Everton | Midfield Dissected

Everton | Midfield Dissected

Whilst Everton’s overall squad portrait depicts a roster ominously stretched in several quarters, in central midfield, David Moyes is blessed with some truly optimum Premier League talent. For countless campaigns, Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill and Leon Osman have been continually producing the goods at Goodison Park, whilst Marouane Fellaini, and Jack Rodwell seem destined to eventually reach the upper echelons of the game. With the exciting Ross Barkley set to emerge this season, centrally, Everton’s midfield looks destined to become …
Spot Success for Arteta | Everton

Spot Success for Arteta | Everton

Police are reporting a theft in the North-West, apparently 3 points were stolen in the Blackburn area. A Spaniard has been arrested. Everton snatched a late and fully undeserved win at Ewood Park today in a bizarre game that was ultimately decided by three spot-kicks. Junior Hoilett saw his penalty saved by the excellent Tim Howard in the Everton goal and then Mauro Formica sent his effort onto the post before Mikel Arteta stepped up in stoppage time to steal …
Well, well, well, QPR defy

Well, well, well, QPR defy "expert" pundits

Matt Le Tissier spent 90 minutes on Saturday professing the 'fact' that Queens Park Rangers were 'in for a hiding' and that they were no threat to Premier League regulars, Everton. After Everton failed to take advantage of their early dominance, a clever move from QPR set up Tommy Smith from 12 yards and he proved why he should play in his preferred centre-forward position when he cooly bent the ball around the outstretched arms of Tim Howard, into the …
Jermaine Man - Beckford

Jermaine Man - Beckford

If you speak to Evertonians about Jermaine Beckford you get some quite differing opinion; some say he’s a brilliant goalscorer who has made an amazing step up from League One to Premier League, others say he’s an arrogant, selfish player with little talent and a bad attitude. I am on the fence about Beckford, and I will try to reserve my judgement of him until this season, what I can do however, is look at the stats from last season …
Everton Scores In Midfield

Everton Scores In Midfield

Everton's seasons have come to rest on the edge of a blade.  With Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka and Co. securing the rearguard to the tune of just 190 goals allowed over the past 5 EPL seasons (that is just 38 goals allowed per season), Everton have the defense upon which to build a top four assault.  However, Everton has finished in the top 5 places in the table just twice in that time, have not finished top 4 once and …
Cahill One of EPL's Best

Cahill One of EPL's Best

A number of defenders have recently been touted for moves to Arsenal or another Champions League club by the close of this summers transfer window.  As Arsene Wenger and his cohort look around the Premier League to draft in replacements their attention has not, at least in the tabloids, turned their collective eyes towards the Reebok.  I realize even mentioning that Cahill may not be long for a Wanderers jersey is a painful thought for many but not one which anyone, least …
Leighton Baines, I bet you think this post is about you

Leighton Baines, I bet you think this post is about you

For the last three seasons Evertonians have enjoyed keeping their secret weapon quiet. Our left back; the softly spoken, erudite, musical blogging, local lad has been steadily going about his business without anybody taking too much notice. Unfortunately in the 2010/2011 season the cat came so far out of the bag that the fire brigade had to be called to retrieve it from the tree. Leighton Baines is by far and away the best left back in the league. These …
Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Our statistical expert Ford Bohrmann analyses Premier League goal scoring patterns by looking at which areas of the goal teams score in. The article focuses on every Premier League side and then also covers their conversion percentages with the use of graphics. The original idea for this post came from a question from one of the readers of my blog. He was curious to know if there were any patterns to where clubs score in the plane of the goal. …
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