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Unbeaten runs, goal scorers and how Tottenham are three quarters of an hour behind

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal, as we know, have just gone 17 games unbeaten – not just the longest in the Premier League at the moment but the longest in Europe’s main leagues.  If things work out ok in the Ukraine – assuming we can fly in and out ok, that could well be increased before the Tottenham match, but hatching chickens and not counting them come to mind at this point.

Anyway leaving aside Trophy matches Tottenham are on an unbeaten run themselves of five – and notably these are five straight wins.

Date Game Res Score Competition
29 Oct 2018 Tottenham v Manchester City L 0-1 Premier League
31 Oct 2018 West Ham United v Tottenham W 1-3 League Cup
03 Nov 2018 Wolverhampton v Tottenham W 2-3 Premier League
06 Nov 2018 Tottenham v PSV Eindhoven W 2-1 Champions League
10 Nov 2018 Crystal Palace v Tottenham W 0-1 Premier League
24 Nov 2018 Tottenham H v Chelsea W 3-1 Premier League

By way of comparison, Manchester City are on a run of 13 without defeat.   Liverpool are on a run of two without defeat.  Chelsea are on a run of none, having lost at the weekend, and Manchester United are on a run of one – a goalless draw with Palace.

So it is Arsenal and Manchester City streaking out ahead in the undefeated lists.

And while we are thinking about goals here is another set of lists

  • Sergio Agüero: 8 goals, 121 minutes per goal
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 8 goals, 118 minutes per goal.
  • Raheem Sterling: 7 goals, 134 minutes per goal
  • Eden Hazard: 7 goals, 125  minutes per goal
  • Mohamed Salah: 7 goals, 160 minutes per goal
  • Harry Kane: 7 goals, 166 minutes per goal.

All of which makes Mr Augameyang the most effective scorer of multiple goals in the league at the moment.

That Mr Kane takes over three quarters of an hour more to score a goal than Pierre Emerick.  Quite a lot really.  And this probably explains why Arsenal have scored more goals than Tottenham (28 to 23).

But the big worry is that Tottenham away record.  They are in fact top of the away charts…

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 8 7 0 1 15 6 9 21
2 Liverpool 7 5 2 0 12 4 8 17
3 Manchester City 6 4 2 0 13 1 12 14
4 Chelsea 6 4 1 1 13 4 9 13
5 Arsenal 6 4 1 1 16 10 6 13
Of course a lot of this is due to the fact that they can’t bear to be at home, as it reminds them of being told off by the Advertising Standards Authority for false advertising about New WHL proclaiming that it is open for Champions League games when actually it isn’t. And of course playing away means that Totteham are able to play on grass rather than mud.

Arsenal’s home form reads

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 7 7 0 0 27 4 23 21
2 Liverpool 6 5 1 0 14 1 13 16
3 Everton 7 5 1 1 13 6 7 16
4 Chelsea 7 4 3 0 15 7 8 15
5 Arsenal 7 4 2 1 12 6 6 14

So we’re going to have to up our game while they take their foot off the pedal for us to win.

Last season, incidentally both clubs scored exactly the same number of league goals.  And in fact last season was when Tottenham started to evolve their away strategy, being the second best performer away from home across the whole season with  10 wins, four draws, five defeats.   On the other hand last season at home we had 15 wins, two draws and two defeats, so I’m hopeful it will all work out.

If the flights work out ok I should be back just in time to get to the ground to watch the game so the lads had better make it worth it or I shall be jolly cross.

Total

66%

23

35

  1. Aleksandar Mitrovic

    Fulham

    167  per goal

    1166  played

    7Goals scored

    1 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    47%

    17

    36

  2. Glenn Murray

    Brighton

    142  per goal

    994  played

    7Goals scored

    0 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    60%

    9

    15

  3. Callum Wilson

    Bournemouth

    191  per goal

    1147  played

    6Goals scored

    4 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    52%

    14

    27

  4. Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Everton

    182  per goal

    1092  played

    6Goals scored

    2 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    57%

    12

    21

  5. Sadio Mané

    Liverpool

    177  per goal

    1062  played

    6Goals scored

    1 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    62%

    16

    26

  6. Anthony Martial

    Man Utd

    119  per goal

    711  played

    6Goals scored

    0 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    91%

    10

    11

  7. Richarlison

    Everton

    155  per goal

    930  played

    6Goals scored

    0 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    75%

    12

    16

  8. Leroy Sané

    Man City

    119  per goal

    593  played

    5Goals scored

    4 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    56%

    9

    16

  9. Alexandre Lacazette

    Arsenal

    179  per goal

    896  played

    5Goals scored

    2 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    46%

    11

    24

  10. David Silva

    Man City

    185  per goal

    926  played

    5Goals scored

    2 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    73%

    11

    15

  11. Joshua King

    Bournemouth

    173  per goal

    864  played

    5Goals scored

    1 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    47%

    7

    15

  12. Marko Arnautovic

    West Ham

    180  per goal

    901  played

    5Goals scored

    1 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    59%

    16

    27

  13. Álvaro Morata

    Chelsea

    151  per goal

    754  played

    5Goals scored

    0 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    67%

    14

    21

  14. André Schürrle

    Fulham

    204  per goal

    1021  played

    5Goals scored

    0 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    54%

    14

    26

  15. Roberto Pereyra

    Watford

    225  per goal

    1127  played

    5Goals scored

    0 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    50%

    10

    20

  16. Erik Lamela

    Tottenham

    110  per goal

    438  played

    4Goals scored

    1 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    67%

    8

    12

  17. Pedro

    Chelsea

    135  per goal

    539  played

    4Goals scored

    1 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    44%

    7

    16

  18. Riyad Mahrez

    Man City

    145  per goal

    578  played

    4Goals scored

    1 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    58%

    11

    19

  19. Jamie Vardy

    Leicester

    194  per goal

    777  played

    4Goals scored

    1 Assists

    Shots on target

    Total

    54%

    13

    24

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