Buaksib Asia presents the preview of match week 30 of English Premier League season 2019/2020 ‘Project Restart’.
Highlighting upcoming games of Tottenham Hotspur VS Manchester United & Everton VS Liverpool.
Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Manchester United
Tottenham’s home league form under their current manager has been reasonably stable. That sequence includes an 80% win rate against teams from outside last season’s top four, with three of those four wins seeing the first half won 1-0 either way. For the benefit of optimistic Spurs fans. Four of Tottenham’s last six Premier League home victories have seen one team win the first half by a one-goal margin. Every one of the four matches in that category also ended separating the sides by a single goal.
Man Utd are unbeaten in five Premier League outings, averaging exactly 1.0 unanswered goals per game after the hour mark across the three victories. By extension, each of Man Utd’s last five Premier League victories have come with a clean sheet and by an average margin of 2.60 goals. Each of Man Utd’s last six Premier League away games have featured precisely two goals, with victors winning both halves in three of the previous four games won/lost therein. Though Man Utd are favorites here, they still have a win rate of just 18.18% in the role of Premier League away match preferences this term.
Players to watch: Five of Son Heung-Min’s last six goals for Tottenham have come in the second half, with two of the three home goals therein coming last and proving decisive.
Man Utd midfielder Bruno Fernandes has scored in two of the Red Devils’ last three Premier League games, with both goals arriving in the 31st-45th minute period.
Stat attack: Each of Tottenham’s last four Premier League matches have seen the home team on the day score first inside 15 minutes.
However, the team doing so dropped an average of 2.0 points after that.
Seven of Man Utd’s last nine Premier League H2Hs vs. Tottenham have yielded a 0-0 or 1-0 half-time scoreline.
Everton Vs. Liverpool
Everton restarts their Premier League campaign with a Merseyside derby. Hosting Liverpool on the back of seven unbeaten home league matches. Four of those games featured both teams scoring, but it was the Evertonians who netted the first goal on every occasion (excluding a goalless draw). Indeed, Everton have been reliable starters this season, and have been behind at half-time in just four of 29 league matches – a stat that is only bettered by rivals, Liverpool. Furthermore, across Everton’s last five Premier League matches. A substantial majority of the total goals (65%) arrived in the first half.
Liverpool are six points away from the title, with a 3-0 loss at Watford in their last away league match their only defeat this Premier League campaign. That game also accounts for a full third of their conceded away goals this Premier League season, and before it, they averaged a superb 0.46 conceded goals per away match. Against Everton, they’ve kept a clean sheet in four of the last five competitive H2Hs (at all venues).
However, the visitors lost four of their last six competitive matches before the hiatus (including one in extra time), and have scored more than once in just two of their last eight competitive games (90 minutes only). Notably, four of the previous six goals they scored during regulation time came before half-time.
Players to watch: Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored five goals across Everton’s last seven Premier League matches, and his team’s final goal on four of those occasions. Meanwhile, Divock Origi has had a hand in four of Liverpool’s last seven goals vs. Everton (three goals, one assist).
Stat attack: With Everton as the home side, six of the last seven H2Hs have ended in a draw, three of them goalless.
Friendly derby? The last five competitive H2Hs averaged just 2.4 yellow cards per fixture.
Liverpool’s last five competitive away matches saw just one side score.