Burnley vs Stoke Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Burnley vs Stoke Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Burnley play for pride when they face 9th placed Stoke City on Saturday. While Burnley have won just one of their last 6 games, their visitors for the evening have bagged 2 wins in the last six. They will be looking to end the season on a high and in the top half of the league, which they would confirm if they garnered a point out of the last 2 games. Team News Burnley Burnley, fortunately, do not have a lot of …
Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 3 vs. Fulham 2

Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 3 vs. Fulham 2

In what was very much a game of two halves, Manchester United recorded a narrow win over Fulham where both Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa got off the mark on their home début. Line-Ups Alex Ferguson made four changes to his Manchester United team which lost away to Everton last week – the most notable of which was the inclusion of Robin Van Persie, who was handed his starting début in place of Wayne Rooney. Manchester United played with …
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 …
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 in Europa | Cause for Concern?

Fulham in Europa | Cause for Concern?

The Europa League is often touted as a meaningless competition which is a far cry from the bright lights of the Champions League. It has been stated that it ruins league form and prohibits teams from making a real run in domestic cup competitions. But is this really true? Using statistics from last year’s English entrants, Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as Fulham's from two seasons ago, I’ll compare form in the league following Europa League outings. This chart …
Fulham 2011-2012 Preview | Midfielders

Fulham 2011-2012 Preview | Midfielders

Following the previous article on our defenders, I'm now moving on to the middle of the pitch. In this article, I'll go over both wingers and central midfielders. This is the second segment of a three-part series, with the final installment being about attackers, which should be available in the near future. For the purposes of comparison to other EPL players, I've included Matt Jarvis (Wolves) to the wingers stats and David Vaughn (Sunderland, previously Blackpool) to the centre-midfielders stats. …