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, …
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 …
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