Everton | The Continuing Rise of Fellaini - Opta Stats

Everton | The Continuing Rise of Fellaini - Opta Stats

In the Premier League, Everton now boast the joint second worst attack, with no player finding the net more than three times this season. With just the 26 goals scored, it is no surprise that this precarious characteristic has generated far more attention than most other elements of the Toffees' game. However, on the flip-side of their attacking deficiencies, and what has kept the Toffees afloat and competitive for large parts of this campaign has been a stubborn, uncompromising defence. After 26 games last …
Back to Basics | Bale on Left, Modric in Middle | Opta Stats

Back to Basics | Bale on Left, Modric in Middle | Opta Stats

Football should be a simple game. Play your best players in their best positions and you will be in with a chance. To that end, it is frustrating to see Harry Redknapp keep playing players out of position. After the first two games of the season, Tottenham went on a long unbeaten run playing some of the best football in the league. This was achieved by playing a system that worked, with Bale providing width on the left, Lennon on …
Liverpool 3-0 Everton EPL Match Report

Liverpool 3-0 Everton EPL Match Report

Liverpool 3-0 Everton 13th March 2012 Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 Merseyside derby victory over Everton at Anfield. Gerrard was making his 400th Premier League appearance for Liverpool and at times he was unstoppable.  It leaves Liverpool fans wondering if they could have turned those draws into wins, had Gerrard not been injured for large periods of the season.  The win ended Liverpool's 3 match losing run. [table id=52 /] Everton on the other hand were in …
Everton | Full Mid-Season Stats Review

Everton | Full Mid-Season Stats Review

Wednesday’s sobering 2-1 home reverse at the hands of a then, rock bottom Bolton, signalled the half way mark of Everton’s season. With 19 games completed, believe it or not, the Toffees are actually two points better off than last year, and their overall haul of 24 is their best return since 2008/09 at this stage. By dissecting the team into various categories, the 50% mark is the perfect time to monitor several aspects of the Toffees play so far, …
Johnny Heitinga v Everton Centre Backs

Johnny Heitinga v Everton Centre Backs

Seen by many supporters to have been Everton's last marquee signing, Johnny Heitinga has continually struggled to establish himself on the pitch in his more natural position of centre-back. Brought in to help fill the void left by Joleon Lescott, more often that not he has found himself required to fill in at right-back, or as a defensive midfielder at Everton, with David Moyes preferring to use Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin at the back. The Dutchman now fiercely divides opinion at Goodison Park. …
Arteta makes Blackburn pay the penalty

Arteta makes Blackburn pay the penalty

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Everton, 27 August 2011 Mikel Arteta’s last gasp goal secured all three points for Everton at Ewood Park this weekend. That this came from the spot after Blackburn Rovers had failed to convert two penalties of their own earlier in the afternoon merely added insult to injury. [caption id="attachment_3765" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="David Hoilett missed the first of Blackburn’s two penalties at Ewood Park on Saturday"][/caption] Injury is a word Blackburn will be hoping doesn’t afflict them over …
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