Future's Bright and Orange | McCarthy

Future's Bright and Orange | McCarthy

Wigan Athletic, inCONSISTENT at best?

Wigan Athletic, inCONSISTENT at best?

The only thing I am not looking forward to about the start of the new season is Mark Lawrenson. Not that I have anything personally against the man, it is his lazy evaluation of Wigan Athletics’ chances in the upcoming fixtures through the medium of ‘Lawro’s Predictions’, that has got my beef. [caption id="attachment_2083" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Here he is, the man in question."][/caption] Fans of other clubs may have never picked up on, been bothered enough to take notice or …
Wigan Athletic | The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

Wigan Athletic | The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

Another season, another last day survival for Wigan Athletic. Tipped by many to go down every year since being in the Premiership Wigan Athletic continue to defy their critics (although making hard work of it). Now entering their 7th Season in the Premiership Wigan started the summer with rumours of young Spanish Manager Roberto Martinez being linked with the then vacant managers job at Aston Villa. Thankfully Roberto Martinez turned down the opportunity to sign for Villa and stayed at …
Things can only get better for Wigan.. right?

Things can only get better for Wigan.. right?

Wigan. Oh dear, what an escape. 19th on the last day of the season, a narrow win at Stoke, along with other results going their way, ensured them EPL football for yet another season in 16th place . To go along with their squeaky bums, Wigan also held the honour for biggest home defeat – 6-0 to Chelsea in the middle of August, and lowest attendance of the season, with only 14,000 showing up to their home game against Wolves. …
Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Our statistical expert Ford Bohrmann analyses Premier League goal scoring patterns by looking at which areas of the goal teams score in. The article focuses on every Premier League side and then also covers their conversion percentages with the use of graphics. The original idea for this post came from a question from one of the readers of my blog. He was curious to know if there were any patterns to where clubs score in the plane of the goal. …
Top 12th Man | Opta Stats

Top 12th Man | Opta Stats

We've already examined the Top 12th Man for two clubs, writing profiles of Adel Taarabt for QPR and David Stockdale at Fulham. When we put out the call for the very best players off of the bench, several clubs went unrepresented. From those clubs we've taken the best of their best and selected the top option for comparison here. Aston Villa has not enjoyed the best season. With on loan Robbie Keane seeing his time back in the EPL drawn …
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