Aston Villa Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Team News & Odds

Aston Villa Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Team News & Odds

Week two of the Premier League is upon us already, with Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side heading to Villa Park for Saturday Night Football. Both sides got off to impressive starts, most noticeably Villa, who won at the Emirates comfortably 3-1 with two Christian Benteke goals and an Antonio Luna strike. While, Liverpool were relatively impressive in their first home game at Anfield, a well executed finish from Daniel Sturridge gave them a 1-0 win, but could have gone differently, if …
Liverpool 1 Stoke City 0 | Match Stats & Tactics Report

Liverpool 1 Stoke City 0 | Match Stats & Tactics Report

Liverpool narrowly avoided throwing away 2 points with a fantastic double save from Mignolet. New outfield players Aspas and Toure looked solid on their debuts. For Stoke, the largest talking point heading into the game was whether or Mark Hughes’s tactical alterations would be apparent from the outset of the season. That remains to be seen. Stoke still failed to create many chances from open play: only 4, which was equal to the amount of chances they created from set …
Liverpool 1 Stoke 0: Debut Day Delight - Stats

Liverpool 1 Stoke 0: Debut Day Delight - Stats

For the first time in four attempts, Liverpool won an opening day fixture at Anfield by beating Stoke City 1-0 in the first match of the 2013/14 Premier League. Whilst Daniel Sturridge scored the winning goal, and Coutinho created the most chances and attempted the joint-most tackles for the Reds, illustrating that he has a blend of both steel and style, I'm going to take a closer look at Liverpool's three debutants: Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas, and penalty hero Simon …
Liverpool 1 Stoke 0 | Stats in a formation Info-graphic!

Liverpool 1 Stoke 0 | Stats in a formation Info-graphic!

Liverpool finally won on the opening day of the Premier League season, after going five years without winning, by nudging out Stoke in an edgy affair. Although Liverpool were dominant throughout the game the team looked very nervous as the game got closer to the 90 minute mark. Stoke began to attack and Asmir Begovic made ten excellent saves to keep Stoke in the game. With a few minutes to go Daniel Agger handled the ball in the box and …
Defending Liverpool's Defence | Statistical Analysis of 12/13

Defending Liverpool's Defence | Statistical Analysis of 12/13

With the season about to start, I thought I would follow up to piece that I did earlier in the year looking at how Liverpool’s form changed over the season, however whilst that looked at attacking form, this one looks at Liverpool’s defensive form. Again I will look at Liverpool’s performance compared to how the league performed on average, how the top 4 performed, and also compared to Liverpool in the 2011-12 season, as well as having the short term …
EPL Preview: The La Liga Influx - Navas, Soldado, Aspas & Medel et al

EPL Preview: The La Liga Influx - Navas, Soldado, Aspas & Medel et al

The current financial mess that clubs in La Liga find themselves in means there is little transfer spending in evidence in the domestic game. Aside from Barcelona and Real Madrid, only Villarreal, Granada, Valladolid and Elche have a net spend in transfer dealings. Cumulatively, the four clubs have a net spend of approximately £12m, enough to buy you half of Roberto Soldado. Spanish clubs have had to improve their scouting network and youth development to secure players for their squads. …
Liverpool Vs Stoke Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Players: Coutinho & Shawcross!

Liverpool Vs Stoke Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Players: Coutinho & Shawcross!

The first game of the 2013/2014 Premier League season sees a new look Stoke City head to Anfield to take on Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool in Saturdays early kick off. Liverpool will be looking to push on under Brendan Rodgers this season and challenge for a Champions League place after finishing 7th in their last campaign. The former Swansea manager has boosted his squad with the signings of  Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet, while Andy Carroll, Jonjo …
Stewart Downing - An Upgrade for West Ham? | Stats Compared to Jarvis et al

Stewart Downing - An Upgrade for West Ham? | Stats Compared to Jarvis et al

With Downing due at Holly House this afternoon to complete his medical before joining West Ham United, we wanted to have a look at exactly what Downing would bring to a squad which, at times last year and especially in away games, struggled to create chances and ultimately struggled to score goals. In 2013/14, the wide forward positions were filled by West Ham's then record signing Matt Jarvis, Ricardo Vaz Te and Joe Cole. Below we've focused on the defensive …
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