Matchweek 7 facts and figures, for Abigail Friday’s and beyond….
In case anyone had forgotten, both those ghosts who revisited last weekend sure were putrid company to be in.
The two goals conceded to City off corner kicks held all the disdain of the drench that overpowered the squad so often in recent seasons before starting finally to dissipate in spring. And the security acquired since is starting to seem a little suspicious. There have been 20 corner kicks granted in the past two matches…..the goals by Toure and Dzeko were the 15th and 16th to go into the barrel, indicating possible wear and tear from full exposure to football’s most vaunted set piece.
Below is some perspective about how corners have been handled this season — what players have cleared them and with what effect, plus locations for each name while leaks have come through. No one star or sore seems to emerge in these measurements, instead merely a reminder that so many members go onto the line of fire during such a dangerous game.
El Ahmadi 1
Average Clearance Distance (in yards)
El Ahmadi 22.0
Average Space Near Shots Conceded (in yards)
El Ahmadi 12.4
Guzan 4 catches
El Ahmadi 1 block
Kozak 1 block
*Note: Not present on any list is Weimann, who is regularly dispatched as safety outside the penalty area.
The style with which Leandro Bacuna established himself as a featured Villan for the first time won’t soon be forgotten. The mere 22 minutes that separated his goal assist and goal are notable.
Twenty-nine PL players have secured both a goal and an assist (some multiple in both categories) this season, but only two recorded their first nicks quicker than Bacuna. Below are the 12 quickest spans (in minutes) between a player’s first goal and first assist of the campaign.
4 Coleman, Everton
20 Whittaker, Norwich
22 Bacuna, Aston Villa
28 Bony, Swansea
30 Lukaku, Everton
50 Aluko, Hull City
56 Amalfitano, West Brom
62 Shelvey, Swansea
71 Terry, Chelsea
71 Perez, Swansea
72 Lampard, Chelsea
84 Rooney, Manchester United
Vogue coming out of Fabian Delph this season flows and flows.
More of it came in the Manchester City takedown, consistent with a rather bold and unlikely stature for a 23-year-old among the front seven starters. None had been in uniform for more matches at Europe’s “Big Five” level than Delph, who has now suited up 92 times in the PL (43 as a starter, 13 as a substitute, 35 as an unused substitute) at Villa. Below is the full comparison.
Big Five* Team Sheet Appearances
AV front seven v Manchester City
Delph 92 (43 starts, 13 substitutions, 35 benched)
Kozak 84 (15 starts, 29 substitutions, 40 benched)
Luna 72 (38 starts, 6 substitutions, 28 benched)
Weimann 70 (37 starts, 14 substitutions, 19 benched)
El Ahmadi 33 (17 starts, 9 substitutions, 7 benched)
Sylla 19 (8 starts, 5 substitutions, 6 benched)
Bacuna 6 (3 starts, 1 substitution, 1 benched)
*Top divisions in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
—Patrick Kinmartin (PKtype@Gmail.com ….. http://goo.gl/kLJDB)