West Brom vs Fulham 15:00
A late equalizer from Victor Anichebe ensured that Chelsea left The Hawthorns with only a point in the last round of Premier League fixtures. The Baggies host Fulham with manager Pepe Mel still looking to register his first win as West Brom manager.
Saido Berahino swung in the cross from which Anichebe scored his late header, and the assist was the least that the West Brom striker deserved after an impressive overall offensive performance. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that he completed 27 passes in the opposition half, which was more than any other Baggies player. Berahino is 7/4 with 888sport.com to score at any time on Saturday.
Pepe Mel will have been delighted with his team’s draw against the Blues, particularly as Mourinho’s men were victorious at the Etihad just a few days before. Claudio Yacob was integral to his side’s defensive effort, as he shielded the back four to great effect. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that Yacob attempted the second most challenges in the league (9).
Yacob’s outstanding defensive contribution is to be expected as he is widely regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the league. What may be a slight shock, however, is that James Morrison’s tackling was also of the highest order, as he won an impressive 75% of his challenges.
Chris Brunt’s influence in the West Brom team is undeniable, with the Northern Irishman the club captain. For his high standards, however, the former Sheffield Wednesday man’s goal tally has been slightly disappointing this term, as he has only found the back of the net once. Brunt continued his poor form in front of goal against Chelsea, as although he took more shots than any of his teammates (4), he failed to hit the target once.
A last minute penalty from Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard condemned Fulham to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ men. It was a harsh result on Fulham, who produced an excellent offensive display.
Lewis Holtby, in particular, excelled against the Reds, utilizing his undoubted creative talents to great effect. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that he completed 22 passes in the opposition half, which was more than any other player in the Fulham squad. You can find Holtby at 23/4 with 888sport.com to score at any time on Saturday.
Dan Burn has impressed for Fulham since his introduction into the first team, producing a number of composed displays which suggest a maturity beyond his tender years. Burn produced another barnstorming display against the Reds, making a total of 14 defensive contributions (based on blocks, clearances, interceptions and tackles won). This was more than any of his teammates.
Since arriving at the club in 2012, Kieran Richardson has become an integral member of the Fulham squad. This is in part due to his versatility, with the former Sunderland man more than capable of operating in midfield or defence. This excellent versatility is probably best demonstrated by the fact that Richardson has completed a total of 217 passes in the opposition half this term, and also won 72% of his challenges.