Soccer News: Premier League data dive: Fernandes shines as Manchester United lose to Tottenham

    An impressive finish by Bruno Fernandes helped Manchester United claim their place in the top four with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Wednesday.

    The Portugal midfielder fired into the top right corner, adding Fred to the opener to lead the Red Devils to a well-deserved victory over Antonio Conte’s side, who are now only four points behind.

    Elsewhere, Newcastle United went on to have a great start to the season, with Chelsea holding on to Brentford as West Ham paid a penalty to lose to Liverpool at Anfield.

    Here, Stats Perform selects the best Opta facts from an intriguing environment in the Premier League.

    Manchester United 2-0 Tottenham: Fernandes continues Spurs’ hooliganism with the Red Devils

    Wednesday’s headline clash saw United pick up an important victory over third-placed Spurs, Erik ten Hag’s second win at home in the Premier League against top three opponents (also 3-1 against Arsenal). in September).

    That’s the same number of home wins against teams from the top three as their predecessors Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick won each other in competition.

    Fernandes was the star of the show, creating nine chances – the most for a player in a Premier League game this season and the most in the competition since Fernandes himself in September 2021 (10 against Aston Villa).

    The hosts also silenced the Spurs strikers during a controlled game – Harry Kane failed to score in 13 of 17 matches against United in the Premier League, more than against any other opposition.

    The win was United’s fourth in their last four Premier League encounters with Tottenham, the first between April 2009 and October 2010.

    Liverpool 1-0 West Ham: Alisson and Nunez hand the Reds a hard-fought victory

    At Anfield, Liverpool sealed Sunday’s victory over Manchester City with a 1-0 win over West Ham, extending their unbeaten streak to 29 home matches (W22 D7).

    Darwin Nunez scored the only goal, which was also Liverpool’s 100th Premier League goal against West Ham, the fourth team against which they reached a century in the competition.

    The goal was also the 800th conceded by West Ham in the Premier League, a feat previously only achieved by Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham.

    The Hammers were given a chance to respond before half time, but Jarrod Bowen saw his penalty saved by Alisson. Since the start of the 2020/21 season, no team has conceded more penalties in the Premier League than West Ham’s six.

    Newcastle United 1-0 Everton: Solid Toon continues to rise

    Newcastle’s Eddie Howe recorded a 1-0 win over Everton at St James’ Park, recording their fifth clean sheet of the Premier League season – a result only Manchester City can match.

    In truth, the Magpies’ rearguard has never been seriously tested: Everton’s single shot in this match was their worst result in a Premier League game since data collection began in the 2003-2004 season (also against Chelsea in November 2016 ).

    Newcastle are sixth in the league table at the start of the season, combining that solidity with an eye for spectacle – only Leicester City (six) can improve their lead by scoring five Premier League goals from outside the box this season .

    Match winner Miguel Almiron, meanwhile, has scored five goals in 11 league appearances this season, matching his previous 64 appearances.

    Brentford 0-0 Chelsea: Bees hold tight in West London derby

    Chelsea are yet to be beaten under Graham Potter, but the Blues boss has seen his side lose points in the league for the first time in his time at Brentford.

    The Blues’ notorious lack of creativity came to the fore as they hit just five of their 14 shots (36 percent), three of which came after the 85th minute.

    Despite not starting the match, Mateo Kovacic was directly involved in seven of Chelsea’s 14 shots, creating four game chances, eclipsing his teammates.

    However, the Croatian has failed to lead his side to victory and Brentford have kept a clean sheet in the Premier League for the second consecutive time, most recently in the first two games of the tournament in August 2021.

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