Gameweek 23 – Match Review

Gameweek 23 – Match Review

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Watford 0-3 Norwich

Goals: 2x Sargent, OG Kucka
Assists: 1x Pukki, 1x Rashica


Key Points

Emmanuel Dennis was sent off in the second half for his opening Double Gameweek 23. He was the most captained this week by (45.15%) of managers, very quiet throughout the game he only produced one off target shot at goal and had a low expected goal (0.02).

Joao Pedro was the busiest man on the pitch in front of goal, he produced the most shots (5) but no end product, Pedro’s Expected goals was (0.29).

Joshua Sargent was the man on form, 3 shots at goal, 2 on target which both found the net.

Joshua King was playing more centrally than normal but it was a very disappointing evening for the Norwegian. Only 2 shots at goal and a very poor in terms of expected goals (0.07).

It was a poor game for Watford as they lost 3-0 to Norwich. The data tells us that The Hornets had full control but just couldn’t find the final finish and failed to create any big chances.

Everton 0-1 Aston Villa

Goals: 1x Buendia
Assists: 1x Digne


Key Points

Ramsey looked solid on and off the ball, always trying to drive the team forward. Digne created 2 chances from corners and took a fair share of the free kicks; a decent asset going forward and for the long run.

Watkins and Coutinho had a quiet game, their expected goals for this match (0.26 – 0.17). Coutinho came off on the 73rd minute and Watkins on the 78th minute. The Brazilian needs to build his match fitness before we start investing.

Buendia scored the only goal and was always looking lively. He had the most shots in the game with 4 out of 2 being on target.

Calvert-Lewin looked a lot more lively in the second half and should have scored but he didn’t really get the service he needed. He had the highest expected goals in the game (0.50).

It was a lively game from start to finish, not a lot of difference in the 1st half. In the 2nd half though, it was Aston Villa who got the goal with a brilliant cross from Digne and a well-headed goal by Buendia.

Everton was the better team in the second half but couldn’t find that final finish. As you see can, Everton had 15 shots to Villa’s 8. Aston Villa were very organised and strong throughout the game.

Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United

Goals: 1x Rashford
Assists: 1x Cavani


Key Points

Ronaldo had the most shots (3) in the game but only managed to get one of those on target. He had one big chance in the first half but failed to connect with the header.

Rashford looked very lively when he came on at half-time, very confident and making many good runs in behind. He managed to score the winning goal at the very last minute of the game. He had the highest xG (0.85).

Antonio looked very jaded throughout the game, not a lot of services was provided for him. He only managed 1 shot and had a low xG (0.04). Poor game for the Jamaican International.

Bruno Fernandes was the most creative player in the game with his 4 chances created.

The date below tells us that Manchester United was the better team, but on the eye test it was a very poor game all from start to finish, Both teams didn’t look like scoring. The Red Devils had the most shots (18) in the game but all were very wasteful.

Brentford 1-2 Wolves

Goals: 1x Moutinho, 1x Neves / 1x Toni
Assists: 1x Moutinho, 1x Semedo / 1x Mbeumo


Key Points

Ruben Neves had a great game and fully deserved his goal and controlled the game very well. He is joint second for the most shot’s (2), not an asset I would invest in but clearly is an important player for Wolves.

Santos Moutinho produced a fantastic finish and an assist as well. At the age of 35, he still has got a lot of fuel in the tank, such a creative player for Wolves. He was joint 1st for creating the most chances (2).

Toney scored the only goal for Brentford and it was a lovely finish. He had the most shots in the game (3) and was top for xG (0.34). The only problem in this game was that he lacked that quality in front of goal.

This game wasn’t the greatest for both teams, but Wolves had that final piece of quality to finish it off. Brentford lacked creativity and ideas. I think Wolves need to work on their attacking side of things while they hold one of the best defensive records in the league. This issue is that they lack that clinical product in front of goal.

Leeds United 0-1 Newcastle

Goals: 1x Shelvey
Assists: –


Key Points

Raphinha always looked dangerous throughout the game, making plenty of runs in behind the defensive. He created (2) chances and had three shots at goal. He was unlucky not to get a return in my opinion; there were a lot of block shots and poor finishing from his teammates. The Brazilian had the highest xA (0.59) in the game.

Saint-Maximin was lively throughout, always looked dangerous when on the ball. He had the highest created chances (4) in the game and was unlucky not to get a penalty. The Frenchman had the second-best xA (0.47).

It was a high energy game from start to finish, both teams had a fair amount of shot’s but lacked that final finish. Leeds created many chances but all were so wasteful, you can see they are missing Patrick Bamford. Leeds was the dominant team, I think Newcastle defended well but I think if Leeds had their shooting boots on then it would be a different scoreline.

Southampton 1-1 Manchester City

Goals: 1x Walker-Peter / 1x Laporte
Assists: 1x Redmond / 1x De Bruyne


Key Points

Kyle Walker-Peters scored the goal for Southampton and what a good goal it was. It was a nice link-up play with Redmond who provided the assist. Despite the goal, no chances were created on the right flank, I don’t think you could expect many when you play the best team in the league. Overall good game and defended well.

Kevin De Bruyne had a good game and was unfortunate to not get more than an assist. He got 8 points with 3 well-deserved bonus points. The Belgium International had the most shots in the game (4) and second for chances created (3).

Broja I feel deserves a mention, he always looked dangerous when on the ball. He had a goal which was a close-call offside which he finished very well. At his price (£5.2m) he’s a good cheap enabler.

Bernardo is a player where many managers will still have the Spaniard in their team. he created the most chances in the game (5) but since De Bruyne has come back into the starting lineup he doesn’t get into decent attacking position’s as he once did.

Foden played well he had 3 shots at goal and created 2 chances with the highest xA (0.42) in the game. Manchester City has some decent fixtures coming up and I think we should look closely for his service.

Overall Manchester City was the dominant team as expected averaging (73%) possession. In the 1st half, they lacked urgency whereas Southampton; I had a good feeling about them from the start. City did come back fighting in the second half and deserved their goal. I’ll take nothing away from Southampton as they fully earned their 1 point, fantastic defending throughout the game.

Leicester City 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Goals: 1x Daka / 1x Welbeck
Assists: 1x Maupay


Key Points

Lookman always looked lively throughout cutting inside the box, (2) shots, missed (1) big chance and created (2) chances.

Barnes was playing in a deeper role but did make some decent runs inside the box, (2) shots, (1) on target and created (1) chance. He also had the highest xA in the game (0.39).

Trossard and Maupay were playing as the two strikers, both had (3) chances each, Trossard had (3) shots with only (1) on target. Trossard had the second-best xG in the game (0.40).

Daka had a very quiet game with his (2) shots and (1) shot in the box.

Maddison was on set pieces, looked lively but had no end product. (4) shots with just (1) on target.

Lamptey was the real difference at halftime looked very lively, (1) shot and created (1) chance. A player worth monitoring but I’m not liking that his minutes are being closely managed.

I would say a draw was a fair result, Leicester was the better team in the first half and Brighton was in the second. Super subs from Lamptey and Welbeck that made the difference, but both teams were wasteful at times.

Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool

Goals: 1x Edouard / 1x Van Dijk, 1x Oxlade-Chamberlain, 1x Fabinho
Assists: 1x Mateta / 2x Robertson, 1x Jota


Key Points

Robertson created the most chances in the game (3), provided 2 assists. He was sharing corners with Trent (who had a pretty quiet game), but the Scottish International provided 2 shots.

Jota had a quiet game with only (1) shot and (2) chances created throughout the whole game. He did get an assist for a penalty which was very harsh in my opinion…

Gallagher had no chances created, only (1) shot at goal, always making good runs in the box but nothing to show for it and was sharing set pieces with Olise.

Edouard scored the goal for Palace, 2 shots at goal and both on target. He always looked lively especially in the second half, he was constantly cutting inside from the left-wing playing as a striker normally.

Olise always looked lively down the right flank, (2) chances created and (2) shots at goal.

A very fast start to the game for Liverpool and who by far the better team in the first half. Palace was sitting far too deep and passive at times. The second half was a different story altogether for The Eagles, they played very well and deserved something in the game. Liverpool didn’t look good defensively as they conceded 3 big chances.

Arsenal 0-0 Burnley



Key Points

Odegaard created the most chances (4), (3) shots at goal with (2) on target. He was very creative through the middle, always on the ball driving the team forward.

Martinelli was on the left side cutting in. He created (2) chances and (2) shots at goal.

Saka looked lively but delivered no end product, (4) shots at goal with only (1) on target. Not very creative in this game with just (1) chances created.

Lacazette should have scored, (3) good chances wasted from inside the box, (3) shots but no end product. Played too deep and not enough urgency to get into the box.

McNeil was sharing set pieces with Westwood. (4) shots at goal with only (1) on target, I would say he was the more likely to score for Burnley, created (2) chances. Burnley have many games to be rescheduled, I think he could be a potential asset for the short term.

I think you have to give credit to Burnley with earning their well-deserved point; brave; well organised and forcing Arsenal wide throughout the 90 minutes. Arsenal was the dominant team but lacked that end product in front of goal.

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

Goals: 1x Ziyech, 1x Thiago Silva
Assists: 1x Mount, Hudson-Odoi


Key Points

Ziyechhad a very good game scored a world-class goal. He had the most shots (5), (4) on target and created (2) chances.

Mount created the most chances in the game (4), good work rate, produced 3 shots and was on set pieces with Ziyech.

Lukaku was making good runs, holding the ball up well at times, producing (3) shots with only (1) on target. He was second-best for his xG (0.29).

It wasn’t the greatest of games but Chelsea was the better team. As for Tottenham, it was a poor performance, they only managed (6) shots to Chelsea’s (15) with just 3 on target.