This tackle turned out to be not such a good plan.
Big changes are afoot in the battle to be the clutchiest player in the league*, as Dimitar Berbatov comes out of nowhere to race into a commanding lead. Florent Malouda finally climbs above both Craig Gardner and Moussa Dembele only to see Berbatov's 3.05 points last Sunday handily demolish his total; the Chelsea hitman is now almost a point and a half behind Manchester United's laconic striker:
Figure 1: Cumulative Premier League PE+ leaders, week five.
West Bromwich Albion's Peter Odemwingie has now been responsible for two late-game tiebreakers, and his goals are enough to put him fourth in the table. Robert Huth, who had previously occupied the position, slides all the way to seventh; Darren Bent also jumps ahead of him thanks to his last-gasp equaliser against Arsenal. Stoke teammate Kenwyne Jones isn't far behind Huth. Jones had a very good fortnight, following up a winner against Aston Villa in week four with the equaliser against West Ham last weekend. The last real mover on the list is Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, whose 87th minute winner against Wolves earned his side the spoils and saved Spurs fans the acute embarrassment of having gained two points from games against Wigan, West Brom, and Wolverhampton.
Trailers after the jump.
Figure 2: Cumulative Premier League PE+ trailers, week five.
Only two newcomers to the bottom ten, but each broke the negative one point barrier with their play this weekend. Fortunately for Scott Dann, he had a previous goal under his belt, meaning that his -1.11 pt own goal only brought him to -0.91 on the season. Wolves's Stephen Ward was less fortunate. Giving up a penalty in the 76th minute while leading 1-0 at White Hart Lane comes with a -1.21 point cost - ouch. Pepe Reina still rules the roost with -1.97 from the opening weekend, and it doesn't look like anybody's going to catch him anytime soon.
On a happier note, this pushes both Frank Lampard and the now injured Stephen Harper off the list.
*Based on my win/points probability work.