Luke O'Farrell

Write about Everton for ESPN and EPL Index. Evertonian with a keen interest in the tactical and statistical. Twitter: @lukeofarrell

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Manchester United v Everton: Match Preview - Creativity comparison

Manchester United v Everton: Match Preview - Creativity comparison

The comeback kings of the Premier League clash on Sunday. Gaining 27 points from losing positions, Manchester United play host to an Everton side which have gained 21 points after falling behind. Everton will travel with confidence given recent results against United. After last season's 4-4 draw dented their host's title push, Marouane Fellaini bullied the Red Devils throughout the opening day win at Goodison. However, in order to continue their recent improvements in this fixture, Everton will need to …
Leighton Baines continues to excel | Stats Analysis

Leighton Baines continues to excel | Stats Analysis

Creating the most chances of any Premier League player this season, much has been made of Leighton Baines’ attacking prowess. Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Swansea highlighted his creative talents with the visitors employing an extra right back in a bid to halt his forays forward. In fairness to Michael Laudrup, the plan worked to an extent with Baines not quite at his best. However, in spite the shackles placed on him, Baines (7) still managed to create more chances than …
Tim Howard: Statistical Analysis of Everton's Keeper

Tim Howard: Statistical Analysis of Everton's Keeper

The Everton defence is under increasing scrutiny of late. Without a clean sheet in 13 games, 12 of those in the league, Everton have failed to keep the opposition out since the resounding 3-0 win at Swansea in September. For years, the hallmark of David Moyes' side was the ability to grind out wins. During the 2004-05 campaign, when Everton finished fourth, the ability to keep clean sheets was one of the main reasons behind the high finish. In subsequent …
Fellaini: What's His Best Position? Stats Analysis

Fellaini: What's His Best Position? Stats Analysis

Marouane Fellaini first came to prominence as a Standard Liège player. Unknown to most Premier League fans, Fellaini outshone a number of well-known Liverpool players when the sides met in a Champions League qualifier. Liverpool eventually progressed and David Moyes seized on Liege’s failure by making Fellaini into Everton’s record signing, as the August 2009 transfer window slammed shut. Following his arrival, Marouane Fellaini played in an unfamiliar advanced role. Having adjusted to the frenetic nature of English football, the former Liège man ended his first season with …
Leighton Baines Leads the Way | Comparison with Europe's Creators!

Leighton Baines Leads the Way | Comparison with Europe's Creators!

Players with added ability and specialist skills can transform football teams with Leighton Baines falling into that category. These players have the capacity to change an average side into a good one, a good one into a very good one and so on. For a number of years, Baines has added another dimension to the Everton setup and his partnership with Steven Pienaar is among the best left-sided pairings in Europe. Potentially the finest attacking left back since Roberto Carlos, …
Everton 2 - 1 Sunderland: Stats & Match Analysis

Everton 2 - 1 Sunderland: Stats & Match Analysis

After four successive draws, Everton returned to winning ways against David Moyes’ favourite opposition. Since his arrival at Goodison Park, David Moyes is now unbeaten in 18 against Sunderland with Everton unbeaten in the last 19 meetings. Despite the three points, this was arguably Everton’s worst home performance of the season with disjointed the most appropriate description. [caption id="attachment_21608" align="alignright" width="235"] Everton's Average Positions (via WhoScored)[/caption] Both Sides Favour the Left  During the match, the two teams focused their play …
11/12 Comparison Shows Everton Improvements

11/12 Comparison Shows Everton Improvements

Looking at the season so far, Everton are doing to their best to shake their slow starters tag. Aside from 2005, this is Everton's best start to a season under David Moyes with Everton currently sitting pretty in fifth place. However, after three successive draws, the weekend trip to Fulham is crucial as the Toffees look to get back to winning ways. Showing improvements in a number of attacking areas, it is clear that Everton are becoming more expansive this season. …
Dark Horses Everton Lead The Way | Stats Comparison

Dark Horses Everton Lead The Way | Stats Comparison

Over the last ten years, you could throw a hat over the phrases used to describe David Moyes’ Everton. Synonyms from the same hymn sheet, most words signify hard work and togetherness. Over praising the manager and undermining the players, pundits often ignore the finer strings in the Everton bow. When referring to Everton, people use the underdog and weight punching lines all too readily. For several years, the Everton midfield comprised of Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman. …
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