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5 Telling Stats from Everton’s Intense 2-1 Win Over Leeds

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It was a non-stop affair, but did the numbers tell us as Everton held on for victory? 

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After the pedestrian defeat to Newcastle at the weekend, the Blues simply had to make a statement here.

And that they did, with Everton winning 2-1 at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground where this was only their second win in the last 39 league games.

But what did the numbers tell us about the performance?

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Hard to quantify, but Everton’s first half was full of intensity

Tempo and intensity. Two often-lacking components when Everton play any team outside the top six.

Here, though, Everton’s first half had bagfuls of it.

I know, this is 5 Telling “Stats” and intensity/tempo are very hard to quantify. But if it could be described in binary terms, the weekend was a 0, and this performance was a 1.

Digne Machine

Six assists in 12 games this season

Everton’s opening goal was created by two fantastic passes.

First, Andre Gomes weighed a perfect long ball down the flank to Lucas Digne, with the Frenchman putting in an absolutely stunning low cross from a difficult position for Gylfi SIgurdsson to tuck home. It was an awkward position that Digne actually be felled himself in executing the assist.

He’s not been in the best of form since his return from injury, but yet another assist shows why he’s indispensable to this Everton team.

On Your Head

DCL ends 7-game league “drought” with crashing head

Dominic Calvert-Lewin ended his Premier League goal drought with a classic finish from the powerful striker as he came crashing in at the back post to finish off a chance.

It was his 12th league goal of the season, putting him back in joint second in the league, with only Mo Salah (15) having scored more.

Second Half Issues

Everton fail to score in second half, but concede again

Although Everton gallantly held on for victory, the second half was all Leeds.

But it’s not uncommon for the Blues’ second half performance to be worse than the first half.

First Half Goals (Scored:Conceded): 20:12
Second Half Goals (Scored:Conceded): 11:13

Everton Goal Timings
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As you can see above, Everton best period games typically comes between 15 and 45 minutes of the first half – and that’s where the Blues’ points are won.

Away Days

4 consecutive away wins for first time since December 1985

After being an atrocious team on the road under Marco Silva and Ronald Koeman, Everton have found their away form,

The Blues have the third best record in the league away from home (only Leicester City and Manchester United are better) having picked up an incredible 22 points from 10 games (7 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats).

At Goodison however, Everton have picked up a meagre 14 points (4 wins, 2 draws, 4 defeats). We’ve looked at some of the reasons for this poor home form here.

Everton are away at Manchester United next, who have a similar home/away record…