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SNAPSHOT: Premier League Match Day 6


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

Service, Please?

Arsenal’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now gone five league matches without a goal. This is the first time he’s gone a run this long in league competition since November 2014, while playing for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Gabonese striker has had goalscoring chances totalling to 0.43 xG in 540 minutes of Premier League action this season. To put that in to perspective, Gareth Bale posted the exact same xG total in his 18 minute appearance for Spurs against West Ham United on his return to the Premier League.

In the 2019/20 Premier League, Aubameyang averaged 0.38 xG per 90 – just under his total figure in five league games this season. The Gunners will have to find a way to provide service to him if they want him to replicate his 22 goal-tally in each of the last two Premier League campaigns.

Hat-Trick Patrick

What do Javier Saviola, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente have in common with Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford? Obviously, you already knew – all have scored hat-tricks under the management of Marcelo Bielsa.

Bamford capped off a fantastic second-half hat-trick for the Whites in their 3-0 away win at Aston Villa on Friday night with a strike ending a 15-pass sequence involving nine different Leeds players.

The 27-year-old striker is only the second player to score in each of Leeds United’s opening three away games in a top-flight league season, after Gordon Hodgson in 1937-38.

Harry in a Hurry

Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win at Burnley on Monday night saw Harry Kane involved in yet another Premier League goal in 2020/21.

The forward assisted Son Heung-Min’s 76th minute winner to take him to 13 goal involvements already this season (five goals, eight assists). In fact, the most ever recorded by any player in his team’s first six Premier League games of a season.

After this goal last night, Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min have combined for 29 Premier League goals overall – only Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard have managed to create goals for each other more often in the history of the Premier League.

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