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

Liverpool vs PSG

Liverpool vs PSG Preview: Will crossing make the difference?

This is a very intriguing match up. Liverpool have been arguably the continent’s biggest over-achievers in their last two European campaigns, albeit they fell at the final hurdle both times. Then there’s Paris Saint-Germain, who have more money than most countries yet haven’t been able to venture past the last eight of the Champions League.

Throw in the Dortmund connection of J├╝rgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, plus Neymar’s needle about the Reds finishing outside the top four this season, and Liverpool vs PSG looks set to be a cracker.

Presumably Neymar was just upset because James Milner equalled his record for assists in a Champions League campaign. Looking at how the players of Liverpool and PSG performed last season, they were the top two for attack points. Read More

Premier League Team of Week 2: Aguero puts Terriers down

Aguero

Another weekend of pulsating Premier League action is done. Cardiff vs Newcastle happened too. But who made it into Twelve’s team of the week? Two players who were included last week made it in again, even though their teams lost. As a wise sage once opined, ‘it’s a funny old game.’

But of course we’re focusing on player performances here, and not team ones. It’s not Paul Pogba’s fault he plays for Manchester United, is it? Anyway, after matching four of Garth Crooks’ selections last week, we have just two in common this time around. Sorry, Garth.

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