EPL Week 20

Match of the Day

Pardew Bounce

Alan Pardew has a rep as someone who gives a team an instant return, extended runs (good and bad) and ultimate disappointment

Well stage one hasn’t happened with WBA as they have yet to win a game in six but how true is it of his four other Premier managerships. Zoom into bottom left hand corner to view first six games

For the three teams he has managed to 50 games+, there is only a 5 point span at the half-century mark

His performaces after 6 games has been, in chronological order

  • West Ham United (11)
  • Charlton (8)
  • Newcastle United (10)
  • Crystal Palace (10)
  • WBA (3)

So, by some margin, his worst start. The six game span has also only yielded two goals for

Indeed, over the last 17 games, he has only registered one victory

The worst winless run was endured by Paul Jewell who took over bottom club Derby on 28 Nov 2007. They did not win in the remaining 24 games of the season under his stewardship

Man City plough on

With yet another victory - via Sterlings 13th goal of the season (as many as he has scored in the past two seasons combined) - City are now one shy of the 19 consecutive wins record in the big leagues of Bayern Munich

One surprising aspect of this, is that they have yet to score in the first nine minutes of any game. Only Stoke have failed to score earlier

They have not conceded over that time period either but, nevertheless they would currently be hovering above the relegation zone if games were played over nine rather than ninety minutes

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Final Factoid

Arsene Wenger celebrates matching Alex Ferguson’s 810 matches in charge of an EPL game with a win. For managers with more than 50 games under their belt, his points per game average of 1.98 ranks eighth

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