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Liverpool star to go ‘Shearer mode’ on Man Utd? Premier League stat ‘habits’ to inspire your in-game betting

By James Amey

Published: 15:54, 3 March 2023

With just 13 matchweeks left of the 2022/23 season, things have started to get interesting at both ends of the Premier League table.

With the main focus being on the Carabao Cup final and the FA Cup fifth round in the previous week, the Premier League is back to take centre stage once more as Arsenal and Man City battle it out for the title, a host of sides aim for Champions League qualification and eight teams battle to stay in the division, with just four points separating Bournemouth in 19th and Nottingham Forest in 13th.

This weekend we will be treated to second vs fifth in the early Saturday kick off as Man City host Newcastle, with City needing to win to close the gap to leaders Arsenal, while on Sunday, old rivalries will be renewed as Liverpool and Manchester United face-off at Anfield. Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea all kick-off at 3pm on Saturday, all needing wins for three different reasons.

With seven of the 10 fixtures all taking place on Saturday, keeping track can be tough, but with the new Squawka Live app, you will be kept constantly in the loop.

Squawka Live not only allows you to keep track of the latest scores and your favourite teams but also brings stats to the small screen, providing real-time updates so you never miss a beat.

With the Alerts feature you can also preset triggers that will notify you if specific in-play events such as match time, odds changes and goals/points happen. So we’ve come up with five matches for you to follow with predictions and which triggers will come in useful to track your options.

How to use Squawka Live's Alert triggers

With Squawka Live's Alert triggers, you can preset triggers that will notify you if specific in-play events occur. To set up your own triggers, follow the steps below.

  1. Download the Squawka Live app on the App Store or Google Play (here's the link). Currently, the app is available in the UK only.
  2. Find your selected live event and navigate to the Alerts tab.
  3. Click on create your first Alert and select a specific trigger.
  4. Select the event detail you want to receive a notification for.
  5. The Alert will be added to your home screen and you will be notified when your chosen event has occurred.


Man City vs Newcastle 

The trigger: Match time: 30 minutes played

The prediction: A goal to be scored 31-45

City remain the Premier League’s top scorers this season, having found the net 64 times in their 25 matches so far, but come up against the league’s stingiest defence on Saturday. However, cracks have started to show in the Toon Army backline in recent weeks, conceding seven times in their last five matches across all competitions and City will be hoping to take advantage once more.

25% of City’s goals this season have come in the 15 minutes leading up to half-time, while only City themselves (16) have scored more goals in that period this season than Newcastle United (11).

Therefore, we are backing for one of the sides to find the back of the net in that time frame.

Wolves vs Tottenham 

The trigger: Wolves 1-0 Tottenham

The prediction: Tottenham to win

Anyone that has watched Tottenham this season, will tell you that they have been incredibly slow starters and have mainly turned up in the second half of matches, with Spurs conceding first in 12 of their 25 matches so far.

So it’s no surprise that no other Premier League side has gained more points from losing positions this term than Antonio Conte’s men (14), but what is a suprise is that only Leicester (19) have dropped more points from winning positions than opponents Wolves (15) this campaign.

If Spurs do find themselves behind once more, then we are backing them to come back and take all three points and cement their place in the top four.

Download the new Squawka Live app

  1. Download the Squawka Live app on the App Store or Google Play (here's the link). Currently, the app is available in the UK only.
  2. Follow your favourite sports, teams and leagues to receive notifications.
  3. Compare odds and set alerts for specific match scenarios.
  4. Use Squawka Live as your second screen with real-time updates from free-kicks to blocked shots and offsides.

Arsenal vs Bournemouth

The trigger: 0-0 after 30 minutes

The prediction: Arsenal to win to nil

After a short blip, leaders Arsenal have got themselves back on track with three consecutive wins in the Premier League, to move them five points clear of second place Man City. This weekend, they face one of their favourite opponents in Bournemouth, a side that they have won all six of their home games against across all competitions, by an aggregate score of 17-2.

The Gunners have won each of their last eight Premier League matches against promoted sides, while the Cherries have lost all eight of their Premier League games against teams starting the day top of the table, conceding 27 goals in the process. Since the resumption of the Premier League following the World Cup break, Bournemouth have won fewer points (5) and scored fewer goals (4) than any other side in the competition and face a huge up-hill task to get anything against Mikel Arteta’s men. 

Brighton vs West Ham 

The trigger: West Ham take the lead

The prediction: Brighton to win or draw

Brighton face West Ham this weekend, in what is their favourite Premier League fixture. The Seagulls have never lost in 11 previous Premier League meetings with West Ham (W5 D6), both the most they’ve faced a side without losing and the most West Ham have faced an opponent without winning in the competition.

The Hammers have also struggled on the road this term, winning just two of their last 20 Premier League away games (D4 L14), and are winless in 10 since a 1-0 win at Aston Villa in August (D3 L7). So if West Ham do take the lead, we fully expect Brighton to come back and earn at least a draw.

Liverpool vs Man Utd

The trigger: Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United

The prediction: Mohamed Salah to score and FT result: Draw

Manchester United have been in fantastic form since the World Cup break, with no side winning more points in the Premier League that time than the Red Devils (23), whilst also lifting the Carabao Cup, knocking Barcelona out of the Europa League and making it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Erik ten Hag has got his side purring, scoring in each of their 15 league matches and losing just one of their last 11 in the league, but they face a tough test at Anfield against a Liverpool side that are unbeaten in each of last six home games vs Manchester United, their longest run in the Premier League era. 

They also come up against of their fiercest opponents in Mohamed Salah, who is the top goalscorer in this fixture with 10 goals. The Eygptian has scored nine goals in his last five matches against United, including a hat-trick at Old Trafford in October 2021 and is chasing an Alan Shearer record.

The former Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker scored more Premier League goals against Manchester United than any other player in the competition’s history, finding the back of 10 times in 25 appearances against the Red Devils. The Egyptian King currently sits on eight Premier League goals in just 10 appearances against the red side of Manchester, despite not scoring in his first four league appearances against them.

A brace here would see him equal yet another record, on that has stood since Shearer retired just under 17 years ago.