Premier League GW7 Review
Another exciting weekend of Premier League football was brought to a close at St James’ Park on Sunday, and the league now take a two-week break for International football. Wins for both Manchester clubs again take the headlines, while Everton were eye-catchers for the wrong reasons in GW7. Infogol’s Analyst reviews the action, using expected goals (xG) to assess whether results were a fair reflection on a team’s performance.
Everton were surprisingly beaten by Burnley at home in GW7, though they were very unfortunate to do so as Burnley created very few chances. Other than Jeff Hendrick’s goal, Burnley threatened very little, and once they went a goal up, they sat in and defended very well – impressing with how they limited Everton to just low-probability chances. Though Everton weren’t deserving of the win themselves, a defeat was a harsh result.
Liverpool were also unfortunate against Newcastle, being held to a 1-1 draw. The Reds once again generated a lot of good chances, as they have in every game this season, but failed to take them as has been the pattern in recent games. Newcastle’s goal was also fortuitous, but it means Liverpool are seven points off the top of the table and with just one win seven matches in all competitions, the pressure is mounting on Jurgen Klopp.
Manchester City won the big game at The Bridge, beating Chelsea 1-0 thanks to a stunning goal from Kevin de Bruyne. They were impressive throughout and created the better of the chances, though Chelsea suffered an early blow with Alvaro Morata going off injured - he will be a big miss in their next few games.
Bournemouth and Leicester drew 0-0 on the South Coast, a game in which the home team generated the better of the chances. Spurs thumped Huddersfield 4-0, with Harry Kane scoring another brace, though they were fortunate to hit the net that many times from the quality of chances they created.
West Brom conceded a late equaliser at home to Watford in a 2-2 draw in which both teams created good chances, West Ham edged out Swansea with a late goal in a deserved win, while Crystal Palace’s torrid run continued with a heavy defeat to Manchester United – United once again generating a host of chances.
Arsenal and Stoke both registered deserved home wins, but with varying degrees of difficulty. Arsenal coasted to a 2-0 win over Brighton, while Stoke needed a late Peter Crouch winner to edge out Southampton 2-1.
GW8 Team to Back – Arsenal
Watford have been fortunate in recent weeks to get as many points as they have, whereas Arsenal have been impressive since their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool in late-August. The two London clubs face each other in GW8, and Arsenal look good value to get the win at a price of 8/13.