Quick five: Oct 20-22

Brazilians have all the fun, don’t they?

Just one solitary shot was registered on target across both games for Ederson and Alisson this weekend (Alisson got down to deny Huddersfield’s Laurent Depoitre in the second-half at the John Smith’s Stadium). That contributed to yet another clean sheet for the samba stars, making it a hugely impressive six from nine already this season.

Elsewhere in the top-flight, these guys nabbed our Quick Five headlines.

1 Don’t compare De Gea to… De Gea

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As well as he performed last season, David de Gea can only play the game which comes to him. So far this term, that leaky leaky Manchester United defence hasn’t done him any favours. He had no chance with the opener and found himself very unfortunate with Ross Barkley’s leveller. There’s a very small argument he could have generated a more powerful hand to see it over the bar, but he still made a decent reactionary save from the initial effort. Had the parry gone to a United player instead, we’d be talking about a match-winning stop.

2 Betinelli’s blip

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It all started so well for Marcus Bettinelli. After replacing Fabri following Fulham’s opening two defeats, the Cottagers then went two unbeaten with the 26-year-old in goal. An England call-up arrived, but so did the shipping of 16 goals in four games. A massively overworked Betinelli has now conceded more than any of the top stoppers in the Premier League (20 in seven), while Fulham have conceded 25 in total. If they continue at the current rate, that could reach 106 goals by the end of the season. The record is 89, held by Derby in that fateful 2007-08 one-win campaign.

3 Hugo’s huge impact

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Well-documented off-field issues and an erratic performance against Barcelona in the Champions League have prompted plenty of ridiculous calls for Hugo Lloris to be dropped. Due to the nature of his game – he plays on the front foot and regularly anticipates attacking threats rather than lying deep and strategising what he’s only absolutely guaranteed to reach – there will always be an occasional decision error in his locker. Providing that isn’t match-defining, Mauricio Pochettino will keep faith in his captain. Lloris was the difference between Spurs winning three points and dropping two against West Ham. He’s strong mentally, he doesn’t dwell on mistakes and he’ll regularly put in a strong performance after an error. It’s too easy to say he needs a break.

4 Joe can still take Hart

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In England’s recent clash with Spain, Gareth Southgate’s men registered three shots on target. They scored all of them. David de Gea was at fault for none. Joe Hart suffered a similar fate against Manchester City. In a perfect world, he’d have dreamt of making a succession of top saves to deny old teammates. Reality, however, had other ideas. No matter who was in goal on Saturday, that was a 5-0 defeat at the very least. To his credit, Joe kept the score down, but frustration showed after the fifth and the upright duly received a good hammering. He’ll simply accept it and move on.

5 Big-game Pickford

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Jordan Pickford didn’t just save a penalty against Crystal Palace – he changed the complexion of the game. At 0-0 with the visitors in the ascendancy, it looked like they’d go on to take three points from Goodison. Instead, Pickford produced a big-game moment to hand momentum back to Everton. Luka Milivojevic’s penalty was straight down the middle – not slightly to the right or left – which made the stop even more impressive. Pickford actually looked back and extended his foot to generate enough power to divert it to safety. It was a very, very good save.

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