Jc Counts to Five returns for week 14 of the Premier League. This week featured red cards, futility at supposed top clubs and goals, lots of goals. Here’s some numbers.
2 – Red cards for Citeh
The last time they managed the feat at home it was Captain Dunne and Gelson Fernandes against Tottenham (November 2008). Manchester City have kept just two clean sheets this season, in 14 matches; fewer than in any other Premier League season after 14 games. They had 16 last season, there’s still time I guess. City have also gone four home Premier League games without a win for the first time since March 2008 and conceded three second half goals at the Etihad Stadium for the first time since April 2009 (versus Fulham). Continuing the trend of unprecedented suckiness in the lottery era; this is the first time that Man City have lost a home league match that they were leading in since that April 2009 versus Fulham (1-3). Chelsea scored with each of their first three shots on target, they weren’t exactly dominating the stat sheet, they completed just 73.6% of their passes, their lowest number of the season. However, since switching to a three-man defence, Chelsea have won all eight Premiership games with a goal difference of 22-2. Whiskey, hey there sweetheart!
17 – Penalties converted for Baines
The formerly coveted defender has scored on 89.5% of his penalty attempts (17 of 19). The Red Devils came into the match having won 15 matches at Goodison since football was invented in 1992, more than any other grounds. However, Everton have lost just once in the last five occasions. The London-Supported Joses have scored just seven goals in their last eight Premier League games – the same number that Alexis Sanchez has in that time, just saying. When we look at the results after 14 games last season: MUFC had 28 points and Chelsea had 15 points. In 2016-17 Chelsea has 34 points and the Mourinho led team has 21 points. I wonder if there’s a common factor there? Bwahahaha … Well done, Special One. The One’s team have dropped seven points from goals conceded in the last 10 minutes of PL games this season, a league high. Gotdamn I love these stats.
6 – Goals for Steve Cook since last season
Scott Dann with seven is the only defender with more. James Milner conceded a penalty for the first time in the Premier League since May 2009 when he played for Villa against Fulham. People often say that a two nil lead is the hardest to defend. That’s obviously ridiculous as only 2.1% of the 1061 previous occasions of a two goal lead saw the team on the short end come back (22 times) after going down two at the half in the PL. Bournemouth had never beaten Liverpool in nine previous meetings in all competitions, dating back to 1927. Well done lads.
443 – Minutes that Leicester have trailed
That number is already much higher than the total of the entire campaign last season (391 minutes). Former laughing stock Sunderland have defeated the defending champion at the Stadium of Light in each of the last two EPL seasons and have won three of their last four. Leicester City have dropped 29 points this season; they dropped just 33 points all of last season.
14 – Minutes for Sanchez’s hat-trick
Alexis Sanchez’s 14 minute and 29 seconds hat-trick was the third quickest by an Arsenal player in a Premier League match, following I. Wright versus Ipswich in April 1995 (nine mins) and J. Pennant versus Southampton in May 2003 (10 mins). Sanchez has been directly involved in six of Arsenal’s last eight Premier League goals and in 22 goals in his last 24 Premier League appearances (16 goals, six assists). Even the dumb German Mesut Özil has eight goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season, equalling his goal tally in 2015-16. West Ham have made it easy, having let in two or more goals in each of their last seven home Premier League games against Arsenal.
5 – Straight matches with a goal for Jozy
The Beast of a man has established a new MLS record, scoring in five straight playoff matches, adding three assists. Toronto have scored 17 goals in the playoffs (five matches), allowing six (three in the first Montreal Leg). They now face Seattle in the Cup final. For non-MLS fans, the Cup determines the season’s champion, not the regular season best results which gets the supporters shield.
(stats provided by Opta and independent research)