The Numbers Behind Everton's Drop in Form

The Numbers Behind Everton's Drop in Form

“I think there are more serious problems in the world, than making a big story out of a #ChristmasTree” - tweeted Everton manager Ronald Koeman a few days before his team were going to host Manchester United at Goodison Park. It was a response to being slammed on Twitter for the red-colored (or Liverpool themed) Christmas tree that Mrs. Koeman had decorated. Looking at his tweet, one might think that he is pointing to general problems in the world – poverty, …
A Statistical Look at the Premier League Top Six

A Statistical Look at the Premier League Top Six

Nearly a third of a way into the Premier League season, the fight at the top of the Premier League is incredibly tight.  The top five teams are separated by a mere four points.  It's early, but, the way the league is setting up, this looks like it could be one of the most exciting recent Premier League title races.  We'll break down how the title race is looking after 12 matches. Those top five so far are Chelsea, Liverpool, …
Analyzing Arsenal's November Woes

Analyzing Arsenal's November Woes

"We now have difficult games coming up, with a difficult November"  Those words were spoken by Arsene Wenger after his side had just beaten Sunderland 4-1 in a fairly comprehensive and easy manner. Incredible, considering the fact that Arsenal were unbeaten in the league since game week 1 and were notching up wins without too many difficulties. Yes, they had a few tough games coming up at least on paper. The North London derby against rivals Tottenham, a trip to …
Sunderland – Better Up Front and In Goal

Sunderland – Better Up Front and In Goal

Sunderland, a name that till last season, had become synonymous to valiant and eventually victorious relegation battles. This season, however, the club was synonymous to a free-fall. They were deservedly the early favorites for relegation this season. Dubiously, they equalised Manchester City’s 1995-96 record for the worst start in a Premier League season (2 points in 10 games), winning none and drawing just two in their first 10 games. But with two more game weeks having gone by, the picture …
Adam Lallana – Will He Be Missed at St. Mary’s?

Adam Lallana – Will He Be Missed at St. Mary’s?

Liverpool’s 2016-17 season is different to 2015-16 in many ways. The number of games they have won in the first eleven game weeks, their winning streak, great performances against top as well as bottom teams and the list goes on. One small detail that is also different this season is that Liverpool in this season seem to head into international breaks on a high, while last season and especially the one before that, it seemed that Liverpool were destined to …
Leicester City’s Disappearing Act of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy: An Example of Regression to the Mean

Leicester City’s Disappearing Act of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy: An Example of Regression to the Mean

Last season, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy were two of the most exciting and prised properties in the Premiership. It was considered a tossup over which one was the most coveted. Vardy was named the Premier League Player of the Season and the FWA Player of the Year while Mahrez won the PFA Player of the Year Award as well as Leicester City’s Player of the Season. No surprise that during the summer transfer window Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy …
Mane Vs Sterling - A Statistical Comparison

Mane Vs Sterling - A Statistical Comparison

When Raheem Sterling left Liverpool in the summer of 2015, he did not just leave behind disgusted fans, he also left behind a giant hole in the form of a pacy winger and a good goal scorer. Indeed, the then 20-year old had been the main reason why the Reds could finish sixth in 2014-15 despite the entire season feeling like a hangover from the heights of 2013-14. That Liverpool did not immediately fill the void, made sure his absence …
Mesut Ozil vs Dimitri Payet - A statistical comparison

Mesut Ozil vs Dimitri Payet - A statistical comparison

Dimitri Payet and Mesut Ozil are both excellent midfielders, who are key players for West Ham and Arsenal respectively. However, there has been a lot of debate, mainly on social media, about who is better out of the two. The latter has played for two of the biggest clubs in the world and has a World Cup to his name. Whereas Dimitri Payet plays for a mid-table Premier League side and has never lifted a major trophy. Based on this, …
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