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Newcastle vs Chelsea – Saturday 12:45pm
Newcastle welcome league leaders Chelsea in Saturday’s early kick off and will want to bounce back to winning ways. Newcastle had won five league games on the trot, but have now picked up only a point from their last two games.
Papiss Demba Cisse has had limited time on the pitch this season, but that has not stopped him from becoming Newcastle’s top goalscorer. Cisse has bagged 5 goals in just 425 minutes of Premier League football, averaging out at a goal every 85 minutes, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Cisse is 37/10 to score any time with 888sport.
Daryl Janmaat, signed in the summer, has proven to be a very astute signing. Janmaat has made 39 successful tackles, more than anyone else in the Newcastle squad and the twelfth highest total in the league. In addtition, Janmaat has made 34 interceptions, which is the ninth best in the division as well as being a squad best. Not only has Janmaat displayed defensive prowess, but he has also shown a willingness to work up and down the pitch. Over the course of the season, the Dutchman has covered 93.7 miles (150.8km), which ranks Janmaat in 8th for distance covered in the Premier League, one place ahead of his teammate, Jack Colback, who has covered 93.6 miles (150.7km), albeit having played a game less.
Paul Dummett has also been in top form this season. Having played on both the left side of defence as well as centre half, Dummett has been immaculate of late, regardless of his position. So far this season, Dummett has made 90 clearances, 39 more than the next highest total in the squad (Mike Williamson), according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Chelsea continued their march at the top of the league midweek, beating Tottenham 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, after Sunderland held them to a point at the Stadium of Light on the weekend.
Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have become the first players, alongside Jake Livermore, to cover over 100 miles this season. Fabregas has run a total distance of 101.9 miles (164.1km), while Matic has clocked up 101.2 miles (162.9km). The duo have formed a mighty partnership in central midfield, but it will be broken up against Newcastle after Matic picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Spurs.
Matic will be particularly missed this weekend as he has made more successful tackles than any other Chelsea player, dispossessing the opponent 48 times this season, the third highest total in the Premier League. In addition to his efforts at breaking up the play, Matic has an exceptional range of passing and has a remarkable 89.9% success rate, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Eden Hazard had yet another outstanding performance midweek, giving the Spurs right back Vlad Chiriches a torrid time. Hazard scored the opening goal of the game and brought his total for the season to five goals, ensuring he is Chelsea’s second top scorer behind Diego Costa. Hazard has also completed 65 successful dribbles in the league so far, making him by far and away the leader in said statistic, with his closest challengers being Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jefferson Montero with 42 successful dribbles to their names. Hazard is 39/20 to score any time with 888sport.
Hull vs West Brom – Saturday 3pm
Hull welcome West Brom to the KC Stadium in need of three points having not won in their last seven games, leaving them perilously close to the drop zone in 17th place, only avoiding the bottom three on goal difference.
Jake Livermore was this week one of three players to first pass the 100-mile mark for the season. Livermore has covered 100.1 miles (161.1km) over the first fourteen games this season, the third most in the division behind Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Livermore is also one of only two players in the Hull squad to have featured in every game this season, alongside Ahmed Elmohammady. Livermore is 17/2 to score any time with 888sport.
Elmohammady himself has shown some impressive stats himself. The Egyptian has put in the fourth highest number of successful crosses in the Premier League this year, having successfully found his man on 17 occasions, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Elmohammady has also run at 21.5mph (34.6 km/h) this season, faster than any other Hull player.
Defender Curtis Davies has made the fourth most clearances in the Premier League this season, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The central defender has now cleared his lines 136 times this season. The next highest total in the Hull squad is Michael Dawson’s 100, which ranks him 13th in the division.
West Brom have now lost four games on the bounce but remain a point above Hull in 16th place. Alan Irvine will be desperate to get back to winning ways and pull away from those at the bottom of the table. A win against Hull could well be seen as a six-pointer.
In Cristian Gamboa, West Brom possess the sixth fastest player in the Premier League, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Gamboa has been clocked running at 21.7mph (35.0 km/h). The next closest in the West Brom squad is Saido Berahino at 21.0mph (33.7 km/h).
Berahino remains West Brom’s top scorer this season, on seven goals. The striker has scored a goal for every four shots he has had. As well as this, Berahino has completed exactly 50% of his dribbles successfully (11/22) and his pace has been a constant threat to defenders when running at them. Berahino is 41/20 to score any time with 888sport.
Craig Gardner has displayed a very impressive set of statistics for West Brom this season, most notably the defensive aspects of his game. Gardner has made 35 interceptions, the eighth most in the league, as well as 46 successful tackles, the sixth highest total in the league.
Liverpool vs Sunderland – Saturday 3pm
Liverpool welcome Sunderland to Anfield this weekend in search of their third win in a row after seemingly overcoming a bad run of form.
Martin Skrtel put in an impressive performance against Leicester last time out and is set to start again against Sunderland this Saturday. Skrtel has made 138 clearances this season, the third most in the division, as well as 20 interceptions and 14 blocks, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Jordan Henderson has proven to be a firm fixture in the Liverpool midfield this season, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows good reason why. Henderson has made 38 tackles in the campaign so far, the 13th most in the league, as well as making 344 passes in the opposition half, more than anyone else in the Liverpool squad.
Liverpool’s main outlet, Raheem Sterling, equally has impressive statistics. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows Sterling to be the sixth most successful dribbler in the Premier League with 39 successful dribbles. Sterling is also statistically the fourth fastest player, having been recorded running at 21.8mph (35.0 km/h). Sterling is 37/20 to score any time with 888sport.
Sunderland have had mixed fortunes of late, having held Chelsea to a draw last Saturday, but falling to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City midweek.
Lee Cattermole received the man of the match award last weekend against Chelsea and was singled out by Gus Poyet as someone who should be playing for England. The tenacious midfielder made has made 34 interceptions this season, the twelfth most in the Premier League according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Cattermole has also made 37 tackles this season, the most in the Sunderland squad. He is, however, one of three Sunderland players who is in the top 20 for successful tackles, alongside Sebastion Larsson (36) and Patrick Van Aanholt (34), showing that they have plenty of players willing to get stuck in.
Further up the pitch, Connor Wickham is standing out for different reasons. Wickham has recorded the fastest sprint speed of anyone in the Sunderland squad, clocking a speed of 21.2mph (34.1 km/h), according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Wickham is 17/5 to score any time with 888sport.
Stoke v Arsenal – Saturday 15:00
Stoke come into this game sitting in 15th position in the league, on the back of three straight defeats. However, Stoke should come into this game in a positive frame of mind having twice been denied a well-deserved point in the closing minutes of their mid-week encounter at Old Trafford.
The one man who did manage to find the net was midfielder Steven N’Zonzi who has been in fine form for the Potters, as shown by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Key to N’Zonzi’s success has been his work rate, and he has covered the fifth most ground in the Premier League, completing 156.5km already. He has also won 77.7% of his 28 tackles so far this term and showed his quality on the ball, completing a squad best 673 passes with an accuracy of 85.6%
One man who will be keen to get back on the score sheet this weekend is Bojan. The former Barcelona starlet has been on fine form according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, both scoring and creating a goal apiece. Having hit a top speed of 32.93km/h already this season, the strike will be looking to use his pace to trouble defenders. He is 4/1 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
At the back, the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows how Stoke are dependent on their skipper Ryan Shawcross to continue leading the line. The centre back has won 79.2% of his 24 tackles and has made 26 interceptions already so far this season. Most impressive are the 106 clearances that he has racked up this season, and if he continues in the same solid ways, Stoke will be a difficult side to break down on Saturday.
Arsenal will come into this fixture with plenty of positive energy after an Alexis Sanchez goal against Southampton saw them clinch all three points for the second game in a row. Arsenal sit in sixth position, but could move into third place prior to Monday night’s match and will be keen to entertain that possibility.
Alexis Sanchez appears to be single handedly beating teams at the moment, and has showed no sign of slowing up his form, as illustrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The Chilean international has scored his nine goals at an average of 116.7 minutes, hitting the target with 74.1% of his 27 shots. The striker has been recorded at a top speed of 34.23km/h, and it is his clinical nature in combination with such pace that will trouble Stoke. He is 7/5 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Whilst Sanchez is in top form, Danny Welbeck is also on fine form for Arsenal. The England international has netted three times for Arsenal and created three further goala, with the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index also showcasing his contributions. He has hit the target 15 times, with only Sanchez hitting the target more in the Arsenal squad. Hitting a top speed of 34.27km/h so far this season, Welbeck and Sanchez will prove even more of a threat in combination.
Behind Arsenal’s rapid front line, Aaron Ramsey is quietly going about his business according to EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The Welsh international has scored twice and created a further two goals so far this season, racking up 420 passes in the opposition area. Ramsey will be the man to make Arsenal tick having completed 672 passes already this year with an accuracy of 85.6%, and will look to add to his scoring and assist columns.
Tottenham v Crystal Palace – Saturday 15:00
This week’s mid-week encounter with Chelsea saw Tottenham lose their first game in three to the league’s early season pacesetters. This result won’t affect Tottenham’s confidence going into the match, having won their previous two encounters, but they will need to sure things up at the back and get back to scoring ways against Palace.
One man who has consistently delivered for Tottenham this season, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, is Christian Eriksen. The Danish international midfielder has covered more ground than anybody else in the Spurs squad, completing 147.9km already this term. Having already managed five goals this season, he will look to concentrate on adding to his one assist for the season, and with 406 passes completed inside the opposition half, he will threaten to create more goals for Tottenham.
He will be looking to create these chances for Spurs’ young England U21 international, Harry Kane. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the striker has scored and created two goals apiece, hitting the target with 66.6% of his 15 shots. Kane has also hit a top speed of 32.9km/h and will look to threaten with his pace, power and aerial ability. He is 7/6 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Another man who will both look to provide for Kane and be a goal scoring threat himself, is Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us that the Belgian international has created one goal and managed to score six already this season, converting an impressive 33.3% of his shots taken. His quality on the ball is confirmed by his 85.8% of passes completed, and his distribution will prove a major asset to Spurs on Saturday.
This weekend’s visitors to White Hart Lane are making the trip across the river, and Crystal Palace will prove a tough test for this Tottenham side. Palace go in search of their first win in three games, since a comprehensive victory over Liverpool, and will want to give themselves more breathing room than the one point cushion above the relegation zone currently provides them with.
If there is any man to drag Palace away from danger, it will be the inspirational lead Mile Jedinak. The Australian captain has been in fantastic form this season and this is illustrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The midfielder has created one goal, and scored a further five for the Eagles, winning 80% of his 70 tackles making a remarkable 53 interceptions, to help put Palace back on the front foot in an instant.
Up top, Frazier Campbell has been in fantastic form for Palace, as has Dwight Gayle, and it appears that is will be a straight shoot out for the one out and out forward role. It would appear that Campbell has the upper hand, having scored three goals to Gayle’s two, and having got 16 shots off as opposed to Gayle’s four strikes. Campbell has also hit a higher top speed of 33.78km.h compared to Gayles’ 32.89km/h, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
However, when reading further into the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index statistics, we realize that Gayle has actually hit the target with 75% of his shots, scoring with 50% of his overall shots. Campbell in contrast, has only hit the target with 50% of his shots, convertin three of his 16 chances. The most prominent statistic, however, is that Gayle has averaged a goal every 180.5 minutes with Campbell getting a goal at an average of 301 minutes. Either way, both striker’s will pose a threat and it will be interesting decision to see which striker gets the nod.
QPR v Burnley – Saturday 15:00
QPR come into this fixture looking for their second win in three, having beaten the third newly promoted side and fellow member of the bottom three, Leicester, last weekend. QPR find themselves one place and one point below this weekend’ visitors, and will be hoping to leapfrog their opponents with victory.
The R’s main man this year has been Charlie Austin, and he is looking to continue his hot streak with more goals this weekend. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the English striker has scored half of Ranger’s 14 league goals this season, creating a further two goals. The key to success for him is getting his shots away, hitting the target with 59.4% of his 32 shots. He is He is 33/25 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Behind him in the middle of the park, Leroy Fer is the player who is most likely to take hold of the midfield for QPR. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the Dutch international has won 72.7% of his 33 tackles, also making 13 clearances and 12 interceptions. He has also hit the woodwork more than any other Premier League player this season, with three of his eleven shots coming back off the frame of the goal, and will be hoping that one of his shots can find the net this weekend.
At the other end of the pitch, QPR still have the worst defensive record in the league and will be hoping that Steven Caulker is the man to fix that for them. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us that he has racked up 136 clearances and 28 interceptions. He will be looking to add to his eight blocks already this season to ensure a clean sheet for the R’s.
Burnley will be looking to make the long trip down south worthwhile by leaving Loftus Road with all three points this weekend. Burnley are not unbeaten in four, and are going in search of their third win in five games, to make it 11 points from a possible 15. Burnley will be confident coming into the fixture and will hope to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Key to Burnley reversal in fortunes has been their solid defence over the last four matches conceding just three times. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals how important Tom Heaton has been to Burnley, racking up an impressive 45 saves already this season averaging 2.05 saves for each goal conceded. He will need to be on fine form to keep out the in-form Austin this weekend.
Burnley have an in-form striker of their won up their sleeve, in the form of Danny Ings. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the forward has bagged four goals and an assist already this season. Ings has hit a top speed of 34.43km/h so far this season, and will look to utilize that pace to find any weakness in the QPR back line. He is 11/5 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Most impressive in the Burnley side this year has been Kieran Trippier, according to data provided by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The full back has already covered 142.4km so far this season, which is a squad best, also hitting a top speed of 32.29km/h. He has also won 32 tackles, made 47 clearances and 25 interceptions and will be looking to add to those statistics to keep the R’s front line at bay.
Man City v Everton – Saturday 17:30
Man City will come into this game full of confidence having gained 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five Premier League outings, including three wins on the bounce. City lie in second place, six points behind leaders Chelsea, and will be hoping to halve the deficit this weekend.
Key to the Blues achieving that goal, is for Sergio Aguero to continue his hot streak. His remarkable start to the campaign, with 14 goals in as many games, is underlined by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Data. The Argentina international has average a goal every 74.7 minutes so far this season, and gets a shot away every 18.7 minutes. If City can continue to provide him with the chances, then he will prove a major threat throughout the 90 minutes. He is 16/25 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Another man who has found his form is Yaya Toure, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index again backs up his credentials. The Ivory Coast star has three goals to his name as well as an assist, and has covered a remarkable 129.9km of ground. He will be looking to use that fitness to outrun his opponents to give City the victory in the battle of the midfield.
At the back, Gael Clichy remains City’s in form defender, managing to find his first goal of the season against Southampton to add to his assist. Whilst he is proving to be an attacking threat, it is defensively where the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index highlights Clichy’s strength. The former Arsenal man has won 73.8% of his 42 tackles and also making a staggering 37 interceptions, which will help him turn attack into defense in an instant through his pace.
Everton will come into the fixture looking for their first win in three, after a defeat to Tottenham and an even share of the goals in their last outing against Hull. Whilst the Toffees are clearly capable of scoring goals, they have conceded more goals than every side in the top half of the Premier League, and rectifying that this weekend will be the key to coming away with the points.
At the back, Everton will hope that Leighton Baines can continue his fantastic form, as illustrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The England left back will be thrilled with the two goals he has managed so far this campaign, and even more so by his six assists. The full back has completed 12 crosses, which is three times more than anyone else in the Everton squad. His defensive duties have been carried out with equal aplomb, having won 77.4% of his 31 tackles.
In the middle of the park, Gareth Barry will certainly have a job on his hands to cope with the superstar line-up that Man City put out every week. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that Barry could be key to winning this battle, having out-run any of his opponents so far this term, completing a squad best 139.9km. He has also completed 804 passes with an accuracy of 88.9% and his ball retention will be key to Everton coming away with the points.
Up top, Everton will be hoping that Lukaku continues in the same vain, with the Belgian forward grabbing six goals so far this term. The Belgian international has hit the target 19 times already this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, scoring with 31.6% of his shots on target. He is 13/5 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
West Ham v Swansea – Sunday 13:30
West Ham will come into this game with plenty of confidence, after back-to-back wins has seen them clinch fifth spot, and then retain it ahead of fellow Londoners Arsenal. A third win on the spin here could see them take advantage of third and fourth place Southampton and Manchester United playing eachother, and push them as high as third in the league.
One man who continues to make such an impact on the West Ham side and their terrific solid backline, is Aaron Cresswell. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index data reveals just how good a start he has made to the season. Cresswell has not only managed to pop up with a goal and two assists in the opponents’ half, but won 24 tackles, made 65 clearances and 11 interceptions. If he can continue this form, West ham will be hard to break down, and he may even add another element to The Irons going forward.
In the middle of the park, Mark Noble continues his tireless work rate for the team and has already covered 120km so far this term, according to data provided by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The centre midfield man has, much like Cresswell, scored once and created two goals, and his distribution could well see him turn provider again. He has completed 495 passes already this season, with an accuracy of 85.2%, and will look to make the Hammers tick this weekend.
West Ham will be hoping that Diafra Sakho can convert any chances created by Noble and his midfield men, and the EA SPORTS Index reveals what a threat he could be. The Senegalese international has already scored six teams this season, scoring with 50% of his shots on target. He will certainly be lively and hard to handle and his work on and off the ball will create chances, having made 11 interceptions so far this season. He is 8/5 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
This week’s visitors to East London are Swansea who find themselves in seventh place in the league after a very solid start to the campaign. The only Welsh side in the league will fancy their chances of taking a result from the fixture, and are looking to make it two wins from two after seeing off the challenge of QPR in their last outing.
The man to watch out for will be the in-form Wilfried Bony, whose prowess is revealed by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The Ivory Coast star has bagged six goals already this term, scoring with 33.3% of his shots on target. He proves such a threat due to his pace, power and direct nature, and he has completed 64.7% of his 17 dribbles, and if he is allowed the chance to run at a defence, could cause problems. He is 9/5 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Behind Bony, Gylfi Sigurdsson is having a fantastic second spell with Swansea, and will hope that he can deliver again this weekend. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the key to his success is hard work, with the Iceland international having covered 155.8km already this campaign. He will look to turn provider again to add to his tally of eight assists, and will also be looking to top up his tally of two goals so far this term.
Alongside the Iceland international, is Ki Sung-Yeung, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index once again reveals the importance of fitness in the Swansea midfield. The South Korean international has covered 159.4km so far this season and will hope that, alongside Sigurdsson, he can help to out-run, out-perform and out-maneuver his West Ham counterparts.
Aston Villa v Leicester – Sunday 16:00
Following on from six back-to-back defeats, Aston Villa have once again found some good form in the league, and go into this fixture unbeaten in the last four league games. Their win this week over South London based side Crystal Palace will provide them with the confidence they need to get and repeat that achievement in front of their home fans against newly promoted Leicester City.
The Villans will be thrilled that their star striker Christian Benteke is back to scoring ways, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows why he is such a threat. Whilst not having been involved as much as he would like through injury, Benteke will always be a threat up top due to his work rate, which has also seen him win 75% of his tackles this season. He has hit a top speed of 32.88km/h so far this season, and his strength, pace and work-rate could see him add to his goals tally this weekend.
With Benteke being absent for a large part of the start of the season, the goal scoring responsibility fell on the shoulders of Andreas Weimann , who has duly delivered. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the Austrian international has hit the target with 60% of his shots, converting 20% of his overall shots on goal. He remains Villa’s joint top scorer and his work rate remains the same, having won 68% of his 25 tackles so far this term. Villa will want to see his attacking side prevail this weekend rather than defensive duties, and he is 47/20 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Behind the two Villas threats up front, Ashley Wetwood has been quietly getting on with his business, as revealed by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The 24 year old English midfielder has covered just over 150km already this season, and will look to make his fitness count in the match, certainly as it wears on. He has also won 68% of his 22 tackles this season and made 20 interceptions, and will be hoping that his work rate can see him come out on top in the battle for the midfield.
Sunday’s visitors to Villa Park are fellow midlands based Leicester City, who will be looking to re-capture their early season form that saw them beat teams such as Manchester United. However, the Foxes are now without a win in nine games and will be hoping that they can reverse their fortunes come the weekend.
Key to Leicester getting anything out of the game will be solidifying things at the back, and they will look to Ritchie De Laet to deliver this for them. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the former Manchester United full back has won 71.2% of his 66 tackles, making 77 clearances. He has also made a staggering 41 interceptions, which may present him with the opportunity to get forward and double his assists tally for the season.
In midfield, Leicester will be hoping that wide man Riyad Mahrez can continue his bright start to the season, as noted by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The Algerian international has both created and scored a goal a piece, and he will be looking to add to his five completed crosses so far this campaign to turn provider again. He has also completed 22 dribbles so far this term and will give the option of delivery or taking on the man, which will make it tough for his opposing full back.
The man he will be looking to provide is Argentinian forward Leonardo Ulloa. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows just how important he is to The Foxes, having scored five goals so far this campaign. He has also won 23 tackles so far this season, made 21 tackles and nine interceptions, but the Leicester faithful will hope to see him going forward rather than defending. He is 5/2 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Southampton v Manchester United – Monday 20:00
Monday night’s clash at Saint Mary’s should prove to be a thrilling encounter as Southampton will look to continue playing their free-flowing football that has seen them climb to third place in the league. The Saints will be confident that they can take all three points from the game against the side that sit a place below them in the league, and extend the margin to four points.
Whilst Southampton were unfortunate to go down to a late goal against Arsenal on Wednesday night, one man who didn’t deserve to be on the losing side was goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The England international made seven saves during the game to keep his side level until the 88th minute. The 6’7’’ shot stopper is averaging 2.7 saves per goal conceded according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, and will look to keep his fifth clean sheet in seven games on Monday.
At the back, Nathaniel Clyne is in the form of his life at the moment, as backed up by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The full back has already created one goal and scored two this season, and his top speed of 34.2km/h shows why he is such a threat. Defensively, his statistics only get better and he has won 63 tackles this season, winning 80.8% of his tackles overall. He has also racked up 26 interceptions which, combined with his pace, help Southampton turn defence into attack in the blink of an eye.
Up top, Graziano Pelle has been on lethal form so far this season, and he will look to continue in the same vain on Monday night. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us that the Italy international has already bagged six goals this season and unselfishly laid on a further four goals for his teammates. Pelle has covered 138.8km already this season and it is the non stop movement and work rate that will not give United a second’s rest on Monday. He is 9/5 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Manchester United will provide a tough test for Southampton on Monday night, as they look to become only the second team this season to record five back-to-back wins, alongside Newcastle. The Red Devils will be looking to make the long trip down to the South coast worthwhile with a victory that would see them leapfrog their opponents.
Much like Southampton, United find themselves with one of the league’s in form goal keepers, in the shape of David De Gea. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the Spain international did not have to make a save until the final minute of the game against Stoke, but his two saves in the week earned his side all three points. De Gea is averaging 2.25 saves made for every goal conceded, and will be hoping that his fifth clean sheet of the season will only increase that figure.
Defender Luke Shaw will be looking to make his first return to St. Mary’s following his move to Old Trafford, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us what a good start he has made to his career for United. The left back has won an impressive 85.7% of his tackles so far this campaign, also adding another 27 clearances to that tally. He has also illustrated his attacking qualities with 12 dribbles and 17 crosses into the box, and will hope that he can have a successful return to his boyhood club.
In the middle of the park, Marouane Fellaini is currently showing the type of form that saw United stump up the requested transfer fee from Everton. The Belgian international, as illustrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, has not only created a goal and scored twice, but also shown his all round qualities. Fellaini has won 69.4% of his 36 tackles and made 10 interceptions, and shown his quality on the ball by completing 87.9% of his 415 passes this season. He is 6/1 to score for the second game in a row with 888sport.com.