West Brom v Reading 15:00
– West Brom’s fine start to the season was ended in more ways than one against Fulham, as they failed to find the net and had Peter Odemwingie sent off after a reckless challenge. There were some bright spots for the Baggies though, as Romelu Lukaku again acquitted himself well following another substitute cameo.
– West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu was recorded as the fastest player on the pitch against the Cottagers, when the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index recorded him at 22.18mph.
– Gareth McAuley’s reading of the game so far this campaign has been largely exceptional. He’s pulled off a mammoth 38 interceptions already from his first four appearances placing him top of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
– Jonas Olsson pulled off a remarkable defensive performance last weekend against Fulham, despite the Baggies eventually succumbing to defeat. He won all 3 of his challenges, as well as making 8 clearances and 18 successful interceptions, the most in a single match by any player this season
– No player on the pitch was working harder than West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell last weekend as he ran for a solid 5.73 miles.
– Reading fell victim to a Tottenham side who looked to have rediscovered some form as they were convincingly beaten 1-3 at home. A solitary goal from Hal Robson-Kanu was not enough to stave off defeat as Reading found themselves outclassed throughout the 90 minutes.
– Despite the result, Reading posted the second highest total for a club in a single game this season with 66.12 miles
– Striker Gareth McLeary continued to showcase his value to Reading manager Brian McDermott with his work rate against Tottenham last Monday. No player covered more distance as he racked up 6.66 miles.
– Mikele Leigertwood outstripped even notoriously fleet-footed Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon as the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index registered him at 21.98mph, 0.92mph quicker than the England international.
– Despite playing at left-back, Ian Harte still managed to get even more involved in QPR’s play than some of his team mates, completing 15 successful passes in the reigning European Champions half of the pitch.