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Premier League Football Pointers – Sunday 21st March

West Ham vs Arsenal

West Ham stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.50 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.14 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.53 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.89 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.17 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.07 per game

Red cards for them – 0.03 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.03 per game

West Ham have played 28 games this season

They have scored in – 23 games

They have conceded in – 18 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 21 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 17 games

Games where both teams scored – 15 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 23 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 25 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 19 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 17 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 18 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 11 games

Arsenal stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.32 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.03 goals per game

Corners for them – 5.25 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.57 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.39 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.96 per game

Red cards for them – 0.17 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.03 per game

Arsenal have played 28 games this season

They have scored in – 18 games

They have conceded in – 20 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 18 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 15 games

Games where both teams scored – 13 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 25 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 24 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 21 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 22 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 26 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 20 games

West Ham vs Arsenal match preview

West Ham have won 3 and lost 2 of their last 5 games whilst Arsenal have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 5 games. The reverse fixture ended 2-1 to Arsenal with 7 Arsenal corners, 5 West Ham corners and just 1 West Ham yellow card.  West Ham can go level on points with Chelsea in 4th spot with a win and Arsenal with a win can move to just 2 points behind Liverpool who are currently in 6th spot, so i believe both teams will play for the win. West Ham have been solid all season and if you excuse an opening day defeat to Newcastle, they have only lost 7 league games since then and the only teams to have beaten them are Arsenal, Liverpool (twice), Man United (twice), Chelsea and Man City, so they have proven themselves to be no mugs this season and they have only been beaten by top teams. The problem West Ham have is if they are going to qualify for Europe they need to pick up points against other European qualification contenders, and right now they are not doing that on a consistent basis, with the only big wins they have had this season coming against Spurs and Leicester. Arsenal have been on a recovery mission since an early season run saw them lose 8 of 12 games and end up nearer to the relegation spaces than to the top 6. To be fair they have turned a corner recently and have now won 8 of their last 14 games, but they still look to have their work cut out for them. 

Arsenal have conceded at least 1 goal in all of their last 7 games and they have scored in 4 of their last 5 games, scoring an average of 2 goals per game in those 5 games (the only game they didn’t score was vs Man City so I don’t think we should be too hard on them there). 

West Ham have scored in 10 of their last 12 league games and they scored an average of 1.58 goals per game in those 12 games. West Ham have conceded in 7 of their last 10 league games and for me are yet to convince defensively. Of the 3 clean sheets West Ham have kept in their last 10 games, 2 of them came against Fulham and Sheffield United who are both well below average in terms of scoring goals, and the other clean sheet came against Leeds in a game where I have no idea how Leeds didn’t score, and anyone who watched that game will surely agree with me. So whilst on the face of it West Ham have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 6 league games, I believe that those stats needs a hefty bit of salt. Both teams have scored in 4 of the last 6 H2H meetings, and I think both teams to score is a good bet

West Ham have taken 3 or more corners in 23 of their 28 league games this season (82.14% of their games) and Arsenal have taken 3 or more corners in 25 of their 28 league games played this season (88.28% of their games) also West Ham average 4.53 corners per game this season and Arsenal average 5.25 corners per game this season. Arsenal have had 3 or more corners in 14 of their last 15 league games and they average over 5 corners per game in those 15 games. West Ham have taken 3 or more corners in 19 of their last 21 league games. 

An interesting point with corners though is that the only time Arsenal failed to have 3 or more corners in their last 15 league games came against Man City, and 1 of the 2 times West Ham failed to have 3 or more corners in their last 21 league games was also against Man City. Its extremely common to see teams end up with a low corner count against Man City, as City control possession and territory for long periods it simply means that attacking opportunities which lead to corners are so limited against Man City that teams just fail to have corners against them, so those games and the corner stats should not be taken at face value. The other time West Ham failed was against Man United last time when they had just 2 corners. So it looks highly likely that both teams should take at least 3 corners, especially as the game should be quite open and attacking as they both go for the win. 

West Ham have been given at least 1 card in 17 of their 28 league games this season (60.71% of their games) and this has been a theme all season that West ham have been on the low end of the booking point averages. West Ham have not been given any cards in 8 of their last 16 league games. Arsenal have been given at least 1 card in 22 of their 28 league games played this season (78.57% of their games) and an interesting stat is that Arsenals opponents average 1.96 yellow cards per game this season, and in the last 9 Arsenal league games their opponents have been given at least 1 card in every  game and they average 2.11 yellow cards per game in those 9 games. So West Ham do add some doubt to the angle of bookings on this game, but this is pretty much a must win Derby for both teams. West Ham know they need to win games like this to get into the top 4, and with the type of game this promises to be we are confident that at some point West Ham will pick up a card, most likely for a professional foul as they have to break up an attack by one of Arsenal’s pacey attackers. 

So it looks a great game that hopefully will be open and attacking. Whilst Derby games like this are never games to go lumping the mortgage on we do feel there are some strong stats and a bet that covers all angles of goals, corners and cards is smart and allows us to play it relatively safe with the totals required for each bet.

We have posted a double for todays 2 Premier League games so makes sure you check out the free tips section of our website.

Aston Villa vs Spurs

Aston Villa stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.44 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.03 goals per game

Corners for them – 5.88 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.81 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.62 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.85 per game

Red cards for them – 0.07 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.18 per game

Aston Villa have played 27 games this season

They have scored in – 21 games

They have conceded in – 14 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 17 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 13 games

Games where both teams scored – 10 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 22 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 20 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 19 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 21 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 24 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 19 games

Spurs stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.67 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.07 goal per game

Corners for them – 3.89 per game

Corners for their opponents – 5.10 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.35 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 2.17 per game

Red cards for them – 0.07 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.03 per game

Spurs have played 28 games this season

They have scored in – 22 games

They have conceded in – 19 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 21 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 13 games

Games where both teams scored – 14 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 19 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 25 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 16 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 23 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 25 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 22 games

Aston Villa vs Spurs match preview

Villa have drawn 2, lost 2 and won 1 of their last 5 games whilst Spurs have won 3 and lost 2 of their last 5 games. This is the first meeting between the sides this season. Spurs in 8th play Villa in 9th and Villa have the chance to go 1 point behind Spurs with a win. Both sides are going to need some luck to get into Europe but both sides will still be hopeful that the teams above them may fall off towards the end of the season. Liverpool who are above them have been woeful in the league lately and with the distraction of a Champions League Quarter final against Real Madrid, it would be no surprise to see Liverpool drop more points. Everton and West Ham are also both just above Villa and Spurs and neither of those sides are yet to convince they are genuine top 6 challengers so it would be no surprise if they dropped points, and even Leicester who have a growing injury list and didn’t see out last season very well cannot be relied on to finish as well as they have started, so both Villa and Spurs will feel they still have a chance. 

Spurs have scored in all of their last 5 league games and they scored an average of 2.20 goals per game in those 5 league games. Spurs have conceded in 4 of their last 6 league games and the 2 clean sheets in those 6 games game against Burnley and Fulham who are both known for being low scorers. Villa have scored in 3 of their last 5 league games, but they only scored 1 goal in each game and in truth have struggled in front of goal of late. In their last 9 league games Villa have not scored more than 1 goal in any of them and they only average 0.66 goals per game in those 9 league games. Villa have been very inconsistent at the back in recent games as well. In their last 11 League games Villa have kept 6 clean sheets and then they conceded 3 against West Ham and then 3 against Burnley.

The 2 meetings between these sides last season were both won by Spurs the first 3-1 and the 2nd 3-2, so this is a fixture that has produced goals. Though on current form we don’t think goals is an angle where you want to push your luck too much, and for that reason we won’t be going for both teams to score or over 2.5 goals and instead will use the safer option of over 1.5 goals as the first leg of our bet on this game.

Aston Villa average 5.88 corners per game this season and have had at least 3 corners in 22 of their 27 league games this season (81.48% of their games). Spurs average 3.89 corners per game this season and have had at least 3 corners in 19 of their 28 league games played this season (67.85% of their games) . Villa have seen their corner average drop quote a bit in recent games, though it is worth noting that their low corner totals tend to come in away games. In their 12 home league games this season Villa have had 4 corners or more in 10 of those games, they had 3 corners once, and the only time they failed to have 3 corners was when they had just 2 corners at home vs Liverpool when they beat the reigning champions 7-2, which was a strange game from start to finish.

Spurs have been low on corners all season but in their last 10 games they have had 2 corners or less in 6 of those 10 games, and they only average 3 corners per game in their last 10 games. Normally we would look at Villa to have more corners as a potential betting angle but Spurs still have the odd game where they hit  7 or 8 corners in a single game and Villa have had some low corner days lately and whilst they have been away from home, we don’t feel confident enough about corners to confidently back them. So corners is an angle we are avoiding all together in this one. 

Spurs average 1.35 yellow cards per game this season and have been given at least 1 card in 23 of their 28 league games (82.14% of their games). Villa average 1.62 yellow cards per game this season and have been given at least 1 card in 21 of their 27 league games this season (77.77% of their games) . 

In their last 20 league games Spurs have been given at least 1 card in 18 of those games and they were given 2 or more cards in 10 of those games. Spurs opponents have been given an average of 2.17 yellow cards per game this season and Spurs opponents have been given at least 1 card in 25 of their 28 league games this season ( 89.28% of their games) . Villa’s opponents have been given an average of 1.85 yellow cards per game this season and have been given at least 1 card in 24 of their 27 league games this season (88.88% of their games). So cards look likely especially as 14 of the last 15 spurs games have had at least 30 match booking points. 

We have posted a double for today’s 2 Premier League games so makes sure you check out the free tips section of our website.

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