Goal Of The Week | RVP,Sturridge,McCleary,Diame & Luiz

Goal Of The Week | RVP,Sturridge,McCleary,Diame & Luiz

After a weekend of  Premier League goals and controversy , it is now your chance to vote for your favourite goal of the week from the shortlist below (GIF Images from @feintzebra) The top 5 goals in the last week (April 16th to April 22nd) have been shortlisted below and it is now our chance to pick your favourite! Robin Van Persie scored with a stunning volley after an inch perfect  pass from Wayne Rooney which put Manchester United on their way to their …
Do Substitutes Win Games? | Premier League 12-13 Stats Analysis

Do Substitutes Win Games? | Premier League 12-13 Stats Analysis

We've all been there.  Your team is a goal down, with 20 minutes to go and you know the only way to get a result is to make substitutions.  But how many?  And who?  Once the changes have been made you can sit back and wait for the sub to score the goal that may salvage a point.  They always do.  Don't they? The substitution is the final throw of the dice, and often the sign of a desperate man(ager).  Whilst there are …
Reading 0 Liverpool 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Reading 0 Liverpool 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool created a staggering amount of chances, but Reading managed to keep the game scoreless through a fantastic breakout performance by their goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy. Liverpool dominated every metric of this match. It’s a wonder that Reading managed to keep them out, but then again, it’s also a wonder that no one in a Liverpool jersey managed to put a chance away. The Reds had 19 chances at goal, the most of any team this weekend. They also possessed 60% …
Reading 0 Liverpool 0 | Match Review & Stats

Reading 0 Liverpool 0 | Match Review & Stats

Reading managed to achieve a clean sheet for the first time in 10 games against Liverpool, as the match resulted in a 0-0 draw. The home side came into the game after losing 2-0 at home to Southampton last week, while Liverpool were looking for a win after a goalless draw with West Ham United at Anfield last Sunday. The game got off to a nervy start as Reading struggled to keep possession of the ball but still managed to …
What if half-time didn't exist... | Premier League Stats Analysis

What if half-time didn't exist... | Premier League Stats Analysis

As I get older I am finding that I am becoming less interested in the players at clubs and much more interested in the managers.  What do they do?  Are they worth the money?  Are they actually needed at all? Once the team is picked and the tactics discussed, is there anything that a manager can do to influence the game?  Does barking instructions from the technical area make any difference to the game?  Can the players even hear them …
Hawk-Eye selected as provider for Premier League Goal-Line Technology

Hawk-Eye selected as provider for Premier League Goal-Line Technology

Hawk-Eye has been selected ahead of GoalControl as the provider of Goal-Line Technology for the Premier League next season, with clubs voting 20-0 in favour of Hawk-Eye. We all remember this moment: And there are plenty more to pick from, this incident coming in last year’s FA Cup semi-final: As clubs from the top division of English football gathered to vote on the two systems today, there was confidence that both would be capable of avoiding controversial moments concerning whether …
Reading 0 Southampton 2 | Match Report & Stats

Reading 0 Southampton 2 | Match Report & Stats

Reading’s hopes of surviving the relegation battle they currently find themselves in took another knock today, as they were defeated 2-0 by Southampton at the Madejski stadium. A 2-0 loss at home to Southampton signalled a move closer to the Championship. Jay Rodriguez opened the scoring in the first half when he slid the ball through Adam Federici’s legs. Adam Lallana sealed the win when he nutmegged Federici after finding himself one on one with the keeper. Reading came into …
EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

Both West Brom and Southampton possess teams that are full of underrated or unheralded players. I have identified both as teams with criminally underrated players in the central midfield areas: Yacob and Mulumbu for West Brom; Cork and defensive stalwart Morgan Schneiderlin for Southampton. Within football circles all four players have impressed and we could well be seeing any one of these four make a transfer to big club this summer. But which of the two teams boasts the ‘best underrated …
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