EPL Week 16

Match of the Day Bizarrely, the top two teams contrive to score three cock-up goals

City dominance With an eleven point lead over their nearest rivals, Man City are looking home and hosed for the title. Their 46 point tally after 16 games is an EPL record, three greater than Chelsea 20056, but is actually not the largest margin at this stage of a season.


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EPL week 15

Match of the Day The big-six contest, Arsenal v Man. Utd. illustrated once again that de Gea may be the finest goalkeeper in the world

Club in Crisis - Spurs After being praised to the heights by the press, things at Spurs are unravelling fairly quickly. Their lack of good squad depth has been shown up by the sale of Walker, stand-off with Rose and injuries to Wanyama and Alderweireld


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EPL week 14

Match of the Day Allardyce is beaming. Everton are close to top half of table and he has three long-term-injured players back soon: Boalsie, Barkley and Coleman

Rooney Rocket I do not collect the number of goals scored from own-half but that final goal of his hat-trick was the 28th in his EPL career from outside of the area - good for 7th all-time


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EPL week 13

Match of the Day The one top-six clash ended in stalemate leaving both Liverpool and Chelsea even further behind the Manchester clubs

Schedule difficulty In spite of the season now more than a third gone, there remain some significant differences in terms of quality of opposition faced so far (based on finishing position last year)

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EPL week 12

Match of the Day Following a defeat to North London rivals, Spurs now talking top 4, not title

Pulis is out Stodgy football and a points-per-game average lower than Steve Clarke will do that for you. His spell at WBA ended with the lowest ppg average of any of his three clubs. The Welsh managership may come calling

See the premiersoccerstats.


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EPL week 11

Match of the Day Mourinho still can’t buy a result away against big clubs

The Spanish connection Morata connected up with Azpilicueta’s cross for Chelsea’s winner against Manchester United and he has now assisted on five of the striker’s seven league goals this season, only topped by six of the 52 goals Diego Costa scored for the club

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EPL week 10

Match of the Day Kane-less Spurs lose to Pogba-less United and trail City by 8 points

Final Top 6? The accepted ‘top six’ i.e Chelsea, Spurs, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd. were generally expected to comprise the first half-dozen come the end of the season for the second year running. Only Everton had come within 23 points of them last year - and it is clear they will be now be happy to finish outside of the bottom 6


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EPL week 9

Match of the Day Sunday games rule; as Arsenal consign Koeman to the dustbin and Klopp may start to worry

Managers Out There have already been three dismissals with less than a quarter of the season gone Crystal Palace: de Boer - not matching playing styles to player skills Leicester City: Shakespeare - board were reluctant in first place Everton: Koeman - poor results after big summer spending spree

Given that all the promoted clubs have performed well, several others will be nervous


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Archer Memes

I have rather belatedly gotten around to viewing the adult animated series, Archer, on Netflix. If you have not read up about the show, wikipedia has good coverage and there is an in-depth viz project -A data driven exploration of Archer - by Mara Averick and Elijah Meeks The subtitles often shout-out for a meme and I have clipped several, initially from Series 1 Ep 6.

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EPL Week 8

Game of the week Crystal Palace 2 - 2 Chelsea Champions lose to previously goalless, pointless London rivals

– Julian Speroni and Gareth McAuley made their first appearances of the season becoming the oldest player and oldest outfielder, respectively, to appear in this campaign

Mo’s MO It is a well known that Jose Mourinho’s modus operandi in away games against top sides is to play very conseravtively.


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