View from the Boot Room | Week ThirteenFriday, November 22 2019
Matt Nesbitt has been eating stats all week. This is what his breath smells like.
With clean sheets proving hard going – four apiece in the last three GW’s – let’s go for goals, shall we?
Arsenal can’t be relied on for much these days, but they do score goals at home. Only the Top Three have scored more – and the visit of Southampton should be a gimme, for a couple of reasons…
The Saints have only managed 1pt from their last seven. Plus, Arsenal, to arrest a run four games without a win.
Get Aubameyang onside. And Lacazette could be ready to kick-start his season.
Jamie and Tammy face tough-looking away trips, so I’m tempted to look towards ‘Arry Kane impressing his new gaffer. But it could be a weekend for our third-choice strikers. Wood and Barnes should get a few sniffs at Watford. And Villa’s Wesley is a decent £6.0m spent.
If you insist on rummaging around for clean sheets, having a Toffee in your defensive pick ‘n’ mix wouldn’t hurt. Digne has as many assists as sheets.
Leicester have kept three blanks on the bounce and could well make that four at Brighton. And you know my feelings about Soyuncu. No? Oh, well I’ll tell you.
At £4.8m he’s £1.4m cheaper than Pereira, but only 6pts worse. And £0.9m cheaper than Chilwell, but so far 1pt better.
Worth a punt…
What price Tottenham’s first clean sheet since mid-September? Followed by several more. Jose is trying to reverse away from his reputation from parking the bus, but his teams don’t concede much. And until recently, Spurs didn’t either – only City and Liverpool shipped fewer goals last season.
I can’t see him fancying Aurier. Or Rose. But Davies and Alderweireld are right up his bus lane.
And we can’t go without giving my man John Lundstrum a mention. Sheffield United’s Scandinavian sounding Scouser has got goals in him (composure, John. Composure). One against Man United would make his season.
Check in next Friday for more stats, damn stats and lies.
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