Why are Chelsea Struggling under Rafa Benitez? Stats

Why are Chelsea Struggling under Rafa Benitez? Stats

It’s obvious that Chelsea’s old adversary taking over as manager is not welcomed by the Chelsea contingent. Just listen again to the reception Rafa Benitez received during his first match in charge against Manchester City. Yet, although harsh and seemingly unwarranted after only 3 games in charge, the opinion of the Chelsea faithful may be glaringly true. To the objective amongst us there was always a sense of Benitez not being a good fit for the London side for a …
Do 'Super Subs' Really Exist? Edin Dzeko & Javier Hernandez Analysis

Do 'Super Subs' Really Exist? Edin Dzeko & Javier Hernandez Analysis

Is Mata Even Better Than Last Season? | Stats Analysis

Is Mata Even Better Than Last Season? | Stats Analysis

Not many people can be universally liked for their ability on the pitch. Such is life that someone will always have a gripe or obligatory comment to bring players down.  Juan Mata is not one of these players. In fact he is loved for his modest demeanour as well as his ability. It is an undeniable fact that Mata is one of the best players in the world, and the stats corroborate this. In his first full season with Chelsea, …
Luis Suarez: The Premier League's Most Important Player? | Rival Stats

Luis Suarez: The Premier League's Most Important Player? | Rival Stats

In the world today there are always people we love to hate, especially in football. From Robbie Savage for his sneaky antics, to Gary Neville for his unbearable will to win and Didier Drogba for his schoolboy charades that seem to have permeated every inch of football culture. Luis Suarez is another one of these players, hated for a mixture of all these reasons and more, yet unlike the former, barring Robbie Savage, his influence is seemingly not realised, or …
Why is the Hawthorns Such a Fortress for West Brom? | Stats Analysis

Why is the Hawthorns Such a Fortress for West Brom? | Stats Analysis

Several teams this season have been lauded for playing with fluidity and creativity. Take Everton or Tottenham, for example. Perennially pragmatic Everton have enjoyed plaudits from every direction this season for their style of play, while Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham side are finally beginning to look to observers like a team of genuine quality once more. One team who have arguably not received the praise they deserve this season, though, is West Bromwich Albion. Sitting sixth in the league with 14 …