NEW FEATURE! TT's Numbers Game
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. With professional football becoming even harder to predict, TEAMtalk's Matty Briggs is here to give you a hand. 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. Let us know what you think in the story comments box below and who you fancy to bring home the bacon this weekend. STEAMERS 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. Tottenham are popular to gain three points at Wigan on Saturday and are now 10/11 from 6/5. Winless League One outfit Scunthorpe have been supported and 'The Iron' are now 8/11 from 5/6 to beat Yeovil at Glanford Park. BANKER 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). WHO'S HOT Preston have won their last five League One games and are 8/11 against Tranmere (7/2) at Deepdale. Championship leaders Southampton have won six of their last seven league games and are 6/5 shots against Burnley (21/10) at Turf Moor. TRADERS' VIEW Sky Bet are 'happy' to take on Manchester United at Stoke in the late kick-off on Saturday. "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." Arsenal are also one to avoid as a punter. "You would have to be very brave to take the 2/5 on Arsenal at home to Bolton." BOGEY TEAMS 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. VALUE BET 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. HOT-SHOT 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. 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. 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. TREATMENT ROOM 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. Tykes manager Keith Hill was reluctant to specify which of his players had not been feeling well, but Foster missed training on Thursday. 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." FAMOUS LAST WORDS 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. "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." 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. Let us know your views on the weekend's football betting action by posting a comment below. You can follow Matty on Twitter at @mattpbriggs.
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