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Robin van Persie: A Good Fit for City?

Robin van Persie: A Good Fit for City?

Amid City’s relatively quiet summer transfer window, rumors of Robin van Persie joining the club have been frequent. This post is not meant to discuss the likelihood of van Persie joining City or the validity of the rumors, although the most recent rumors suggest that van Persie will not be joining City. Instead I’d like to weigh the arguments for and against City signing van Persie in a statistical context. The Lone Striker Role City often plays with two strikers up …
Odds of Winning the League: The Final Day | Probability Analysis

Odds of Winning the League: The Final Day | Probability Analysis

Wow. What a day. In what was the most exciting finish to the English Premier League season ever, Manchester City secured the title with 2 stoppage time goals to beat out Manchester United on mere goal differential. [caption id="attachment_14511" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Kompany and Aguero Celebrate"][/caption] Instead of trying to sum up the craziness that was this final day in words, I thought it would be better to quantify all the swings that happened. City went from being confident of winning …
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EPL "Clutch" Goal Scorers | Players who score when most required

Does a "clutch" goal scorer exist in the EPL? A player who seems to always score goals when the team needs them most. A player who, when the game is on the line, steps up and finishes. This is, of course, a tough question to answer. How do we even define a "clutch" moment? Is a game winning goal in the 90th minute more clutch than a tying goal in the last game of the season? Is a goal to …
Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Our statistical expert Ford Bohrmann analyses Premier League goal scoring patterns by looking at which areas of the goal teams score in. The article focuses on every Premier League side and then also covers their conversion percentages with the use of graphics. The original idea for this post came from a question from one of the readers of my blog. He was curious to know if there were any patterns to where clubs score in the plane of the goal. …
Landon Donovan | Play-maker Stats Compared

Landon Donovan | Play-maker Stats Compared

[caption id="attachment_9266" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Donovan has made a big impact for Everton so far this season"][/caption] There's no doubt that Landon Donovan has made a huge impact for Everton in his 5 games since starting his loan. His 2 assists have been pivotal in Everton's recent results. But how does he compare to some of the EPL's best playmakers? Do his numbers stand up to the likes of Manchester City's David Silva, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, Tottenham's Luka Modric and Manchester …
City v Spurs Preview | A Crossroads

City v Spurs Preview | A Crossroads

[caption id="attachment_8632" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Dzeko against Tottenham"][/caption] I know that earlier this season Man City went to White Hart Lane and won 5-1 with 4 goals from Edin Dzeko. I know there are probably a whole slew of statistics that can put this match-up in to context, probably that even suggest City will come away with a big win. More importantly, I know that this is the biggest game of the season for Man City. A friend of mine told …
Man City v LFC | Importance of Kompany

Man City v LFC | Importance of Kompany

After not scoring a goal in their previous two matches, Manchester City was desperately in need of a win at home against Liverpool. A loss or draw would lead to everyone talking about the end of City's EPL dominance, that other clubs had finally figured out. What they really needed to silence the critics, was a big win. Despite finding themselves being out-passed, out-shot, out-chanced, and out-crossed, City wound up winning 3-0. This is not a position City has been …
Quantifying Odds of City Winning League

Quantifying Odds of City Winning League

Christmas marks a good time to look over the EPL games this year and look to the future to see how clubs are doing and what the final EPL table may look like. Manchester City goes in to Christmas 2 points clear of United at the top of the table. But what are City's chances of being at the top at the end of the season? Obviously, a lot of things can happen between now and then. The Euro Club …
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