Big Sam for England?

Big Sam for England?

The way certain sections of the UK media built themselves up for the inevitable disappointment at Euro 2016 with England, it seems they really haven’t learned from history and after the departure of the beleaguered Roy Hodgson, it seems the FA haven’t learned either. Portugal winning Euro 2016 was really a victory for tactical prowess over superior talent.  Despite having a genuine world superstar in their midst and some talented players in their squad, Portugal probably shouldn’t have been able …
The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

[quote]Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable. - Tom Landry[/quote] Ok, so Landry was talking about the 'other' type of football, however the sentiment remains true for 'real' football.  One of the most beautiful things about the beautiful game is the potential for a freak, unexpected result.  An incredible, unbelievable result. There's nothing that neutral football fans enjoy more than seeing an underdog grabbing a win against the odds.  So how often does it happen?  And …
Promoted to the Premier League. Job done? | Stats Analysis

Promoted to the Premier League. Job done? | Stats Analysis

"We are Premier League, we are Premier League" Being a Hull City fan, I heard this a lot over the weekend.  A lot!  And I loved every single chant of it. The incredible roller coaster ride that was the final day of the Championship season has been very well covered (Amber Nectar and From Boothferry to Wembley are two of my personal favourites), but now Cardiff City and Hull City have reached the Holy Grail and can start planning for a successful …
Relegated from the Premier League. So What Happens Next? Stats Analysis

Relegated from the Premier League. So What Happens Next? Stats Analysis

It is a sight no football fan wants to see.  The dreaded 'R' next to your club in the league table. It is incredibly difficult for fans to prepare themselves for the emotions that they go through when relegation from the Premier League is sealed.  Anger, frustration and even relief are just some of the feelings that they'll succumb to.  Pragmatists will say c'est la vie, others will feel like it's the end of the world. But is it?  Your …
EPL Index Tactics Board Update - Eraser tool & Add Manual Player added

EPL Index Tactics Board Update - Eraser tool & Add Manual Player added

Last week we launched our brand new FREE tool called the EPL Index Tactics Board - full details here: EPL Index Tactics Board Launched. It allows you to predicted teams or to showcase your tactics for the teams you support in the Premier League. The squads available are from 2008/09 and it's very simple and easy to select your players. [box_light]NOTE: The EPL Index Tactics Board is best used in modern browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari. It is incompatible …
The EPLIndex Tactics Board: Draw your own tactics - squads since 08/09!

The EPLIndex Tactics Board: Draw your own tactics - squads since 08/09!

The team at EPLIndex.com are proud to bring a brand new feature on the website: The Tactics Board. A totally FREE feature for all bloggers or tacticians that wish to share their tactics with an easy to use tactics board. The tactics board uses drag and drop functionality making it very easy to place players anywhere on the pitch. Here are a few of the features from the EPL Index Tactics Board followed by some screenshots of the web application. …
How crucial is the first goal & the time of the first goal? | Stats

How crucial is the first goal & the time of the first goal? | Stats

In this post I am looking at how often a team Win , Lose  or Draw when scoring or conceding the first goal. I also want to look further into the time of the first goal so offer an info-graphic to show the time of the first goal in 15 minute bands. We can look at the limitations first which is that there have only been 11 games played by the majority of teams but I am looking for trends …
An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

The following analysis is simply to illustrate exactly where goals were scored from on the pitch and where each and every assist came from during the 2011/12 English Premier League season. The conclusions that can be drawn from the following are useful during the decision making stages of tactical strategies. How compact should a defence be? How deep should a team 'park the bus'? How should a team treat spaces in and around the box? .... There is a consistency …
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