GW30+ Stats – Number Crunching Time

Premier League GW30+ – Begins Wednesday 17th June 2020

Let’s not muck about, it has been a rather bleak period these past few months and as the world strives to get back to some form of normality, the return of football and by extension the Premier League is a huge step in that direction.

A near three-month hiatus has been the cost that a global pandemic has tallied up and although the weekend activity has been rather sparse, we thankfully no longer must pretend that we’re massive fans of the Bundesliga.

Which means that normal service is resumed and it also sees the return of everyone’s favourite statistical series, yes it is once again time for another round of perfect pub fodder (when they finally open and you are 2 metres from your pals).

Did You Know?

Man City have won 28 of their last 33 home matches (Premier League). This bodes well for them across their two fixtures this week and even if a European ban scuppers their eventual hopes, a top four finish now looks a near certainty.

Liverpool have won 19 of their last 20 matches (Premier League). How much will that defeat to Watford rankle at the end of the season, as far as their players are concerned? To be honest, with Premier League winners’ medals to go round, I doubt it will matter all that much.

Arsenal have drawn their last 5 away matches (Premier League). Things are certainly improving under Mikel Arteta, although that progress still feels slower than the Spaniard would have hoped for.

While if Arsenal cannot take advantage of Brighton’s woes at the weekend, it will only be a further setback in terms of European qualification. The Seagulls possess the current longest streak without a win, with no win in their last nine outings.

The Gunners themselves have the current longest unbeaten run at 8, while Burnley are hot on their heels with 7 and it is that run, that has just given Sean Dyche and his players hopes of another Europa League stint next season. Then again, when you look at how they suffered after their inaugural exploits, it may be a path they decide not to tread down.

Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) has made the most accurate long balls in the Premier League this season, with 247. He like many other of his teammates are now playing for the futures, as the Saudi-led takeover edges ever closer.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) has scored the most left footed goals in the Premier League this season, with 13. That’s 81.2% of all his goals in the league this season.

There’s usually little to split Tottenham and Arsenal and that is certainly the case when it comes to discipline. They’ve each accumulated 63 bookings and 3 red cards this season and they are subsequently joint top of the discipline table.

Use your head is a phrase often used in football. Everton have had the most headed attempts in the Premier League this season, with 82.

Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches (Premier League). But how much of a factor will home advantage or more importantly the lack thereof, play a part in the final part of this season.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Man United’s last 6 away games (Premier League). That could indicate more of the same on Friday. However, with Tottenham and United both raring to go, there could be the potential for goals in North London.

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) has attempted the most shots in the Premier League this season, with 99. From those, he has scored 13 goals and this means he has a shot efficiency rating of 13.13%

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) has missed the most clear cut chances in the Premier League this season, with 19. Then again, he is the glue in Liverpool’s fearsome front three and when you consider his overall efforts this season, it’s not a statistic that should offer too much concern.

Diego Rico (Bournemouth) has blocked the most crosses in the Premier League this season, with 24. Maybe he could have a word with his teammate Jefferson Lerma, who is the current bad boy of the division. The Colombian has amassed 9 bookings and a sending off during this campaign.

Tottenham Fan. Football Writer, Podcaster and Statistician.

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