The Premier League title image became a bit clearer on the first weekend after Christmas.
Both Liverpool and Tottenham were held and Manchester United drew in Leicester City. Chelsea lost to the struggling Arsenal.
However, there were still many plots throughout the latest round of fixtures, as Edinson Cavani proved his worth again and the Spurs attacked quickly before their late collapse.
Let’s look at some of the most interesting facts with the help of Opta data.
Cavani continues to be a sublime subform
United striker Cavani still started only one Premier League match and played a total of 207 minutes, but less than four minutes after introducing Bruno Fernandes’ goal at Leicester on Saturday, another. Contributed.
This was Cavani’s fifth goal already in the league this season, scoring three points and two more. No other player is involved in more than 3 players.
5 – Edinson Cavani has been directly involved in the Premier League’s five goals (3 goals and 2 assists) as a replacement for this season, two more goals than any other player. A harbinger.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2020
That tally is already in line with the highest returns of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as an alternative to a single Premier League campaign. The famous “Super Sub” was involved in five goals off the bench in both 1996-97 and 1998-99.
Earlier this season, Cavani achieved a feat that Solskger couldn’t achieve, scoring and assisting as an alternative to the same away game in Southampton. Only Ruud van Nistelrooy had previously done so on the way to United.
The great Paris Saint-Germain player has several ways to reach the Premier League’s all-time record for the involvement of goals from the bench, but Adam le Fondre 9 (8) in 2012-13. Goal, 1 assist) was recorded.
Speedy Spurs attack quickly again
If only Tottenham finished the match as strongly as it started, he couldn’t see the win again at the end of the draw against the wolf on Sunday.
The Spurs lost the Premier League record of 9 points in the last 10 minutes of the game this season, but the 57-second opening match from Tanguy Ndombele continued with a speedy start.
In the history of the Premier League, only Chelsea (12) scored more first goals than Tottenham (11).
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 27, 2020
And while Ndombele’s drilled efforts weren’t ranked fastest, the Spurs account for two of the four fastest goals scored in previous tournaments.
The 2000 Red Leaking 9.8-second explosion against Bradford City was second, and Christian Eriksen’s 10.5-second finish was fourth in the January 2018 victory over United.
Tottenham acknowledged seven times in the 60 seconds of the Premier League opening, but joined Chelsea, United and Arsenal in third place, third only to Everton (10) and Newcastle United (9).
Arsenal Ace Xhaka finds his range
Arsenal’s Chelsea London Derby defeat may have been a surprise, but Granit Xhaka’s great goal is probably not.
His free-kick on a half-time stroke raised the Gunners to 2-0 and was the first Arsenal goal scored directly from a free-kick against Chelsea since Thierry Henry’s efforts in the 2004-05 season.
2004 – Granit Xhaka is the first Arsenal player to win a direct free kick with Chelsea in the Premier League since Thierry Henry in December 2004. cracker.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2020
Henry (12) won the most Premier League free kicks in the Gunners. Alexis Sanchez and Robin van Persie (both 5), on the other hand, are the only two other Arsenal stars to outperform Xhaka’s total of three.
Also, Arsenal players with five or more Premier League goals haven’t scored most of the strikes from outside the box, and Xhaka has scored seven out of nine (78%) out of range.
But he’s still far from Henry’s Arsenal long-distance run of 29 goals and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s Premier League record of 41 goals.
10 villas worthy of victory
One of the most striking results of the weekend was Aston Villa defeating Crystal Palace 3-0.
The villas had only 38.6% ownership, but they were ruthless and tried 20 times with a total of 4.3 forecast targets.
This is the team’s highest total xG in one match of the season, with Manchester City 4.6 against Brighton & Hove Albion, the last team to surpass it at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
However, there were 11 men in the city during the match.
Opta’s xG record has dropped to 10 before half-time since it began in 2013-14, and no team has ever scored a total of 4.3 after leaving a man.
– Soccer Sports
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