Danny Welbeck | Overrated or England international? | Stats Analysis

Danny Welbeck | Overrated or England international? | Stats Analysis

Danny Welbeck splits opinion, even between Manchester United fans. Some would say that his lack of goals and clumsy, somewhat erratic style means that he is an overrated player. However, many would point to his hard-working, athletic performances and his ability to harrow a defence as signs that he is worth a place in both the Manchester United and England set-ups. Welbeck has made 19 appearances this season, 9 of which have come from the bench – more than any …
Sunderland vs Arsenal - Tactical Analysis

Sunderland vs Arsenal - Tactical Analysis

Arsenal earn an important three points with a slender victory which should have been more comfortable than the score-line, and the last ten or so minutes of the game, suggested. When these two sides met early in the season, Arsenal dominated the game but failed to find the breakthrough against a deep-lying Sunderland side. A similar pattern developed here with Arsenal in the ascendency and enjoying 61% possession but this time they found a way past the inspired goalkeeping of Mignolet. …
Brilliant Bale at the Double | Comparison to Ronaldo at same age

Brilliant Bale at the Double | Comparison to Ronaldo at same age

It is not all that long ago that Gareth Bale had an unwanted record – he had never finished on the winning side in a Spurs shirt. If you were told that stat once existed now, you would never believe it. He is the driving force behind Spurs’ push for Champions League football next season and he was at his dazzling best once again at the weekend against Newcastle. His brace took him to 13 Premier League goals for the …
Begovic & Vorm - Could they take Reina's place? | Stats Comparison

Begovic & Vorm - Could they take Reina's place? | Stats Comparison

For a few seasons now, Pepe Reina's form concerns Liverpool supporters. Since 2010-2011 campaign, the Spaniard has struggled to find some consistency and his save-to-shot ratio has decreased over time. Pepe's biggest problem seems to be the number of errors he makes as his mistakes can cost Liverpool points, with the latest one turning a win over Manchester City into a disappointing draw. It's hard to tell what the reason of Reina's decline is. Many point at Xavi Valero departure …
Statistical Comparison of the Premier League Top 7's Defences

Statistical Comparison of the Premier League Top 7's Defences

EPLIndex subscriber Mikkel Toft Petersen writes for the first time on the site with an interesting analysis of the defences in the Top 7 of the Premier League. (The analysis was written before the last set of fixtures in the Premier League.) This article will compare the best seven teams in the Premier League on basis of their defensive performances. My interest in doing this analysis consisted in that I found Arsenal's defensive errors remarkable and in this context, I will …
Southampton 3 Manchester City 1 | Match & Stats Report

Southampton 3 Manchester City 1 | Match & Stats Report

Southampton played a tireless pressing game successfully in a 3-1 win against Manchester City at St. Mary's. Two of The Saints goals were attributable to errors by Manchester City, but the overall performance from Pochettino's side was fantastic. Overview Mancini looked apoplectic at the end of this match. Manchester City fell victim to some truly cringe-worthy mistakes. Hart and Barry both had egregious errors that swayed the outcome of the match in Southampton's favor. Javi Garcia had to be deployed, in an unfavourable position, in defence as …
Liverpool: They shoot, they score, but should less be more? | Stats Analysis

Liverpool: They shoot, they score, but should less be more? | Stats Analysis

[quote]Liverpool: Have had the most shots (425) in Europe's top 5 leagues this season, but 87 of the 98 teams have a better conversion rate (7.6%) — (@WhoScored) January 19, 2013 [/quote] The above tweet from WhoScored was tweeted prior to game against Norwich, and 9 goals in 3 games has seen the shot conversion rate increase to 8.4% and no doubt move Liverpool up the rankings. But it got me got me thinking, one of the premises of the …
Can Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard Play Together? | Stats Analysis

Can Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard Play Together? | Stats Analysis

For many years, pundits and fans alike have claimed that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are too similar to play together for England and it should be one rather than both that make the starting line-up. However, after playing the second half together against Brazil, and with both player's changing their role this season, is this still the case? Frank Lampard has played in a much deeper role this season along-side a defensive midfielder in Chelsea’s 4-2-3-1 formation, compared to previous years …
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