Premier League Top Players So Far | Goals, Creativity & Final 3rd Passes

Premier League Top Players So Far | Goals, Creativity & Final 3rd Passes

We're almost a third of the way through this season and Manchester City find themselves on top for the first time this season. The worrying thing for everyone else is that they haven't even looked at their best. Manchester United haven't drawn a game yet and are going on excellent win streaks only to lost the odd game here or there and Chelsea have found their first bad patch under Roberto Di Matteo. This article will focus on which players …
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 …
Man City Vs Chelsea | Pressure game for City | Stats Preview

Man City Vs Chelsea | Pressure game for City | Stats Preview

Two Italian managers come head to head as Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City lost their last match, away at Swansea, and this was Manchester City's second loss in six games and whilst they stay firmly in the title race, the game against Chelsea is going to be a significant test to Mancini's team. [caption id="attachment_11931" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="EPL Form Guide as of 21.03.2012"][/caption] A resurgent Chelsea stand in their way and the pressure is firmly …
Silva & Nasri lead Man City | Stats Report

Silva & Nasri lead Man City | Stats Report

In the end the scoreline did not reflect the overall dominance that Roberto Mancini's side displayed on the day.  It was a wasteful effort from both Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. While the duo combined for 8 shots, only three were on target and only Dzeko managed to score. Aguero spurned the best chance on of the match late on, dragging his 85' effort wide after a nice bit of work from Milner.  Not much to do but head in …
Premier League Strikers Comparison

Premier League Strikers Comparison

Almost half of the Premier League season has been played. There have been some very good goals, some very lucky goals, some consistent play and some flashes of brilliance from Premier League strikers. How do we separate them? With statistics of course. Here I take a look at the strikers for the current top 7 clubs, their importance to their respective teams and whether they are actually performing to their expected level. [caption id="attachment_7631" align="alignnone" width="580" caption="Click to enlarge image"][/caption] …
Wayne Rooney | Scoring Efficiently

Wayne Rooney | Scoring Efficiently

So far this season Wayne Rooney has scored eight (8!!) goals in the English Premier League. Wayne Rooney's scoring efficiency is exceptional and unlikely to be sustained.  We're not saying the pace at which he scores goals is unsustainable, that is certainly the case, but rather the high rate at which he is converting chances is amazingly high. The author has already written one post about Rooney's goalscoring form this season, writing:
In fact, the statistics are somewhat silly at this point. …
Dzeko Finally Finding His Feet

Dzeko Finally Finding His Feet

Finally, we are seeing the Edin Dzeko that we were used to seeing at Wolfsburg. Two goals in two successive games (three in three including the community shield), and Dzeko is now Mancini's first-choice striker, leading the line for City alongside club record signing Sergio 'Kun' Aguero. Last season he never really got going and only managed a return of 2 goals in 15 Premier League games - poor considering the impact he was predicted to make upon his arrival. …
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