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10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 21

January 12, 2015 by Barrie

0% – Mark Hughes has now lost all eight of his visits to the Emirates Stadium.  The Welsh manager saw his Stoke City go down 3-0 to Arsenal.

1 – Southampton are the only team to have taken maximum points from their two Premier League games in 2015.  The Saints have beaten both Arsenal (2-0 at home) and Manchester United (1-0 away) to start the New Year, climbing to third in the table.

4 – Aston Villa have picked up four red cards in their last six Premier League matches.  Ciaran Clark was sent off in their 1-0 loss at Leicester City this weekend.

10 – Queens Park Rangers are the first team to lose their first 10 away games in a single Premier League season.  Harry Redknapp’s side were beaten 2-1 at Burnley on Saturday.

13 – Stoke City have now conceded more goals from set pieces than any other team in the league this season.  Mark Hughes’ side were first beaten by a Laurent Koscielny header after failing to properly clear a corner, and then Alexis Sánchez’s deflected free kick squirmed past goalkeeper Asmir Begović.

13 – Alan Pardew has seen his sides win more points from losing positions than any other manager in the Premier League this season.  In his first Premier League game in charge of Crystal Palace on Saturday they came from a goal behind to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham at Selhurst Park.

19 – With two goals and an assist on Sunday, Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez has now been involved in the most goals so far this season (12 goals, 7 assists).

37 – Manchester United have as many points after 21 games this season and they did at the same stage last season.

246 – Petr Čech has yet to conceded a goal in his three appearances, totalling 246 minutes in the Premier League this season.

300 – Tottenham’s defeat at Crystal Palace was their 300th in the Premier League – only Everton have lost more (306) since the league was rebranded in 1992.

Latest Odds on Next Newcastle Manager

January 6, 2015 by Barrie

Derby County manager Steve McClaren is the favourite to replace Alan Pardew at the helm at St James’ Park.

The former England manager is yet to rule himself out of the race to move up a division which has Rams fans worried that he may turn his back on the club that has previously employed him as both a player and assistant, before appoint him as their manager in September 2013.

Steve McClaren has not completed a full season at any club since 2009-10 with FC Twente.  Since then, he has had spells at VfL Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, a second spell at Twente, before becoming Derby County manager early into last season.

McClaren’s connection with Middlesbrough appears not to count him out of the running for a job with their rivals.  Taking Derby County from midtable to last season’s playoff final and guide the team, consisting of a lot of players bought from the lower divisions and bottom half of the Championship, has earned him the attention of the Premier League side.  Without McClaren, most football fans wouldn’t expect Derby to come close to the top six with the current crop of players.

Second favourite for the job is former Arsenal player and Lyon boss Rémi Garde.  Being French may give him a good qualification for the Newcastle job given the nationality of a large number of their recent signings.  Garde won Ligue 1 in 2011-12 with Lyon before being released from his role last year.  Lyon are the only club he has managed.

Tim Sherwood, who was temporarily favourite for the job is now back at 8/1 third favourite.  The former Tottenham manager is a long shot given his unimpressive tactics and poor form towards the end of his short spell in North London.  He would be a shock hire to say the least.

Who would be a good outside bet for the job right now?  John Carver is 10/1 – if he can win at the weekend perhaps it would increase Mike Ashley’s interest in hiring the caretaker manager permanently, or at least until the end of the season.  Former Newcastle favourite Temuri Ketsbaia is 14/1 after declaring interest in re-joining the club as manager.  He has UEFA Champions League appearance.

Michael Laudrup is 16/1 and is without a job.  Should be considered seriously by Newcastle having done a good job at Swansea and being linked to bigger clubs in his early days in Wales.

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10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 20

January 1, 2015 by Barrie

3 – Burnley became the first team this season to make all three of their substitutions before half-time.  Sean Dyche was forced into the trio of changes due to injuries in their 3-3 draw at Newcastle.

5 – Wayne Routledge was responsible for Swansea City’s fifth red card of the season, the most in the Premier League.

7 – Queens Park Rangers are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches at Loftus Road.

11 – Stoke City have conceded more goals from set pieces (including penalties) than any other side so far this season.

32% – Manchester United have collected only 12 of their 37 points on the road this season (W2, D6, L2) following their 1-1 draw at Stoke City.

33 – The 33 goals scored on this New Year’s Day fixtures is the most on this day in Premier League history.

33 -Everton have conceded 33 goals this season after only allowing 39 goals in 2013-14.

78 – Antolín Alcaraz’s red card was Everton’s 78th in the competition, surpassing Arsenal as the sole leader for most in this category since the English top flight was rebranded in 1992.

96 – Aston Villa recorded their 96th Premier League 0-0 draw this weekend, 17 more than any other side in the history of the competition.

100 – Steven Gerrard’s second penalty for Liverpool in their 2-2 draw with Leicester City was the 100th the Merseyside club have converted in the Premier League, more than any other side.  The Liverpool captain took his personal tally to 31, behind only Alan Shearer (56) and Frank Lampard (43).


2014-15 Premier League Goalkeeper Stats

December 30, 2014 by Barrie

Here are the statistics for every goalkeeper to have made at least one appearance during the first half of the 2014-15 Premier League season:

2014-15 Premier League goalkeeper statsClick to enlarge

At the half-way stage of the season, 35 goalkeepers have made an appearance.

Seven goalkeepers have played every minute for their team this season: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tom Heaton (Burnley), David de Gea (Manchester United), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Asmir Begović (Stoke City), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) and Adrián (West Ham United).

 Clean Sheets

11 goalkeepers have kept at least five clean sheets in the opening 19 games of the season.

Premier League Clean Sheets 2014-15

At this stage last season there were four goalkeepers tied top for the Golden Glove, also with eight clean sheets.  Only Swansea City’s Łukasz Fabiański and Southampton’s Fraser Forster have reached that tally going into 2015.

Sunderland’s Costel Pantilimon has managed to keep a clean sheet on average every other game since replacing Vito Mannone.

Petr Čech has not conceded a goal in either of the two matches he has appeared in this season.  The Chelsea goalkeeper has not been forced into a single save either.

Arsenal’s Emiliano Martínez has kept two clean sheets in his four appearances.

Minutes per Goal Conceded

Premier League minutes per Goal Conceded

Amongst goalkeepers to have played at least half of their team’s games, Southampton’s Fraser Foster tops the list, averaging a goal conceded every 114 minutes.  Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and Manchester City’s Joe Hart are the only other goalkeepers to go more than 100 minutes between goals against.

Manchester United’s David de Gea and Sunderland’s Pantilimon average exactly one goal conceded per game.

At the other end of the scale, Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel concedes a goal every 48 minutes, Queens Park Rangers’ Rob Green every 52 minutes and Everton’s Tim Howard every 56 minutes.

QPR’s Alex McCarthy conceded three goals in 90 minutes, therefore a goal every 30 minutes amongst all goalkeepers.  Notably, Newcastle’s Jak Alnwick has conceded a goal every 37 minutes and Liverpool’s Brad Jones a goal every 39.

Most Saves

Premier League goalkeeper most-saves 2014-15Newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers have had their goal peppered this season.  As well as conceding the most goals this season, their goalkeeper has been forced into the most saves also.

High-flying West Ham have relied on Adrián on 65 occasions this season with his save tally being as high as Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan.  Both of these more than Burnley’s Tom Heaton.

Thibaut Courtois and Tim Howard have both made 35 saves this season and Fraser Forster 36.  Courtois and Forster play behind solid defences whilst Howard is having a poor season following praise received during the summer at the World Cup.

Save Percentage

Premier League goalkeeper save percentage 2014-15Manchester United’s David de Gea has saved the highest percentage of shots faced amongst goalkeepers to have played at least half of their club’s games this season.  The highly-rated Spaniard has saved three-quarters of shots faced, narrowly better than Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan and Swansea City’s Łukasz Fabiański.

At the other end of the table, Everton’s Tim Howard has only saved 55.6% of shots faced.  The American is followed by Crystal Palace’s Julián Speroni (59.7%) and Hull City’s Allan McGregor (62.1%).

Notably, Brad Jones has saved only 44.4% of shots faced and Newcastle’s Jak Alnwick is at 47.6%.  These are the only goalkeepers to save fewer than half of the shots on target they have faced this season.

Data collected from Opta Sports

10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 19

December 29, 2014 by Barrie

2 – Burnley have drawn both Premier League away games at Manchester City.

4 – Aston Villa collected their fourth red card of the season and their third in their last four Premier League games. Paul Lambert’s side did not receive a single sending off last season.

5 – Tottenham Hotspur became only the third team in Premier League history to go five games unbeaten against Manchester United, following Liverpool (2000-2002) and Blackburn Rovers (2004-2006).

7 – Crystal Palace are now winless in seven Premier League matches following their 0-0 draw at Queens Park Rangers (D4, L3).

8 – Arsenal have now won their last eight Premier League matches versus West Ham and are unbeaten in their last 11.

11 – Eden Hazard’s last 11 Premier League goals had all come at Stamford Bridge before netting Chelsea’s equaliser versus Southampton at St Mary’s; their final goal of 2014.

13 – Cesc Fàbregas record his 13th assist of the Premier League season, putting him level with Steven Gerrard’s tally of 13 last season which was the most throughout the 2013-14 season.

13 – Leicester City ended their run of 13 Premier League matches without a win by beating Hull City 1-0 in their final match of 2014; their first win since beating Manchester United 5-3, 99 days earlier.

14 – Tottenham Hotspur have won none of their last 14 Premier League matches against Manchester United at White Hart Lane (D6, L8).

299 – Chelsea had gone 299 minutes without conceding a Premier League goal before Sadio Mané’s opener for Southampton on Sunday.

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