Everton vs Fulham
After the extraordinary events at Old Trafford Everton head to West London and take on Fulham another in form London club.
Brede Hangeland has been Fulham’s hardest working defender this season. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Hangeland has completed 316 defensive duties this season, which is more than anyone else in the Fulham squad this season (tackles won, clearances, interceptions and blocks).
Clint Dempsey remains Fulham most prolific striker this season. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index 62.5 % of Dempseys shots this season have been on target and he scores once in every eight attempts at goal.
He covered the most ground for Fulham against Wigan and according the to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index he covered 6.48 miles.
The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index show us that 50% of Pograbenyak’s shots have been on target this season. He’s scored 6 in the Premier League so far.
Senderos scored his fourth Premier League goals in four years against Wigan last weekend with his 89th minute header.
In that game Senderos completed 5.95 miles taking his total this season to 108.8 miles, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Leighton Baines is Everton’s highest ranked player on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He’s currently ranked 31st, overall.
The defender has maintained a tackle won percentage of 72.5%. That is the highest in the Fulham squad.
Marouna Fellaini scored only his second goal of the season against United last weekend. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us Fellaini has been playing a much more defensive role for Everton this season. He’s completed 243 defensive duties this season, which is more than Leighton Baines who’s only completed 193.
Fellaini has also completed 66.66% of all the tackles he attempted this season.
Nikica Jelavic scored twice last weekend against United and has maintained a shots on target percentage of 52.1% since joining Everton from Rangers in January.
Jelavic chalked up two against United, which now takes his tally to six goals in nine games at Everton.
Pienaar who scored the equaliser last weekend has now scored three this season for Everton. 20% of Pienaar shots this season have resulted in goals.
Prediction: This could be the game of the day with both sides playing some decent football. Everton to win by a single goal.
Stoke v Arsenal
Last weekend was only the second time this season Arsenal failed to score in a Premier League fixture.
Robin Van Persie still holds the title for the Premier League’s top goal scorer this season, despite only scoring once in his last seven Premier League outings.
However, saying that when Robin is presented with a chance in front of goal he’s the most likely player in the Premier League to hit the target.
So far this season 62% of RVP’s 145 shots have made the keeper work. On average RVP scores once in every six attempts.
Robin Van Persie has scored 39.7% of the total goals Arsenal have scored this season.
Robin Van Persie is the only striker in the Premier League to have featured in all their Premier League games this season. Wojciech Szcyesny and RVP are the only two Arsenal players to have played in all of their 35 games this season.
Peter Crouch has scored nine goals for Stoke this season and remains Stoke top goals scorer.
Matthew Etherington is Sunderland’s highest-ranking player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, he’s currently ranked 55th overall.
76% of Etherington’s shots have been on target so far this season. Of his 16 shots on target he’s picked up three Premier League goals.
Etherington has been a penetrating midfielder for Stoke this season. He’s completed 28 dribbles this season and delivered 83 crosses this season. Etherington is 11th in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for crosses completed.
Prediction: Stoke have gone right off the boil but are seem determined and Arsenal are trading heavily and successfully on the back of Robin van Persie. A high scoring is on the cards.
Sunderland v Bolton
Sebastian Larsson has covered the most distance for Sunderland this season. He’s covered a total of 177.9 miles this season. Stephane Sessegnon is second for Sunderland overall, he’s clocked up a respectable 174.6 miles.
Sebastian has topped the individual distance covered for Sunderland on their previous five occasions. Based on Larsson’s last five games he averaged 6.3 miles.
As has been the story for the majority of the season, Nigel Reo-Coker remains the workhorse amongst the Bolton side. He’s covered 191.4 miles this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Mark Davies covered the most distance last weekend against Villa. He covered 6.42 miles in total.
Larsson is Sunderland’s highest ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He’s ranked 18th overall in the index.
Bolton’s highest ranked player is Mark Davies, he currently sits 85th overall in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Larsson and Davies will come up against each other in the midfield, lets look at some of the key stats:
Mark Davies has won 68.75% of all tackles he’s attempted for Bolton this season. Larsson just edges Davies and has won 74.6% of all the tackles he’s attempted this season.
78.2% of Davies’s shots have been on target this year. Larsson on the other hand only has 68.75% shot on target percentage.
Larsson has had seven shots on target and 31.8% of those have resulted in goals.
Prediction: Sunderland and Bolton are highly unlikely to produce a memorable game of football here. Bolton are destined for the Championship and the sooner the better. A narrow win for the Black Cats.
Swansea v Wolves
Michel Vorm has been crucial for the Swansea’s success this year. Vorm has made 184 saves this year and puts him fourth in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, for saves made.
Wolves will miss Wayne Hennessey after his cruciate ligament injury that would rule him out for up to six months.
Its fair to say Hennessey has been the busiest keeper in the Premier League this season and has sustained a lot of pressure from some of the leagues best strikers. Hennessey has made 223 saves for Wolves.
Despite being relegated Wolves have played some good football this year.
Stephen fletcher has bagged himself 10 Premier League goals and has maintained a shots on target percentage of 53.3%, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Matthew Jarvis is currently their highest ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He is currently 52nd in the overall standings.
Swansea are sitting pretty in the lower half of the table and are all but guaranteed a Premier League place next year.
Ashley Williams is currently Swansea’s highest ranked player this season. He’s ranked 62nd in the overall index.
Williams has won 77% of all tackles he attempted.
Owen Coyle credited Scott Sinclair’s effort last weekend as exquisite, as he opened the scoring in the sixth minute.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index 52% of Sinclair’s shots this season have been on target and he’s picked up a total of eight goals.
Sinclair and Graham have put the most balls in the back of the net for Swansea this season. Between them they’ve scored 18 goals, which is 78.2% of Swansea’s total goals this season.
However, the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us Sigurdsson has been Swansea’s most accurate player in front of goal. 69% of Sigurdsson’s shots this season have made the goalkeeper work.
Prediction: Poor old Wolves. The chairman’s an idiot, but then even he must have realised that by now. Swansea need to win here if only to keep Brendan Rodger’s stock riding high. Home win it is then.
West Brom v Aston Villa
West Brom will be now looking to kick on from an encouraging win at Liverpool last weekend. They’ve won three of their last six games and they’ll be looking to beat Aston Villa who are five places below them.
Peter Odemwingie scored his ten goal of the season to ensure WBA took three points away from Liverpool. Odemwingie’s strike means WBA climbed to tenth in the league.
57% of Odemwingie’s 61 shots have been on target this season, the best shots on target rate compared to any other WBA player this season.
Youssouf Mulumbu clocked up 6.45 miles against Liverpool last weekend taking his total distance covered this season to 182.4. He has covered more distance than anyone else so far this season.
Not only has Mulumbu racked up the miles for WBA this season he’s also been a rock in the midfield. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Mulumbu has won 85% off all tackles he’s attempted.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Ben Foster has been the third busiest goalkeeper in the Premier League. Foster has featured in all of WBA’s 35 games this season and has made 190 saves.
Stephen Warnock has been a solid defender for Aston Villa all season. He’s attempted 109 tackles so far this season and he has won 75.4% them so far this season.
Warnock’s impressive tackling statistics has meant he’s become Aston Villas highest ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He is currently ranked 46th overall.
James Collins has been one of the most aware players in the Aston Villa side this season. James’s ability to read the game in front of him has meant he’s claimed 218 interceptions this season, more than any other Premier League player.
As well as interceptions, Collins is also top of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for clearances made. Collins has made 88 clearances this season.
Charles N’zogbia has been deadly with the ball at his feet this year. Making penetrating runs has been a trademark of N’zogbia’s play and he’s completed 65 dribbles this season.
N’zogbia is currently 10th in the overall EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for dribbles completed.
Prediction: Roy’s on fire isn’t he? So’s Alex, but only if you count the burning effigies outside Villa Park. Home win it is…
Wigan v Newcastle
Newcastle are currently on a six game winning streak and now look like serious contenders for the Premier League fourth spot. They’re brimming with confidence as they head to Wigan this weekend
Newcastle fans are now so desperate to watch their team close of the season in style Alan Pardew has made a plea to Wigan to allocate more tickets for the travelling fans.
Wigan are currently hovering above the drop zone and will need to secure all three points. Aside from losing to Fulham last weekend, Wigan have had some great form recently turning over Man United at home and Arsenal away.
Papiss Cisse has only had 27 shots in total so far this season, 66.66% of those have been on target. Of Pappiss’s 18 shots on target he’s translated 55% of those into goals.
Cisse is currently averaging 1.1 goals per game for Newcastle so far this season.
Cabaye’s two goals last weekend were a reward for his impressive performances throughout the season. He’s already covered 182.2 miles for Newcastle this season and will be looking to break the 200-mile mark before the end of the season.
Senegalese striker, Demba Ba, is Newcastle’s highest ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He currently sits 13th in the overall standings.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Ba has scored 32.6% of Newcastle’s total goals this season. Ba has put 16 in the back of the net this season.
Al Habsi has been solid in goal for Wigan this season, and made crucial saves against Fulham last weekend. Al Habsi has completed 171 saves so far this season, which is the fifth most saves made this season.
Maynor Figueroa completed his 100th tackle last weekend against Fulham and remains top of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for tackles completed this season.
Figueroa has the most impressive stats in the Premier League for tackles completion rate, so far this season. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index 79% of all the tackles he attempted he’s won.
Gary Caldwell has been throwing himself in the way of shots this season. He’s made 40 blocks for Wigan this season, no other player has made more than 40 blocks.
Prediction: Martinez vs Pardew will be interesting. Wigan have pulled off a serious escape from relegation, but can they overcome Pardew’s desire for Champions League football? No. Away win.
Norwich v Liverpool
Both teams lost last weekend and will be looking to put their current poor form behind them and finish the season on a high.
Liverpool have only won one game in their last six and have picked up only four of the possible 18 points.
Norwich have only fared marginally better picking up seven points in their previous six fixtures.
According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index the two players to watch are Enrique for Liverpool ranked 35th and Russell Martin for Norwich ranked 46th.
So it would seem its going to be a battle of the defences when these two sides, this is how the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index sees it:
Jose Enrique has won 66% of all tackles he attempted this season, Martin however has won 75%.
Martin has been successful down in the opposition end as well, he’s picked up two goals this season and Enrique hasn’t scored at all for Liverpool this season.
Martin has only been shown a yellow card once in his 30 appearances this season. Enrique, who has made 33 appearances for Liverpool this season, has been awarded two yellows. Neither Enrique nor Martin has seen a red card this season.
The index also tells us that Enrique has completed 134 defensive duties (Inc. tackles won, clearances, interceptions and blocks). Martin has made 263.
Jordan Henderson and Enrique have both covered 168.7 miles this season in the Premier League, which puts them joint top for distance covered in the Liverpool squad.
Russell Martin leads the individual distance covered table for Norwich this season. He’s covered 168.2 miles at an average of 5.6 miles per game in his previous 30 appearances.
John Ruddy remains second in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for saves made this season. John has completed 196 saves this season and currently averages 5.6 saves per game, in his previous 34 games.
Prediction: Oooh Liverpool are looking lost. Norwich are looking like a side that did find the Premiership hard going after all. I’d be amazed if this is anything other than a draw.
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