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10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 5

September 22, 2014 by Barrie
 

1 – Leicester City became the first team in Premier League history to overturn a two-goal deficit and beat Manchester United. On Sunday the Foxes came from 1-3 to beat Louis van Gaal’s side 5-3.

2 – Papiss Cisses scored two goals in 24 games for Newcastle last season. He scored two against Hull Cty on Saturday to rescue a point for the Magpies.

3 – Burnley have kept as many clean sheets in the first five games of this season (3) as they did in their 38 games in their only previous Premier League season of 2009-10.

5 – Aston Villa’s Gabby Agbonlahor completed only five passes in their defeat to Arsenal on Saturday. Four of these were from kickoffs.

8 – Tottenham have now lost eight of their last 13 Premier League games after Europa League action. Mauricio Pochettino’s side surprisingly went down 1-0 at home to West Brom on Sunday.

11 – Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has kept just one clean sheet in his last 11 Premier League games. The Reds were surprisingly beat 3-1 by West Ham on Saturday.

13 – Everton have conceded the most goals after five games this season.

19 – After failing to score against West Ham, Mario Balotelli now only has one goal in his last 19 Premier League matches.

39 – Frank Lampard’s equaliser for Manchester City against his former team, Chelsea means the former England international has now scored against 39 different Premier League clubs – more than any other player.

100% – Leighton Baines has scored all 14 of his Premier League penalties. His spot kick versus Crystal Palace on Sunday couldn’t prevent Everton falling to defeat at home.



Could Chelsea have one hand on the Premier League trophy on Sunday?

September 19, 2014 by Barrie
 

Diego Costa

Chelsea have made a storming start to the 2014-15 Premier League season.  12 points and 15 goals from their first four matches and they already have a five point lead over Manchester City who were the bookmakers’ second favourites at the start of the season.

Manchester City have even made a better start to the season than the sides looking for UEFA Champions League qualification and whom some may class as title challengers.

Arsenal have half as many points as Chelsea having drawn three successive in the Premier League.  Last season’s runners-up Liverpool are on the same number having suffered defeats to both Manchester City and Aston Villa.  And Manchester United are stuck on five points after an abysmal start.

José Mourinho’s side travel to Manchester City on Sunday for a match that could have massive implications on the title race.  Chelsea already odds-on favourites, just imagine how short they will drop with a win.  Just drawing will see them shorten.  Perhaps now is a good time to back Chelsea to win the Premier League with Betfair.

Should Chelsea win at the Etihad on Sunday, as they did last season, it would open up an early eight-point gap ahead of the second favourites.  Perhaps the good news for City would be that we’d only be five games into the season.

The Portuguese manager is somewhat of an expert in this top of the table clashes – a positive head-to-head with Sir Alex Ferguson, undefeated against Arsène Wenger, took the title out of Liverpool’s hand last season and did the double over the champions.

Mourinho can afford to play for a draw to maintain a five-point lead over the defending champions.  A victory though would send a clear message to the rest of the league and Chelsea would virtually have one hand on the Premier League title already.

Manchester City are winless in nearly four weeks since beating Liverpool on Monday night football towards the end of August.  They have since lost 1-0 at home to Stoke City, drawn 2-2 at Arsenal and lost 1-0 at Bayern Munich.  A heartbreaking last-minute defeat on Wednesday.

Chelsea did not fare much better in Europe – drawing 1-1 at home to a Schalke 04 side that had a host of injuries and a makeshift defence.

Premier League form for Chelsea though is quite unreal.  Provided Diego Costa is fit as expected, they have a goalscoring machine with plenty of playmakers around him who are creating goalscoring chances for the Spaniard.

I can really see Chelsea winning at the Etihad on Sunday, provided Mourinho wants to.  He may set up for the draw of course as he has done in big games previously.  But Manchester City are there for the taking – only one clean sheet in their six competitive games this season, conceding eight goals.  They’ve won only two of those matches.

Yaya Touré has not looked himself, and quite frankly, looks disinterested in playing for Manchester City at the moment.  Perhaps not over the family tragedy that took part during this summer’s World Cup.  Sergio Agüero’s injury problems have prevented the Argentine having a clear run out in the first team ahead of this game.  Fernando is injured.  Chelsea are the much-stronger looking team heading into this match, but of course, on their day, City are capable of beating anyone.

As far as I am concerned, a win for Chelsea on Sunday and the 2014-15 Premier League title race is over in September.  A comfortable Champions League group means it could be until the latter stages of the tournament begin in February when Chelsea start dropping points surprisingly, if they do.

There’s a lot of depth in the Chelsea squad, they’re firing on all cylinders and have won of the best managers in world football.  Can Manchester City and the rest of the Premier League cope?



5 reasons why Arsenal won’t win the league

by Barrie
 

Arsenal, who haven’t been able to win the Premier League for the past ten seasons, may aren’t expected to win the title in 2014-15. Arguments for and against their ability to win can be made equally strong, making it difficult for bettors to come to a decision. Football bettors can only browse through various picks and analyse statistics before placing a bet and hoping for the best. For more information on football betting, visit http://www.gamblinguk.co.

Sports journalist Jamie Sanderson cites team inadequacies and lack of experience as two major reasons why the Gunners will not emerge as the Premier League champions. In a report published in Metro.co.uk, he says that Arsenal is just not perfectly built although the German football star Mesut Özil is now part of it. While the team has several excellent midfielders, it also has several shortcomings.

Secondly, many players are inexperienced and unable to deliver all that is required of a team that has not won a Premier League trophy since 2004. While it cannot be denied that several of Arsène Wenger’s players have been very successful before they joined the Arsenal, only Danny Welbeck has a Premier League title.

Sports writer Daniel Matthews, writing on FTBPro.com, says that Wenger did not strengthen his squad enough during the summer transfer window.  The team were begging out for a talented holding midfielder and the squad could have done with an additional defender or two with only six experienced pros in the squad for the first half of the season.

Danny Welbeck

The fourth reason could be that Arsenal pick up too many injuries. Santi Cazorla, Thomas Vermaelen, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, and Aaron Ramsey all suffered injuries during last season. Arsenal still has several matches to play and one cannot expect them to go without a few more injuries.

Finally, Tony Adams, the former captain of the Gunners, recently told Express Sport that he feels that Arsenal will not be able to beat Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City as they play too expansively. There are also opinions that Arsenal will have to struggle to win many of the fixtures it still has to play for the remaining part of the season. The Gunners may have a tough time playing against teams such as Chelsea, Liverpool, and Everton, all of which have excellent home records.



10 Interesting Stats from Champions League Matchday 1

September 18, 2014 by Barrie
 

1 – Borussia Dortmund ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run in Germany. The Gunners had been unbeaten in their last six away games in Germany, winning three, drawing three, including one win and one draw at Signal Iduna Park.

3 – Atlético Madrid conceded only three goals during the last season’s Champions League group stage. They conceded three alone in their opener at Olympiacos this season.

4 – Mario Balotelli’s opener for Liverpool on Tuesday for the fourth different team he has scored for in the Champions League, after Internazionale, Manchester City and AC Milan. He has scored a combined eight goals for those sides.

7 – German Bundesliga sides picked up seven points from a possible nine against Premier League in the opening round of Champions League matches this week. Last season, with the same match ups plays Manchester United vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen, German sides beat the English only twice in their eight group stage matches, losing the other six.

8 – Manchester City have now gone eight Champions League games without a clean sheet and have only kept two in their last 15 games in the competition.

10 – Bayern Munich’s last 10 goals in the Champions League have been scored against Premier League opposition. They scored one versus Manchester City on Wednesday, four in last season’s quarter-final victory over Manchester United (0 in their semi-final defeat to Real Madrid), three in their round of 16 victory over Arsenal and two versus Manchester City in the final group stage matcf last season.

33% – Bayern Munich have won won two of their last six matches versus English opposition at the Allianz Arena, drawing two and losing two.

53 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 53 goals in 52 Champions League appearances for Real Madrid.

142 – Barceona’s Xavi equalled Real Madrid legend Raúl’s record as the player with most Champions League appearances on Wednesday.

1000 – Karim Benzema’s goal in their 5-1 thrashing of FC Basel on Tuesday was Real Madrid’s 1,000 in all European competitions. Directly behind the world football giants are Barcelona (979) and Bayern Munich (800).



Chelsea’s record in the Champions League

September 17, 2014 by Barrie
 

The table below shows Chelsea’s all-time record in the UEFA Champions League since it was rebranded and reformatted ahead of the 1992-93 competition. The results go up to the end of the 2013-14 season.

Chelsea all-time Champions League results

Some statistics picked up from this data:

0% – Basel and Internazionale have a 100% win record from two matches against Chelsea whilst the Blues are winless in three against Manchester United.  Their 1-1 draw in the 2008 final against the Red Devils is the only occasion United have not won a Champions League game against fellow countrymen in five games.

2 – Valencia are the only team Chelsea have beat on their travels more than once.  The Premier League side have faced 11 sides more than once on the road.

7 – Chelsea have only suffered seven defeats at Stamford Bridge in 42 Champions League ties.  Beşiktaş are the only team outside of the big four leagues to have won on their travels.

12 – The Blues have met Barcelona on the most occasions in the Champions League, facing the Spanish side a dozen times.  Chelsea have won four and lost three.

31% – Chelsea have won only five of 16 matches versus Italian sides, losing on six occasions.

38% – Chelsea have won nine of their 24 matches versus Spanish opposition, losing only five.

73% – Chelsea’s 73% win record at home is second only to Manchester United (76%) amongst English sides.

100% – Chelsea have won every Champions League match against Anderlecht, Benfica, CSKA Moscow, Feyenoord, Levski Sofia, Nordsjælland, Spartak Moscow, Steaua Bucharest and Žilina, playing each of these sides twice.



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