Norwich City | Their Ultimate Team | Defence via Opta Stats

Norwich City | Their Ultimate Team | Defence via Opta Stats

A few weeks ago I read an article by Stephen McCarthy on EPL Index which aimed to use statistics to identify the strongest team in the Premier League. Using the same approach, with a couple of minor tweaks, I have attempted to carry out the same analysis of Norwich City's defence. It's especially interesting because a number of Norwich defenders are out of contract at the end of the season. Perhaps the results would indicate the players worthy of being offered …
Man City defensive stats | In depth Analysis

Man City defensive stats | In depth Analysis

There has been much written over the course of the 2011/12 season so far as to the attacking potency of Manchester City. League leaders, they have by and large achieved this feat boasting an attack that leads the Premier League in goals scored (56) and in many key categories outlined in this post through the first twenty games (up to and including fixtures prior to the Tottenham v Everton game last Wednesday). It is erroneous however to think that City’s …
Van Der Vaart Displays Another Side

Van Der Vaart Displays Another Side

There are so many reasons to love Rafael Van Der Vaart – his silky skills, his defence splitting through balls and probably more than anything, the fact that he can’t stop scoring against Arsenal! One side of his game that has often been criticised since moving to the Premier League is the defensive aspect. If you have the creative brilliance and goal scoring touch that Rafa possesses, you can forgive him this shortfall. Tottenham have adapted their team selection to …
United vs Norwich Preview

United vs Norwich Preview

Following their blistering start to the season Manchester United's recent games have begun to highlight their defensive problems. Whilst bedding in a new goal-keeper makes any team somewhat vulnerable defensively, David De Gea has not been helped by the ease at which teams have breached the defensive lines in front of him. Currently, he has made the highest number of saves (32) in the league, giving him a saves/shots ratio of 86%. Against Stoke and Basel, United should have lost …
A New United Defence

A New United Defence

Manchester United is set to face a daunting set of opponents in the Premier League over the next four weeks and may have to do so without their first choice defense.  Starting with Monday's visit from Tottenham, the Red Devils face 3 of the top 5 teams from last season in the next 4 weeks, culminating with Chelsea's visit on September 18th.  For the matches with Spurs, Bolton, Arsenal and Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson will have to juggle a young …
The 2 Point Gaff | Liverpool v. Sunderland

The 2 Point Gaff | Liverpool v. Sunderland

Kenny Dalglish made a number of mistakes in selecting his starting line-up yesterday, from leaving both Raul Meireles and Dirk Kuyt on the bench in favour of Jordan Henderson to risking Luis Suarez on short rest, to blooding 4 new players in a single match.  However, the single greatest mistake was the one which cost Liverpool the clean sheet, the win and 2 points. John Flanagan may be many things as a footballer.  He appears to be astute when on …
One 'Eck of a job at Villa

One 'Eck of a job at Villa

As the new season draws upon us, we Villains have a lot to contemplate. More goings (so far) than comings in a transfer period that as of yet has failed to sparkle to life, but one change round B6 has set a few chins wagging. Not even the wildest imagination could have foreseen that the Aston Villa board would covet their most fierce rival manager so much that they would end up acquiring his services. This lead to wide spread …
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