EPL Week 12 Round Up


Norwich City vs Watford – Carrow Road

Watford posted their first win of the season, away from home, as they beat Norwich 2-0. Deulofeu scored the games opening goal just two minutes in, as he got it in into the bottom left corner. Then in the 52nd minute, Gray got one, to make the score what it was, after he was assisted by the man Deulofeu himself. Kabasele received a red card in the 65th minute for a second yellow and a bad foul. But Watford held on strong for the commanding and much-needed victory. Norwich are currently last, with just two wins so far this season. And Watford are in 18th position, and just three points of climbing out of the relegation zone.

Norwich actually played quite well and were un-lucky not to score a goal or two. That’s with their 66% possession and 17 shots taken, although only five did go on target. Watford held just 34% of the ball throughout the match and their only two shots on target, both resulted in goals to them, from their 12 total attempts taken. Norwich completed their passes at an 88% rate, 523/597. For Watford they were much worse at 73%, 232/316. Duels-wise, both sides won 56 each. And Watford slightly edged them out, winning 10 aerial duels to their eight. Norwich made 18 tackles and Watford 25. Could this be the game that kick-starts Watford’s run to a Top 10 position?

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace – Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are now equal 2nd and ahead of City on 26 points, while Palace are in 12th position, after the Blues easy 2-0 victory at home. Abraham scored his 10th of the season in the 52nd minute, as crazy rumours of him moving to rivals Liverpool have recently emerged. And Pulisic put the result beyond doubt with a strike in the 79th minute. Simply put, Chelsea dominated this match, there’s no other way to say it. The Blues had 61% possession to Palace’s 39%. Chelsea also had 23 shots to Palace’s three, and they shot five on target to their one. 87% of Chelsea’s passes were completed, 498/572, to Palace’s 77%, 290/377. The home-side won 68 duels to 56 and 13 take ons to 12. In addition, they also conceded just nine fouls to Palace’s 17.

With Chelsea now in 3rd position as a result of their win and on equal points with Leicester, it’s insane to think that they are one of the main two or three title challengers to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. With Frank Lampard only taking over the reins at Chelsea just this season, winning the title would’ve been far of both the managers and the players minds. But now 12 games into the season, here we are and here they are. If any side knows how to win a title, it’s Chelsea. As for Crystal Palace, they need a few more wins on the board to get into a Top 10 spot.

Burnley vs West Ham United – Turf Moor

Burnley dominated West Ham at home, in a comfortable 3-0 victory. Their goals came via Barnes in the 11th minute, through Wood in the 44th minute and from a Jimenez OG in the 54th minute. The commanding win now leaves Burnley sitting pretty in 10th spot with four wins from 12 matches. And West Ham, all the way down in 16th spot, with a poor GD of -6. That was Wood’s 5th goal of the season. He also completed nine accurate passes and won four aerial duels. And it was Barnes 5th of the campaign as well. He made eight accurate passes and won his only tackle. These two played relatively well in the big win.

Surprisingly, Burnley had just 40% possession, while West Ham were at 60%. But shots-wise, Burnley were awesome! They shot 12/14 on target as they were accurate, after accurate, after accurate in front of the opposition’s goals. West Ham were also a quite good 4/7 on target. Burnley were at a 70% passing accuracy rate, 208/299. And West Ham were at 76%, 348/459. Burney made just seven tackles and West Ham 14. And fouls-wise, Burnley gave up 17 and West Ham were at 10.

Newcastle United vs Bournemouth – St James Park

Newcastle gave their raucous home crowd something to cheer about in their tight and tense 2-1 win over Bournemouth. Harry Wilson opened the scoring for the visitors in just the 14th minute of the game. And Yedlin evened things up at one apiece in the 42nd minute, after he headed the ball in from very close range. And Clark had the eventual winner just 10 minutes later (52nd minute), with a left footed shot following a corner. Newcastle, despite only owning 34% of the ball, shot a very respectable 9/21 on target. And Bournemouth, despite having 66% possession, were terrible in front of Newcastle’s goals, as they went a paltry 3/15 on target. Newcastle completed 70% of their passes, 194/279. And Bournemouth were at 84%, 469/559. Pretty decent effort for a losing side.

Despite the win, Newcastle are in 13th and Bournemouth are in 9th. Newcastle have four wins, three draws and five losses. Bournemouth have, four wins, four draws and four losses so far this season. And the two sides are separated by only a single point on the ladder, Bournemouth 16 vs Newcastle 15. Both sides also had a shot each come of the woodwork, as Newcastle also won 56 duels to their 54. And they slightly edged them out aerially as well, winning 24 aerial duels to Bournemouth’s 19. Newcastle made 17 tackles to the Cherries 15. And each side won 10 take ons each.

Southampton vs Everton – St Mary’s Stadium

Holgate assisted Davies on the header and Richarlison scored his 3rd of the season in Everton’s 2-1 away win vs an ever-improving Southampton side. Davies scored in the 4th min and Richarlison in the 75th min. And Ings had his 5th of the season in the 50th minute, which at that point, evened up the scores. The result leaves the Saints in 19th position and in the relegation zone on just eight points. As for Everton, they are 15th and on a more comfortable 14 points and this was just their 4th win of the new season. However, they would most definitely like to be a lot higher than that of what they currently are.

Everton had 53% possession to Southampton’s 47%. Everton shot 5/24 on target, while Southampton were far tamer as they were just 3/4 on target. Everton were at a 72% passing accuracy rate, 270/373. And the Saints followed closely behind them at 71%, 242/341. Everton dominated the duelling battle between the two sides. They won 75 duels to the Saints 53. And they also won 26 aerial duels to the Saints 24. Everton also made a big 24 tackles to their 10 and won 13 take ons to their nine. Both sides also conceded 12 fouls and a yellow card each.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Sheffield United – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The Spurs continue to languish in 14th place, with just three victories so far this season. This comes after their 1-all draw with Sheffield. Son scored first to break the dead lock in the 58th minute, but just 12 minutes before time, Boldock scored the equalizer. This was Tottenham’s 5th draw of the season, good for equal 2nd in the EPL. And that strike was only Son’s 3rd of the campaign. However, vs Sheffield, he did have three on target shots and two total shot assists. For Sheffield, they have had a great season to date. The draw sees them currently sit above all of Arsenal, United, Tottenham and Wolves in 5th position on 17 points. They are currently aiming to be the Wolverhampton of last season and cause some real disruption to the Premier League’s supposed Top Six clubs.

Stats-wise, Tottenham perhaps played slightly better as they owned 61% of the ball, along with having 5/17 shots go on target. For Sheffield, they shot just 4/14 on target along with only owning 39% of the ball throughout the match. In that sense, they actually did quite well to claim the draw, especially since they were playing away from home. The Spurs completed their passes at an 84% rate, 507/602. And Sheffield were at 75%, 285/378. Tottenham won 63 duels to their 59 and 22 aerial duels to their 14. Sheffield also had to make significantly more tackles then the Spurs did, at 27 vs 19. And fouls-wise, both teams were pretty good, with the Spurs being on six and Sheffield on nine.

Leicester City vs Arsenal – King Power Stadium

This game represents so much to both sides. For the victors and rightfully so, Leicester, it’s a sign of how powerful they have become and how strongly they have re-grouped with Brendan Rodgers as their manager. For the losers, the Gunners, many of the fans after/during this one, have stated their beliefs that they believe that Unai Emery is no longer the right man to lead this club to glory. And when Fox’s fans started taking the piss and sang your getting sacked in the morning to Emery, Gooner fans joined in on the action as well. That being perhaps a sign or representation of just how low they have fallen this season. The end result was a 2-0 Leicester victory and they looked by far the better side for most of it.

Arsenal had a goal, just disallowed for an off-side and after that the Fox’s capitalised strongly. Vardy scored their first goal in the 68th minute and Maddison topped it of with one of his own just seven minutes later. Despite possession being split at 50% each, Arsenal were pretty terrible. They had just one shot go on target the entire match! Meanwhile Leicester shot a nice 7/19 on target. Just to restate that, they had seven times the amount of shots on target then that of what Arsenal did! The Fox’s also had a shot come of the woodwork. They completed 88% of their passes, good for 426/486. And Arsenal were at 84%, good for 401/478.

Manchester United vs Brighton and Hove Albion – Old Trafford

Manchester United are now 7th and Brighton 11th, after their convincing 3-1 win at home. Ole’s side continued their recent rise up the ladder as they scored with ease at Old Trafford. Pereira opened the scoring in the 17th minute and a Propper OG made the score 2-0 just two minutes later. In the 64th minute, Dunk made the score-line 2-1. But just two minute later, Rashford made it 3-1 and put the game out of reach again for the under dogs. That was Rashford’s 6th goal of the season as he had three shots on target that game. He also had two shots and completed a solid 85% of his passes, good for 22 actual ones. He also won six duels and his only tackle. Given how well United played, Rashford included, it’s safe to say that this was one of his better performances of the season.

Despite having just 43% of the ball throughout the game, United still shot a very good 11 of 21 shots on target. And despite Brighton having 57% of the ball, they kept them to just 2/6 on target. And United also had a shot come of the woodwork. Manchester completed 80% of their passes at 287/359. And Birghton were at 81%, good for 390/483. United won 68 duels to their 60. But also won just 12 aerial duels to their 13. Manchester had to make 28 tackles and Brighton 14. And United gave up just 10 fouls and two yellows to Brighton’s 14 and five yellows.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa – Molineux Stadium

Neves scored first in the 41st minute, then Jimenez scored in the 84th minute to seal the result, you’d think? But Trezeguet scoring in the 92nd minute meant that the final minutes were as frantic and as crazy as ever in the Wolves surprisingly close 2-1 win over Villa. As a result, Wolverhampton are currently 8th and just a single point of 5th. And Villa are just three points outside of the relegation zone. They really needed at least a draw here, something obviously that they could not get. The goals were Neves 2nd, Jimenez’s 5th and Trezeguet’s 2nd of the season.
The possession was split at 50% each. The Wolves had 17 shots but landed only five on target. Aston Villa were only slightly better shooting 4/13 on target. The Wolves also very unluckily had two shots come of the woodwork. And both sides completed their passes at an 80% passing accuracy rate. The Wolves were at 309/385 and Villa were at 299/375. Villa won 65 duels to the Wolves 59. And the Wolves won 19 aerial duels to 13. The Wolves made 14 tackles and Aston Villa made 20. Wolverhampton won 21 take ons and Aston Villa 17. And fouls wise, Wolverhampton were at a high 17 and Villa a low eight.

Liverpool vs Manchester City – Anfield

This match ended 3-1 in Liverpool’s favour. However, an early no penalty call to City and a supposed handball to one of Liverpool’s goals are two dubious events that have muddied the outcome of this potentially title decided match. As a result, the Reds are now in 1st place on 34 points. And City are all the way down in 4th. It doesn’t look like the reigning Champions League winners will be slowing down anytime soon. This was City’s best chance of closing the gap on Jurgen Klopp’s men and regardless of the decisions against them, they stuffed it. And Pep was clearly pissed of post-match as he sarcastically thanked the refs at the full-time whistle. Liverpool are currently on 11 wins and City are on eight. With each game that comes and goes, it’s finally looking to be more and more Liverpool’s title winning EPL season.

Fabinho scored in the 6th minute, Salah scored in the 13th minute and Mane in the 51st. Silva got a consolation for City in the 78th minute. Salah’s strike was his 6th of the season and Mane his 7th. These two along with Firmino simply tore it up against Manchester and have been doing so all season with their on-fire form. The Reds owned 45% of the ball and shot 5/12 on target. City had 55% of it and shot just 3/18 on target. Enough of blaming the officiating, blame that! City also had a shot come of the woodwork. Liverpool completed 78% of their passes, 324/416. City completed 84% of their passes, 425/507. Liverpool made 13 tackles and City 15. And fouls-wise, it was a close one, the Reds gave up 10 and City five. Liverpool had zero yellows and City two.