Poachers - Necessity to Luxury? Welbeck Vs Hernandez Stats Comparison

Poachers - Necessity to Luxury? Welbeck Vs Hernandez Stats Comparison

'Poacher' refers to a forward, essentially a player who is very comfortable at getting behind the defenders, finishing off through-balls inside the 18-yard box, scoring goals at will. But today as we know, most of the game is being played out in the middle of the park. Managers of top clubs in England and across Europe are overly concerned about dominating the game, holding the ball and thereby controlling the outcome of the fixture themselves. This change in style has …
Can Arsenal's Squad Cope With Their Tricky Upcoming Fixtures?

Can Arsenal's Squad Cope With Their Tricky Upcoming Fixtures?

After a summer that looked like it would bring no big signings and a disastrous first game of the season, Arsenal currently sit atop of the Premier League. The signing of Mesut Ozil, the form of Aaron Ramsey and the goal scoring exploits of Olivier Giroud have helped Arsenal to make most people forget the nightmare on the first day at the Emirates. Strong away wins at Fulham and Sunderland as well as a derby win at home to Spurs …
Manchester United - Alarming Signs Already?

Manchester United - Alarming Signs Already?

Demolition Derby. A game that one of the Manchester sides would rather forget. A Manchester derby even more disastrous and miraculous than that 1-6 drubbing. This one comes as a second major defeat to the 'noisy' neighbours in the space of two years. Thankfully, away from home this time. A rampant Manchester city side beat a team that looked totally out of place and disinterested, ever so comprehensively (4-1) on a warm Sunday afternoon. Where did it all go wrong …
Too Small To Play Up Front? Defoe, Walcott & Javier Hernandez profiled...

Too Small To Play Up Front? Defoe, Walcott & Javier Hernandez profiled...

The game of football is one that has constantly changed in philosophies and ways of playing over the years. For years the 4-4-2 formation dominated English football, until the more European notion of packing the midfield to control possession became a common strategy. While 4-4-2 was in operation at the highest level, the clubs often paired a bigger, taller player with a more petite and nimble counterpart in the centre forward positions. This allowed them to have a target, but …
Manchester United's Ed Not-So-Convincing Woodward

Manchester United's Ed Not-So-Convincing Woodward

The summer began with the names of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Luka Modric ricocheting around the walls of Old Trafford. The hyped window came to an unsatisfactory and ordinary end (to many), adding one robust Belgian to our ranks. The familiar Belgian with a weird hairdo. Marouane Fellaini for a fee of 27.5m, 4m of which Fellaini had to part with apparently. So, Ed Woodward. The man behind all the transfer activity for this season and …
How Well Does Your Team

How Well Does Your Team "Fightback" When Conceding 1st? I Stats Analysis

The phrase "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics" is certainly appropriate when discussing football data at a time when data is now readily available to the public should they be inclined to look at it. Manchester City have tried to raise the bar by offering data in the hope that some bright blogger/analyst will be able to add to the debate about improving performance via analysis of the data. In this article I want to …
Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

With the 2012/2013 Premier League season kicking off in a matter of days and teams desperately searching for that striker who scores 20+ goals a season, we look at just what percentage of each teams goals are scored by their strikers. We have looked at what percentage of each teams overall goals were scored by their strikers last season and what percentage of their goals have been scored by their strikers in the last four seasons.  The headings in each …
Arrival of Lukas Podolski | What to Expect?

Arrival of Lukas Podolski | What to Expect?

While Arsenal fans begin to implode with silly season in full swing, the signing of Lukas Podolski has seemed somewhat forgotten under rumours of M'Vila, Llorente and the vicarious obsession with the Eden Hazard transfer special. 'Prinz Poldi' as he is lovingly dubbed by many in Germany, will be 27 by the time he joins up with the Arsenal squad after the Euros, further evidence of Wenger's shift away from the youth policy. Podolski began his career at FC Köln, …
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