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While Everton recently put their Liverpool hoodoo to bed, they head into Monday’s clash with Chelsea with another major statistic against them. Not since 1994 have Everton managed to win at Stamford Bridge (in any competition), so Carlo Anchelloti will be keen to put another piece of history to bed with his Toffee’s team.
Since the start of the year, Everton have been involved in seven games where both teams have scored and they’ll head into this game full of confidence having won their last three league matches. In fact, they have scored in nine of their last ten games in the Premier League – which includes against the likes of Man City, Liverpool and Man Utd, and not included in that list are the five goals they put past Spurs in the FA Cup last month.
Knowing that a victory in London will put them ahead of Chelsea in the table – as well as into a Champions League spot – they’ll be keen to take every opportunity they get, just like Richarlison has been doing with goals in his last three games.
Chelsea have been a different machine under Thomas Tuchel and having taken over in January, they’re now on a 10 games unbeaten run, with last week’s win at Anfield being the pinnacle so far. The former Borussia Dortmund gaffer still has plenty of work to do however, given that Chelsea have only scored two of more goals in three of those games and they head into this fixture having only found the net on three occasions in their last four outings.
When you consider Southampton and Sheffield Utd have broken the Chelsea rearguard in recent weeks, Everton will be keen the exploit as many weaknesses as they possibly can and with both teams topping the set pieces statistics when it comes to goals, there’s sure to be plenty of goalmouth action. So, while it’s 27 years since an Everton victory at Stamford Bridge, don’t rule it out. But, the safest bet of all is undoubtedly both teams finding the back of the net.
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Monday’s sole match in the Belgian Division 1 is a clash between two sides which have been in rude health since the turn of the year. And if that form continues, we should be treated to plenty of goals too. In terms of profile, Gent most certainly possess a more lucrative history than Oostende, but it’s the coastal club which have been doing the better this season – sitting some eight places ahead of their opponents in the table.
Gent started the season is disastrous fashion, losing four of their first five matches, and come the turn of the year, they looked in serious threat of getting drawn into a relegation fight. However, ever since their 2-1 win over Standard Liege in mid-December – not long after drafting in new manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck – they’ve been a different team.
Just two defeats in their last 13 games have seen them climb to 12th in the league table and they head into this clash on a six games unbeaten run. And they’ve also found their scoring touch with 11 goals in their last six matches, four of which striker Roman Yaremchuk has scored and that includes a hat-trick in their last home game against Royal Excel Muscron. So, it’s safe to say that they should score again here.
As for Oostende, they head into this match in similar form to the hosts, with just two defeats in their last 11 games, but they have been far more consistent since the start of the season. Their much-improved form, compared to that since their promotion in 2013, has them on course for their best campaign yet and while their home form has been the key factor. They have won on the road against the likes of second-placed Royal Antwerp don’t you knoe. When you take into account that they have scored in their last 16 games, eight of which have been away from home, both teams should be finding the back of the net at the Ghelamc.
It’s first against fifth at the San Siro and if both teams continue their scoring spree, then there shouldn’t be much to worry on the both teams to score front. Inter’s form in recent weeks has been second to none and six successive wins, including their 3-0 hammering of rivals AC in the Milan derby, has seen them shoot five points clear at the top of the table.
In those six games, they’ve scored 17 goals giving them an average of 2.83 goals per game, which is hugely impressive. And in their last six games on home soil, they have scored at least two goals every single time and between Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Lautaro Martinez, it’s near impossible to see Antonio Conte’s men not finding the net at least once.
While Atalanta have lost four games in the league, it’s worth noting that they’ve only been beaten once in their last 16 matches in Serie A and four consecutive league wins means that they’re very much in the hunt for a Champions League spot once again. They may not have the high-profile names as Inter, but they’ve been continuing to hold their own this season and they head into this clash having scored in each of their last eight matches, with the remarkable fact that defender Robin Gosens has scored in the last three of those outings.
That’s proof that they have numerous goalscoring threats within their squad and with 15 goals in their last five league games, an average of three goals per match, they are just as dangerous going forward as the hosts. When the sides met earlier in the season, it finished in a 1-1 draw and both teams scoring again looks extremely likely again.
The last three times that Leeds United have travelled to London to face a West Ham side, both teams have scored and those three games have averaged 4.3 goals. And the way that both sides have been faring heading into the clash at the London Stadium, it’s safe to say that something similar could be on the cards.
While they have been beaten twice in 2021 so far, the Hammers have been a revelation under David Moyes and those defeats did come against Liverpool and Man City – the latter of those two losses coming in a game where they were value for more than their 2-1 defeat. Even their win over Spurs showed their remarkable resilience when it looked for some time that their London opponents would snatch something late on.
Having scored in nine of their last 10 league games, there’s no issue with West Ham finding the target and with Michail Antonio, Jesse Lingard and Tomas Soucek all in excellent form, they won’t be short on the finishing front. If both teams are to score, then it will surely be down to Leeds United keeping their end of the bargain.
But, that shouldn’t be an issue either. Firstly, they have scored in 11 of their 13 away games in the Premier League, which is more than good enough for a side sitting in 11th place in the table, and as it stands, they are the sixth highest scorers in the Premier League – finding the net more than Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham.
As ever, they will be hugely reliant on Patrick Bamford to have his shooting boots on, but given that both Rafinha and Stuart Dallas – who’ve got 10 league goals between the this term – scored in the recent win over Southampton, that’s an added bonus to their chances as well. So, it’s the sixth-placed team up against the sixth highest scorers. That can only mean goals and if both teams don’t score, it will be a major surprise to say the least.
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