Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 12) Part 2

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

Location: Selhurst Park, London

Spurs come into this match as big favorites over an up and down Palace side. Current goal projections are at right about 3 goals, with a big Tottenham win expected.

Crystal Park ran into a Chelsea team that was featured previously as a potential Darkhorse in the Premier League race, and were soundly beaten. They managed to score one goal (Andros Townsend) but conceded 3 goals. The team didn’t put up a particularly great performance, in general, and the defense perhaps even less so. Crystal Palace has not been good at home, averaging 0.4 goals scored/match and conceding 1.4 goals/match.

Tottenham’s defense really struggled this last week against Wolves, they conceded not one, but two penalties, both of which ended up as goals. Wolves looked like they had a great chance at making this into a match after all. Tottenham had more shots on target, but that’s about the only statistic they lead in, and they also had no reply to any of the second half goals by Wolves. I don’t really see this being too much of an issue against a Crystal Palace side that has been poor, but it could be an Achilles heel coming against sides in better form. Tottenham’s away form has been pretty good scoring 2 goals/game and 0.86 goals conceded/match.

Liverpool v. Fulham

Location: Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool might not even have to bring their A game in a match that Fulham is expected to be absolutely decimated in. Current goal projections are around 5 and all of them are expected to go Liverpool’s way.

Liverpool didn’t have the greatest of weeks. They managed only a draw against Arsenal and were soundly beaten 2-0 by one of our Small Clubs of the Week in Red Star Belgrade, yielding a Serbian team’s first victory in the Champions League. However, I think that they’ll make a recovery this week with a Fulham side that beat themselves last week against Huddersfield. Liverpool has been in blistering form at home with 2.4 goals/scored and an astonishing 0.2 goals/conceded.

Fulham didn’t play very well against Huddersfield registering only one shot on target and one goal scored, unfortunately though, an own goal. This might be a really rough week for the Fulham faithful against a Liverpool side that will no doubt enter with a vengeance. Fulham also have the disservice of facing this Liverpool side at Anfield. Fulham fans are likely in for a rough day at Anfield, because Fulham away has been struggling, scoring only an average of 0.84 goals/match and conceding 2.67 goals/match.

Chelsea v. Everton

Location: Stamford Bridge, Fulham

Chelsea are huge favorites against Everton at home. The game is expected to see 3 or more goals, and right now projections have them all going Chelsea’s way.

Chelsea met expectations in the last game with a thorough win above a distinctly average Crystal Palace side. One thing that Chelsea fans will be happy about is that Alvaro Morata scored not only one, but two goals in what they’ll be hoping is a return to form for the striker. Pedro was once again the star of the Blues show and an obvious choice for man of the match. At home Chelsea is averaging 2.5 goals scored/game and concessions of 1.17 goals/match.

Everton played very well against Brighton last week with Richarlison returning to goal scoring form with a shout and 2 goals. The side as a whole played pretty well, and in spite of a win Jordan Pickford would have preferred to keep the clean sheet, especially considering he was only forced into 2 saves in the match. Everton on the road is averaging 1.4 goals scored/match and conceding 1.8 goals/match. This could be a rough match for Toffees fans.

Manchester City v. Manchester United

Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

City are expected to win this match easily, and current projections have them winning by 3 goals in an expected 3 goal matchup.

Manchester City only needed 5 minutes to open the scoring against Tottehnam, although that was the entirety of scoring for the game. As far as City is concerned this was a pretty pedestrian game, they won, but there really wasn’t much to write home about it. I think this game was much more about what Tottenham didn’t do and/or what they didn’t take advantage of than anything City did. City has the advantage in the first edition of the Manchester Derby, because they’ve been scoring 4 goals/game at home and conceding 0.5 goals/game.

Manchester United played very poorly in the first 20′ or so in the match. Bournemouth showed just how poorly when they put one past de Gea. Not long after though, United clicked on. A previously invisible Sanchez made a flick across the face of goal that was drilled into the back of the net by Antony Martial. Despite ending the match as victors thanks to a stoppage time goal by Marcus Rashford, United were far from convincing, leaving a number of chances on the pitch (including two shots off target by Ander Herrera). They won, but it wasn’t pretty. On average they’ve actually been slightly better at scoring goals on the road as opposed to home (1.83 goals/game as opposed to 1.67 goals/game) while keeping their concessions roughly the same at about 1.6 concessions/game.

Arsenal v. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Location: Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal managed a draw against Liverpool, which can only be a good thing — but it could have been more.

Liverpool really struggled to get shots on target (unless they hit the post) and the one major error committed by Leno ended up costing his team 2 points. Arsenal would have loved to have pulled off the major upset of Liverpool and it would have propelled the side even higher, but it wasn’t meant to be. At home the Gunners are averaging 1.83 goals scored/match and concessions of only 0.83/match.

Wolves and Tottenham were involved in a good spectator game involving 5 goals. The Wolves side played very well, however, the defense was less spectacular. If Wolves defense had managed to play a little better they may have stolen a point or possibly more. Wolves is only averaging about 0.6 goals scored/game on the road, with concessions of 0.8 goals/game.

Last Updated: November 8, 2018


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