EPL Week 24

Match of the Day

The goals have gone A recent article in the Guardian highlighted the fact that many teams are not exceeding a goal a game this season

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EPL Week 23

Man City’s unbeaten run ended by a Coutinho-less Liverpool in seven goal thriller Match of the Day

Subs On Saturday an oddity occurred. The kind of ‘Dog didn’t bark in the night’ sort. Roy Hodgson, with his team hanging on to a precious three points for what would make a ’massive win" failed to make a substitution: a norm for time-wasting


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EPL Weeks 21/22

This issue combines rounds 21 and 22 of the League The congested holiday season saw Man City’s winning run end at 18 games but little to suggest they were anything other than champions-elect Meanwhile the transfer window opened on January 1st and Liverpool were soon the team making waves Match of the Day

Crystal Palace players had two players, Dann and Puncheon, suffer season-ending injuries from fouling Kevin de Bruyne

Transfers The transfer window started with a bang as Liverpool were involved in two of the highest ever transfer deals in Premier League history.


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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


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EPL Week 19

Match of the Day Arsenal and Liverpool showing why they are fun to watch but won’t be winning major trophies

Kane is Able Some eyebrows were raised when Harry Kane was rated by a Guardian poll of 169 experts as the fifth best player in the world for 2017 but he certainly did his best to justify that ranking with a hat-trick at high-flying Burnley


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EPL Week 18

Match of the Day Four teams win away from home by at least three goal margins - surprisingly Huddersfield, West Ham and Crystal Palace join Liverpool

Who is your Talisman Some players are regarded as more essential to their teams than others - Pogba at Manchester United or Zaha at Crystal Palace spring to mind. As a crude way of assessing this, we can look at the average points per game the team has secured with their services when they are playing or not


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EPL Week 17

Match of the Day Second time recently, Watford have removed Deeney late in winning position only to end up with no points

Watford were ahead of Crystal Palace for 85 minutes in Tuesday’s game - 15 minutes more than Palace have led in matches the whole season to date

Yet Another Man City Chart With Man. City racking up another four goals away from home, they are well on course to break Chelsea’s season record of 103 in 200910, when Drogba (29) and Lampard (22) led the way


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EPL Week 16

Match of the Day Bizarrely, the top two teams contrive to score three cock-up goals

City dominance With an eleven point lead over their nearest rivals, Man City are looking home and hosed for the title. Their 46 point tally after 16 games is an EPL record, three greater than Chelsea 20056, but is actually not the largest margin at this stage of a season.


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EPL week 15

Match of the Day The big-six contest, Arsenal v Man. Utd. illustrated once again that de Gea may be the finest goalkeeper in the world

Club in Crisis - Spurs After being praised to the heights by the press, things at Spurs are unravelling fairly quickly. Their lack of good squad depth has been shown up by the sale of Walker, stand-off with Rose and injuries to Wanyama and Alderweireld


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EPL week 14

Match of the Day Allardyce is beaming. Everton are close to top half of table and he has three long-term-injured players back soon: Boalsie, Barkley and Coleman

Rooney Rocket I do not collect the number of goals scored from own-half but that final goal of his hat-trick was the 28th in his EPL career from outside of the area - good for 7th all-time


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