After yesterday's successes it would be churlish not to make some picks for tonight's London derby.
Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea (1-1)
Spurs scorer: Adebayor* Assist: Van Der Vaart
Chelsea scorer: Sturridge Assist: Mata
Tonight is an exciting night for football statisticians as we get ready to count the goals going in towards the magic 20,000 milestone! It is testimony to the advance of the football statistics into the mainstream to see the furore and excitement around this event - a far cry from some of the earlier Premier League scoring milestones which passed with litle more than than a raised eyebrow.
So who will be the lucky scorer to be able to choose which charity benefits from the £20,000 windfall? Below are our usual predictions for scorers and assisters, which take on a special significance as the Premier League total currently stands at 19,989. After yesterday's goal fest it is likely that the milestone will be reached not long after half-time in tonight's fixtures. It is, of course,
We'll update these predictions to incorporate line-up information prior to kick-off.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Norwich (2-2)
Wolves scorer: Steven Fletcher Assist: Matthew Jarvis
Norwich scorer: Steve Morison Assist: Grant Holt
Blackburn Rovers Bolton Wanderers (1-2)
Blackburn scorer: Ayegbeni Yakubu Assist: David Hoilett
Bolton scorer: Ivan Klasnic Assist: Martin Petrov
Actual scores in brackets
Correct predictions in bold
* = Star selection
It's the calm before the storm of the Transfer Window re-opening in less than a fortnight but this week's truncated list of transfer transactions includes a former AS Monaco midfielder who has joined the bottom club in League One.
Barclays Premier League 20-22 December
Tuesday 20 December
Blackburn Rovers Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers have lost three and drawn one of their last four Premier League visits to Ewood Park.Blackburn Rovers sacked manager Sam Allardyce after their 17th Premier League game last season – a 2-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.Bolton Wanderers have lost 18 of their last 21 Premier League games.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Norwich City
This is the first top division meeting between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City since December 1983.Wolverhampton Wanderers have kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League games at Molineux.Norwich City have failed to score in only two of their Premier League games this season.
A major Premier League milestone is coming up with the 20,000th goal to be scored in the next two days. Thanks to AFS master statistician John Russell for the below list of previous goal milestones in the Premier league.
It would be fitting for Robin Van Persie to score the 20,000th but whoever scores will be able to donate 20,000 pounds to the charity of their choice, courtesy of Barclays.
Sheffield Utd v Man Utd
Leeds Utd v Tottenham Hotspur
Can Man City stop Van Persie from scoring? We're sticking our necks out and he remains a star selection for Sunday.
We'll update the predictions to incorporate line-up information prior to kick-off.
(After Sunday line-ups announced)
Blackburn Rovers West Bromwich Albion (1-2)
Blackburn scorer: Ayegbeni Yakubu Assist: Steven Nzonzi
West Brom scorer: Peter Odemwingie Assist: Chris Brunt*
Everton Norwich (1-1)
Everton scorer: Tim Cahill Assist: Leighton Baines
Norwich scorer: Steve Morison Assist: Grant Holt
Fulham Bolton Wanderers (2-0)
Fulham scorer: Moussa Dembele Assist: Clint Dempsey
Bolton scorer: Ivan Klasnic Assist: Kevin Davies
Newcastle Swansea (0-0)
This week's prestigious goal of the week goes to Arsenal’s marvellous Robin Van Persie for his strike against Everton.
On the day the club celebrated its 125th anniversary, the Gunners celebrated their famous mantra of one-nil to the Arsenal in glorious fashion.
The goal came out of nothing against a stubborn Everton rearguard. From Alex Song’s clever chip, after the ball came across his body, goal-machine Van Persie scored with a sumptuous left-foot volley.
The modern day legend brought a host of Arsenal legends to their feet in stunned appreciation.
It was Van Persie’s 33rd Premier League goal of the year, leaving him one behind the club record held by Thierry Henry.
Tottenham Hotspur had won six league games in a row for the first time since 1990, equalling their best ever unbeaten run in the Premier League and must have fancied their chances against a Stoke City side who recently suffered a run of five defeats in six league and cup games.
However, Tottenham were undone by two goals from former Hotspur Matthew Etherington whilst the Stoke team also featured former players Jonathan Woodgate and Peter Crouch.
To complete the humiliation, Stoke boss Tony Pulis had been assistant to current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp at AFC Bournemouth in 1991.
Congratulations to Stoke City!
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
17-18 December 2011
Saturday 17 December
Blackburn Rovers West Bromwich Albion
Blackburn Rovers have lost only one of their ten previous Premier League meetings with West Bromwich Albion.Blackburn Rovers have now extended their club record to 18 consecutive games without a clean sheet in the Premier League.West Bromwich Albion have lost four of their last six Premier League games.
Everton Norwich City
Norwich City have lost all of their last five league and cup meetings with Everton.Everton have failed to score in four of their seven home games in the Premier League this season.Only one of Norwich City’s 15 Premier League games this season has been goalless at half-time.