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The Evolution of Yaya Toure

The Evolution of Yaya Toure

It's no secret that Yaya Toure is a large part of City's success this season. Ranked 2nd in average passes per game and 3rd in pass percentage among midfielders in the EPL, Yaya is a midfielder that keeps the ball and spurs City's dominance in possession. His role as a player for City has evolved over the past few seasons, becoming more of an offensive threat. Here, I look at how his passing, defensive, and attempts on goal statistics have …
Manchester City | The Rise to the Top

Manchester City | The Rise to the Top

The recent years for Manchester City have been eventful, to say the least. The club has gone from a solid mid-table club to the top of the EPL. What has happened statistically since this rise? Fortunately, EPL Index provides data back to the 2008/2009 season. I was able to track statistics to see how City has improved over the past 4 seasons. The data shows exactly how impressive this improvement really is. I should point out that the data for …
Man City V QPR | Statistical Analysis

Man City V QPR | Statistical Analysis

This past weekend City edged out a 3-2 victory over newly promoted QPR. In many ways, City did not deserve to win the game. QPR hit the woodwork twice and had many chances that they could not convert on to take the lead or tie it up at the end of the game. Statistically, QPR outplayed City. From the chart above, it is clear that QPR deserved at least a tie in this game from a statistical perspective. Shots QPR …
David's Dominance | Manchester City

David's Dominance | Manchester City

After Silva scored the 5th goal of the Manchester derby this past weekend, I assumed the scoring was over. Before I could even finish celebrating though, the ball came to David Silva in the air. He calmly juggled the ball once, and played Dzeko a perfect through ball on a side volley, which Dzeko put in the back of the net. It was at that moment that I decided that David Silva was the best player in the EPL, let …
City Vs Aston Villa | Match Preview

City Vs Aston Villa | Match Preview

[caption id="attachment_5220" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Balotelli Converting his PK"][/caption] Manchester City is coming off the international break looking to continue their Premier League dominance with a win over unbeaten Aston Villa this weekend. To put this coming match-up in to perspective, I have compared the numbers from the two EPL games Villa and City played last year (I don't have the data from the FA cup game). The games were split, with each club winning at home. What's strange is that …
City v Blackburn | Stat Analysis

City v Blackburn | Stat Analysis

[caption id="attachment_4967" align="alignleft" width="216" caption="Kolarov's crosses were dangerous vs. Blackburn"][/caption] With the recent Champions League defeat and uproar over Carlos Tevez's refusal to play, City desperately needed a big win over struggling Blackburn to get back on track. Despite Tevez's suspension, Dzeko being kept out of the starting lineup, and Aguero's early injury, the game saw controversial Mario Balotelli step up as the star forward. In my mind, Balotelli was the man of the match. Throughout the entire game, Balotelli …
City V Wigan | 3 Points to Keep in Mind

City V Wigan | 3 Points to Keep in Mind

Heading in to week 4 after a nearly perfect start that includes the emergence of Edin Dzeko as the EPL’s top scorer, stellar pick-ups of goal scorer Sergio Aguero and former Gunner Samir Nasri, and a dominant and cohesive midfield, City faces a Wigan side that has yet to lose this season. City’s start to the season has been so great, even the Tevez problems have vanished in the minds of fans. Of course, a simple and efficient way of …
Samir Nasri in Blue?

Samir Nasri in Blue?

Recently, talk of a deal moving Samir Nasri to City has been almost non-stop. An article has already been written on EPL Index by jeffares10 on Nasri leaving Arsenal. Every day it goes back and forth between rumors that it is a sure signing and people saying he will stay at the Emirates for at least this season. At this point, I have no idea how it will play out. Still, this article is for hypothetical purposes. Even if Nasri …