The Curious Case of Olivier Giroud | Stats Comparison

The Curious Case of Olivier Giroud | Stats Comparison

Olivier Giroud's form since joining Arsenal has been indifferent. His performances in the Premier League have left a lot to be desired and after just one goal in ten appearances, it appears Giroud is a long way from filling the void left by his predecessor Robin Van Persie. But was Giroud brought in for that purpose? Or was he brought in for another reason? Breaking the Mould Giroud doesn't strike one as a typical 'Wenger-style' forward. When compared to the …
Luis Suarez: The Premier League's Most Important Player? | Rival Stats

Luis Suarez: The Premier League's Most Important Player? | Rival Stats

In the world today there are always people we love to hate, especially in football. From Robbie Savage for his sneaky antics, to Gary Neville for his unbearable will to win and Didier Drogba for his schoolboy charades that seem to have permeated every inch of football culture. Luis Suarez is another one of these players, hated for a mixture of all these reasons and more, yet unlike the former, barring Robbie Savage, his influence is seemingly not realised, or …
Merseyside Derby Tactical Analysis: Everton 2 Liverpool 2

Merseyside Derby Tactical Analysis: Everton 2 Liverpool 2

The 219th Merseyside Derby finished all square after Everton fought back from a two goal deficit the level the game. Luis Suarez, Leighton Baines (own goal), Leon Osman and Steven Naismith scored the goals in a game which wasn’t short of controversy. But let’s focus on the football … First Half The game started with a frantic tempo and that continued throughout the match. Everton imposed their style on Liverpool, who was forced to play mainly on the counter attack. The …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
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 …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool vs. Reading, 1-0

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool vs. Reading, 1-0

Liverpool registered their first home win of the season at the fifth attempt, defeating Reading 1-0. The goal came in the 29th minute from 17-year-old Raheem Sterling. Whilst the score line seemed close, Liverpool had the majority of possession (56.8% vs. Reading’s 43.2%) and created four times as many chances as Reading (20 to 5). It was another case of Liverpool failing to score when they dominated a team, which might have allowed the opposition back into the match. Liverpool’s …
Long Ball in the Premier League (With no mention of Madrid or Barca) | Stats

Long Ball in the Premier League (With no mention of Madrid or Barca) | Stats

Earlier this week, Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail wrote an article that was errrr a little lacking in context, to say the least. The article looked at statistics that Ashton believed would show that West Ham weren’t a long ball team, as they only used on average the same amount of long balls as Barcelona and Real Madrid use, which technically may be correct, but what it doesn’t tell us is how our beloved Hammers pass the ball much, much less …
Tactical Analysis: Norwich 2 Liverpool 5

Tactical Analysis: Norwich 2 Liverpool 5

Both sides went into this fixture without a league win this season, what resulted was a convincing performance and victory for Liverpool, with Luis Suarez scoring a hat trick. Line Ups Norwich made wholesale changes to their team that beat Doncaster 1-0 in the League Cup. Grant Holt was again left out of the starting team, with Simeon Jackson and Steve Morison preferred. Liverpool also made nine changes from the midweek win at West Brom. Nuri Şahin’s double meant he …
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