James McArthur: A Statistical Analysis of Crystal Palace's Record Signing

James McArthur: A Statistical Analysis of Crystal Palace's Record Signing

Having been placed at the helm of affairs with less than a week to go before the transfer window closed, Neil Warnock was required to make a very quick assessment of his squad. The Englishman had a busy deadline day as he made 3 crucial signings mere hours before the window shut. These were in the form of James McArthur, Kevin Doyle (on loan) and Zeki Fryers. The signing of McArthur from Wigan for a fee of 7 million surpassed …
Jordi Gómez: Is he the Answer to Sunderland's Woes?

Jordi Gómez: Is he the Answer to Sunderland's Woes?

Jordi Gomez signed for Sunderland on July 1st, making him the 2 of the 4 signings by the club so far. The 29 year old attacking midfielder made the move from Wigan on a free transfer, after refusing a new contract with the Latics. He had an impressive 2013-14 season at the DW stadium, scoring 7 goals and assisting 5. In the process he was also voted Wigan’s Player of the Year by the fans. After being at the bottom of …
Robbie Keane departs as Villa stalemate

Robbie Keane departs as Villa stalemate

Aston Villa travelled to Wigan Athletic on Saturday in what was a much-needed away win for Aston Villa but the afternoon turned into a frustration fuelled affair at the DW Stadium.  The fixture in recent times has been a good one for Aston Villa; in the last six Villa have won 3 drawn 2, this includes Saturday's 0-0 draw. For the best way to catch Aston Villa, and the rest of the Premier League live, make sure you have access to …
Premier League's Top Players so far | Top 5 scorers, creators & passers

Premier League's Top Players so far | Top 5 scorers, creators & passers

Another quick look at the top players in the Premier League after 21 games (last fixtures were on New Years). It's pretty self explanatory with some of the top names in the Premier League dominating each section. Please use the Quick Navigation below to navigate or use the page numbers at the bottom of the post. If you do use the stats elsewhere please do not forget to credit EPLIndex.com or our Twitter account @EPLIndex. Premier League's Top Goal Scorers …
The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The modern footballing world likes to follow the labelling trend of the "defensive midfielder". The importance of those who sit in front of the defence as a protection is becoming increasingly apparent. I take a look at some of the top examples who prove that midfielders are just as important to a team's defence as the back four (note this is not a comparison - more of a look at how they contribute to their teams). Michael Carrick has had …
Premier League January Transfer Window Roundup & Analysis

Premier League January Transfer Window Roundup & Analysis

The January transfer window is now closed, Sky Sports News are reporting a total spend of £127.8m by Premier League clubs. This is more than double the 2012 January transfer window but around half of the spend from 2011 - although that was largely due to Chelsea and Liverpool spending over £100m between them! The graph below shows the total incoming and outgoing players for each club, QPR were the busiest club with 11 players out and 6 players in.  Freeing up …
Chelsea 4 Wigan 1 | In-Depth Match Summary Stats

Chelsea 4 Wigan 1 | In-Depth Match Summary Stats

Chelsea survived a scare of the possibility of losing a two goal lead for the third time in 2013 by taking their chances and giving Rafa Benitez a rare Stamford Bridge win. Goals from Ramires, Hazard, Lampard and Marin handed the hosts a score-line that looks like a one-sided affair. It wasn't as clear-cut as that. As the stats, from our Stats Centre, show - Chelsea and Wigan weren't that far apart with regards to the numbers. Wigan managed twelve …
Can Wigan survive another year in the Premier League?

Can Wigan survive another year in the Premier League?

So here we are again. With just nine games to go before the end of the season Wigan Athletic Football Club find themselves in yet another relegation scrap. Sound familiar? The Latics currently sit 18th in the league table on 27 poins, four above Reading and QPR and just three points away from safety . To say the least it is very close down the bottom and with the Premier League title almost certainly heading to Old Trafford all eyes …
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