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SNAPSHOT: Premier League Match Day 3


Welcome to SNAPSHOT, a weekly series from Stats Perform where we dissect the latest trends in the Premier League visually, because pictures speak louder than words.
By: Matt Furniss, Rob Bateman

Spurs Spurned

While it was a controversial penalty decision that earned Newcastle a point at Tottenham, ultimately Spurs were made to pay for their profligacy. Jose Mourinho’s side had 23 shots against the Magpies, with 12 of these on target, the most of any team in a single game this season. Newcastle mustered just six attempts, with just one on target – the 97th minute equalising penalty.

This is in stark contrast to Tottenham’s previous match where they beat Southampton 5-2, scoring five goals from just six on target.

Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool Press On

Liverpool put in another solid display, this time picking up a 3-1 home win versus the revitalized Arsenal. It’s been noticeable this season that the Reds have been playing a higher line in defence and pressing further up the pitch than we saw last term.

Against Arsenal, the average distance that they started their possession sequences was 58.4 metres from their own goal – the third-highest seen by a side in the Premier League game this season. It was Liverpool themselves (61.6m) that managed the highest tally in a league game this campaign when they defeated Chelsea in matchday 2.

Overall last season, Liverpool had the third-highest average sequence start line at 48.5m; behind only Manchester City (50.5m) and Spurs (49.4m). In 2020/21 already, Liverpool lead this metric on 57.8m – four meters further up the pitch than any other side.

Everton Add Defensive Steel

Everton recruited well this summer by bolstering their central midfield with the arrivals of Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford and Allan from Napoli.

In Allan, they have the very intelligent ball-winning player that they so often missed in 2019/20. The 29-year-old displayed his ability to shield the defence and marshal Everton’s midfield yet again in their 2-1 away victory at Crystal Palace:

It was something we also saw in Everton’s previous away trip in the league this season, where they secured a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend.

As his defensive coverage maps from their two Premier League away wins this season show, Allan has been busy protecting the Everton defence.

He’s added much-needed steel to Everton’s central midfield, winning possession eight times per 90 minutes so far in 2020/21, which is well above the average by the two most-used central midfield players for the Toffees in 2019/20: Gylfi Sigurdsson (5.2 per 90) & Tom Davies (6.1 per 90).

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