Prashant Patel

Business analysis is my day trade. Analyzing football is my passion.

Stephan Lichtsteiner to Arsenal: A Good Option from the Bench

Stephan Lichtsteiner to Arsenal: A Good Option from the Bench

Change is afoot at Arsenal. With Arsene Wenger’s departure and Unai Emery’s appointment, a lot of changes are being expected and I am sure they will take place in the due course of time. However, the first set of changes that have taken place are interesting, if not entirely expected. Per Mertesacker has announced retirement and is now the Under-21 manager for the Gunners. Santi Cazorla has been released as well. On the incoming side, Arsenal have announced the signing …
ELO Rating Analysis of the PL Fixtures for the Top Six

ELO Rating Analysis of the PL Fixtures for the Top Six

On June 14, the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia. But before the international tournament kicked off in the evening, an important event in the annual football calendar took place earlier during the day. English Premier League fixtures were released on the same day. Had it not been a World Cup year, this event would have been analyzed in much more detail. But nevertheless, it did not escape scrutiny completely. Liverpool fans are wondering if this is going to …
Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool: An Inexpensive Backup Option

Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool: An Inexpensive Backup Option

Even as the FIFA World Cup is on the brink of beginning, the transfer rumour mill refuses to stop churning. After being stumped by Nabil Fekir’s failed medical, Liverpool it seems are in the market for another attacking wide midfielder. It has been a few days since it was reported that the Reds are interested in Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri and their failure to close the Fekir deal has made their link with Shaqiri that much stronger. Liverpool’s lack of …
Chelsea v Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Chelsea v Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Although the Premier League title has been decided, there are many valuable spots that still need to be decided. At the bottom, Southampton are still fighting in 18th place to get out of the relegation zone. While at the top, Liverpool, in their characteristic style have not yet secured a top-four position. Their top-four spot is under a challenge from Chelsea and it is to Stamford Bridge that the Reds travel to on Sunday evening. Chelsea are four points behind …
AS Roma Vs Liverpool UCL Semi-Final 2nd Leg Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

AS Roma Vs Liverpool UCL Semi-Final 2nd Leg Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

As the Victorian poet Robert Browning put it, “Every one sooner or late comes round by Rome”. This week Liverpool will “come round by Rome”. On Wednesday, the Reds travel to Stadio Olimpico to complete the task they left unfulfilled at Merseyside last week. Roma seemed to switch off for the first 75 minutes of the first leg but they have come to life since then. First, they bought themselves some time and also a small window of opportunity by …
Liverpool Vs Stoke City Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Liverpool Vs Stoke City Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Two teams with three games remaining go head to head in this weekend’s first Premier League fixture and both the teams can aspire to be third – one from the top and the other from the bottom. Liverpool host Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, in a fixture that is equally important for both the teams though the Reds’ fans might feel differently. After that amazing Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma, Liverpool fans can be forgiven if they …
Liverpool v AS Roma Preview - Champions League Semi-Final

Liverpool v AS Roma Preview - Champions League Semi-Final

If anyone had suggested at the start of the European season, that one of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals will feature either Liverpool or AS Roma, it would have been dismissed as wishful thinking. But sometimes the unexpected does happen and in rarer cases, it happens with a double whammy. The first semi-final of this season’s Champions League will feature not one of those two underdogs but both of them. After progressing to this stage by beating England’s champions-elect team, …
West Brom Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

West Brom Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

The mirroring of fixtures between Liverpool and Manchester United continues this week. Earlier in the week, Manchester United played Bournemouth, whom the Reds had played last Saturday. Now, this Saturday, Liverpool gear up to visit The Hawthorns to play West Bromwich Albion, who beat Manchester United at Old Trafford last Sunday. Liverpool fans certainly will be hoping that the parallelism ends at the fixture similarity and does not extend to the results. Before last week’s shock win over the Red …
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