom 3.75; The Draw 3.5

Chris Hughton would also have slept better on Tuesday evening following Wigan's loss, but it would be folly of he and his Norwich players to believe that they are safe  yet.


The Canaries have collected just 13 Premier League points this calendar year, and nobody has won fewer than the measly two games that they have mustered in 2013.


West Brom were unable to pick up anything against Wigan at the weekend, but Norwich are a different proposition entirely and are there to be taken advantage of. The  Baggies have already secured successive top-flight top half finishes for the first time since 1980 and 1981, and can celebrate with three points here.


Best Bet: Back West Brom to win @ 3.75


QPR 3.4 v Newcastle 2.34; The Draw 3.45

Alan Pardew would also be foolish to assume that his team are safe from the drop following Wigan's defeat as they sit just three points above the drop zone with two  games to play.


However, they are afforded the luxury of taking on a QPR side that have won only two home league games all season, have gone 365 minutes without scoring a goal and  have failed to find the back of the net in seven of their last nine games at Loftus Road.


Newcastle haven't won any of their penultimate Premier League games since 2003, and arrive in the capital with goal-scoring problems of their own having gone 262  minutes without a goal.


Best Bet: Back Under 2.5 goals @ 2.0


Sunderland 2.78 v Southampton 2.92; The Draw 3.25

With the club's three top scorers unavailable - Steven Fletcher (injured), Stephane Sessegnon (suspended) and Craig Gardner (suspended) - Sunderland will be relying on  keeping things tight at the back in order to pick up the win that would all but guarantee their safety.


Danny Graham has now gone 944 minutes in all competitions without finding the back of the net, while Sunderland's last two goals have come from defenders.


Southampton are also struggling going forwards having now gone 301 minutes without a Premier League goal, while four of Southampton's last five games have gone under  2.5 goals.


Best Bet: Back Under 2.5 goals @ 1.82


(Source: Betfair)




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