Tuesday 1 January 2013

GW21 Match Centre (Part One)

A pretty turgid affair from the shot totals, West Brom doing a good job of blunting the threat of Ruiz, but this still left Berbatov to do the damage.  For all the Baggies shots they did not trouble Fulham's goal enough, with the away team showing a seldom seen defensive resolve.


Not much more that can be said about Manchester United at the present time.  They are searing through teams at will.  Their style of play  heavily favours their strikers, whomever they may be.  This time around it was Hernandez who had the most shots although Van Persie's supreme class meant he equalled his teammates goal tally with less opportunity.  Oh, and Wigan.

Stoke have had a wobble defensively of late - is this an indication that the demanding physical element of the game suffers during a bust fixture period?  They certainly struggled with their European jaunt last season.  Food for thought.  Anyway, perhaps full credit should be given to City who are showing their true colours again, with Aguero the man in real form and Dzeko a proper goalscorer.  Plenty of creativity from the whole midfield too.


 Big Sam reckons his side should have had 4 or 5 from this game.  Not really, although they were clearly the better side and were perhaps unlucky to not score one more and keep a clean sheet.  Mark Noble will get you goals and assists through the season with his set piece duty.  Carlton Cole continues to lead the line in Carroll's absence and it was good to see Vaz Te back in action.  Norwich's efforts were limited but Snodgrass is probably still the man to watch,

Pretty tremendous number of shots in total from Tottenham here.  A quite remarkable 32 total attempts and 10 on target.  You may expect more goals but the "average" number of shots in the box suggest that a lot of Spur's efforts were from range, something Jermain Defoe is particularly fond of, in contrast to Adebayor who definitely likes to play in the penalty box and got his goal here.  Tonnes of shots and chances created - Lennon and Demebele stand out amongst the midfield.

What's going on with Arsenal, seriously?  Their form is up and down like Santa in a chimney.   It's not like this can be attributed to Southampton parking the bus or we'd see a lot of shots in total from Arsenal but few in the box or on target.  Answers on a post card please.  Lets look at the positives though.  Southampton, and Jason Puncheon again proving his attacking worth as a cut priced FPL player.  For Arsenal, Walcott managed his team's only SoT and an assist for the 200,000 managers who transferred him in this week. 

Michu was an injury doubt before the game and was pretty unlucky not to score give the number of chances he had.  Graham has come into the side of late.and done pretty well.  Aston Villa's attack is all through the front pair of Weimann and Benteke who in my book make a decent combo, it's just the rest of the side that are lacking.

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