After the pedestrian defeat to Newcastle at the weekend, the Blues simply had to make a statement here.
But what did the numbers tell us about the performance?
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.
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.
6 - Lucas Digne has provided more Premier League assists this season than any other defender (six). Outlet. pic.twitter.com/5ktjTIAbWD— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 3, 2021
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.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has now netted five headed goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other player in the competition.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 3, 2021
Rising highest again. pic.twitter.com/NHFezsxhQ8
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
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.
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…