An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

The following analysis is simply to illustrate exactly where goals were scored from on the pitch and where each and every assist came from during the 2011/12 English Premier League season. The conclusions that can be drawn from the following are useful during the decision making stages of tactical strategies. How compact should a defence be? How deep should a team 'park the bus'? How should a team treat spaces in and around the box? .... There is a consistency …
Wayne Rooney: Play-maker Role – Aye or Nay?

Wayne Rooney: Play-maker Role – Aye or Nay?

Not too long ago, when Wayne Rooney was injured, criticised for his performance against Everton in the opening day of the season and even rumoured to want to leave United, I wrote an article about how we shouldn't write him off just yet (http://bit.ly/R0DG13). So far this season Rooney is still looking for his first Premier League goal however after his three goals in the International Break I would bet on him grabbing one soon. A few weeks on, Rooney has …
The Importance of Set Pieces | Stats Analysis

The Importance of Set Pieces | Stats Analysis

From crosses to counter attacks to set piece plays, there are countless ways for teams to score goals. But what could be a more direct and obvious way to score than from a dead ball situation? In this article, I would like to explore the significance of set piece plays from teams last season. How important were set piece plays in contributing to their goal tally and eventually, their standings in the league table? To start off, let us have …
Most Creative Premier League Teams | Opta Stats Review

Most Creative Premier League Teams | Opta Stats Review

We hear a lot about how creative teams are nowadays, and with the advancement of statistics within the wider football community (especially the Premier League) it’s becoming ever more widely popular to have an interest in such subjects. As a result, I thought it might interesting to take a look at how creative teams have been over the past three seasons. I will break the article down into sections and sub-sections. Firstly I will omit this Premier League season as …
Systems of Play - How misleading are they? Tactical Analysis

Systems of Play - How misleading are they? Tactical Analysis

Systems of Play - 'Governs the way players act individually and together with others on the pitch' Are systems of play (formations) misleading? Do they show a true representation of what happens during the 90 minutes? Do they even matter? These are questions I ask myself every day. Running alongside my coaching and scouting, I also work as a football analyst. The role requires me to observe and create a report of the opposition highlighting key players, pattern of plays, transitions, …
Who Was The Most Creative Player Last Season? The Hidden Stats

Who Was The Most Creative Player Last Season? The Hidden Stats

Who was the most creative player in the League last season? That's a simple enough question but is there a straightforward answer? Perhaps we need a more quantifiable query. Who created the most chances? That seems better. Here are the top ten players that created the most chances last season. Most keen observers of the game would probably have guessed six to eight of those names, but I doubt many would have said Danny Murphy if asked to guess the …
Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

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Introduction: the foundations (part 4/4*) – Midfield and Concluding Statement  This is a four*-part series of articles that aims to introduce football coaches and fanatics to basic concepts in a systems football approach (such as tiki-taka). The systems approach to football is founded upon a system of complexity and unity. Part four of this series isolates the scenario of playing against …
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Who are the "dirtiest" players & teams in the EPL? Stats Comparison

Last week we looked at which players were "fouled" the most in the Premier League according to the Opta Stats from our EPLIndex Stats Centre so today we thought we'd do a quick review of the "dirtiest" players in the Premier League, i.e. those players that concede the most fouls. Firstly let's have a look at which teams concede the most fouls. From common perception you'd expect Stoke to be up there for this one however they are ranked in …
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