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 …
Reading 3 Manchester United 4 | Match & Stats Report

Reading 3 Manchester United 4 | Match & Stats Report

It was a very straightforward match at the Madejski Stadium. It was also one of the most exciting matches of the season thus far, if not the most. Both teams looked set to score at any point during the match. After the full 90 minutes there were 18 scoring chances created between the teams. Manchester United slumped at the back and conceded three goals after finally getting a clean-sheet against West Ham last weekend. Reading for their part looked deadly …
Kenwyne Jones or Peter Crouch? Stats Comparison

Kenwyne Jones or Peter Crouch? Stats Comparison

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2 | Goals & Match Analysis

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2 | Goals & Match Analysis

A Liverpool Vs Manchester United derby has always created an interesting game and this game was just that. Liverpool however dominated the game for long periods creating more chances than Manchester United throughout. Line Ups: 1st Half: Both teams had chances but it was Liverpool that had the majority. Young Raheem Sterling is a shining light in this Liverpool side, full of confidence wanting to run at players and combining with Suarez well. This happened a few times in the …
Who are the most fouled players in the League? An Opta Stats Comparison

Who are the most fouled players in the League? An Opta Stats Comparison

The new season is almost upon us and with there being a plethora of blogs on who could win the league (and Football Betting Tips sites all favouring Manchester City to retain) we thought we'd do something different and analyse a metric that isn't usually covered: the most fouled players in the league. Whilst the topic of the most fouled player has been covered elsewhere already, albeit very briefly, we thought we'd go into a bit more detail courtesy of …
How Does Your Team Compare To Last Season Part 3 | Opta Stats Comparison

How Does Your Team Compare To Last Season Part 3 | Opta Stats Comparison

This Opta Stats comparison looks at how well the teams at the bottom of the table have compared to last season. It includes Aston Villa, Wigan, Bolton,Blackburn and Wolves. Aston Villa Aston Villa have conceded 0.16 fewer goals this season and kept 2 more clean sheets. They have also improved their crossing accuracy by 2% but their passing accuracy is 1.28% worse off than last season. It has also taken Aston Villa an extra 0.68 minutes to create a chance …
Swansea City Stand Firm At Old Trafford

Swansea City Stand Firm At Old Trafford

Prior to yesterday’s game against Swansea, Manchester United had scored an average of three goals per game in Premier League matches played at Old Trafford this season. Following Manchester City’s earlier two goal win up at Newcastle to place them firmly in the driving seat for the title race, the only chance for United to remain in contention was to cut the eight goal advantage that their noisy neighbours held over them. Therefore, we can safely assume that the message …
Arsenal vs Norwich: can Norwich exploit Arsenal's weaknesses?

Arsenal vs Norwich: can Norwich exploit Arsenal's weaknesses?

Norwich make their first trip to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, aiming to spring a surprise against an Arsenal team looking to secure Champions League qualification for next season. Arsenal had a very inconsistent start to their season, with the humiliating 8-2 reverse against Manchester United being the low point. However, they have recovered really well from an uncharacteristic number of defeats, and this resurgence in form has left the Gunners sitting 3rd in the Premier League with just two …
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