Sunday, 5 July 2020

Review of Saturday PL matches

Man Utd's Solskjaer hails 'specialist finisher' Greenwood

Chelsea 3-0 Watford

Chelsea have won four successive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge for the first time since winning seven in a row at home under Antonio Conte between October-December 2017.

Watford have lost four consecutive Premier League away games in a row for the first time since the final six on the road in the 2017-18 season under Javi Gracia.

Watford haven’t won away at Chelsea in any competition since May 1986 (5-1), drawing four and losing nine at Stamford Bridge since then.

Chelsea have scored 2+ goals in nine of their last 10 Premier League games, only failing to do so in a 0-2 loss to Man Utd at Stamford Bridge in February.

Only seven defenders have recorded more Premier League assists than Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta (31), with the Spaniard equalling his record for assists in a single campaign in the competition (6 – also 2017-18).

After failing to score with his last 63 shots in the Premier League, Ross Barkley has scored his first goal since netting against Burnley in October 2018.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has been directly involved in eight goals in his last 10 starts in all competitions (three goals, five assists).

Olivier Giroud has scored four goals in his last seven Premier League games for Chelsea, more than he had netted in his previous 38 appearances (3).

Willian is the first ever Chelsea player to score a penalty in three consecutive Premier League games and the sixth different player to do it in the competition.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal have won three consecutive league games without conceding for the first time since November 2017, while this is the first time they’ve won back-to-back away league games without reply since October 2015.

Wolves suffered their first Premier League defeat in nine games, while this was their first league defeat by more than a 1-goal margin since September (2-5 v Chelsea).

This was Arsenal’s first away league victory against a side starting above them in the league table since September 2015, when they won 5-2 at Leicester.

Wolves managed just one shot on target in this match, with that coming after just 17 seconds courtesy of Adama Traore.

Bukayo Saka’s goal was his first in the Premier League for Arsenal – aged 18y 303d, he’s the second youngest English player to score in the Premier League for the Gunners, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Blackburn in February 2012 (18y 173d).

Alexandre Lacazette’s goal was his first away from home in the Premier League since February 2019 (vs Huddersfield), ending a run of 16 away games without a goal for the Arsenal striker.

Despite only coming on as a 76th minute substitute, Joe Willock created more chances than any other Arsenal player in this match (2), including providing the assist for Alexandre Lacazette’s goal.

Emiliano Martinez has kept a clean sheet in six of his eight Premier League starts for Arsenal (75%), the best ratio of any Arsenal keeper with at least five starts in the competition.

Leicester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

Leicester scored more goals in this match (3) than they had in their three previous games combined since the Premier League restart (2).

Leicester have remained unbeaten in all of their home games against London sides in a single Premier League season for the first time since 2000-01.

After a run of four consecutive Premier League victories, Crystal Palace have lost their last three by an aggregate score of 0-8.

Crystal Palace mustered just one shot on target in this match, with that coming from defender Gary Cahill.

Only Norwich (16) and Watford (14) have failed to score in more different Premier League games than Crystal Palace this season (13), while the Eagles failed to score in the first-half for the 25th time this season – more than any other side.

Jamie Vardy scored his 100th Premier League goal, the first Leicester player to reach treble figures in the top-flight since Arthur Lochhead in 1933-34.

Kelechi Iheanacho has scored in back-to-back Premier League games for Leicester, having netted in just one of his last 12 in the competition.

Harvey Barnes provided his seventh and eighth Premier League assists of the season, more than any other Leicester player.

Manchester United 5-2 Bournemouth

Manchester United have won three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since they won all of their first six such matches under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær from December 2018 to January 2019.

Bournemouth have become only the second side to lose 20 points from leading positions in this season’s Premier League, after West Ham United (22).

This was the first time Manchester United scored 5+ goals in a home league match since Boxing Day 2011, when they beat Wigan 5-0.

Junior Stanislas’ opener for Bournemouth was the first time Manchester United conceded in 500 minutes of play in all competitions at Old Trafford since Jay Rodriguez scored against them for Burnley in January.

Mason Greenwood has now scored eight league goals for Man Utd in 2019-20; among players aged 18 and younger, only Michael Owen (twice), Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney have ever scored more in a single Premier League season.

With his penalty today, Marcus Rashford became the first English player to score 20 goals in all competitions in a season for Man Utd since Wayne Rooney in 2011-12 (34).

This is the first time two Man Utd players (Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial) have scored 10+ home goals in a single Premier League campaign since 2007-08 (Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez).

Manchester United’s Anthony Martial has become the first Premier League player to reach 10 goals in all competitions during 2020. Indeed, he has scored 20 goals overall in 2019-20, the best seasonal total of his professional career.

Bruno Fernandes (six goals, five assists) has surpassed 10 goal involvements in his ninth Premier League appearance for Man Utd, making him the joint-quickest to 10 goals and assists combined of any player for the club in the competition, alongside Eric Cantona and Robin van Persie.

With a goal and an assist today, Josh King has now reached 60 goal involvements in the Premier League for Bournemouth (47 goals, 13 assists), more than any other player for the club.

Norwich City 0–1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Norwich have failed to score in three consecutive home Premier League games for the first time ever.

Brighton have completed their first league double over Norwich since 1951-52 (also winning 2-0 at the Amex in November).

Norwich have lost each of their last six games in all competitions, the worst run suffered by Daniel Farke in his managerial career.

Brighton enjoyed their first win in their last nine away Premier League games (D5 L3).

Norwich have failed to score in 16 Premier League games this season, more than any other side.

Brighton have registered three consecutive away clean sheets in all competitions for the first time since December 2016.

Leandro Trossard's strike for Brighton was the first of his seven Premier League goal involvements to come away from the Amex (4 goals, 3 assists).


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