Mar 3, 2017 16:01:11
Goal and Sure have partnered to create the Pressure Index, the only way to measure how players are handling the stress of the most competitive league
Arsenal travel to Anfield to take to Liverpool on Saturday in a matchup that promises goals, goals, goals, as the Premier League hurtles towards a thrilling climax.
Just one point separates fourth-placed Arsenal and fifth-placed Liverpool in the race for UEFA Champions League places and this fixture has produced no less than 16 goals in its last three matches, including last season’s wonderful 3-3 draw.
The pressure will be on for both sides, with the hosts particularly desperate for a return to form after managing just one victory in their last seven Premier League outings.
They have only kept two clean sheets in their last 22 Premier League games against the Gunners and will have to keep it tight until the final whistle in a fixture that has also brought 16 goals scored in the 90th minute or later; more than any other fixture in the history of the competition.
On Sunday, Tottenham host Everton in a match that will see two of the Premier League’s top-scoring players go head-to-head in the form of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.
Last week Spurs striker Kane hit his third hat-trick of the year to top the Goal Pressure index, presented by Sure and powered by Opta data, which provides the first ever system to measure and rate a team and player’s performance under pressure.
The Goal Pressure Index uses more than 750,000 data points as well as factors including league position, point in the season and the opposition to calculate a rating out of 100 for every Premier League player every week.
Lukaku, meanwhile, has now scored 77 goals before his 24th birthday, as many as Cristiano Ronaldo managed by that stage.