Premier League Talking Points | Super Jan, Lucas, Lukaku, Remy & Benteke

Premier League Talking Points | Super Jan, Lucas, Lukaku, Remy & Benteke

Welcome to a weekly article on EPLIndex.com examining some of the statistical Talking-Points from the Premier League fixture week. This week Karsten looks at Super Jan, Lucas Leiva, Lukaku, Benteke, Remy and Norwich City. All of the Talking Points are below.  Super Jan for So-so Spurs It’s safe to say many expected a former Ajax player to be the greatest offensive threat in this fixture, but it is unlikely many expected that player to be Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian international …
Ronaldo's return | Man Utd 08/09 & Real Madrid | Stats Analysis

Ronaldo's return | Man Utd 08/09 & Real Madrid | Stats Analysis

The second leg of the last-16 tie between Manchester United and Real Madrid marks Cristiano Ronaldo’s first return to Old Trafford since leaving for the Spanish outfit in the summer of 2009. While most players face a hostile reception when they face their old clubs, Ronaldo can expect quite the opposite. During the first leg, the Manchester United fans were heard chanting his name throughout the game. In what is set to be an emotional return for the Portugese, a …
Manchester United's defensive troubles | What is the solution? | Stats Analysis

Manchester United's defensive troubles | What is the solution? | Stats Analysis

Manchester United remain at the summit of the Premier League, scoring goals at will and playing with an attacking verve that has seen Sir Alex Ferguson label the team better than the treble-winning side of ‘99. However, this season United have too often suffered defensive lapses, seeing the team concede 31 goals in 26 games. This begs the questions, who is Manchester United’s best centre-back and what is United’s best defensive partnership? To answer that it is necessary to compare …
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 …
Tom Cleverley vs. Jack Wilshere | Stats Comparison

Tom Cleverley vs. Jack Wilshere | Stats Comparison

Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere are both excellent players, so to compare them with the intention of deciding who is better would be a wasteful exercise. Instead, it is more relevant to the interests of the Premier League and the England set-up to examine the respective strengths and weaknesses of the players and offer suggestions as to how they could complement each other in the future. It’s perhaps surprising to most that Wilshere has played more minutes …
Robin van Persie Vs Luis Suárez | Stats Comparison

Robin van Persie Vs Luis Suárez | Stats Comparison

This season’s two top scorers, Robin van Persie (18) and Luis Suárez (16), have been central to Manchester United and Liverpool teams who have had varying levels of success. Two very different players stylistically, the pair have established themselves as the Premier League’s striking elite. Van Persie’s game is a clinical one, and with the ability to score goals of every description from almost anywhere on the pitch, the Dutchman has carried on for United where he left off with …
Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal career in numbers | Stats Analysis

Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal career in numbers | Stats Analysis

Since joining Arsenal from Ajax in 2009, Thomas Vermaelen has been integral to Arsene Wenger’s side despite the Gunners’ lack of silverware. The Belgian defender has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best and despite an injury-hit season in 2010/11 and a dip in form at the beginning of 2012/13; he has been consistently one of Arsenal’s better players. Arriving in 2009/10, Vermaelen quickly illustrated his attacking prowess with 7 Premier League goals in his debut season. Only …
Manchester United 4 Newcastle 3 | Match Review using shot strength stats

Manchester United 4 Newcastle 3 | Match Review using shot strength stats

There will be hundreds of reviews of the Manchester United v Newcastle game discussing formations and showing how exciting the game. I would like, then, to show the raw data, mapping the game, to show that it is possible to predict the expectation of goals during a game by looking at shots as time decays. Background data before the game started Manchester United won 7 and lost 3 when conceding first, so we know they have strength of character to not lose …
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