The Worst Strikers In Front Of Goal 12/13 | Stats Analysis

The Worst Strikers In Front Of Goal 12/13 | Stats Analysis

While Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez were scoring 49 Premier League goals between them last season, there were a few strikers looking on and hoping that just one of their shots hit the back of the net. We have taken an in depth look at these strikers and compared the worst strikers in front of goal from the 2012/2013 season, doing so by looking at all the strikers that have had 30 shots or more and comparing their shooting …
Giroud - struggling to fill van Persie's boots | Stats Comparison

Giroud - struggling to fill van Persie's boots | Stats Comparison

Every Premier League season has its own heroes and losers; ups and downs. Some teams are under-achieving, and some are flying high. Some players are making their fans ecstatic with the way they play, and some are just hugely disappointing. Finally, some transfers turn out to be great moves, and some are just more or less expensive flops. This campaign is no different. It has its heroes in the likes of Begovic, Michu, Suarez or Van Persie, though there are …
Possession, creating chances, and goals | EPL Stats Analysis

Possession, creating chances, and goals | EPL Stats Analysis

Much is said about a team’s ability to hold onto the ball nowadays. Playing a ‘ tiki taka’ possession game is all the rage in the modern-day game and such a style is commonly laid out as the foundational philosophy many clubs and their youth sides. Keeping the ball makes a lot of sense and is a fairly simple concept. If the ball is in good possession, the chances of scoring are surely greater and thus the chance of conceding, smaller. However, …
Clear-Cut Chances - Hits And Misses | Opta Stats Analysis

Clear-Cut Chances - Hits And Misses | Opta Stats Analysis

Last weekend, after Arsenal lost against QPR, many Gooners might have shared a wistful moment reminiscing the chance Robin van Persie missed. Those who don the blue of Chelsea probably look back at this Torres miss early in the season and wonder if everything would have been different had that gone in and led to a comeback against United. The Kop faithful will undoubtedly feel their side can win any argument regarding missed opportunities. Indeed, almost every single football fan, …
Downing | Running out of Chances?

Downing | Running out of Chances?

As usual, the season so far, for Liverpool FC, has been a roller coaster that would rival the Big Dipper at Blackpool (does that even still exist). One second you're on the way up only to be on the way down again, emotionally that is. The excellent mood of the last two or three weeks came to a pretty depressing end on Saturday. Rather than concentrate on the situation that has occurred between Manchester United and Liverpool I'd rather move …
Measuring LFC chance conversion concerns

Measuring LFC chance conversion concerns

Liverpool’s painful inability to take chances this season has now been well-documented. Last season, the Reds scored 59 goals from 434 shots, a conversion rate of 13.6%. This season 21 goals have come from 256 attempts at a paltry conversion rate of 8.2%. I thought I’d illustrate this alarming decline by testing the probability of scoring 21 goals from 256 attempts given last season’s conversion. If Liverpool’s ‘true’ conversion rate is 13.6%, there is a 0.5% chance of scoring 21 …
Liverpool – misfiring their way out of top 4?

Liverpool – misfiring their way out of top 4?

Having dropped points in several games where they have created far more chances than the opposition, Liverpool’s lack of efficiency in front of goal have been a central point of discussion among supporters this week. Dan Kennett recently wrote an article for The Tomkins Times, exploring Liverpool’s ability to convert clear cut chances to goals, compared to the rest of the league. We recommend you read the article by clicking here: http://tomkinstimes.com/2011/10/waste-not-want-not/ In his article, Kennett illustrates how Liverpool is …