After a goal filled Saturday, its time to get down beside the seaside for Premier League’s latest Super Sunday.
First up is Brighton v Everton (only being broadcast in India) before the live Sky game at St Marys between Southampton and Newcastle.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton
Both teams are lingering just above the drop zone and are in desperate need of victory.
Everton however rule this fixture, having just lost one match so will be expected to start as favourites.
The Toffees however have scored all of their away goals before half time unlike Brighton who have scored just one of their four home goals in that period.
Should things stay 0-0, you would have to bet on Brighton’s Seagulls to get the three points home and nested.
The shot to goal averages also seem to be on Albion’s side.
Across their three home games so far, they have netted an average 1.33 goals per game from 8.33 shots. Only 3.67 of those shots were on target though.
Their opposition have however averaged more shots with four of them on target. What matter is that their goal average is lower than Brighton’s at the Amex.
Everton however have fared worse in the averages with a solidary average of seven shots compared to their opposition’s 17.67 shots. Just to make matters worse, only 1.67 of those were on goal.
In terms of goals themselves, the Toffees have averaged a miserable 0.33 goals from their three away games so far.
Their opposition from those games have managed an average 2.33 goals against them making those stats all the more alarming.
Realistically, this looks like a draw but given Everton’s dreadful away form, Brighton will have enough to probably edge it.
Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Everton
Jake predicts: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Everton
Result: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Everton
Southampton v Newcastle
Both teams enter this match needing a strong performance after suffering defeat and draw last time out.
The Saints have struggled in front of goal so far with only four hitting the net. Three of those goals came here in August so are again in another home drought.
Two of those goals came in the first half with another after half time.
Newcastle themselves have struggled away from home when it comes to scoring. They have only netted one away goal so far at Swansea City, last month
Both teams comfortably beat their opposition when it comes to corners, fouls and shots in the per game averages.
Newcastle however have the upper hand when it comes to shots on target, having averaged six shots on target from across their three away games so far to Southampton’s three in four home games.
Another concern is the goal average because the Saints have averaged 0.75 goals at home, whilst the Magpies only average out at 0.33 goals on their travels.
(Southampton’s stats are on left and Newcastle’s on right)
In the end, I am struggling to see where goals will come from despite the Toon Army going 26 top flight games without an away clean sheet in Southampton.
Ultimately, this looks like one of those quiet 0-0 draws.
Prediction: Southampton 0-0 Newcastle
Jake predicts: Southampton 1-0 Newcastle
Result: Southampton 2-2 Newcastle
*All the stats have come from Footstats and if want to check them out, here is a link to their site. http://www.footstats.co.uk/index.cfm?task=home