Do Fulham under-utilise Dimitar Berbatov? | Striker Comparison

Do Fulham under-utilise Dimitar Berbatov? | Striker Comparison

When Dimitar Berbatov ended his seven-game scoring drought against Southampton, the elegant Bulgarian unveiled a shirt that read “Keep Calm and Pass me the Ball.” A surprisingly forthright gesture from a normally laid-back player, the message suggested that Berbatov thought Fulham’s recent struggles had been due to not focusing their play through their top scorer. Fulham are an exciting team to watch, scoring 1.52 goals per game while conceding 1.78. The Cottagers, currently sit 14th in the league, but take …
Premier League's Top Goal Scorers | Shots Per Goal Analysis

Premier League's Top Goal Scorers | Shots Per Goal Analysis

One of the favourite comparisons on the site is between strikers in the Premier League. One stat that we haven't yet implemented onto our Stats Centre, is the the Shots per Goal stat. This statistic shows how effective strikers are in the Premier League with the less shots per goal the better. The table below shows strikers with 5 goals or more so far in the Premier League and you are able to sort the columns below by clicking on …
Fulham v Newcastle | Match Preview

Fulham v Newcastle | Match Preview

Fulham host Newcastle United on Monday night in a battle between two sides that have flattered to deceive so far this season. Martin Jol’s men started the season well but have slipped away recently and are without a win in eight, picking up just four points. Newcastle’s 3-0 win over Wigan last Monday halted a run of four consecutive defeats and they sit in 14th place, 10 places lower than they were this time last season. Gael Bigirimana’s stunning strike …
Luis Suarez: The Premier League's Most Important Player? | Rival Stats

Luis Suarez: The Premier League's Most Important Player? | Rival Stats

In the world today there are always people we love to hate, especially in football. From Robbie Savage for his sneaky antics, to Gary Neville for his unbearable will to win and Didier Drogba for his schoolboy charades that seem to have permeated every inch of football culture. Luis Suarez is another one of these players, hated for a mixture of all these reasons and more, yet unlike the former, barring Robbie Savage, his influence is seemingly not realised, or …
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 …
Premier League's Top 5 Scorers, Creators, Passers & Tacklers so far!

Premier League's Top 5 Scorers, Creators, Passers & Tacklers so far!

As a preview to the Premier League's return this weekend we're going to be using our Opta Stats Centre to bring you the Top 5 Tacklers, Passers, Creators and scorers! Top Tacklers Mark Noble tops with the most attempted tackles however it is Mousa Dembele that has won the highest amount in the Top 5 with 85.71%. Dembele further impresses with the fact that he's attempted the most Duels and Aerial Duels from the Top 5 tacklers. His ground duel win …
Everton 2 Newcastle United 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Everton 2 Newcastle United 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

This was the cliched game of two halves, with Alan Pardew's drastic reaction to a dreadful first half allowing Newcastle to improve massively. It took a root-and-branch shift in how his team were approaching the game to change the course of a match which had been very one-sided in the first half, but the Magpies' coach was rewarded for his bravery. This match clearly illustrated that substitutions can change the shape of a game. With injuries hampering his plans, Pardew …
Who is the most influential player from the Top 8? | Statistical Comparison

Who is the most influential player from the Top 8? | Statistical Comparison

Last season's top 8 clubs in the Premier League was some what predictable, in what order they finished in was a surprise to many, but which players at those clubs were the most influential at that club, I take a look at their stats here. The top 8 clubs, United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle, Liverpool & Everton, all had at least one top quality striker, Arsenal has Robin van Persie (left) and were all able to score at consistent …
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