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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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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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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.

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MU risks being sued, the Premier League is in great conflict

The inside of the Premier League has a fierce conflict with the Big Picture project and the Big 6 group led by MU and Liverpool are being threatened with court proceedings.

Although the ball was rolled back on the English pitch, the damage caused by Covid-19 was still extremely heavy.

The two bosses of MU and Liverpool are behind the Project Big Picture plan

However, the bailout is in danger of dissolving into smoke with recent controversy. On October 11, the British press simultaneously reported that the Big 6, led by MU and Liverpool, launched a huge reform plan called Project Big Picture with a £ 250 million aid package.

The two bosses of MU and Liverpool are behind the Project Big Picture plan

This radical plan was controversial by reducing the number of Premier League clubs (from 20 to 18), removing the League Cup and the English Super Cup, and reallocating revenue from television rights in order. from top to bottom and change of voting rights in the Premier League.

Although adding the condition that 25% of the total revenue of the Premier League will go to the League of English Leagues (EFL), this plan is strongly opposed by the lower-ranked teams losing their revenue from the League Cup. and UK television royalties are too divided.

Things became even more troublesome when the press revealed that the EFL president, Rick Parry had “reached a tacit agreement” with Big 6 and agreed with this plan. This makes the lower-ranked teams extremely angry. They are asking Rick Parry to resign because of this scandal. Before that, EFL CEO David Baldwin resigned after only a short time in office.

The Premier League is in great conflict

The English Football Federation also voiced its support for this plan. They are willing to use their interests in the Premier League to veto the plan even when 20 teams pass.

The Premier League is in great conflict

This source also said that this plan will be difficult to be approved during the meeting between 20 clubs in the Premier League this weekend. However, the future is not certain. If a common voice cannot be found, both sides will go to court and it will be an extremely large lawsuit. According to the latest survey from the Daily Mail, 8/20 Premier League teams disagree with this plan while 10 other teams have not yet determined their intentions.

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Everton overwhelmed the Premier League’s award

Carlo Ancelotti and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were named the best coach and player in the Premier League in September 2020.

Ancelotti surpassed three candidates, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers, and Dean Smith. All four coaches shared the winning record in September 2020, with Liverpool, Leicester, and Aston Villa. Ancelotti won the fifth “best coach of the month” award, in November 2009, August 2010, March 2011, April 2011, and September 2020.

For the fifth time, Ancelotti received the monthly award in England

For the fifth time, Ancelotti received the monthly award in England, after four honored occasions at Chelsea. Only nine coaches have more tournaments than Ancelotti.

For the first time since February 2009, Everton won two important monthly awards. Meanwhile, midfielder Phil Jagielka and coach David Moyes were honored. This time, Calvert-Lewin was named as teacher Ancelotti.

Calvert-Lewin beat teammate James Rodriguez, along with Patrick Bamford, Timothy Castagne, Harry Kane, Tariq Lamptey, Sadio Mane, and Jamie Vardy to win the first prize in his career. The 23-year-old striker scored five goals in three games last month and was called up for England for the first time. For the first time since Lukaku in March 2017, Everton has a new player to win the award.

Ancelotti’s teachers and students dominated the top of the table

Everton beat Tottenham 1-0, West Brom 5-2, and Crystal Palace 2-1 in September. They extended their winning streak when they defeated Brighton 4-2 on October 3. Ancelotti’s teachers and students dominated the top of the table, with 12 points.

The transformation of Everton

Thanks to the interest-free investment of nearly half a billion USD from owner Farhad Moshiri, Everton gradually revealed its ambition to climb into the ranks of Premier League giants.

Thanks to the investment of owner Farhad Moshiri, Everton gradually revealed its ambition

Everton is fourth-richest in England, with nine championships, behind Man Utd, Liverpool, and Arsenal. Goodison Park was also the first dedicated football field in England, in 1892. Tradition will also be the foundation for Everton to transform into the new giants of the Premier League.

The generous bosses like Moshiri, or Usmanov, pay money for a team that had precedent in the Premier League, which is Abramovich and Al Nahyan. It took Abramovich two years to help Chelsea win the championship, while Al Nahyan took four years. Competitiveness at the top of the Premier League is increasing, and Moshiri needs many more years to hope to conquer the title. But, he is ready for a war that smells of money.