SUNDAY PREMIER LEAGUE: The Striker previews Sunday’s busy Premier League schedule all with a recommended BETDAQ bet and extended match stats. We’re underway at noon with TOTTENHAM v BURNLEY.
TOTTENHAM V BURNLEY
12pm We have a bumper Sunday in the Premier League on BETDAQ Betting Exchange this week! The FA Cup Final was the focus on Saturday afternoon in Wembley, meaning we have seven fixtures to enjoy on Sunday! It’s a shame so many have to kick off at the same time at 2pm, and although it was great to really highlight the FA Cup Final on Saturday we could have easily had a 12-30pm Premier League and an evening game. Nevertheless, we kick the action off early with Spurs hosting Burnley. After the last two results for both of these sides this has become a massive game. Spurs hammered Arsenal in the North London Derby on Thursday night, benefitting from an Arsenal player sent off but it was a clear message and now all the pressure is on Arsenal. Spurs still need Arsenal to slip up somewhere though as they are a point behind. Arsenal play Newcastle away on Monday night and then are at home to Everton on the final day. Two fixtures they should win to be honest but we all know how unreliable Arsenal are under pressure. On paper, Spurs have a pretty easy finish – Burnley here and then Norwich away on the final day.
I can’t see Spurs failing to win on the final day, but Burnley come into this game fighting for their lives and they have been in reasonably good form lately too. Losing 3-1 to Aston Villa last weekend was a massive setback because they took such good momentum into that game, but they actually didn’t play that badly. The xG figures were even and once again they created some decent chances. Since sacking Dyche they have been impressive going forward, and while there was outcry over that decision at the time it has been proven correct with hindsight. It would be very “Spursy” (as they say) to beat Arsenal midweek and then drop points at home to Burnley. I feel the 1.36 is definitely too short on Spurs here. Burnley might not be good enough to get a result, but they are playing their best football of the season. I couldn’t put anyone off a cheeky Spurs lay at the odds, but I feel Burnley can get on the score sheet at some stage and Both Teams To Score looks the value call at 1.97. Burnley have been creating enough to score here and we should have a pretty good game to start the day.
The Striker Says:
Two points win Both Teams To Score at 1.97 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine home league games against Burnley (W8 D1), winning the last three by an aggregate score of 10-0.
● Burnley are looking to complete their first league double over Tottenham since 1974-75, which was also the last campaign in which they beat them away from home.
● Burnley could become just the fourth side to complete a top-flight double against a team managed by Spurs’ Antonio Conte, after Sampdoria (2012-13), Manchester City (2017-18) and Juventus (2019-20).
● Tottenham lost their final home league game 2-1 against Aston Villa last season – they’ve not lost their last home game in consecutive campaigns since 1992-93 and 1993-94 (against Blackburn and QPR).
● Tottenham have played more Premier League games on a Sunday than any other team (318), but have also lost more games on this day than any other side (98).
● Burnley have won just two of their last 18 Premier League away games (D7 L9), after back-to-back wins on the road in April/May last year. However, they did win their last away league game, coming from behind to beat Watford 2-1.
● Of all current 20 Premier League sides, Burnley have the highest loss rate in games played on Sundays in the competition’s history (60% – lost 37/62). However, the Clarets did win their last such game (1-0 at Wolves), last winning consecutive Sunday matches in September/October 2017.
● Tottenham’s Harry Kane has been involved in 11 goals in 11 Premier League games against Burnley (8 goals, 3 assists), scoring seven in his last seven against them in the competition.
● Tottenham striker Harry Kane is the Premier League’s all-time highest goalscorer in games played on Sunday (69). If he scores here, he’d be the first player in the competition’s history to score 70+ goals on two different days of the week (70 on Saturday).
● Maxwel Cornet is Burnley’s top scorer in the Premier League this season, with his eight goals more than double any other player has netted for the Clarets. He is two goals from becoming the fourth Ivorian to net at least 10 times in his debut Premier League campaign, after Didier Drogba (2004-05), Arouna Koné (2012-13) and Wilfried Bony (2013-14).
ASTON VILLA V CRYSTAL PALACE
2pm We have five games all kicking off at 2pm, and we start with Aston Villa hosting Crystal Palace. With Leeds in action in the relegation battle and Man City in the title race, this game will probably get lost a little with all the games kicking off at the same time. Crystal Palace fans will be wishing they were at Wembley this weekend, but it wasn’t a close Semi-Final against Chelsea. Aston Villa played well midweek against Liverpool and “only” lost by a goal after they took a very early 1-0 lead. You can’t be too harsh on the mid-table sides losing to Liverpool and Man City these days because they are just so good. Villa played better than I expect them too, and if they produce a similar performance here then they should win. The problem for Villa this season is they haven’t put in many performances like that, and now that Crystal Palace are over their FA Cup exit and back to winning ways this should be an interesting game. The market has Villa as the clear favourites and I don’t agree with the odds here. I was expecting a much more open market instead of seeing Villa trade as low as 2.12.
On paper, it has looked like Crystal Palace have struggled in recent weeks but they have been playing good football. They beat Watford 1-0 but finished the game with an xG of over 2.0 and completely controlled the game. They deserved to win against Southampton, and were unlucky not to beat Leeds when creating an xG of 1.72 in a 0-0 draw. Before they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea they were very unlucky to lose against Leicester too. When I look at all the stats here I strongly feel that Crystal Palace will create more chances than Villa here. For me at times this season Villa have been very poor – I suppose they are your classic mid-table Premier League side – too good to get into a relegation fight but not good enough to get close to the top half of the table. Obviously Gerrard would have had Villa hyped up for the Liverpool clash, but they were entitled to beat Norwich and Burnley, other than that Villa have been pretty average in my opinion and they are worth laying here. Palace are clearly playing better football than Villa when you look at the under lining numbers and I’m happy to have a confident lay.
The Striker Says:
Four points lay (liability) Aston Villa to beat Crystal Palace at 2.12 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Aston Villa won the reverse fixture against Crystal Palace 2-1 in November. They’ve not done the league double over the Eagles since 1980-81, a season they last won the top-flight title.
● Crystal Palace have won just one of their nine Premier League away games against Aston Villa (D3 L5), winning 1-0 in December 2013. The Eagles have never scored more than once at Villa Park in the competition, failing to score on each of their last four visits.
● Aston Villa have lost six of their seven Premier League games on a Sunday this season, including each of the last four in a row. The exception was a 2-1 home win against Leicester back in December.
● Crystal Palace have won consecutive league games for just the second time this season, with the Eagles last winning more in a row between February and June 2020 (4).
● Crystal Palace have kept five clean sheets in their last eight Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 25. They’ve kept 11 clean sheets overall this season, only keeping more in a 38-game Premier League campaign twice – 12 in both 2013-14 and 2018-19.
● Aston Villa’s defeat against Liverpool last time out was their eighth home Premier League loss of the season – the eighth consecutive top-flight campaign in which they’ve lost at least eight times at home, dating back to 2011-12. Indeed, the Villans have lost more home games than any other side in Premier League history (160).
● Crystal Palace have conceded a league-low 40% of their Premier League goals in the second half of games this season (17/42). Indeed, only the top two of Manchester City and Liverpool have conceded fewer after half-time than Patrick Vieira’s side (17).
● Aston Villa’s John McGinn has scored in each of his last two Premier League games against Crystal Palace He’s not scored more league goals against any other opponent in his career across England and Scotland than he has versus the Eagles (2).
● Aston Villa striker Danny Ings has scored five goals in his last six Premier League starts against Crystal Palace – against no side has he scored more often in the top-flight than he has against the Eagles (5).
● Five of Wilfried Zaha’s Premier League goals this season have been the winning goal of the game, including each of his last two. No player has ever scored more winning goals in a single campaign for Crystal Palace.
LEEDS V BRIGHTON
2pm Next we have a huge game as Leeds host Brighton. Just when Everton and Burnley were starting to win games, Leeds ran into a very difficult fixture list. After working so hard to “get away” from the relegation fight, they have been dragged back into it and they are now in massive danger too. After loses to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea they will start the day sitting in the bottom three. Their goal difference is much worse than Burnley too, so they have to finish ahead of Burnley on points and they have one less game to do so. The good news, possibly the only good news, for Leeds fans is that they are now through the majorly difficult part of the fixture list. They meet Brighton here and then Brentford away on the final day. Although they are “winnable” games on paper, we all know that Brighton and Brentford play some superb football and given Leeds have had so many problems at the back I’m not sure they are the best sides to play! Depending on results elsewhere, Leeds might just need draws but that’s not really the way they play either. For Leeds the best defence is attack, because their defence is so poor!
Brighton arrive into this fixture in superb form. They embarrassed Manchester United last weekend with a 4-0 win, and they hammered Wolves 3-0 before that. They have been on a great run recently and they are finishing the season very strongly. They deserved to beat Southampton when they drew 2-2, and the only blip was away to Manchester City but we can forgive any side that. We have a very open market here with both sides trading at similar prices but it is Brighton who are the favourites. I see massive value in the Brighton price at 2.64. They tick every box for me here, they are banging in the goals for fun and creating a lot of chances which is always good when you play against a side like Leeds. This Leeds side will always give you plenty of chances, and I fully expect Brighton to come out on top here. I know Leeds have had a tough fixture list and they will be playing for their lives here, but Brighton are playing so well at the moment they are worth a Max Bet at the odds.
The Striker Says:
Five points win Brighton to beat Leeds at 2.64 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Leeds have lost eight of their last 10 league meetings with Brighton (W1 D1), also failing to score on eight separate occasions in that run.
● Brighton have won five of their last seven away league games against Leeds (L2), having won just one of their first 16 visits to Elland Road (D6 L9).
● Leeds have only lost their final home game in just one of their last 18 top-flight campaigns (W10 D7), with that defeat coming against Spurs in 1995-96 (1-3).
● Brighton have won their final away league game in just one of the last seven seasons (D4 L2), beating Burnley 2-1 on the final day of the 2019-20 campaign.
● Leeds have lost nine Premier League home games this season, and conceded 37 goals at Elland Road. Only in 1946-47 (10) have they lost more, while only in 1959-60 (46) have they conceded more at home in a single top-flight campaign – they were relegated at the end of both seasons.
● Brighton have scored nine goals in their last three Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 14 beforehand. They’ve beaten Wolves 3-0 and Manchester United 4-0 in their last two, last winning three consecutive league games by at least three goals in February 1969.
● Leeds are averaging fewer than 10 shots per game under Jesse Marsch in the Premier League this season (9.7), having averaged almost 14 under Marcelo Bielsa this term (13.7).
● Leeds United have been shown a red card in the first half in each of their last two Premier League games – no side has ever had a player sent off before half-time in three consecutive matches in the competition before.
● With 97 yellows and three reds this season, Leeds have become the first side to receive 100 cards in a single Premier League campaign. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Whites have also committed more fouls than any other side this term (440).
● Brighton’s Leandro Trossard has been directly involved in six goals in his last five Premier League games (4 goals, 2 assists), as many as in his previous 37 league appearances (5 goals, 1 assist). His 11 goal involvements in total this term (8 goals, 3 assists) is his best return in a single Premier League campaign.
WATFORD V LEICESTER
2pm This is a very similar game to Aston Villa v Crystal Palace in the sense that it might easily get lost amongst bigger games this afternoon. I think it’s fair to say neither side will be happy with their season this year. Watford are getting relegated, and Leicester are sitting down in mid-table after challenging for a Top Four finish in the last two seasons. I said this about them at the weekend too but it is ironic that they would have actually finished fourth this season if they played at the same level as they did in 2019/20 an 2020/21 – they only fell out of the Top Four on the final matchday. They have had injury worries this season and they did put together a nice Europa Conference League run after getting knocked out of the Europa League early, but overall they just haven’t been good enough. Their xG figures have been very poor and they have been largely just unimpressive all season. They recorded a much needed win against Norwich last weekend, and as I said in that game they really needed to win that game just from a morale point of view! Similar thoughts apply to this fixture – Watford have been so poor this season that from a Leicester point of view they really should be winning this fixture. I know it’s hard to motivate the players at this stage of the season, but surely personal pride should kick in when you look at these fixtures.
The market rightly has Leicester as favourites, but they have been so poor this season they aren’t odds on favourites. This is definitely a game for small stakes when you consider how the two teams have played this season. Most of Leicester’s problems have come away from home this season – if you look at the away form table they are actually sitting just above the relegation places in fourth last. That has to be a worry from backing the 2.12 point of view, but Watford have had even bigger issues at home. Their home form is what has put them down this season – they have only managed eight points from 18 games this season which is remarkably poor. Their season ticket holders must want their money back! As I said, this is definitely a game for small stakes but on balance I’m happy to have a small bet on the draw here at 3.7. Leicester should really win, but I feel the 2.12 isn’t appealing and there’s every chance both sides have been so poor that they just cancel each other out.
The Striker Says:
One point win Draw at 3.7 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Watford have lost just two of their last 11 home league games against Leicester (W7 D2) and are unbeaten in their last four (W3 D1) since a 1-0 loss in March 2016.
● Leicester are looking to complete the Premier League double over Watford for just the second time, previously doing so in their 2015-16 title winning campaign.
● Leicester have already beaten Watford twice this season, winning 4-2 in the league and 4-1 in the FA Cup. The Foxes have never scored 4+ goals in three games against an opponent in a single season before.
● After remaining unbeaten in their final home game in their first nine top-flight seasons (W5 D4), Watford have lost three of their last four (W1), conceding at least four goals in each defeat.
● Leicester’s 107 Premier League games played on Sundays have produced on average 3.3 goals, with the Foxes scoring 177 and conceding 175. Of the 103 occasions of a team playing at least 50 games on a specific day of the week in the competition, Leicester on Sunday has the highest average goals-per-game.
● Watford kept their first clean sheet in 23 Premier League home games in their 0-0 draw with Everton last time out. They last kept consecutive top-flight shutouts at Vicarage Road in December 2019.
● Despite only Everton (32) using more different players than Watford (30) in the Premier League this season, the Hornets have had fewer different goalscorers than any other side this term (8, excluding own goals).
● Leicester have kept just one clean sheet in their last 24 Premier League away games, a 2-0 win against Burnley in March. However, the Foxes have only failed to score themselves in two of those 24 matches (0-2 v Liverpool and 0-2 v Arsenal).
● Leicester’s James Maddison has been involved in six goals in his six meetings with Watford in all competitions (4 goals, 2 assists) – against no side has he been involved in more in his English football career.
● Since 2014-15, only Harry Kane (40) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals against newly promoted sides than Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (34 – 24 goals, 10 assists), while he’s scored 16 goals in his last 14 games against such sides.
WEST HAM V MANCHESTER CITY
2pm We have another huge game next as West Ham host Manchester City. Given the big difference to the goal difference, a win here would see City as Champions in my opinion. Liverpool have been banging in goals for fun this season, but they aren’t going to turn around a goal difference of seven in two games. Manchester City are at home to Aston Villa on the final day of the season too, hardly a fixture that they would be afraid of and it’s no surprise to see City trade in the 1.0’s bracket with two games to go. Although Liverpool dropped points against Spurs, they did bounce back midweek to beat Aston Villa and join City at the top of the table. Any pressure was soon forgotten about as City ran out very easy 5-1 winners with Keven De Bruyne stealing the show with four goals! It’s a difference dynamic now with City playing ahead of Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp’s were involved in the FA Cup Final this weekend so they meet Southampton next Tuesday, and they will likely start that game six points behind City as well as a decent goal difference behind. I would suggest the title race is over by the end of this game.
Although West Ham got back to winning ways, much needed winning ways may I add, last weekend against Norwich they were fully entitled to win that game. Norwich have been very poor this season, and they seem to have waved the white flag over the last few weeks too. Morale must be very low at the club, and their focus is probably on bouncing back up from the Championship next season – how many times have they done that! Prior to that though West Ham were really struggling for form. They just weren’t creating the same volume of chances that they have been towards the start of the season and just struggling for results in general. It’s hard to see how they can live with an in-form Manchester City side, and I fully expected to see City trading in the 1.3’s here and not 1.4. West Ham are there for the taking at the moment and City should win here. I fully recommend putting them in any BETDAQ Multiple today!
The Striker Says:
Three points win Manchester City to beat West Ham at 1.4 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● West Ham are winless in 12 Premier League games against Manchester City (D2 L10) since a 2-1 win at the Etihad in September 2015.
● After winning their first five games against West Ham at the London Stadium in all competitions (scoring 22 goals and conceding one), Man City are winless in their last two visits there (D2). This includes a goalless draw and eventual penalty shootout defeat in the League Cup earlier this season.
● West Ham won their last Premier League match against the league leaders, defeating Chelsea 3-2 in December. They’ve not won consecutive such games since doing the double over Manchester United in 2006-07, while they’ve not beaten two different teams at the top of the table in a campaign since 1982-83 (Liverpool and Man Utd).
● Manchester City lost their final away league game last season, going down 3-2 at Brighton. They’ve not done so in consecutive campaigns since a run of four between 2005-06 and 2008-09.
● West Ham have scored in all 18 of their Premier League home games this season. Only twice have they managed to score in 100% of their home games across an entire league season, doing so in 1980-81 (second tier) and 1926-27 (top-flight).
● This will be West Ham’s 22nd Premier League game on a Sunday this season, with only Tottenham in 2020-21 (25) ever playing more on this day in a single campaign. After winning five of their first seven such games this term (L2), the Hammers have won just four of their subsequent 14 (D3 L7).
● Manchester City have become the first team in English top-flight history to win five consecutive league games by a margin of at least three goals. Victory here will leave them within a point of winning their eighth top-flight title, their sixth in the Premier League, and their fourth in the last five seasons.
● Man City’s Raheem Sterling has been involved in 14 goals in 16 Premier League games against West Ham (8 goals, 6 assists), more than he has versus any other side. Nine of these have come in five appearances at the London Stadium (4 goals, 5 assists), including a hat-trick in August 2019.
● Michail Antonio has scored nine Premier League goals this season, and could become the first player to score at least 10 in three consecutive top-flight campaigns for West Ham since Tony Cottee (five between 1983-84 and 1987-88).
● Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in 13 goals in his last eight Premier League appearances (8 goals, 5 assists), while he’s enjoying his best goalscoring campaign for the Citizens in both the league (15 goals) and all competitions (19).
WOLVES V NORWICH
2pm We finish the 2pm games with Wolves taking on Norwich. Although we have far more important games kicking off at the same time, this is an interesting game from a betting point of view. I’m sure we’ll have some big opinions on the Wolves price at 1.47. I questioned whether or not this Wolves side were “on the beach” early so to speak before their 2-2 against Chelsea. Although they did very well to battle back from being 2-0 down, I feel the jury is still out. I’m not going to judge them on the 5-1 hammering Manchester City gave them because City can do that to anyone, but I have just noticed that Wolves xG figures have been very poor to end the season. It is a strange one that they have finished the season so poor too – given the domestic Cup winners this season there will be extra European spots available. I suppose part of the problem was that there was such a gap to ninth that Wolves were always comfortable, but they have dropped so many points recently there they only start the day three points ahead of Brighton. They need to win this game, as they will hardly get a better chance than playing Norwich at home.
As I said above, it looks like Norwich have just given up on this season and they are going through the motions. Hey have started to play an open game which clearly doesn’t suit them, and they are getting picked apart. You can’t really blame them for “going for it” because they are going down anyway – who wants to put XI men behind the ball when you are getting relegated anyway but they have now conceded 15 goals in their last five games. Although I wouldn’t fully trust them given the form that they are in, I do expect Wolves to win this one – I just wouldn’t back them at 1.47. I think it’s all about how many goals can Wolves score because Norwich haven’t been scoring goals recently. They have gone four games without a goal, so that clearly makes the over/under 2.5 goals market interesting. I think if you’re backing overs you are expecting Wolves to score three which doesn’t happen often. The problem is the Norwich tactics will likely be very open but I’m going to have a small bet on unders at 2.02. I expect Wolves to grind out a 1-0 or 2-0 win – I know Norwich will give them chances but as I said Wolves don’t really score many goals, they have to grind out their wins.
The Striker Says:
One point win Under 2.5 goals at 2.02 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Wolves have never lost a top-flight home game against Norwich (W8 D2), keeping a clean sheet in seven of their 10 such games against them.
● Norwich are winless in five league games against Wolves (D2 L3), having won four of their previous five (L1).
● Norwich won 1-0 at Wolves in the FA Cup earlier this season – the last team to beat them twice at Molineux in the same season were Manchester City in 2011-12, which was also the last campaign in which Norwich beat the same Premier League side twice away from home (West Bromwich Albion).
● Wolves lost their final home league game last season, doing down 2-1 against Manchester United. They’ve not done so in consecutive campaigns since a run of three between 1996-97 and 1998-99.
● Norwich have won just one of their last 20 Premier League games on a Sunday, beating Burnley 2-0 last month (D4 L15). Away from home, the Canaries are winless in their last 10 top-flight Sunday games (D2 L8), losing the last six by an aggregate score of 22-3.
● Of all teams to have played at least 20 Premier League games on a Sunday, only QPR (13%) have a lower win rate than Norwich (16%), who have won just seven of their 45 such matches.
● Wolves have lost nine Premier League home games this season – only twice in their previous 66 top-flight campaigns have they lost more at home (13 in 2011-12, 11 in 1964-65).
● Norwich have conceded a league-high 78 Premier League goals this season, which is also their highest tally in a single top-flight campaign. They last conceded as many as 80 goals in a league campaign in the second tier in 1963-64 (80).
● Wolves were 3-1 down at half-time against Manchester City last time out, conceding as many goals in that first half as they had in the opening 45 minutes of their previous 11 league games combined. 12 of the 13 first-half goals Wolves have conceded this season have been in home games.
● As it stands, Norwich’s goal difference of -56 is the third worst in Premier League history, after only Derby in 2007-08 (-69) and Ipswich Town in 1994-95 (-57).
EVERTON V BRENTFORD
4.30pm We finish the day with a huge game as Everton host Brentford. By the time Everton kick off here they will know the results of Burnley and Leeds, and they will know what they have to do. It’s been a good four weeks or so for Everton though. Since beating Manchester United they have turned things around and now the relegation battle looks to be between Burnley and Leeds. It’s fair to say nobody expected Everton to beat Manchester City and Chelsea, but add those wins to a win over Leicester and Everton have pulled themselves out of the danger zone. We all knew that their difficult fixture list would cause concern but they have dealt with it very well. You have to remind yourself though that they are still a very average side, and that they have been poor this season. Let’s not forget that Leicester have been poor too and we can’t get ahead of ourselves to see Everton getting results against Leicester. Obviously the wins against United and Chelsea were good, and they had to grind those out under pressure but I would still worry about failing to score against Watford mid-week. That was a game that they were expected to win, had to chase the game and go win it, and came up short.
In that sense, I wouldn’t be rushing to get on Everton here. Indeed, the 2.18 looks very short against an in-form Brentford side. I know Brentford have put in much better performances at home compared to away from home, but I fully expect a closer game than the odds suggest here. Brentford come here off the back of a very impressive 3-0 win last weekend against Southampton, and apart from a blip when losing to Manchester United they have been in superb form. They deserved to beat Spurs in a 0-0 draw and they also deserved their 4-1 win over Chelsea. They have been creating chances for fun recently, and I expected them to create more than Everton here. I’m happy to overlook the United loss – it was United’s last home game and their players probably wanted to put on a show. That’s United for you these days, they weren’t bothered away to Brighton last weekend! I feel the odds are miles off here, and Everton are worth a Max Bet lay at the prices. Brentford have been the better side this season and they can get a result.
The Striker Says:
Five points lay (liability) Everton to beat Brentford at 2.18 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Everton have won their last four home games against Brentford in all competitions, including a 4-1 victory in the FA Cup this season.
● Brentford won the reverse fixture against Everton 1-0 in November; their only league double against the Toffees came in the first ever campaign the sides met back in 1935-36.
● Everton have lost six of their last nine Premier League home games against promoted sides (W2 D1), as many as they had in their previous 50 such matches (W35 D9). Defeat here would be the third consecutive season the Toffees have lost at home to two of the three promoted sides.
● Brentford are looking to become the first promoted team since West Bromwich Albion in 2010-11 to complete the Premier League double over Everton. The Toffees have won just one of their five games against promoted sides so far this season (D1 L3).
● Everton have won 10 points from their last four Premier League home games (W3 D1), as many as they had in their previous 11 (W3 D1 L7). Meanwhile, they’ve kept three clean sheets in these four games, as many as in their previous 13 at Goodison Park.
● Having lost 10 of their previous 11 Premier League games on a Sunday (D1), Everton have won their last two on this day. They beat Chelsea on the 1st and Leicester on the 8th May, but have never won a Premier League game on three consecutive Sundays before.
● Everton have kept three clean sheets in their last six Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 23. The Toffees are looking to go four league games unbeaten for the first time since their first four under Rafael Benítez this term.
● Since Charlton Athletic beat Aston Villa 4-3 in May 1999, none of the last 18 teams in their debut Premier League campaign have managed to win their final away league game of the season (D6 L12).
● Brentford have had 15 different goalscorers in the Premier League this season – excluding 1992-93, the only team to have more in their debut campaign in the competition were Bolton Wanderers in 1995-96 (16).
● Everton keeper Jordan Pickford is looking to keep consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since May 2021, and for the first time at Goodison Park since a run of three in January 2020.