David de Gea – Liverpool’s Nemesis, But Not the Best This Season

David de Gea – Liverpool’s Nemesis, But Not the Best This Season

Liverpool fans generally do not find much fault with Rafa Benitez but some like me do feel that he should have signed David de Gea on the summer transfer deadline day in 2015 for Real Madrid. That he didn't, has troubled Liverpool big time. In the last five league matches between Liverpool and Manchester United, de Gea has put in 17 saves (3.66 per game) and since his move to Real Madrid fell through, he has put in 9 saves (3 …
Hart or Foster - who should be England's first choice? | Stats Comparison

Hart or Foster - who should be England's first choice? | Stats Comparison

Tim Howard: Statistical Analysis of Everton's Keeper

Tim Howard: Statistical Analysis of Everton's Keeper

The Everton defence is under increasing scrutiny of late. Without a clean sheet in 13 games, 12 of those in the league, Everton have failed to keep the opposition out since the resounding 3-0 win at Swansea in September. For years, the hallmark of David Moyes' side was the ability to grind out wins. During the 2004-05 campaign, when Everton finished fourth, the ability to keep clean sheets was one of the main reasons behind the high finish. In subsequent …
The Decline Of Pepe Reina | Stats Analysis

The Decline Of Pepe Reina | Stats Analysis

I read in this piece on The Tomkins Times that Pepe Reina saved 69% of the shots he faced in the Premier League this season, which happened to be the average percentage figure for all the ‘keepers who made at least ten appearances in 2011/12. Pepe Reina? An average goalkeeper? Whilst that initially seemed surprising to me, thinking back it’s clear that he didn’t seem at his best last season, and indeed he hasn’t since Rafa Benitez left Anfield in …
Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Since Newcastle United arrived in the Premier League in 1993, there really is only one goalkeeper that springs to mind. Shay Given made 462 appearances in his 12 year illustrious stint at ST JAMES’ PARK, earning him the very worthy title of one of Newcastle United's all time best ‘keepers. During the Premier League era, personnel such as Pavel Srnicek, Shaka Hislop, Steve Harper and Mike Hooper have donned the No. 1 shirt at Newcastle, but none have ever shown …