David Silva Vs Juan Mata | Stats Comparison 2010-12

David Silva Vs Juan Mata | Stats Comparison 2010-12

The declining productivity of David Silva | Opta Stats

The declining productivity of David Silva | Opta Stats

With Manchester City’s recent run of results seeing neighbours United open up a five-point lead at the top of the table it is looking increasingly likely that the Premier League title this season will be heading to Old Trafford and not the Etihad Stadium. Despite having a crucial week ahead (both City and United playing three times) that could redefine the title race, City’s season is beginning to be picked apart as the search for culpability begins, with Roberto Mancini, …
Are our best imports getting tired? Silva, Suarez, Ba, Aguero & Mata compared

Are our best imports getting tired? Silva, Suarez, Ba, Aguero & Mata compared

“I think the rigours of the Premier League are starting to catch up with him. He’s looking pretty tired to me!” Those were the arguable words of Mr Alan Shearer on the BBC's Match Of the Day show about Manchester City’s David Silva and they got me thinking… When I think of some of the top players that were brought to the Premier League this season, I struggle to come across one in my mind that has been impressively consistent all campaign. …
Manchester City - Home & Away | Stats

Manchester City - Home & Away | Stats

With victory over Fulham last weekend, Manchester City set a new record for consecutive home victories. The 3-0 win was their twelfth successive win of the 2011/12 season and the five games they won in a row to close out 2010/11 sees their run now stand at a very impressive 17 games and City now have the all-time Premier League record within their sights. Of late though – and after some comprehensive early season victories – their away form has …
Aston Villa 0-1 Man City | Stats Analysis

Aston Villa 0-1 Man City | Stats Analysis

A game generally controlled by City but only won from a set piece. Man City played in a 4-2-3-1 system with David Silva the main target of their attacks with his movement and control between the lines.  He played off Sergio Aguero up front with James Milner and Adam Johnson supporting from wide. Aston Villa played a 4-4-2 formation with Darren Bent and Robbie Keane leading the front line with Heskey playing on the right of the midfield four and Albrighton …
Who is the best EPL Player so far? Part 2

Who is the best EPL Player so far? Part 2

Welcome to the second part of "Who is the best EPL Player so far this season" in which I, NUFC_Stats, have created a stats battle consisting of the 16 best players according to the Official EA Sports Performance Index. As there's a break from EPL football we thought we'd put this little series together of which Part 3 will be published on Monday. If you missed part 1 you can read it here for results of the first round of …
Man City 2 - 0 Bolton | Full-backs analysis | EPL Opta Stats

Man City 2 - 0 Bolton | Full-backs analysis | EPL Opta Stats

With Micah Richards already ruled out through injury, when Pablo Zabaleta limped off after a mere twenty-minutes against Bolton on Saturday Roberto Mancini was forced into calling upon Kolo Toure as an emergency right-back. Toure, who has barely featured for City in 2012 so far through a combination of the form of the Vincent Kompany-Joleon Lescott partnership and his participation in the African Cup of Nations, barely missed a step though in what was a fairly unfamiliar position as City …
Man City Vs Chelsea | Pressure game for City | Stats Preview

Man City Vs Chelsea | Pressure game for City | Stats Preview

Two Italian managers come head to head as Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City lost their last match, away at Swansea, and this was Manchester City's second loss in six games and whilst they stay firmly in the title race, the game against Chelsea is going to be a significant test to Mancini's team. [caption id="attachment_11931" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="EPL Form Guide as of 21.03.2012"][/caption] A resurgent Chelsea stand in their way and the pressure is firmly …
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