Premier League GW24 Review

Infogol’s Analyst reviews the major talking points of the weekend, focusing on Liverpool’s slip up to bottom side Swansea, and Chelsea and Manchester United’s wins on their travels.

 

 

What a difference a week makes for Liverpool; last Sunday they toppled leaders Manchester City, and this week they were beaten by bottom side Swansea. Life is difficult as a Liverpool fan, going from elation to disappointment in the space of two games.

 

 Actual vs Expected Goal (xG) totals Premier League GW17

 

The 1-0 defeat against Swansea was another case of missed opportunities costing the Reds, in what was the most unfair result of GW24 – with Swansea having just a 4% chance of winning the game based on chances created by both sides. Liverpool again generated a host of high-quality opportunities (2.7 – 0.5 xG), and have poor finishing and good defending to blame for failing to hit the net. Nevertheless, this was a great result for Carlos Carvalhal’s side, moving them to within three points of safety.

 

Chelsea played some superb football in their 4-0 victory over Brighton, with Eden Hazard stealing the show, but were a little flattered to hit the net four times from the chances they created (1.38 xG) - something they have been doing all season.

  

On a similar note, Manchester United continue to be fortunate in picking up points, this time against Burnley, where they were second best according to chances created. Anthony Martial’s winner may have secured a 1-0 win, but they only generated 0.8 xG – another low total for Jose Mourinho’s men. Perhaps Alexis Sanchez can help improve this?

 

xG data of Manchester United's attacking players so far this season - Sanchez a good addition

 

The major talking point of the weekend came from Watford, as they parted company with manager Marco Silva after yet another defeat – this time at the hands of Leicester. It was a deserved defeat for Watford, leaving them with one win in 11 matches, but was Silva right to be sacked? Our Analyst has given their verdict > http://bit.ly/MarcoSilva. Once again, it’s all change again at Watford with yet another new head coach coming in – Javi Gracia - their fifth in the last three seasons.

 

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