Premier League News, Updates, Discussions - 2020/21 Season Open Thread

BREAKING: The Premier League has confirmed 36 new positive COVID-19 tests across two rounds of testing between January 4-10 - 2,593 players and club staff were tested.

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OFFICIAL: Tottenham vs Fulham replaces Aston Villa vs Tottenham on Wednesday

Aston Villa’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played at Villa Park on Wednesday 13 January, has been rescheduled following a decision by the Premier League Board.


As a result of this rescheduling, Spurs will now play their home match against Fulham in its place, on Wednesday 13 January at 20.15 GMT. The fixture was previously postponed on 30 December.

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Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

The continued outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the Premier League is becoming a major concern for the league, especially in the wake of a governmental admission that lockdown restrictions may become even more stringent, and the clash between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur has now been postponed.
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Most PL Goals 2020/21:

37 - Liverpool
33 - Man Utd
32 - Chelsea
31 - Leicester
30 - Leeds

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Most Aerial Duels Won By Centre Backs This Season (Win %)

:six::eight: :red_circle: Harry Maguire (76%)
:five::seven: :purple_circle: James Tarkowski (71%)
:five::seven: :large_blue_circle: Kurt Zouma (72%)
:five::four: :red_circle: Jannik Vestergaard (72%)
:four::eight: :large_blue_circle: Jonny Evans (71%)

Data via WhoScored :bar_chart:

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Rob Holding has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, running until 2024 with an option for a further year. Arsenal is very happy with his performances since his transfer from Bolton Wanderers in July 2016.

Since his arrival Rob has made 96 first-team appearances, winning two FA Cups along the way. The highlight of Rob’s first season was a superb performance in the 2017 FA Cup final ensuring Arsenal won the trophy with a 2-1 win over Chelsea.

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:1st_place_medal: Most headed PL goals in 2020/21:

9⚽️: EVERTON
8⚽️: Liverpool, West Ham
7⚽️: Chelsea
6⚽️: Manchester United
5⚽️: Aston Villa, Leeds

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Most assists by defenders in the Premier League this season:

◉ Lucas Digne (5 in 9 apps)
◉ Andy Robertson (5 in 17 apps)
◎ Ben Chilwell (4 in 14 apps)
◎ Aaron Cresswell (4 in 17 apps)

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OFFICIAL: Paul Tierney will referee this Sunday’s match between Liverpool and Man United.

He has awarded United 5 penalties in his last 10 matches - and 1 against.

He has awarded Liverpool 0 penalties in 14 matches - and 1 against.

Over to you, Bruno! :eyes::eyes::eyes:

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Leeds United v Southampton postponed

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Leeds United v Southampton, due to played on Wednesday 20 January, has been postponed to allow for Southampton’s FA Cup third round fixture to be played against Shrewsbury Town.

The FA Cup match is now scheduled to take place at St. Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday 19 January and will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport at 20:00 GMT.

Southampton’s Premier League match at Leeds will be rescheduled in due course.

Any future FA Cup rescheduling decisions involving Premier League teams will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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Man City 1-0 Brighton: Foden’s winner helps Pep’s team move to 3rd of PL table

Manchester City returned to the Premier League tonight with a nervy win over Graham Potter’s Brighton side. The team make it seven wins in a row in all competitions. They move up to third in the Premier League after Foden’s winner.

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Man United new boy Amad Diallo targeting EPL & UCL glory at Old Trafford

Manchester United new boy Amad Diallo has revealed his sky-high ambitions of winning Premier League and Champions League gold with the club in his first interview since joining.
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All Premier League fixture changes in January

The Premier League has announced a raft of fixture changes throughout January due to the impact of coronavirus - we round them up.

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Frank Lampard defends Premier League players amid celebration criticism

Frank Lampard has defended players who have gone against coronavirus guidelines by continuing to celebrate in groups and warned the Premier League’s tougher protocols will be difficult to implement.

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If football is shut down we know where the fault lies’ Experts want action on Covid rule-breakers

Virologists, public health doctors and epidemiologists are queuing up to urge football’s governing bodies to crack down on Covid rule-breakers who celebrate goals in tight-knit huddles.
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Mesut Özil recorded 17.94(xA) in the 2015/16 season. That’s the second largest total since our records began.

Kevin De Bruyne is the only player to have bettered Özil. He amassed 21.29 Expected Assists in 2019/20.

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