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By Bulldog Drummond
Now the chances are that as you come to read this you are also watching the Arsenal women game on TV – and if not why not? But please do also continue to read. (This is a case of very split loyalties here). The preview of the Arsenal Women game, in case you missed it, is here:
Anyway back to the 4.30pm match, and to finish our range of previews here is the regular data on tackles, fouls and yellow cards…
|Team||Tackles pg||Fouls pg||YellowS PG|
Which shows us that in an average game Arsenal will tackle less than Tottenham, be called out for fouls slightly more than Tottenham, but still get fewer yellow cards than Tottenham.
Our comparison with Chelsea also shows that Chelsea has become a total basket case – something that the media has once again chosen to ignore (unless of course we believe that football journalists are total dodos who don’t even know that Chelsea are tackling so much more than Arsenal – but surely that could never be! I mean, football journalists are all well-informed. Aren’t they?)
Anyway leaving that aside, how do the figures relate to each other…
Interestingly the referees are letting Chelsea get away with many more tackles (in fact almost a third more) before they call a foul, than is the case with Arsenal. Although once a foul has been called the foul is more likely to be a yellow for Chelsea.
This is a pattern we have seen before. The clubs that tackle a lot can get away with many more tackles before a foul is called, but once a foul is called it is more likely to be called as a yellow with these clubs, than with clubs that tackle less.
And this is how it is with Tottenham. They get away with more tackles before a foul is called, than Arsenal do. As a result, they get away with more tackles before a yellow cards is waved, than Arsenal do. But when we look at the number of fouls they can commit before they get a yellow, it is smaller than the number for Arsenal.
But let’s move on…
The Mirror is utterly certain that Arsenal’s deal to sign Mudrck is off, as shown through headlines such as “Mudryk deal hijacked by Blues in last-gasp drama” and “Arsenal told they’ve been ‘bullied’ by Chelsea after Mudryk transfer hijacked” – which perhaps would be a little embarrassing for them coming hot on the heels of “Mudryk Arsenal debut pencilled in as Arsenal on verge of completing transfer,” and “Transfer news live – Mudryk Arsenal debut hint,” if they were capable of understanding such an emotion.
What they want us to believe is that Arsenal cocked up – but it is equally possible that it was the Daily Mirror that totally misread what was going on. But to be fair on journalists in general, at least the BBC have got a greater grip on reality as they consider that a major point to think about re this afternoon’s game is that, “Arsenal are on an 11-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, while Spurs have lost five of their last 11,”
They don’t give a team but predict Arsenal will win 0-3.
But as for the team, the Standard predict
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka;
Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli
The Independent also give us the same line up – and as usual after four identical predictions it seems silly to go on.
So there we are, as ever we wait and see.
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