Premier League Round 32 – Lite

10 Apr

Due to two sets of fixtures within a short space of time, i’ll just put up a very quick update before the main one later this week. With that in mind, something a little different – a look at the usual average opposition rankings at the time of playing, and then by way of comparison, another look at the same scorers, but measured against current positions in the table.

Based on opposition ranking at the time of play:

Based on opposition ranking in current table:

 Well well well, that’s a turn up for the books. It’s England’s very own Wayne Rooney who’s doing it most regularly against the Top 6 teams. After adjusting for current league positions, Rooney’s Top 6 goals are increased by his hat trick against a poor early season version of a struggling Arsenal (now 3rd), and a goal against Spurs who were poor, then really good, and now poor again – but they’re still in the Top 6 at the moment. The average rank of opponent he’s scored against has now jumped from 12.27 to a respectable 10.41 (over the 10.5 average). The only man with more goals than him is Robin van Persie – and there’s not much change for him. He still has 7 goals against the Top 6, but his average has improved to 10.69 from 11.27.

The biggest change is Edin Dzeko. Although he’s been as useful as a Chocolate Teapot of late, his 4 goals against an early season Spurs, are now transformed into Top 6 opposition, and his average has jumped 4 places from 14.54 to a decent 10.15. Steven Fletcher gets the nod for the best average – of 8.70. As mentioned earlier in the season, he’s scored against Spurs, Arsenal, Man Utd, Newcastle and Liverpool – big games one and all. Adebayor on the other hand see’s his average fall from 8.15 to 11.15.

Interesting, I’m sure you’ll all agree…..

A couple of talking points:

  • Clint Dempsey scored his 14th and 15th league goals of the season in round 31, away at Bolton. Cue questions about where he’ll be next season.
  • Arsenal got back to winning ways with their 8th win in 9 games against Man City. In recent weeks, they have wins against Man City (2nd), Spurs (then 3rd), AC Milan (then 1st in Serie A), Liverpool (then 7th). It’s fair to say that they’ve turned things around, and are no longer reliant on van Persie’s goals. Which is a very good thing, as he hasn’t scored for 4 games (thanks to some great defending by Vermaelen).
  • Is Papiss Demba Cisse the new Tony Yeboah? As of Round 32, he has 9 goals in 8 games (which got better in round 33). Yeboah joined Leeds mid season, and scored 12 in his first 18 games. His strike rate fell dramatically after 18 months. Time will tell.
  • Liverpool avoided 4 consecutive defeats with a 1-1 home draw against Villa. Suarez scored his 8th league goal of the season, with an average of 11.4. They’ll be hoping for a better return next season from the talented Uruguayan.
  • Stop the press, Man Utd are relentless.
  • Stop the press, Everton are finishing the season strongly:

You’ll notice that for the last 5 seasons, aside from a good start to the 2007-08 season, they have always finished the season in their highest league position. No one seems to be able to explain it, it’s just accepted – like the guarantee that England will always lose a penalty shoot out and Big Sam will believe that he doesn’t play the long ball game.

I’ll give a more detailed update once Round 33 ends on Wednesday – so far there’s been some decent talking points, and with Man Utd holding an 8 point lead over City, the focus could well be on the race for the Champions League spots (I’m looking at you Newcastle).

Cheers,

Liam

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