David Moyes' Manchester United | Stats Analysis of Team In Transition

David Moyes' Manchester United | Stats Analysis of Team In Transition

There was much change at Old Trafford during the summer. For the first time in over twenty-five years, Manchester United began the season without Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. What has followed has been United’s worst start in the league for twenty-four years. Whilst it was evident that the transition period would not be perfect, United fans would have expected more than ninth place with only ten points after seven games. Critics have stated that Champions League qualification would be …
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 …
Where Next for Gareth Barry? Compared to Gerrard, Arteta, Dembele & Mikel

Where Next for Gareth Barry? Compared to Gerrard, Arteta, Dembele & Mikel

Amongst the millions of pounds lavished on the cream of the European crop there actually may be a few bargains to be had if you look a little closer to home. With the powers that be at Manchester City flashing the cash to bring in top talent, such as Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, to launch a new assault on Manchester United’s domestic crown, players like Gareth Barry have been pushed to the sides to pave way for the new order. …
Manchester United Vs Manchester City | The Key Battles | Stats Analysis

Manchester United Vs Manchester City | The Key Battles | Stats Analysis

With Manchester United keen to avenge their 6-1 defeat last season and with Manchester City yet to secure second place, Monday night’s game may not be the damp squib many expect. There are odds of 2.15 for a home win; City are 3.20 to grab an away win. Sure, with United 15 points clear at the top heading into the game, this encounter isn’t perhaps the title decider that many had hoped for but if previous Manchester derbies are anything to go …
Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Wayne Rooney made a bold statement  that if there’s one team that he wants to beat this season, it’s Sunderland. Despite beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final game of last season, Manchester City’s comeback against QPR ensured the Premier League trophy went to the blue half of Manchester. In what was a tense and nervy wait for the United players it was the Sunderland fans who delivered the news that City had won the title with ironic cheers that irked …
EPL Talking Points | Spurs-Arsenal, Kagawa, Schneiderlin & Vaz Te

EPL Talking Points | Spurs-Arsenal, Kagawa, Schneiderlin & Vaz Te

A weekly article on EPLIndex.com examining some of the statistical talking points from the Premier League fixture week. This week Karsten looks at Arsenal's high line, Carrick's passing, the promise of Schneiderlin and Vaz Te's craft.  Arsenal Pay High Price for a High Line Examining the location of Tottenham and Arsenal’s interceptions from Sunday’s game at White Hart Lane excellently illustrates the drastically different defensive approaches taken by the two sides. While Tottenham were content to sit back and absorb …
Premier League's Top Scorers, Creators, Passers & Tacklers! Opta Stats

Premier League's Top Scorers, Creators, Passers & Tacklers! Opta Stats

Match Day 9 has been completed in the Premier League and, despite their first loss yesterday, Chelsea are still on top of the league. With both of their Manchester rivals winning Chelsea are now a solitary point ahead as the title race hots up coming into November. With almost a quarter of the season gone we're going to look at the Top Players so far this season using our EPLIndex Stats Centre (powered by Opta). We will be looking at …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
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