xG Southampton Tottenham September 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map Saints Spurs

By Soccer Blog | Sep 21, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from Southampton vs Spurs on 20 September, 2020. Tottenham won this game 5-2, but it was a lot closer on the expected goals scoreboard, as can be seen below.

xG Southampton 2.47-2.24 Tottenham (Actual score Saints 2-5 Spurs)

xG Southampton vs Tottenham 2020

xG of individual goals in Saints 2-5 Tottenham

1-0 Ings goal xG 0.06
1-1 Son first goal xG 0.13
1-2 Son second goal xG 0.36
1-3 Son third goal xG 0.28
1-4 Son fourth goal xG 0.59
1-5 Kane goal xG 0.65
2-5 Ings penalty goal xG 0.80

Other notable missed chances in Southampton vs Spurs

Adams 20′ xG 0.70, Adams 10′ xG 0.42

Full time post match stats in Southampton vs Tottenham September 20, 2020

FT Post Match Stats Southampton 2-5 Tottenham 2020

Newspaper Player Ratings OGC Nice 0-3 PSG 2020 | How did Mbappe, Icardi, Atal, Thuram & Schneiderlin perform?

By Soccer Blog | Sep 21, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for Nice vs PSG on 20 September 2020 from the big French newspapers. An important win for Paris Saint-Germain, who beat Patrick Vieira’s men 3-0 in this away clash.

L’Equipe player ratings OGCN Paris SG 2020

L’Equipe were very happy with the performances of Kylian Mbappe and Keylor Navas on the PSG side. For Nice, Atal and Thuram both had forgettable games. Kamara the only NIce player to emerge with some kind of credit.

Player Ratings Nice PSG 2020 L'Equipe

OGC Nice player ratings vs PSG 2020 from Nice Matin newspaper

Nice player ratings vs PSG Nice Matin 2020

PSG player ratings vs Nice 2020 from Le Parisien paper Continue Reading >>

Dennis Praet goal vs Burnley 2020 | Great hit from outside the box for Leicester

By Soccer Blog | Sep 21, 2020

This Dennis Praet goal vs Burnley was a superb hit from Leicester’s Belgian star as he sealed the game for the Foxes in their league game on 20 September, 2020. The Praet goal against Burnley came in the 79th minute and was Leicester’s fourth of the game- they ended up winning 4-2. Continue Reading >>

Juventus vs Sampdoria 2020 Goals 3-0 Kulusevski Ronaldo Bonucci

By Soccer Blog | Sep 21, 2020

Juventus vs Sampdoria 2020 (Juve-Samp 2020)

Final score and result: Juventus vs Sampdoria 3-0 (Kulusevski, Bonucci, Ronaldo)

Juventus Stadium, Turin- 20 September, 2020

Dejan Kulusevski scores his first goal for Juventus as they kick off the Pirlo era with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria Continue Reading >>

xG Chelsea Liverpool 0.92-2.69 September 20 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map CFC LFC

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from Chelsea vs Liverpool on 20 September, 2020. The Reds won this clash 2-0, and perhaps deservedly so, but Chelsea were their own worst enemies. Christensen was red carded on the stroke of half time when the game was still 0-0; Kepa gifted Mane his second goal and Jorginho missed a second half penalty.

XG Chelsea 0.92-2.69 Liverpool (Actual score Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool)

xG Chelsea Liverpool September 20 2020

xG of individual Liverpool goals vs Chelsea

0-1 Mane header goal xG 0.34
0-2 Mane second goal xG 0.87

Notable missed chances by both Liverpool and Chelsea

Jorginho missed penalty xG 0.76
Gini Wijnaldum late miss xG 0.78 (This was in the 92nd minute after Salah’s initial effort had taken a deflection off Kepa)

For Chelsea, few chances, but some, like the early promising one on the counter for Timo Werner in the 19th minute, where he was stopped by Fabinho, would obviously not register on xG.

FT post match stats CFC v LFC September 2020

Full time post match stats Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool 2020

xG Arsenal West Ham 1.33-2.32 September 19 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map AFC WHUFC

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from Arsenal vs West Ham on September 19, 2020. The Gunners perhaps a tad lucky to shade this one- West Ham had several good chances, most of which fell to Michail Antonio, who wasn’t able to make the most of them.

xG Arsenal 1.33-2.32 West Ham (Actual score Arsenal 2-1 West Ham)

xG Arsenal vs West Ham September 19 2020

xG of individual goals in Arsenal 2-1 West Ham

1-0 Lacazette goal xG 0.38
1-1 Antonio goal xG 0.62
2-1 Nketiah goal xG 0.57

xG of some notable West Ham missed chances vs Arsenal 19 September 2020

xG of Ogbonna 5th minute header- 0.12
xG of Antonio 53rd minute missed chance- 0.56
xG of Antonio 66th minute missed chance- 0.10 + 0.46 (first header rebounds off bar, then Leno falls over and Antonio gets a second chance but Arsenal escape)

Full time stats Arsenal 2-1 West Ham

Full time post match stats Arsenal West Ham 2020

Chelsea vs Liverpool 2020 Goals 0-2 Sadio Mane Christensen Red Card | Full Time Post Match Stats

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

Chelsea vs Liverpool 2020 (CFC-LFC 2020)

Final score and result: Chelsea vs Liverpool 0-2 (Mane*2)

Stamford Bridge, London- 20 September, 2020

Andreas Christensen’s red card costs Chelsea dear as they go down to Liverpool. A rare penalty miss from Jorginho as well. Continue Reading >>

Dejan Kulusevski goal vs Sampdoria 2020 | Kulusevski first goal for Juventus on debut | Precise Finish

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

This Dejan Kulusevski goal vs Sampdoria was a lovely, precise finish that saw the Swedish youngster score on debut for Juve in their league clash today (September 20, 2020). It came after 12 minutes and was also Juve’s first league goal of the 2020/21 season. Continue Reading >>

Bad Kai Havertz first touch vs Liverpool 2020 Incident | Havertz ball into touch from Zouma clearance

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

This bad Kai Havertz first touch vs Liverpool was another example of the struggle the youngster is having to fit into top flight football in England. Havertz had an unspectacular debut against Brighton- he passed one straight to the sideline there, and here his first touch lets him down from Kurt Zouma’s clearance. Instead of controlling the ball, it goes straight into touch for a Liverpool through. Interestingly, when the Christensen red necessitated a change, it was Havertz who was replaced at half time Continue Reading >>

Jorginho penalty miss vs Liverpool 2020 Alisson Save | Thiago foul on Werner to concede penalty

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

This Jorginho penalty miss vs Liverpool saw Chelsea miss a spot kick in a competitive league game for the first time since April 2017. Jorginho’s penalty was saved by Reds goalkeeper Alisson in the 75th minute, with Chelsea 2-0 down at that stage. Interestingly, it was a Thiago Alcantara foul on Timo Werner that lead to the spot kick in the first place! Continue Reading >>

Horrible Kepa mistake vs Liverpool 2020 for Sadio Mane second goal against Chelsea

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

This horrible Kepa Arrizabalaga mistake vs Liverpool was the latest in a list of high profile blunders from the Chelsea goalkeeper. This Kepa error v Liverpool today effectively gifted Sadio Mane his second goal- the goalkeeper wanted to pass it to Jorginho, but it ended up being intercepted by Mane, who gleefully tucked it away to make it 2-0. Great pressure from Mane though to force the error. Continue Reading >>

Yves Bissouma red card Newcastle 2020 | Bissouma vs Jamal Lewis Foul | Studs in the face

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

This Yves Bissouma vs Jamal Lewis incident saw the Brighton player showing his studs in Lewis’ face while attempting a backheel flick in their league game on 20 September, 2020. The Bissouma red card v Newcastle came a minute from time, with VAR ruling it was a red card- studs in the face of Lewis Continue Reading >>

Andreas Christensen foul on Mane 2020 | Christensen red card vs Liverpool | VAR

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

This Christensen red card vs Liverpool saw the Danish defender sent off for denying Sadio Mane a goal scoring opportunity in Chelsea’s game against the Reds today. The Christensen dismissal v Liverpool came in the 45th minute- on the stroke of half time. He was originally given a yellow by Paul Tierney, but it was upgraded to a red card following VAR intervention Continue Reading >>

Southampton vs Tottenham 2-5 Heung Min Son Goals 2020 Kane 4 Assists Ings Full Time Post Match Stats

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

Southampton vs Tottenham 2020 (Saints-Spurs 2020)

Final score and result: Saints vs Tottenham 2-5 (Ings*2/Son*4, Kane)

St.Mary’s, Southampton- 20 September, 2020

Heung-Min Son scores four goals, ALL assisted by Harry Kane, who then scores a fifth himself as Spurs come from behind to beat Southampton 5-2. Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Conor Grant goal vs Wimbledon 2020 for Plymouth Argyle | Great PAFC strike

By Soccer Blog | Sep 20, 2020

This Conor Grant goal vs AFC Wimbledon (VIDEO BELOW) was a spectacular hit from the Plymouth Argyle player in their third division game on 19 September, 2020. The Grant goal v Wimbledon for Argyle came in the 45th minute- a superb left footed strike from distance. The game ended in a 4-4 draw Continue Reading >>

Arsenal vs West Ham 2-1 Goals 2020 Lacazette Nketiah Antonio Full Time Post Match Stats

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

Arsenal vs West Ham 2020 (AFC-WHUFC 2020)

Final score and result: Arsenal vs West Ham 2-1 (Lacazette, Nketiah/Antonio)

Emirates Stadium, London- 19 September, 2020

Eddie Nketiah scores a late winner as Arsenal make it two wins out of two by beating West Ham Continue Reading >>

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace 1-3 Goals 2020 Wilfried Zaha Townsend VDB Full Time Post Match Stats

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

Click here for xG stats Man Utd vs Palace September 19 2020

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace 2020 (Man Utd-Palace 2020)

Final score and result: Man Utd vs Palace 1-3 (Van de Beek/Townsend, Zaha*2)

Old Trafford, Manchester- 19 September, 2020

Drama galore as Manchester United begin their season with a 3-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace Continue Reading >>

GIF Video James McCarthy vs Bruno Fernandes tackle incident 2020 | Bruno Dive or genuine reaction?

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

This James McCarthy vs Bruno incident (VIDEO BELOW) saw McCarthy tackle Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes, who went down to the ground immediately. Bruno’s reputation as a diver lead to mixed reactions among social media- some were of the opinion that he went down too easily and made a meal of the challenge, while others thought it was a genuine reaction to the tackle (you can see McCarthy clipping him and making contact). A controversial incident nevertheless. Continue Reading >>

xG Manchester United Crystal Palace 1.34-1.75 19 September 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from Manchester United vs Crystal Palace on 19 September, 2020. United dominated possession and made nearly thrice as many passes, but were shaded on the expected goals scoreboard by Palace.

xG Man U 1.34-1.75 Palace (Actual Score Man Utd 1-3 CPFC)

xG Manchester United Palace 2020

xG of individual goals in Man United 1-3 Palace

0-1 Townsend goal xG 0.29 Continue Reading >>

xG Leeds Fulham 1.41-1.66 September 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map LUFC FFC

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from Leeds vs Fulham on 19 September, 2020. LUFC edged this battle between the two promoted teams, but as xG and the full time post match stats show, this was a tight game.

xG Leeds 1.41-1.66 Fulham (Actual score Leeds 4-3 Fulham)

xg Leeds Fulham 2020


xG of individual goals in Leeds vs Fulham 4-3

1-0 Helder Costa goal xG 0.07
1-1 Mitrovic penalty xG 0.80
2-1 Klich penalty xG 0.80
3-1 Bamford goal xG 0.05
4-1 Helder Costa second goal xG 0.10
4-2 Bobby Reid goal xG 0.25
4-3 Mitrovic second goal xG 0.10

Full time post match stats LUFC 4-3 Fulham

Full time post match stats LUFC vs FFC 2020

xG Everton West Brom 3.81-0.33 September 2020 | Expected Goals Shots Map & Full Time Stats

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Everton vs West Bromwich Albion on 19 September, 2020. The Toffees coasted to a 5-2 win courtesy a hat trick from Dominic Calvert Lewin (the youngest English player to do so for Everton since Tony Cottee).

xG Everton 3.81-0.33 West Bromwich Albion (Actual score Everton 5-2 WBA)

xG Everton West Brom 2020

xG of individual goals in Everton 5-2 WBA

0-1 Diangana goal xG 0.05
1-1 DCL first goal xG 0.79
2-1 James Rodriguez goal xG 0.03
2-2 Matheus goal xG 0.05
3-2 Michael Keane goal xG 0.69
4-2 DCL second goal xG 0.68
5-2 DCL third goal xG 0.12

Full time post match stats Everton 5-2 West Brom

Full time post match stats Everton vs West Brom 2020

GIF Video Oussama Tannane free kick goal vs Sparta Rotterdam for Vitesse Arnhem | Great strike

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

This Oussama Tannane goal vs Sparta (VIDEO BELOW) was some strike from the Vitesse Arnhem player in their league game on 19 September, 2020. The Tannane free kick v Sparta Rotterdam came in the 27th minute and put Vitesse 1-0 up in the game- a superb, superb long range set piece from the winger, definitely worth the watch! Continue Reading >>

Gio Reyna goal vs Gladbach 2020 for Dortmund | Jude Bellingham assist | First league goal for Reyna

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

This Gio Reyna goal vs Borussia Monchengladbach was a goal created by two 17 year olds, with Jude Bellingham assisting Gio Reyna for BVB’s opener in the 37th minute of the game. This goal was also Reyna’s first league goal for Dortmund- a special occasion for the youngster, son of Claudio Reyna Continue Reading >>

Newspaper Player Ratings Bayern 8-0 Schalke 2020 | How did Leroy Sane, Musiala, Gnabry perform?

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for Bayern vs Schalke from the big German newspapers. An almost perfect start to the new league season for Bayern, with Leroy Sane impressing on debut and the club getting a new youngest ever league goal scorer in the form of Jamal Musiala.

Bild player ratings Bayern vs Schalke September 2020

Every single Bayern Munchen starter with the exception of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defenders Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez got the highest possible player ratings in Bild. At the other end, as you might expect, low ratings for everyone at S04, a fixture of 5’s and 6’s. Young Musiala also got a 1 off the bench for FCB.

Bild Player Ratings Bayern 8-0 Schalke 2020

Abendzeitung Munchen player rating Bayern-Schalke 8-0

AZ were a little less liberal with their 1 player rating, giving it to only three players- Joshua Kimmich, hat trick Serge Gnabry and Sane. All four starting Bayern Munich defenders were given a rating of 3.

AZ Player Ratings FC Bayern S04 2020
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xG Bayern Munich Schalke 4.03-0.15 September 18 2020 | Expected Goals & Shots Map FCB S04

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from Bayern Munich vs Schalke on 18 September, 2020. Bayern dominated this game, and put eight past the poor Royal Blues, with Serge Gnabry netting a hat trick.

xG Bayern Munich 4.03-0.15 Schalke (Actual score Bayern 8-0 Schalke)

xG Bayern Munich Schalke 2020

Check out newspaper player ratings for Bayern vs Schalke 8-0

xG of individual Bayern goals vs Schalke

1-0 Gnabry first goal xG 0.07
2-0 Goretza goal xG 0.05
3-0 Lewandowski penalty xG 0.73
4-0 Gnabry second goal xG 0.33
5-0 Gnabry third goal xG 0.35
6-0 Muller goal xG 0.07
7-0 Sane goal xG 0.42
8-0 Musiala goal xG 0.06

xG of some chances missed by Bayern against Schalke

Lewandowski 5′ xG 0.40, Goretzka 41′ xG 0.37, Kimmich 24′ xG 0.39, Tolisso 63′ xG 0.41

Not much for poor Schalke though- their five shots didn’t really account for much on the expected goals scoreboard.

Full time stats from the game (FC Bayern on the left, S04 on the right)

Full time post match stats Bayern vs Schalke 2020

Kieran Gibbs slaps James Rodriguez Incident | Gibbs red card vs Everton 2020 | Slaven Bilic sent off

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

This Kieran Gibbs vs James incident saw the West Brom defender sent off for slapping Toffees star James Rodriguez in the face in their game on 19 September, 2020. The Gibbs red card against Everton came in the 45th minute, with Albion trailing 2-1 in the game after having taken the lead through Grady Diangana. Following the Gibbs dismissal was a red card to West Brom boss Slaven Bilic from referee Mike Dean Continue Reading >>

Video Raul Ruidiaz goal vs LAFC 2020 for Seattle Sounders | Great first touch & nice finish

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

This Raul Ruidiaz goal vs Los Angeles FC (VIDEO BELOW) was a very nice strike from the Seattle Sounders star, again underlining his quality. The Ruidiaz goal vs LAFC came in the 82nd minute- Seattle’s third and final one of the game. Nice first touch and finish Continue Reading >>

Unbelievable Robert Lewandowski rabona assist for Thomas Muller goal vs Schalke 2020 & Alphonso Davies reaction

By Soccer Blog | Sep 19, 2020

This Robert Lewandowski rabona assist vs Schalke for Thomas Muller’s goal was a piece of wizardry from Bayern Munich’s Polish striker as he produced a lovely bit of skill to set up Bayern Munich’s sixth of the game against the Royal Blues. The Muller goal vs Schalke came in the 69th minute- a decent finish, but Lewy’s rabona assist will hog all the headlines. Also check out Alphonso Davies’ reaction to the Lewandowski assist Continue Reading >>

Great Speed- Timo Werner pace vs Brighton 2020 example- Ruben Loftus Cheek bad pass & missed chance

By Soccer Blog | Sep 18, 2020

This Timo Werner vs Brighton incident was an example of just how quick the German international can be, as he raced off the blocks on the counter. This would’ve been a goal for the Blues, but for RLC messing up the last pass. Werner is really, really fast, as can be seen here, and Blues fans would’ve loved seeing his speed Continue Reading >>

Newspaper Player Ratings PSG 1-0 Metz 16 September 2020 | Diallo, Bakker, Sarabia

By Soccer Blog | Sep 17, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for PSG vs Metz from the big French newspapers. Paris SG dominated the game, but needed a goal from Julian Draxler in stoppage time to take home all three points.

L’Equipe player ratings PSG Metz 2020

Abdou Diallo and Mitchel Bakker, the two surprise PSG starters against Metz, didn’t fare too well in L’Equipe’s player ratings. The former was sent off in the fixture while the latter was replaced by Bernat in the second half.

PSG’s team rating of 5.3/10 just about edged Metz (5.2/10) in L’Equipe’s eyes.

Player Ratings PSG vs Metz 2020 L'Equipe Newspaper

Le Parisien newspaper PSG player ratings vs FCM 2020

Poor outing for most of PSG’s defenders, and Diallo and Bakker in particular, according to local paper Le Parisien. Sarabia didn’t fare too well either, but Angel di Maria got a 7/10 rating- the best of the Paris SG players on show.

PSG player ratings vs Metz 2020 Le Parisien

xG PAOK Benfica 0.59-1.14 Champions League Qualifying 2020 | Expected Goals Shots Map & Full Time Post Match Stats

By Soccer Blog | Sep 16, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from PAOK vs Benfica in the Champions League. PAOK won the game 2-1- an upset given the odds before the fixture, and a look at the expected goals statistics and match stats reveals that Benfica had their chances, but didn’t take them.

xG PAOK 0.59-1.14 Benfica (Actual score PAOK 2-1 Benfica)

One of PAOK’s goals was an own goal from Jan Vertonghen, which doesn’t have a xG value attached to it. PAOK had eight shots (two on target) and less than 30% of possession. Benfica had a couple of big chances but didn’t make the most of them.

xG PAOK Benfica Champions League

Full time post match stats PAOK 2-1 Benfica

Full Time Post Match Stats PAOK vs Benfica 2020

Click here for PAOK vs SL Benfica 2020 Player Ratings as well as Paper reaction in Portugal to the Benfica loss. This was also a game when the new Adidas UCL Match Ball for 2020/21 was seen in action.

Official- New Adidas Champions League Match Ball 2020/21 season | Pictures of Adidas UCL Finale 20 Game Ball

By Soccer Blog | Sep 16, 2020

This is the new Adidas Champions League Match Ball 2020/21, the official football to be used during Champions League games in the 2020/21 season. Named the Finale 20, the game ball officially debuted in the third qualifying round of the 20/21 Champions League earlier this week. Here are some pics of the red, white and blue football made by Adidas for the competition. The words “Official Match Ball” can be seen on it, along with the star design of the Champions League, as shown by the pictures below.

Champions League Match Ball 2020 21
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Portuguese newspaper front page headlines and reaction to Benfica losing to PAOK in UCL | Abola, Record, O Jogo & Correio da Manha

By Soccer Blog | Sep 16, 2020

Here is a look at the front pages from the big Portuguese newspapers (Abola, O Jogo, Record and Correio da Manha) on 16 September, 2020 following the PAOK 2-1 Benfica Champions League loss that saw SLB knocked out of the Champions. Benfica invested nearly 80 million euros in the summer to strengthen their squad, but were knocked out by a goal from Andrija Zivkovic, a player they themselves released on a free transfer to cut costs. Not surprisingly, Zivkovic’s past connection with Benfica and the economic damage to SLB due to the goal dominated the newspapers.

ABOLA Front page reaction PAOK 2-1 Benfica

Abola pointed out the irony that a former Benfica player had knocked the club out of the Champions League.

Abola Frontpage PAOK 2-1 Benfica

Record newspaper headline to PAOK vs Benfica

Record pointed out that Zivkovic had cost the club 40 million euros more!

record headline PAOK Benfica
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Newspaper Player Ratings PAOK 2-1 Benfica Champions League 15 September 2020 | Vertonghen, Seferovic, Everton

By Soccer Blog | Sep 16, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for PAOK vs Benfica from the big Portuguese newspapers. SLB were shocked in Greece, and to add insult to injury, it was a former Benfica player (Andrija Zivkovic) who scored the winner to knock them out of the Champions League.

Correio da Manha player ratings PAOK Benfica

Everton the only outfield Benfica player to emerge with an element of credit in Correio da Manha’s player ratings, with a 7. A 4/10 rating for the trio of Jan Vertonghen, Adel Taarabt and Haris Seferovic from CdM. The paper also thought German referee Felix Brych had a decent evening (7/10) for him.

Player Ratings PAOK vs Benfica Champions League Corrieo da Manha

Record newspaper player ratings PAOK vs SLB

Ratings out of 5 from Record, and they gave Seferovic a 1/10 player rating. Everton again the best SLB outfield player in their eyes, along with Vlachodimos and Ruben Dias.

Player Ratings PAOK 2-1 Benfica Record Newspaper

O Jogo player ratings PAOK-Benfica 2-1 Continue Reading >>

xG Brighton Chelsea 1.44-1.27 September 14 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map BHAFC CFC

By Soccer Blog | Sep 15, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Brighton vs Chelsea on 14 September, 2020. The game finished 3-1 in favour of Chelsea, but the expected goals stats shows that BHAFC gave the Blues a good run for their money. Chelsea also had a penalty to open the game from midfielder Jorginho.

xG Brighton 1.44-1.27 Chelsea (Actual score Brighton 1-3 Chelsea)

xG Brighton Chelsea 2020

xG of individual goals in Brighton vs Chelsea

0-1 Jorginho penalty xG 0.76
1-1 Trossard goal xG 0.02
1-2 James goal xG 0.02
1-3 Zouma goal xG 0.04

xG of some important Brighton missed chances v Chelsea

Neal Maupay 25 header miss xG 0.33
Lewis Dunk 59′ header miss xG 0.50
Aaron Conolly 46′ miss xG 0.30

The full time post match stats also suggest that it wasn’t an one-sided affair.

Full time post match Stats Brighton 1-3 Chelsea 2020

Kai Havertz misplaced pass vs Brighton 2020 on debut | Havertz bad pass to nobody on the sideline

By Soccer Blog | Sep 15, 2020

Click here for Havertz bad first touch vs Liverpool example

This bad Kai Havertz pass vs Brighton saw the new Chelsea signing literally pass to nobody on the sideline during their league clash on 14 September, 2020. As it tends to be with the internet, the misplaced Havertz pass against BHAFC quickly became viral, more so given that Chelsea had splashed out big bucks for him. It was also his competitive debut for Chelsea Continue Reading >>

xG PSG Marseille 2.22-0.50 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map for Paris SG OM Le Classique 13 September 2020

By Soccer Blog | Sep 14, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for PSG vs Marseille on 13 September, 2020. OM won the game 1-0 thanks to Thauvin’s goal, earning a rare Classique victory and condemning PSG to two opening defeats in a new league season for the first time in 36 years. Paris had plenty of chances and should’ve definitely scored at least once (if not twice), but weren’t able to.

xG PSG 2.22-0.50 Marseille (Actual score PSG 0-1 Marseille)

xG of some big PSG chances vs Marseille

Marco Verratti 2′ miss xG (0.59)
Pablo Sarabia 57′ miss xG (0.45)
Neymar 69′ miss xG (0.68)

xG PSG Marseille 2020

The missed chances explain why Neymar and Sarabia and their team mates were rated poorly in the PSG OM paper player ratings.

Marseille had a total xG of 0.50, out of which Thauvin’s match winning goal had a xG of 0.40

Also, check out the full time post match stats (for comparison alongside the xG shots map above) Continue Reading >>

Newspaper Player Ratings PSG 0-1 Marseille 2020 Le Classique | Neymar, Di Maria, Boubacar Kamara, Florenzi, Mandanda

By Soccer Blog | Sep 14, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for PSG vs Marseille from the big French newspapers. Paris SG were beaten 1-0, with Florian Thauvin scoring the winner, the first time since 1984/85 that they have lost their opening two games of a new league season.

L’Equipe player ratings Paris OM Le Classique

France’s premier sports newspaper gave Neymar and Angel di Maria a 3/10, and PSG a 4.2/10 team rating. The only Paris SG players to emerge with some kind of credit in their eyes were debutant Florenzi (7/10) and Thilo Kehrer (5/10), with everyone else, including coach Thomas Tuchel, rated a 4/10 or below.

On the Marseille side, Steve Mandanda was the pick of the players with a 9/10 rating, with Boubacar Kamara just behind him with a 8/10. Gueye and Lopez, the two surprise starters ahead of Benedetto and Strootman, were both poor in L’Equipe’s eyes, with a 4/10 for them.

Player Ratings PSG Marseille 2020 L'Equipe
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Video Aster Vranckx miss vs Oostende 2020 for Mechelen | Worst open goal miss ever?

By Soccer Blog | Sep 13, 2020

This Aster Vrancx miss vs KV Oostende (VIDEO BELOW) was a horror open goal miss from the Mechelen teenager in his side’s Belgian league clash against Oostende on September 12, 2020. The Vrancx miss vs KVO came midway through the second half, with the game tied at 0-0. After he missed this glorious opportunity, Oostende rubbed salt on the wounds with a late winner that saw them take home all three points. Perhaps even worse than this Yannick Bolasie miss vs Preston a few days ago. Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Irvin Cardona goal vs Dijon 2020 | Great volley finish for Brest

By Soccer Blog | Sep 13, 2020

This Irvin Cardona goal vs Dijon (VIDEO BELOW) saw some great technique employed by the Stade Brestois player as he sealed victory for his side in their league game on 13 September, 2020. The Cardona goal vs DFCO came in the 95th minute- lovely finish from a tight angle, and gave Brest a 2-0 win Continue Reading >>

Newspaper Player Ratings France 4-2 Croatia Nations League 2020- Martial, Griezmann, Nzonzi

By Soccer Blog | Sep 9, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for France vs Croatia from the French and Croatian newspapers. We’ve collated these ratings from three different papers. The Nations League game ended 4-2 in favour of Didier Deschamps’ France- the same scoreline as the 2018 WC final.

L’Equipe player ratings France vs Croatia 2020

L’Equipe thought there wasn’t much to choose between the two sides on the day, giving France a team rating of 4.9/10 as opposed to 4.8 for Croatia. Antoine Griezmann and Anthony Martial get 7’s, but not a great day for the French backline.

Player Ratings France 4-2 Croatia 2020 L'Equipe

24 Sata Croatian newspaper ratings for France-Croatia 4-2

France Croatie Player Ratings 24Sata Croatian Newspaper

Le Parisien France player ratings vs Croatia Nations League Continue Reading >>

xG Brest Marseille 1.95-1.26 | Expected Goals Shots Map Stade Brestois OM & Full Time Stats

By Soccer Blog | Aug 31, 2020

It was Lens against Nice last weekend, and it ended up being Brest-Marseille in Game Week 2. A fixture that the lesser fancied team edged on xG, but weren’t quite able to convert into points.

xG Brest Marseille 1.95-1.26 (Actual Score Brest 2 Marseille 3)

xG Brest OM 2020

xG of individual goals

0-1 Marseille Florian Thauvin xG (0.05)
0-2 Marseille Caleta-Car xG (0.49)
1-2 Brest Faivre xG (0.06)
1-3 Marseille Caleta-Car xG (0.06)
2-3 Brest Charbonnier xG (0.52)

xG of some major chances that didn’t result in goals

Charbonnier 66′ xG (0.32)- for SB29
Tavares 88′ xG (0.29)- for SB29
Balerdi 84′ xG (0.46)-for OM

Brest had been taken to the cleaners last weekend by Nimes, but put on a much improved performance in what was a very open game against Andre-Villas Boas’ side. Continue Reading >>

2019/20 season- Percentage of Domestic Players in the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1

By Soccer Blog | Aug 28, 2020

Here is a look at the percentage of domestic players in each of the top five European leagues (England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy) for the 2019/20 season courtesy Italian newspaper GdS. Some interesting stats regarding domestic and foreign player composition.

Which major European football league has the greatest percentage of domestic players?

The league with the highest percentage of domestic players is Spain’s La Liga with 60.2%

What is the percentage of domestic players in the Premier League?

Only 37% of the players in the PL for 19/20 were domestic- the lowest percentage among the big five European footy leagues. Therefore 63% of the players in the Prem were foreign.

Percentage of Domestic Players in European Leagues
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Spanish Newspaper Headlines & Reaction to Messi wanting to leave Barcelona | Diario Sport, Marca, AS, L’Esportiu Frontpage August 26 2020

By Soccer Blog | Aug 26, 2020

Here is how some of the big Spanish sports newspapers (Sport, Marca, AS, MD and L’Esportiu) reacted to the news of Lionel Messi wanting to leave Barca. Frontpage headlines for August 26, 2020 (Wednesday)

Sport newspaper headline

Barca based Sport went with the headline Iguerra Total– “Total War”, pretty much summing up the position of the two sides.

Barcelona Newspaper Sport Reaction to Messi wanting to leave

Madrid paper Marca Front Page reaction (Y Estallo la Bomba- “And the Bomb Exploded”) Continue Reading >>

xG PSG Bayern 1.02-1.59 Champions League Final 2020 | Expected Goals Stats Map Paris SG Munich UCL

By Soccer Blog | Aug 23, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for the PSG vs Bayern Munich Champions League final, a fixture the German giants edged 1-0 on 23 August, 2020 thanks to Kingsley Coman’s header on the hour mark. A tight game, perhaps shaded by Bayern, but PSG did have their chances as shown on this expected goals map. Data from two different xG data models.

Model 1| xG PSG 1.02-1.59 Bayern Munich (Actual score Paris SG 0-1 FC Bayern)

xg Bayern PSG Champions League Final 2020

xG of Bayern winning goal: Kingsley Coman header goal 59′ (xG 0.40)

xG of some big missed chances for PSG

Kylian Mbappe miss 45′ xG (0.31)- shot straight at Manuel Neuer
Marquinhos missed chance 70′ xG (0.32)- again saved by Neuer
Neymar missed chance 18′ xG (0.06)- promising chance on counter, denied by Neuer Continue Reading >>

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