by Bulldog Drummond
Continuing our review of the stats from games this season, Palace have 38 yellow cards this season (Arsenal have 27) and neither club has had a player sent off yet.
But they are third in the table when it comes to tackles – they undertake 18.1 tackles per game – only Chelsea and Huddersfield get more tackles in. (Arsenal are 16.2 per game).
Where they do work hard is on interceptions – they make 13.9 per game, and only one team does more – which is Everton. Which overall suggests that working on interceptions is not necessarily the best game plan.
Curiously both sides are equal when it comes to fouls per game – 10.9. The worst offender in the league is Everton, followed by Watford, West Brom and Manchester United. What they don’t do is go in for a game of catching the opposition off side – on average it only happens 1.5 times per game – the third lowest in the league.
However they do go down for fouls a lot – Palace have got more fouls recorded against them than any other team except West Ham and Bournemouth.
Anyway, since we have two long term managers on show today, I thought it might be interesting to do a comparison between Roy Hodgson and Arsène Wenger in terms of what they have achieved. These figures come from Wikipedia.
First Roy Hodgson
|Bristol City||3 January 1982||30 April 1982||21||3||5||13||14.3|
|Malmö||14 April 1985||15 November 1989||165||98||38||29||59.4|
|Blackburn Rov||1 June 1997||21 November 1998||63||22||18||23||34.9|
|Udinese||21 June 2001||10 December 2001||17||7||5||5||41.2|
|Viking||11 July 2004||20 December 2005||50||23||11||16||46.0|
|Fulham||30 December 2007||1 July 2010||128||50||32||46||39.1|
|Liverpool||1 July 2010||8 January 2011||31||13||9||9||41.9|
|West Bromwich||14 February 2011||14 May 2012||54||20||13||21||37.0|
|England||14 May 2012||27 June 2016||56||33||15||8||58.9|
|England U21||13 August 2013||13 August 2013||1||1||0||0||100.0|
|Crystal Palace||12 Sept 2017||Present||17||5||6||6||29.4|
Arsène Wenger’s record is easier to get as he has managed many fewer clubs…
|AS Nancy||1 July 1984||1 July 1987||114||33||30||51||28.9|
|AS Monaco||1 July 1987||17 Sept 1994||266||130||53||83||48.9|
|Grampus Eight||1 February 1995||30 Sept 1996||87||49||4||34||56.3|
|Arsenal||1 October 1996||Present||1,204||693||275||236||57.6|
As manager of England Hodgson got a win percentage of 58.9% – something he only beat during his spell at Malmo where he got a win percentage of 59.4%. However of a massively greater number of games Mr Wenger has got a win percentage of 57.6% at Arsenal. At Palace Hodgson’s record is 29.4%.
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Mr Hodgson did get Fulham to be runners’ up in the Europa league in 2010, and is also Knight, First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland which sounds like fun. Mr Wenger is a member of the National Order of the Legion of Honour as established by Napoléon Bonaparte which sounds like less fun.
Crystal Palace have only beaten Arsenal four times across the years – the first match was back in 1934 in the FA Cup (we won 7-0) but league games didn’t start until 1969.
Palace won a league cup match against Arsenal in 1970 which was followed by six games without them winning another (they beat us again in 1979). Then there was a 13 match run in which they didn’t win a game until they won a league game in 1994.
Then there was a 14 match run until that awful 3-0 defeat in April this year. So if the pattern holds it should be about another six years or so before they beat us again, assuming that they don’t go down.
That 3-0 win of theirs in April was their biggest win against us, and just their third league win. Our last decent sized win was a 5-1 in 2005. Arsenal have only failed to score in two of their last 19 league games against Crystal Palace – the 0-3 loss last season and a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park in October 1997.
So the teams…
Something along these lines if we want an attacking formation in the 4-3-3 mould…
Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles
Ozil Lacazette Alexis
A variation on the use of the same players could be
Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles,
Iwobi Ozil Alexis
If however we go over to three central defenders then I would expect Kolasinac to replace Maitland-Niles. Overall the rest of the squad who are available looks like this…
Ospina, Mertesacker, Holding, Chambers, Debuchy, Nelson, Kolasinac, Coquelin, Elneny, Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck, Walcott. That would mean a beach of something like this…
Ospina, Holding, Debuchy, Kolasinac, Coquelin,, Welbeck, Walcott.
Or something along those lines.
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