20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 31 ft. Liverpool & Jürgen Klopp

1 – Norwich City have won just one of their last 21 midweek Premier League games (D6, L14).

1 – Anthony Martial scored Manchester United’s first Premier League hat-trick since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

2 – Tottenham Hotspur have completed the Premier League double over West Ham United for the first time since 2012-13.

2 – Both of Jack Stephens’ Premier League red cards have come against Arsenal.

2 – Norwich City have produced just two shots on target in their two games since the restart.

3 – Sheffield United have failed to score in all three of their Premier League games since the restart, attempting just three shots on target in those games.

3 – All three of Arsenal’s away Premier League victories this season so far have come under different managers (Unai Emery, Freddie Ljungberg & Mikel Arteta).

4 – Wolverhampton Wanderers have now faced Bournemouth more often without losing in the Premier League (W3, D1) than any other opponent.

5% – Watford have only ever won one of their 20 midweek Premier League away games (D3, L16).

6 – Sadio Mané has now scored in six consecutive Premier League matches versus Crystal Palace.

7 – Liverpool have wrapped up the 2019-20 Premier League title with a record seven games to spare.

7 – Manchester City have been behind at half-time on seven occasions this season, losing five of them (W1, D1).

7 – West Ham have lost seven away Premier League games on the bounce.

8 – Jürgen Klopp has beaten Crystal Palace on more occasions than he has any other Premier League side as Liverpool manager.

10 – Everton have scored more goals from corners than any other team in the Premier League this season.

10 – Southampton have now lost more home Premier League games than any other team this season.

10 – Norwich have conceded the most Premier League goals from corners this season.

23 – Liverpool have extended their Premier League record to 23 consecutive home wins.

67% – Leicester City have now failed to score in four of their past six Premier League games.

84% – 16 of Burnley’s last 19 Premier League goals have been scored in the second half of matches.

Can Man Utd finish in the top 4?

Manchester United ran out 3-0 winners over Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening to move closer to the top four.

The game saw Anthony Martial become the first Red Devils player to score a Premier League hat-trick since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Victory has moved Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s to within two points of Chelsea, prior to their game at home to Manchester City on Thursday evening.

The Blues currently sit in the final UEFA Champions League place, though are now only four points behind Leicester City themselves, with a game in hand.

Leicester have been held 1-1 away to Watford and 0-0 at home by Brighton & Hove Albion since the 2019-20 Premier League restarted last week.

The Foxes face Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend but their final Premier League fixtures are as follows:

DateOpponentVenue
1 JulyEvertonAway
4 JulyCrystal PalaceHome
7 JulyArsenalAway
12 JulyBournemouthAway
15 JulySheffield UnitedHome
18 JulyTottenham HotspurAway
26 JulySheffield UnitedHome

Brendan Rodgers’ side have some big games coming up – Everton have drawn 0-0 in the Merseyside derby and beaten Norwich City 1-0 over the past couple of days, whilst Crystal Palace are on a four-game winning streak.

Those final two games could be the key for the East Midlands club finishing in the top four and not – away to Tottenham Hotspur, who could still be competing for European football at the time, and then top four rivals Manchester United.

It’s on all Leicester’s control currently, with a four point lead over Chelsea and six over Manchester United.

As for Chelsea, they have a nice run of games after Manchester City. They put up a credible performance in the 1-2 loss at the Etihad Stadium back in November so this evening’s game isn’t a foregone conclusion itself.

Afterwards, Frank Lampard’s side are in FA Cup action away to Leicester this weekend.

DateOpponentVenue
25 JuneManchester CityHome
1 JulyWest Ham UnitedAway
4 JulyWatfordHome
7 JulyCrystal PalaceAway
11 JulySheffield UnitedAway
15 JulyNorwich CityHome
18 JulyLiverpoolAway
26 JulyWolverhampton WanderersHome

A trip to rivals West Ham United is on the cards next Wednesday. The Hammers are currently flirting with relegation and have restarted their 2019-20 Premier League campaign losing 2-0 to both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.

Watford are also in a battle to avoid the drop, whilst Crystal Palace are the Premier League’s in-form side. We shall how Roy Hodgson’s side are doing by 7 July when they host Chelsea.

Sheffield United have failed to score in their three games so far in June whilst Norwich City could be relegated by the time they go to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool will have nothing to play for by the time the Blues are in town but Wolves has the potential to be a tough battle for the 2013 Champions League winners on the final day.

Manchester United were one of the league’s form clubs before the disruption and had a little hiccup in their first game back with David de Gea’s howler gifting Spurs their opener last Friday.

The record champions of England fought back to earn a 1-1 draw before their emphatic victory this week.

Solskjær’s side are also in FA Cup action this weekend, but after that they arguably have the most favourable run of the teams in discussion:

DateOpponentVenue
30 JuneBrighton & Hove AlbionAway
4 JulyBournemouthHome
9 JulyAston VillaAway
13 JulySouthamptonHome
15 JulyCrystal PalaceAway
18 JulyWest Ham UnitedHome
26 JulyLeicester CityAway

Brighton & Hove Albion may not roll over and do have this weekend off, but it’s certainly a winnable game. After that, Bournemouth look headed for the Championship with the form they are in.

Aston Villa aren’t much better than the Cherries currently, but Southampton could provide a test at Old Trafford on 13 July. The Norwegian boss could benefit from having strength in depth, certainly compared to many sides in the Premier League. One of those being Crystal Palace, whom they face just two days after hosting the Saints.

West Ham United are the penultimate fixture before what could be a head-to-head decider for a top four spot when Leicester City host Manchester United on the final day.

It’s looking like an exciting battle for the top four, particularly with Leicester City starting to get dragged into it. I have to say the momentum right now is certainly with Manchester United but Chelsea have a game in hand this evening to turn things back in their favour…

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 30 ft. Crystal Palace & James Milner

1 – José Mourinho has taken just one point from four matches against former clubs this season (D1, L3).

2 – Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace was the first time the Eagles have scored more than one goal in the first half of a Premier League game this season.

4 – Crystal Palace have won their last four Premier League matches.

4 – Newcastle United have kept a clean sheet in their last four games at St James’ Park (W2, D2).

4 – Bernardo Silva has recorded four assists against Burnley this season.

5 – Aston Villa have lost five Premier League games after scoring first this season – two more than any other side.

7 – Bournemouth and West Ham United have lost more Premier League games in 2020 than any other side (7 each).

7 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to score with any of his seven attempts in Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton on Saturday.

10 – Wolverhampton Wanderers are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches in London (W5, D5).

13 – Bournemouth have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their past 13 Premier League matches.

13% – Watford have won just one of their past eight Premier League matches (D3, L4).

14 – Leicester City have won just four of their past 14 Premier League games (D4, L6).

23 – Only Chelsea (24), Man City (28) and Liverpool (37) have taken more points away from home than Southampton (23) so far this season.

63% – Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has lost 19 of his first 30 Premier League matches (W5, D6).

67% – Norwich City have failed to score in six of their last nine Premier League matches.

88% – Seven of the last eight Premier League Merseyside derbies at Goodison Park have ended in a draw.

91% – Chelsea have won 10 of their last 11 Premier League matches versus Aston Villa (L1).

94′ – Neal Maupay’s winner versus Arsenal at 94 minutes and 26 seconds is the latest Premier League goal Brighton & Hove Albion have ever scored.

140 – Jack Grealish has been fouled 140 times this season – 42 more than any other player.

535 – James Milner made his 535th Premier League appearance, the joint-fifth highest total in the competition’s history, alongside Gary Speed.

Statistical breakdown ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United

Premier League football continues this evening and the big game sees Tottenham Hotspur entertain Manchester United in North London.

Spurs are in desperate need of a win as they languish down in eighth position in the table following a disappointing campaign. However, a win for Jose Mourinho’s men would move them to within just one point of fifth-placed Man Utd and put them right back in the mix for Champions League qualification.

The visitors arrive in the capital also hoping to boost their hopes of qualifying for Europe’s elite competition next season. United currently lay three points off fourth-placed Chelsea so victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would really put the pressure on the Blues.

Both clubs were able to get several key players fit again during the enforced break. Harry Kane, Hueng-min Son, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn were all in danger of missing the season due to injuries but are now back to full fitness and available for selection.

Man Utd also welcome Marcus Rashford back into the squad after the forward recovered from a back injury while French midfielder Paul Pogba is fit again following a niggling foot problem.

So the two English giants are all-set to do-battle in north London this evening. Here are some key statistics ahead of the game:

Head-to-head

  • Manchester United have won the last two meetings with Tottenham and three of the last four in all competitions.
  • United are hoping to win consecutive away Premier League games against Spurs for the first time in over 13 years.

Tottenham

  • Tottenham have kept just four clean sheets in the league, the joint fewest in the competition.
  • Spurs failed to win any of their previous six matches in all competitions before the break.
  • Tottenham lost their last home game 2-3 to Wolves and they haven’t lost back-to-back home league games since January 2019.
  • Mourinho has lost all three games as Spurs coach against his former sides.
  • Harry Kane has scored just two goals in his 11 Premier League games against United. 
  • Spurs have averaged just 12.1 shots per league game this season – their lowest tally since 1997/98.

Man Utd

  • United have kept four clean sheets in their last five league games.
  • This will be United’s first ever visit to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 
  • Man Utd are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions.
  • United have kept nine clean sheets in their last 11 games, scoring 29 times.
  • However, Manchester United have won just four of their last 18 Premier League games on the road.

Player to watch – Bruno Fernandes

The Manchester United attacking midfielder has made an immediate impact since moving to Old Trafford in January. Fernandes has scored two goals and provided a further three assists so far. He’s also created 11 chances and had 19 shots – the most by any United player since he arrived. 

Titans progressing in talks with rushing leader

The Tennessee Titans continue to work on a new long-term contract with 2019 NFL Rushing Leader Derrick Henry, according to Sports Illustrated.

Henry has already had the Franchise Tag placed on him following the end of last season after the Titans failed to come up with an agreement with the running back earlier in the offseason.

The 2019 AFC Championship runners-up now have until 15 July to agree a long-term deal with the 26-year-old.

Should both parties fail to come to an agreement, Derrick Henry will earn about $10.2 million next season and could be tagged again at the end of it.

Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson has now said that talks between the franchise and player remain positive, as reported by John Glennon of Sports Illustrated:

“We had a phone call last week and a phone call the week before that. We just kind of continue to work through things. The conversations have been positive between me and the reps there.

“Again, just trying to find some common ground. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Derrick is an important part of what we do. Just trying to find a spot where we all need to be and where we all want to be.”

Derrick Henry was of huge importance to the Titans’ offence in their surprise run to the AFC Championship game back in January.

The former Alabama Crimson Tide star led the 2019 NFL regular season in both carries (303) and rushing yards (1,540) before an incredible postseason.

In victories over the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, and defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs, Henry accumulated an NFL record 446 yards on the ground and 2 Touchdowns, as well as throwing a 3-yard TD pass too.

Tennessee have already tied down quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year extension this offseason, worth $118 million, of which $62 million is guaranteed.