Majority of the EPL Match day 29 fixtures were played today. Some were tipped to be exciting encounters with the possibilities of major upsets. 14 teams participated in today’s games with 7 matches played.
- The early kickoff saw West Brom welcome Arsenal to the Hawthorns and run out victorious with a 3:1 win against the Gunners with defender, Craig Dawson grabbing a brace from 2 well executed set pieces. They countered each other with a 4-2-3-1 formation
The second set of games after the early game kicked off with 5 games running simultaneously.
- Chelsea were made to dig deep at the Brittania before stealing a 2:1 win against Stoke in a hotly contested encounter. Chelsea deployed their characteristic 3-5-2 while the potters countered with a 4-4-2
- Everton thrashed Hull City 4 nil. A second thrashing and clean sheet against their opponents in 2 consecutive weeks. Everton deployed a 4-1-4-1 while Hull fell prey with a 5-4-1 formation
- Leicester ran out 3:2 winners against West Ham at the Olympic stadium. Leicester deployed a 4-4-2 formation while the hammers responded with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
- Crystal Palace had one over Watford with a 1 nil win at Selhurst Park. Palace deployed a 4-2-3-1 while Watford responded with a 4-5-1 formation.
- Sunderland and Burnley played out a goalless draw at the stadium of light. 4-3-3 formation by Moyes’ men against Sean Dyche’s 4-4-2
- The late game of the day saw an entertaining and attacking minded Bournemouth beat Swansea by 2 goals to nil at home. Bournemouth deployed a 4-4-2 formation while Swansea deployed a 4-1-4-1
All in all, an exciting day and some exciting fixtures with goals and events to talk about. The numbers for the matches played so far on this match day are below:
- 19 goals were scored on the day
- Home sides scoring 13 goals and away sides scoring 6
- 2 red cards on the day. 1 each to Hull and Stoke
- Most used formations on the day were 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1. Deployed by 4 teams each
- Possession Lords were Arsenal – 77%. This counted for nothing s they lost
- Pass masters were Arsenal with another 750 inconsequential passes
- 5 clean sheets on the day. Everton, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Burnley
- Most fouls on the day was committed by Stoke City – 16
- 20 yellow cards brandished on the day
- West Ham and Arsenal received no cards
- Stoke City garnered the most number of cards – 6
- Only 1 game produced no goal – Sunderland vs Burnley
- 1 penalty on the day, awarded to stoke City
- Everton scored the most goals – 4, with Hull at the receiving end and conceding the most
All in all, impressive numbers based on which perspective you see from. Everton once again emerging as stand out performers today with the rout of Marco Silva's supposedly rejuvenated Hull side.