Top Six Americans to Play in the Premier League

Top Six Americans to Play in the Premier League

Since the formation of the Premier League in 1992, 37 different Americans have had at least one cap for a Premier League team. Some have been a great success, some have been a disappointment, some we're still waiting to find out about. With the MLS growing rapidly and the amount of Americans being produced and sent to Europe increasing, it is an exciting time to be a fan of the United States national team. So in this list I'm going …
USA vs Germany Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group G

USA vs Germany Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group G

On June 26th, the United States and Germany will meet at the Arena Pernambuco to cap off their World Cup group stage campaigns.  Both are favorites to advance from their group to the knockout rounds, but that could change quickly.  The strength of this group and inability for anyone to pull away from the pack sets up for a very interesting game. The United States were trying to build on their opening day win vs Ghana, but after allowing Portugal to …
Villas Boas displays adaptability – earning plaudits in defeat

Villas Boas displays adaptability – earning plaudits in defeat

Andre Villas Boas has taken a lot of stick from some Tottenham fans over recent weeks, despite the challenges he has faced in his short time at the helm at White Hart Lane. Some have questioned his ‘negative’ tactics and him not playing ‘the Tottenham way’.  Question marks have been placed on his team selection and how he has set the team out to play. He has been in a position where he is damned if he does, damned if …
AVB Makes it a Game of Two Halves | Stats Analysis

AVB Makes it a Game of Two Halves | Stats Analysis

Boos rang round White Hart Lane at half time on Sunday afternoon - a sound that has sadly become all too familiar in recent weeks. Tottenham had just been played off the park by a very lively QPR team that Spurs had made look like Barcelona. It was a worrying first 45 minutes. But for a couple of very good saves from Brad Friedel, the game could well have been beyond us at half time. There was no cohesion in …
Cottager's Heartbeat | Dembélé and Diarra | Stats Analysis

Cottager's Heartbeat | Dembélé and Diarra | Stats Analysis

In the 2011-12 season there were only six midfielders who passed the ball better than Fulham's Moussa Dembélé. Using the new Top Stats engine we're able to quickly trim away the fat and look at those players who played at least 1400' in the Premier League a season ago. Of those, Dembélé was the 12th best player in the Premier League when it came to pass accuracy, attempting 1681 passes in 2940' and completing 88.64% of those attempts. Only Leon Britton …
Top 12th Man | Fulham Opta Stats

Top 12th Man | Fulham Opta Stats

At the end of January we asked our readers to cast their vote for the Top 12th Man in their side and in the English Premier League.  Nearly every side was represented in the nominations.  These articles, one for each current Premier League club, comprise the end result of countless hours of reviewing each teams statistics.  While the numbers were certainly important, we also examined the context in which those numbers were accumulated.  After the publication of the 20 individual team nominations, we'll have …
Fulham 5-0 Wolves - A Look at the Midfields

Fulham 5-0 Wolves - A Look at the Midfields

On Sunday, Wolves were comprehensively outplayed by a superb Fulham side, who probably gave the best performance I’ve seen live this season, and possibly the best performance I’ve seen since Wolves were promoted. Their central midfield of Danny Murphy, Moussa Dembélé and Clint Dempsey ran the game, with the lively Damien Duff and Andy Johnson ably supporting the hat trick hero, Pavel Pogrebnyak. I will have a look at just how dominant their midfield was: [table id=46 /] [table id=47 …
Fulham 5 Newcastle 2 | Tactics & Stats

Fulham 5 Newcastle 2 | Tactics & Stats

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