Are Referees biased towards the Home Team? | EPL Stats Analysis

Are Referees biased towards the Home Team? | EPL Stats Analysis

Research has been conducted looking into whether referee's are biased towards certain teams or individuals. Manchester United tend to have a reputation from rival supporters for 'Fergie time', gaining more penalties than other teams at home, especially with Howard Webb. Marouane Fellaini even stated that referee's were biased towards English players following his head butt on Ryan Shawcross. For this article I am going to focus on comparisons between home and away games in relation to the number of fouls …
The Linear Relationship Between Possession & Goals | Premier League Stats

The Linear Relationship Between Possession & Goals | Premier League Stats

Last weeks article showed how inefficient crossing is, especially from open play due to the low accuracy levels across the league. The focus of this article is the relationship between possession and goals scored, conceded and both combined. I will look to compare all three, as well as focusing on the correlations depending on league position. Firstly, as expected the scatter graph below shows there is a significantly positive relationship between possession and goals scored throughout all Premier League teams r=0.81, P …
How efficient is your team at crossing? Premier League Crossing Stats

How efficient is your team at crossing? Premier League Crossing Stats

With the Premier League now entering the last 10 games of the season it is the perfect time to use statistics to draw conclusions about why your team produced success/failure. Last week my focus was on chance conversion rate. This week the focus is on crossing accuracy. The table directly below portrays the total crosses performed by each team for the current 2012/2013 season along with the accuracy percentage of these (open play and set plays combined). Interestingly, under-performing Aston Villa top …
How well does your team convert chances? Premier League Stats Comparison

How well does your team convert chances? Premier League Stats Comparison

Of course, I don't need to tell you that the more chances a team creates the more likely they are of scoring. But do the teams creating the most chances score the most goals? The stats below show the chance conversion rate for each individual team. Not surprisingly, top of the league Manchester United also top the chance conversion table by a long way converting 21% of chances. This is higher than last season (19%) suggesting too many missed chances …