xG Arsenal vs Leicester 0.96-0.86 October 25 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map AFC LCFC

By Soccer Blog | Oct 26, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Arsenal vs Leicester on 25 October, 2020. The Foxes came away with all three points thanks to Jamie Vardy’s late winner.

xG Arsenal 0.96-0.86 Leicester (Actual score Arsenal 0-1 Leicester)

xG Arsenal vs Leicester October 25 2020

0-1 Jamie Vardy goal xG 0.35

xG of some key/notable chances in Arsenal vs Leicester

Maddison 2′ chance xG 0.03 (spotted Leno off line, went for long range shot)
Lacazette 28′ header chance xG 0.12
Bellerin 68′ chance 0.06 (volley in space, parried by Schmeichel)
Vardy 92nd minute chance xG 0.41

Full time post match stats Arsenal v Leicester

Full time post match stats Arsenal vs Leicester 2020

Video Jermain Defoe goal vs Livingstone 2020 | 300th career goal for Defoe- nice finish for Rangers Tavernier assist

By Soccer Blog | Oct 25, 2020

This Jermain Defoe goal vs Livi saw the veteran strike score his 300th career goal with a lovely finish to put Steven Gerrard’s Rangers 2-0 up in their league clash on 25 October, 2020. The Defoe goal against Livingston came in the 16th minute- fine assist from Tavernier as well. Continue Reading >>

Jamie Vardy goal vs Arsenal 2020 | Nice Tielemans pass in build up for Leicester

By Soccer Blog | Oct 25, 2020

This Jamie Vardy goal vs Arsenal saw the Leicester forward score a late winner for the Foxes against the Gunners in their league game on October 25, 2020. The Vardy goal v Arsenal came in the 80th minute- lovely pass from Youri Tielemans in the buildup to the goal Continue Reading >>

Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 Robert Lewandowski Goals Hat trick Sane Musiala

By Soccer Blog | Oct 25, 2020

Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt 2020 (Bayern-Eintracht 2020)

Final score and result: Bayern vs Frankfurt 5-0 (Lewandowski*3, Sane, Musiala)

Allianz Arena, Munich

Bayern lose Alphonso Davies to a serious looking ankle injury early in the game, but Robert Lewandowski’s impressive goal scoring run continues as his hat trick powers them past Eintracht Continue Reading >>

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 3-0 Goals 2020 Ruhr Derby Akanji Hummels Haaland

By Soccer Blog | Oct 25, 2020

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 2020 (BVB-S04 2020)

Final score and result: Dortmund vs Schalke 3-0 (Akanji, Haaland, Hummels)

Westfalenstadion, Dortmund

Three second half goals see Dortmund bounce back from their disappointing midweek loss to Lazio as they beat Schalke 3-0 Continue Reading >>

xG Liverpool Sheffield United 2.76-1.69 October 24 2020 | Expected Goals & Post Match Stats LFC SUFC

By Soccer Blog | Oct 25, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Liverpool vs Sheffield United on 24 October, 2020. The Reds came from behind to take this clash 2-1 thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota.

xG Liverpool 2.76-1.69 Sheff Utd (Actual score Liverpool 2-1 SUFC)

xG Liverpool Sheffield United 2020

xG of individual goals in Liverpool 2-1 Sheff Utd

0-1 Sander Berge penalty xG 0.80
1-1 Roberto Firmino goal xG 0.72
2-1 Diogo Jota goal xG 0.30

Some other notable key chances in LFC vs Sheff United

Sadio Mane 41′ xG 0.35- His header was parried by Henderson, and Firmino scored from the rebound
Mo Salah 81′ chance xG 0.58- Hit post
Ollie McBurnie 21′ xG 0.32 (good position, but shoots wide)
Ben Osborn 24′ chance xG 0.07 (saved by Alisson)

Full time post match stats Liverpool 2 Sheffield United 1

Full time stats liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United 2020

Lucas Digne red card vs Southampton 2020 | Digne tackle on KWP

By Soccer Blog | Oct 25, 2020

This Lucas Digne red card vs Southampton saw the Everton defender sent off for a foul on Kyle Walker Peters in their clash earlier today. The Digne vs Walker Peters incident took place in the 72nd minute, with the French left back appearing to clip KWP’s heel from behind. The referee viewed it to be a dangerous challenge and issued him a red card Continue Reading >>

Jacob Murphy free kick goal vs Wolves 2020 | Clever equaliser- curls around the wall

By Soccer Blog | Oct 25, 2020

This Jacob Murphy goal vs Wolves was a clever free kick from the Magpies winger, who curled his effort around the wall to give his side an equaliser in their game earlier today. Should Rui Patricio have done better? Perhaps yes, but quality execution from Murphy under pressure to give Newcastle a late point against Wolves Continue Reading >>

Video Lewis Ferguson penalty vs Celtic 2020 | 3-3 equaliser for Aberdeen | McGregor tackle on McLennan

By Soccer Blog | Oct 25, 2020

This Lewis Ferguson penalty vs Celtic saw Aberdeen snatch a point in the 92nd minute of their clash against Neil Lennon’s side earlier today (October 25, 2020). The Ferguson penalty came after a poor Callum McGregor foul on McLennan that saw the referee point to the spot Continue Reading >>

xG West Ham Man City 0.26-0.89 October 2020 | Expected Goals Stats of missed chances & Shots map WHUFC MCFC

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for West Ham vs Man City on October 24, 2020. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, with Michail Antonio’s stunning opener cancelled out by Phil Foden.

xG West Ham 0.26-0.89 Man City (Actual score West Ham 1-1 Man City)

xg West Ham Man City 2020

1-0 Antonio goal xG 0.11
1-1 Foden goal xG 0.07

Missed Sterling chance xG 0.33 (saved by Fabianski)
Missed Mahrez chance 90+3′ xG 0.12
Missed Fornals chance 83′ xG 0.03

Full time post match stats WHUFC 1-1 Manchester City

Full Time Post Match Stats West Ham 1-1 Manchester City 2020

VVV Venlo vs Ajax 0-13 24 October 2020 | xG Expected Goals Shots Map & Post Match Stats | Biggest ever Eredivisie win | Beats 12-1 Vitesse win in 1972

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

Ajax Amsterdam hammered VVV Venlo 13-0 away from home today (October 24, 2020), thus setting a new Eredivisie record. The biggest ever Dutch top flight win previously was also by Ajax, in the form of their 12-1 win over Vitesse in 1972, but this 13-0 win has broken that record.

Five goals and three assists for Lassina Traore here. Seven different goal scorers for Ajax.

23 shots on target for Ajax in this 13-0 win over VVV!

Four goals in the first half, 9 in the second half (all nine after VVV Venlo’s red card)

Interesting, this 13-0 win today comes exactly 10 years after PSV Eindhoven thrashed Feyenoord 10-0 on 24 October, 2010!

xG VVV 0.18-7.47 Ajax (Actual score VVV 0-13 Ajax)

Sequence of goals in VVV vs Ajax 0-13 & xG stats (expected goals)

VVV 0-1 Ajax (Jurgen Ekkelenkamp goal 13′, Lassina Traore assist) xG 0.58
VVV 0-2 Ajax (Lassina Traore first goal 17′, Antony assist) xG 0.28
VVV 0-3 Ajax (Lassina Traore second goal 32′, Tagliafico assist) xG 0.55
VVV 0-4 Ajax (Dusan Tadic goal 44′, Klaiber assist) xG 0.11
VVV 0-4 Ajax (Christiaan Kum red card 52′)
VVV 0-5 Ajax (Lassina Traore third goal 54′)
VVV 0-6 Ajax (Antony goal 55′, Lassina Traore second assist) xG 0.32
VVV 0-7 Ajax (Jurgen Ekkelenkamp second goal 57′, Gravenberch assist) xG 0.40
VVV 0-8 Ajax (Daley Blind goal 59, Lassina Traore third assist) xG 0.06
VVV-Ajax 0-9 (Lassina Traore fourth goal 65, Antony second assist) xG 0.39
VVV vs Ajax 0-10 (Huntelaar penalty goal 74′) xG 0.81
VVV 0-11 Ajax (Huntelaar second goal 76′, Ekkelenkamp assist)
VVV 0-12 Ajax (Lisandro Martinez goal 78′, Zakaria Labyad first assist) xG 0.04
VVV 0-13 Ajax (Lassina Traore fifth goal 87′, Labyad second assist) xG 0.33

xG VVV Venlo vs Ajax 2020 0

Full time post match stats VVV Venlo vs Ajax 0-13

VVV 0-13 Ajax Full Time Post Match Stats

Predicted Lineups PSG Dijon 2020 | French newspapers give possible starting XI for Paris SG DFCO

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

Here is a look at the expected lineups for PSG vs Dijon on October 24, 2020 from the big French newspapers. The Parisians will be keen to bounce back after losing 2-1 at home in midweek to Manchester United in the Champions League.

Edit– 19.00 UK- here are the actual lineups

Actual Lineups PSG Dijon

L’Equipe predicted starting lineup for Paris Saint Germain vs Dijon 2020

Thomas Tuchel has hinted that both Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe may be on the bench for this clash given their recent workloads. Bernat, Kehrer, Verratti, Paredes, Gueye and Icardi are all injured for PSG, while Kurzawa and Di Maria are suspended.

Predicted Lineup PSG vs Dijon 2020 L'Equipe

Le Parisien paper probable XI for Paris vs Dijon

The predicted back four and the goalkeeper are same for both L’Equipe and Le Parisien- Rico, Bakker, Diallo, Marquinhos and Dagba.

Probable lineups Paris Dijon 2020

xG Aston Villa Leeds 1.45-2.68 October 23 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map AVFC LUFC

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Aston Villa vs Leeds on October 23, 2020. LUFC won the game 3-0 thanks to a hat trick from Patrick Bamford, thus ending Villa’s 100% start to the season.

xG Aston Villa 1.45-2.68 Leeds United (Actual score AVFC 0-3 LUFC)

xG Aston Villa vs Leeds 2020

xG of individual goals in Villa vs Leeds 0-3

0-1 Bamford first goal xG 0.65
0-2 Bamford second goal xG 0.05
0-3 Bamford third goal xG 0.09

xG of some other key chances in Villa vs Leeds

xG of great Grealish chance vs Villa 52 minute- 0.51 (great run, but shoots at keeper)
xG of Grealish chance 26 min- 0.20 (cleared off line by Ayling)
xG of Konsa chance 54 min- 0.12 (great save by Meslier)
xG of Hernandez chance 84 min- 0.28

Full time post match stats for comparison AVFC 0-3 Leeds 2020

Aston Villa vs Leeds Post Match Full time stats 2020

GIF Video Yakou Meite goal vs Rotherham 2020 for Reading | Outrageous kick & knee slide celebration

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

This Yakou Meite goal vs Rotherham United (VIDEO BELOW) was an outrageous hit from the Ivory Coast forward in Reading’s league game earlier today. This Meite goal v Rotherham was one of two he scored in the game- Reading won the fixture 3-0 Continue Reading >>

Video- Very Awkward Pep Guardiola Post Match interview after West Ham draw 2020 | Guardiola Matt Smith interview incident

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

This Pep Guardiola interview with Matt Smith was a very, very awkward one after his City team drew 1-1 against the Hammers. Smith starts with “How do you analyse that?” and Guardiola initially responds well, but it becomes very awkward towards the end (especially in the last 20 or 30 seconds), with short answers from Guardiola and long pauses for the interviewer, and it ends somewhat abruptly. Continue Reading >>

Controversial Harry Maguire foul on Azpi Incident 2020 | Maguires “chokes” Azpilicueta, no penalty given

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

This Harry Maguire vs Azpi incident was a controversial one with Red Devils defender Maguire appearing to get his arms around the throat of Cesar Azpilicueta as the latter was about to jump for a header. No penalty was given for this challenge Continue Reading >>

Historic Ansu Fati goal vs Real Madrid 2020 | 17 years & 357 days- Youngest ever scorer goal in El Clasico

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

This Ansu Fati goal vs Real Madrid saw the Barca teenager write himself into the history books as the youngest ever goal scorer in El Classico history. The Ansu goal v Real came in the 8th minute of their clash today. Fati was 17 years and 357 days at the time of the goal, breaking the previous record of Raul Gonzalez (18 years and 95 days) Continue Reading >>

Video Alphonso Davies ankle injury vs Eintracht Frankfurt Incident 2020 | Davies substituted early

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

This Alphonso Davies injury vs Eintracht Frankfurt saw the Bayern star suffer a serious looking ankle injury in the early stages of their league game today (October 24, 2020). The Davies injury against Eintracht saw him being subbed off after just 3 minutes, with Lucas Hernandez coming on for him Continue Reading >>

Sander Berge penalty vs Liverpool 2020 | Fabinho tackle on McBurnie- free kick upgraded by VAR referee Andre Marriner

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

This Fabinho tackle on McBurnie was an on-field free kick that was upgraded to a penalty by VAR referee Andre Marriner, and Sander Berge sent Alisson the wrong way from the spot to put the Blades 1-0 up earlier today against the Reds. It was also the first time that United have taken the lead in a league game this season. Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Mario Vrancic free kick goal vs Wycombe Wanderers 2020 | Vrancic winner for Norwich

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

This Mario Vrancic goal vs Wycombe (VIDEO BELOW) was a fantastic free kick from the Norwich star that proved to the match winning goal for the Canaries in their league clash earlier today. The Vrancic free kick vs Wycombe came in the 91st minute and put NCFC 2-1 ahead. Continue Reading >>

Michail Antonio overhead kick goal vs Man City 2020 | Great Antonio bicycle kick for West Ham

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

This Michail Antonio goal vs Man City was a stunning bicycle kick from the Hammers forward as he put his side ahead with their first shot of the game in the clash between the two sides earlier today. The Antonio overhead kick v City came in the 18th minute- good strength to hold off Ruben Dias and fine technique to get the ball past Ederson. An assist for Vladimir Coufal, who provided the cross Continue Reading >>

Patrick Bamford goals vs Aston Villa 2020 | Bamford hat trick for Leeds

By Soccer Blog | Oct 23, 2020

These Patrick Bamford goals vs Villa saw the Leeds striker become the fifth player in the modern PL era to score a hat trick at Villa Park after Chris Sutton, Robbie Fowler, Gareth Bale and Sergio Aguero. The Bamford hat trick v Villa took his Leeds tally to six goals in the opening six games of the seasons for the Whites- only Eric Cantona had as many at the same stage for Leeds in a previous PL campaign.Leeds won the game 3-0. Continue Reading >>

Player and Referee Ratings Man City Porto Champions League 2020 | Newspapers criticise Andris Treimanis

By Soccer Blog | Oct 22, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for Manchester City vs Porto from the major Portuguese and European newspapers. Man City won the game 3-1, but referee Andris Treimanis came in for a fair bit of criticism for his performance, as can be seen in these paper ratings below.

L’Equipe player ratings Manchester City FCP 3-1

L’Equipe gave Andris Treimanis a referee rating of 2/10 for his performance here. Among the players, none of them got over 6 from either side from the French paper.

Man City 3-1 Porto Player Ratings 2020 L'Equipe

Correio da Manha Portuguese player ratings Man City vs Porto 2020

Portuguese paper CdM also gave Treimanis a 2/10 rating as referee.

Man City vs Porto Player Ratings 2020 Correio da Manha

Record newspaper ratings Man City 3 Porto 1 October 21, 2020

Record, who give points out of 5, had Treimanis as a 1 for his performance in this game. Continue Reading >>

Newspaper Player Ratings Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid 2020 Champions League | Joao Felix, Luis Suarez

By Soccer Blog | Oct 22, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for Bayern Munich 4-0 Atletico Madrid on October 21, 2020 from the big Spanish and German newspapers. A disappointing defeat for Diego Simeone’s men against the reigning European champions. Kingsley Coman with a brace for Bayern.

Bild player ratings (1 very good, 5 very bad) for Bayern Atletico Madrid 2020

Bayern Atletico Madrid Player Ratings 2020 Bild

L’Equipe player ratings Bayern Munchen-Atletico Madrid 4-0 UCL

Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid Player Ratings 2020 L'Equiipe
Continue Reading >>

Player Ratings Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk 2020 | Spanish Newspapers rate Real’s stars after shocking 2-3 Champions League loss

By Soccer Blog | Oct 22, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk on October 21, 2020 from the big Spanish and European newspapers. Real shockingly slumped to a 3-2 loss at home despite Shakhtar having several first team players unavailable due to Covid-19.

AS player ratings Real Madrid 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk 2020

Of Real’s starting XI, only Thibault Courtois, Federico Valverde and Casemiro were deemed worthy of a rating by Diario AS.

Real Madrid Shakhtar Donetsk Player Ratings Champions League

L’Equipe player ratings Madrid vs Donetsk UCL 2020

French paper L’Equipe gave Real Madrid a team rating of 3.4/10, and gave the likes of Luka Jovic and Rodrygo a 2/10 player rating!

Real Madrid Chakhtior Player Ratings L'Equipe

Sport paper player ratings Real Madrid-Shakhtar 2-3 21 October, 2020

And finally, we have Diario Sport’s player ratings. Courtois the best rated Real Madrid player in their books with a 7/10.

Real Madrid 2-3 Shakhtar Player Ratings Champions League

xG Ajax Liverpool 1.37-1.20 Champions League October 21 | Expected Goals Shots Map & Full Time Post Match Stats

By Soccer Blog | Oct 21, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from Ajax vs Liverpool in the Champions League on 21 October, 2020. LFC prevailed 1-0 thanks to an own goal from Nicolas Tagliafico on 35 minutes, and walked away with all three points from the Amsterdam Arena.

xG Ajax Liverpool 1.37-1.20 (Actual score Ajax 0-1 Liverpool)

xG Ajax Liverpool Champions League 2020

No xG for Tagliafico own goal as a xG value cannot be assigned.

xG of some key big chances for Ajax against Liverpool

Quincy Promes 33′ chance- xG 0.63, straight at keeper
Dusan Tadic 44′ chance- xG 0.35, shoots over
Davy Klaassen 46′ chance- xG 0.03, beats Adrian but hits the post
Mo Salah 40′ chance- xG 0.12
Gini Wijnaldum 73′ header chance- xG 0.07

Full time post match stats Ajax v Liverpool CL

Full time post match stats Ajax 0-1 Liverpool 2020 Champions League

xG Rennes Krasnodar 2.55-1.25 Champions League 2020 | Expected Goals Shots Map SRFC FC Krasnodar

By Soccer Blog | Oct 21, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Rennes vs Krasnodar in the Champions League on October 20, 2020. Stade Rennais dominated this game in terms of chances created, but Krasnodar, making their UCL group stage debut, were able to hold them to a 1-1 draw.

xG Rennes 2.55-1.25 Krasnodar (Actual score Rennes 1-1 Krasnodar)

xG SRFC Krasnodar Champions League

xG of individual goals in Rennes vs Krasnodar 1-1

Guirassy penalty 56′ 1-0 xG 0.75
Cristian Ramirez goal 59′ xG 0.03

Some other notable key chances in SRFC-Krasnodar LDC

Guirassy 90+6′- xG 0.57
Tait 87′- xG 0.26
Tait 71′-xG 0.18
Guirassy 9′- xG 0.06
Bourigeaud 4′- xG 0.07

Berg 32′- xG 0.38
Kaio 45′- xG 0.50

Full time CL post match stats Rennes 1-1 Krasnodar (SRFC on left, FCK on right)

full time stats rennais 1-1 krasnodar 2020

Newspaper Player Ratings PSG vs Manchester United 2020 UCL October 20 | De Gea, Telles, Wan-Bissaka

By Soccer Blog | Oct 21, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for PSG vs Man Utd on October 20, 2020 in the Champions League from the big French and other European newspapers. United prevailed 2-1 in Paris thanks to Marcus Rashford’s 87th minute strike.

L’Equipe player ratings Paris SG vs Man Utd Champions League

7 for Keylor Navas in the Paris SG goal, but poor for the rest of their outfield players. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got a manager rating of 7/10, soundly beating his counterpart Thomas Tuchel (4/10 rating). L’Equipe were also not impressed with the performance of Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz, giving him a 4/10 referee rating for his performance.

PSG vs Manchester United Player Ratings 2020 Champions League

Diario Sport player ratings PSG vs MU 2020

Spanish newspaper Sport had the troika of David de Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Rashford as United’s best players on the evening, giving each of them a 8/10 rating.

PSG Man United Player Ratings Sport Newspaper 2020

PSG player ratings v Manchester United Champions League Group Stage (Le Parisien paper)

Le Parisien were very, very unhappy with PSG’s players. With the exception of Navas and Kurzawa, none of the other Paris Saint-Germain starters got a rating higher than 4/10.

PSG player ratings vs Man U 2020 Champions League Le Parisien

Telegraph UK player ratings for Paris v MUN

Telegraph player ratings PSG 1-2 Man Utd 2020

Spanish Newspaper Player Ratings Chelsea vs Sevilla Champions League October 20 2020

By Soccer Blog | Oct 21, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings from Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla in the Champions League. The Spanish newspapers regarded this as a clear win for Sevilla- a very away good result for the Andalusians in the scheme of things. Also check out the xG stats for Chelsea Sevilla– not much by way of chances here.

Fernando the pick of the players for Sevilla, he’s the only player to get three stars in both AS and local paper Diario de Sevilla. Mostly single and double stars for the rest.

Diario AS player ratings Chelsea v Sevilla UCL

Chelsea vs Sevilla Player Ratings 2020 AS

Diario de Sevilla player ratings Chelsea-Sevilla

Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla Player Ratings Diario de Sevilla

Diario Sport ratings Chelsea Sevilla CL

Sport gave Sevilla a team rating of 6.7/10 as opposed to 5.5 for Frank Lampard’s Blues. Gudelj and Fernando both got 8/10, but no Chelsea player above 6 in their eyes.

Player Ratings CFC Sevilla Sport Newspaper

L’Equipe ratings for Chelsea vs Sevilla MD1 Champions League

Chelsea Sevilla Player Ratings L'Equipe

Spanish Newspaper Player Ratings Barcelona vs Ferencvaros 2020 Champions League | Ansu, Messi, Pedri, Trincao, Nguen

By Soccer Blog | Oct 21, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for Barca v Ferencvaros from the big Spanish and European newspapers. Barcelona won this clash 5-1, but had Gerard Pique red carded midway through the second half.

Diario Sport player ratings Barca vs Ferencvaros

8/10’s for the quartet of Ansu, Messi, Philippe Coutinho and Pedri from Sport. A mix of 6’s and 7’s for the rest, with Pique getting a player rating of 5/10. Overall, Barcelona got a team rating of 6.7, with Ferencvaros being given a 5.2/10.

Barcelona 5-1 Ferencvaros Player Ratings Sport 2020

L’Equipe player ratings Barcelona 5-1 Ferencvaros October 20 2020

L’Equipe were less generous with their ratings. No one scored over 7, and the entire Ferencvaros backline got a 3/10 player rating. They however liked Nguen, giving him a 6/10. Ronald Koeman got a manager rating of 6/10 while his opposite number Rebrov was given a 5/10.

Player Ratings Barcelona 5-1 Ferencvaros 2020 L'Equipe

Diario AS player ratings FCB Ferencvaros UCL

Three stars for both Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi from AS. Two Ferencvaros players- Kovacevic and Civic, didn’t get a player rating at all from the paper.

Barcelona Ferencvar Player Ratings 2020

xG Chelsea Sevilla 0.39-0.28 Champions League | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map CFC Sevilla

By Soccer Blog | Oct 21, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Chelsea vs Sevilla in the Champions League on 20 October, 2020. The game ended in a 0-0 draw- the first clean sheet of the season for Frank Lampard’s CFC.

xG Chelsea 0.39-0.28 Sevilla (Actual score Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla)

xG Chelsea vs Sevilla October 20 2020 Champions League

xG of some key/notable individual chances in Chelsea vs Sevilla 0-0

Gudelj 18′ header xG 0.04 (deflected off Zouma, good save from Mendy)
Werner 31′ xG 0.10 (straight at Bounou)
Suso header 44′ xG 0.07
Zouma 48′ xG 0.07 (free header)
Chilwell 59′ header xG 0.07
Joan Jordan 67’volley xG 0.05

Full time post match stats Chelsea Sevilla 0-0

Post Match Stats Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla UCL 2020

The first 0-0 draw of the 2020/21 Premier League season | WBA vs Burnley 2020 | xG and Full Time Post Match Stats from Goalless draw

By Soccer Blog | Oct 20, 2020

Which was the first 0-0 (goalless draw) game of the 20/21 Premier League season?

The first 0-0 result of the 2020/2021 Premier League season came in the West Bromwich Albion vs Burnley game on October 19, 2020. This match (No.47 of the regular league season in Game Week 5) ended in a goalless stalemate.

What was the first draw of the 2020/21 Premiership season?

The first draw was the 3-3 result between Chelsea and West Brom on 26 September, 2020 (Round 3). So, very interestingly, WBA were involved in both the first score draw of the season as well the first goalless draw! A nice stat to remember for the trivia and quiz folks!

xG (Expected goals stats) for West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Burnley October 19, 2020

xG WBA 1.06-1.14 Burnley (Actual score WBA 0-0 Burnley)

The game did produce enough chances for at least a goal to be scored by either side, as seen in these xG stats.

xG West Brom vs Burnley 2020 October

Full time post match stats from West Brom vs Burnley

WBA 0-0 Burnley Full Time Post Match Stats

xG Dynamo Kyiv Juventus 0.48-2.03 Champions League | Expected Goals Shots Map Stats Dinamo Juve

By Soccer Blog | Oct 20, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Dynamo Kyiv vs Juventus in the Champions League on 20 October, 2020. Italian champions Juve prevailed 2-0 thanks to Alvaro Morata’s brace, and this was perhaps one of those cases where the xG metrics more of less reflected the actual scoreline.

xG Dynamo 0.48-2.03 Juventus (Actual score Dynamo 0-2 Juve)

xG Dynamo Kyiv Juventus Champions League

xG of individual goals in Dynamo vs Juventus 0-2

0-1 Morata xG 0.70 (scores from rebound after goalkeeper spills shot)
0-2 Morata xG 0.39

xG of some other notable Juventus chances v Dynamo

Chiellini 13′ header xG 0.46
Kulusevski 34′ chance xG 0.22

Newspaper player ratings Real Madrid vs Cadiz October 2020 | Shocker for RMA ahead of El Clasico

By Soccer Blog | Oct 19, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for Real Madrid vs Cadiz from the Spanish newspapers. Real were upset 1-0 by Cadiz at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium, and the player ratings from Spain’s big media outlets don’t look too good for Zinedine Zidane’s side, as can be seen below.

Sport player ratings Real Madrid 0-1 Cadiz October 2020

Lots of 3/10 player ratings for Real from the Sport newspaper. Courtois gets a 6/10, but below average for everyone else, with Real getting a team rating of 3.4, as compared to the 7.3/10 team rating for Cadiz.

real madrid vs cadiz player ratings sport

AS paper player ratings Real Madrid vs Cadiz

Diario AS thought nearly half of the Real Madrid starting XI, including the likes of Ramos and Marcelo, didn’t deserve a player rating for this performance! Even the replacements didn’t impress AS.

Real Madrid 0-1 Cadiz Player Ratings 2020 AS

Mundo Deportivo ratings RMA Cadiz

Finally, on to MD, who thought Cadiz manager Alvaro Cervera thoroughly outsmarted his opposition number Zidane (4 stars to 1 for Zizou)

Player Ratings Real Madrid Cadiz October 2020 Mundo Deportivo

xG Tottenham West Ham 1.78-1.50 October 18 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map Spurs

By Soccer Blog | Oct 19, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Tottenham vs West Ham on 18 October, 2020. The game ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw, with West Ham coming from behind to take home an unlikely looking point after a much improved second half performance.

xG Tottenham 1.78-1.50 West Ham (Actual score Spurs 3-3 West Ham)

xG Tottenham 3-3 West Ham 2020

xG of individual goals in Tottenham vs West Ham 3-3

xG of Son goal v West Ham (1-0) 0.06
xG of Kane first goal v West Ham (2-0) 0.06
xG of Kane second goal v West Ham (3-0) 0.51
xG of Balbuena goal v Spurs (3-1) 0.08
xG of Davinson Sanchez own goal (no xG because it’s an own goal)
xG of Lanzini goal v Spurs (3-3) 0.01

xG of some other key chances in Spurs 3 West Ham 3

Pablo Fornals missed header 50′ xG 0.77 (missed an open goal header, some doubts over whether he was offside though)
Heung Min Son chance 35′ xG 0.60 (saved by Fabianski)
Gareth Bale missed chance 90+1′ xG 0.29
Michail Antonio chance from corner 7′ xG 0.15

Full time post match stats Tottenham 3-3 West Ham

Full time post match stats Spurs 3-3 West Ham 2020

Gareth Bale missed chance vs West Ham 2020 on second Spurs debut | Bale late miss & Yarmolenko defending

By Soccer Blog | Oct 18, 2020

This late Gareth Bale miss vs West Ham saw the forward, making his second Tottenham debut, fail to make the most of a good chance in stoppage time. Not the easiest one, but would’ve made it 4-2 and sealed the game if he had finished. Some good tracking back and defensive work from Andriy Yarmolenko as well. Continue Reading >>

Spanish Newspaper Player Ratings Getafe vs Barcelona October 17 2020 | Dest, De Jong, Griezmann, Dembele

By Soccer Blog | Oct 18, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings from Getafe vs Barcelona on 17 October, 2020. Getafe won the clash 1-0 thanks to Jaime Mata’s second half penalty, resulting in a first defeat for Ronald Koeman as Barcelona manager. Here is a look at the player ratings from several different Spanish newspapers.

AS player ratings Getafe vs Barca 2020

AS thought the trio of Griezmann, Dembele and De Jong didn’t deserve a player rating at all!

Getafe vs Barcelona 2020 Player Ratings AS Newspaper

Sport newspaper player ratings Getafe 1-0 Barcelona October 2020

Getafe FCB player ratings October 2020 Sport Newspaper

Mundo Deportivo player ratings Getafe-Barca Continue Reading >>

Fantastic Manuel Lanzini goal vs Spurs 2020 | Superb 94th minute 3-3 equaliser for West Ham

By Soccer Blog | Oct 18, 2020

This Manuel Lanzini goal vs Tottenham was a superb effort into the top corner from the Argentine star to steal a point for West Ham at the death against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs. The Lanzini goal v Spurs came in the 94th minute, and allowed West Ham to draw this game 3-3. A great goal from outside the box, and his celebrations said it all! Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Controversial Aguero Sian Massey Ellis Incident 2020 | Kun touches neck of female linesman / assistant referee

By Soccer Blog | Oct 18, 2020

This controversial Sergio Aguero Sian Massey Ellis incident (VIDEO BELOW) saw the Argentine striker come under severe criticism on social media for touching the neck of the female lineswoman during their league game. Aguero was arguing with Sian Massey Ellis at the time of the incident, and she brushed his hand off Continue Reading >>

xG Everton Liverpool 1.35-2.65 October 17 2020 | Expected Goals & Shots Map EFC vs LFC

By Soccer Blog | Oct 17, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from Everton vs Liverpool on 17 October, 2020. The Merseyside derby at Goodison Park ended in a draw for the fourth game in succession, but there were plenty of talking points in this fixture.

xG Everton 1.35-2.65 Liverpool (Actual score Everton 2-2 Liverpool)

xG Everton vs Liverpool October 17 2020

xG of individual goals in Everton vs Liverpool 2-2

0-1 Mane goal xG 0.43
1-1 Keane goal xG 0.15
1-2 Salah goal xG 0.08
2-2 DCL goal xG 0.33

xG of some key missed chances in Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Henderson 5′ header xG 0.38, blocked by Lucas Digne
Richarlison 59′ header xG 0.38, hits post
Salah 39′ attempt xG 0.05, in space after one-two with Thiago, but weak shot at keeper
Joel Matip 77′ header xG 0.11, great save from Pickford
Mane 83′ xG 0.29, Jota 83′ chance 0.13, Mane 83′ chance 0.20- three chances in one move for Liverpool

Full time post match stats from Everton v LFC 2020 for comparison (EFC on left, LFC on right)

Full time Post Match Stats Everton 2-2 Liverpool October 17 2020

French Newspaper Player Ratings Nimes 0-4 PSG October 16 2020 | How did Mbappe, Kean, Rafinha play?

By Soccer Blog | Oct 17, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for Nimes vs PSG on October 16, 2020 from the big French newspapers. With Paris SG missing several first choice players, Nimes would’ve thought they were in with a chance, but an early red card to Loick Landre put paid to those hopes. PSG ran out 4-0 winners, with Kylian Mbappe scoring a brace and Alessandro Florenzi and Pablo Sarabia netting one each.

L’Equipe player ratings Nimes vs PSG

Kylian Mbappe the pick of the Paris SG players according to L’Equipe, earning a 8/10 player rating for his performance. Not so much for Moise Kean, who was the lowest rated PSG player on the evening.

On the Nimes Olympique side, goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet had a good game, as did medio Andres Cubas.

PSG debutant Rafinha, the recipient of Landre’s foul (a nasty kick to the ribs), got a 7/10.

Nimes vs PSG Player Ratings 2020 L'Equipe

Le Parisien PSG player ratings vs NO 2020

Mbappe again the best rated PSG player according to Le Parisien, with Florenzi and Rafinha behind him.

PSG player ratings vs Nimes 2020 October 16

Great Yussuf Poulsen goal vs Augsburg 2020 | Fantastic Poulsen volley

By Soccer Blog | Oct 17, 2020

This Yussuf Poulsen goal vs Augsburg was an absolutely superb first time volley from the Danish star in Leipzig’s game against FCA earlier today. The Poulsen volley goal against Augsburg came in the 66th minute and put Leipzig 2-0 ahead. An assist for Dani Olmo, but Poulsen’s superb volley finish on his left foot will be hogging all the headlines Continue Reading >>

Video Morelos vs Brown Incident October 2020 | Morelos slaps Scott Brown on back of head, clips ear

By Soccer Blog | Oct 17, 2020

This controversial Alfredo Morelos vs Scott Brown incident (VIDEO BELOW) saw the two players again renew hostilities in the Derby between Celtic and Rangers on 17 October, 2020. Morelos can be seen slapping Brown on the back of the head, and makes contact with his ear. No card was given though Continue Reading >>

Virgil van Dijk knee injury vs Everton 2020 | Jordan Pickford challenge on VVD | No Card?

By Soccer Blog | Oct 17, 2020

This Pickford vs VVD incident saw the Liverpool defender have to be replaced by Joe Gomez after a strong tackle from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in their Merseyside derby today. The Pickford tackle on VVD happened early in the game, with VAR having to be called in to decide whether it was a penalty or not. The offside looked close, and had VVD not been ruled offside by VAR, the nature of Pickford’s foul on Van Dijk could’ve seen a spot kick being awarded to the Reds and potentially a red card to him. Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Loick Landre kicks Rafinha | Landre red card vs PSG 2020

By Soccer Blog | Oct 17, 2020

This Loick Landre Rafinha incident (VIDEO BELOW) was a rude welcome to PariS SG debutant Rafinha, who effectively got a kick to the ribs from Nimes player Landre early in their clash on October 16 2020. The Landre red card vs Paris SG came in the 13th minute and reduced Nimes to ten men. They ended up losing 4-0.

Despite the early injury, Rafinha did well on his debut, as shown in these PSG player ratings vs Nimes. Continue Reading >>

Golden Boy 2020 Award Shortlist- List of 20 nominees sorted by club & player nationality

By Soccer Blog | Oct 15, 2020

Here is a look at the official 20 member shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award that was officially announced earlier today (October 15, 2020).

2020 Golden Boy nominees sorted by club

Borussia Dortmund: 2 (Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland)
Man City: 2 (Phil Foden, Ferran Torres)
Barcelona: 2 (Ansu Fati, Sergino Dest)
Real Madrid: 2 (Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo)
Bayern Munich: 1 (Alphonso Davies)
Arsenal: 1 (Bukayo Saka)
Wolves: 1 (Fabio Silva)
Ajax: 1 (Ryan Gravenberch)
Rennes: 1 (Eduardo Camavinga)
Man Utd: 1 (Mason Greenwood)
Chelsea: 1 (Callum Hudson-Odoi)
Juventus: 1 (Dejan Kulusevski)
Red Bull Salzburg: 1 (Dominik Szoboszlai)
PSG: 1 (Mitchel Bakker)
AC Milan: 1 (Sandro Tonali)
Lille: 1 (Jonathan David)

2020 Golden Boy Award Shortlist

Which club has the most Golden Boy nominees for the year 2020?

Four clubs- Dortmund, Man City, Barcelona and Real Madrid have two Golden Boy nominees each, with 12 other clubs having a single representative.

2020 Golden Boy nominees sorted by league

All club names are the player’s current ones as on October 15, 2020 Continue Reading >>

xG England Denmark 2020 Nations League 1.52-1.51 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map

By Soccer Blog | Oct 15, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for England vs Denmark in the Nations League on 14 October, 2020. Denmark claimed their first win at Wembley in 37 years thanks to a first half penalty from Christian Eriksen (his 100th international appearance for Denmark). England were hurt by Harry Maguire’s early dismissal, but had two great header chances (Mount and Coady) that went abegging in the second half.

xG England 1.52-Denmark 1.51 (Actual score England 0-1 Denmark)

xG England Denmark Nations League 2020 October 0-1

xG of some key chances in England vs Denmark 0-1

0-1 Eriksen penalty 35′ xG 0.78
0-1 Mason Mount header 66′ xG 0.48, saved well by Kasper Schmeichel
0-1 Daniel Wass header 67′ xG 0.15, free header after poor Walker defending
0-1 Pione Sisto chance 74′ xG 0.17, in space, but makes a mess of his shot
0-1 Conor Coady header 90′ xG 0.46, blocked by Kjaer

Official Roster | Bayern Munich Champions League Group Stage 2020-2021 Squad | 25 man A- List & B List |

By Soccer Blog | Oct 8, 2020

Here is a look at the official Bayern Munich squad for the group stages of the 2020/21 Champions League season. The defending champions have submitted a 25 man A-List and two B-list players. No spots for the likes of Tanguy Nianzou and Tiago Dantas.

Why is Malik Tillman named in the Bayern UCL squad despite having an ACL injury?

UEFA rules mandate that there must be at least four club-trained players in the 25 member roster (players between 15 and 21 who have played three seasons/36 months). For Bayern, those four players are Thomas Muller, Ron-Torben Hoffmann, David Alaba and Tillman.

Who are in Bayern’s B-list in their original Champions League squad submitted for the group stages?

Joshua Zirkzee and Chris Richards are the B-List players in Bayern’s UCL group stage roster for 20/21. List B players do not count towards the overall 25 member cap.

FC Bayern Munchen 25 member A-List UCL squad for 2020/21 Group Stages

(All players designations as per UEFA)

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Alexander Nubel, Ron-Torben Hoffmann (3)

Defenders: Niklas Sule, David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Bouna Sarr, Bright Arrey-Mbi (7)

Midfielders: Joshua Kimmich, Javi Martinez, Leroy Sane, Douglas Costa, Eric Choupo-Moting, Leon Goretzka, Alphonso Davies, Marc Roca, Corentin Tolisso, Malik Tillman, Jamal Musiala (11)

Forwards: Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman (4)

Bayern Munich Champions League Squad Group Stage 2020-2021

FC Bayern UCL Roster 2020-2021

Newspaper Player Ratings Bayern Munich 4-3 Hertha Berlin 2020

By Soccer Blog | Oct 7, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin from the big German newspapers. Robert Lewandowski the obvious star of the show for his four goals, but his team mates didn’t fare too well, as can be seen below.

Lewandowski got a 1 in both Bild and Kicker (the lower the rating the better), but as a team, Hertha were rated higher than Bayern.

Kicker player ratings Bayern vs Hertha 2020

Bayern 4-3 Hertha Player Ratings 2020

Bild newspaper player ratings Bayern Munchen Hertha 2020

Bayern vs Hertha Player Ratings 2020 Bild

xG Manchester United Tottenham 0.98-3.54 October 4 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map MUFC Spurs

By Soccer Blog | Oct 4, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from Manchester United vs Tottenham on 4 October 2020. Spurs won this game 6-1- United’s joint worst defeat in the modern PL era.

xG Man Utd 0.98-3.54 Tottenham (Actual score Man United 1-6 Spurs)

xG Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham 2020

xG of individual goals in Man Utd vs Tottenham 1-6

1-0 Bruno penalty goal xG 0.80
1-1 Ndombele goal xG 0.58
1-2 Son goal xG 0.29
1-3 Kane goal xG 0.33
1-4 Son second goal xG 0.14
1-5 Aurier goal xG 0.23
1-6 Kane penalty goal xG 0.80

Full time post match stats MU vs Spurs 1-6 (United on the left, Spurs on the right)

Full time post match stats Man Utd vs Spurs October 2020

Souness racist? “It’s very Latin” Reaction to Lamela role for Martial sending off against Tottenham

By Soccer Blog | Oct 4, 2020

This Souness reaction to Erik Lamela saw allegations of racism being levelled towards the former Blackburn boss, who said “It’s pathetic, it’s very Latin” while doing punditry and analysing Lamela’s actions for Martial’s red card against Tottenham. Souness also added- “that’s not us, and it’s in our game now”, saying that he had both played and worked in a Latin country and knew how “they” viewed the game. Continue Reading >>

xG Leeds Manchester City 2.57-1.42 October 3 2020 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map LUFC MCFC

By Soccer Blog | Oct 3, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats from Leeds vs Man City on October 3, 2020. City dominated the first 20 odd minutes, but Leeds improved as the game progressed and were the better side after the interval. The xG stats reflect that LUFC gave City a tough time in this clash at Elland Road.

xG Leeds 2.57-1.42 Man City (Actual score Leeds 1-1 Manchester City)

xG Leeds vs Man City 2020

xG of individual goals in Leeds vs Man City 1-1

0-1 Sterling goal xG 0.12
1-1 Rodrigo goal xG 0.61

xG of some other notable chances in Leeds vs Man City

Kevin de Bruyne free kick that hit post 3′- xG 0.03
Stuart Dallas chance 37′- xG 0.51
Luke Ayling chance 45+1′- xG 0.44
Rodrigo header, saved by Ederson 69′- xG 0.04

Full time post match stats (Leeds on the left, Man City on the right)

Full time stats Leeds 1-1 Manchester City

Newspaper Player Ratings TSG Hoffenheim 4-1 Bayern Munich September 2020 | Zirkzee, Sane, Tolisso

By Soccer Blog | Sep 28, 2020

Here is a look at the player ratings for TSG Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich on 27 September, 2020. Bayern suffered a rare defeat, with Kramaric’s double helping Hoffenheim shock Hansi Flick’s side 4-1. Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich the best of the Bayern Munich players, but many others had an ordinary afternoon, as indicated by these player ratings from the German papers.

(Note- Lower the rating, better the player)

Bild player ratings Hoffenheim-Bayern 4-1

Bild player ratings Hoffenheim 4-1 Bayern Munich 2020

Kicker player ratings Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munchen

Kicker Player Ratings TSG Bayern Munich 2020

Hamburger Morgenpost player ratings TSG 1899 FC Bayern

Morgenpost Player Ratings Hoffenheim 4-1 Bayern Munich

John McGinn Zidane turn vs Fulham 2020 | Great McGinn skill pirouette

By Soccer Blog | Sep 28, 2020

This John McGinn Zidane turn vs Fulham was a lovely piece of skill from the Villa star during their league clash earlier today. The McGinn skill v Fulham came a couple of minutes before time- the Zidane pirouette against Joe Bryan. Continue Reading >>

Lionel Messi farewell message to Luis Suarez 2020 | Messi says goodbye to Suarez; blasts Bartomeu in IG message | English Translation & Transcript

By Soccer Blog | Sep 25, 2020

Here is Lionel Messi’s farewell message to Luis Suarez on social media site Instagram. Messi wrote the original message in Spanish, and said that Suarez deserved a better farewell and shouldn’t have been kicked out the way he was, but he was no longer surprised “at this point”, essentially referring to the Barcelona board and Bartomeu.

Messi post saying goodbye to Luis Suarez on IG (in Spanish)

Messi goodbye message to Suarez on IG

Auto translate of Messi farewell post for Suarez on Instagram

Deserved to be fired isn’t quite in the literal sense, but the rough message is that Suarez deserved a better farewell given his contributions to Barca.

English translation of Messi farewell message to Suarez

Also see video of Suarez crying while leaving Barcelona

“Heroes without a prize”- Spanish newspaper front page headline & reaction to Sevilla Super Cup loss

By Soccer Blog | Sep 25, 2020

Here is look at the headlines and the front page reaction from the big Spanish newspapers today ( 25 September, 2020) following Sevilla’s 2-1 extra time Super Cup loss to Bayern Munich.

“Heroes without a prize” was Diario AS’ headline on 25 September, 2020

Diario AS Paper Headline after Super Cup 2020 Bayern Sevilla

Diario de Sevilla frontpage reaction to Bayern 2-1 Sevilla Supercopa loss

Diario de Sevilla reaction Bayern 2-1 Sevilla 2020
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Newspaper player ratings Bayern Munich 2-1 Sevilla Super Cup 2020 24 September

By Soccer Blog | Sep 25, 2020

Here is a look at the newspaper player ratings for Bayern Munich vs Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on 24 September, 2020 from the German and Spanish newspapers. Bayern triumphed 2-1 thanks to Javi Martinez’s extra time strike.

Bild newspaper player ratings FC Bayern-Sevilla (1 is the best, 6 is the worst)

Bayern vs Sevilla SuperCup Ratings Bild 2020

Diario de Sevilla Spain player ratings for Bayern vs Sevilla

The local Seville paper thought Joan Jordan was the pick of the Sevilla players on the evening. They were also not very happy with the performance of Anthony, the referee for this Super Cup match.

Diario de Sevilla player ratings FCB Sevilla Super Cup

Sport newspaper player ratings Bayern Munchen Sevilla

Sport thought Sevilla were the better team on the night, and gave them a higher rating than Bayern.

FC Bayern Sevilla Player Ratings 2020 Sport Newspaper
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Thiago Alcantara Pass Map vs Chelsea 2020 on Debut- Record for most passes in a half of football

By Soccer Blog | Sep 23, 2020

Liverpool’s new signing Thiago Alcantara made his debut over the weekend against Chelsea, playing the second half after replacing Jordan Henderson at the interval. The Spaniard made 75 passes- a record for the highest number of successful passes made by a player in one half of football (45 minutes) since records began to be kept for the metric in 2003/04.

Thiago LFC debut- Thiago pass map vs Chelsea September 2020

Thiago Pass Map v Chelsea 2020

Thiago 75 passes breakdown- to whom did Thiago pass the most against Chelsea?

Thiago to Alexander Arnold- 14 passes
Thiago to Andy Robertson- 13 passes
Thiago to Mohamed Salah- 12 passes
Thiago to Wijnaldum- 8 passes
Thiago to Milner- 6 passes
Thiago to Fabinho- 5 passes
Thiago to Firmino- 5 passes
Thiago to Van Dijk- 5 passes
Thiago to Mane- 5 passes
Thiago to Naby Keita- 1 pass
Thiago to Minamino- 1 pass

Record for most successful passes in 45 minutes of football (Premiership)

Thiago set a new record for most passes in 45 minutes, beating the previous one held by Andreas Christensen

75 passes- Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool) vs Chelsea (September 2020)
66 passes- Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) vs Sheff Utd (July 2020)
62 passes- Jose Fonte (Southampton) vs Bournemouth (November 2015)
61 passes- Paul Pogba (Man Utd) vs Newcastle (December 2019)
61 passes- Yaya Toure (Man City) vs Stoke (October 2017)
61 passes- Paul Scholes (Man United) vs Blackburn (May 2011) 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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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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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 >>

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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