Manchester United v Reading - FA Cup 3rd Round Preview

Manchester United v Reading - FA Cup 3rd Round Preview

It's the FA Cup weekend and holders Manchester United will face Championship side Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. United, a record twelve time winners of the FA Cup, have finally found their feet in the Premier League. Mourinho's Red Devils are on a thirteen game unbeaten run, their longest since Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge, including putting together a series of seven wins on the bounce in all competitions. They are not short of confidence and …
Arsenal v Reading Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Arsenal v Reading Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

FA Cup action resumes on Saturday with an in-form and belligerent Arsenal facing a troubled Reading side on Saturday. While Arsenal have blown aside teams with ease over the last few weeks, Reading are having a torrid time and currently sit in the 18th spot a mere 3 points away from the drop zone. Defending champions Arsenal will be looking to make their 19th Final in the competition and subsequently break ahead of Manchester United in terms of FA Cup …
RACE to Goals Model – The Defence

RACE to Goals Model – The Defence

Prior to the season starting, I introduced the RACE to Goals Model, which you can find here, and I suggest you have a read of that before you continue with this one if you want to have a full description of the different metrics and how they are calculated. Essentially, I am looking at the same metrics, but this time flipped to a defensive point of view, so the rate of shots conceded, the Defensive Efficiency, and the conversion of …
My Full Back's More Useful Than Yours | Johnson, Walker & Evra Vs Gunter, Debuchy & Cameron

My Full Back's More Useful Than Yours | Johnson, Walker & Evra Vs Gunter, Debuchy & Cameron

The Full Back position is one that has evolved rapidly since the inception of the EPL, and so has the importance that this role plays in a team. It is no longer about being a solid defender with the ability to "stick it in the mixer", but a position that can involve being a key attacking wide player who’s team relies on them to provide the width for an otherwise narrow attacking threat. It says it all that Leighton Baines …
Who Were The Dirtiest Players Last Season? Stats Comparison

Who Were The Dirtiest Players Last Season? Stats Comparison

With the 2013/2014 Premier League season nearly upon us and card markets becoming more and more popular with bookies and punters alike, we take a look at which players were the 'dirtiest' last season. We have done this by not only looking at the players who were carded the most last season but also looking at which committed the most fouls. To make this a fair comparison, we have also worked out how often these players committed fouls and were …