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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England 0 Italy 0: Post-Match Analysis & Stats

England 0 Italy 0: Post-Match Analysis & Stats

England were always up against it with one win over Italy in 35 years. Despite their record, the opening stages suggested England might end Italy’s stranglehold. However, despite the early signs of life, the game settled into a familiar pattern with Italy dominant. De Rossi’s early volley left Hart stranded as the post rescued England. Roy Hodgson’s side came close, soon after, with Johnson forcing an instinctive save from Buffon. Rooney nodded a Johnson cross over as England started well. Buffon’s anger was …
England 1 - 0 Ukraine: The Talking Points | Stats Analysis

England 1 - 0 Ukraine: The Talking Points | Stats Analysis

Winning is what matters and winning is what England are doing. Another hard-fought, battling win came on Tuesday as England recorded their first win over a Euros host. This is becoming a tournament for English firsts with a first competitive win over Sweden already in the bag. The all-important Group D decider pitted England with Ukraine. England struggled with only Steven Gerrard approaching his best. Fortunately, the result is most important thing and England achieved the right one. Whilst England …
England 3 - 2 Sweden: The Talking Points & Stats Analysis

England 3 - 2 Sweden: The Talking Points & Stats Analysis

With 60 minutes on the clock, Olof Mellberg put Sweden ahead as England wasted a lead for a second successive match. Luckily, for Roy Hodgson, Theo Walcott’s introduction, for the ineffective Milner, turned the game in England’s favour. England began the match in positive fashion with a Scott Parker effort forcing a good save from Andreas Isaksson. Andy Carroll justified his inclusion, giving England the lead with a towering header from a Steven Gerrard cross. Half time came with England in control despite looking nervy in possession. The second …
Everton - Steven Pienaar: Vital or Dispensable | Opta Stats

Everton - Steven Pienaar: Vital or Dispensable | Opta Stats

For Everton and their fans, the sense of déjà vu gets stronger by the season. Another dysfunctional summer led to the customary slow start with Everton winning just five of their first 15 league games. Dismal defeats to Bolton and Tottenham left David Moyes’ team languishing in 14th by mid-January. Thankfully, the Tottenham defeat signalled the start of a recovery with Everton losing just three of their last 23 matches. From January 1st onwards, only the two Manchester clubs gained more points …
Everton v Newcastle: Jelavic v Cisse | Opta Stats

Everton v Newcastle: Jelavic v Cisse | Opta Stats

Everton welcome Newcastle on the final day. The home side are playing for prize money whilst the visitors have hopes of a Champions League place. The two sides met earlier in the season with Newcastle emerging victorious in a drab encounter. With a draw and a win on their last two visits, Newcastle last lost at Goodison since 11th May 2008. However, last season's win was Newcastle's only one in eight trips to Everton. An Everton win will see Moyes' men …
Stoke v Everton | Are the Stoke Stereotypes True?

Stoke v Everton | Are the Stoke Stereotypes True?

Everton are hoping to score four in four consecutive league games – a club first. The Fulham win was the first time Everton have scored three or more in three consecutive league games since 1964. The way Everton are playing, they will think anything is possible. However, the Britannia is a tough place to go with Everton failing to score in their last two visits. Everton lost at home to Stoke in December and have failed to score in their …
Everton v Fulham: Just How Good is Pienaar?

Everton v Fulham: Just How Good is Pienaar?

Two in-form teams clash at Goodison Park on Saturday. David Moyes' side are unbeaten in five league games with their opponents unbeaten in four. Everton’s last outing was an impressive 4 - 4 draw at Old Trafford whilst, a day earlier, Fulham overcame Wigan 2 - 1 at Craven Cottage.  Everton's four at Old Trafford meant Everton had scored four in consecutive league games for the first time since August 1999. Everton, having never lost a home league game to …
Man United v Everton | Can Everton Cope Without Baines?

Man United v Everton | Can Everton Cope Without Baines?

Fresh from their poor FA Cup performance, Everton travel to Old Trafford on Sunday. Unfortunately, for Everton, Old Trafford is the last place you want to visit after a dismal semi-final showing. Everton won their first Premier League visit in August 1992 but it has not been a happy hunting ground since. Since then, Everton have drawn three and lost 15 of their last 18 visits. For this meeting, there is an added incentive for Everton as their next away …
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