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Liverpool lost the top midfielder when they met MU

Joel Matip’s injury left Liverpool without a proper midfielder when he met MU in round 19 of the Premier League this season.

Coach Jurgen Klopp confirmed Joel Matip is absent for the next three weeks following a disc injury in the draw against West Brom last weekend. Matip will miss at least the next 3 Liverpool matches against Southampton (January 4), Aston Villa (January 8), and MU (January 17).

Thus, Liverpool does not have a true midfielder when he meets MU. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are in long-term injuries. Van Dijk injured the ligament of the knee, and Gomez injured the knee bone.

Williams can replace Matip in Liverpool’s next game

Matip’s injury forced Klopp to use 19-year-old midfielder Rhys Williams to pair up with Fabinho in the last 30 minutes against West Brom. In the Newcastle draw, Liverpool continues to use the reluctant midfielder Fabinho – Nathaniel Phillips.

MU is still far behind Liverpool in scores in 2020

MU, despite going through a series of successful matches in the Premier League, still lags far behind Liverpool in terms of the average score in 2020. Liverpool drew 0-0 with Newcastle on Wednesday as the final Premier League match in 2020 and Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students finished the year with the top spot.

They hope to defend the championship this season which, based on performance throughout 2020, seems likely to be realistic. Including matches in 2020, Liverpool still tops the table, earning an average of 2.20 points per game in the Premier League.

Liverpool won the highest average score in the Premier League in 2020

Man City followed with an average of 2.06 points, slightly higher than rival Man Utd, which won 1.97 points. The “Red Devils” have significantly improved their performance recently, gaining 23/27 maximum points in 9 rounds.

The newly-promoted Leeds United have entered the top four with 1.76 points per game in the Premier League in 2020, underlining a good start under manager Marcelo Bielsa. If the Premier League goes on in a calendar year it is bad news for Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Sheffield United.   

MU won 23/27 points recently in the Premier League

Sheffield United surprised last season with a ninth-place but is getting off to a bad start in the current season. Chris Wilder’s teachers and students only got 2 points after 16 games and an average of only 0.79 points per game in 2020.

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Arsenal are in trouble with injury, coach Arteta is under great pressure

Arsenal was dealt a blow ahead of their clash with Chelsea after Gabriel Martinelli limped off the field in a loss to Man City due to injury.

The teenage striker played his first game in 9 months but suffered pain after a strike from goalkeeper Zack Steffen in injury time in the first half. Martinelli continued to play but endured before limping toward the dressing room during the break.

Coach Arteta blamed Arsenal for a crisis due to bad luck

Coach Mikel Arteta suddenly announced that Arsenal had not good results in the Premier League over the past time due to bad luck. Failure to Everton forced Arsenal to accept 15th place on the rankings and only 4 points ahead of the relegation group. The Gunners have 14 points after winning only 1 of the last 10 Premier League matches.

Coach Arteta blamed Arsenal for a crisis due to bad luck

But coach Mikel Arteta suddenly announced that Arsenal should have won, not lost, in the last three matches against Everton, Burnley, and Tottenham. This statement is based on Arsenal’s prediction of chances of winning through the analysis of parameters of ball possession, the chance of making, shot, or shot on target.

Arsenal lost to Everton with a 67% chance of winning

In fact, Arsenal has a higher expected pre-match goal index than 4/5 of the closest competitors to meet in the Premier League, Wolves, Tottenham, Burnley, and Everton. But in the end, they lost all 4 matches and drew only Southampton when they had a worse expected goal score than their opponent.

Arsenal wins MU when they have a lower expected goal index than their opponent

In fact, Arsenal only hit more goals than their opponents in the matches against Burnley and Southampton, but the quality of the shots was far below. The capital statistics are for reference only. Arsenal won against West Ham and MU despite having a lower expected goal index than their opponent. But they failed when they had higher expected goals than Liverpool and Man City.

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The first Premier League coach was fired this season

West Brom club sacked coach Slaven Bilic just a day after drawing Man City in round 13 of the Premier League.

Bilic was sacked by West Brom

West Brom vs Man City is a match that the West Brom players were surprised when they earned a point at Etihad, after Ruben Dias’s own goal. Man City held the ball 77% and launched 26 shots, but only one goal from Ilkay Gundogan.

West Brom is ranked 19th on the rankings. This team has no-win for the third consecutive match. This season, West Brom won only one match, drew 4 and lost to 8. This team has the weakest defense in the Premier League when they receive 26 goals in 13 matches.

Previously, the leadership of West Brom had considered sacking coach Bilic when he saw the team’s poor performance. He became the first coach to be sacked in the Premier League season 2020/21.

Mr. Bilic has led West Brom since 2019, replacing Darren Moore and helping the team win tickets back to the Premier League in the first season of leadership. British media reported that Mr. Sam Allardyce will likely become the new coach of the Hawthorn’s home team. On December 21, West Brom will have a match to welcome Aston Villa in round 14.

West Brom had a new coach just five hours after the sacking of Bilic

West Brom appointed former England manager Sam Allardyce to replace Slaven Bilic for his goal of relegation to the Premier League this season.

West Brom had a new coach just five hours after the sacking of Bilic

The 66-year-old strategist has directed 512 games in the Premier League, leading teams Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, and Everton. Despite this, he has not led any teams since leaving Everton in 2018.

The former England coach is tasked with helping West Brom relegate to the Premier League this season. The Hawthorn’s home team has only 1 win, 4 draws, 8 losses after 13 rounds and is ranked 19th on the rankings.

According to the BBC, this is not the first time coach Allardyce has been assigned the responsibility of saving teams in crisis. In December 2008, he took over the lead of Blackburn Rovers, the 19th-ranked team at the time, but finished 15th. He had never been relegated to the Premier League.

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Liverpool is still a strong team despite Van Dijk’s absence

Van Dijk’s injury seemed to push Liverpool into the abyss, but “The Kop” showed strength at the most difficult moment. Nearly 2 months since Virgil van Dijk suffered a ligament injury, Liverpool did not know the smell of failure in the Premier League and won a ticket to continue in the Champions League one round early.

The injury of the Dutch midfielder is finally an opportunity for coach Klopp to explore the potential of all the personnel he has in hand. Liverpool is still very strong despite the absence of what seems to be the most important factor.

Liverpool did not lose in the Premier League since Van Dijk was injured

The moment of Van Dijk’s injury can be seen as the bottom of Liverpool this season. Previously, “The Kop” lost to Aston Villa 2-7 on the day Van Dijk failed in the ability to command the defense. When he met Everton flying high with James Rodriguez in the next round, Van Dijk played 11 minutes before leaving the field after a collision with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Things got worse for Liverpool then when Joe Gomez, Fabinho, and Joel Matip were injured respectively. Liverpool was forced to patch up when they had to use both Nathaniel Philipps, the second-team midfielder costing £ 800,000, and Rhys Williams, a player born in 2001.

Fabinho is playing the role of the leader of the Liverpool defense

In 11 Champions League and Premier League matches that Van Dijk did not play, coach Klopp used seven ways to arrange a rotation according to the personnel he had, only in the midfield pair.

Liverpool did not lose in the Premier League since Van Dijk was injured

Fabinho – Gomez, and Fabinho – Matip received the most confidence when used by the German army in six matches. Two young midfielders Rhys Williams and Nathan Philipps each had two main matches.

Liverpool lost one of these (0-2 against Atalanta in the Champions League), the other won 8 and drew 2. Now “The Kop” is second in the Premier League, equal to Tottenham’s point but lost the difference and entered the round knock-out Champions League one round early.

It was an achievement that was not easy to imagine at the time Van Dijk was injured. The majority of professionals at the time two months ago cleverly said that “The Kop” would decline due to the absence of Van Dijk.

No disaster occurred at Anfield. Fabinho, Matip, Gomez are still playing full-blown at the center of “The Kop” defense. Liverpool may not be as invincible as most of last season but never fell into a deep hole without Van Dijk.

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Leicester lost to the opponent in the bottom ranking of the group

Leicester was played at home but lost to Fulham 1-2 in the 10th round of the Premier League on December 1.

Leicester entered the 10th round with the determination to win 3 points to level the score gap with Liverpool, Tottenham. However, teachers and coaches Brendan Rodgers once again disappointed when they lost to Fulham with the score 1-2. The team was led 2-0 in the first half and only a goal to shorten the difference in the 86th minute by Harvey Barnes.

Leicester enters confidently at home. Rodgers’s army almost opened the score in the 19th minute. Youri Tielemans’ live ball volley made goalkeeper Areola standstill, but the ball reached the column.

Leicester was engrossed in offering an attacking squad and suddenly conceded the goal in the 30th minute, after a swift counterattack by Fulham. Anguissa poked the correct slot for Lookman to escape. Midfielder No. 19 coldly shot into the far corner to defeat goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester was played at home but lost to Fulham 1-2 in the 10th round of the Premier League

Leicester held the ball approximately 70%, but could not penetrate the many visitors’ defense. While the strikers are struggling, the homeowner has to receive more goals after the individual’s mistake in defense. In the 36th minute, VAR found that General Christian Fuchs had fouled Simon Hooper in the penalty area. The referee gave Fulham a penalty.

Ivan Cavaleiro missed a penalty in the defeat of Everton but was still trusted with the opportunity. In the encounter with Schmeichel, the No. 17 strikers did not make the mistake of doubling the gap for the London team in the 38th minute.

The safe gap helps Fulham focus all his energy on the defensive front. In front of the visitors’ dense defense, Leicester could only rely on crosses from two sides.

After many missed opportunities, Barnes shortened the score to 1-2 for Leicester, after a burning shot from Jamie Vardy’s head assists in the 86th minute. However, that was not enough to help. King Power’s home team won points against Fulham.

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The uncompromising match between Liverpool and Atalanta

Liverpool will welcome Atalanta at home in the match in the second leg of the Champions League group stage, which will take place at 3:00 p.m. on November 26.

Liverpool will welcome Atalanta at Anfield’s home ground in the match in the second leg of the Champions League group stage. A victory will help The Kop go straight to the next round and the goal of coach Jurgen Klopp will be to win all 3 points.

Rarely is a team that has both achieved good results in the domestic arena and flourished in the Champions League like Liverpool. Coach Jurgen Klopp’s army is in very impressive form with a series of 8 consecutive unbeaten games despite having suffered great losses in terms of force with injuries from pillars like Van Dijk, Gomez, or Arnold.

Liverpool are in good form despite the injuries of the important strikers

In the encounter in the first leg, Liverpool, despite not having the best team, easily defeated Atalanta 5-0 at home. This is also the 3rd consecutive clean sheet victory of The Kop in the Champions League this season.

A victory in the upcoming match will not only help coach Jurgen Klopp’s team win tickets to the next round but also help this team rush their Champions League record of 4 consecutive wins since March 2009.

On the other side of the front line, Atalanta’s performance at present is not impressive, Coach Gasperini’s army has only won 1 victory in the last 5 matches.

Atalanta are showing a declining form

La Dea is currently ranked 3rd in Group D with 4 points after the first 3 matches and this team will face the risk of being eliminated from the group stage if it cannot win a good result against the home team.

The upcoming match promises to be extremely dramatic and attractive when both teams are in desperate need of a victory. Although playing at home, however, with a patchy squad, Liverpool will have to be wary of Atalanta because this team has been cornered and will be strong in the next match.

Liverpool will play in the Champions League on Wednesday night against Atalanta before being forced to play against Brighton on Saturday in the Premier League’s noon (local time) match. The dense schedule has put The Kop’s forces in a difficult situation.

Klopp’s side lacked many key players due to injury and Liverpool suffered another loss on Sunday after Naby Keita was forced out in a 3-0 win over Leicester City. Klopp thinks the schedule is being manipulated by television stations.

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Chelsea benefits from the Premier League’s top goalscorer

Chelsea has had an opening goal against Newcastle thanks to the top goalscorer in the Premier League in the last 5 years.

Chelsea took only 10 minutes to shake Newcastle’s net in round 9 of the Premier League. But this achievement did not come from the excellence of the Chelsea strikers because the scorer was a Newcastle player.

Defender Federico Fernandez fumbled an own goal when he was influenced by Ben Chilwell in the 5m50 area. The Newcastle players responded fiercely because they thought that Chilwell had fouled Fernandez. Chilwell personally also stopped short without immediately celebrating because he had an impact on the opposing player.

Fernandez’s own goal helped Chelsea to have the opening goal

But referee Craig Pawson still recognized the goal for Chelsea after consulting with his assistants. The slow-motion video showed that Chilwell had a normal dispute and his impact on Fernandez was not enough to blow the penalty.

Fernandez’s own goal helped Chelsea to have the opening goal

Therefore, Chelsea still benefits greatly from the top goalscorer in the Premier League. Federico Fernandez has scored five times since his Premier League debut in September 2014 up to now. During the same period, only Lewis Dunk scored as much as Fernandez did.

More broadly, both Lewis Dunk and Federico Fernandez are ranked eighth on the list of top scorers in the history of the Premier League, five goals behind the top, Richard Dunne.

Abraham scored to increase the gap for Chelsea

In this match, despite having a very early opener, the Chelsea strikers played quite ungainly and had to wait until the 65th minute to score to increase the gap. This time, Timo Werner helped Tammy Abraham to score.

With the return of Havertz, Chelsea’s attacking trio will include former players Leverkusen, Hakim Ziyech, and Timo Werner. These are all three faces who just arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Chelsea kick with a 4-3-3 chart

Back down, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kanté, and Mason Mount will work together in midfield. Meanwhile, Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, and Ben Chilwell are likely to be selected by Coach Lampard in the defense.

In the wooden frame, Kepa Arrizabalaga with an unstable form will have to cede the position to Édouard Mendy, the goalkeeper bought by Chelsea from Rennes for 22 million euros.

On the opposite side, Newcastle remained loyal to the 3-5-2 chart, in which Schar, Lascelles, and Fernandez are sentenced in front of goalkeeper Darlow. The home team’s 5 midfielders include Murphy, Lewis, Hendrick, Hayden, and Longstaff. In the striker line, Wilson replaced Joelinton with Saint-Maximin.

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Liverpool is suffering the defense crisis

Liverpool are more miserable with the crisis of forces in the defense caused by the injury, the latest victim is Joe Gomez.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is concerned about his absence for the remainder of the season as well as next summer’s Euro final after suffering a serious knee injury during England’s training session.

According to the Daily Mail, Gomez was injured in his final training session with England ahead of tonight’s friendly match against Ireland and the news is like a blow for coach Jurgen Klopp.

Joe Gomez has just suffered an injury

The initial concerns were that even if Gomez fought to return this season, he would still be unlikely to make it to the European Championship. Be aware that the Liverpool midfielder missed the 2018 World Cup because of an injury.

With Gomez added, Liverpool plunged into a serious defensive crisis with Virgil van Dijk absent for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, Trent Alexander-Arnold sidelined for four weeks with calf strain and Fabinho – the person being put on fire as a center-back – is still not sure whether to return after having a thigh problem.

Gomez is undoubtedly a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans in the coming months due to Van Dijk’s injury following a dreadful clash with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

How many midfielders have Liverpool left after losing Van Dijk and Gomez?

Liverpool are in crisis at center-back after Joe Gomez followed Virgil van Dijk’s footsteps with a serious injury. Liverpool constantly suffered heavy losses in defense, the latest being Joe Gomez with serious knee damage, leading to the risk of leaving the game until the end of the season.

Gomez maintained good form during Van Dijk’s absence. But now he and Van Dijk, the defensive duo contributing to their first championship in 30 years, are in the treatment room.

Liverpool lost more Joe Gomez due to injury

And yet, the absentee list also included Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had to take a month off game due to calf injury. Thus, Joel Matip is currently Liverpool’s only official midfielder. This forced coach Klopp to resort to young players such as Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams, Sepp van den Berg.

In the match against Midtjylland, Williams replaced the injured Fabinho. Then, it was Phillips to pair up with Gomez in a 2-1 win over West Ham. Entering the Champions League, Klopp placed Williams again in the center of defense.

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Pogba made a mistake that caused MU to pay a heavy price

Paul Pogba continued to make a blaming mistake that caused MU to pay a heavy price with a disastrous defeat against Arsenal in the Premier League.

Paul Pogba made a stupid mistake again, causing MU to be punished in the game to welcome Arsenal. It was difficult to understand when Bellerin had the complete advantage to control the ball.

Pogba made a big mistake with Bellerin

Pogva’s kick from behind to Bellerrin’s foot was so clear that referee Mike Dean didn’t need to think much but immediately pointed to the penalty spot. This is the third time that Pogba makes a mistake that causes MU to be punished under coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while his teammates have only made a maximum of 1 similar mistake.

Of course, Aubameyang did not miss Pogba’s precious gift to score the only goal that helped Arsenal win an important victory over MU.

This goal helped the Gabon striker become the first Arsenal player to successfully execute a penalty at Old Trafford in the Premier League. The Gunners failed on both occasions before the opportunity was given to Robin van Persie (2011) and Gilberto Silva (2006). This goal also helped Aubameyang end a streak of 5 matches in the Premier League.

Aubameyang scored on the penalty spot to help Arsenal win against MU

Meanwhile, MU received 5 goals in the last 7 penalties at home in the Premier League. This defeat left MU still in 15th place, while Arsenal balanced the score with the Top 5 Premier League.

MU disappointed fans at home in the Premier League this season

MU certainly feels ashamed of his attack when playing at home in the Premier League this season, especially after the defeat to Arsenal. MU lost to Arsenal at home for the first time in 14 years from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty was also due to the disappointment of the strikers.

It is difficult to understand when a few days ago “Red Devils” also crushed Leipzig to 5 goals in the Champions League arena. And now, they accept the fact that they must be 15th in the Premier League and have not won any home game.

No MU player has scored more than one Premier League goal at home and Fernandes took the penalty spot against Spurs. Whether it is Harry Maguire or Paul Pogba is given as the scapegoat for mistakes, no one can forget how much MU disappointment in terms of scoring goals at home.

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Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are showing outstanding performances

Tottenham has a not impressive start in the Premier League 2020/21, but the duo Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are showing outstanding performances.

For those who have watched the Premier League for more than 10 years, the saying “Gerrard has the ball and Torres on the move” has become all too familiar. It shows the cooperation of the Liverpool team under the reign of coach Rafa Benitez. Now, the fans are seeing a similarly connected pair, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane of Tottenham.

How did Son shine?

On the morning of October 27, Tottenham had a trip to Burnley’s field. Mourinho’s army faced many difficulties in front of the host. Once again, Son Heung-min shined to bring victory to Tottenham. And before that, the creator for the Korean player was none other than Harry Kane.

76 minutes from a fixed situation, Son scored the only Tottenham goal with a header from Kane. The two Tottenham players became the second best couple in Premier League history when they scored 29 goals together. They ranked Robert Pires – Henry (Arsenal), David Silva – Sergio Aguero (Man City) and behind Didier Drogba – Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

Thanks to that goal, Son rose to the top of the list of “\top scorer in the Premier League 2020/21. Out of the eight goals he scored, 6 were created by Kane.

Son and Kane spent 5 seasons playing together. But it is not until this season that they can show their great agreement. The poker shot Son scored in Tottenham’s 5-2 win over Southampton in the second round of the Premier League is the clearest proof of that.

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are showing outstanding performances

Son scored 4 goals, all created by Kane. According to Opta, this is the first time in Premier League history that a player has four goal passes to the same teammate.

The best duo in Premier League history

Kane delivered sharp passes like a top playmaker. He performed well with both feet, sending the ball in the right range of his teammates’ movement. Also, the English striker observed and passed the ball very quickly.

Even Kane can create in a back-facing position and doesn’t need to look. If he hesitates, he can cause his teammates to fall into an offside position. Meanwhile, Son showed the qualities of the real goalscorer. The Korean striker always takes advantage of opportunities very well.

Most of the Kane tectonics for Son have long or medium distance. That proves that the Tottenham captain clearly understands the strength of his teammates. Son often wins his opponents in quick bursts.