Premier League GW16 – Saturday 7th December 2019
Have you caught your breath after watching a pulsating round of midweek Premier League action? Well regardless if you have or not, there is no time to relax and with another raft of fixtures around the corner, we are now set to do it all over again.
With real life managers getting the sack, at least your fantasy career is safe from the sanctity of your laptop or mobile and even if your team is doing terrible, there is no threat of the chairman giving you the boot before the festive period.
While talking of the festive period, it is undoubtedly a time to celebrate and there’s plenty of celebrating to be done here at FPLBet towers, because it is now time to serve up another round of interesting top-flight stats.
Did You Know?
Manchester City are undefeated in 78 of their last 87 matches (Premier League). A phenomenal stat on the face of it, but you get the feeling that there’s almost an arrogance to them this season and that arrogance has realistically cost them the opportunity of a third successive league title.
Especially when you consider that Liverpool are now 32 Premier League games unbeaten and their demolition of Everton on Wednesday night, was one that set a new club record. Next target is 50 not out, one that they can achieve by Week 33 of this season.
In addition to that Liverpool have lost just one Premier League game in their last FIFTY-THREE attempts, the numbers they are racking up at the moment are nothing short of incredible.
Although the Reds cannot rest on their laurels, as Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester have now won their last seven league games and may be the club that is best suited to creating something that resembles a title race.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Win Percentage 66.67% – P3 W2 D0 L1. After the performance against Manchester United on Wednesday, it is fair to say that the honeymoon period is over in the white half of North London.
Regardless of how Tottenham performed against Manchester United, the fact that they have kept just one clean sheet in fifteen league attempts this season is mind boggling, especially when you consider the talent on show. Avoid Spurs defenders at your own FPL peril.
Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) has blocked the most shots in the Premier League this season, with 28. Now he’s someone you should be considering, especially if he can add more goals to the one he recently scored at Old Trafford.
Talking of goals, Jamie Vardy has surged clear at the top of the Premier League scoring charts. The striker who is seemingly doing his best Benjamin Button impression has 14 to his name and that is 40% of all of Leicester’s league goals this season.
Teemu Pukki seems back among the goals and after scoring two in two, the Finn has moved onto eight for the season. Which is 50% of all of Norwich’s goals during this campaign, there is no doubting that the Canaries rely on his output.
The same could just as easily be said for Danny Ings at Southampton, as he also is on eight for the season and if the Saints are to avoid relegation, the former Liverpool man is going to have to be kept in cotton wool when not playing.
The current Premier League bad boys when it comes to bookings are Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) and Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) – they have been cautioned no less than seven times each.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) has made the most inaccurate passes in the opposition half in the Premier League this season, with 309. Let’s be honest though, when he gets it right, he gets it spot on.
Manchester City have attempted the most crosses per game in the Premier League this season, with 27.2. There’s a joke regarding Jesus in there somewhere, I’ll let you work that one out…
Burnley have attempted to dribble past their opponents the fewest times per game in the Premier League this season, with 12.33. Let’s be honest, you may not have known that, but that is absolutely no surprise to anyone.
Wolves are now unbeaten in their last ten Premier League matches, whisper it quietly but I have a sneaky feeling that Nuno Espirito Santo’s men might just go on and win this season’s Europa League. (Am I crazy? let us know in the comments)