Top 10 passers in the Premier League by PFF passing grade

Top 10 passers in the Premier League by PFF passing grade

As we reach the Spring international break in football we are close to 75% of the way through the Premier League season which means we’ve got a pretty sizable data set to look at. With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the top ten players in the Premier League in terms of PFF passing grade, with a look at the metrics which have contributed to that grade.

1. Martin Ödegaard, Arsenal

PFF passing grade: 95.9

Ödegaard’s ability to move Arsenal forward this season has been key, with his 36 completed defensive line-breaking passes the most in the league. Not only are they the most, but they are a full 11 ahead of Bruno Fernandes in second place.

2. Rodri, Manchester City

PFF passing grade: 95.6

Rodri is the only player in the Premier League to complete more than 2,000 passes so far this season, with his 2,098 completed passes over 200 more than the next ranked player. He is tied for first with 219 completed line-breaking passes, although just six of those have broken the defensive line.

3. Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City

PFF passing grade: 94.6

Kevin De Bruyne is one of just three players, along with Ödegaard and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, who have averaged over 1.0 defensive line breaking passes completed per 90 minutes while seeing at least 1,000 minutes played so far this season, with De Bruyne trailing only Ödegaard at 1.2.

4. Granit Xhaka, Arsenal

PFF passing grade: 90.6

Xhaka has completed 87.6% of his pass attempts so far this season, 11th among midfielders to attempt at least 500 passes. He ranks 17th at the position with 110 completed line-breaking passes, and tied for seventh with 12 of those breaking the defensive line.

5. Ilkay Gündogan, Manchester City

PFF passing grade: 90.1

With 33 key passes this season, Gündogan ranks seventh amongst all midfielders. His 84.6% true pass completion rate puts him in the top-10 too, also ranking seventh of all midfielders to attempt a minimum of 900 passes this season.

Arsenal full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko
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6. Oleksandr Zinchenko, Arsenal

PFF passing grade: 89.6

Zinchenko’s 88.7% pass completion rate ranks second among full-backs this season, trailing only Kyle Walker of Manchester City, while his 133 line-breaking pass completions is behind only Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold at the position.

7. Alexis Mac Allister, Brighton & Hove Albion

PFF passing grade: 88.9

A good all-rounder in the passing game, Mac Allister ranks 12th among midfielders with 14 completed through ball passes so far this season. His seven defensive line-breaking passes completed are tied for 12th, while his true pass completion rate of 83.3% ranks ninth at the position.

8. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

PFF passing grade: 87.9

The highest-graded centre forward when it comes to passing, Kane has completed 37 line-breaking passes so far this season, four more than any other player at the position. 17 of those have broken the defensive line, which also leads all centre forwards.

9. Jack Grealish, Manchester City

PFF passing grade: 87.4

Among wide attacking midfielders, only Grealish’s Manchester City teammate Riyad Mahrez has a higher true pass completion rate than the 85.3% put forth by the former Aston Villa star this season.

10. Kaoru Mitoma, Brighton & Hove Albion

PFF passing grade: 87.0

Kaoru Mitoma has completed 85.9% of the passes he has attempted this season, which trails just four wide attacking midfielders. 73.3% of the 60 line breaking passes he has attempted have been completed, ranking third at the position.

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Underrated NFL free-agent signings for 2023: Eagles add Rashaad Penny, Chiefs bring aboard Drue Tranquill

Underrated NFL free-agent signings for 2023: Eagles add Rashaad Penny, Chiefs bring aboard Drue Tranquill

• Eagles get a steal with oft-injured RB Rashaad Penny: Among running backs with at least 100 carries from 2021 to 2022, Penny’s 6.2 yards per carry and 4.4 yards after contact per attempt both led the NFL.

• QB Jacoby Brissett presents excellent value for Commanders: While they may think Sam Howell could become a starting quarterback, Brissett offers a much higher floor and could get a lot out of their wide receiver trio.

• Seahawks can’t pass Julian Love despite crowded safety room: Love was expected to earn much more than the pact he signed, so Seattle probably just couldn’t ignore the value, which is always smart.

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It’s been said ad nauseam at this point, but every offseason there are the big splash signings that make the headlines, and then the real winners of NFL free agency are the teams that hunt for good value, buy low and chase upside. This year, where many of the middle-market players struggled mightily to secure significant multi-year deals, it may be more true than ever. 

We’re not necessarily highlighting our favorite value signings versus expectation here, which we already covered, but the moves that didn’t receive major praise yet could make a meaningful difference in 2023.

EDGE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Cleveland Browns

Contract: Three years, $19 million ($6.33 million per year), $12.49 million total guaranteed

Only one Cleveland Browns edge defender not named Myles Garrett earned a 60.0-plus pass rush in 2022, and that was free agent Jadeveon Clowney. None surpassed a 13.5% pass-rush win rate, with Garrett miles ahead at 25.6%. Okoronkwo earned an 81.9 grade and had a very respectable 19.4% pass-rush win rate, and that was while playing on a defensive line lacking a teammate in the same stratosphere as Garrett to pull attention away.

Okoronkwo could feast if he continues to play at the same level he finished the 2022 season and, with opposing offenses chipping and doubling Garrett constantly, could rack up a ton of pressures. New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz should have this overhauled defensive line playing much better against the pass and run going forward. 

LB Drue Tranquill, Kansas City Chiefs

Contract: One year, $3 million

Many league personnel were high on Tranquill’s prospects in this year’s free agency, with both AFC and NFC sources mentioning him as a player they thought could do better than expected. Despite a limited sample size as a starter, it’s not hard to see why. Tranquill’s 76.7 coverage grade ranked 11th among off-ball linebackers in 2022, and he should continue to get better at identifying offenses with more reps as a full-time starter.

The most fun utilization of Tranquill in Kansas City could be how defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo brings him on the occasional blitz. Tranquill’s 23.3% pressure rate over the past two seasons ranks fourth among off-ball linebackers and his 21.1% pass-rush win rate ranks first, meaning it’s not all just unblocked pressures and clean-up work after teammates chased quarterbacks into him. He has legitimate pass-rush chops on three to four such snaps a game.

Kansas City now has four quality off-ball linebackers, which makes this an interesting fit, but as awesome as Nick Bolton is on early downs, perhaps skipping the occasional obvious passing situation would benefit the defense. 

QB Jacoby Brissett, Washington Commanders

Contract: One year, $8 million, $7.5 million fully guaranteed

Jimmy Garoppolo signed a three-year, $72.75 million contract with $45 million in total guarantees, and Brissett signed this one-year flier. Over the past two seasons on a similar amount of dropbacks, here is how the two stack up:

Player Passing Grade Big-Time Throws-Turnover-Worthy Plays Adjusted Comp. % Rushing Grade
Jacoby Brissett 77.2 23-22 74.9% 90.8
Jimmy Garoppolo 73.5 22-30 77.0% 67.3

Brissett has bounced around a few teams, whereas Garoppolo has had the stability of the best offensive play caller and arguably the most talented offense in the NFL. Garoppolo very well could be the better player, especially considering the two were on the same team at one point, but we’re not sure he is an additional $26.25 million in fully guaranteed dollars better. 

From Washington’s perspective, they had the 30th-ranked passing grade as a team in 2022, and while they may genuinely think Sam Howell could become a starting quarterback, Brissett offers a much higher floor and could get a lot out of their wide receiver trio of Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel.

RB Rashaad Penny, Philadelphia Eagles

Contract: One year, $1.35 million, $600K guaranteed

Penny carries an enormous injury risk, and there’s a reason the former first-rounder signed a borderline minimum contract, but the upside potential here is extraordinary.

Among running backs with at least 100 carries from 2021 to 2022, Penny’s 6.2 yards per carry and 4.4 yards after contact per attempt both led the NFL, and his 0.23 forced missed tackles per carry ranked 11th. He put up these numbers operating behind an offensive line that ranked 19th in run-block grade. Over the past two years, the Eagles ranked third in both run-block grade (82.5) and yards before contact per attempt (1.8). 

The sky is the absolute limit for Penny running the ball, and Philadelphia is set up well with Kenneth Gainwell on passing downs and the return of Boston Scott to provide solid depth in both facets. 

EDGE Arden Key, Tennessee Titans

Contract: Three years, $21 million ($7 million per year), $13 million fully guaranteed

New Tennessee Titan edge defender Arden Key and outgoing edge defender DeMarcus Walker are not the same player, with Walker a good bit bigger, but the two have been deployed similarly in recent years with the ability to line up on the interior and out wide. They both signed free-agent contracts for a base value of $21 million over three years with similar guarantees, and Key is a year and a half younger.

Here is how the two players have stacked up over the past two years, with both earning larger roles and developing into quality contributors after slow starts to their careers despite being drafted on Day 2:

Player Pass-Rush Win % Pass-Rush Win % — True Pass Sets Run-Defense Grade Defensive Stops
Arden Key 16.7% 18.0% 65.9 30
DeMarcus Walker 13.8% 18.5% 62.9 37

Tennessee was able to sign away a player from the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars and effectively replace an important contributor in recent years in Walker, getting a bit younger, as well. While Walker offers more size, Tennessee still has Teair Tart, Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry in the fold.

S Julian Love, Seattle Seahawks

Contract: Two years, $12 million ($6 million per year)

Seattle is the true outlier in safety spending with Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs and even underrated restricted free agent Ryan Neal already in the fold, so it may make the Love addition a bit of a head-scratcher. Or, it could make one speculate about Adams’ future now that he has very little remaining in guaranteed salary. However, Adams could be deployed in more of a linebacker-esque role à la Landon Collins at the end of his time in Washington, and he could continue to be one of the best pass-rushing defensive backs in the NFL when healthy.

Love was another player who multiple league sources expected to earn much more than the pact he signed here, so Seattle probably just couldn’t pass up the value, which is always smart. He brings a lot of versatility, with the ability to cover in the slot and play down in the box or deep, giving the team a ton of options on the back end.

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Landing spots for the NFL’s top trade candidates: DeAndre Hopkins, Jonah Williams, Jerry Jeudy and more

Landing spots for the NFL’s top trade candidates: DeAndre Hopkins, Jonah Williams, Jerry Jeudy and more


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NFL free agency‘s most intense period is in the books, so attention has turned to the NFL draft in late April, but nothing throws a wrench into teams’ draft preparation more than a blockbuster trade, and those can manifest themselves at a moment’s notice.

With teams looking to shed contracts or free up space on the depth chart for rookies, there are several notable names on the market for the right deal. Here are potential landing spots for some of the most obvious.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

Possible Landing Spots: Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, New England Patriots

Hopkins has been the biggest name on the trading block all offseason, and in a year where elite receivers are hard to come by, he is still an option that must be tempting for several teams, even with his contract. That contract, long seen as an outlier by the rest of the NFL, is significantly more palatable now than it was when he first received it, which could tempt some teams into parting with a draft pick to secure a No. 1 option. Hopkins has gained over 2.0 yards per route run for his entire career despite having a rough quarterback situation for much of that time. He caught over 50% of contested catches last season and at 30 years old,  he still likely has multiple seasons at the top before decline sets in.

Best Fit: Carolina Panthers

RB Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

Possible Landing Spots: Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders, Cincinnati Bengals

Ekeler may find the market for his services a weak one even if he is an underpaid asset on the Chargers. Potential landing spots have been signing running backs over the last several days, leaving obvious destinations thin on the ground. Any team that does make the move will be getting one of the most dynamic pass-catching backs in the league who can carry his weight rushing as well. Ekeler has recorded over 100 targets twice in his career and more than 50 for the last five seasons. He has gained 1.9 yards per route run over his entire career and is an excellent all-around back for today’s NFL.

Best Fit: Cincinnati Bengals

OT Jonah Williams, Cincinnati Bengals

Possible Landing Spots: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets

Williams is coming off his worst NFL season, as he gave up 12 sacks to tie for the league lead. He also battled through multiple knee injuries and represents a departure from his previous career baseline, which had been solid-if-unspectacular. Williams can step onto a team that needs capable left tackle play, even if that team will then need to decide whether to commit to him long-term. Evidently, he does not want to play right tackle, which may reduce his market.

Best Fit: New York Jets

S Kevin Byard, Tennessee Titans

Possible Landing Spots: New England Patriots, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles

Byard may be a casualty of a rebuild that the Tennessee Titans seem very close to pulling the trigger on. He has been one of the best safeties in the league since he came into the NFL and is particularly adept in coverage. With a significant contract, he may not have a red-hot market, but if a deal can be done to minimize his cap hit to a new team, Byard could transform a secondary in an instant. He is still on the right side of 30 years old, though this will be the last offseason where that is true.

Best Fit: Philadelphia Eagles

RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

Possible Landing Spots: Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills

Trying to find willing trade partners for a 28-year-old running back with almost 2,000 career carries and a salary cap number in excess of $16 million this season is a major challenge, but there are teams out there that could see it as the kind of move that puts them over the top. Henry is the kind of unicorn at the position that changes the rules of everything we know about running the football in the modern NFL, which could well extend to the kind of career lifespan he will have as a running back. In today’s arms race of elite teams looking to win a Super Bowl, there may be a side willing to do what would seem reckless in the past to get over the hump. Henry has averaged 3.7 yards per carry after contact for his entire career.

Best Fit: Chicago Bears

WR Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos

Possible Landing Spots: New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions

Rumors have been swirling all offseason that basically the entire Denver receiving corps is on the trading block for the right offer as Sean Payton looks to change tack and craft an offense that Russell Wilson can succeed within. Sutton has looked like the most obvious odd man out from the beginning. Last season, he averaged just 1.55 yards per route run and registered six drops. At 6-foot-4 and over 210 pounds, Sutton has the skill set to be a true X-receiver, something that this free agency class and draft are light on. There are teams that have yet to find that player, or actively lost one, that could be interested.

Best Fit: New Carolina Panthers

WR Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos

Possible Landing Spots: New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans

Jeudy has been an elite separator in the NFL, excelling against man coverage, but has yet to fully realize his potential within a struggling offense. He may be limited to a No. 2 type of role in the NFL, but he can be an exceptionally effective receiver as part of a receiving corps in a more functional passing offense. Several teams would love to have him as a complement to their already established No. 1 option.

Best Fit: New England Patriots

WR K.J. Hamler, Denver Broncos

Possible Landing Spots: Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals

Hamler is a prototypical vertical slot receiver — a player who can threaten deep at any time with a free release off the line. He may not be the most well-rounded receiver, but there are several teams in the league crying out for either the injection of speed, the threat deep downfield, or a slot option. His average depth of target was 24.9 yards downfield last season, and he had a career-low in yards per route run (1.06), as he was aligned out wide more often.

Best Fit: Seattle Seahawks

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Champions League: Clean Sheet Odds for Quarterfinals (Matchday 9)

Champions League: Clean Sheet Odds for Quarterfinals (Matchday 9)

Which teams are most likely to keep a clean sheet in the Matchday 9 – Quartefinals of Fantasy Champions League? We regularly convert bookies clean sheet odds into probabilities to find out. We use our Odds to probability calculator in order to do that.

Do not forget to follow us on Twitter (@FplReports). We regularly post Clean Sheet Odds there as well. 

Clean Sheet Odds for Champions League Quarterfinals 1st Leg – Matchday 9

You can find clean sheet odds for Fantasy Champions League Quarterfinals 1st leg in the table below.

Team Clean Sheet Odds
Real Madrid 36 %
SL Benfica 35 %
Napoli 32 %
Manch.City 28 %
AC Milan 26 %
Inter Milan 24 %
Chelsea 19 %
Bayern 15 %

Based on these odds, bookies expect 2.14 clean sheets in the Matchday 9 of UCL Fantasy.

Champions League Most Clean Sheets in 2022/23

Which teams have the most clean sheets in Champions League 2022/23 season before the start of Matchday 9?

Team Clean Sheets
Bayern 7
Club Brugge 5
Inter 5
Manchester City 5
AC Milan 4
Napoli 4
Porto 4
Chelsea 3
Dortmund 3
Liverpool 3
Real Madrid 3
Tottenham 3
Benfica 2
Frankfurt 2
Kodaň 2
Leipzig 2
Leverkusen 2
Sevilla 2
Sporting 2
Ajax 1
Atletico 1
Dinamo Zagreb 1
Macabi Haifa 1
Marseille 1
Salzburg 1
Barcelona 0
Celtic 0
Juventus 0
Rangers 0
Šachtar Doneck 0
Viktoria Plzeň 0

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UCL Fantasy MD9: Probabilities of advancing to semi-finals (+bracket)

UCL Fantasy MD9: Probabilities of advancing to semi-finals (+bracket)

At FPL Reports, we like to do our Fantasy Football decisions based on data and probabilities. If you are like us, you will find probabilities from this article useful.

UCL Fantasy Quarterfinals start soon, so we converted bookies’ odds of progressing to the semi-finals into probabilities using our Odds to probabilities calculator.

When picking your UCL Fantasy quarterfinals squad, you should think long-term and consider, which teams are likely to go through to the semi-finals.

Probabilities of progressing to the semifinals

Team To Qualify
Napoli 67 %
Real Madrid 57 %
Inter Milan 53 %
Manch.City 53 %
Bayern 47 %
SL Benfica 47 %
Chelsea 43 %
AC Milan 33 %

We will bring you other UCL Fantasy ideas for the quarterfinals very soon.

Champions League 2023 bracket

Here is the bracket for the rest of the 2023 Champions League season. It will help you with your decisions about which teams to focus on, as you should aim to have players from both sides of the bracket – that way all your players (especially goalkeepers and captains) will not end up playing against each other in the semifinals.

champions league 2023 bracket
The champions league 2023 bracket (Source: Official UEFA on Twitter)


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Premier League Team of the Week: Isak fires Newcastle United to comeback, Villa build on form

Premier League Team of the Week: Isak fires Newcastle United to comeback, Villa build on form

As national teams across the world head to an international break, the Premier League is on pause for the next ten days but before it did we had a free-goalscoring set of fixtures to ravel in.

With that said, let’s dig straight into this week’s top performers in the Premier League using PFF data and grades.

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford, Everton

Shots saved on target: 5 of 7 (position rank: T-1st/14)

Matchday 28 was a high-scoring week in the Premier League despite four teams being involved in FA Cup action. The 2.23 average goals scored by each team was higher than the seasonal average of 1.73.

Some mitigation then for Pickford who conceded twice at Stamford Bridge, but it is worth noting neither João Félix’s strike nor Kai Havertz’s penalty were deemed saveable for Pickford. Aside from this, the England stopper saved the other five shots on target he faced – joint-second highest among goalkeepers.

Right-back: Kyle Walker-Peters, Southampton

Pass grade: 82.8 (8th/35)

Walker-Peters is a worthy inclusion for his all-round solid display versus the club where he began his career.

Spurs were able to put three goals past Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, but Walker-Peters was still head and shoulders above his contemporaries in recording top-10 grades in passing (82.8, 8/35), crossing (77.7, 2/18), and ball carrying (75.6, 3/27) as Saints rescued a late point at home.

Centre-back: Ezri Konsa, Aston Villa

Pass grade: 91.8 (1st/33)

A third clean sheet in their last four games helped Aston Villa to surpass the mythical 36 points that most believe is the target typically required to avoid relegation – only two teams in the last ten Premier League seasons have been relegated having reached that total (Wigan Athletic, 2022/23, and Newcastle, 2015/16).

Relegation is now firmly in the rear-view mirror after it had looked like a real possibility under Steven Gerrard, and the partnership of Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings has been a key feature of the improved form under Unai Emery.

In the win over Bournemouth, Konsa generated his best passing grade of the season at 91.8 which was the third-best grade this week among all players.

Centre-back: Tyrone Mings, Aston Villa

Challenge grade: 88.4 (4th/32)

Mings was the better of Villa’s two central defenders in our challenge grading as he successfully defended two dribble attempts to earn an 88.4 grade. There were also top-five rankings in our ball carry and clearance grading for the England international.

Left-back: Ben Chilwell, Chelsea

Crossing grade: 86.5 (1st/18)

Now in camp with the England squad, Chilwell arrives in good form after posting the joint-most chances created (5) in his club season in the draw against Everton.

Three other players equalled his cross attempts (12), but neither Kieran Trippier (70.2) or Bryan Mbuemo (70.0) were a match for Chilwell’s 86.5 grading.

The Chelsea defender was also solid in defence in winning five of eight challenges, including three or four aerial duels, worthy of a 77.6 grade that is good enough to rank fourth among all full-backs.

Midfielder: Enzo Fernández, Chelsea

Pass grade: 97.5 (1st/48)

The World Cup-winner continues to go from strength-to-strength as Chelsea’s form, somewhat, stabilises under Graham Potter. Fernández pulled the strings and created two chances in the 2-2 draw with Everton, factors behind a truly elite pass grade of 97.5 that is the fourth-highest recorded all season, as Chelsea extended their unbeaten run to four games.

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey
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Midfielder: Thomas Partey, Arsenal

Ball carry grade: 85.0 (1/40)

Arsenal remain unbeaten in ten London derbies this season as Thomas Partey ably anchored the midfield in the convincing 4-1 win over Crystal Palace. Though Manchester City have a game in hand, Arsenal now hold their largest lead over their title rivals at eight points.

Partey recorded an 85.0 ball carrying grade and 81.8 passing grade in what was their ninth win over opponents who also hail from the capital – no other midfielder was better as a carrier while his passing grade ranked 18th.

The Ghanian was also one of only four players at his position to register a precise pass, as he completed nine of his 12 line-breaking pass attempts.

Midfielder: Joe Willock, Newcastle United

Pass grade: 80.9 (4th/48)

Willock did miss a sitter early on for Newcastle but he made amends to provide both crosses which Newcastle were able to convert goals from.

Coming through the contest at the City Ground with a pass grade of 80.9 and challenge grade of 79.9, to go with the 77.5 value placed on his crossing.

Right wing: Bukayo Saka, Arsenal

Shot grade: 85.8 (1st/30)

Bukayo Saka remains firmly within the conversation for the Premier League Player of the Year after another impressive performance against Palace.

He became the first player to non-striker to amass 20 or more goal contributions, taking his goals tally to 12 with two strikes and his assists to nine at this Emirates. His 85.8 shooting grade was the second highest among all 61 players

Left wing: Jacob Murphy, Newcastle United

Pass grade: 92.3 (1st/47)

Jacob Murphy’s performance against Forest will have given manager Eddie Howe plenty to think about over the international break, as Newcastle welcome Manchester United to St James’ Park upon the return of the Premier League next month.

His 92.3 pass grade reflects the quality of his five key passes, which a led to a chance on goal. Likewise, Murphy’s 81.1 cross grade was also to a high order as it ranked third for attacking midfielders.

Striker: Alexander Isak, Newcastle United

Shot grade: 92.6 (1st/18)

Newcastle’s £58m ($71m) signing has looked to have hit a groove after missing a large chunk of the season with a hamstring injury. Isak followed up his goal last week against Wolves with two at the City Ground, as Newcastle recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since December.

The Swede led all players with a 92.6 shooting grade to fire Newcastle to within two points of Spurs in fourth, the final Champions League qualifying spot.

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