The midweek EPL treats left much for us to digest. Leicester and Chelsea both picked up 3 nil wins which will be a much needed boost to their respective goal differences. Liverpool and Manchester City followed suit which means the title race is going down to the wire. All eyes were on the North London derby last night, which went the way of Tottenham Hotspur – thanks to an inspired Harry Kane brace. With the gap between 3rd and 5th just 5 points, the race for a top 4 finish will certainly go down to the final matchday. The FA cup final between Liverpool & Chelsea takes place this weekend, but here are some other fixtures to look forward to this weekend!
Across Leicester’s previous 3 league outings, the club have scored 5 goals but missed a whopping 5 big chances. Despite starting just 1 of those 3 league fixtures, Jamie Vardy’s 9 shots of which 4 shots were on target are both team leading totals. The talisman bagged a brace but could have added to his tally as seen by his 2 big chances missed in this spell. The Foxes come up against a Watford team that have conceded 70 league goals this term – only 2 topflight clubs have conceded more.
Newcastle face Arsenal
Across Newcastle’s previous 3 league outings, the Magpies have scored just 3 goals, missing 4 big chances. During that period, Saint-Maximin leads his teammates for attempted shots and chances created so he could prove the difference. The forward comes up against an Arsenal team who have failed to keep a clean sheet across their previous 8 league outings. Newcastle have won their final home league game in 6 of their previous 8 seasons – with the 2 exceptions being defeats by the hands of Liverpool.
Danny Ings has returned
Across Villa’s previous 3 league outings, the club have scored 6 goals. Danny Ings has returned 2 goals and an assist in that period. Despite registering those 3 attacking returns, he could have added to his tally as seen by his 3 big chances missed, with 1 of them hitting the woodwork. The reverse fixture went the way of the Villains and Gerrard will have his sights on pulling off a league double.
Kevin De Bruyne raises to the occasion
Manchester City have scored 14 goals across their previous 3 league outings. During that period, Kevin De Bruyne has delivered an assist from his team-high 7 chances created. Furthermore, he returned 4 goals from just 4 shots on target. The midfielder could have added to his tally as seen by his 1 effort which hit the woodwork. The midfielder did earn himself 2 yellow cards across those 3 league outingsl, suffice to say, the pressure of the title race has shown itself.
Liverpool have scored 43 away goals
Liverpool have scored 43 away goals in the league this term – only managing more in a league campaign once (48 scored in 2013/14 season). One man that seemingly does the grunt work to get his team on the front foot is Naby Keita. Across the Merseyside clubs previous 3 league outings, Keita leads his teammates for ground duels, interceptions and tackles. Furthermore, only 2 Liverpool players committed more fouls than Keita did from all teammates during this period. Liverpool will contest the FA cup against Chelsea this weekend but come up against a Southampton team who have conceded 8 goals across their previous 3 home league fixtures on Tuesday evening.
43 - Liverpool have scored 43 away goals in the Premier League this season, only managing more in a league campaign once before, in 2013-14 (48) when they finished second in the top-flight behind Manchester City. Trip.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 10, 2022