Premier League Opta Stats Round Up | Night of Comebacks...

Premier League Opta Stats Round Up | Night of Comebacks...

Please Select a Match Click for Match Stats Click for Match Stats Click For Match Stats Click For Match Stats Manchester City came back from 1-0 down in a tense game at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea, rather fortunately, took the lead as Gary Cahill's shot took a deflection and wrong footed Joe Hart. Manchester City were then awarded a penalty as Essien was ajudged to have handballed in the area. Sergio Aguero dispatched the penalty which set up an exciting …
Reina compared to Rivals | Liverpool Defence Opta Stat Analysis

Reina compared to Rivals | Liverpool Defence Opta Stat Analysis

Following the debacle that was the defeat to Wigan, Liverpool fans have started to point their finger at a new target: Pepe Reina. A few of them saying: he's not been making as many saves or doesn't look as though he's trying or he can't save penalties anymore. Liverpool's slump shouldn't rest solely on the shoulders of Pepe Reina and hopefully the statistics will help show this. We're going to compare Pepe Reina to goalkeepers from the teams above Liverpool …
A poor day for Mario Balotelli at Swansea City | Opta Stats

A poor day for Mario Balotelli at Swansea City | Opta Stats

Ashley Williams cost Swansea City £400,000 when they bought him, aged 23, from then League Two side Stockport County in 2008. Mario Balotelli cost Manchester City £18.5m when they bought him from Serie A giants Internazionale in 2010. He was 20 years old. [caption id="attachment_11530" align="alignleft" width="214" caption="Mario Balotelli and Ashley Williams battling for the ball."][/caption] Yesterday, these two players from completely different backgrounds came together in a battle that, in all likelihood, would go a long way to deciding …
Man City: Away day Blues | Opta Stats Analysis

Man City: Away day Blues | Opta Stats Analysis

In falling to a 1-0 defeat against Swansea at The Liberty Stadium last Sunday Manchester City – courtesy of cross-city rivals United’s win against West Brom – fell to second place in the Premier League table after a lengthy run in first place. In many ways it may have been some time coming. Despite maintaining a record 100% home record this season – a record-breaking 14 games (19 all told stretching back to 2010/11) – City have struggled of late …
Everton v City Stats | The decisive match-ups

Everton v City Stats | The decisive match-ups

Given their recent history in games at Goodison Park, perhaps it was not a huge surprise that Manchester City fell to defeat on Tuesday. The defeat signalled City’s fourth (in all competitions) in the month of January as they saw Manchester United draw level on points at the top of the Premier League. Yet it was as much the manner of the performance in defeat that led to much consternation in some quarters of City’s support; a growing belief forming …
Modric and Silva | Mercurial Midfielders

Modric and Silva | Mercurial Midfielders

When Daniel Levy stood firm and said in no uncertain terms that Luka Modric would not be sold to Chelsea, a lot was made of how he would perform for Tottenham. Would a want away player give his all for a club that he seemed so desperately to want to leave? Thankfully, the mercurial Modric knuckled down and let his football do the talking. He has been central to the attacking flair that Tottenham have demonstrated this season and he …
The battle between Richards and Bale

The battle between Richards and Bale

Following Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Tottenham, City’s Micah Richards tweeted fulsome praise for Gareth Bale, comparing going against him to that of facing Arjen Robben (who ensured Richards endured a torrid Champions League evening in Munich earlier this season). Bale, the reigning PFA Player of The Year, has again been in excellent form through 2011/12 and his going up against Richards was one of several key match-ups in Sunday’s game that saw City snatch the win with Mario Balotelli’s late …
Spurs Trip to Man City Previewed | Opta Stats

Spurs Trip to Man City Previewed | Opta Stats

As Edin Dzeko put his fourth goal past Brad Friedel in August, things looked bleak for Spurs. Two games, no points, one goal scored and eight conceded. Spurs were embarrassed and few would have believed that the return leg of this fixture would have such a bearing on the title race. If City are beaten, Man United will have a chance to go equal top and leave Spurs just two points behind. Spurs are looking up the table and Man …
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