Weekend Preview on Thursday (#WPOT) Week 13, 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.

Weekend Preview on Thursday (#WPOT) Week 13, Part 2

Manchester United v. Crystal Palace

Location: Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United are surefire home-favorites over Crystal Palace. As a result, 3 Goals are expected at this time, and all three are supposed to go United’s way.

Manchester United’s lone defeat at home came from Tottenham, who won 3-0. Aside from the draw against Wolves, they’ve won the other 3 games. However, I know that United has been poor this season, but I don’t see any reason they can’t make it 4 wins at home. Even including the 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham, United are still even with goals scored and conceded at home. They are both 1.6 goals per game (scored and allowed), but I think the allowed are inflated. I think that United has the quality to win this match.

Crystal Palace has only managed to get 6 points from 6 away matches. They have 4 losses and 2 draws and they have conceded 3 more goals than they have scored. Palace has, on average, scored 0.9 goals per game away from home and conceded 1.5 goals per game. Neither of these things look great given that United’s defense has been poor, their offense hasn’t struggled to the same extent. David de Gea has also failed to maintain a clean sheet at home and this might be his first real opportunity.

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Week 2: Post-Game Thoughts (Part 2 of 2)

Here’s our recap of the second half of the slate from Week 2 (read Part 1 here):

Chelsea 3-2 ArsenalStamford Bridge, London

Chelsea was projected to win this match, and they did, but Kepa’s performance was not one to wow the home side. Both sides look to still be adapting to the managerial changes, with some confusion definitely present for both sides. Aresnal’s young talent, Matteo Guendouzi, had a great game along with Henrik Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi. Chelsea had the lions share of shots and shots on target but weren’t able to convert more.

Pedro started the scoring for Chelsea just 9′ in before Alvaro Morata was able to get his first goal of the new season in the 20′. The next two goals were enough to bring Arsenal into the half level with Chelsea after goals from Mkhitaryan and Iwobi (37′ and 41′). The scoring dropped off substantially in the second half and the difference in the game ended up being Marcos Alonzo’s tap in after an assist from Eden Hazard (81′). The centerbacks for Chelsea did look a little shaky at times, and they haven’t gotten Hazard back into the starting line up. For arsenal Özil, Aubameyang, and Xhaka didn’t put in the best days.

  • Yellow cards: Xhaka (27′)/Mustafi (77′)

Man City 6-1 Huddersfield Town – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

This performance at the Etihad was exactly what was expected. Ederson will be unhappy that he was unable to keep the clean sheet, even though there’s really nothing he could have done to avoid it. The goal from Stankovic was from an aerial duel that Gabriel Jesus lost out on, and the ball landed at Stankovic’s feet. Huddersfield looked fantastic in defense for the first twenty four minutes where they consistently repelled the City attacks and Ben Hamer made a number of good saves. He ended up making 9 saves, which is a good days work, even though he conceded six more.

After minute 25 the flood games were opened for City and Sergio Aguero capped his fantastic performance with a hat trick (25′, 35′, 75′). They topped of the night with goals from Gabriel Jesus (31′) and Silva (48′). The only consoltation for Huddersfield was the Stankovic goal (43′), and an own goal from Terrence Kongolo (84′). City ensured that they met expectations and looked very, very comfortable doing so. They’ve started their title defense and were widely expected to finish at the top this season also. City has started right where they left off (even with the absence of Kevin De Bruyne), traditionally when teams win the Premier League there’s a double digit loss in points year over year (even if they repeat).

  • Yellow cards: Billing (51′)/Schindler (69′)

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