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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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

Crvena Zvezda vs Liverpool Champions League preview

Crvena Zvezda vs Liverpool: Close the gates and catch that Liverbird

It’s been more than a year since the Serbian giants lost a home game.

A deep look into the club statistics across all possible competitions would reveal a remarkable piece of information: the Belgrade behemoths last suffered a home defeat at the hands of Arsenal (1-0) on 19th October 2017.

Since that moment, Crvena Zvezda have embarked on an astonishing stretch which currently stands at 23 matches at Stadion Rajko Mitic without a single defeat.

It was in no small part that Crvena Zvezda goalkeeper Milan Borjan stands as the one player responsible for such an amazing feat. The Canadian international has been one of the most notable Crvena Zvezda players this season in the Champions League and Twelve’s numbers are there to support such a claim. Read More

Liverpool vs Crvena Zvezda

Liverpool vs Crvena Zvezda Preview: Time to hit top gear

Mohamed Salah’s 50th goal in English football and the Reds’ 200th victory on the road in the Premier League era were a perfect introduction for the Champions League clash against the Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp might be pleased to be “winning average games” for the first time in his career following his team’s hard-fought 1-0 win at Huddersfield but the Reds will need to up their game in order to remain in the running for major honours this season.

Klopp’s men need to be winning average games with more ease in order to gain mental strength and boost optimism both within the squad and around it.

With another potentially ‘average’ match on the horizon, Liverpool have a chance to hit top gear again, following a string of low key performances and results which have not been up to the standards Jürgen Klopp has introduced at Anfield. Read More

Napoli vs Liverpool Champions League Preview

Napoli vs Liverpool Preview: Resolving Klopp’s Selection Dilemma

Caught in the middle of an extremely difficult run, Liverpool head over to Serie A hotshots Napoli looking to get back to winning ways and restore the momentum after a win-less double against Chelsea.

The 2-1 Carabao Cup elimination at Anfield was followed by a nervy 1-1 draw. Daniel Sturridge neutralized Eden Hazard’s opener with his 50th Premier League goal in a Liverpool shirt, as the Reds failed to record their fourth away win on the bounce.

Stamford Bridge is one of the most difficult grounds to play at in the division, and with Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea looking like one of the strongest sides in the Premier League, Liverpool should be applauded for the way they replied after going down.

Saturday’s trip to west London was an overall positive affair for Liverpool supporters who saw a team never ready to give up. Twelve’s effective time possession chart tells us that the Reds finished the game with 55% possession to their name as opposed to Chelsea’s 42% which is a fine indicator of Liverpool’s desire and drive. Read More

Liverpool vs Brighton Preview: Battle of big chance creators

Liverpool vs Brighton was the final league match of 2017/18 for these sides, and little has changed in the three months since. The Seagulls began this season with an away defeat at Watford, maintaining their record of being the worst team on the road in the Premier League since their promotion. But they followed that with a win over Manchester United, to keep up their excellent home record. Only the big six and Everton were better than Brighton in front of their own fans last term.

As for Liverpool, they have beaten West Ham at home and Palace away, just as they did last season. They even scored the same number of goals as in those matches, but in 2018/19 they kept clean sheets rather than conceding one. As Brighton have scored just ten goals in their 20 away matches in the Premier League, is there any hope for them on Saturday evening? Read More

Serbia 1-2 Switzerland: Swiss Win Battle of the Eagles

After a hard-fought point against the tournament favourites Brazil, Switzerland all but secured promotion to the World Cup knockouts by beating Serbia 2-1 in an emotional match in Kaliningrad on Friday night.

Mladen Krstajic’s men took the lead through Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header five minutes into the clash but the Swiss made a great comeback in the second half thanks to Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Arsenal midfielder curled in a wonderful shot from outside the box to level the score eight minutes from the hour mark. The in-demand Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri then broke free of Serbia’s offside trap in the dying minutes of the game to slide the ball beneath Vladimir Stojkovic and claim a huge three points for his team.

The Partizan shot stopper topped the Serbian Twelve rankings with 1,711 points despite conceding twice. That’s more than enough evidence to paint an illustrative portrait of the decline his teammates inexplicably went through after taking the lead early on.

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