Azpilicueta v Ivanovic: Who Should Start for Chelsea? | Stats Compared

Azpilicueta v Ivanovic: Who Should Start for Chelsea? | Stats Compared

Cesar “we’ll just call you Dave” Azpilicueta came to Chelsea in the summer transfer window of 2012 as a rather unknown entity. Having just released Bosingwa, and with Paulo Ferreira seemingly present for emergencies only, it seemed as if Ivanovic would be the number one Chelsea right-back at that time; however, Azpilicueta made more of an impact than expected. In fact he was one of the revelations of the season not just at Chelsea but in the Premier League and …
Chelsea's Season So Far | Stats Analysis for 13/14

Chelsea's Season So Far | Stats Analysis for 13/14

In a season when the status quo is under heavy fire from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, Chelsea have managed to cope with the extra competition despite a mixed start to the season. Here we shall be taking a look at some of the team’s most telling stats in defence, midfield and attack and settle who some of the key players have been so far. Moreover there will be a heavily opinionated account of some key issues that …
Terry: Team comes first | Chelsea Centre Back Stats

Terry: Team comes first | Chelsea Centre Back Stats

John Terry last night spoke of his acceptance of being left out of the starting line up if it is what’s best for the team. His comments came after an emphatic 3-0 victory for Chelsea away at Fulham, featuring one of the goals of the season from David Luiz. Terry himself picked up the other two goals, one from a Juan Mata cross and the other from a corner with Torres nodding the ball into his path. Despite a very …
EPLIndex Statistical Team of the Week - Premier League Matchday 7

EPLIndex Statistical Team of the Week - Premier League Matchday 7

End of another fascinating weekend of the Premier League and it's time to check out – EPLIndex’s Team of the Week using the EPLIndex.com’s Stats Centre (Subscribe for Access to the EPLIndex Stats Centre) This time 5 goal keepers managed to keep a clean sheet while we had as many as 34 goals scored by 33 different players (+ 1 own goal) so things became a lil too difficult this time! We've opted for a 4-4-2 this week - team is below with the reasons beneath! Joe …
Premier League's Most Creative Defenders | Opta Stats Analysis

Premier League's Most Creative Defenders | Opta Stats Analysis

The phenomenal Leighton Baines has inspired a post dedicated to the most creative defenders to ply their trade in the Barclays Premier League this term. We've take a look at a number of statistics including passing, dribbles attempted, chances created and goals to compile a list of five of the top creative defenders going forward. We typically believe that defender goals can not be predicted and use players like John Terry as an example. Prior to Terry's six-goal haul in the 2011-12 …
Rafael's Promise | Stats comparison with Zabaleta & Ivanovic

Rafael's Promise | Stats comparison with Zabaleta & Ivanovic

It might still be early in the season, but Rafael’s contribution to Manchester United this season so far has not gone unnoticed. In his four appearances this season, he has scored a goal in every other game: a statistic more readily associated with a striker. Perhaps it's not just the goals, but the manner and importance of the goals, that’s got me putting him in the spotlight this week. Against Fulham, he scored what turned out to be the match-winning goal by showing …
Ivanovic or Bosingwa? Chelsea RB issue

Ivanovic or Bosingwa? Chelsea RB issue

In the last few weeks Chelsea’s form has dipped and as such people are looking for players to blame, now that Saloman Kalou is a near outcast in the squad it is time to revert back to disliking our good old reliable right back Jose Bosingwa. Ignoring the sarcasm in the last line, Bosingwa started the season well, scoring a blinder against Norwich and looking the Jose Bosingwa of old, before injuries. However in recent weeks with games against Arsenal …
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