Premier League GW15 Review
The game of the weekend was unquestionably at the Emirates, with Manchester United getting one over on their rivals Arsenal. Elsewhere, Manchester City won again, while Swansea sank to the bottom of the table. Infogol’s Analyst reviews the action, using underlying xG stats to assess performances and not just results.
The best game of the season so far produced a valuable three points for Manchester United at the Emirates, with them coming away with a 3-1 win. Jesse Lingard scored a brace to make it a successful week for Jose Mourinho’s team, though they were very fortunate to come away with the win in what was the most ‘unfair’ result of the weekend. David de Gea thwarted Arsenal with some stunning saves, as the Gunners racked up 4.9 xG in what was their best attacking display of the season (according to expected goals). If they continue to perform like this, they will blow teams away in the coming weeks.
Liverpool put on a great counter-attacking display in their 5-1 win over Brighton, and were extra clinical, scoring five goals from just 2.1 xG. The game was decided on two moments in 15 seconds, with Glen Murray’s chance (0.6 xG) being saved, and just 15 seconds later Roberto Firmino finished off a superb counter attack (0.5 xG). Plenty for both teams to work on.
Sam Allardyce’s reign as Everton manager got off to a great start thanks to a 2-0 win over Huddersfield. Everton managed just six shots amounting to 0.8 xG, but took their better chances to coast to victory. Huddersfield once again looked toothless.
Demarai Gray’s early goal was enough to make it a good week for Leicester, as they beat Burnley 1-0 in what was a tight game. Both sides had good chances, but the Foxes deserved to come out on top. West Brom drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace in Alan Pardew’s first game in charge, but he will have been encouraged by what he saw, as his new side generated 2.1 xG – a promising sign.
Manchester City once again left it late to get the three points, this time a late David Silva goal was enough for them to beat West Ham, as they once again created a lot of good chances (2.4 xG). Tottenham are now without a league win in four matches after being held by Watford, a game in which they created little, but weren’t helped by the sending off of Davinson Sanchez. Problems mounting for Spurs.
Chelsea deservedly beat Newcastle thanks to a stellar display from Eden Hazard, with his brace contributing to a 3-1 win. Bournemouth drew with rivals Southampton after what was a very even game in which both teams had good chances. Stoke gained a much needed win over struggling Swansea, a deserved 2-1 win which put the Swans at the foot of the table.
GW16 Team to Back – West Brom
Alan Pardew’s first game in charge of West Brom ended in a 0-0 draw, though the performance was very encouraging. They travel to face a struggling Swansea side in GW16, and Pardew will outline this as a very winnable game. At a price of 19/10, they look good value.