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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.