Are Referees biased towards the Home Team? | EPL Stats Analysis

Are Referees biased towards the Home Team? | EPL Stats Analysis

Research has been conducted looking into whether referee's are biased towards certain teams or individuals. Manchester United tend to have a reputation from rival supporters for 'Fergie time', gaining more penalties than other teams at home, especially with Howard Webb. Marouane Fellaini even stated that referee's were biased towards English players following his head butt on Ryan Shawcross. For this article I am going to focus on comparisons between home and away games in relation to the number of fouls …
Manchester City 2 Fulham 0 | Match & Stats Report

Manchester City 2 Fulham 0 | Match & Stats Report

Fulham traveled to the Etihad Saturday for a match that ended in an uncontested manner. Manchester City were to too much for Jol's side, despite giving up the majority of possession. The Citizens always looked as though they were more likely to take all three points, and a fantastic individual performance from David Silva sealed those points. Aguero was benched in favour of Dzeko. Dzeko currently is one of the most frequent scores in the Premier League, and this show of …
Do Fulham under-utilise Dimitar Berbatov? | Striker Comparison

Do Fulham under-utilise Dimitar Berbatov? | Striker Comparison

When Dimitar Berbatov ended his seven-game scoring drought against Southampton, the elegant Bulgarian unveiled a shirt that read “Keep Calm and Pass me the Ball.” A surprisingly forthright gesture from a normally laid-back player, the message suggested that Berbatov thought Fulham’s recent struggles had been due to not focusing their play through their top scorer. Fulham are an exciting team to watch, scoring 1.52 goals per game while conceding 1.78. The Cottagers, currently sit 14th in the league, but take …
Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool’s game against Fulham demonstrated, in my opinion, the highest level of performance under Brendan Rodgers to date - and not because of the 4 - 0 score line, but because of the way in which the players executed the phases of play that Rodgers and his coaching staff propose to the Liverpool players every day at Melwood. Much of the content in the following article includes themes, concepts and ideas that are discussed in the tiki-taka handbook (*due release …
Liverpool Vs Fulham Preview | Key Players Stats & Villa post mortem

Liverpool Vs Fulham Preview | Key Players Stats & Villa post mortem

61% possession is an impressive statistic. But a more impressive statistic, and the one one that counts, and the one that hurts is 25% of the goals. Those are the key statistics from the recent poor defeat in front of the home crowd against an unfancied Aston Villa. The press had stories of Liverpool possibly pushing on for the elusive 4th Champions League spot. Liverpool still might dependant on what the transfer window brings. Brendan Rodgers was also quoted as seeing the …
A statistical comparison of Fulham FC this season vs. last

A statistical comparison of Fulham FC this season vs. last

When Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele left Craven Cottage to join Tottenham Hotspur, it left many pundits and fans alike predicting a long and tough road ahead for Fulham. Dempsey, an American international, was coming off a remarkable season in which he scored 17 league goals, a record for the club. While manager Martin Jol remained confident publicly of signing Dempsey to an extension, the writing was on the wall when he failed to report for any of the preseason …
Why is the Hawthorns Such a Fortress for West Brom? | Stats Analysis

Why is the Hawthorns Such a Fortress for West Brom? | Stats Analysis

Several teams this season have been lauded for playing with fluidity and creativity. Take Everton or Tottenham, for example. Perennially pragmatic Everton have enjoyed plaudits from every direction this season for their style of play, while Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham side are finally beginning to look to observers like a team of genuine quality once more. One team who have arguably not received the praise they deserve this season, though, is West Bromwich Albion. Sitting sixth in the league with 14 …
Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

With the 2012/2013 Premier League season kicking off in a matter of days and teams desperately searching for that striker who scores 20+ goals a season, we look at just what percentage of each teams goals are scored by their strikers. We have looked at what percentage of each teams overall goals were scored by their strikers last season and what percentage of their goals have been scored by their strikers in the last four seasons.  The headings in each …
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