SameerChopra

I am currently a University student majoring in Economics and a budding football writer who is keen to examine statistical evidence to arrive at informed conclusions.

Do Liverpool Have a Problem With Target Men? | Stats Analysis

Do Liverpool Have a Problem With Target Men? | Stats Analysis

It is far too early to judge Brendan Rodgers as a Liverpool manager just yet, and his first season in what is the biggest job of his career has gone mostly to script, with moments of promise tempered by crushing disappointments. After winning one competition last season and very nearly completing a domestic cup double, it is surely disappointing for Liverpool supporters in the manner at which they exited both the League and FA Cup this season. With high quality …
What is Liverpool’s Best Midfield? Stats Analysis

What is Liverpool’s Best Midfield? Stats Analysis

At the beginning of this season, it appeared that a shallow Liverpool side was only truly secure in one area: midfield. The signings of Joe Allen and the now departed Nuri Sahin added depth to an area of the squad already containing the likes of Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva. Certainly on paper, Liverpool’s midfield looked formidable, but the problem all season has seemingly been that no group of players have been on form together. For example, when Lucas was …
As Steven Gerrard improves, so does Liverpool | Stats Comparison

As Steven Gerrard improves, so does Liverpool | Stats Comparison

Much has been written about how Liverpool are over reliant on their brilliant forward Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan that has scored 44% of their Premiership goals and without whom the Reds place in the table would be much lower. However, less this season has been written about Liverpool’s captain, whose poor early season form saw the Merseysiders come stuttering out of the gate before his recent uptick has seen them somewhat right the ship. After a period of his career …
Villas Boas Gradually Improving Tottenham | Stats Analysis

Villas Boas Gradually Improving Tottenham | Stats Analysis

There was some bafflement in Tottenham’s decision to replace their relatively successful manager Harry Redknapp with Andre Villas Boas this summer. Redknapp had won close to 50% of his games at Tottenham and led them to fourth spot in the Premiership twice during his tenure while Villas Boas was coming out of a difficult time at Chelsea amid reports of player unrest. Worries were not so much because people thought Villas Boas was a bad manager; he won the Portuguese …
Do Fulham under-utilise Dimitar Berbatov? | Striker Comparison

Do Fulham under-utilise Dimitar Berbatov? | Striker Comparison

When Dimitar Berbatov ended his seven-game scoring drought against Southampton, the elegant Bulgarian unveiled a shirt that read “Keep Calm and Pass me the Ball.” A surprisingly forthright gesture from a normally laid-back player, the message suggested that Berbatov thought Fulham’s recent struggles had been due to not focusing their play through their top scorer. Fulham are an exciting team to watch, scoring 1.52 goals per game while conceding 1.78. The Cottagers, currently sit 14th in the league, but take …
How Would Daniel Sturridge Help Liverpool? | Stats Analysis

How Would Daniel Sturridge Help Liverpool? | Stats Analysis

With trusted media sources, including Rory Smith and Tony Barret from the Times, saying that despite some hiccups due to personal terms and agent fees Liverpool are quite close to finalizing a deal for Daniel Sturridge, it may be time to ask…why? The reported £12m fee would represent a large chunk of available funds and with the Merseyside club having been burnt quite recently with regards to overpriced British talent fans are quite rightly wondering about the reasons for the …
Are Newcastle Coming Back to Earth? | 12-13 Predicted Points Position

Are Newcastle Coming Back to Earth? | 12-13 Predicted Points Position

Last season Newcastle were one of everybody’s favorite clubs. The Toon seemed to have a strong first eleven and a clear strategy on how to win games. A final league position of fifth was better than any supporter could have dreamt in just their second season back after relegation. Rightfully, earlier this year owner Mike Ashley rewarded Alan Pardew and his backroom staff with new eight-year contracts in the hope that they would continue to build the squad and eventually …
Is Darren Bent the Answer for Liverpool? Stats Analysis

Is Darren Bent the Answer for Liverpool? Stats Analysis

Liverpool’s scoring woes are well documented. For all the possession and chances the Merseyside club seem to create, they have only scored 19 goals in 15 games. In fact since Rafael Benitez’s last season Liverpool’s goal returns have steadily decreased. [table id=123 /] The Spaniard’s unconvincing last season at Liverpool looks much better in hindsight when it is seen that none of his replacements has managed to better his goal tally over an extended run of games, no matter what …