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Featuring profiles of every team, analysis of every group, this informative and accessible stats guide charts the fortunes of every team in the tournament since South Africa 2010.
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Key Stat: Tottenham have conceded 20 goals in their last eight matches
Expert Verdict: Fulham are back on the survival bike but they almost copped a flat against Norwich, who utterly outplayed them. Tottenham clearly have the firepower to puncture the Cottagers’ hopes though Tim Sherwood’s men haven’t kept a clean sheet in eight and have leaked 48 goals, so Fulham should at least find the net.
Recommendation: Both teams to score
REFEREE: Lee Probert STADIUM:
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Key Stat: Chelsea have conceded just nine goals in 17 home league games
Expert Verdict: Sunderland have caused problems at Liverpool and Manchester City in the past month but have garnered only point from their last six games and are unlikely to give title contenders Chelsea a major headache. The Blues have comfortably the best defence in the league and a routine Chelsea win looks the most likely outcome.
Recommendation: Chelsea 2-0
REFEREE: Mike Dean STADIUM:
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Key Stat: Stoke have won five of their last seven league games
Expert Verdict: Cardiff's shock win at Southampton has revived their hopes of survival but they face one of the Premier League's form teams. Stoke have lost only twice in the league in 2014 – at Manchester City and Chelsea – although they still find it hard to win away and a draw looks the best bet.
REFEREE: Howard Webb STADIUM:
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Key Stat: Newcastle have lost their last four league games by an aggregate of 12-0
Expert Verdict: Swansea have been dragged dangerously close to the relegation zone but they face ideal opponents at this stage of the season. Newcastle have lost five of their last six league games, scoring just once in that time, and their defence could be troubled by Swansea top scorer Wilfried Bony.
Recommendation: W Bony to score first
REFEREE: Chris Foy STADIUM:
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Key Stat: West Ham have had a league high of six goalless draws
Expert Verdict: Tony Pulis is working miracles at Crystal Palace with a four-match winning streak while West Ham have triumphed in only two of their last seven. However, the best path to value may be to view this game in a wider context, as Pulis v Sam Allardyce. Palace games average a league low of 2.00 goals per game and no goalscorer looks overpriced.
Recommendation: No goalscorer
REFEREE: Martin Atkinson STADIUM:
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Key Stat: Southampton have lost three of their last four away matches
Expert Verdict: Four straight defeats have seen Aston Villa hauled back into the relegation mire and it’s a concern that they lie third from bottom of the ‘home’ table with just 17 points. Saints, minus top scorer Jay Rodriguez, are less potent and they are also going through a sticky patch with five losses in their last eight.
REFEREE: Lee Mason STADIUM:
|Punting on Pulis' Palace makes perfect sense|