Arsenal

Saturday’s Premiership Predictor

Everton v West Brom Sat 31 Mar 15:00

· Everton moved within two points of Merseyside rivals Liverpool in their last Premier League match with a 2-0 victory over Swansea

· A stunning free kick from Leighton Baines and a second goal in six appearances for the Toffees from Nikica Jelavic sealed three points for Everton

· Baines has delivered more crosses than any other defender this season with 93, yet has just two assists to his name

· Baines has now scored four goals so far this season, despite only having 30% of shots on target

· Baines has also contributed at the defensive end of the pitch, winning 72% of tackles, and his contributions at both ends of the pitch mean he is now ranked 24th in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index

· Baines is also ranked fourth overall in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for total ground covered this season, with 174.87 miles

· West Brom remain 11 points above the relegation zone, despite a 3-1 loss to Newcastle in their last Premier League game

· Shane Long scored his 7th goal of the season with West Brom’s consolation goal in that game

· Long has had 26 shots at goal so far this season with 65% on target, meaning an impressive 27% of chances falling to Long have hit the back of the net

· West Brom have the highest percentage of tackles won of any team in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index with 75.33% of tackles won.

· West Brom have made the third highest number of clearances in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index with 288 so far this season. They have also made the second highest number of blocks with 125. Prediction 1-2

Fulham v Norwich Sat 31 Mar 15:00

· Fulham were unlucky to lose 1-0 against league leaders Manchester United in their last Premier League game

· Clint Dempsey put in another all action performance in that match, which lifted him to the top of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for overall distance covered with 179 miles

· Mark Schwarzer was in fine form to keep united at bay before Rooney broke the deadlock

· Fulham’s keepers have had to make the second highest number of saves of any team in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index with 201, behind only Wolves.

· Schwarzer has made 139 of those saves while David Stockdale has made 62

· Grant Holt scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season as Norwich beat Wolves 2-1 in their last league game

· That game also saw the Canaries break an important Prmier League milestone as they became the first team to pass 2,000 miles covered as a squad for the season. Norwich have covered 2004 miles in total, more than any other team in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

· Holt was also sent off in that game, and has the dubious honour of having committed more fouls than any other player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index with 66

· However, Holt’s goal scoring record has eclipsed his disciplinary issues to raise him to 40th overall in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Holt has needed just 51 shots at goal to get his 12 goals this season, meaning 24% of his shots have finished in the back of the net

· Norwich keeper John Ruddy has been the second busiest goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, making 168 saves. That puts him behind Wolves’ Wayne Hennessey who has made 203 saves.

· Norwich’s defence have also made more clearances than any other team’s this season with 343 completed this season

· Zak Whitbread has led the way for the Canaries at the back, and has one of the best minutes per defensive contribution rates in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index

· Whitbread has contributed a tackle, block, clearance, or interception every 14 minutes 15 seconds while on the pitch

· Norwich have also put in the third highest number of crosses with 433 Predicton 2-2

Man City v Sunderland

·      Man City drew 1-1 with Stoke last weekend, with YaYa Toure making sure the away team got a vital point, netting a goal for City in the 76th minute

·      Toure’s 40 yard belter last weekend would have been the talking point in any other 1-1 fixture however Peter Crouch defied that with a spectacular volley just shy of the hour mark.

·      City have conceded just 22 goals this season, with Joe Hart forced into making just 117 saves, compared to the league’s busiest goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who has made 203 saves

·      That was Toure’s fourth goal of the season, coming from 45 shots at goal with 47% on target, and lifted him back into the top twenty players in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index’s overall ranking

·      Known more for their flair than their graft, Manchester City have collectively covered 1972 miles in total so far this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. It puts them second for total distance covered as a squad behind Norwich, who’ve covered 2003 miles in total.

·      David Silva is the player to have contributed most to that total with 165.6 miles, the 11th highest total for an individual player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index

·      City have also completed more passes in their opponent’s half than any other team this season with 7120, ahead of Manchester neighbours United with 6771 passes

·      Man City are now three points behind league leaders United and they’ll be looking to make sure they can take maximum points away from the Black Cats

·      Sunderland hammered QPR 3-1 at home last weekend, their work was made a lot easier by the hoops after Cisse was given a straight red in the 55th minute

·      McClean and Sessegnon made the most of the one man advantage slotting goals away in quick succession

·      McClean has scored four goals this season from just 17 shots this season, while Sessegnon has seven goals but has been more prolific in his shooting having 63 shots at goal this season

·      Sessegnon is fifth in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for dribbles completed with 75

·      Sunderland Midfielder Craig Gardner covered the most ground for Sunderland last weekend against QPR. He covered 5.5 miles which, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, takes his total to 103.3 miles.

·      Sunderland’s defence will need to be on top form to contain City, and only West Brom have won a higher percentage of their tackles this season than the Black Cats. Sunderland have won 71.86% of their tackles so far this season. Prediction 2-2

 QPR v Arsenal

·      QPR will be looking to bounce back against Wigan this weekend after conceding two quick goals in the 70th and 76th minutes against Sunderland last weekend

·      Djibril Cisse has had mixed fortunes this season. In his five appearances he’s scored three times but has also been red carded twice, his latest dismissal coming against Sunderland

·      Cisse’s three goals have come from just fourteen shots at goal with 71% on target

·      Defender Taiye Taiwo scored his first goal of the season in the game against Sunderland, having previously had eleven shots at goal and contributed three assists

·      Gibbs, Walcott and Arteta, all got involved in the action last weekend, all bagging themselves a goal as Arsenal looked to secure their position in third in the Premier League

·      Robin Van Persie has consistently been one of Arsenal’s hardest working players this season.  He’s not only bagged himself 26 goals in the Premier League this season already; but according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index he has also covered an impressive 176.12 miles.

·      That total means he’s covered more ground than any other Arsenal player and is only second behind Fulham’s Clint Dempsey in the overall ranking.

·      The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us that QPR have covered 1,866 miles this season as a squad, while Arsenal have covered 1892 miles.

·      Arsenal have three players in the top twenty for overall distance covered, with Mikel Arteta in 19th with 161 miles and Aaron Ramsey 20th with 155 miles. Prediction 1-1

 Wigan v Stoke

·      Wigan will be a team brimming with confidence this week after a 2-1 away at Liverpool

·      A Shaun Maloney penalty and a Gary Caldwell goal secured a vital three points for the Latics

·      Maloney has had limited opportunities this season, playing just 279 minutes but contributing a goal and an assist to Wigan’s survival cause

·      Caldwell, however, has been on of the league’s more prolific full backs, scoring three times this season, despite having had just seven shots at goal

·      Wigan have covered a total of 1862 miles this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

·      Maynor Figueroa remains Wigan’s marathon man, he’s completed an impress 162 miles so far this season to lead the Wigan squad for distance covered and put him 15th in the overall ranking for distance covered.

·      Stoke bagged themselves a point against title contenders Manchester City last weekend.

·      Crouch’s spectacular volley will certainly be a highlight for Stoke fans this and is being widely tipped as the goal of the season so far.

·      Crouch has scored eight goals so far this season and also contributed four assists. Crouch has had 44 shots at goal this season with 52% on target.

·      Stoke’s Jonathan Walters has been in impressive form this season, he currently lies sixth in the table for the most individual distance covered with 174.28 miles covered.

·      Walters has had 18 shots on goal and has converted five of them into goals, which according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index gives him a hit rate of 27% Prediction 1-2

Wolves v Bolton

·      Two goals from unlikely hero David Wheater secured three points for Bolton against Blackburn last weekend

·      They were Wheater’s only two Premier League goals of the season, having concentrated on defensive duties with 40 interceptions, 17 clearances and 72% of tackles won

·      Fans may be surprised to know that only Manchester United get a higher percentage of their shots on target than Bolton. Bolton get 61.49% of their shots on target compared to United’s 63.7%

·      Bolton now lie in 17th place after their win and face bottom of the league Wolves in a potentially crucial relegation six pointer.

·      Nigel Reo Coker is Bolton’s sole representative in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index’s top twenty players for distance covered. Reo-Coker has run a total of 162 miles so far this season.

·      Wolves torrid season carried on last weekend with a 2-1 defeat against fellow newly promoted team Norwich

·      Jarvis scoring in the 25th minute looked promising for Wolves, however their boat was rocked by two goals by on form Norwich striker Grant Holt

·      According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Wolves have covered the 5th most distance collectively of any team in the league. They’ve covered a total of 1,922 miles.

·      Stephen Ward has covered the most distance individually, he’s covered 171.29 miles.

·      Stephen Ward has covered the 9th most distance is the Premier League, Clint Dempsey has covered the most miles in the Premier League, 179 in total. Prediction 1-1

Blackburn v Man Utd

·      Blackburn face Premier League leaders, Manchester United, this weekend coming off the back of a defeat to local rivals Bolton

·      The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us, out the Premier League’s top 10 goals scorers Ayegbeni Yakubu has the best shots to goals ration Yakubu has racked up 14 goals from 30 shots, which is an impressive 46.6% strike rate.

·      In Blackburn’s last game Morten Gamst Pedersen clocked up more miles than any other player on the pitch, covering 6.7 miles. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us over his 25 appearances this season he’s averaging 6.5 miles per game.

·      Only Norwich have made more clearances than Blackburn this season, with Rovers making 335 clearances so far

·      According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Manchester United’s Patrice Evra has averaged 5.5 miles per game in his 29 appearances for United this season, making him United’s top runner with 161.16 miles

·      Wayne Rooney poked in a lucky ball from Jonny Evans just before half time whistle

·      The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us Rooney has scored 21 goals this season from 71 shots at goal, giving Rooney a conversion rate of 29.1%

·      United have the best shooting accuracy of any team in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, with 63.7% of United’s shots hitting the target. They also have the best shots to goals ratio of any team in the league, with 6.24 shots for every goal. Prediction 0-4

Aston Villa v Chelsea

·      Villa suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in their last league game

·      Despite Villa’s defence being exposed by Arsenal, they have been in great form this season, winning more tackles than any other team in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index with 631 tackles won, 70.27% of all tackles attempted

·      Villa have also made more interceptions than any other team with 962

·      Overall, Villa’s defence have made 223 defensive interventions this season across clearances, tackles, interceptions and blocks – more than any other team has had to do this season

·      That’s led by Stephen Warnock and Richard Dunne, who are second and third respectively in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for tackles won with 75 and 71, and James Collins who is third for clearances with 69 and second for interceptions with 154

·      Chelsea faced Spurs in their last Premier League game, their rivals for fourth place and Champions League football next season, playing out a nil nil draw

·      Chelsea have the third highest number of dribbles completed of any team in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index this season, with 360

·      Chelsea also rank third in overall distance covered as a team, covering 1956 miles in total this season

·      Left back Ashley Cole leads the way in distance covered for Chelsea with 174.4 miles, the fifth highest of any player in the EA SPORTA Player Performance Index

·      Midfielder Juan Mata has been one of the signings of the season at Chelsea, and has completed more passes in his opponent’s half than any other Chelsea player this season with 768 passes completed

·      Mata has also scored five goals from forty shots at goal with 63% on target Prediction 1-2

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