FA Cup priorities meant that there were just four games in the Premier League last weekend and between them they produced just one second-half injury time goal, with Alfie Mawson scoring a consolation for Swansea against Hull.
Prior to that, a full schedule at the start of the month gave us our most prolific week of the season so far. No fewer than six post-90 strikes were registered, giving us some interesting pointers for Unibet’s 90+ Cashback Promotion as we move into the latest round of fixtures.
White Hart Lane was the scene for two of the injury time goals as Spurs and then Everton found the net after 90 minutes. Tottenham also scored post-90 with Son Heung Min’s effort against Millwall in the FA Cup rounding off a 6-0 win and on Sunday they host Southampton, who conceded against Watford in the 94th minute last time out.
That would suggest a likely late contender at the Lane this week but neither team has any strong overall trends in this respect and without Harry Kane, it could be a blunt afternoon with a 0-0 scoreline already added to my own betslip.
Elsewhere, the late, late strikes came at the Liberty Stadium where Fernando Llorente’s 92nd minute goal means that the Swans have scored twice in succession in second-half injury time. Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum and West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini were on target against Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.
The reverse fixtures from this weekend’s schedule were spread between Christmas and New Year and none of them actually produced a post-90 strike. There were plenty of goals however including two 4-1 scorelines in favour of Spurs versus Southampton and Burnley against Sunderland so that, at least, gives us plenty of hope this week.
In seven corresponding games from last season, we saw a couple of late red cards but no goals after the 90th minute, leaving things a little sparse as we look for trends ahead of the latest round of matches. Of course, there doesn’t necessarily have to be indicators as we move forward but a history of late efforts in a certain fixture would certainly help.
Overall, the trend in recent weeks has been for more second half injury time goals and perhaps this is due to the fact that we are at the stage of the season where every point and, in terms of goal difference, every notch in the ‘goals for’ columns is vital.
Would it be too obvious to look at Arsenal again? They are the form team in terms of post-90 goals and the most prolific over the course of the whole season with that strike by Wijnaldum making it two goals against and eight at the right end of the pitch after the 90th minute.
West Brom have some indicators too so at the risk of sounding obvious, we’ll make this the first addition to this week’s list.
Chelsea have also been more active in recent weeks while Everton have come close to matching Arsenal in terms of late goals since Christmas. Whether Romelu Lukaku will be on the pitch / in the right frame of mind to contribute is debatable but Enner Valencia, Ademola Lookman and Ross Barkley have all notched after the 90th minute this season and can compensate or compliment the Belgian when the Toffees host Hull City on Saturday.
Best Bets: Late goals in West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal and Everton v Hull City
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