Kurt Zouma, paired alongside the veteran Phil Jagielka in defence, suffered the ignominy of a 2-0 defeat at relegated Fulham. Big Kurt was marginally better-performing than his centre-back partner but that’s not saying much.
Kenedy was not involved in Newcastle’s trip to the King Power Stadium in Leicester, and Michy Batshuayi was an unused substitute as Crystal Palace were well-beaten by Manchester City, 1-3.
After a collective team disaster against Blackburn Rovers, Mason Mount had a highly fruitful 90 minutes against the struggling Bolton Wanderers, bagging a hat-trick and helping the Rams to a 5-0 win at Pride Park. That’s not all, he even came close from a couple of long-distance efforts but was generally more clinical than his usual self (3 goals from 3/7 shots on target, xG of 1.18). Fikayo Tomori also started, and was excellent as usual.
Derby have been in mixed form as of late but are still well within reach of the promotion play-offs, sitting two points adrift of 6th-placed Bristol City.
Tammy Abraham scored a dubiously-awarded penalty against his former club, Bristol City, thus helping Aston Villa to their 8th win in a row. Dean Smith’s side are picking up form at just the right time and look to be a shoe-in for the play-offs, with four games to play.
Abraham had limiting shooting opportunities against Rotherham in mid-week with Villa reduced to 10 men early on but his two shots, one of which failed to hit the target, were worth an xG of 1.33!
Lewis Baker played a pair of 90 minutes for Reading, who performed most impressively to hold Norwich to a 2-2 draw and defeat Brentford 2-1. Baker appears to have finally found his rhythm under Jose Gomes and having scored last week, assisted Yakou Meite’s goal against Brentford with an in-swinging free-kick. Matt Miazga was solid at the back as always.
Reece James, playing in midfield for the twelfth time this season, earned yet another Man of the Match award after Wigan drew 1-1 with the league leaders, Norwich City. James is the staple set-piece-taker for his team but he’s also on penalty duty now! He opened the scoring with a well-placed effort from twelve yards into the bottom-right corner and tried his luck from distance again, coming very close to adding to his wonder-goal tally.
Todd Kane played 80 and 77 minutes for Hull City at right-back against Wigan and Middlesbrough, respectively.
Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas started in Bristol City’s 3-2 win over West Brom and their 2-1 loss to Aston Villa. The Robins went three ahead in a 17-minute blitz early in the game against West Brom, and Dasilva assisted Jack Hunt for the last of those goals. Kasey Palmer was a 60th-minute substitute for Aston Villa; Palmer’s role in Lee Johnson’s side appears to be firmly cemented as an impact substitute as of now and there’s little reason for that to change anytime soon, which is quite reminiscent of Palmer’s spell at Derby County last season.
Michael Hector earned several plaudits for his defensive efforts against Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, despite the latter resulting in a loss for the Owls. This is increasingly looking like the season where the self-proclaimed Fresh Prince of East Ham proves himself as someone ready to take on a bigger challenge than the Championship.
Trevoh Chalobah played 80 minutes for Ipswich in their 2-0 loss to Brentford, and was then an unused substitute against Birmingham City.
Izzy Brown wasn’t involved for Leeds United.
Dujon Sterling played well for Coventry in a crazy, back-and-forth encounter at the Stadium of Light versus the ‘mighty’ Sunderland. The Sky Blues were the clear pace-setters in the match, taking the lead no less than thrice, only to have Sunderland equalise rapidly before finally clinching a 4-5 win in the 78th minute. Incidentally, former Chelsea academy player, Charlie Wakefield got the assist for the winning goal!
Bradley Collins picked up his 11th clean sheet of the season in Burton’s 0-3 win against Scunthorpe United, whereas Nathan Baxter’s Yeovil Town suffered a 0-1 loss to Crawley. Yeovil are in serious danger of relegation now, with Macclesfield having climbed out of the drop-zone at their expense. Josh Grant wasn’t involved for Yeovil.
Jacob Maddox was an unused substitute for Cheltenham Town.
Jack Wakely and Ethan Wady played 90 minutes for Basingstoke Town and Tooting & Mitcham United respectively.
Tiemoue Bakayoko played the whole of Milan’s 1-0 win against Lazio, registering the highest number of duels won (11), with a success rate of 55%.
Friday:— SPORF (@Sporf) April 14, 2019
Acerbi: “We are stronger, there is no comparison to individuals.”
Bakayoko: “See you Saturday”
⚽️ Kessi scores the winner for @ACMilan
A brawl breaks out, Bakayoko & Acerbi swap shirts at the end.
♂️ Bakayoko celebrates with his shirt. pic.twitter.com/pLHQGMYF30
Ola Aina, back from injury, was brought on for Lorenzo De Silvestri, who sustained a fracture in the 40th minute of Torino’s 1-1 draw against Cagliari.
Mario Pasalic could only watch on from the bench, as Atalanta managed to end up with a goalless draw against Empoli despite an xG scoreline of.. 6.39 - 0.52.
Lucas Piazon was not called upon across two Chievo Verona matches.
Jake Clarke-Salter started in Vitesse’s goalless draw against Utrecht, but Eduardo was left out of the XI for Remko Pasveer for another week running.
Fankaty Dabo played the entirety of Sparta Rotterdam’s surprising 1-4 loss to 9th-placed TOP Oss. Sparta will most likely have to take the play-off route to the Eredivisie with four games left and a ten-point gap between them and league leaders, FC Twente.
Alvaro Morata made the impact required of him when he replaced Vitolo in the 62nd minute, adding a second goal for Atletico in the 74th minute and helping them to a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo. Set through on goal by Antoine Griezmann, Morata rounded the Vigo ‘keeper, Ruben Blanco, and finished comfortably.
Kenneth Omeruo was deployed in the middle of a back-5 for Leganes and kept Real from augmenting the scoreline past a 1-1 stalemate.
Josimar Quintero started for Lleida Esportiu, who lost to Sabadell, once a loan destination for Chelsea Loan Army legend, Ulises Davila.
Baba Rahman played the whole of Reims’ 0-0 draw against AS Monaco.
Victorien Angban was an 83rd-minute substitute as FC Metz took another step towards the Ligue 2 title, with a 2-1 win against Chateauroux.
Christian Pulisic is still injured.
Kylian Hazard was kept out of action for Cercle Brugge due to injury.
Victor Moses was taken off with seconds remaining against Galatasaray, where a 10-man Fenerbahce equalised and held onto a 1-1 draw.
Danilo Pantic played 90 minutes in Partizan’s routine 3-0 win against Cukaricki.
Jared Thompson had a rough outing against Newry City AFC, who defeated Warrenpoint Town 2-4.
Nathan played 15 minutes in Atletico Mineiro’s 4-1 loss to Cerro Porteno.