Moussa Sissoko | 3 games, massive impact! Stats & Facts

Moussa Sissoko | 3 games, massive impact! Stats & Facts

Much has been said about Newcastle United's 'spending spree' in January and in the eyes of most fans, other than bringing in a superstar striker, it really couldn't have been a better window for the club. In Matthieu Debuchy, Newcastle finally replaced the inconsistent Danny Simpson at right back and in Massadio Haidara, a superb young talent bolstering the strength of the squad at left back. In Yoan Gouffran, the Magpies have a very mobile forward, who had a good …
Possession, creating chances, and goals | EPL Stats Analysis

Possession, creating chances, and goals | EPL Stats Analysis

Much is said about a team’s ability to hold onto the ball nowadays. Playing a ‘ tiki taka’ possession game is all the rage in the modern-day game and such a style is commonly laid out as the foundational philosophy many clubs and their youth sides. Keeping the ball makes a lot of sense and is a fairly simple concept. If the ball is in good possession, the chances of scoring are surely greater and thus the chance of conceding, smaller. However, …
Set plays & long balls | Newcastle stats compared to the Premier League

Set plays & long balls | Newcastle stats compared to the Premier League

A sullen first half or so of the season doesn’t look to be getting any brighter for Newcastle United – the 2-1 defeat to Fulham continuing Alan Pardew’s record of never coming from behind in a league game as Newcastle United manager, leaving the Toon with just 17 points after 16 games and 2 points above the relegation zone. Every excuse going has been used for the Magpie’s poor showings thus far – tiredness, injury, recruitment, tactics, effort. However, in …
Newcastle United | A creativity comparison with Premier League rivals

Newcastle United | A creativity comparison with Premier League rivals

I think we can all admit that Newcastle haven’t exactly set the league alight this season! Following on from the successes of last season and attempting to show further progress was always going to be a tough ask. But, few would have predicted that the Magpies would have given us such lacklustre and unimaginative displays in their first 12 games in the Barclay's Premier League – none more so than the last two defeats at home (the last time that happened was …
Newcastle United | 9 games in, what's the story? | Stats Analysis

Newcastle United | 9 games in, what's the story? | Stats Analysis

Veering on one quarter of the 12/13 Premier League season already completed and Newcastle United have had somewhat of an indifferent start to their 19th modern day campaign in England’s top flight. Lady lucky shone through the murky sleet –threatening skies at St James’ yesterday, as an injury time Sammy Ameobi shot deflected off the back of goal-hunting Papiss Cisse and landed in Wigan’s far corner to secure 3 points. That, after a very lacklustre and uncreative performance from the …
The transformation of Jonas Gutierrez | Stats Analysis

The transformation of Jonas Gutierrez | Stats Analysis

On purchasing ‘flying’ Argentinian winger ‘Jonas’ from Real Mallorca in 2008, manager-at-the-time Kevin Keegan was quoted as saying: [quote] “He’s an exciting player and I’m sure our fans will love watching him... He has got it in him to be thought of every bit as much as David Ginola, definitely!”[/quote] Keegan signed Gutierrez with his typically attacking-minded tactics in place, expecting the wide man to get ‘bums off seats’ and give Newcastle the balance and forward threat they had craved for …
Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 | Stats Analysis: What did we learn?

Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 | Stats Analysis: What did we learn?

Reality check time at Stamford Bridge as Newcastle were cut open by the craft of Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres in a 2-0 defeat on Sunday. But, Newcastle gave a super account of themselves and the disappointment of the club and fans at losing to one of England & Europe’s top sides really highlights the strides Newcastle United have made in recent years. Chelsea were worthy winners in the end, but there were plenty of positives to take away. What …
Newcastle 2-1 Spurs | Stats – Some singled-out praise!

Newcastle 2-1 Spurs | Stats – Some singled-out praise!

Saturday provided Newcastle with a very satisfying 3 points, as they started the Premier League 2012/13 campaign pretty much where they left off. Pardew opted for more secure 4-4-2 to begin the game, which didn’t really cause too much panic to Spurs in their defensive third. But a shift to the 4-3-3 which saw Newcastle produce some scintillating displays at the back end of last season duly produced the goals the Toon needed. The old line goes as saying “I …
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