SameerChopra

I am currently a University student majoring in Economics and a budding football writer who is keen to examine statistical evidence to arrive at informed conclusions.

Emmanuel Adebayor: Uninspired, or Misused?

Emmanuel Adebayor: Uninspired, or Misused?

Fluidity - The British Key to Euro Success? Manchester United Analysis

Fluidity - The British Key to Euro Success? Manchester United Analysis

You impress domestically, you make the top four, you land yourselves into the Champions League. Then you are faced with a big question - how do we impress on the European stage?. The answer can be found by taking a look at the pattern emerging over the years from the teams that indeed have already impressed in Europe (and no, Chelsea doesn’t count). We have Dortmund, Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG. Last season had Bilbao, Atletico Madrid and the …
How Good is this Manchester United? Compared to other run-away Champions

How Good is this Manchester United? Compared to other run-away Champions

Not very, if most people are to be believed. Despite being on track to get close to the Premiership’s highest ever points total, (Chelsea’s 95 in 2004/05, which, itself, was overshadowed by events in Turkey), nobody seems to think this United side are anything special. Meek exits from all three cup competitions and an alarming defensive frailty earlier in the season may have contributed to the average viewer’s perception that this Manchester United is a champion by default. The league …
Are Liverpool Better When Going Direct? | Stats Analysis

Are Liverpool Better When Going Direct? | Stats Analysis

When Brendan Rodgers came into the Anfield dugout fans were expecting Liverpool to play with a very distinct style, a possession based style. Rodgers himself promised as much, talking about how controlling a game by using the ball wisely was the best way to win. [quote]“If you are better than your opponent with the ball you have a 79% chance of winning the game.”[/quote] [quote]“Our idea is to pass teams to a standstill so they can no longer come after …
EPL Myths Debunked | Rafa's Chelsea Boring? Harry to save QPR? City threw away title?

EPL Myths Debunked | Rafa's Chelsea Boring? Harry to save QPR? City threw away title?

EPL Myths | Arsenal can't defend? Suarez not big game player? United scoring more?

EPL Myths | Arsenal can't defend? Suarez not big game player? United scoring more?

Detailing Swansea's Progression under Michael Laudrup

Detailing Swansea's Progression under Michael Laudrup

It’s been well documented that Swansea City have basically been playing the game as well as possible for a side that haven’t been blessed with the advantages of huge wealth or stature. From getting the fans financially invested in the club (literally, as shareholders) to having a clear vision of a style of playing that transcends the playing staff and even the manager, the Welsh side have taken as many steps as they can to make sure sustainable success and …
Has Van Persie’s Departure hindered Arsenal's Goal Scoring? Stats Analysis

Has Van Persie’s Departure hindered Arsenal's Goal Scoring? Stats Analysis

Robin Van Persie has always been a talented striker, but perhaps only last season did Arsenal fans truly appreciate what the forward could do when given an uninterrupted stretch of games with which to work. The Dutchman stopped involving himself so much in link-up play, foregoing a deeper role in order to provide the too-often wasteful Gunners with some cutting edge in attack. He scored 30 league goals last season, a huge improvement on his previous best season of 18, …
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