Premier League Round 23

3 Feb

Very quick post today to update the Premier League numbers before this weekend’s games. The most interesting thing about the mid week fixture (apart from Andy Carroll scoring) is the performance and importance of goal scoring midfielders. Gareth Bale scored a brace against Wigan to make this his best goal scoring season in the Premier Leauge. He now has 9 goals from 22 games – very impressive. It’s this sort of strike rate from out wide that made the likes of Overmars, Pires, Ljungberg, Giggs, C. Ronaldo etc…. so important to a title challenge. Aside from his goals midweek, Dempsey continued his great run of form (why no bids?) and is now the top scoring midfielder with his 10th (vs West Brom). Bale’s goals have been worth 8 points to Spurs which is the 5th highest total in the league.

Elsewhere, there were also first goals of the season for widemen Obertan and N’Zogbia, and central midfielders Tchoyi, Gibson and Modric. All in all, a good round for the midfield men.

Leading the Big Game Player league is still Mario Balotelli with his 6.11 AOI – of course this is now helped by suspension. Robin van Persie joins him on 5 goals vs Top 6 opposition, whilst also leading the goalscoring charts outright. Edin Dzeko retains the Flat Track Bully tag with 13.91 due to his 7 goals vs Bottom 6 opponents – just ahead of Frank Lampard’s 13.33.

Just outside the 8 goal threshold sits Dimitar Berbatov on 7 goals. His average? 15.86 – and none of the goals have been worth any points (if removed from the final score of games he’s scored in).

This weekend’s fixtures:

If I were a betting man (I’m not and have a poor record), the stats would suggest:

  • Man Utd’s Javier Hernandez has their best AOI with 8.57 and 2 goals vs Top 6 (as per Nani)
  • Daniel Sturridge has 3 goals vs Top 6 opponents,
  • Dzeko to notch against 13th place Fulham





2 Responses to “Premier League Round 23”

  1. Margaret March 2, 2012 at 21:12 #

    I don’t think it is just about trophies but I also don’t think it can be aeurgd that Arsenal play the best football if they don’t win anything. Unless the objective is not to win which surely even Arsenal fans would concede is not the case?Furthermore i think it could easily be aeurgd that in recent times Arsenal have been playing less and less of the beautiful game? While they are still passing the ball round and enjoying a large amount of possession they have had fewer and fewer shots on target as when they get down to the box they pass the ball around an unnecessary amount and finish with a weak shot on goal. That cannot be aeurgd as being the best football as the objective of an individual game is to win.I don’t think it is an obsession necessarily with trophies. Although i disagree with you about people wanting trophies being a failure of society sports is competitive and about winning. When you play games you play to win, everybody does so what is wrong with your aim being to win a trophy surely it is only a result of winning. I am sure that was also Arsenal’s aim and in that sense they have failed. I have no problem with people being Arsenal fans or having less concern over winning trophies (although i think you may be in the minority there) but to claim Arsenal play the best football is an interesting claim and the question that it begs is what is meant by the best football?


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