England's Best XI | Part 3: Strikers | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best XI | Part 3: Strikers | Opta Stats Analysis

With the Goalkeeper, Defence and Midfield already chosen for England’s best XI (England's Best XI Part I: Defence & England's Best XI Part II: Midifled) we will now look at who should lead the line for England this summer. We have again given the player who came out on top in each section of the comparison 5 points, the player who came second 3 points and the player that came third 1 point and then added up the totals. We have used …
Tottenham Taken Apart by the Canaries | Stats Report

Tottenham Taken Apart by the Canaries | Stats Report

Tottenham played two of the promoted teams at White Hart Lane in quick succession. Much like Swansea who had left empty handed in Tottenham’s previous home game, Paul Lambert and his Norwich team have rightly earned a number of plaudits this season. Swansea seem to have had more media attention, and their flowing passing football has been praised from all quarters. Norwich, have also had a great season but their progress seems to have gone under the radar when you …
QPR vs. Norwich | Match Report

QPR vs. Norwich | Match Report

An inspirational substitution from Paul Lambert was the difference between the two automatically promoted sides on Saturday. Super-sub Grant Holt came on to slot home a 73rd minute winner to help Norwich edge this close mid-table battle. The home side took the lead after 15 minutes following sloppy defending by QPR. Ricky Martin latched onto a loose ball after Ferdinand failed to clear from a corner, this defensive mix up saw the ball sit up nicely for Martin who was …
Norwich strikers | Morison v Holt

Norwich strikers | Morison v Holt

Perhaps the biggest selection issue for Norwich this season has been their dilemma up front. Last season’s top scorer Grant Holt has been far from assured a place in the team, largely eclipsed by summer signing Steve Morison. The two have started a game together just twice in eleven matches. Holt’s inability to get in the team has surprised many, and is somewhat supported by the numbers (click image below to enlarge). It’s still early days, but Holt has not …