New research has emerged which means Premier League goalkeepers can now be ranked from best to worst on their ability to produce a save in 1v1 scenarios. Did you know 33% of all goals scored are from 1v1 situations? When a striker is running in on goal, or has an uncontested opportunity to shoot from close range, the odds tend to be stacked in the attacker’s favour.
The best Premier League goalkeepers 1v1
After all, the goalposts on a football pitch are 7.32 metres wide and the average Premier League goalkeeper is 1.9 metres tall. That is a distinct advantage for the attacker and it means that on the occasion a commentator brings out the classic line – ‘The keeper had absolutely no chance with that!’ – he’s right, he most likely didn’t. Therefore finding an exceptional shot-stopper is a big prize for a football club, especially one that excels in 1v1 situations. But which club has the best keeper?
Arsenal succumbed to a wretched 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace. The loss leaves the Gunners level on points with Tottenham Hotspur in 4th, with the Lilywhites having played a game more, but with a superior goal difference and a vital North London derby on the horizon. Nothing seemed to click for Arsenal on Monday night, but why? Was it a hangover from the international break?
There have been a number of disjointed performances after players have returned from national team duty. It has been pinpointed on this platform that this might be a potential obstacle for Arsenal. What in particular from this game did we learn? Here are three key takeaways from the match. Read more
Tottenham could be set to sell Dutch international winger Steven Bergwijn to Premier League top four rivals Arsenal this summer, according to an eye-opening report. The Gunners are said to have shown an interest in signing Bergwijn from Spurs ahead of next season, with the 24-year-old’s future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looking doubtful after another underwhelming season.
And despite the bitter hostilities between the two clubs, there remains a chance that a deal could be struck for Antonio Conte ’s player to switch allegiances in North London and complete a move to the Emirates Stadium in search of a career kickstart.
Liverpool have been tipped to start looking for ways to sign replacements for their players who are already nearing the end of their careers. They have also been tasked with the responsibility of letting go of players who want to leave the club, while also having at the back of their mind that they would need to sign replacements for such players as well. One of the players who fits into this category is Belgium international striker Divock Origi. With the striker out of contract this summer, it’s possible Liverpool will be looking to acquire a forward who won’t mind if they don’t feature as often as the Reds’ more illustrious forwards.
The obvious strategy would be to sign a young player who can learn from the world class players at the club and continue to develop over the next year or two. Whether this is Liverpool’s plan or not, they have been linked with Czech striker Adam Hlozek and not for the first time. The 19-year-old was reported to be of interest to the Reds around 12 months ago, though obviously nothing came of the speculation at the time. Read more
Merseyside club Everton will be without at least four of their first-team players when they face defending champions and league leaders in a Premier League clash billed for Goodison Park at the end of this week. The four players are midfielder Tom Davies, utility player Fabian Delph, central defender Yerry Mina and utility defender Ben Godfrey.
English midfielder Tom Davies came through the youth team setup at Everton before making his debut for the first team and he has missed the whole of the second half of this season till date due to a thigh injury. He recently revealed online that his plan is to return to full fitness ahead of next season as the midfielder hinted that he might not play again this season.
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has won the Premier League Goal of the Month for December 2021 for his strike against Southampton. The Frenchman scored the first goal of the match on the way to a 3-0 home victory over the Saints.
The goal started from Arsenal shot stopper Aaron Ramsdale and ended with England international Bukayo Saka providing the assist forLacazette to score the opener. Norwegian star Martin Odegaard doubled the Arsenal lead in the second half via a header before Brazilian centre back Gabriel Magalhaeswrapped up with win with a third goal in the second half.
The Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota are the top two leading goalscorer in the Premier League this season but they could not find the back of the net during their league clash with hosts Leicester City on Tuesday night. Jota and Salah could not add to their respective league tallies as their Liverpool side suffered defeat for only the second time this season. The Reds were on the receiving end of a 1-0 win thanks to the goal from Nigerian-born Englishman Ademola Lookman. Lookman is on a season-long loan deal at Leicester City from German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.
Ahead of the Leicester City game, Salah was on 15 goals, while Jota had 10 goals. At the end of proceedings, the two players maintained their tallies and they are still the top two leading marksmen in the division. Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is still the nearest player to the two Liverpool players with nine goals.
Tottenham Hotspur are upwardly mobile in the Premier League following their London Derby win over Brentford at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night. Spurs scored a goal in each half to secure a 2-0 win over the Bees in front of their home fans.
Spurs are a work in progress under new manager Antonio Conte who was confirmed as the man in the dugout for the North London club last month. The Italian tactician was the replacement for ex-Wolves boss NunoEspirito Santo who started the season as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager and was sacked a few months later after a poor run of results in the league. The final straw that broke the camel’s back was the lean performance against struggling Manchester United at home. Nuno watched on as Spurs were beaten 3-0 at home at the end of October with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, EdinsonCavani and Englishman Marcus Rashford who came on as a substitute in the second half.
In the Italian Serie A, Napoli drop points for the first time this season following their goalless draw against AS Roma at the StadioOlimpico on Sunday evening. The result ended their eight-match winning start to the season though they are still the top team in the division on goal difference away from AC Milan in second place.
Napoli and Milan are the only unbeaten teams in the Italian Serie A. The two teams have 25 points after nine games.
Merseysiders Everton will be without as many as five players for their Premier League clash with Watford this weekend. Everton play hosts to the Hornets at the Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon and the quintet of AbdoulayeDoucoure, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Fabian Delph, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes won’t be available for the game due to injury.
Frenchman Doucoure has been one of the standout players for the Toffees this season but he’s set for a long spell on the sidelines after he sustained a foot injury in the last league game at home to West Ham United. The injury to Doucoure heaped more misery on an Everton side who lost their first league game at home against the Hammers. Italian centre back Angelo Ogbonna scored in the second half to lead West Ham United to a 1-0 win at the expense of their hosts. Read more