EPL Week 33

For the remainder of the season, I will be travelling with a back up laptop so please excuse any shortfall in posts and site updates

Match of the Day

City’s title celebrations put on ice as the Manchester derby provides 5 goals and 9 bookings whilst the Liverpool one cannot provide one of either

Rooney has only completed 5 of his 23 starts. He is currently posting his fourth 800+ minute goalless streak: all since the 2014/15 season

Super Subs

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernadeaz, came on and scored what could still be a vital goal. It is his third of the season as a sub and 15th in a career - accounting for more than a third of his output

Every team has had at least one sub scoring this season but there is quite the variation between them ranging from, at the time of writing, one for Brighton, Leicester and Huddersfield to nine for Manchester United , who have plenty of options with players like Rashford and Martial usually on the bench.

Seven of the top nine sub-scorers are still playing, led by Jermain Defoe with 24

This table highlight’s a major impediment to Spurs being a realistic challenger for the title: lack of scoring options off the bench. Currently, their top three most used subs are Sissoko, Lamela and Llorente - all attacking players - who, in total, have notched just 2 goals in around 2000 minutes of playing time

Jamie Vardy scores for the 8th game in the last 10: his best run since the record 11 in a row during Leicester’s title season

Dullest Derby

With Liverpool pretty well assured of a Top 4 finish and Everton of avoiding relegation, it was little surprise that the most passion showed was by Rooney when he was again an early substitute In fact, it was the only Premier matchup between the teams not to feature either a goal or a caution

NB Points are jittered to avoid overlap

As you can see, the January 2001 game at Everton was quite the doozy. Liverpool were ahead when Igor Biscan was dismissed. Unsworth equalized with a penalty but McAllister scored a last minute goal for the visitors

The above game was more closely matched by the Manchester derby, with the away side edging ahead in a 3-2 outcome. With six players cautioned (6 for City) it also equalled the most in a Premier League matchup between the sides

Tweet of the Week

Totally Football and Guardian Weekly Review Podcasts

Results and Table

Final Factoid

Manchester City’s record this season is now 24 wins- 1 draw and 0 defeats if Aguero and David Silva start, 4-2-2 otherwise

Plenty more NEW data at the premiersoccerstats site

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