Back to the Future - Gameweek 1

Hello all! Hope you’ve enjoyed my previous articles!

This time round I'll be using this section to look at historic fixtures to see if any patterns emerge with regards to players to target ahead of the following game week.

Some game weeks will understandably be a lot smaller articles than others, but nevertheless hopefully there is something you will all learn from each.

Arsenal v Fulham

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Played: 2 Goals: 3 Assists: 1

Alexandre Lacazette

Played: 2 Goals: 3 Assists: 0

Does anybody remember what happened the last time Fulham were in the Premier League and entertained Arsenal?

Maybe the Arsenal fans do, the Fulham fans may have wanted to forget both matches!

7 October 2018 - Fulham 1 - 5 Arsenal 1 January 2019 - Arsenal 4 - 1 Fulham

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two late goals in the first fixture when the match appeared to have been already won.

The feel good factor seemed to have returned to Arsenal that day, with chants of "we've got our Arsenal back" ringing out from the away end at Craven Cottage. It was there sixth consecutive victory whilst on a nine game unbeaten run.

In the fixture at The Emirates, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found himself on the score sheet. Again, it was late on when the match appeared to have been already won. Interesting to note however that the most talked about player in both games in 2018/19 was none other than Alexandre Lacazette. He also got two goals in the first games and took the man of the match award.

In the fixture on New Years Day he also scored, and most likely would have won the man of the match award had he not been taken off early by Unai Emery. A decision that Arsenal fans were critical of despite the score line. If Lacazette is in the starting eleven, he is definitely worthy of consideration.

It is worth considering however that Fulham appeared to be in complete disarray on both occasions when they played Arsenal. There was managerial uncertainty, they were constantly in bad form, the core of the team had been ripped up and nobody had a clue what there strongest eleven was. On this occasion they appear more settled. The Fulham fans are very complimentary of the shot stopping abilities of Marek Rodak, Michael Hector has been a major influence on their defence, Aleksandar Mitrovic comes back in to the Premier League full of confidence, and they've manage to bring back Harrison Reid on a permanent basis.

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

Heung-Min Son

Played: 6 Goals: 3 Assists: 3

Harry Kane

Played: 10

Goals: 9

Assists: 0

When people think of Tottenham playing Everton, the first thought that usually comes to mind is that Heung-Min Son tackle on Andre Gomes last season.

If you delve a little deeper though, you can see why its still a fixture that Heung-Min Son looks forward too. The biggest highlights came in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons where Tottenham smashed 11 goals past Everton in these four fixtures.

The 6-2 victory in the 2018/19 season was no doubt just as enjoyable too. Harry Kane enjoyed seven of his ten strikes against Everton during this period.

In fact you have to go as far back as the 9th December 2012 to find out the last time Everton beat Tottenham. Just as concerning for Everton fans is that the last time Everton won an opening game of the season was the 2012/13 season. All the historic data is pointing towards either a Spurs draw or a win.

There is however concern that Harry Kane may not play Tottenham's first fixture following his lack of a pre season. This could benefit Son further who has played up front as a result in pre season fixtures

Furthermore, it is worth factoring in that neither Harry Kane or Heung Min Son have scored in Spurs last three games against Everton. Albeit Spurs as a team haven't lost any of those fixtures. Further consideration should be made to the fact that one of these fixtures was also played without a crowd.

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