England's Best XI | Part 3: Strikers | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best XI | Part 3: Strikers | Opta Stats Analysis

With the Goalkeeper, Defence and Midfield already chosen for England’s best XI (England's Best XI Part I: Defence & England's Best XI Part II: Midifled) we will now look at who should lead the line for England this summer. We have again given the player who came out on top in each section of the comparison 5 points, the player who came second 3 points and the player that came third 1 point and then added up the totals. We have used …
Analysing Everton’s Instant Hit – Nikica Jelavic | Opta Stats Analysis

Analysing Everton’s Instant Hit – Nikica Jelavic | Opta Stats Analysis

Since making his first Everton start just 46 days ago, Nikica Jelavic has wasted little time proving himself to be not only an astute buy, but arguably one of the signings of the season. With six Premier League goals, and another two struck in the FA Cup, the Croatian has finally given the Toffees that craved cutting edge in the final third of the field, a facet emphatically absent from so many of their displays during the past few seasons. Initially …
Does 'winning your battles' win you games?

Does 'winning your battles' win you games?

Many a time when I played/play the game, managers and coaches have used the ‘win your personal battles’ line as a pre-game motivator. I guess the theory is, if you stop your opponent being effective, and that happens all over the pitch, then the opposition as a team won’t cause you problems. However, in reality, there are no players in world football that can win EVERY battle – that’s what makes us human! In the Premier League, and in a …
England's Best XI | Part 2 : Midfield | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best XI | Part 2 : Midfield | Opta Stats Analysis

With the goalkeeper and defence already chosen for England’s best XI (Full England Defence Article Here) we will now look at what England’s best midfield would be for Euro 2012. We have again given the player who came out on top in each section of the comparison 5 points, the player who came second 3 points and the player that came third 1 point and then added up the totals. We have used Opta statistics from the 2011/2012 season up …
Swansea City Come Of Age At The Reebok

Swansea City Come Of Age At The Reebok

It may seem an odd statement to make about a side currently sitting in a mid table position in the Barclays Premier League, who were playing against a team in the bottom two, but yesterday, at The Reebok Stadium, Swansea City put in a second half performance that really saw them arrive as a Premier League team. Yes, there was the humiliation of Fulham, yes there were the home defeats of Manchester City and Arsenal, and yes there was the …
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 …
Arsenal vs Chelsea | Gunners Look to Bounce Back | Stats Preview

Arsenal vs Chelsea | Gunners Look to Bounce Back | Stats Preview

If the visit of Chelsea to the Emirates wasn't important enough in the race for the final 2  Champions League spots, Arsenal's defeat to Wigan on Monday night means that where a draw could well have sufficed, a win is of the utmost importance. While Arsenal will be the fresher of the two sides, Chelsea have a vital factor heading into the game though; momentum. Having thrashed Spurs and managed to escape an onslaught from Barcelona with a 1-0 victory, …
Newcastle v Stoke | Stat Attack Preview

Newcastle v Stoke | Stat Attack Preview

So, to the home stretch of what has been an almightily successful season for Newcastle United.  The Toon go into their remaining 5 fixtures looking to surpass the 60 point mark for just the 7th time in their Premier League history, 4 of them coming in their first 4 seasons in the new top flight. And, next up is Stoke City. The last 6 meetings between the two have brought about 2 wins each, 2 draws and 11 goals a …