Premier League GW13 Review
Manchester City leave it late to maintain their record breaking start to the campaign, while Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham fall further behind. Plenty of talking points once again in the Premier League, and our Analyst reviews the action assessing performances and not just results.
Compared to recent weeks, this weekend’s Premier League results were all relatively ‘fair’. Watford’s 3-0 win away at Newcastle was seen as the most ‘unfair’ result, though they deserved the win after a good display – with the margin of victory the main contributor to this. Marco Silva’s team were once again impressive, creating a host of chances, condemning Newcastle to their fourth straight defeat.
Tottenham were held 1-1 by West Brom in Gary Megson’s first game in temporary charge, as they continue to fail to produce consistent results. Their performances, though, are consistent and they create good chances on a regular basis. They were unfortunate to come away with just a point in this game, with Infogol calculating that from the chances they created, they would have won 61% of the time.
Huddersfield frustrated Manchester City until very late on with a defensive block that was getting plenty of plaudits. Raheem Sterling’s goal was enough to ensure them a 2-1 win, as City once again created plenty of chances (3.13 xG). Even though they weren’t at their very best, the score line could have been wider with the opportunities they created.
West Ham got their first point under David Moyes thanks to a 1-1 draw against Leicester. It was an improved performance in which the Hammers looked fitter and sharper than in recent weeks, and they created good chances in the process. Two other teams near the bottom, Swansea and Bournemouth, also drew, with neither team creating many chances in a deserved goalless draw.
Liverpool and Chelsea drew 1-1 in what was a very even and entertaining game at Anfield. The big match of the weekend was played at a high-tempo throughout, in what was a very fair result. Manchester United needed Ashley Young’s deflected goal to secure a 1-0 win over Brighton, though it was nothing less than they deserved after another strong performance (1.78 – 0.67 xG).
Palace were full value for their late 2-1 win against Stoke, another game in which their process was very impressive, creating plenty of chances while conceding few. A sense of de ja vu for Burnley at Turf Moor as they once again conceded an injury time winner to Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez scored from the spot to take the spoils, though it was nothing less than the Gunners deserved. Southampton’s 4-1 thrashing of a dismal Everton was the ‘fairest’ result of the weekend, as the Saints created good chances while conceding very few (0.19 xG). The Toffees need to improve and fast.
GW14 Team to Back – Man Utd
Manchester United travel to face an in form Watford in GW14. Though the Hornets have played well of late, they continue to concede a lot of good chances in matches, and this is something Manchester United can exploit at a good price (4/6).