That is not anywhere near top-four standard and just might be the reason why the Foxes will fall short of consistently competing with the elite again this campaign. No team have attempted more dribbles than Wolves this season with Pedro Neto and Adama Traore happy to cut in and draw fouls from opponents. No Leicester player has been dribbled past more than Tielemans 39 this season and he ranks third in the overall ranking of all players in the Premier League - only Conor Gallagher and Bruno Fernandes have been skipped past more often.
Pep Guardiola is a different animal this season. No longer does he yearn for 'beautiful football', all he cares about is 'winning football', with a particular craving for clean sheets. In such a congested and frantic season his long-term strategy of plotting the way through the season steadily perhaps could be his greatest masterstroke yet. City fans will detest me saying it, but it's very Sir Alex Ferguson-like.
And what did Ferguson do in big games away from home? He'd take a point all day long. If the game is level pegging with 30 minutes to go, Guardiola will say thank you very much. A common theme this season in meetings between the top three teams has been a lack of goals according to what the market expects. All three fixtures involving Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United have ended as draws with two of those finishing It's most certainly relevant that Liverpool haven't scored in any of their last three Premier League home games, with their current goalless run at Anfield standing at minutes.
And when you throw in Manchester City conceding just 13 goals in 21 Premier League games this season, keeping a clean sheet in each of their last six, the chances of another look pretty plausible. It's far too early to be making sweeping statements regarding Thomas Tuchel's style and ability to take Chelsea places. I agreed with Jose Mourinho in the aftermath of Chelsea's win at Spurs. For all their possession and silky build-up play at Tottenham, Chelsea scored via a penalty and Edouard Mendy did make more saves than Hugo Lloris.
Tuchel highlights Mourinho's flaws. Spurs weren't unlucky but Chelsea didn't dominate the game to the extent that many onlookers suggested. In the three games under Tuchel, Chelsea have created just two big chances according to Opta - and one of those was that Jorginho penalty. In that period 15 teams have created more big chances and considering Chelsea have played Burnley and Wolves at home in that run, it's actually a very worrying statistic.
We've not seen Tuchel's team come under any significant pressure defensively in his first three matches in charge either - but we might here. And, with Thiago Silva missing, they can be got at. One of Tuchel's tactical tweaks has been to select Marcos Alonso down the left side of his defence. He seems to trust him but those that have watched Alonso enough over the years know he's very poor positionally.
Remember Chelsea's first-half display against West Brom in September? Alonso was at fault for two of the three goals and never played for Frank Lampard again after that. As my colleague Kate Burlaga pointed out, no centre-back has created more chances or attempted more take-ons than Basham this season. Chris Basham Wreaking havoc vs West Brom, tearing it up consistently in the PL. His link-up with Bogle was very savvy in the comeback win over West Brom - it was the Blades back to their best.
A performance level that actually beat Chelsea by an aggregate score of over two meetings between the teams last season. Additionally, in his last three home matches the dangerous Bogle has had eight shots on goal. He can fire a shot at goal in this one, especially up against Alonso. One goal might just be enough for Wilder's boys who restricted the two Manchester clubs to just two goals combined in their recent away days.
My faith in Aston Villa being a genuine top-six contender is wavering. Villa have lost four of their last six Premier League games - as many as they had in their previous Have teams worked out how to stop their clever interchanges through midfield? In their last two matches, Villa have only registered 15 shots and conceded 39 on their goal.
Arsenal won't be affording them much space either in this one. According to expected goals conceded data, their season tally of This is even more impressive considering they've already played Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United on the road this season. This one looks set to be a low-scoring affair settled by a fine margin. I'm on the fence with the result. Only Patrick Bamford 22 , Aleksandar Mitrovic 19 and Dominic Calvert-Lewin 18 have had more headers on goal than the in-form Watkins this season with five of those hitting the target.
He managed to score a header in the reverse fixture, too. It would be a mistake to judge Burnley on their last two performances. They may have mustered just three shots across their last two Premier League games one vs Chelsea, two vs Man City , failing to register a single effort on target in those matches, but better can be expected here.
In their last two impressive victories they've been rather ruthless instead of fruitless in both boxes. The position of Leandro Trossard in an attacking central role just off Neal Maupay has caught my eye, especially in how Sky Bet have priced up their first goalscorer market. They must have put something in the water up on Tyneside as Newcastle have become fun to watch.
There's much more energy in the team and the back four are pushing higher up the pitch. In their last three matches, they've managed to fire 56 attempts at goal - that's more than they mustered in their previous seven matches combined before that and Allan Saint-Maximin has yet to play from the start. I am often asked why I "bang on" about the content of my previews and why I feel it is more important than the bottom line , the actual "tip", a word I hate by the way.
Basically, if the content, is good and original and based on solid analysis, results will always take care of themselves, it might take a week, or two, or a couple of months, but they will do so eventually! When asked that question, I like to provide a sample preview to explain myself and because of my perverse nature, I will almost always pick a losing one!
Many of you, including everyone in the clubgowi database will have read my League 1 pre-season preview, it was written at the end of July and in it I put up two long term bets on Gillingham, if you did not see it, those notes can be read below. This week on the subscriber newsletter i am going to take a quick look at all our long term positions and I started today with League
We have another five FA Cup games kick off at , follow these with our live score centre here. Sunderland and Charlton missed the chance to fully close in on the top two, as they drew with each other. So Sunderland are one point off Luton with a game in hand. Bury's win sees them third; with Mansfield missing the chance to go into the top three thanks to their loss at managerless Carlisle, who are one point off third now.
Notts County are still bottom and three from safety; Macclesfield are second bottom after losing today. A second winner of the afternoon as the corner tally reaches 13 in Chelsea v Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge. We backed over Cesc Fabregas looks off to Monaco and there's tears from the World Cup winner as he leaves the Stamford Bridge pitch for the last time as a Chelsea player.
Cardiff made too many changes and didn't take their chances when dominating in the first half. Gillingham fought so hard, hit the bar twice and then took advantage of a keeper error to cause the first FA Cup Third Round shock. Accrington reach the fourth round for a third time - the furthest they've ever been.
Ipswich now have not won an FA Cup game in 14 attempts. Derby come through down to force a replay. They should have won it in the end, but they will take a trip to southampton after their poor start to this one.
Everton fans can finally stop holding their breath, after a great start they let Lincoln back in and were pushed to the end. Southampton have a huge penalty shout, but it's waved away. Then Derby go to the other end and miss a huge chance. Shot from the penalty spot with the keeper just to beat and it's well over the bar.
So still The Posh want to be in the Championship next season, maybe this experience will put them off that idea. Six minutes plus injury time left at the Crown Stadium and Ipswich's body language is terrible. They look beaten and haven't fought to try and get an equaliser as yet.
We called earlier that Accrington were a good call to win this one and they've finally scored in this poor game. Ipswich haven't won an FA Cup game since - if they don't win today then that's 14 games! Joey Barton's side have fought back from down to level it up. Plenty of goals in the FA Cup today, if not shocks. It sounds a really terrible game between Accrington and Ipswich, with little quality or entertainment on show.
Everton cannot put Lincoln away here after such a strong start. They've been limited to two long range efforts in the second half and that's it. Wow, what a comeback from Derby. Marriott 58 and Lawrence 61 have put the Championship club back level. And now Bolton have two quick goals. Donaldson 58 and Magennis 61 has turned this Cup tie totally around. I expected this game to be closer, but Boro have shown their class today as they look for the Cup to inspire their league form as Wing scores a stunner.
So which way do you go? Arsenal's arrival at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road has been delayed, as a Blackpool fan - protesting over the Oyston family's ownership of the club - has jumped on top of the Arsenal team bus at their hotel, and stopping it leaving. However, being Premier League big time - Arsenal have a second bus and will use that to get to the ground, so no delay for kick off.
Blackpool vs Arsenal: "Fan on bus" could be a novel reason for a delayed kick-off pic. Ipswich have had one of each. Check out the full market here. It's goalless at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea missed a penalty. It had been all Chelsea, but Forest are growing in confidence and now pushing Chelsea back and had two good half chances, with two shots just wide.
However Hazard has already come on for the home side, replacing the injured Loftus-Cheek. There's been seven games played already in the FA Cup today, check out our review by clicking the image. We expect today to t be Cesc Fabregas' final game for Chelsea and in that honour he's been given the captain's armband against Nottingham Forest.
Carlisle lead against third place Mansfield in Sky Bet League Two, however the visitors are on a club record run of 15 unbeaten away from home. Everton are already up and Bernard has scored one of those. He's had two shots in total in 22 minutes against Lincoln. And that's , as Everton ensure they aren't on the end of a giant killing. We saw Tottenham put seven passed a League Two club last night, are Everton trying to match them? John Sheridan left Carlisle yesterday - we expect to join non league Chesterfield - but his former club are contining their promotion push without him.
We'll keep you updated on all and monitor the key stats, facts, form and opinion to offer in-play betting advice throughout the afternoon. There's three games in Sky Bet League One, including a crucial clash at the top with promotion rivals Charlton and Sunderland going head to head at the Valley. TogetherWeCan pic. As we mentioned earlier in the blog, today's team selections can indicate which players could be moving clubs in the January Transfer Window.
Tommy Abraham is not involved for Aston Villa, as his parent club gets close to moving him to Wolves on loan. Remember to check out our Transfer Market Blog, live every day with the latest confirmed deals and gossip. Simply set up the group and invite in your mates to get the conversation started, and then build an accumulator together with the brand new way to bet. Once everyone has chosen their selection, you can each decide if you want to back it. If you think one of your group has thrown in a dodgy selection, you can leave it out.
Track the action in-play and once the final whistle has blown, check the stats and see how your selections performed. Find out more about Group Bets here. Today's win over Reading means it pays out Andy Carroll scored his first goal since April last year, and this is what it means to him.
Rare, but beautiful emotion from the big man Outside of the boot or slice petercrouch? Struggling Premier League sides can often be upset at this stage of the competition as they focus on top flight survival rather than cup success and that's why many are looking keenly at Gillingham v Cardiff today. Let's start looking at the team news from some of the more interesting 3pm FA Cup matches The Imps had a great cup run to the quarter finals two seasons ago while they were a National League side, which included a win over Burnley.
Well Everton welcome back James McCarthy, one year after breaking his leg. He's on the bench. Lee Frecklington skippers the visitors. Six changes a piece here, with both sides clearly having bigger fish to fry in their respective leagues. Talking of youngsters, year-old midfielder Callum Slattery makes his first senior appearance for Southampton.
Get in there! West Brom could have been two up against Wigan, if it was not for Chey Dunkley's never-say-die attitude. The England forward has scored in three of his last four appearances and is looking good under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Back it here. Over Follow clubgowi. In addition to four full previews, today's clubgowi newsletter also took at look at some possible "in running" opportunities for the weekend English leagues, touching upon nine games, four of which you can view below.
I am often asked why I "bang on" about the content of my previews and why I feel it is more important than the bottom line , the actual "tip", a word I hate by the way. Basically, if the content, is good and original and based on solid analysis, results will always take care of themselves, it might take a week, or two, or a couple of months, but they will do so eventually! When asked that question, I like to provide a sample preview to explain myself and because of my perverse nature, I will almost always pick a losing one!
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