Premier League Top Players So Far | Goals, Creativity & Final 3rd Passes

Premier League Top Players So Far | Goals, Creativity & Final 3rd Passes

We're almost a third of the way through this season and Manchester City find themselves on top for the first time this season. The worrying thing for everyone else is that they haven't even looked at their best. Manchester United haven't drawn a game yet and are going on excellent win streaks only to lost the odd game here or there and Chelsea have found their first bad patch under Roberto Di Matteo. This article will focus on which players …
Players of the Week | Man of the Match picks from last week

Players of the Week | Man of the Match picks from last week

It's late this week but might turn out to be a good preview for this weekend's matches! To navigate through each game please use the navigation quick links at the bottom of this page or the page numbers at the bottom! Thanks for reading my players of the week where I pick a Man of the Match from each game! West Ham 0 – 0 Man City The Hammers shut up shop and continued their fine home form by stifling …
An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

The following analysis is simply to illustrate exactly where goals were scored from on the pitch and where each and every assist came from during the 2011/12 English Premier League season. The conclusions that can be drawn from the following are useful during the decision making stages of tactical strategies. How compact should a defence be? How deep should a team 'park the bus'? How should a team treat spaces in and around the box? .... There is a consistency …
The Importance of Set Pieces | Stats Analysis

The Importance of Set Pieces | Stats Analysis

From crosses to counter attacks to set piece plays, there are countless ways for teams to score goals. But what could be a more direct and obvious way to score than from a dead ball situation? In this article, I would like to explore the significance of set piece plays from teams last season. How important were set piece plays in contributing to their goal tally and eventually, their standings in the league table? To start off, let us have …
Poachers | TOP Premier League Finishers | Stats Analysis

Poachers | TOP Premier League Finishers | Stats Analysis

Goal scoring is a skill. Players who can create something from nothing, providing a timely tally for their side, are frequently the difference between one and three points. Players like Robin van Persie -- 92 chances created in 2011-12 season -- can provide a spark with the ball at their feet and a lethal final touch. However, there is another class of striker that always seem to appear at the right place, at the right time: poachers.  We've gone back …
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 …
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