GW36+ Stats – Number Crunching Time
Premier League GW36+ – Begins Tuesday 14th July 2020
Three is the magic number, because three is the number of gameweeks left to play and just when you thought the battle to stay up was a foregone conclusion, the four outfits (sorry Norwich) who are fighting for the lives all won at the weekend.
Which means, with the action coming thick and fast, there is little, or should that be, absolutely no time to catch our collective breathes and that means, it is time for another bundle of headline statistical insight.
Of course, there’s also the smatter of FPL competitions all around the world and this latest batch of numerical nuggets, just might prove to be the difference between glory or despair at the end of the month. With that mind, it’s time for another round of…..
Did You Know?
Liverpool are now unbeaten at home in FIFTY-SEVEN league meetings, although hopes of earning a quarter century of successive wins was foiled at Anfield on Saturday, as Nick Pope had a second impressive game in a row. England No.1 anyone?
Staying on the theme of Liverpool, they are undefeated in 72 of their last 76 matches (Premier League). Two whole seasons worth of football matches and they’ve lost just four of them and only three clubs have managed to get the better of them in that period.
Therefore, if you are a fan of Chelsea, Watford, or Manchester City (x2), you can give yourself a rather small pat on the back for your team’s efforts.
Manchester City have scored at least 4 goals in their last 3 home matches (Premier League). Which does not bode well for a Bournemouth side, who will need to offer the same performance in the last 45 minutes of their win against Leicester, but this time they will need to do it for the whole 90.
Then again, Bournemouth have lost their last 8 away matches (Premier League). That does not make good reading for Eddie Howe and his players.
While Manchester City are going to be absolutely delighted, with the news that their UEFA ban has been overturned and they will be playing in the Champions League next season.
With that in mind, celebrations could be coming from a certain Belgian, as Kevin De Bruyne has had the most assists from open play in the Premier League this season, with 16.
Manchester City have had the most shots off target in the Premier League this season, with 235. An interesting stat that highlights just how many opportunities Pep Guardiola’s men create for themselves.
Norwich are now relegated and their average goal tally per game reads even worse than it did before, it has slumped to just 0.74. A bleak return in a rather bleak season, especially when you consider that they have lost each of their last seven league outings.
Crystal Palace have lost their last five league outings and if ever the term ‘on the beach’ applied right now, it would certainly be for the Eagles. With that said, they have earned the right to be so lax and with no threat of relegation, its almost like the end of term for the South Londoners.
Newcastle are undefeated in their last 6 home matches (Premier League) and Tottenham will have to be wary of this when they make the visit to Tyneside in midweek.
However, Steve Bruce’s men have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Premier League), so there could be goals at St James’ Park.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Burnley’s last 5 games (Premier League). I think a lot of that comes down to the efforts of Nick Pope and only further solidifies the case made at the top of the stats bundle.
Couple that with, there being under 2.5 goals scored in Wolves’s last 3 away games (Premier League) and betting on this very outcome at Turf Moor looks a shrewd move.
Jamie Vardy has moved onto 23 goals for this Premier League season and with a now four goal advantage on his nearest rivals, he is looking an almost dead cert to win this year’s Golden Boot award.
Everton are undefeated in their last 10 home matches (Premier League) and Aston Villa have failed to win their last 6 away matches (Premier League). Can Dean Smith’s pick up a huge victory in midweek?