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 …
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 tactics of the long ball game | Case Study Stoke v Man City

The tactics of the long ball game | Case Study Stoke v Man City

[quote]“The most important thing in football is to have a style of play, a set of principles that offer organisation to the team.” Jose Mourinho[/quote] Many of the readers on EPLindex and ThePathisMadeByWalking may well have got to know me as a football writer with a bias towards ‘Systems Football’ such as the tiki-taka philosophy and you would be correct in thinking so. However, you would be wrong to believe that the long-ball tactic is one that doesn’t fall within ‘Systems …
Will the Real Number 7 Please Step Up? Nani Vs Valencia Stats Comparison

Will the Real Number 7 Please Step Up? Nani Vs Valencia Stats Comparison

When Michael Owen was released from Manchester United recently, Valencia stepped up to become Manchester United’s new Number 7. However, it is my strong belief that Nani should have been the one to don the jersey instead. Why, you might ask? Before we get into my rationale, let’s explore the significance of the Number 7, and Manchester United’s love affair with that number. History To sum it in one word, it’s the history. That’s the best way to try to …
Stoke v Newcastle | Stats Analysis

Stoke v Newcastle | Stats Analysis

  The Britannia Stadium has never been an easy place to visit. We lost 4-0 last season and this season, Manchester United and Chelsea managed draws, whilst Liverpool suffered a defeat there. With the news that Chieck Tiote was out injured, most fans would have settled for a draw beforehand. However, a great defensive performance from Newcastle with Demba Ba lethal at the other end, helped Newcastle to their 6th win of the season, remaining unbeaten and overtaking Chelsea into …
Newcastle v Spurs | Stats Analysis

Newcastle v Spurs | Stats Analysis

Newcastle v Blackburn | Stats Analysis

Newcastle v Blackburn | Stats Analysis

Blackburn visited Newcastle on Saturday looking for their sixth consecutive away victory at St James’s Park, but in the end, they never looked like they were going to leave with any points, thanks to a Demba hat trick and an accomplished display by Newcastle. Newcastle dominated possession (63% v 36%), made more than twice as many passes (382 v 174), better pass completion rate (84% v 67%) and attempted more shots as well (15 v 3).  From our backline to …
Newcastle v Fulham | Stats Analysis

Newcastle v Fulham | Stats Analysis

It started off as a nervy 30 minutes at St James' Park, as we struggled to maintain possession after a good start from Fulham. A good end to the half put us in good stead for the second half, as a double from Leon Best was enough to fend off a late comeback from Fulham, after a Clint Dempsey header caught Tim Krul off his line to give the Cottagers a faint glimmer of hope. Midfield Duo Cabaye had a …