Everton v Newcastle – Sunday 13th
Everton’s late resurgence sees them looking to hang on there for a top ten finish. But Newcastle are a cats whisker away from Champions League football. There are far too many permutations to consider, but beating Everton is the first hurdle. Prediction? A high scoring draw is on the cards, so 2-2.
Jelavic’s had a goal controversially called offside last weekend, which saw Everton effectively loose two points at Wolves.
54.5% of Jelavic’s shots this season have been on target this season, despite dragging the best chance of the game wide against Wolves last weekend
44.4% of Jelavic’s total shots on target have resulted in goals this season. Jelavic has put eight in the back of the net this season from just eighteen shots.
Leon Osman clocked up a total of 166.6 miles this season and looks likely to finish fourth for total distance covered in the Everton squad, behind Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines and Tony Hibbert.
Everton’s trip to Wolverhampton saw Leon Osman clock up an impressive 6.88 miles according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Marouane Fellaini is fourth in the overall EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for distance covered in comparison with all Premier League midfielders this season.
Fellaini is also tenth overall for distance covered this season out of all Premier League players this season. According to the index he’s covered a total of 204 miles.
Cabaye has covered the most distance for Newcastle in their previous two Premier League appearances against Chelsea and Man City.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Cabaye has covered 201.1 miles this season and averaged 6.2 miles per appearance.
Jonas Guiterrez however has covered the most distance for Newcastle this season and according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index he’s covered a total of 214.3 miles this season.
The overall EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us Guiterrez has covered the most ground compared to any other Premier League midfielder this season.
Danny Simpson is Newcastle’s highest ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Despite not scoring at all this season, Simpson is ranked 24th overall.
The 25-year-old English defender has won 79.3% of the 58 tackles he has attempted this season.
Swansea v Liverpool – Sunday 13th
Swansea as I said last week have been victims of fatigue and there’s no loss of face involved in that after a blistering first season in the top flight. They’ll be glad to finish at home. And they may need any advantages they can get. Liverpool woke up a few days ago and battered Chelsea. Andy Carroll might yet make the plane to Ukraine. Prediction 2-2!
Despite spending a majority of the season on the fringes, Jonjo Shelvey has put in some big performances for Liverpool in the latter half of the season.
Shelvey has been top of the individual distance covered index for Liverpool in their three previous Premier League fixtures. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Shelvey clocked up 5.71 miles against Chelsea.
Sanchez Jose Enrique is Liverpool’s highest ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Enrique is currently 38th overall despite not scoring for Liverpool this season.
The 26-year-old Spanish defender has won 67.6% of all the tackles he’s attempted this season.
Enrique has also completed the most passes in the opposition half for Liverpool this season. He’s completed 728 passes and that puts him 22nd in the overall EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for passes completed in the opposition half.
Henderson has been accurate in front of goal this season. The 21-year-old has had 36 shots at goal and 55.5% of those have been on target.
Henderson has only managed to get himself two goals from 20 shots this season which according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index is a success rate of shots on targets to goals of 10%.
This also seems to be the case with Daniel Agger who has managed 30 shots on target this season. Seventeen have been on target but he’s only picked up one goal with a success rate of shots on target to goals of 5.8%.
Gylfi Sigurdsson covered the most distance for Swansea when they played Manchester United last weekend according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Sigurdsson covered 7.29 miles.
Joe Allan wasn’t far behind Sigurdsson who himself clocked up an impressive 7.04 miles in the same game.
Joe Allan has completed 828 passes in the opposition half for Swansea this season and that puts him 13th in the index.
Chelsea v Blackburn – Sunday 13th
The Blues last game before the Champions League Final. If it’s anything like their performance at Anfield, Steve Kean could actually find himself leaving a game with out receiving death threats. Nah, probably not. Venky’s out! Everybody out! Prediction 3-0, maybe worse.
When Chelsea meet Blackburn this weekend it will be 2nd v 4th place in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index total distance covered this season. So this fixture looks set to be a high-tempo affair.
Blackburn have covered the second most distance this season, 2,401 miles and trail leaders Norwich by just 51 miles.
Scott Dann has been a rock in the Blackburn defence. The 25-year-old Englishman has made the most clearances in the Premier League this season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us he’s completed 100 clearances in 26 appearances and on average completes 3.8 clearance’s per game.
At the other end of the pitch Yakubu has been a goal machine for Blackburn despite being relegated in the week after suffering 1-0 defeat at Wigan.
57.8% of Yakubu’s shots have been on target and of Yakubu’s 34 chances he’s put away 48.4% this season.
The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index also shows us he’s covered 143.6 miles this season.
The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us Malouda covered the most distance for Chelsea against Liverpool in the week. Malouda covered a total of 5.65 miles, Michael Essien was just behind him with a total of 5.63 miles.
Malouda has spent the majority of the season coming off the bench for Chelsea. However in his previous five appearances for the blues he’s topped the individual distance covered index twice.
The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us 73% of Frank Lampard’s shots have been on target this season, which is the highest percentage for any player to have completed 50 or more shots.
Since joining Chelsea in the summer from Valencia Juan Mata has picked up six goals in his 34 appearances for the Blues. He’s been a provider from the midfield and picked up the most assists this season alongside Silva for Man City. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us they’ve both claimed 16 assists this season.
Man City v QPR – Sunday 13th
Joseph Barton came out his self imposed Twitter retirement last week to announce that Rangers were planning on spoiling City’s party. He shouldn’t have bothered. QPR’s away form has seen them flirting with relegation for months and The Etihad is an unlikely venue to see that pattern reversed. Prediction: 4-0.
Both team have plenty to play for QPR take on City at the Etihad this weekend. A win for the “R’s” could cause a massive upset at the top of the Premier League. As unlikely as that win may sound QPR are desperate to stay out the relegation zone, so points are crucial for both sides.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Man City are ranked third for total distance covered this season. They’ve covered a total of 2,395 miles this season and trail 2nd place Blackburn by just six miles.
Gareth Barry hasn’t been outside the top two for distance covered in the Man City squad in their last six Premier League outings; of those previous six fixtures Barry has been top four times according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Silva has been superb in the midfield for Man City this season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us he completed the 3rd most passes in the opposition half this season with 1,184 but remains behind Modric and Arteta of Spurs and Arsenal respectively.
Silva has also picked up the most assists this season. He’s joint 1st with Chelsea’s Juan Mata both midfielders have completed 16 assists according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Skipper Joey Barton has been the epitome of a captain leading from the front for QPR this season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us he’s topped the individual distance covered index for QPR in their previous four fixtures.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Barton on average covers 6.2 miles per game, based on his stats across his previous four games.
Shaun Derry remains second behind Barton for total distance covered for QPR this season. He’s covered 148.6 miles and must surely be looking forward to the midfield battle with City come the weekend.
Bobby Zamora is the highest ranked player for QPR in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Zamora is currently ranked 81st overall. 57% of his total shots have been on target this season and of those 28 shots on targets he’s put seven in the back of the net.
Tottenham v Fulham – Sunday 13th
Poor old Harry Redknapp. He spent so long rehearsing his acceptance speech for the England manager job he didn’t notice Spurs were flushing a 10 point lead away. Fulham have quietly been going about their business and Martin Jol will take great delight in consigning Spurs to the Europa. Prediction 3-1.
Raniere Sandro covered the most distance for Tottenham against Aston Villa last weekend. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index he covered 6.36 nearly more than half a mile more than nearest rival Rafael Van Der Vaart who totalled 5.93 in the same game.
Gareth Bale has been working in the wings for Tottenham all season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us he’s completed 122 dribbles this season, which is more than any other Premier League player.
Bale remains Tottenham’s hardest working player this season and according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index he’s covered a total of 211 miles.
PFA young player of the year Kyle Walker is second behind Gareth Bale. Walker has covered 192 miles this season but it would seem the illusive 200-mile mark is just beyond the 21-year-old Englishmen.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Luka Modric has completed the most passes in the opposition half this season with an impressive 1,259 passes.
John Arne Riise has been influential in Fulham’s defence this season and is ranked 135th in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, despite having won 76.8% of all the tackles he’s attempted this season.
Clint Dempsey is ranked 18th overall in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index and is Fulham’s highest ranked player. The American born striker has scored seventeen goals from 88 shots on target with a conversion rate of 20.9% this season.
Despite playing up front for Fulham this season, Moussa Dembele has completed the most passes for the West London side this season. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index he’s completed 825 passes in the opposition half.
Mark Schwarzer has been the 7th best shot-stopper in the Premier League. Schwarzer has made 174 saves this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Norwich v Aston Villa – Sunday 13th
Super Norwich! What a season. Aston Villa by stark contrast have had a miserable run and will be glad when the whole thing’s over. Villa’s best bet is to repeat the 8 man defence as used against Spurs last week and counter attack when they can. I guess. Prediction 2-1.
Going into the final day of the season Norwich have covered more distance than any other Premier League club this season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us Norwich have covered 2,452 miles.
Norwich however will come up against the 5th hardest working side in the Premier League this weekend. Aston Villa are currently fifth in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for distance covered with a total of 2,365 miles this season.
The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index also shows us neither side has a player which features in the top 25 for total individual distance covered this season. This shows the benefits of a good squad rotation system as operate by Paul Lambert and Martin O’neill.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index James Collins has completed the most interceptions this season for Aston Villa. The 28-year-old Welsh defender has completed 220 interceptions this season.
James Collins has also won 77.3% of all tackles he’s attempted this season. Collins has attempted 84 tackles and lost just 19 this season.
Stephen Warnock is Aston Villa’s highest ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, he’s currently ranked 48th overall. Warnock has been a rock in the Villa defence he’s won 72.1% of the 115 tackles he’s attempted.
Russell Martin, Like Warnock, has been a rock in defence this year. Martin is ranked 50th in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index and edges Warnock for tackles won: 76.3%.
Grant Holt has been on form for Norwich season and is a realistic prospect for an England call up to EURO 2012. Holt has had forty shots on target this season and has put away 35% of his chances. His current goal tally stands at 14 and is the second highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League behind Wayne Rooney.
Sunderland v Man United – Sunday 13th
Martin O’Neil began by being hailed as the world’s greatest manager. Ever. A brief glance at the Black Cat’s form however reveals that they have fallen into becoming draw and loss specialists. Manchester United to nick this by a single goal.
Swansea worked the United midfield hard last weekend with Michael Carrick covering the most distance individually of either team. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us Carrick covered 7.39 miles.
Compared with all Premier League strikers, Rooney is ranked 5th for distance covered this season. He’s covered 191.7 miles in total this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Clint Dempsey of Fulham has covered more distance in comparison with all other Premier League strikers (and has covered the most distance overall).
Rooney is ranked 2nd overall in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He’s scored 26 goals this season and is the highest scoring English man this season. He remains four behind RVP.
Rooney, to his credit has only picked up one yellow card this season and for a player who has seen his international career ravaged by suspension this is a positive sign for the 26-year-old.
Patrice Evra is the highest ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to have not scored a goal this season. The United captain has however completed 73.2% of all the tackles he attempted.
Lee Cattermole has been one of Sunderland’s hardest defenders to beat this season. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Cattermole has won 68.6% of all tackles he’s attempted.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index he’s won more tackles than any other Sunderland player this season with 72.
Lee Cattermole’s best game this season came against West Brom on the 1st October. Cattermole attempted 22 tackles in that game and won 16, which is a 72.7% tackles won percentage.
Ahmed Elmohamady is the only Egyptian player in the Premier League this season and he’s had just three shots on target but has managed to bag himself one Premier League goal, which according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index is a success rate of 33%.
Stoke v Bolton – Sunday 13th
No thanks. Prediction 0-0
Striker Jonathan Walters remains one of the hardest working players in the Premier League. He remains fourth in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for total distance covered, having covered 212.83 miles over the course of the season. Last week alone, he covered 5.64 miles against Queens Park Rangers.
Walters’ striker partner Peter Crouch has managed to clock up 161.81 miles so far this season for Stoke, which puts him third overall for Stoke, behind Walters and defender Ryan Shawcross.
The Potters’ highest ranked player on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index is winger Matthew Ethrington. The Englishman is currently 54th overall. The key to his score is consistency, having achieved the highest average score of all the Stoke players over the course of the season.
The 30 year old has made 31 dribbles with the ball – the highest of all the Potters and has conceded only 4 fouls in his own half all season.
Defenders Robert Huth and Marc Wilson have both made 79 tackles this season, making them the equal fourth-best tacklers in the Premier League.
Only one tackle behind them however is Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. Not only is Reo-Coker the fifth best tackler this season, but he is the third hardest working midfielder in the league, having covered 205.9 miles. Only Jonas Gutierrez and Gareth Bale have covered more ground in the centre of the pitch.
The former Villa man has played more minutes than any other Trotters player, having clocked up 3363 minutes – the 22nd highest in the Premier League, having only missed one game for Bolton.
According the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, winger Martin Petrov has made 107 crosses this season, making him the forth-highest crosser in the league. It should be no surprise then that the Bulgarian is in the top 15 for assists in the league, having created 9 goals this season.
Chris Eagles, who joined the Trotters from North West rivals Burnley in the close season, has had the 12th highest number of shots on target in the Premier League.
West Brom v Arsenal – Sunday 13th
Boing boing boing. West Brom are another mob who’s away form has been marginally better than their home. Arsenal arrive with Tottenham and Newcastle snapping at their heels. Roy will want to go out on a high note, Arsene will want to guarantee Champions League cash in next season’s P&L chart. Prediction? All down to Van Persie. So 1-3 it is…
West Bromwich Albion are currently 8th overall according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for total distance covered this season. They’ve covered a total distance of 2,346 miles and trail 7th place Wolves by seven miles.
After a staggering first half to the season, West Bromwich Albion’s Youssouf Mulumbu seems to have been tiring towards the end. Mulumbu hasn’t been in the top two for distance covered since their 1-0 win over QPR back on the 14th April. Despite this, the Congolese central midfielder is still top of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for total distance covered for WBA.
On top of this, Mulumbu has successfully completed 75 tackles, making him the 10th best tackler in the Premier League. On top of this, Mulumbu has made 566 attacking passes – the most of anyone in WBA’s team.
In the heart of defence, Jonas Olsson remains a rock on which the team is built around. The towering Swede has made the third most clearances and blocks of any player in the Premier League.
Behind him, England stopper Ben Foster continues to be one of a few ever-presents in the league, having played all 3555 minutes of West Brom’s 37 games to date.
At the other end of the pitch, Chris Brunt continues to catch the eye, having created 8 goals for the Baggies this season. Meanwhile Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie continues to be central to the Baggies attacking play. Not only does the Nigerian lead the club’s scoring charts but also he has more shots on target than any WBA player and successfully completes 34 dribbles – more than any other player in Roy Hodgson’s team.
Unsurprisingly, Robin van Persie remains the Premier League’s most valuable player, being the most impressive performer in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
On top of his 30 league goals this season, The Dutchman has 16 assists to his name and has covered a staggering 217.56 miles this season – making him the second hardest working player in the league.
Behind him, Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta has been a key player in Arsenal’s resurgence. Despite been ruled out for the rest of the season last month, the Spaniard has made 1189 passes in the opposition’s half. Only North-London rival Luka Modric has made more.
Wigan v Wolves – Sunday 13th
The Great Escapees vs The Condemned. Difficult to believe this will be a memorable game. Prediction 1-1.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Wolves have covered 2,353 miles this season and trail Newcastle, who are currently fourth, by just three miles.
Wolves came up against Everton last weekend, which saw Stephen Hunt clock up the most individual miles of any player on the pitch against Everton. Hunt paced his way to an admirable 7.17 miles.
Karl Henry had been Wolves marathon man in their previous three fixtures before coming up against Everton, he could only manage 6.94 miles according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Matt Jarvis has continued to impress for struggling Wolves. The winger has crossed 117 times this season, with only Manchester United’s Nani having crossed more times.
Ahead of him, Kevin Doyle is inside the top 20 for assists this season. The Irishman has created 8 goals for Terry Connor’s men. Matt Jarvis could equal Doyle’s total with an assist against Wigan.
However, Doyle and Jarvis will be up against a centre back in fine form. Antolin Alcaraz was the forth best performer in the Premier League last weekend, according to EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The Paraguayan put in a solid performance in the heart of Wigan’s defence, before popping up in the final moments to score the winner that secured the Latics’s safety and relegated local rivals Blackburn Rovers.
Alongside him, Gary Caldwell continues to add some British grit to Martinez’s team, currently ranking 31st in EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for the season. The Scot has made the most blocks of any player in the Premier League, and has made the 10th most interceptions – indicating how vital he is to Wigan.
Martinez’s insistence on passing football is reflected in the fact that both James McCarthy and Victor Moses are in the top 40 passers in the Premier League – having made 650 and 608 passes, respectively.
Moses is the third best dribbler in the Premier League this season, having completed 102 dribbles – only Gareth Bale and Scott Sinclair have completed more