Premier League GW8 Review
A dull Liverpool vs Manchester United game kicked off the weekend, with a not much more entertaining game bringing the GW to a close in Leicester – but not all is as seems. Infogol’s Analyst reviews the weekend’s games, using underlying expected goals stats to assess whether a performance justified the result.
Liverpool and Manchester United drew 0-0 in a dull opening game of the weekend, with Jose Mourinho taking the headlines for another well-drilled, defensive display against Liverpool – something that is becoming a habit against Jurgen Klopp’s team. Liverpool were the better team throughout and generated some good chances, with David De Gea pulling off an exceptional save to keep the score line at 0-0. With the difference in xG generated, this was the most ‘unfair’ result of the weekend.
It was a similar story in Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Brom, with West Brom generating very few chances and scoring from a low-probability effort – a great free-kick from Nacer Chadli. The least that they deserved was a point, and in the end a Mahrez goal was enough to do that. Leicester continue to perform well without getting the results, but expect that to change in the coming weeks.
Swansea deservedly beat Huddersfield thanks to a brace from Tammy Abraham, with a little help from Huddersfield’s goalkeeper – especially with the first goal. Huddersfield did have chances, with the ‘unfairness’ of this result being the 2-0 score line, but the Terriers have failed to score in five of their eight league games.
Southampton drew 2-2 with Newcastle in a game which both teams had chances, and it was the same story in Burnley’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, in which Andy Carroll’s sending off proved pivotal. Tottenham got their first league win at Wembley by beating Bournemouth in comfortable fashion, creating good chances and conceding few to move up to third in the table.
Brighton and Everton shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in which both teams generated good chances, though the Toffees needed a late Wayne Rooney penalty to salvage a point. Crystal Palace gained their first win of the season, and it came against last season’s champions Chelsea. They deserved the three points after an impressive display in which they created good chances and got their first goals.
Watford got a great comeback victory over Arsenal, a game in which Troy Deeney came off the bench to great effect – before taking a few swipes at Arsenal post-match. Manchester City were the standout performers of the weekend once again, hitting seven past Stoke. They continue to generate a host of scoring opportunities and will continue to do so.
GW9 Team to Back – Stoke
Stoke were thumped by Manchester City last weekend, but did cause them more problems than any team has so far this season. They host Bournemouth in GW9, with the Cherries second bottom of the table and struggling to create many chances, and at a price of 11/10, they look a good bet.