Most Creative Premier League Teams | Opta Stats Review

Most Creative Premier League Teams | Opta Stats Review

We hear a lot about how creative teams are nowadays, and with the advancement of statistics within the wider football community (especially the Premier League) it’s becoming ever more widely popular to have an interest in such subjects. As a result, I thought it might interesting to take a look at how creative teams have been over the past three seasons. I will break the article down into sections and sub-sections. Firstly I will omit this Premier League season as …
Systems of Play - How misleading are they? Tactical Analysis

Systems of Play - How misleading are they? Tactical Analysis

Systems of Play - 'Governs the way players act individually and together with others on the pitch' Are systems of play (formations) misleading? Do they show a true representation of what happens during the 90 minutes? Do they even matter? These are questions I ask myself every day. Running alongside my coaching and scouting, I also work as a football analyst. The role requires me to observe and create a report of the opposition highlighting key players, pattern of plays, transitions, …
Who Was The Most Creative Player Last Season? The Hidden Stats

Who Was The Most Creative Player Last Season? The Hidden Stats

Who was the most creative player in the League last season? That's a simple enough question but is there a straightforward answer? Perhaps we need a more quantifiable query. Who created the most chances? That seems better. Here are the top ten players that created the most chances last season. Most keen observers of the game would probably have guessed six to eight of those names, but I doubt many would have said Danny Murphy if asked to guess the …
Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

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Introduction: the foundations (part 4/4*) – Midfield and Concluding Statement  This is a four*-part series of articles that aims to introduce football coaches and fanatics to basic concepts in a systems football approach (such as tiki-taka). The systems approach to football is founded upon a system of complexity and unity. Part four of this series isolates the scenario of playing against …
Victor Moses or Matt Jarvis? Which is better value? | Stats

Victor Moses or Matt Jarvis? Which is better value? | Stats

Over the last day both Matt Jarvis and Victor Moses have had transfers agreed for them by their respective clubs Wolves and Wigan. The projected deals are worth £10.75m and £9m which raised a few eyebrows, especially on Twitter yesterday with everyone saying that West Ham would be paying over the top for Jarvis with Moses going at £9m. Immediately I thought I'd do a very brief comparison of the two players and raise the question - are they really …
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Who are the "dirtiest" players & teams in the EPL? Stats Comparison

Last week we looked at which players were "fouled" the most in the Premier League according to the Opta Stats from our EPLIndex Stats Centre so today we thought we'd do a quick review of the "dirtiest" players in the Premier League, i.e. those players that concede the most fouls. Firstly let's have a look at which teams concede the most fouls. From common perception you'd expect Stoke to be up there for this one however they are ranked in …
Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

With the 2012/2013 Premier League season kicking off in a matter of days and teams desperately searching for that striker who scores 20+ goals a season, we look at just what percentage of each teams goals are scored by their strikers. We have looked at what percentage of each teams overall goals were scored by their strikers last season and what percentage of their goals have been scored by their strikers in the last four seasons.  The headings in each …
New Winger Kightly Takes on Pennant & Etherington | Stats Comparison

New Winger Kightly Takes on Pennant & Etherington | Stats Comparison

Stoke fans would be unanimous in the thinking that last season was the worst that Matthew Etherington has had in a Stoke shirt. Add in Jermaine Pennant's lack of game time due to "off the field" issues and the shocking decline in both quality of play and attacking flair has been clear for all to see, especially over the past twelve months. Undoubtedly Stoke City's best spell in the top flight coincided (and some would say ended) with their FA …
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