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Premier League's Most Creative Defenders | Opta Stats Analysis

Premier League's Most Creative Defenders | Opta Stats Analysis

The phenomenal Leighton Baines has inspired a post dedicated to the most creative defenders to ply their trade in the Barclays Premier League this term. We've take a look at a number of statistics including passing, dribbles attempted, chances created and goals to compile a list of five of the top creative defenders going forward. We typically believe that defender goals can not be predicted and use players like John Terry as an example. Prior to Terry's six-goal haul in the 2011-12 …
Poachers | TOP Premier League Finishers | Stats Analysis

Poachers | TOP Premier League Finishers | Stats Analysis

Goal scoring is a skill. Players who can create something from nothing, providing a timely tally for their side, are frequently the difference between one and three points. Players like Robin van Persie -- 92 chances created in 2011-12 season -- can provide a spark with the ball at their feet and a lethal final touch. However, there is another class of striker that always seem to appear at the right place, at the right time: poachers.  We've gone back …
Best New Signings | Hazard, Cazorla, Michu, Kagawa & van Persie Stats

Best New Signings | Hazard, Cazorla, Michu, Kagawa & van Persie Stats

Five very popular players with their respective fan bases are the new men in at Chelsea, Manchester United,  Swansea City and Arsenal. Only one of these players played in the Barclays Premier League a year ago - Robin Van Persie - while the other four have each made an instant impact upon their arrival in England. Based on their Premier League statistics through three fixtures, we examine their current pace and take a look at last seasons stats for each club …
Cottager's Heartbeat | Dembélé and Diarra | Stats Analysis

Cottager's Heartbeat | Dembélé and Diarra | Stats Analysis

In the 2011-12 season there were only six midfielders who passed the ball better than Fulham's Moussa Dembélé. Using the new Top Stats engine we're able to quickly trim away the fat and look at those players who played at least 1400' in the Premier League a season ago. Of those, Dembélé was the 12th best player in the Premier League when it came to pass accuracy, attempting 1681 passes in 2940' and completing 88.64% of those attempts. Only Leon Britton …
Drogba's Final Season | Drogba & Torres Stats Comparison

Drogba's Final Season | Drogba & Torres Stats Comparison

So Long and Thanks For All The Fish Goals Silverware. As Dider Drogba has taken his final touch for Chelsea it is time for the  Blues and their fans to turn their eyes to the horizon and see what fate awaits.  But before we bid adieu, it is worth looking back over the past four years performance for the man who ended his career in England as the Man of the Match in the Champions League Final. And, as we look …
Can Friedel Survive Villas-Boas at Tottenham? Compared to Petr Cech

Can Friedel Survive Villas-Boas at Tottenham? Compared to Petr Cech

Brad Friedel is a survivor. The American international has started every Premier League match for his club side since the start of the 2004-05 season with Blackburn Rovers and holds the EPL record for most consecutive appearances - a run he maintained  through moves to Aston Villa and Tottenham. He played for the United States Men's National Team 82 times before his retirement from International football in 2005.   Born May 18, 1971, Friedel will turn 42 at the end of the …
Giroud Signs for Arsenal | Joins van Persie & Podolski | Stats

Giroud Signs for Arsenal | Joins van Persie & Podolski | Stats

Olivier Giroud's capture has been confirmed by Arsenal - joining Lukas Podolski as fresh attacking options for Arsene Wenger in the 2012-13 season.  The arrival of another striker could have signalled the exit of Robin van Persie, but given the relative youth of Giroud (25) and the immense positional flexibility of Podolski (winger, attacking midfielder, centre forward) we expect that this will simply add another petal to the flourishing rotation policy at The Emirates. Giroud enjoyed a strong season in …
Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United's New Midfield Maestro | Stats

Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United's New Midfield Maestro | Stats

Sir Alex Ferguson has completed the signing of Shinji Kagawa and the Japanese international has officially joined the stable of premier attacking options at Old Trafford.  Our own @RedMancunia touched briefly on the quality of Manchester United's wingers as compared to the rest of the league in his post here, and the addition of Kagawa to the mix should only increase the depth of attacking options already at Ferguson's disposal.  Kagawa will also add another option in the centre of …
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