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Industry expert Pete Nordsted is back to analyse the next round of Premier League fixtures and has identified some very strong statistical trends

Last weekend we were let down by Manchester United scoring an early goal in their 5-0 thrashing of Wigan.

In that match they continued to keep up a strong trend which I feel may carry on when Steve Kean brings his Blackburn side to Old Trafford on Saturday. This season the Old Trafford faithful have certainly been treated to more action in the second half, as in their opening nine home games the second period has been the highest scoring in seven.

When we see how Sir Alex Ferguson's charges have performed when facing teams of Blackburn's standard then the second half has seen the most goals in seven of their last 10 at home. Blackburn also show similar tendencies especially when facing sides of United's stature away from Ewood Park. The second half has seen the most goals in five of their last eight away matches.

The second half to be the highest scoring can be backed at 11/10 (2.10) with Stan James and given the stats above this offers some excellent value.

Another interesting looking proposition this weekend is the match at the Reebok Stadium between two struggling sides Bolton and Wolves and here we may see the opposite to the Manchester United game.

This is an encounter where both sides will have earmarked as a potential three points against a fellow struggler and both teams could be looking to win the game from the off. Also the stats point to early goals being a distinct possibility.

There have been two or more goals in the first half in eight of Bolton's last 14 home games and in the case of Wolves there has been two or more goals scored in an amazing 10 of their last 13 away games including their last four. The first half to contain over 1.5 goals can be backed at a tempting looking 13/8 (2.62) with Stan James and this again looks to offer some solid value given the stats above.

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As this is my last post of 2011 I would like to wish all of the readers a happy and prosperous 2012 and thank you for your continued support during 2011 it is very much appreciated.

Happy New Year.

Pete's Weekend Tips

Manchester United v Blackburn: 2nd Half Highest Scoring 11/10 (2.10) with Stan James

Bolton v Wolves: 1st Half Over 1.5 goals 13/8 (2.62) with Stan James

Pete Nordsted is the co-author of the Premier Football Betting Handbook 2011-12, which is now available for purchase. The follow up to last year's successful book offers a comprehensive guide of the best markets for this season's forthcoming Premier League season - and how to profit from them.

The book can be ordered by going to the following link at Harriman House or is available in the Kindle Store at Amazon
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