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10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 9

October 28, 2014 by Barrie

0 – Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa has failed to attempt a single shot on goal in his last four Premier League matches having scored five goals in his first five matches following his summer move from Brighton and Hove Albion.

1 – Manchester City have now kept only one clean sheet in their last eight Premier League matches.

5 – Southampton’s Fraser Forster leads goalkeepers in the Premier League with five clean sheets.

5 – Liverpool have collected just five points from their last four Premier League matches at Anfield (W1 D2 L1).  Last season Brendan Rodgers’ side dropped just eight points at home (W16 D1 L2).

6 – Diafra Sakho is the first player to score in six successive appearances for West Ham in the Premier League.  The Senegalese striker is also only the second player in Premier League history to score in his first six appearances in the competition, after Mick Quinn for Coventry City in 1992.

7 – West Brom’s Saido Berahino is the highest-scoring Englishman so far in the Premier League this season, with seven goals.

8 – Gylfi Sigurðsson has been involved in eight goals (1 goal, 7 assists) in his nine Premier League appearances for Swansea City this season.

23 – Mario Balotelli has scored just one goal in his last 23 Premier League appearances.  The Italian is yet to score in seven league matches for Liverpool.

76% – Southampton’s Fraser Forster currently has the best saves-to-shots percentage of any goalkeeper in the Premier League so far this season (76%).

1500 – Alexis Sánchez’s second goal was Arsenal’s 1,500th goal in the history of the Premier League.  Only Manchester United have scored more (1706).

10 Interesting Stats from Champions League Matchday 3

October 23, 2014 by Barrie

1 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal at Anfield in his sixth appearance.  The Real Madrid forward now has an astonishing 20 goals in 13 competitive appearances this season.

3 – Liverpool were beaten by three goals in a Champions League match at Anfield for the first time. In the process, Real Madrid became the third side to score three goals at Anfield in this competition, after Barcelona and Chelsea.

4 – The last four penalties Petr Čech has faced (excluding shootouts) have failed to find the back of the net.

5 – Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano became only the second player in the history of the tournament to score five goals in a single game.  The Ukrainian side thrashed BATE Borisov 7-0 on Tuesday with all seven goals coming from Brazilians.  Lionel Messi’s the only other play to achieve this feat – Bayer 04 Leverkusen were the victims.

9% – English sides have won only one of their last 11 meetings versus Spanish opponents in the Champions League.  This was Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Real Sociedad under David Moyes last season.

10 – Manchester City have gone 10 games without a clean sheet in Europe’s elite club cup competition.

19 – Mario Mandžukić took his goal tally up to 19 in 23 Champions League appearances with one of Atlético Madrid’s five in their 5-0 thrashing of Swedish side Malmö.

40 – Only 1 October 1997 saw more goals (44) than Tuesday’s 40 in the history of the Champions League.

70 – Cristiano Ronaldo is now one goal behind the all-time Champions League top goalscorer Raúl.

85 – Iker Casillas record his 85th victory in the Champions League with a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday.  The Real Madrid and Spain legend has now won more games than any other player in the competition.

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 8

October 21, 2014 by Barrie

1 – Arsenal have kept just one clean sheet in their eight Premier League matches this season.  The Gunners kept 17 clean sheets last season.

4 – Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur saw four penalties award for only the second time in Premier League history.  The only previous occasion in which so many have been awarded in a single game was in the Bradford City 4-4 Derby County fixture on 21 April 2000.

7 – Sunderland conceded seven goals in their first seven games and eight goals in their 8th game this season.

8 – Cesc Fàbregas has been involved in eight goals in eight Premier League games for Chelsea (1 goal, 7 assists).

9 – Sergio Agüero has scored nine goals in six Premier League matches against Tottenham Hotspur.  The Argentine netted all four for Manchester City in their 4-1 thrashing of Spurs on Saturday.

10 – Chelsea have had 10 different goalscorers in their first eight games this season.

12 – Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea saw both players reduced to 10 men before half-time for only the 12th time in Premier League history

61 – Sergio Agüero’s four goals at the weekend make him Manchester City’s all-time Premier League top scorer with 61 goals.

634 – The distance from Sunderland to Southampton and back is 634 miles.  That’s the round journey for fans in the city who went down to St Mary’s to watch their side get hammered 8-0.

700 – West Ham became the ninth club to reach the 700 matches milestone on Saturday when they beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor.

England have qualified for Euro 2016

October 10, 2014 by Barrie

Wembley Stadium

Without wanting to sound too arrogant but England’s qualification was more-than wrapped up after Thursday evening’s results.

Victory over San Marino was of course never in doubt.  Switzerland’s loss in Slovenia last night really means there is no way England will not finish in the top two of this group.  Although, frankly, even after the shambolic performance at the World Cup this summer, I always expected a breeze through qualification.

England now have a six-point lead over Switzerland after two games and a three-point lead over Slovenia who lost their opening game in Estonia.

Roy Hodgson targeted 13 goals against San Marino and Estonia combined this week.  That was perhaps on his mind when clips of him in his seat during last night’s 5-0 win over San Marino were more of frustration that enjoyment.

Not that anyone could enjoy such a boring game of football.  As someone who regularly watches more than 300 football matches a season, I like to think of myself as a passionate football fan.  I enjoy 99% of the matches I watch, often even if my team doesn’t win (it’s rare that Derby lose to our biggest rivals).

Last night’s game was dull from minute one.  The result was never in doubt, it was just a case of how many England were going to score and if Joe Hart was going to touch the ball.  Qualification in truth has rarely hit the highs.  England have made it dramatic in drawing in Italy, scoring a last minute goal against Greece, thrashing Germany 5-1 in Munich and the disaster of Euro 2008.  Other than that – have there been any memorable moments over the past 20 years?

International football for me has taken the backstage to the Premier League and UEFA Champions League in order of priorities.  The qualification process is often a long, drawn out bore and not just for England.  Spain, Germany and the Netherlands often breeze their groups too.  Now that Euro 2016 has been downgraded (yes, downgraded) to a 24-team tournament, two teams make it through each qualifying group automatically (therefore Spain’s loss last night is no big deal.  Portugal losing their two away games this week would be).

Euro 2016 itself sees 24 teams in the group stage and 16 teams in the kn0ck-out rounds.  This simply means the stronger nations can rest their key players for the latter stages and rotate to avoid suspensions.  The chance of ‘another Greece 2004′ just got harder.

England, a country that once embraced international football, has started to find more exciting things to do.  Attendance for the last two international games have been Wembley are significantly down on qualification for the 2014 World Cup.  English fans used to embarrass all other European countries with their incredible crowds (France were in the vicinity, I guess we shouldn’t be too harsh on them) and now international football is becoming a bore to them too.

Enjoy watching England beat Estonia on Sunday, and we should go on and win the majority, if not all of the remaining qualification matches, even with Roy Hodgson in charge! With odds of 1/4 for England to win on Sunday, it may be worth looking out for enhanced odds offers on the likes of bet365 mobile which can make things a little more interesting!

At least the Premier League returns next weekend, quickly followed by the Champions League – those, most of us can agree on, are the most important competitions in football.

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 7

October 5, 2014 by Barrie

1 – David de Gea became the first player to deny Leighton Baines from the penalty spot in the Premier League. The England international had previously scored all 14 of his spot kicks.

4 – Nikica Jelavić has scored as many Premier League goals already this season as he did throughout the whole of last season.

5 – Saido Berahino has also matched his goal tally from last season when he was West Brom’s joint-top scorer in 2013-14.

7 – Manchester United have conceded seven penalties in the Premier League in 2014. They did not give away a single spot kick in the year 2013.

10 – Only Chelsea (11) have scored more goals at home than Leicester City (10) soo far this season.

12 – José Mourinho extended his undefeated record versus Arsène Wenger to 12 games in all competitions. The Chelsea manager has won seven and drawn five of those meetings against the Arsenal boss.

16 – Newcastle have conceded 16 goals in their last eight Premier League games.

30 – Manchester United have already used 30 players in only seven Premier League games this season. The Red Devils used a total of 30 players throughout the entire 2013-14 season.

86 – Following their 2-1 win on Sunday, Manchester United have now scored 86 goals versus Everton in the Premier League. This is the most by any one team against a single opponent.

565 – Michael Kightly’s goal ended Burnley’s run of 565 minutes without a league goal, the 10th longest in Premier League history.

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