West Ham vs Liverpool

West Ham vs Liverpool Preview: Battle of the flank

West Ham vs Liverpool is a massive game for the league leaders. But then they all are now, this is just the first of the fourteen which remain. This is the reverse of the fixture from the opening weekend, in which Liverpool battered a sorry looking Hammers side 4-0. It was Manuel Pellegrini’s first match in charge, though, and the former Manchester City manager might be able to do his old side a favour here.

After all, West Ham have beaten Manchester United and Arsenal at home this season, putting themselves alongside Wolves and Leicester as the sides from outside the top six who have the most wins against the big boys. However, the fly in the ointment is the Hammers’ treatment room, which is more crowded than the city of Liverpool will be if the Reds manage to clinch the league title.

West Ham injuries
Current West Ham injury list

Ouch. Several of the names listed there are in West Ham’s top performers for the season on a points-per-minute basis too, according to our algorithm, as you can see here. Read More

West Ham vs Arsenal

West Ham vs Arsenal Preview: The Felipe Anderson Show

The post-FA Cup third round action kicks off with West Ham vs Arsenal, a London derby at the Olympic Stadium. One man looks likely to be key for the home side.

Here are the stats Felipe Anderson leads West Ham in: Twelve points, goals, key passes, xG chain, xG assisted, tackles, fouls suffered, passes blocked and successful dribbles.

Basically if there is an important statistic, you would have a good chance of being correct saying that Anderson is leader in that stat for West Ham. One of the more surprising statistics is that the difference between Anderson and the next highest player in the Twelve Rankings, Declan Rice, is larger than the difference between Rice and all other players in West Ham’s top 11 this season. Read More

Premier League team of week 14

Premier League Team of Week 14: Chicharito the MexiCan

It was another entertaining weekend in the Premier League, culminating in Divock Origi’s ridiculous winner on Sky’s derby day. The phrase ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ is well worn, but when you see who our goalkeeper is this week, you’ll want to use it again. The Twelve algorithm is a powerful beast, but it must be used wisely. Anyway, here’s our Premier League team of week 14.

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford. Liverpool 1-0 Everton.

The 232nd Merseyside derby will be long remembered for the bizarre circumstances in which it was decided. Nobody in their right mind would call Pickford the best goalkeeper this weekend, yet on points he was. England’s #1 made a high value save from Shaqiri, and was strong in the air for the opening 95 minutes at the match. Shame about the last minute, Jordan. Read More

Premier League Team of Week 12

Premier League Team of Week 12: Rose like a Salomón

Six of the top nine performers on our leaderboard for this week are centre-backs, so our team has switched to three at the back. Our XI contains seven ‘team of the week’ debutants, but two players from last week retain their place. Here’s our full Premier League team of week 12, and we begin with a goalkeeper who did his damnedest to earn his team three points.

Goalkeeper: Jonas Lössl. Huddersfield Town 1-1 West Ham United.

Huddersfield lead for 68 minutes on Saturday. That’s almost half of their tally for the whole season, so shouldn’t be underestimated. That they were ahead for so long was in no small part thanks to Lössl, who saved two clear-cut chances.
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Premier League Team of Week 11

Premier League Team of Week 11: Well played, Mr. Anderson

You know the drill by now. We compile a leaderboard for the weekend’s games, and pick the bones out of it to hammer it into a vaguely cohesive XI. Here’s our Premier League team of week 11.

Goalkeeper: David de Gea. Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United.

Rival fans like to joke about where United would be if de Gea ever left; ‘League One’ is the most common response. That may sound extreme, but with six saves (including one clear-cut chance) he kept his side in the game long enough to win it yet again. Read More

Liverpool

Liverpool vs. West Ham United Preview: Naby Keita key for Klopp

Liverpool go into the season as second favourites to win the 2018/19 Premier League title. If they are to make their supporters’ long standing dream a reality, they will need to be stronger at home. They may have gone unbeaten at Anfield for only the seventh time in their top flight history in 2017/18, but they also only won 12 times; the Reds only won fewer in nine of the preceding 25 Premier League seasons.

In fairness to Jürgen Klopp, five of their seven draws were against teams who finished in the top eight, and it looks unlikely West Ham will do that well this season. Or won’t they? After all, with four days to go in the transfer window, the Hammers were the second top net spenders behind Liverpool.

The east Londoners also have a new manager in the shape of Manuel Pellegrini, which makes it tricky to know how they’ll play at Anfield on Sunday. The Chilean has employed a 4-2-3-1 formation in five of their six pre-season matches, but the combination of Slaven Bilic and David Moyes only used that system five times in the league last season. The Hammers picked up just one point from those games, so hopefully their new signings perform better than the players they have replaced. Read More