ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY TEN: A QUESTION OF CONSISTENCY

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Ask me any time any day what do you think about the premier league, my response still remains the same: competitive and exciting. After 10 games, the premier league table says it all, little difference in the points ammassed by the teams in the top five this season :Mancity, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, and lest we forget teams below the top five like Watford and Bournemouth whose statistics looks impressive at the moment. A certain question always comes up given such impressive performance by each of this team in the top five, Who will be the Champion? The answer definitely will involve an attribute of consistency.

 

LIVERPOOL VS CARDIFF: LIVERPOOL CONTINUES THEIR IMPRESSIVE START

Some  football lovers see Liverpool as a team that cannot be a challenge for the EPL title owing to their lack of consistency. However, Liverpool has been very impressive this season conceding fewer goals and are also unbeaten in ten premier league games. After their first 10 games Liverpool stays at the top of the table with 26 points and will be hoping that Man-city drop some point in their game against Tottenham. Mo salah continues to be instrumental for the team as he was on target in their 4-1 win over Cardiff and also , goals from Sadio mane and Shakiri ensured victory for Liverpool.

OPTA STATs:

  • Sadio Mane has ended on the winning side in all 19 matches he’s scored for Liverpool at Anfield in all competitions.
  • Mohammed Salah has scored 33 goals in 35 matches at Anfield for Liverpool in all competitions.
  • Since the start of last season, Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah has been involved in 33 goals in 24 premier league appearances at Anfield (23goals, 10minutes).

 

CRYSTAL PALACE VS ARSENAL: CRYSTAL PALACE SLOWS ARSENAL DOWN

The first two games of the EPL season saw arsenal receiving many backlash from pundits and sport lovers as the gunners lost two games in a row. However the gunners put that poor start behind them as they went on to win an impressive 11 games  in all competitions (7 wins in PL, 3 wins in uefa europa and 1 win in the caraboa cup), and in those games Arsenal scored two or more except for their 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon on Thursday. The gunners however were slowed down on Sunday after failing to protect their  lead in a game against Crystal Palace which ended 2-2. After coming back from a goal deficit in the first half thanks to goals from Xhaka and Aubameyang, the gunners conceded another penalty in the dying minutes of the game and bang Milivojevic converted from the spot-kick. Arsenal currently sits fourth in the league and might drop to fifth position depending on the outcome of the game between Tottenham and Manchester- City. The gunners welcome Liverpool next weekend, the gunners needs to step up their game or they will suffer yet another loss from a Liverpool side that has been very impressive in the premier league.

 

BURNLEY VS CHELSEA: CHELSEA TOO STRONG FOR STRUGGLING BURNLEY

After securing a draw in their last game at  home against EPL giants Manchester united thanks to Ross Barkley’s goal at the last gasp of the game, Chelsea responded by thrashing Burnley 4-0 with goals from Morata, Barkley, Willian and Loftus-Cheek and were without their main man Eden Hazard. Chelsea is the only team in England that has failed to lose any game this season. Saturday’s win for Chelsea means they have now won seven games and three draws in the English Premier league. Chelsea has repeated this same feat five times in their history in 1964-65, 1966-67, 2005-06, 2014-15 and the current season. Chelsea went on to win the title in the two most recent occasions.

 

MANCHESTER UNITED VS EVERTON: SLOWLY BUILDING UP THEIR MOMENTUM

Manchester United is slowly building up their momentum in the premier league after losing three games in this season’s EPL. After back to back losses in the EPL, Manchester united responded by winning their game against Newcastle with an impressive comeback. They also repeated the same performance against a very impressive Chelsea side but were unlucky not to secure the three points for themselves as Chelsea ended up stealing a point in the last minute of the game. Although Manchester United lost their game in their mid-week against Juventus, they responded during the weekend by securing a 2-1 win over Everton. Manchester United will hope to continue building their momentum in their next fixture; however they face a Bournemouth side that has been very impressive this season.

OPTA STATS

  • Manchester United have scored 100 premier league goals against Everton, more than they have managed against any other side.
  • Everton are without a win in their last 30 premier league away games against the ‘big six’ (D9 L21), since a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford against Manchester United in December 2013.
  • Paul Pogba has been involved in 31 premier league goals since the start of 2016-2017 (14 goals, 17 assists); more than any other Manchester United player.

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