NEW FEATURE! TT's Numbers Game

23 September 2011 12:24
Welcome to TEAMtalk's new weekly Numbers Game feature, where we will be giving our readers all the key stats ahead of the weekend's action.[LNB] With professional football becoming even harder to predict, TEAMtalk's Matty Briggs is here to give you a hand.[LNB]We'll be giving you several detailed statistical pointers, views from Sky Bet's trading room, steamers, hot-shots, banker bets, bogey teams, value punts, news from the treatment room and famous last words ahead of all the crucial weekend matches in the Premier League and Football League.[LNB]Let us know what you think in the story comments box below and who you fancy to bring home the bacon this weekend.[LNB]STEAMERS[LNB]QPR have been well supported and are now in to 6/5 to beat Aston Villa at home on Sunday after Sky Bet's opening quote of 11/8.[LNB]Tottenham are popular to gain three points at Wigan on Saturday and are now 10/11 from 6/5.[LNB]Winless League One outfit Scunthorpe have been supported and 'The Iron' are now 8/11 from 5/6 to beat Yeovil at Glanford Park.[LNB]BANKER [LNB]Huddersfield (4/9) are starting to get into their stride in League One and should be strong enough to extend their 34-match unbeaten run in the league at home to struggling Leyton Orient (6/1).[LNB]WHO'S HOT [LNB]Preston have won their last five League One games and are 8/11 against Tranmere (7/2) at Deepdale.[LNB]Championship leaders Southampton have won six of their last seven league games and are 6/5 shots against Burnley (21/10) at Turf Moor.[LNB]TRADERS' VIEW [LNB]Sky Bet are 'happy' to take on Manchester United at Stoke in the late kick-off on Saturday. [LNB]"The 8/15 looks plenty short enough and we are hoping Stoke can show all their usual battling qualities and cause plenty of problems for the United defence."[LNB]Arsenal are also one to avoid as a punter. [LNB]"You would have to be very brave to take the 2/5 on Arsenal at home to Bolton."[LNB]BOGEY TEAMS [LNB]Everton (15/2) have won their last four matches at Man City (2/5) and have emerged victorious in seven of the last eight matches between the two teams, who meet again in the Saturday lunchtime clash.[LNB]VALUE BET [LNB]Derby are flying in the Championship and they look a bit of value at 6/4 to gun down out-of-form Millwall (17/10) at Pride Park.[LNB]HOT-SHOT [LNB]Everton forward Tim Cahill has scored in his last three games against Man City and he is a 3/1 shot to score anytime at the Etihad Stadium.[LNB]Wigan forward Franco di Santo has luck on his side at the minute - scoring in his last three games - and he is 11/4 to score anytime at home to Spurs.[LNB]Jermain Defoe has scored more goals against Wigan (10) than against any other opponent in Premier League history and he is 6/4 to score anytime against Latics at the DW Stadium.[LNB]TREATMENT ROOM [LNB]Barnsley's squad is still affected by illness, with defender Stephen Foster among those who could be struggling to be fit for the Championship trip to face Birmingham, who are 2/3 favourites. [LNB]Tykes manager Keith Hill was reluctant to specify which of his players had not been feeling well, but Foster missed training on Thursday. [LNB]Hill said: "We've had illness in the camp. We're probably worse off than last week. It presents an opportunity for other players. We're going into a stern test, but we've no fear." [LNB]FAMOUS LAST WORDS [LNB]Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman said after last week's defeat at Leeds: "It's a strange feeling because half of me is proud of the way we played and the way we took the game to them, and the other half is disappointed.[LNB]"We expect to win when we play like that. But we move on. We'll win more games than we lose when we play like that."[LNB]With that in mind, Palace (15/8), who beat Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup in midweek, could be worth siding with at Doncaster (7/4), despite the departure of Sean O'Driscoll and Dean Saunders taking charge.[LNB]Let us know your views on the weekend's football betting action by posting a comment below.[LNB]You can follow Matty on Twitter at @mattpbriggs.

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