Premier League Round 36

1 May

A bit of a summarised version today as I’m short on time due to becoming a dad. First up is the main event – The Manchester Derby. Despite all the attacking talent on show, the game was decided by a defender. Kompany both scored the winner (3rd goal of the season after strikes against Villa and Liverpool) and kept a clean sheet, as he and his defensive team mates kept United quiet. That’s no mean feat, given the recent form of Rooney, who’s been close to matching Robin van Persie’s goal tally. It’s far from settled, as City have a tricky game with Newcastle, but they’ve shown they can handle the pressure now. It’s a great race for the neutral.

Aside from the big match last night, the round of fixtures were Goal-tastic, as there were a decent 35 league goals. Unsurprisingly, the only game with no goals was the Midlands derby between England boss Roy Hodgson’s West Brom and the much loved Alex McCleish’s Villa. Villa must be in with a shout of being the worst team to watch in the league and this was their 6th 0-0 of the season, and they’re second only to Stoke for the least amount of goals scored, with just 37 strikes. To be fair, Bent has been injured, Downing and Young were sold and Ireland and Nzogbia haven’t really set the world alight, but style of play is enough to put you off football. One thing is for sure, it’s certainly not Wolves.

Among the goals at the weekend were the former future of Liverpool and the Current Future of Liverpool. Both have had their ups and downs sunce movin to their current clubs last January, but there are signs of consistency starting to emerge from both. Whilst the average of each player is relatively low (Torres has an average tanked opponent per goal of 15), both are flying high after big game goals in recent Semi Finals. Suarez’s treble against Norwich, took his league tally to 11 goals, whilst Torres’s hat trick at home to QPR means that he’s within touching distance of double figures, on 8 league goals. For the talent they both have, they should be on more, but there’s progress. And hats off to Suarez, whatever you think of him as a person, that was one of the best hat tricks I’ve ever seen.

Wigan – another Top 6 win. Another good opponent for Shaun Maloney to score against after Liverpool and Man United.

RvP got back in the score sheet from open play with his poachers goal against Stoke. That’s 28 league goals this season, and he leads the way against Top 6 teams with 7. Adebayor continues to be the big Game player from an average point of view with 8.15.

At the other end of the scale, it’s still Lampard and Dzeko that stink the place out with averages of 14.55 and 14.54 respectively. Another bully appears to be Rafael van der Vaart. His goal against Bottom 6 QPR was his 6th against struggling teams, and his average of 14.20 reflects this. Strangely, he was the big game player last year.

Cisse vs Jelavic are surely two of the best January signings, and whilst Cisse has more goals, Jellyfish has done it against better opposition.

And in honour of City’s Vincent Kompany, and Aston Villa’s Entertainers, here’s the clean sheets this season by average opposition:

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