Tottenham v Man Utd | Statistical Match Preview | Can Spurs do the Double?

Tottenham v Man Utd | Statistical Match Preview | Can Spurs do the Double?

Two out of the EPL’s top three in-form sides face each other on Sunday, as Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United at White Hart Lane. Spurs will be looking for a remarkable “double” over United – something that hasn't happened since the 1989-1990 season – after their gritty 3-2 win back in September at Old Trafford. Sitting in 4th place and an overwhelming 15 points behind Sunday’s opponents, Manchester United, a title challenge is all but over for Spurs. But with …
Becca's PL Round Up: Magical Suarez, Torres and Late Winners

Becca's PL Round Up: Magical Suarez, Torres and Late Winners

After a slow and inconsistent start, the standout Premier League teams showed what they are made of this week, as the top six are beginning to form. What was previewed as the 'title decider' definitely proved to be the most dramatic. A turbulent last few years for Fernando Torres will almost certainly follow him around now when it comes to judging performances, and Sunday's late kick off certainly had it's ups and downs for the Spaniard. After a first 30 …
Poachers - Necessity to Luxury? Welbeck Vs Hernandez Stats Comparison

Poachers - Necessity to Luxury? Welbeck Vs Hernandez Stats Comparison

'Poacher' refers to a forward, essentially a player who is very comfortable at getting behind the defenders, finishing off through-balls inside the 18-yard box, scoring goals at will. But today as we know, most of the game is being played out in the middle of the park. Managers of top clubs in England and across Europe are overly concerned about dominating the game, holding the ball and thereby controlling the outcome of the fixture themselves. This change in style has …
Too Small To Play Up Front? Defoe, Walcott & Javier Hernandez profiled...

Too Small To Play Up Front? Defoe, Walcott & Javier Hernandez profiled...

The game of football is one that has constantly changed in philosophies and ways of playing over the years. For years the 4-4-2 formation dominated English football, until the more European notion of packing the midfield to control possession became a common strategy. While 4-4-2 was in operation at the highest level, the clubs often paired a bigger, taller player with a more petite and nimble counterpart in the centre forward positions. This allowed them to have a target, but …
Chelsea vs Manchester United | FA Cup Replay Match Preview & Stats

Chelsea vs Manchester United | FA Cup Replay Match Preview & Stats

It has been a long three weeks filled with Premier League, Europa League and International fixtures since Manchester United and Chelsea played out an engaging cup classic at in their FA Cup Quarter Final tie at Old Trafford. United fatigued from their midweek excursions against Real Madrid and Chelsea quite evidently feeling the effects of their incredibly long season drew 2-2 with Benitez's Chelsea clawing back a 2 goal half time deficit which many are saying saved Benitez his job …
Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Wayne Rooney made a bold statement  that if there’s one team that he wants to beat this season, it’s Sunderland. Despite beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final game of last season, Manchester City’s comeback against QPR ensured the Premier League trophy went to the blue half of Manchester. In what was a tense and nervy wait for the United players it was the Sunderland fans who delivered the news that City had won the title with ironic cheers that irked …
Premier League's Top Goal Scorers | Shots Per Goal Stats Analysis

Premier League's Top Goal Scorers | Shots Per Goal Stats Analysis

Our first look at shots per goal came back in December where Theo Walcott and Javier Hernandez were the most efficient players requiring the least amount of shots to score a goal whilst Adam Le Fondre was at bottom of that list. Have things changed? All of the stats are below and we've used only players that have scored 6 or more goals in the Premier League. Also note we've mentioned goal scorers - not strikers - which means it could …
Do 'Super Subs' Really Exist? Edin Dzeko & Javier Hernandez Analysis

Do 'Super Subs' Really Exist? Edin Dzeko & Javier Hernandez Analysis