Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool – English Premier League: Appealing Statistics
With the title race opening up as the season nears its business end, it is time to take a look at some of the statistics that have recently come out after Manchester United’s loss to Liverpool, Arsenal’s draw against Sunderland, and Chelsea’s win over Blackpool
on Monday night.
After having won just four matches on their travels in the 2010-2011 Premier League season, Ferguson’s men look on the verge of relinquishing their Premier League leadership. Manchester United lost their last league encounter against Liverpool at Anfield
by three goals to one. In the 2010-2011 Premier League season, United have conceded 21 away goals in 15 away matches, in doing so the Red Devils have already conceded more away goals than both Sunderland and Newcastle United.
Additionally, Michael Carrick who played in Manchester United’s midfield against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon contested a total of five tackles in the match in question. Out of these five attempted tackles, the Englishman failed to win four of
them signaling a success rate of around about 20 percent.
Furthermore, Manchester United’s strike force has also found it hard to fire on all cylinders in their away trips. Out of their three strikers, namely Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov; Javier Hernandez has been the most prolific one for
Ferguson’s team as the Mexican starlet has scored a goal for every 96 minutes of football he has played for the former English champions in the 2010-2011 Premier League season.
In comparison, Berbatov has scored a goal every 101 minutes, and Rooney has netted a goal for every 227 minutes he has played for the English giants in the Premier League this season. Despite all these troubling facts and figures, Manchester United still
remain at the top of the Premier League table with a three point advantage over Arsenal, who have a game in hand over Ferguson’s team.
Chelsea won their last league match against Blackpool by three goals to one. In doing so, the Blues cemented their third place position in the Premier League table as they now have a three point advantage over their nearest rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, who
currently occupy the fifth place spot in the Premier League rankings.
In an interesting piece of statistics, Chelsea has astonishingly never lost a match where John Terry has scored for the English champions. This was further vindicated by their win over Blackpool, a match in which Terry netted a spectacularly hit header.
However, Drogba’s form has been a worrying factor for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
The Ivorian striker was woeful against Blackpool as he only completed 53 percent of his passes at Bloomfield Road on Monday, 7th of March 2010. Nonetheless, Drogba’s bad run of form has not affected Chelsea as a whole as they have gathered 16
points from a total of 21 available, ever since their one goal defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 5th of January, 2011.
Arsenal’s defence has been performing at an optimum level with Johan Djourou in their lineup. Statistics show that whenever Djourou has played for Arsenal in the 2010-2011 Premier League season, Arsene Wenger’s team have conceded a goal every 319 minutes.
In absence of the muscular Swiss center back, Arsenal has been fragile as they have conceded a goal every 54 minutes of Premier League football. Not only that the Gunners have found it hard to battle it out against Sunderland. On the weekend, Wenger’s men
only secured a draw. However, it should be noted that Arsenal have only won once against Sunderland in their last six meetings with the Black Cats whether they be at the Emirates stadium or at the Stadium of light.
Alexander Song’s exclusion from Arsenal’s squad against Sunderland cost the London club dearly. Record shows that Song has been missing from Arsenal’s line up for a mere four matches this season.
Nonetheless, Arsenal has drawn all of those four matches without the Cameroonian defensive enforcer. Arsene’s boys now find themselves just three points behind Manchester United, and if they win their next league encounter against West Bromwich Albion, the
Gunners will surely draw level on points gained with the Red Devils.