Written by Bobby McMahon on December 16, 2011 | 22 Comments »
Posted in Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, English Premier League, Everton, Fulham, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Stoke City, Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion, Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Blackburn v West Brom
Dropping more leads than a careless detective – West Brom have dropped 11 points from winning positions this season – only Blackburn are worse they have dropped 12.
Everton v Norwich
Over the years Everton have earned a reputation as a tough nut to crack – even for good teams. Not so this season – 15 of their 16 points have come against sides currently in the bottom half of the table.
They have also failed to score in four home matches this PL season and have lost 4 of 7 at home.
Landon Donovan cannot pull on that blue jersey quickly enough Everton have failed to put a shot on target in their last 2 games
With Norwich this weekend’s opponents it is a case of heads-up – with ten goals coming from headers Norwich City lead the Premier League in that category
All four goals in a 4-2 win against Newcastle last weekend came from crosses
The twin peaks of Grant Holt and Steve Morison have scored a total of ten goals in Norwich’s last seven PL games.
Fulham v Bolton
Bolton are in a very uncomfortable position in the Premier League. Such is their predicament they will look at a point against Fulham as a positive. If they do it will their first draw of the season.
Bolton have only led in 3 games this season out of the 15 played and they won these three – 4-0, 3-1, 5-0.
Bolton have lost 17 of their last 20 Premier League games.
Ivan Klasnic has been involved in some way in 11 of Bolton’s 20 goals this season and he currently has a phenomenal conversion rate of 41% goals to attempts on goal.
Shoot – Fulham’s Clint Dempsey needs no such encouragement this season – only 3 players in the entire league have attempted more shots on goal.
Newcastle v Swansea
Injuries have taken a toll and Newcastle has now allowed 7 goals in last two matches after allowing only 12 in first 13 games.
Newcastle had a make-shift centre back partnership of James Perch and Danny Simpson against Norwich last week and it failed – 4 goals allowed and three of them headers
Swansea with two points have the poorest away record in the Premier League.
But it hasn’t stopped the Fantasy Football bargain of the season Michel Vorm from recording 7 clean sheets in 15 games and saving two penalties.
Wolverhampton v Stoke
Stoke beat Spurs last Sunday at the Britannia but away from home their record is poor.
They did beat Everton at Goodison two weeks ago but that was only their 2nd win in their last 17 away PL matches.
Wolves are the worst 1st half team in the league – only led once after 45 minutes
Seventeen of the 28 goals Wolves have conceded have come in 1st half – scored 5 vs 11 allowed in second forty-five minutes
Wigan v Chelsea
Back to back away wins for Wigan for the first time in 5 years at West Brom and Sunderland but this game is at the apparently unfriendly confines of the DW Stadium – Wigan are without a home win since August.
Wigan’s win at West Brom moved them out of bottom three for first time in 2 months but Sunderland comeback win over Blackburn win returned Wigan to the bottom three.
Wigan have only beaten Chelsea once in the Premier League in 12 attempts but on a number of occasions Wigan have pushed Chelsea hard. There again there have been some real blow-outs as well!
Chelsea have two London derbies coming up Spurs on Thursday and Fulham Boxing Day.
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