There is no midfielder in the Premier League who has been as deadly as Juan Mata this season. No striker has been as clinical in front of goal either. And these aren’t those kind of stats that we’ve plucked from the sky and shrouded in mystery to make seem more believable. Get your calculator out and check it for yourself – Juan Mata has had 26 shots this season, scoring eight goals, giving him a conversion rate of 30.77 per cent. If there’s one man who should be giving opposition managers a pounding headache the night before a big game, it’s Mata.
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This season only Laurent Koscielny (37.5 per cent) and James Chester (33.33 per cent) have a better conversion rate than Mata and they have taken far fewer shots. Mata’s conversion rate is so impressive it is almost double Robin van Persie’s and the Spaniard is six times more clinical than £59.7m-man Angel Di Maria.
Juan Mata has eight goals this season for United – only RVP and Wayne Rooney have scored more – and his eight goals have won Louis van Gaal’s side eight points. Despite going through spells of being unfancied by the man in charge, Mata has proven his worth with a match-winning brace against Liverpool at Juan-field, the third goal in United’s 4-2 derby win against Manchester City, plus valuable winners against Crystal Palace and Stoke. A record that’ll quieten down the lazy critics who whip out the arguments that ‘such and such doesn’t do it in big games,’ or ‘your man can’t do it on a wet night in Stoke.’
On Sunday afternoon Manchester United take on Everton, a team Juan Mata has found the net against before – after just seven minutes for Chelsea in their 2-1 victory in May 2013. It’s a tempting 8/1 for Juan Mata to score first, however the number crunchers in Power Tower tell us that you’d be down £12.50 if you stuck £5 on Mata to score first every week this year. That negative number makes us a tad concerned, so at a slightly smaller price why not take a nibble on Mata to score anytime in a Manchester United win at 5/1.
Chelsea’s win against LVG’s side ended the Red Devil’s run of six wins on the spin, however recent performances against Tottenham, Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea will give United fans plenty of confidence heading to Goodison Park. Everton are unbeaten in five, althought the Toffees have won just two of 17 games against top half sides this season – West Ham and Southampton at home. With all that in mind, combined with Juan Mata’s deadly eye for goal, the 5/1 looks too good to miss.
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