Premier League GW10 Review
Manchester City keep on winning, but their neighbours Manchester United kept pace by beating fellow challengers Tottenham. Another Premier League game week came to an end with a tight affair at Turf Moor, so the Infogol Analyst is back to review the action, assessing performances and not just results.
Stoke’s training ground routine corner kick was the difference between them and Watford at the weekend, with Darren Fletcher the player to get the winner. Other than that effort, and Charlie Adam’s 40 yard open-net miss late on, they created very little. Watford had the better of the chances, and were slightly unfortunate to come away empty-handed, with this 1-0 result being the most ‘unfair’ of GW10.
Crystal Palace needed a very late goal to salvage a point against West Ham, with Wilfried Zaha’s strike deep into added time earning a 2-2 draw. That point was nothing less than Palace deserved though, as they dominated the game throughout, creating a lot of good chances while conceding few. They generated 3.54 xG in that match, which is one of the highest xG totals of any team in the Premier League so far. Roy Hodgson has them heading in the right direction, and their process remains good, so expect results to follow.
Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford in what was a very tight game between two evenly matched teams. The game was won and lost in two moments; Dele Alli’s miss (0.58 xG) and Anthony Martial’s goal (0.30 xG) – fine margins decided this one. Other than those two chances, it was a game of huff and puff and good defending, which is why Manchester United were slightly fortunate to come away with all of the spoils.
Everton’s bad run continued as they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester, a game in which they rarely threatened their opponent’s goal. Claude Puel got off to the perfect start as Leicester manager, with Everton playing into the Foxes’ hands and allowing space for the counter-attack. On the South Coast, Brighton shared the spoils 1-1 with Southampton in what was another cagey game, with Brighton creating the better chances as Southampton’s attacking struggles continued.
There were deserved home wins for Burnley and Arsenal in tight matches, as they beat Newcastle (1-0) and Swansea (2-1) respectively. Manchester City won again, beating West Brom 3-2 in a game which they created plenty of good opportunities as was expected. Liverpool were dominant against Huddersfield (3-0), allowing their opponents just one shot (off target 0.05 xG) in the entire game, while the ‘fairest’ result of GW10 was Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth.
GW11 Team to Back – Liverpool
Liverpool were very impressive in victory over Huddersfield, creating a lot of good chances while conceding only one. They face a struggling West Ham side in GW11, a team that continues to look vulnerable as they concede a lot of chances. The Reds look good value at 3/4 to get the win.