Premier League Corners and Cards Predictions and Betting Tips – Gameweek 18
It’s a constant barrage of Premier League action from now until the end of 2018, with the action kicking off at Molineux on Friday evening. From then until the 2nd January 2019 there’s only four days without a taste of top flight football. It can be a crucial stage at both ends of the table, and here we look at the corners that could lead to goals and the cards that could lead to those happily coincidental Boxing Day suspensions.
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Wolves vs Liverpool
Premier League leaders Liverpool make the trip to Wolves, knowing that a win on Friday night would see them top of the table on Christmas day. The Premier League title has gone the way of the Christmas Day leaders in each of the last four seasons – Ever since Liverpool failed to make their advantage count back in 2013/14.
Liverpool may be dominating in the stats that count, but when it comes to corners they lag behind some of their rivals. They have only won six or more corners in four of their nine away games this season, and they’re facing a Wolves side who have conceded an average of 4.33 corners per game at Molineux this season. The hosts have only seen the opposition win more than five corners in three of their nine home games, including just one of their three hostings of the Premier League Big Six. This makes Liverpool Under 5.5 Corners at 5/6 look a nice looking bet to kick the festivities off with.
It’s not just a corner drought we’re expecting – The cards could be in short supply too. Wolves have only seen four or more cards handed out in four of their nine home games this term, including one of their three meetings with the Big Six at Molineux. Liverpool, meanwhile, have averaged just 2.41 cards per game this season and have only seen four or more cards brandished in one of their nine away games. Backing Under 3.5 Cards at 5/6 looks a very good choice here.
Read all our predictions and betting tips in our Wolves vs Liverpool match preview.
Arsenal vs Burnley
Arsenal look to get back on track after a couple of poor performances on Saturday, and they’re hoping their opponents’ disciplinary record can work in their favour. Burnley have been carded more than once in all but one of their five meetings with the Big Six this season, averaging 2.2 cards per game in these matches. The Gunners, meanwhile, have seen their opponents get into trouble two or more times in five of their six home games against bottom 14 teams, so Burnley Over 1.5 Team Cards looks a good shout at 4/5.
Burnley, it seems, absolutely love giving their opponents an opportunity from the corner flag. The Clarets have conceded a Premier League high 132 corners this season, with 82 of these coming in their nine away games. This is an average of 9.11 corners conceded per away game, and they have shipped more than eight corners in all but one of their trips away this season. This includes both trips to Big Six opposition, and Arsenal’s average of 6.83 corners per home game against teams outside the Big Six makes odds of 8/11 for Arsenal Over 7.5 Team Corners look very nice indeed.
Bournemouth vs Brighton
Bournemouth have surprised the Premier League with their attacking brand of football this season, but it’s safe to say that their play isn’t focused around the corner flags. They have only seen 11 or more corners in half of their home games against fellow bottom 14 clubs, with these six matches averaging just 9.33 corners per game. Brighton are even worse, averaging 8.43 corners per game when away against bottom 14 clubs, and seeing 11 or more corners in just one of these seven trips away. We’re backing Under 10.5 Corners at 4/5 here.
What Brighton lack in corners, they certainly make up for in cards. The Seagulls have picked up a league high 42 card points this season and have been carded twice or more in 10 of their 12 matches against bottom 14 opposition. Bournemouth, on the other hand, have seen their opponents carded a league high 45 times this season and have watched their opposition pick up two or more cards in 10 of their 12 games against bottom 14 clubs. This makes Brighton Over 1.5 Team Cards look excellent value at 8/13.
Chelsea vs Leicester
Maurizzio Sarri’s possession based style of play doesn’t lend itself well to many set piece situations, and it’s seen Chelsea’s games lacking in the corner department more often than not. The Blues have seen fewer than 10 corners in nine of their 11 games against bottom 14 teams, with their overall average coming to a meagre 8.94 corners per game. This is the second lowest in the Premier League, and with Leicester’s four meetings with Big Six opposition seeing the corner count reach double figures just once, we like the look of Under 10.5 Corners at 5/6.
West Ham vs Watford
West Ham are looking to keep their Premier League winning streak going on Saturday, and if they can make full use of set pieces they could be in with a very good chance. Watford have seen their opponents win six or more corners in six of their eight away games this season and have conceded an average of 6.57 corners per game when away vs bottom 14 clubs. Meanwhile, West Ham have won six or more corners in three of their five home games against teams outside the Big Six, averaging 7 corners per game and making West Ham Over 5.5 Team Corners at 1/1 look a solid bet.
Read all our predictions and betting tips in our West Ham vs Watford match preview.
Cardiff vs Manchester United
The Jose Mourinho era has drawn to a close, and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer takes charge of Manchester United for the rest of the season on Saturday evening. Still, it’s going to take more than the baby-faced assassin’s soothing presence to get this team in order. The Red Devils have picked up a significant 38 cards this season, and 24 of those have come in their away matches. This is an average of 2.67 cards per away game, and they’re facing a Cardiff side who have seen their opponents carded 23 times at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebird have seen their visitors’ carded more than once in eight of their nine home games this term, and with Manchester United picking up more than one card in four of their six away games against bottom 14 clubs we think odds of 4/5 for Man Utd Over 1.5 Team Cards look great value.
Read all our predictions and betting tips in our Cardiff vs Manchester United match preview.
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