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, …
Who Are the Main Contenders for the Golden Boot?

Who Are the Main Contenders for the Golden Boot?

The Premier League Golden Boot is going to be hotly contested again this season with a number of top strikers in the division. Last season, it was won by Harry Kane who finished the season with 25 goals, but he has some catching up to do if he is to retain it. The league is going to be close at the top this season and the impetus will be on the goal-scorers to fire their sides to glory. Although the …
PL Defences Part 2: Koscielny Tops the Best Defender Analysis

PL Defences Part 2: Koscielny Tops the Best Defender Analysis

In Part 1, we looked at the top defences in the Premier League. We saw that Squawka rates Arsenal as the best currently, followed by Chelsea, Burnley, Manchester United and Spurs. All these teams excel in different areas of defence. Some play high and press well, some intercept well, others block and clear well. But defences are made up of individuals. So, in this post, we will look at the top defenders in the league as of now. The Stats …
Taking Stock of Defence in Premier League - Part 1: Top Defences

Taking Stock of Defence in Premier League - Part 1: Top Defences

Defenders – the permanently underappreciated ilk of footballers. Forget Ballon d’Or trophies, they rarely get player of the month awards. Their performance gets scrutinised a lot when their opponents run riot but if the game finished as a low scoring game, their performance needs to be nothing short of heroic to be even considered worthy of limelight. But at the same time they are awfully important for their teams. Despite being on top of the league and despite hammering Watford …
The Mysterious Case of Reduced Shots on Target

The Mysterious Case of Reduced Shots on Target

In football a shot is the successful culmination of the coordinated effort of eleven players on the pitch, as well the hard work of the manager and the coaches. Generally speaking, the more shots a team has, the more likely it is to be successful. More so if the shots are accurate and on target. So one would assume that football teams would strive to increase the number of shots they take and as a result also increase the number …
Why Valencia is the True Untouchable at United

Why Valencia is the True Untouchable at United

There was an interesting question that Mourinho faced before the European game against Fenerbahce regarding potential 'untouchables' in his current Manchester United similar to a few he had named during his time at Chelsea. 'Untouchables' in this context, refer to the players that would start every single game unless they are injured or suspended and the Portuguese has a habit of working with small squads with a particular pool of players (usually the spine of the team) that he always counted …
One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

“…Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.” – Johan Cruyff
Many football teams lay a great importance on quick passing and movement (one-touch passing), perhaps none more so than Barcelona, where the great Cruyff himself instilled this philosophy. In the Premier League, Arsenal are the biggest proponents of this philosophy but most others, including Liverpool – other than the six months under Hodgson, Manchester United, …
Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

“I told them, [get] the clean sheet, I buy everybody a pizza. I think they wait until I improve my offer, okay a pizza and a hot dog.” – Claudio Ranieri, Leicester Manager during their title-winning season Clean sheets are important. For Ranieri, they are important enough to throw in a hot dog along with his already generous offer of pizzas (which he actually treated his players to) as an incentive for his players to get one. For others such …
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