Premier League

The Premier League is still very competitive (with one big exception)

Last week the Guardian ran an article entitled “Premier League the most competitive in the world? You must be joking” describing what they considered as the poor state of excitement in the World’s most popular league.

The article started with a statistic that caught my attention: “The top five clubs have played the bottom five 19 times this season and won every one.” Last weekend’s matches might be said to have reinforced that picture, with Liverpool beating Fulham 2-0 and Tottenham winning 1-0 away against Crystal Palace.

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Liverpool vs Fulham Premier League Preview

Liverpool vs Fulham Preview: Reds to bounce back from Serbian sorrows?

Liverpool vs Fulham looks like being a stone cold, cast iron home banker. You can get odds of 30/1 for Fulham to win on Sunday. Yet anyone who witnessed the Reds’ abject efforts in Belgrade on Tuesday night will think the away side’s chances are considerably better than that.

Even so, when looking at the expected goal data for 2018/19, it’s easy to see why the bookmakers have come up with the prices they have. You can work out the percentage chance of any score line using the statistics, and doing so suggests a 9-0 Liverpool win is more likely than a 0-0 draw.Liverpool vs Fulham Expected Goals xG Prediction Read More

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Fulham vs Arsenal Preview: Arsenal look for their ninth straight win

A London derby! A return to Craven Cottage! A chance for nine wins on the spin and six league victories in a row! A chance to get above Spurs with a big win!

There is a lot at stake for Arsenal as they visit London neighbours Fulham on Sunday in the lunchtime match. Arsenal are the heavy favourite in this tie but after a punishing travel schedule to Azerbaijan on Thursday in the Europa League with a surprisingly strong squad this could still end up a tricky match for the Gunners.

Fulham, a pretty good attacking team, a bad defensive team

Fulham in the league have continued their attractive attacking style that got them promoted from the Championship. They are averaging nearly 13 shots per match, which is good for seventh best in the league. They are taking most of those shots from outside of the box, with over seven per match coming from long range which makes their expected goals (xG) per match in the bottom half of the league. Read More

Manchester City vs. Fulham

Manchester City vs Fulham Preview: Time for Sané to start?

There’s no better way to leave the interminable international break behind than with an incredibly exciting Manchester City fixture. As an American, Fulham have always held a place in my heart as the club of Brian McBride, Clint Dempsey, and (to a much lesser extent) Carlos Bocanegra.

But more than that, the current incarnation of Fulham have a genuine buzz about them. Only Arsenal games feature more shots and shots on target, they have exciting young talents like Ryan Sessegnon, and they picked up a genuine star in Jean-Michel Seri in the transfer window. In short, get ready for some fireworks.

As with Wolves, Fulham aren’t your typical newly promoted side. Rather than playing defensively and seeking to counter-attack, they use possession to get their shot attempts and are even averaging a greater share of the ball than Spurs, United, or Arsenal thus far this season (albeit having endured a light schedule to date). Read More

Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham: Can either team get going?

Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham features two teams who will be looking to improve upon their performances last weekend. Tottenham’s lacklustre effort in their 2-1 win over Newcastle last week was much expected from a Spurs side who had 12 players playing in Russia at the World Cup, nine of whom featured in the semi-finals. From the start, Tottenham looked tired and players were lacking discipline in closing down their opposition which allowed Newcastle freedom on the ball. 

Tottenham became the first Premier League club not to sign a player since the summer transfer window was introduced in 2003, and with no fresh faces in the side they looked to Lucas Moura for inspiration. The nimble Brazilian impressed in only his third Premier League start, as he was everywhere on the pitch and was comfortable to dribble the ball forward, making a number of excellent solo runs. Read More