Premier League GW25 Review
What a midweek of Premier League action that was. Loads of talking points and surprise results. Our Analyst reviews the game week, using expected goals (xG) data to assess performances and not just results.
Not the best few days for people associated with Leicester, as just hours after Riyad Mahrez once again handed a transfer request, the Foxes were undeservingly on the wrong end of a 2-1 result against Everton. According to the chances both teams created, Leicester deserved at least a point (EVE 1.6 – 2.8 LEI xG), but positives can be taken from the performance despite a difficult few days.
Chelsea were left stunned by Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge, going down 3-0 in front of their own fans as the mood around the club remains one of uncertainty. Bournemouth were deserved winners on the day, and created the better of the chances – taking all of their high-quality chances. The result was fair but the score line was harsh on Chelsea, who have to prepare themselves for another tricky game on Monday (vs Watford).
At Wembley, it was Tottenham who claimed the three points thanks in part to a very fast start – scoring after just 11 seconds. Manchester United were never really at the races, and despite fielding a very attacking team, Jose Mourinho’s side once again struggled to create many good chances against their top four rivals (0.8 xG).
Carlos Carvahal continue to get a tune out of his new Swansea side as they deservedly beat Arsenal 3-1, while both Liverpool and Manchester City were in impressive form as both registered 3-0 wins against Huddersfield and West Brom respectively. There were a lot of draws between teams in a relegation battle, meaning no-one (other than Swansea) gained an edge in this game week.