Before the start of the season, the noisy predictions of experts and pundits were shattered this time as well. Elling Holland (23, Manchester City) performed much better than expected, and the belief in the Yanggang system that ‘the winner is either Manchester City or Liverpool’ was shattered in half. While the fortunes of famous families diverged and emerging winds drove the game into turbulence, the English Premier League (EPL) 2022-2023 season has turned around the halfway point. Let’s take a look at the points to watch in the second half of the league with 19 to 17 games left for each team.
■ Holland, how much more will we add Man City’s striker Holland scored a hat-trick against Wolverhampton on the 22nd (Korean time) and led his team to a 3-0 victory. 25 league goals this season. When Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) and Mohamed Salah (31, Liverpool) tied for the top scorer last season, the record was 23 goals. There are also nine teams whose total goals are less than Haaland’s individual goals. Among them is Chelsea (22 goals). Half of the season has passed, but the top scorer has been decided.
The key is whether or not to break various goals records in the Premier League. The most goals scored in a season in the history of the Premier League, which was launched in 1992, is 34 goals. Andy Cole (Manchester United) in the 1993-1994 season and Alan Shearer (Blackburn) in the following season achieved successive achievements. However, this season was a 42-game system. After changing to 38 games, the highest record is Salach’s 32 goals in the 2017-2018 season. Haaland is poised to break the old record in the remaining matches.
His bizarre hat-trick performance is also a highlight. Until the last game against Wolverhampton, Haaland scored four hat-tricks this season. Shearer and Harry Kane (Tottenham) are the only players in Premier League history who have scored four hat-tricks in one season. Shearer holds the record for most hat tricks in a single season five times. Another great record was set at close range. All of this was achieved in the debut season. Haaland’s opponent now is not on the field, but in history.
■ Arsenal, will it work for the first time in 19 years? Arsenal, led by coach Mikel Arteta, defeated Man Utd 3-2 at home on the 23rd and achieved 50 points (16 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss) in 19 games, maintaining first place in the league. did. 스포츠토토 They are five points ahead of second-placed Manchester City even though they have played one game less. ’50 points in 19 games’ is a high ground that only six teams have stepped on in the first division history of more than 100 years. Among them, five teams lifted the championship cup. After 19 years of writing the myth of ‘undefeated championship’ in 2003-2004, Arsenal is dreaming of a revival of a prestigious family.
Arsenal, who once spent a long period of stagnation as a 4th-place team, and in recent years as a former big club that did not even rank 4th, is aiming for the premiership with young talents under the supervision of Arteta. Martin Odegard (24, 8 goals, 5 assists), Bukayo Saka (22, 7 goals, 7 assists), Gabriel Martinelli (22, 7 goals, 2 assists), etc., who have been given opportunities since childhood, are aces together. is in the mood to make a leap forward. The morale of shouting ‘one team’ is also high, regardless of starting pitcher or bench.