20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 18 ft. Bournemouth & Andros Townsend

1 – Arsenal led at half-time in a Premier League game for the first time under Unai Emery (W1, D12, L5 at HT).

1 – Nathan Redmond finally scored his first Premier League goal of the season with what was his 28th shot at goal.

2 – Fulham took only their second point in their past 12 away Premier League games (D2, L10).

2 – Ralph Hasenhüttl has won two of his three Premier League matches in charge of Southampton (L1) – only one less than Mark Hughes managed in 22 attempts.

5 – Five players have been sent off against Bournemouth this season – more than any other club.

5 – Bournemouth’s David Brooks has scored five goals in his past 11 Premier League appearances.

7 – Sean Dyche has lost all seven of his Premier League matches versus Arsenal as a manager.

8 – Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma has collected eight yellow cards in his first 14 appearances in the Premier League.

9 – Tottenham Hotspur have won of their 11 away Premier League matches so far this season (L2).

18% – Newcastle United have won only three of their past 17 Premier League matches against newly-promoted sides (D5, L9).

20 – Since the start of last season, Mohamed Salah has scored against 20 of the 22 teams he’s faced in the Premier League – failing to find the net against only Manchester United and Swansea City.

22 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 22 goals in his 31 Premier League appearances for Arsenal.

50 – Neil Warnock suffered his 50th Premier League defeat, in what was his 92nd game in the competition (W21, D21).

59% – Andros Townsend has scored 17 Premier League goals – 10 have been from outside the penalty area.

67% – Fulham have failed to score in six of their last nine Premier League games.

75% – Huddersfield Town have lost nine of their past 12 Premier League games at the John Smith’s Stadium (W1, D2), scoring just four goals during this run.

100% – Crystal Palace scored with all three of their shots on target during their 3-2 win at Manchester City on Saturday.

100 – Anthony Martial made his 100th Premier League appearance for Manchester United, become the fourth player to do so for the club (after Eric Cantona, Mikaël Silvestre & Patrice Evra).

357′ – Chelsea conceded a Premier League goal at Stamford Bridge for the first time in almost six hours during their 0-1 loss at home to Leicester City on Saturday.

2010 – Roy Hodgson became the first English manager to win away at Etihad Stadium in the Premier League in May 2010 (Harry Redknapp).


As Liverpool close the gap, who could be on Man City’s radar in January?

When Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City the excitement around the club and the media was palpable. This is a manager who is regarded as one of the greatest ever and who is considered to be an innovator of the modern game.

Wherever Pep has gone, be it at Barcelona or Bayern Munich – his two previous clubs – he’s progressed them both on and off the pitch, season by season. That is exactly what he’s doing at Manchester City so far also, delivering their first Premier League title since the 2013-14 last season, and in spectacular fashion too, breaking seven records in the process. They scored 106 goals to break Chelsea’s record of 103 from the 2009-10 season and in the process beat that same Chelsea side’s record of having the biggest positive goal difference, with City overtaking Chelsea’s +71 with their +79 goal difference.  

Fast forward to 2018 and the events currently unfolding in the Premier League, though, and you’ll see a City side that are facing stronger competition this campaign, most notably from Jürgen Klopp’s impressive Liverpool side.

As the January transfer window approaches and Pep Guardiola looks to continually evolve his Manchester City team, just who could he be looking at acquiring to enable his Citizens side to fend off the likes of Liverpool and re-establish the huge gap they built up last season on their way to the Premier League title?

Should Manchester City add a signing or two in January and improve their squad further, it’s hard to write off their Premier League winner odds of 4/11 and see anyone else, including Liverpool, stopping them again.

Below are a few names in the frame as Manchester City prepare to potentially splash the cash once again.

Cengiz Ünder

Recent reports have linked Guardiola with a £50 million move for Turkey’s rising star, who is being watched by a number of Premier League sides. Ünder, a tricky winger who plays for Serie A side Roma, has four years remaining on his contract, meaning he certainly wouldn’t come cheap and is clearly highly regarded in Rome. It could be argued that City simply don’t need another wide player though, but if Pep disagrees, then Ünder is a worthy candidate.

Ünder has impressed in a Roma side that is playing well below the standard of the side that reached the semi-final of the Champions League last season. On the continent the Turkish international has scored three goals and provided two assists in six Champions League games so far this season.

Timo Werner

RBLeipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner, who has previously admitted his admiration for City’s fierce rivals Manchester United, is a highly sought after talent. Proven in the Bundesliga, the pacy striker could be the ideal replacement for the misfiring Gabriel Jesus – a player who has had a fairly torrid season so far overall.

Werner is certainly a fan of England’s top division, recently saying:

“Yes, playing in the Premier League is a dream for me. I would like to play for two or three clubs.”

His stats speak for themselves. Werner has amassed 54 goals in 96 games for his current club RB Leipzig, and while he may have misfired at the World Cup with Germany, where he failed to score a single goal for the defending champions, his club form demonstrates that has the potential to become a truly world class striker.

Saúl Ñíguez

Previously linked with Barcelona, the 23-year-old is a key figure at the heart of Diego Simeone’s midfield at Atlético Madrid, who are keen to keep hold of one their star men. Guardiola has insisted there is no truth to the rumours but with a reported buyout clause in his contract and rumours the likes of İlkay Gündoğan could depart and youngster Phil Foden go out on loan, Saúl Ñíguez could be seen as the ideal addition to his squad.

Guardiola, who rarely admits his interest in players, recently said: “Man City have interest in 125 players in the last day so it is just one more. He is a fantastic player but we are not interested in him.”

A box-to-box midfielder, he is the player to turn defence into attack. He has chipped in with the odd goal during his time at Atléti, scoring 30 goals and assisting 18 in 227appearances for the club.

Ultimately, time will tell on this one, but stranger things have certainly happened in football, and at Manchester City. 

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 17 ft. Watford & Mauricio Pochettino

0 – Leicester City are winless in their past 10 Premier League trips to London (D4, L6).

0 – Burnley failed to register a single on shot on target in their 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.

2 – West Ham United have now won more Premier League London derbies this season than they did for the whole of last season (1).

3 – Watford 3-2 Cardiff City was the first Premier League game to see as many as three goals scored from outside the penalty area this season.

3 – Since keeping three consecutive clean sheets, Bournemouth have now conceded in each of their past seven Premier League games

5 – Southampton’s Charlie Austin has scored in all five of his Premier League games against Arsenal.

6 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan has now scored more Premier League goals for Arsenal (6) in 25 games than he did for in 39 appearances for Manchester United (5)

7 – Watford’s José Holebas has been directly involved in more goals than any other Premier League defender so far this season (3 goals, 4 assists).

17 – Arsenal still haven’t led at half-time in any of their 17 Premier League fixtures under Unai Emery (D12, L5 at HT).

19 – Manchester United are now 19 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool

21 – Fulham have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 21 Premier League games, conceding at least twice in 18 of those matches (53 in total).

29 – Manchester United have now conceded 29 goals in their 2018-19 Premier League campaign, one more than they did in the entirety of last season

33 – Manchester City have won all nine of their Premier League games at the Etihad this season, scoring 33 goals in the process.

36 – Liverpool fired in 36 efforts on Manchester United’s goal in their 3-1 win at Anfield on Sunday

36 – Newcastle United’s Premier League games this season have seen a total of 36 goals – fewer than any other side.

47% – Érik Lamela had 47% of Tottenham’s shots in their 1-0 win over Burnley (7/15) and 67% of their shots on target (2/3)

53% – Huddersfield Town have failed to score in 29 of their 55 Premier League matches.

80% – Four of the five goals scored during Southampton 3-2 Arsenal on Sunday were headers

100 – Mauricio Pochettino registered his 100th Premier League win as Tottenham manager in his 169th game in charge (D36, L33).

100% – All five of Raúl Jiménez’s Premier League goals for Wolverhampton Wanerers this season have been scored at Molineux.

How each association fared in the 2018-19 Champions League Group Stage

The Group Stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League drew to a close on Wednesday evening with 16 clubs now confirmed for the second round of this season’s tournament which restarts in February.

8 clubs fell into the Europa League whilst a further 8 clubs have been eliminated from European competition for the remainder of the season.

The English Premier League was the only association to see as many as four of their clubs reach the last 16, with Manchester City winning their group and Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all progressing as runners-up.

Two Spanish La Liga sides progressed as winners – Barcelona and Real Madrid, whilst Atlético Madrid join their fellow countrymen as runners-up in their group.

Likewise, the German Bundesliga had two group winners – Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, whilst Schalke 04 qualified for the knockout round by finishing second in their group.

Serie A and Ligue 1 both have two representatives in the latter stages of this season’s competition – Juventus and AS Roma from Italy, and Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon from France.

The remaining two teams making up the last 16 are FC Porto (Portugal) and Ajax (Netherlands).

FC Porto picked up the most points of any team in the group stage, taking 16 of a possible 18 in a group that consisted of Schalke, Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow.

This was a big boost to Portugal’s average points per game in the group stage as Benfica were the only other Primeira Liga club competing. The two clubs combined to take 64% of the points on offer to them.

Only La Liga can boost a higher percentage as Barcelona (14), Atlético Madrid (13), Real Madrid (12) and Valencia (8) took a combined 65% of the points on offer to them.

Germany’s Bundesliga (57%) narrowly pipped the Premier League (56%) into third spot.

At the bottom of the table the Greek Superleague was only represented by AEK Athens whom lost all six of their group stage matches.

Slightly better performing countries were the Serbian SuperLiga, Swiss Super League and the Turkish Süper Lig – each represented by a sole club, each with identical records of one win, one draw and four defeats.

The overall table by association from the 2018-19 Champions League Group Stage is as follows:

AssociationWDLPoints %
Czech Republic21339%

Can Southampton Turn Their Season Around?

Southampton football club have endured a horrid time as ofl ate, having barely avoided relegation last season and already sitting in the relegation zone as we near the halfway mark for this season

When former player Mark Hughes took over from Mauricio Pellegrino, who had lost 13, drawn 13 and won only 8 of his 34 matches in charge, Hughes’ aim was to secure safety for the Saints. They survived on the last day of the season thanks to a Stoke City victory away to Swansea City. Their survival wasn’t down to Hughes’ masterful tactics, but rather fortune that there were three teams worse than them in the league.

The New Season

Hughes remained in charge after the season ended and over the course of the summer, he added four new players to the squad. Stuart Armstrong arrived from Celtic in a £7 million deal, while the Saints also splashed out £13.5 million on young Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn. Mohamed Elyounoussi joined from Swiss club FC Basel for £16 million and Jannik Vestergaard proved to be their biggest signing, as the defender joined from Borussia Mönchengladbach in a deal thought to be worth £18 million.

Southampton also saw several big names players, like Dušan Tadić, Jordy Clasie and Sofiane Boufal leave the club in this window, as they failed to live up to their price tags. Hughes was stamping his authority on the club and building a team to play his tactics in what he hoped would see a revival of his managerial career.

Unfortunately for Hughes, his Southampton side struggled for form and found themselves hovering around the relegation zone before the board acted and axed Hughes from his job just eight months after being hired. During Hughes’ time as Southampton manager, he won five of his 22 league games in charge, resulting in a win percentage of just 22.73.

The New Guy

Former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhüttl has been named as the new manager of the Saints and prior to officially taking over, he saw his new club fall to a 3-1 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur. His first game in charge was away to Cardiff Cardiff, but that ended in defeat as Callum Paterson scored the only goal of the game to help the original favourites for the drop climb to 14th; four points above the relegation zone.

Hasenhüttl’s record at previous club RB Leipzig should encourage the Southampton fans, particularly after he guided the German club to a second place finish in the Bundesliga in his first season in charge. The club were the third highest scorers with 66 goals and conceded the third fewest goals, with the defence conceding only 39 goals. Their goal difference was the joint third best along with Hoffenheim’s at +27.

With a win percentage of 49.39 while in charge at Leipzig, Southampton fans should hold some hope that their new manager can guide them to safety this season. If Hasenhüttl is provided with the funds in January to buy a few additions, then, with his record as a manager, Southampton could climb out of the drop zone before the season comes to a close.

Then will come the real test for the manager. Survival is one thing, but for a club that just a few years ago was challenging for a place in the Europa League, it will be an aim for the near future. Whether or not he has the ability to take the club that far remains to be seen, but for now, he has to help the club pick up some points against Arsenal, Huddersfield town,West Ham United and Manchester City in their remaining December fixtures. Their current squad certainly isn’t the strongest and if Hasenhüttl doesn’t add to it in January then the Saints could end up playing their arch-rivals Portsmouth in the Championship next season, assuming the Blues secure promotion from League One.

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