Wolves vs Liverpool
Liverpool have been a bit of a machine for corners for a number of years now, and that trend is continuing so far this season. The Reds are taking an average of 7.50 corners per match.
The focus on deliveries from TAA and Robertson is a contributing factor, as is the direct and high intensity running of the front line. That added level of creeativity now injected in to midfield also allows for more line-breaking passes.
Wolves are the opposite, their corner count is very low, they average just 3.50 per match, and have had more corners than their opponents in just 25% of their matches this season.
They’ve conceded an average of 5.50 too, Liverpool have conceded just 3.50 on average, weighted much more in the Newcastle and Chelsea games.
Wolves commit an average of 12.5 fouls per game. The 5th highest in the Premier League. They’re a very physical side, who are prone to some pretty rash challenges.
I expect Liverpool to have the majority of the ball, and Wolves will look to break up play and slow Klopp’s side down whenever possible.
Wolves committed the most fouls in both league meetings with Liverpool last season, and Liverpool had the most corners in both matches.
We’ll need a little bit of luck here, but that’s why it’s a longshot.
Everton vs Arsenal
Arsenal have really racked up the corners this season, they’re averaging a massive 9 per match. That’s come from consistency too, that’s not an average that’s being warped by 1 massive haul, they’ve had 8 or more corners in every game so far.
They’ve conceded very very few as well, only 2.50 per game. Their corner counts vs opponents have looked like this:
12-3 vs United, 8-3 vs Fulham, 8-1 vs Palace & 8-3 vs Forest. So 36 corners taken, just 10 conceded.
Everton have actually been really solid on the corner front, albeit still lower than Arsenal.
What I’m looking for here, is Arsenal to dominate the ball, this is what’s allowed them to rack up so many corners but concede so few. I’m sure Arsenal will be under pressure in spells, but Everton will look to camp in – and Arsenal should run up a few corners as they look to unlock them.
Everton have committed an average of 11.8 fouls per game. Arsenal have committed an average of 9, only Man City (8.8) have committed fewer.
When the two sides met last season, Everton massively dominated the foul counts, despite two very different scorelines.
When Arsenal won 4-0 at The Emirates, Everton committed 12 fouls to The Gunners 5. In the reverse fixture, that Everton won 1-0, the Toffees again came out on top of the foul count by 13 to 8.
Dyche will want his players to get stuck in, that’s what they did in that 1-0 win last season and there’s no reason that he wouldn’t be encouraging his players to repeat that performance.