Buaksib Asia presents the result of match week 33 & preview of important matches week 34 & 35 of English Premier League season 2019/2020 ‘Project Restart’.
Highlighting upcoming games of match week 34, Aston Villa Vs Manchester United, & match week 35 focusing on Sheffield United Vs Chelsea & Tottenham Hotspur Vs Arsenal.
Aston Villa Vs. Manchester United
Aston Villa are winless in four home matches. All of the defeats in that run produced a single-goal margin. With the decisive goal consistently arriving beyond the hour mark. In 2020 alone, Villa have averaged exactly 3.0 ‘goals against’ across four home league defeats, conceding exactly twice in one half on three occasions. Furthermore, Villa’s 2019/20 Premier League home record against teams finished inside the top six of 2018/19. Scoring first will likely do little for Villa against a team they last beat in December 2009, with three of those four losses vs. ‘the elite’ seeing the first two overall match goals shared.
Manchester United is unbeaten in their last nine Premier League matches. Winning the first half by a two-goal margin in each of their post-restart league victories. Additionally, in a stat going back to March 2003, eight of United’s last ten Premier League victories at Villa Park have seen them win the first half. The visitors have taken full points (and averaged a winning margin of precisely 2.0 goals) from the last five Premier League away games to see them score first. About that, Man United are unbeaten in four Premier League away games. With five of the eight individual halves therein producing exactly one goal either way.
Players to watch: Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish opened the scoring inside the first 15 minutes in the reverse H2H.
Man Utd maestro Anthony Martial scored last time out, for a third first-half decider within his final five goals.
Stat attack: Villa have conceded an average of 1.2 goals per match between the 60th minute and FT since the restart.
Man United’s post-restart Premier League games have averaged 1.5 goals (either way) per match inside the opening half-hour.
Four of the last five Premier League H2Hs at Villa Park have produced a 1-0 half-time scoreline.
Sheffield United Vs. Chelsea FC
Sheffield United are again finding form after no defeat in three Premier League matches. They’ve been leaving it late, though, and scored at least once after the 75th minute in all three games. Even with these late strikes, their attack still ranks as the joint-fifth worst in the Premier League, averaging just 1.03 goals per game. Bramall Lane is never a natural destination for an away side to visit. So the ‘Blades’ are currently unbeaten in five home league matches there. They take a while to get going there, though and haven’t scored inside the opening 15 minutes of any home league game, conceding twice in that same period.
Chelsea have lost just one of their previous eight Premier League matches. Impressively, their free-flowing attack scored 2+ goals in each one of those matches. Frank Lampard’s side also found the back of the net before half-time in seven of those games and went on to hold a half-time lead on six occasions. The ‘Blues’ have won just one of their previous three Premier League visits to Bramall Lane. However, they do possess the second-best Premier League away record and have found the back of the net in 88.24% of their away Premier League matches.
Players to watch: Sheffield United’s John Egan has scored two goals across his previous two Premier League matches – both came from corners.
Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has scored five goals across his previous eight Premier League appearances – each of the last two came inside the opening 30 minutes.
Stat attack: Five of Sheffield United’s previous ten Premier League goals have been scored via corners.
Sheffield United’s average of 8.12 shots per game is the league’s lowest.
Chelsea have conceded 63.33% of their away Premier League’s goals against’ after half-time.
Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Arsenal
With no goalless draw in the last 25 North London derbies and both teams scoring in 17 of those. As well as at least six total cards and a penalty awarded in each of the last three Premier League meetings. The action seems unavoidable in this highly anticipated clash. Tottenham Hotspur may be unbeaten in three Premier League home games. And five Premier League home H2Hs, but it’s worth noting that they’ve scored two or fewer goals in each of those eight combined matches. Despite that, they’ve still netted a healthy average of 2.11 goals per Premier League home match this term, and have led at HT in six of their ten Premier League wins here.
A 1-1 draw versus Leicester made it four Premier League games unbeaten for Arsenal but was also their sixth game this season in which they forfeited a HT lead for a FT draw – a league-high. Furthermore, with four of the last six Premier League goals they’ve conceded coming in or after the 75th minute, the ‘Gunners’ could be nervy late. Two consecutive 2-0 Premier League away victories have doubled Arsenal’s away winning tally for the league campaign though and defied their average of 1.12 goals scored per Premier League road trip – albeit that’s still better than their average of 0.88 across the last eight top-flight H2Hs at Spurs.
Players to watch: Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored in four straight Premier League H2Hs – he netted a penalty in the last three. Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted in the previous H2H and has scored the opener in two of Arsenal’s last three matches.
Stat attack: Five of Tottenham’s last seven competitive home wins have come by a one-goal margin.
There’s been at least one goal after the 85th minute in Arsenal’s last five competitive away games.
The opener has been netted by the 20th minute in the last four H2Hs.
In midweek, Tottenham’s goalless draw with Bournemouth was the first time a José Mourinho managed team registered no shots on target in a Premier League game since April 2007.